Intersection Car Accidents
Were you recently injured in a car accident at an intersection in New York City? If the accident wasn’t your fault, you may have the right to financial compensation. An experienced NYC intersection accident attorney at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. can fight to get the money you need for medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
Ready to learn more about protecting your rights? Call our law offices to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer if I Was Hurt in An Intersection Accident in New York City?
To say that New York is a crowded city is a huge understatement. We all know how congested the roads can get, whether it’s rush hour or not. Of all the dangers out there on the roads, intersections regularly top the list. People don’t cause intersection accidents on purpose. Intersection accidents happen because one driver didn’t see another driver, bicycle or pedestrian.
Finding out what really happened and who had the right-of-way can be a complex undertaking.
Our NYC personal injury lawyers at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. have been handling these complex cases for over 40 years. We’ve been recognized for successfully helping accident victims across the city recover full and fair compensation for their injuries.
When you choose us, we’ll do everything possible to do the same for you. Our car accident attorneys will:
- Provide you with guidance throughout the entire legal process
- Conduct a detailed investigation into the accident
- Gather and evaluate all evidence, including police reports, surveillance footage, dash cams, and traffic cameras
- Interview witnesses
- Defend you when the insurance company tries to pressure you into accepting a lowball settlement
- Negotiate with the insurance company to get the best settlement deal possible
- Work with experts to establish the value of your injury claim
- Advocate for your rights in front of a judge and jury if the insurance company refuses to play fair
Accident victims often face an uphill battle in dealing with insurance companies. The insurance company has teams of experienced defense lawyers on its payroll. You deserve the same quality legal representation. Schedule your free consultation to learn more about how an attorney-client relationship can help today.
How Serious Are Intersection Accidents in New York?
According to statistics, more than 5 million car accidents happen across the country each year. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data reveals that about 40% of those crashes happen at or near an intersection.
In terms of danger, Federal Highway Administration research shows that nearly 50% of all car accident injuries and fatalities occur at or near an intersection. In New York, intersection accidents accounted for roughly 40% of all traffic fatalities in 2018, the last year when data was available.
Where Are the Most Dangerous Intersections in NY?
Of course, some intersections are more dangerous than others. An interactive map of intersection-related traffic crashes shows that the ten most dangerous intersections in New York City are:
- Tillary Street and Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
- 2nd Avenue and East 59th Street, Manhattan
- 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, Manhattan
- Linden Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, Queens
- Atlantic Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue, Brooklyn
- The Bowery and Kenmare Street, Manhattan
- Queens Boulevard and Long Island Expressway, Queens
- 57th Street and 3rd Avenue, Manhattan
- 42nd Street and 9th Avenue, Manhattan
- 34th Street and 7th Avenue, Manhattan
If you were hurt in an accident at an intersection in NYC, call an experienced personal injury attorney for help. We’ll walk you through your options and help you understand your legal rights.
Why Are Intersections in NYC so Dangerous?
NYC intersections can be particularly dangerous. We all know how the roads get in New York. Drivers are almost always in a hurry and many have been sitting in traffic waiting to get to their destination. Rather than slowing down and exercising caution, it’s often more common for drivers to speed up to beat the light.
Some of the top reasons intersection accidents happen in New York City include:
- Drivers trying to beat yellow or red lights
- Running a stop sign
- Failing to watch for bicycles and pedestrians
- Unsafe turns
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Following other vehicles too closely
- Ignoring relevant traffic laws
- Pedestrians and bicyclists entering intersections improperly
Intersections are where two roads meet. Drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists are all paying attention to different things. It can be easy to miss someone else crossing the intersection, especially when you’re in a hurry or aren’t familiar with the city traffic patterns.
Who is Liable For Damages If I Was Hurt in An Intersection Accident?
In New York, anyone who was even partly to blame for an accident can be held financially responsible. Potentially responsible parties include:
- Negligent drivers
- Careless pedestrians and bicyclists
- Bus drivers
- Employers of negligent drivers
- New York transit authorities
- Government agencies responsible for designing the intersection
The only way to identify all responsible parties is to conduct a full investigation into the crash. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. are ready to put in the manpower and resources to find out what happened. Give us a call today to learn more about how our law firm can help.
We’ll Fight to Get Full Compensation For All of Your Injuries
The severity of injuries sustained in an intersection accident often depends upon the speeds and the nature of the crash. Many intersection accidents in New York City, unfortunately, cause serious injuries or death. Whether you were hurt in a T-bone accident, rear-end crash or a head-on collision, our New York car accident lawyers can help.
We’ll fight to get fair compensation for all of your accident injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Broken bones
- Fractures and joint injuries
- Chest injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Organ damage
- Catastrophic injuries
- Burn injuries
- Seatbelt injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
These injuries can make it difficult or impossible to work–and the medical bills may begin to pile up quickly. You shouldn’t have to suffer because someone else was careless.
If you’re ready to begin exploring your options, give us a call today. We’d be happy to visit you in the home or the hospital if you aren’t feeling up to visiting our law offices.
How Long Do I Have to Claim Compensation?
New York law gives you three years from the date the accident occurred to sue for damages. If an NYC transit authority or government entity caused the accident, you have 90 days to file a notice of claim with the city.
Once these time limits expire, you lose your right to compensation. That’s true even if your injuries were serious. Our lawyers know it’s easy to feel overwhelmed after an accident. We’ll handle every aspect of your case so that you can keep fighting to get back on your feet.
The Insurance Company Blamed Me For the Accident. Now What?
Under New York’s no-fault insurance law, you first file a claim with your own insurance company. You’re entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost earnings up to your policy limits regardless of fault.
After you’ve exhausted your own policy, you have to show that someone else was negligent to get additional compensation. You can do this even if you were partly to blame. The contributory negligence law in New York lets you hold any negligent party responsible for their share of the accident.
Insurance companies often try to pressure you to drop your claim by saying the accident was your fault. It’s nothing more than a scare tactic. If you are partly to blame for the crash, your damages award may be reduced by your proportionate fault. You don’t forfeit your right to hold other negligent parties responsible.
How Much Money Can I Get if I Was Hurt in an Intersection Accident?
The overall value of your settlement or verdict will depend upon how seriously you were hurt in the crash. Our lawyers work hard to identify every dollar you deserve. We also work with experts to estimate your future costs.At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our personal injury attorneys will fight to get money to cover your economic and non-economic damages, such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical expenses
- Reduced future earning capacity
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Damages for wrongful death, including loss of your loved one’s company and financial support
- Out-of-pocket costs related to the accident and injuries
- Damage to your vehicle or property
- And more
Insurance companies always try to stop you from getting all the money you deserve. We know what it takes to build a comprehensive insurance demand based on strong evidence. When our lawyers step up to the negotiating table, we’ll do everything we can to get the most compensation available in your case.
Speak With An Experienced New York Auto Accident Lawyer Today
You can’t always avoid dangerous intersections or motor vehicle accidents. You can fight back when an unsafe driver causes an accident. An experienced NYC intersection accident lawyer at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. can fight to get the money you need both now and in the future.
To learn more about what our law firm can do for you, just give us a call to schedule your free consultation today. We represent clients across New York City and Suffolk County.