Were you or a loved one hurt in a car accident in Staten Island?
A Staten Island car accident lawyer at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. will fight to get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Navigating the legal system is never easy. You shouldn’t have to do it alone. Call our law offices in New York to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how our experienced personal injury attorneys can help.
How an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer Can Help if You Were Hurt in a Staten Island Crash
If you were seriously hurt or lost a loved one in a car crash, your entire life can change in a moment.
It’s possible that you’ll be struggling to recover for weeks, months or even years. However, you only have a limited amount of time to protect your right to compensation.
Even if liability is clear, you have to act quickly to find out what happened, prepare your claim, and negotiate with the insurance companies. If it all seems overwhelming, you’re not alone. Many car crash victims end up accepting lowball settlement offers because they don’t want to deal with the hassle.
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our lawyers can take on the burden. We’ll work to get every dollar you deserve. When you hire us, an experienced Staten Island personal injury lawyer will:
- Conduct a comprehensive investigation into the accident
- Hire experts and specialists to establish the fair value of your injuries–including future costs
- Locate every party who might share in the blame to get the most compensation possible from all parties
- Minimize your role in the crash when the insurance company tries to blame you for getting hurt
- Stand up to the insurance company when they try to discount the value of your claim
Our personal injury attorneys have over 40 years of experience handling car accident claims in New York City. We’ve dedicated our entire practice to fighting for accident victims’ rights. We’ll put the full weight of our experience and legal knowledge to work to maximize your compensation award.
To learn more about our law firm and how we can help get the compensation you deserve, we’d be happy to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.
Are the Roads in Staten Island That Dangerous?
The NYPD estimates that, in Staten Island, 229 car accident victims were injured in August 2020 alone. One was killed.
The NYPD also provides an interactive tool that compares 2020 car crash data to 2019. According to that data, car accident reports dropped by over 28% in 2020 when compared to the same month in 2019.
In Richmond County, motor vehicle accidents have historically been the third leading cause of injury-related hospitalization and emergency room visits. Data shows that, every two months:
- Three Richmond County car accident victims die
- 92 are hospitalized
- 677 victims are taken to the emergency room
The cost of treating these injuries can be shocking. The New York Department of Health estimates that Staten Island car accident victims spend a total of $31.1 million on hospitalization and emergency room visits each year.
Why Are Car Accidents So Common in Staten Island?
People don’t cause car accidents on purpose. However, careless actions can cause an accident in an instant. Some of the most common causes of car accidents in Staten Island include:
- Distracted driving/driver inattention
- Following too closely
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Speeding accidents
- Backing up unsafely
- Improper passing or lane usage
- Improper turns
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Road rage
- Vehicle defects
Poor weather, dangerous road conditions, and high speeds only contribute to the severity of an accident.
If your accident was caused by one or more of these factors, you should be able to hold the at-fault party accountable for negligence.
Who Will Pay My Expenses if I Was Hurt in a Car Accident?
Under the New York no-fault insurance law, you’ll first file a claim for medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage with your insurance company. If your injuries are serious, you might quickly find that this coverage isn’t nearly enough. Every policy has limits–and drivers understandably often opt for the minimum coverage.
When your injuries are serious or permanent, we’ll work to show that someone else was negligent. We can then file a claim against that negligent party and their insurance company. Examples of potentially responsible parties include:
- Careless drivers
- Truck drivers
- Trucking companies
- Employers of negligent drivers
- Bus drivers
- NYC transit authorities
- A company that made a defective vehicle component
Finding out what happened is always the first step in our process. We’ll investigate to identify everyone who was to blame. Our personal injury attorneys can then go to work to hold each party liable for their share of the damages.
We Handle All Types of Staten Island Car Crash Cases
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., we handle all types of car accident cases. Common types of car accidents include:
- Rollover accidents
- Rear-end crashes
- Head-on collisions
- T-bone accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
With some accident types, it might seem like it’s easy to determine who’s to blame. However, even in a rear-end accident, establishing fault can be tricky.
We’ll Work to Get Money For All of Your Car Accident Injuries
Our Staten Island personal injury attorneys at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. handle all types of injury cases. No case is too complex or small. With car accident victims, we commonly see injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Broken bones
- Chest injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Wrongful death of a loved one
You deserve compensation to make up for all the ways your injury has changed your life. Even if you’ll completely recover, your life will be put on hold during the recovery process.
If you’re ready to learn more, call our law offices for a free consultation. We’re ready to go to work for you today.
How Much Time Do I Have to Get Compensation?
New York law provides technical rules that limit the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. You have three years from the date of the auto accident to sue.
If the transit authorities or another NYC governmental entity was to blame, you only have 90 days to file a notice of claim with the city.
Insurance companies also provide their own set of time limits. Every company is different, so call us today so that we can make sure to preserve your rights.
How Much Compensation Can I Recover if I Was Hurt in a Staten Island Car Crash?
When you’re looking at any insurance settlement, remember that it’s impossible to make an informed decision if you don’t know what your case is worth. If you accept without this information, you might end up with less than you deserve.
Our lawyers have been negotiating car accident settlements with insurance companies and defense lawyers for over 40 years. We know how to accurately value your claim. That way, you aren’t left struggling financially once your settlement is spent.
We’ll fight to get fair compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and salary
- Future medical treatment
- Reduced ability to earn a living in the future
- Physical therapy, rehab and long-term care
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- 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
Our lawyers take the time to build a strong insurance claim at the outset. We work with leading experts to estimate your future costs and help you understand what to expect.
NYC insurance companies take our attorneys at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. seriously. With our experience and dedication on your side, you’re much more likely to walk away with a fair settlement.
Can I Still Recover Damages if I Was Partly to Blame?
If anyone else shared in the blame, you can recover damages even if you were partly at fault. The contributory negligence law in New York will not bar your right to recover damages. Instead, your damages award will be reduced by a percentage of fault that is assigned to you.
This percentage is usually a part of the negotiations with the insurance company. If we go to court, the judge or jury will decide.
Our lawyers know what types of evidence and arguments can be used to minimize your role in the crash. If shared fault is an issue in your case, give us a call today to learn more about how we can help.
Call to Arrange a Free Consultation With a Staten Island Car Accident Lawyer
We’re all busy people. The last thing you want is to have your life derailed by a car accident. If you were injured in an accident, an experienced Staten Island car accident lawyer at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. can help.
To learn more about how we can fight to maximize your compensation award, reach out to schedule a free consultation today.