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Get the Legal Help You Need After a New York Car Accident

Anyone who lives, works, or visits Manhattan regularly is well aware of how bad traffic is in New York City. Although traffic collisions may seem routine, a serious crash can devastate you and your loved ones. If you or a family member has been injured in an NYC car accident, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim for the damages and losses you've suffered. To get the maximum compensation, you'll need the help of a dedicated and experienced New York car accident lawyer.

Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, has helped many people and their families recover after a New York City traffic accident. No amount of money can undo the trauma of a car crash, but it can help ease your financial burdens and compensate you for your pain and suffering. Contact us today to find out how we can help you. We can be reached at (212) 986-7353.

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What Damages Can I Recover After a New York Car Accident?

Our tenacious attorneys can help you pursue financial compensation for the following damages after a car accident:

  • Current medical bills (including ambulance and emergency room fees)
  • Future medical bills
  • Property damage and loss
  • Pain and suffering
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of career or earning capacity
  • Wrongful death damages if you lost a loved one

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What Evidence Is Collected for a New York City Car Accident Claim?

The New York City personal injury attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP have handled many car accident claims in our decades of practicing law. To build a case that secures you the maximum financial settlement, we will have to prove that you were the victim in your accident and the other party was at fault. Here are the most common pieces of evidence we will use to successfully secure your settlement:

  • Witness testimony
  • Photos of the scene
  • Police reports
  • Insurance company reports
  • Medical bills
  • Video evidence
  • Accident reconstruction

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Let Us Stand Up to Insurance Companies on Your Behalf

We’ve gone up against many insurance companies in the decades we've been defending the rights of New York car accident victims. We know that insurance companies are not your friend. Insurance companies are businesses looking out for their bottom line. It's in their best interest to offer you a lower settlement than you need or deny your claim altogether. By getting Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, on your side, this will not happen to you. Let us stand up to insurance companies while you recover from your injuries.

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Types of Automobile Collisions That Cause Serious Injuries

Any motor vehicle crash can cause serious injuries to drivers and passengers. Some of the most serious types of accidents are:

  • Head-On Collisions: The force of two moving vehicles colliding head-on often produces a terrific impact, since both vehicles contribute to it. The sheer force of the collision can cause a wide range of injuries - head trauma, neck injuries, spinal cord injury, internal injuries, fractures, and torn ligaments in the lower extremities.
  • Side-Impact (T-Bone) Collisions: Due to the close proximity of a driver or passenger to the point of impact, broadside collisions often lead to catastrophic injuries. These can include serious damage to internal organs, shoulder injuries, spinal cord damage, and hip fractures.
  • Rollover Accidents: In rollovers, vehicle roofs may be crushed or collapse on the driver and passengers, leading to head trauma and traumatic brain injury. There may also be damage to the spine, which can lead to permanent paralysis, either quadriplegia or paraplegia. When seat belts fail to tighten in a rollover, the vehicle occupants may be severely shaken and jolted as the vehicle rolls, almost always leading to whiplash.

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Different Types of Car Accident Injuries

Vehicle accident injuries can be broken down into two categories: impact injuries and penetration injuries.

  • Impact Injuries are usually caused by a body part striking a surface inside a vehicle, such as a steering wheel, dashboard, windshield, or headrest. Impact injuries often result in broken and crushed bones, injured internal organs, and internal bleeding. Whiplash and head trauma are also impact injuries that can result in spinal cord damage, brain damage, and concussion. While seat belts and airbags can prevent many impact injuries, they can't prevent them all. Airbags work well in head-on and rear-end collisions, but in side impact collisions, like T-bones, they aren't as effective.
  • Penetration Injuries are cuts, lacerations, and punctures suffered by a victim in a car crash. These sorts of penetration injuries can be caused by broken glass or sheared metal from a car's frame. They can also be caused by loose items in the vehicle that turn into airborne projectiles during a crash. Harmless things like pens, cell phones, coffee mugs, glass bottles, and aluminum cans can cause significant puncture injuries in the chaos and destruction of a crash.

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The Dangers of Speeding in New York

Speeding is a common contributing factor in serious injury and fatal crashes in New York City. Drivers who cause crashes while driving at an unsafe speed can be held accountable for the injuries, damages, and losses they cause. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 30% of all fatal crashes in the U.S. involve a driver who was operating a vehicle at an unsafe speed.

In 2012 in New York, speeding drivers played a role in 81 deaths, compared to 49 lives lost in 2011. This increase in fatalities forced the City to take action, particularly around schools. In 2013, the New York City Department of Transportation installed speed enforcement cameras citywide to curb speeding drivers.

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Car Accident Statute of Limitations in New York

A statute of limitations is a state law that sets a time limit on how long you have to file a lawsuit for an injury after the injury occurs. Under New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules Section 214, anyone injured in a car accident (driver, passenger, motorcycle rider, bicyclist, pedestrian) must file a personal injury lawsuit within three years of the date of the crash. However, if the victim is under 18 years of age, the statute of limitations doesn't start until the victim turns 18 and ends three years later.

In the tragic event that you've lost a loved one in a New York City car accident, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is only two years from the date of the person's death. Remember, the wrongful death deadline isn't related to the date of the accident, but the date the victim passed away from injuries related to the crash.

If you're suing the state of New York, you only have two years to file a claim. If you are suing a municipality or government agency, the statute of limitations could be one year or less. This is why it is important to speak to an experienced auto accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Auto Accidents

Q: Can I still file a claim if I was partially at fault for my accident?

A: Yes. New York is a comparative negligence state, meaning that the court will decide what degree of fault each party has for the accident and apply that percentage to the damages awarded.

Q: Should I speak with the other driver's insurance company?

A: Not until you've consulted your own attorney. Even then, it’s better to let your own attorney communicate with the other party's insurer. Insurance adjusters may take a statement you've made, twist it around, and use it against you.

Q: Should I accept the insurance company's offer?

A: Not until you've consulted your lawyer. Insurance companies will always try to lowball you and offer you a settlement that is far less than you deserve. An experienced auto accident attorney can help you determine how much you should ask for.

Q: What if I can't afford an attorney?

A: That's never the case. Any reputable personal injury attorney will not charge you any fees upfront. They will collect their payment from the settlement they win for you. Legal costs are usually about one-third of the overall settlement.

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Why Choose Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP?

Our attorneys have been representing injured people for more than 50 years. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients, including multi-million dollar recoveries in auto accident cases. We give your case the attention it deserves, and will aggressively pursue the compensation you need. Contact us today for a free consultation regarding your auto accident injury claim. Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP can be reached at (212) 986-7353.

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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Contact the New York personal injury attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today for a FREE, no obligation consultation today:

The Graybar Building
420 Lexington Ave. Suite 2750 New York, NY 10170
Phone: (212) 986-7353 Fax: (212) 953-4308


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