What Does an NYC Car Accident Lawyer Do?
New York, NY, has more than 100,000 car accidents every year. These crashes injured or killed over 40,000 people in 2022. Many of these accidents caused only minor injuries.
Under New York’s no-fault insurance system, when you have a car crash, your insurer will pay for minor losses. But if your losses exceed your no-fault policy limits or you suffer a serious injury, you may be able to disregard the no-fault system and pursue a claim against the at-fault driver.
In most cases, you should consider hiring an NYC car accident lawyer to take the lead on your claim. Our experienced car accident attorneys at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. are here to help. Contact us online or call us at (212) 514-5007 today to schedule a consultation.
How Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. Can Help After a Car Crash in NYC
For over 40 years, Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., has been fighting on behalf of accident victims in New York, New York. Together, the firm’s attorneys have over a century of combined legal experience, during which time they have recovered millions of dollars for their clients.
Every accident victim who hires Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum receives:
- A free consultation to discuss the compensation they can receive for their injuries
- Personal attention from an attorney who understands their needs post-accident
- Aggressive and experienced representation focused on getting results
- Comprehensive legal services covering every aspect of the claims process
When you have suffered a disabling injury in a car accident, you need compensation to pay your medical bills and replace your lost income. Contact Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., for a free consultation to discuss how an experienced New York City car accident lawyer can help you.
How Often Do Accident Victims File Injury Claims?
New York’s court system does not release statistics for civil cases like injury lawsuits. But you can estimate the number of car crashes that escape the no-fault system and end up with an insurance claim or lawsuit.
Under New York law, accident victims with serious injuries can file claims against at-fault drivers. Serious injuries include the following:
- Bone fracture
- Loss of a fetus
- Significant disfigurement
- Significant limitation of a body part
- Permanent limitation of a body part
- Permanent loss of use of a body part
- An injury that disables you for 90 out of the 180 days following the accident
In 2022, NYC had 103,735 traffic accidents, according to the NYC Open Data website. These accidents caused 282 fatalities and 51,881 injuries. The injuries included 2,368 serious injuries, such as major burns, amputation injuries, and broken bones.
Given these statistics, about 2,650 people in NYC could have filed claims for injuries suffered in 2022.
The Services Performed by a New York City Car Accident Lawyer
After an accident, you may ask, “What does an NYC car accident lawyer do? When should I hire one?”
NYC car accident lawyers are well-versed in New York law and court procedures and provide many services, including the following.
Advising and Counseling
Early in your case, your lawyer will evaluate the strength and value of your case. This evaluation will include a discussion about:
- How your accident happened
- Any medical bills you incurred
- Future medical treatment you will need
- Long-term disabilities you suffered
- Time you took off work
Based on your discussion, your lawyer will outline your legal options and the benefits and drawbacks of each. They will also explain how much you can expect from your case. This will help them advise you when you receive settlement offers.
Your attorney will file an insurance claim with the at-fault party’s insurer. The claim will include documents like medical records, accident reports, and doctors’ letters. The insurance company will assign a claims adjuster to review your claim and investigate the case.
The claims adjuster works for the insurance company. They protect the insurer’s legal rights and profitability. As a result, they will use every possible legal tactic to push you toward a low settlement. Your attorney can help you overcome these tactics to get fair compensation.
Your lawyer will negotiate with the claims adjuster to:
- Overcome claim denials
- Present legal arguments to place blame on their policyholder
- Provide documents and other evidence to prove your losses
The goal of this negotiation will be to get the best possible settlement offer from the insurer.
Your lawyer will advocate for your interests. If the insurer refuses to settle your injury claim on fair terms, your lawyer can prepare and file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
Even after your lawyer sues the other driver, they will continue to try to settle the case. You might go to trial if your attorney and the insurance defense lawyer cannot bridge their legal or factual disagreements. At trial, your lawyer will present your evidence to a jury and advocate for fair and just compensation under New York law.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our New York Car Accident Lawyers
An NYC car accident attorney can often resolve a claim more quickly and for more money than you can by working on your own claim. Contact Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum for a free consultation to discuss your accident and learn about your right to fair compensation for your injuries.