Any car accident in Queens can be a traumatic and frightening experience.
If you believe someone else caused your accident, call an experienced Queens car accident lawyer at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. to learn more about your right to financial compensation.
We’ve been helping NYC car accident victims get fair compensation for over 40 years. To discuss how we can help after a car accident, call our law offices today. We offer a free consultation to make sure you can get the help you need.
Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer After a Car Crash in Queens
If a negligent driver or third-party caused your car crash, you’re entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and more. Fighting for that compensation may very well be the last thing on your mind if you’re seriously hurt. Many accident victims are tempted to settle for a lowball insurance settlement because they don’t want the hassle of a drawn-out legal battle.
Not every car accident case will end up in court. In fact, we’re able to recover compensation for most car accident victims through settlement with the insurance companies. That doesn’t mean you should try to navigate the system alone.
Here’s why you should call an experienced Queens personal injury lawyer at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. for help with your case:
- We’ll help you understand what to expect of the insurance claims process and keep you apprised of your case progress every step of the way
- You need evidence to strengthen your claim–we’ll find it by obtaining police reports, video footage, witness testimony, and more
- It can be hard to value your case–our lawyers will work with respected experts to make sure your insurance demand includes every dollar you deserve
- Multiple parties might share the blame, and we’ll work to hold each one accountable
- Insurance companies regularly challenge who was at fault after a car accident–we’ll fight back to get what you deserve
Importantly, we’ll handle all negotiations with the insurance company to make sure they aren’t trying to take advantage of you. We understand the system and we’ll work tirelessly to protect your legal rights.
If you’re ready to learn how we can put more than 40 years of real-life legal experience to work for you, give us a call today. We’re always ready to take your call.
Are Car Accidents a Significant Problem in Queens?
According to NYPD crash statistics, in August 2020 alone, about 5,303 people were involved in 2,656 car accidents in Queens.
In that single month, 659 drivers and 407 passengers were injured in Queens auto accidents. In fact, New York Department of Health data shows that between 2012 and 2014, motor vehicle accidents were the fourth-leading cause of death and the second-leading cause of injury-related hospitalization in Queens County.
Every year, Queens County crash victims incur about $70.8 million in hospitalization costs and $35.5 million in emergency room costs. That’s on top of the wages lost by accident victims while they recover–and doesn’t even begin to account for the cost of physical therapy, rehab, and ongoing medical treatment.
While every Queens County resident is at risk, data suggests that drivers aged 20-24 are the most likely to require treatment in a hospital after a car accident.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Queens
According to data compiled by the NYPD, some of the leading causes of car accidents in Queens include:
- Distracted driving/driver inattention
- Following too closely
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Backing unsafely
- Improper passing or lane usage
- Improper turns
- Speeding accidents
- Driver fatigue
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Drug and alcohol use
- Road rage
- Road hazards
- Vehicle defects
Distracted driving is by far the leading cause of car accidents in NYC. It can be hard to know whether the driver in another vehicle was distracted by their phone, GPS or something else at the time of the accident. Our accident lawyers in Queens can find out and work to hold the at-fault driver accountable.
We Handle All Types of Car Accident Cases in Queens, New York
The type of accident involved can help us figure out what caused the accident. We handle cases involving all types of car accidents, including:
- Rollover accidents
- Rear-end crashes
- Head-on collisions
- T-bone accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
- And more
Regardless of the circumstances, insurance will be your initial source of compensation. Our lawyers will work to identify every possible source of compensation to maximize your payment. We know that the process can be complex. Call us today to get answers from an experienced Queens car accident attorney.
We’ll Help You Get Fair Compensation for All Car Accident Injuries
More than 30% of Queens car accident victims who were hospitalized between 2012 and 2014 were treated for traumatic brain injuries. The consequences of even a minor head injury can be surprising and serious. We can help you recover compensation if you suffered a head injury or if your injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Broken bones
- Chest injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Wrongful death of a loved one
You don’t have to wait until you’re fully recovered to get legal advice. We’re ready to get started investigating the cause of your accident today. If you were injured in a car accident and are ready to learn more, call to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney who can help.
Establishing Liability After a Car Accident
New York is a no-fault insurance state. It doesn’t matter who or what caused the accident–you’re first going to file a claim with your own insurance company. Even if the insurance company is willing to pay without a fight, your policy comes with limits. Those limits might not be enough to cover your actual costs.
Additional parties who might be held responsible if your injuries were serious include:
- The at-fault driver
- Truck drivers
- A NYC bus driver
- Employers of a person driving for work
- City transportation authorities
- The manufacturer of a defective vehicle component
Finding out what caused a car accident can be difficult, especially if you’re recovering from a serious injury.
Our dedicated legal team is here to put in the work needed to establish liability. We’ll fight to hold every responsible party fully accountable for their role in the crash.
Time to Act is Limited
Every insurance policy provides its own time limits on the time you have to file a claim. It’s particularly important to get help right away so that our lawyers can identify those time limits and act to preserve your rights.
In general, the New York statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit based on car accident injuries is three years from the date the accident occurred. If a NYC government entity is to blame, you have to file a notice of claim with the city within 90 days of the accident. Acting within these time limits protects your right to file a personal injury claim in New York City.
What if the Insurance Company Blames Me for the Accident?
The contributory negligence law in New York provides that everyone involved in a crash is responsible for their share of the blame. The at-fault driver’s insurance company can’t deny your claim simply because you were partly to blame.
Instead, your settlement or verdict is reduced in proportion to your share of the blame. If you were 20% at fault, your $100,000 settlement would be reduced to $80,000.
Our experienced lawyers in Queens, NY know what it takes to minimize your role in the accident so that you can get what you deserve.
What Types of Damages Are Available for Car Accident Victims?
Valuing a damages claim after a car accident is a difficult process. It involves putting a dollar value on all the ways the injury has impacted your life. Some things, like past medical bills, are simple.
But you’re also entitled to anticipated future costs and money for your suffering.
Our lawyers work with a team of medical, financial, and actuarial experts to seek full damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages while you recover
- Future medical treatment
- Reduced ability to earn a living in the future
- Physical therapy, rehab, and other treatment needs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of your loved one’s company or support if the accident resulted in wrongful death
- Damage to your vehicle or property
- And more
Even if you regularly pay your insurance premiums on time, it’s important to understand that your insurance company is not on your side. They’ll do anything they can to find a reason to dispute your claim. Our lawyers can step in and fight to protect what’s rightfully yours–all you have to do is call.
Contact an Experienced Queens Car Accident Lawyer for a Free Case Evaluation Today
If you wait to take action after a car accident, it becomes more difficult to get the evidence needed to support your claim. An experienced Queens car accident lawyer at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. is available to start working on your case immediately.
To speak with a personal injury attorney, you can call our law firm or connect with us online. We represent clients in Queens, Staten Island, and across NYC.