Queens Car Accident Lawyer
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Queens Car Accident Lawyer?
Car accidents are undoubtedly a stressful experience and hiring a knowledgeable attorney is vital to achieve maximum compensation for your case. Our team at Beck Law, P.C. offer a free of charge case review to inform and educate you about your claim and what you will be able to expect. Our firm operates on a contingency fee payment plan which means that you do not pay us unless we recover for your case and our lawyers will not settle any case until we achieve maximum compensation for your claim. Once our lawyers have recovered for your claim, our legal fees are 33.3% of the settlement value.
Things You Need To Do After A Car Accident
Being involved in a car accident is far from a pleasant experience. It is understandable that you have a number of things running through your head and panicking will only make the situation more complex. It’s very important that you take the right actions during the time of the accident which can potentially help your case.
Do NOT Leave the Scene
Oftentimes when people are involved in car accidents, their first instinct is to flee the scene of the accident. Our experienced lawyers at Beck Law always advise potential clients to stay at the location of the accident. NY law requires drivers to stop and exchange insurance information with the other driver(s) involved in the incident. The action of leaving the scene of an accident may hold you liable for serious penalties under NY law.
Check On the Other Parties Involved in the Accident
The first thing that we check for are the damages that resulted from the accident. This is a common mistake that people naturally make. The first thing that we must check for is the other driver(s) and if they need immediate medical attention. Do NOT forget to turn your hazard lights on to warn other drivers on the road. If the other partie(s) are indeed injured, immediately call 911 for an ambulance. If the other partie(s) are NOT injured, proceed to examining the property damage of all vehicle(s) involved. Furthermore, it is recommended to remove anything you can off of the road that may cause further destruction or accidents.
Seek For Relevant Authorities
Once everyone involved in the accident has been attended to, it is time to inform the authorities about your accident. Although NY Law does not require any police officers sent out to the scene of the accident, it is in your best interest to make an effort to have a police officer come out to the scene. Although informing a police officer about your accident is not a requirement, we highly recommend our clients to report to the police about how the accident occurred. Your explanation to the police will determine their judgement of the severity of your accident. Furthermore, this will determine if police officers will call an ambulance or bring first aid equipment from your report.
Gather Personal Information and Details
While you are waiting for the police to arrive, it would be a good idea to obtain personal details of the people involved at the scene of the accident. Important information that is beneficial to have includes names, phone numbers, addresses, license plate numbers, insurance information and vehicle brands/models. This information should be collected from both drivers, passengers and witnesses who were involved in the accident or saw the accident. Approach the other parties with a polite and cooperative approach when obtaining information.
Obtain Any Eye Witness(s) Information
Lets face it. Automobile accidents can happen very fast and we may find ourselves having trouble trying to recollect on how the accident occurred. This is where eyewitnesses can potentially help you in your claim. Eye witnesses can provide a detailed explanation on how the accident occurred because they simply saw how the accident occurred. Eye witnesses can be an important part of your case because they can sign an affidavit on what they saw or provide testimony on how the accident occurred. Ask for the contact information of any eye witnesses.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Once you have left the scene of the accident, your insurance company needs to be informed about the accident you were involved in. Provide your insurance company with a detailed explanation on how the accident occurred and do NOT lie about anything. If you provide your insurance company an explanation of how the accident occurred with supporting facts which include a police report and eye witness(s), the insurance company will cover you for your damages. If an insurance company uncovers that you lied about the accident or that you disobeyed any traffic laws during the accident, will create the possibility of potentially harming your whole claim.
Seek Medical Attention
No matter the severity of your New York accident, our lawyers or any treatment advisors will highly suggest that you take your medical treatment seriously. You should keep all records pertaining to your injured body parts including any surgery reports, MRI’s or X-Rays, etc. It is vital to pay attention to how your daily activities have been limited as a result of the accident you were involved in.
A photo is worth a thousand words. Our lawyers found that photos are an effective tool during negotiations with insurance adjusters. Photographs depict the extent of the damage your vehicle sustained and can also help determine how much compensation you will receive. Be sure to document photographs of the damaged vehicle(s) involved in the accident, your injuries and before and after photographs of your vehicle once it was fixed.
Obtain a Property Damage Estimation
Your vehicle is damaged and needs repairs. This is the point of your claim where your insurer will send an appraiser to assess the value of the damages your vehicle sustained. If you are in a situation where your vehicle has been fully repaired before an appraiser assessed the damages on your vehicle, it is vital to have photographs of your vehicle when it was damaged. There are situations when an appraiser may not favor the damages on your vehicle and provide a low damage value that undervalues the actual repair costs. Do not fret because you can have a second repair estimate conducted by another independent appraiser. Bring either of the two quotes to your adjuster. Contact your lawyer if your adjuster rejects these quotes.
Be Mindful When Discussing Your Version of the Accident
When discussing your New York car accident case, keep in mind that only your attorney, your insurer and the police need to know about your case. Avoid posting anything on social media regarding the accident. Talking to other parties or other insurance companies about your accident may have detrimental impacts to your claim. It is best to have your legal counsel present for legal counseling and support when it is time to discuss your case.
Be Prudent of Early Settlement Offers
It is not unheard of when an insurance company offers a settlement for the damages caused, commonly earlier on in the case. It is important to receive all surgeries or treatments for all of your injuries and damages to avoid receiving a low settlement amount for your claim. Note that you may not feel all of your injuries right after the occurrence of the accident; some injuries may take two weeks to a month before you begin noticing them. If you accept a premature settlement before you receive any treatments for all of your bodily injuries, you will be liable for your own medical expenses.
Hire An Attorney
Most importantly, finding the right lawyer to represent your case will be the ultimate determinant of how much you will be able to recover for your case. Consider hiring our experienced lawyers at Beck Law, P.C. to help you through all of the phases in a New York motor vehicle accident case. Our team of attorneys at Beck Law have the resources, knowledge and experience to handle motor vehicle accidents of all sorts. We ensure that every single client that we sign up is fully informed of what is going on in every step of the case. As previously mentioned, we work off of a contingency fee basis which means that we only get paid once a settlement or award has been granted.
Why You Need to Hire a NY Car Accident Lawyer
Hiring our aggressive team of lawyers is undoubtedly the most essential step to take prior to contacting an insurance company. Our legal team of advocates are trained to professionally negotiate with insurance companies. An insurance company will most take advantage of an individual who does not have an attorney to represent their case and offer a low settlement. This is why it is essential to have our legal experts and attorneys by your side, especially if you do not have any legal training or if you do not have insurance. We have seen that our clients have increased their settlements by 300% from what they would have received without an attorney. Generally, insurances award a settlement amount to account for all of the pain and damages that you have gone through as a result of the accident. Keep in mind that insurance companies have the ability to deny all of the claims against their insured and choose not to pay a penny for your claim. This is where the attorneys at Beck Law, P.C. will legally step in and ensure maximum recovery for your pain and damages.
When is the Right Time To Hire an Attorney?
As mentioned above, insurance companies may offer a low settlement amount earlier on in your case to avoid paying a larger settlement amount after you have retained legal counsel. Individuals who do not work with insurance companies or are not legally trained would not know the value of their case and make the mistake of accepting a low settlement. Through our experience, we have the ability of calculating the true value of your case and will advise you on the offers made from insurance companies. We have developed a reputation with insurance companies and we are well prepared to protect your interests first. We recommend our clients to contact our lawyers right after the accident because our attorneys will forward your claim to the insurance company from the start and begin working on your property damage.
What Are My Sources of Compensation?
- Your own auto insurance company.
- The at-fault driver’s auto insurance company.
- The at-fault driver personally.
- The at-fault driver’s employer, if they were driving a work vehicle on-the-job.
- Workers’ Compensation, if you were driving for work.
- Social Security Disability, if you suffer a long-term (more than one year) or permanent disability that leaves you unable to work.
- Other parties who may have contributed to dangerous road configurations, conditions or designs.
What Compensation Will I Receive After a Car Accident?
After a New York motor vehicle accident, you can expect various types of damages. Other than initial costs, a New York car accident attorney can calculate the total compensation that you will receive. In car accident cases, these are the typical types of compensation in motor vehicle accidents:
Lost wages are calculated and compensated from a car accident claim. Lost wages are awarded from the time you missed from work while you may have been recovering from a motor vehicle accident AND any future lost wages from diminished work function as a result of your motor vehicle accident.
As a part of your settlement, all of the medical expenses from your injuries are granted in your settlement amount.
Pain and Suffering
Car accidents can dramatically impact an individual’s life emotionally, mentally and physically. These damages are known as pain and suffering and provide compensation for physical pain as well as mental distress. A New York car accident attorney has the ability to help you obtain pain and suffering compensation for your claim.
Punitive damages are typically granted if a judge views the events of your motor vehicle accident as appalling. The reason a judge awards a plaintiff punitive damages is to stop others from engaging in the same egregious behavior found in your accident case. Punitive damages are granted outside of your settlement value. Speak to our NY car accident lawyers to see if your claim is eligible for punitive damages.
Is New York a No-Fault State?
New York enforces no-fault legislation. With New York enforcing a no-fault policy legislation, the legislation states that it is the insurance’s financial responsibility to cover the car accident for the insurance company of the victim. This implies that the insurance company is entitled to pay for all lost wages from the accident (not more than $50,000) as well as the medical expenses.
It is important to understand that only personal injuries will be covered within the $50,000. Anything above personal injuries must be the victims responsibility. A personal injury lawsuit must be filed for damages if medical injuries exceed $50,000.
New York Follows a Severe Threshold When Determining Valuation. Such threshold injuries are as follows:
- Eminent disfigurement
- 90 Days of Full Disability Status
- Limitations of Body Functions
- Bone Dislocation and Fractures
- Permanent Injuries That Affect Either Limbs or Both
If an individual meets either requirements listed above, the injured individual should expect to be compensated in the form of a settlement in a court of law. The settlement must make up for the limitations that the victim has a result of the accident. A settlement is meant to provide monetary stability while physically/mentally improving until the injured individual goes back to work. It is evident that no matter how severe a personal injury case may be, individuals need the help of an experienced attorney to recover the compensation they deserve.
There are thousands of ways an auto wreck may occur and many include similar causes of accidents. A personal injury lawyer should be able to prove your case in a court of law in order to receive a settlement you are content with.
The personal injury attorneys at Beck Law, P.C. have handled thousands of common, recurring car crashes that our clients have suffered from.
Drivers that operate a motor vehicle while handling other tasks such as texting, eating, drinking, reading, talking on the phone or listening to music can be the common causes of an accident. Distracted driving may be the reason for drivers swerving into other drivers’ lanes and failing to stop when needed which can result in a car crash leaving people injured.
Driving Under the Influence
Commonly referred to as DUI, driving while intoxicated includes the operation of a vehicle under drugs or alcohol. Individuals operating a vehicle under the influence can drive recklessly or have impaired driving habits which can result in a serious car accident. If you are involved in an accident where a driver was under the influence, you must notify the police and consult with your car accident lawyer about your case.
Reckless drivers are operators of a vehicle who put other drivers on the road at risk by swerving through lanes unsafely, speeding and disobeying traffic laws. Reckless drivers are considered to be negligent drivers. It is the job of our lawyers to provide sufficient evidence to insurance companies or the court of law to prove that the driver who caused your accident was operating a vehicle recklessly.
When a driver is following another vehicle too close, they may cause a serious car accident from not having sufficient time to stop when needed or seeing an obstacle/road hazard on the road. A driver who tailgates, this may be the cause of a serious accident and cause severe injuries. Feel free to contact our office when you have been involved in a car accident from being tailgated.
Drivers who operate their vehicles over the posted speed limit may be the result of a deadly car wreck. Keep in mind that negligent drivers who operate their vehicles by driving faster than the speed limit put other drivers along themselves in danger. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident where there was a driver speeding, our team of experienced lawyers will fight to provide you with maximum compensation by proving that the other driver caused the accident by speeding.
Injuries and vehicle damages occur when there are certain weather conditions which caused a car accident. Quite often, drivers fail to slow down earlier than needed when there is snow, ice or rain on the road which puts you at risk. Drivers must be operating a vehicle highly alerted and cautiously when there are abnormal weather conditions to keep other drivers safe. When drivers fail to be cautious during bad weather conditions, accidents are caused resulting in injuries and vehicle damages.
How Much Time Do I Have to File an Auto Accident Lawsuit in New York?
After a car accident, many people fail to realize that there is a statute of limitations that dictates how long you have to file your case. New York State Law states that drivers have three years from the accident date to file a lawsuit. This three year period will pass very quickly and many injured drivers look to file suit for their claims after their three years has expired.
This three year period includes property damage and injuries. Please note that if a victim has died as a result of the accident, the driver has two years from the date of the death to file a lawsuit claim. Our trusted personal injury lawyers will be on your side and help you from the beginning to the end of your case in order for you to receive a settlement for your injuries and property damages.
Failing to file your car accident lawsuit within the three-year deadline from the car accident date will result in a judge dismissing your case and you will not receive any settlement or compensation for any of your injuries or property damages. Our recommendation is to not wait and to act NOW.
For the explanations listed above, it is vital that you consult with your attorney about your car accident case as early as possible. Your attorney will be able to determine what driver was at fault in your accident and will investigate your injury claims from the car accident. Your attorney will help you recover the compensation your case deserves.
Refrain from waiting to speak to an attorney after your car accident has occurred. Do not hesitate to speak to our car accident lawyers in New York. We will provide you with the utmost valuable legal advice after your car accident at no cost and keep you informed during every aspect of your case.
Contact Beck Law Today for a Free Consultation
We get it – The last thing on your mind is filing a claim following an accident. This is why Beck Law, P.C., encourages every client to focus on their health and allow us to effectively represent your legal interests.
After you have been involved in a car accident, you will need legal guidance and assistance from a New York car accident lawyer. Our team at Beck Law, P.C. are here to provide you with the utmost valuable legal advice and advocacy when it comes to handling your case from start to finish. We always encourage potential clients who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents to call us for a free consultation about your claim. Any legal questions that you have running through your mind about your car accident will be answered by our experienced and trusted attorneys in this no-cost consultation. We always provide our clients with the opportunity to discuss their cases in confidence as we keep every conversation privileged between our attorneys and clients.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a driver, passenger or pedestrian, contact us for a free consultation. We will help you assess the validity and strength of your claim for damages.