Despite the advent of auto-safety technologies — automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control — car accidents on Long Island remain far too common. While statistics from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that fatalities in New York have declined between 2008 and 2017, technology can only go so far in protecting you from a negligent driver. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident on Long Island, it is important to know your rights.
Located in Garden City, the Law Office of Robert Purzak routinely represents car accident victims in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. We have a well-deserved reputation for providing our clients with aggressive legal representation and a proven track record of winning significant settlement awards and jury verdicts. Because your recovery is our priority, we will make sure you obtain necessary medical care and just compensation. Keenly aware of the risk of auto accidents accident facing motorists, we are committed to keeping the roads and highways of Long Island safe for everyone.
The Grim Reality of Automobile Fatalities in New York
According to the NHTSA, in 2017 there were 999 motor vehicle accident fatalities and a total of 1,361 drivers involved in fatal crashes in New York. By comparison, 1,238 people were killed in car accidents in the state in 2008, while a total of 1,711 drivers were involved in car accident fatalities. These figures indicate multi-vehicle car accidents often result in fatalities.
Even more alarming is the number of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in New York each year — claiming 295 lives in 2017, down from 346 in 2008. In addition, there were 308 speeding-related fatalities in 2017, compared to 410 in 2008. While the number of drunk driving and speeding-related fatalities has declined year-after-year since 2008, such accidents accounted for nearly two-thirds of automobile accident fatalities (combined) in 2017.
Another concern is the number of pedestrian accidents that result in fatalities — 242 in 2017, down from 297 in 2008, a 25 percent decline. Nonetheless, pedestrian deaths account for 25 percent of the fatalities in motor vehicle-related accidents. Ultimately, pedestrian fatalities are directly related to vehicle speed. A federal study of crash data showed that there is a only 10 percent chance of death when a pedestrian is struck by a car traveling at 20 mph. The risk of death rises to 80 percent, however, if the vehicle is moving at 40 mph.
Additionally, there were 145 motorcyclist fatalities in 2017, contrasted with 184 in 2008. Motorcycle riders are frequently injured by drivers making turns, pulling out into traffic or changing lanes and failing to see the motorcyclists. In short, this means that combined pedestrians and motorcyclists account for about 30 percent of traffic accident fatalities.
Common Causes of Car Accidents on Long Island, New York
Car accidents are usually the result of driver error, such as:
- 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
In addition, when an automobile accident is caused by a road defect, a civil lawsuit can be filed against the responsible town, village or county agency responsible for highway maintenance, provided that a Notice of Claim is filed with the appropriate agency within 90 days of the accident.
What is no-fault insurance?
Car accident claims on Long Island are governed by the state’s no-fault insurance laws which means that drivers are required to look to their own policies to recover medical expenses, and other economic losses such as lost wages, regardless of who is at fault for the accident. Given the fact that insurers often seek to deny claims or pay as little money as possible, however, it is critically important to have proper legal representation.
Why You Should Call Our Long Island Car Accident Attorney
At the Law Office of Robert Purzak, we are known for providing clients with aggressive, cost-effective legal representation. Initial consultations are free and all car accident cases are handled on a contingency basis. This means you will not pay attorneys’ fees until we win your case — which is why we are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for you. Knowing that being injured in an automobile accident is overwhelming, we will offer you compassion and knowledge and work tirelessly to protect your rights.
Well-versed in the applicable traffic laws, we have a proven track record of successfully handling car accident claims. By conducting a thorough investigation, including obtaining and reviewing police reports and identifying and interviewing witnesses, we will determine the cause of the accident and demonstrate the other driver’s liability.
Depending on the nature of the accident and the degree of harm you have sustained, we may tap our network of accident reconstruction specialists and medical experts to support your claim. While car accident claims are typically resolved through negotiations with insurance companies, the objective of insurers is to protect their profits. We leverage our knowledge of state insurance laws and our negotiating skills to level the playing field.
In the event that you have sustained a serious injury, we can file a lawsuit against the other driver to help you recover damages for pain and suffering. When you become our client, you can rest assured we will never stop fighting for you. Please contact our office today to set up a consultation. We help the injured throughout Long Island, including the towns of Brentwood, Coram, Deer Park, Hempstead, Islip, Roosevelt, and Wyandanch.