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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. Motor vehicle accidents in the city are just part of daily life. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New York City car accident, you may be able to pursue compensation for any damages and losses you’ve suffered. To get the maximum compensation for your personal injury claim, you’ll need the help of a dedicated New York car accident injury lawyer .
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Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP has helped many people and their families recover losses after a New York City car accident. Contact us today to find out how we can help you. We can be reached at (212) 986-7353.
What Damages Losses Can I Recover After a New York Car Accident?
The tenacious attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP can help you pursue financial compensation for the following damages after a car accident in New York:
- Medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Property damage and loss
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
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
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.
Let our New York Car Accident Attorneys Stand Up to Insurance Companies On Your Behalf
Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP has 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 the friend of injured people. 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.
Car Accident Statute of Limitations in New York
For those not familiar with the term, 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.
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.
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 applies 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 is better that you 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 is the statute of limitations for an automobile accident injury in New York?
A: In general, the statute of limitations for filing an injury claim is three years. 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. 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.
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.
Protecting Your Rights After a New York City Car Accident
The legal team at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP has guided many people and their families to financial settlements they needed following New York car accidents. You can reach us at (212) 986-7353.