Navigating the roads and highways safely on Long Island is daunting, which may explain why automobile accidents frequently occur. From fender benders, to rear-end collisions, to T-bone accidents, to head-on collisions, most car accidents are the result of driver errors. Obtaining the full value of your claim requires having aggressive legal representation.
The Law Offices of Robert Purzak has been successfully handling car accident cases for over 35 years. We represent car accident victims in Nassau and Suffolk counties and have a proven history of achieving successful outcomes. We have the legal knowledge and experience to make sure you are treated fairly. In the event a car accident results in a serious injury, we are fully prepared to litigate the case in court. When you work with our winning legal team, you can rest assured we will fight tirelessly for you.
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Common Causes of a Car Accident in New York
Most car accidents are the result of driver errors, including:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI)
- Running stop signs/red lights
- Driver fatigue
- Improper turning/Unsafe lane changes
- Reckless driving
- Mechanical defects
When car accidents are caused by defects in the road, a curb or median, inoperable streetlights, or a faulty traffic signal, however, a personal injury claim can be filed against the local or state agency that is responsible for road and highway maintenance. Regardless of the cause of your car accident, we will explore all of your options for obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Car Accident Injuries
While some car accidents may result in minor scrapes, cuts, and bruises, more serious collisions can result in whiplash, broken bones, loss of limbs, head and brain injuries and even wrongful death. In some cases, injuries may not surface until days or weeks after an accident. In any event, seeking medical treatment after an accident is critically important, even if you don’t think you’ve been injured. Failing to seek treatment in a timely fashion can result in worsening injuries and if you are not treated within a reasonable amount of time, you may be barred from recovering damages for your pain and suffering.
What is no-fault insurance?
New York car accident claims generally fall under the no-fault insurance system. This means that you are required to file a claim with your own insurance carrier to obtain compensation for lost wages and payment of your medical expenses, regardless of which driver is at fault for the accident. Under the law, no-fault claims must be filed within 30 days of the accident. Our legal team can help with the claims process, handle all details with the insurance company, and help you obtain the maximum compensation.
When can I file a car accident lawsuit on Long Island?
Under the state’s no-fault law, to file a personal lawsuit arising from a car accident you must be able to prove that (1) you incurred a basic economic loss greater than $50,000 or (2) you sustained a serious injury. A serious injury is defined as a personal injury that results in one of the following:
- Significant disfigurement
- Loss of a fetus
- Permanent limitation of use of a body organ or member
- Significant limitation of use of a body function or system
- Substantially full disability for 90 days during the 180 days immediately following the accident
Determining whether an injury meets this definition requires working with a car accident attorney who is knowledgeable regarding New York’s no fault insurance law. At the Law Offices of Robert Purzak, we will take the time to review all the facts of your case, including your medical records to determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit. When necessary we will call on a respected medical expert to provide testimony that will support your claim. Above all, we will always put your best interest first and never stop fighting until you win.
Steps to Take after a Car Accident
The first thing you should do after a car accident is to call 911 and seek medical treatment — the reports of the officers and first responders will be important evidence for your injury claim. Next, collect the names and contact information of the other driver(s) involved and any witnesses, and take pictures of the accident scene, damage to the car and your injuries. If you cannot do these tasks, ask for assistance.
If you receive medical treatment for your injuries, it is crucial that you follow your doctor’s orders. Ultimately, your medical records will be vital for your car accident claim. Finally, you may be contacted by a claims adjuster from the other driver’s insurance company shortly after the accident. DO NOT SPEAK TO THIS PERSON other than to obtain their name and phone number to give to our office. Once this office is retained to represent you, we will conduct all contact with the insurance company.
Why Call Our Long Island Personal Injury Attorney?
Our staff always stands by our clients when they don’t know where to turn. We will take the time to understand the circumstances of your car accident, make sure you receive the medical care that you need, and fight for your rights. If a loved one was killed in a car accident that was caused by a reckless or drunk driver, we may recommend pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit.
At the Law Offices of Robert Purzak, all car accident cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means you will not pay any attorneys’ fees until we settle or win your case. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it is important to know your rights. Please contact our office as soon as possible to set up a free consultation. We help the injured throughout Long Island, including the towns of Brentwood, Coram, Deer Park, Hempstead, Islip, Roosevelt, and Wyandanch.