New York Vehicle Accident Lawyer
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Why NYC Is a Dangerous Place for Drivers, Passengers, Cyclists and Pedestrians
New York is a city on the go — fast, busy and bustling. More than 23 million people call the New York metro home, with about 1.6 million in Manhattan alone. That’s to say nothing of the enormous and ever-present tourist population. At any given time, then, we have millions of people on the move. New Yorkers rush into subways, hop into cabs, use their smartphones to summon Uber or Lyft rides, or get behind the wheels of their own vehicles. Add to that the visitors who don’t always know where they’re going or how to get there. They sometimes dart unwittingly into traffic or make dangerous last-minute turns in a rental car.
The sheer volume of hustle, bustle and transportation means that accidents are just waiting to happen here. And they happen all the time. Even if crashes don’t produce catastrophic injuries or death (and in many cases, they do), New York auto accidents trigger an avalanche of stress, red tape, and financial hardship. Medical bills, lost income, endless paperwork, continuous pain, emotional trauma, and flashbacks all become daily reminders of a terrible event.
Unfortunately, the at-fault party’s insurance company typically offers very little help. If they offer a settlement, it’s likely for much less than the victim deserves. In today’s legal climate, insurance companies rarely do the right thing unless the victim hires a lawyer. As New York City vehicle accident lawyers, we understand how frustrating and unfair that is.
Contact Kaplan Lawyers PC today to schedule a free consultation with our team. That’s why Kaplan Lawyers PC offers contingency fee representation. You don’t have to pay us unless (and until) we get you money.
Common Causes of NYC Vehicle Accidents
While vehicle crashes have many causes, the most common is human error. When people make mistakes behind the wheel, other people can suffer dearly. Here are some of the most common causes of New York City traffic collisions:
- Reckless Driving – This includes speeding, failure to observe stop signs or traffic signals, improper lane changes, illegal turns or following another vehicle too closely. In 2015, speeding was a contributing factor in 27 percent of vehicle crash fatalities. In 2014, 48,774 New York vehicle crashes were caused, at least partially, by a driver following too closely to the vehicle in front of them.
- Distracted Driving – More than ever before, drivers have mobile devices and accessories that draw their attention from the road. In addition to mobile phones, distraction can include extra passengers, loud music, navigation devices, car stereos, eating, drinking and grooming while driving. In 2014, distraction contributed to 48,774 crashes in New York.
- Impaired Driving – Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol have put others in danger because of their poor decision to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. In 2014, alcohol was a contributing factor in 7,391 vehicle crashes in New York, and the use of illegal drugs contributed to another 650 crashes.
- Failure to Drive Appropriately for Weather Conditions – When snow, ice and rain start to fall in New York, it is up to drivers to adjust their driving behaviors accordingly.
- Drowsy Driving – Whether driving home after a long work shift or on a long road trip, fatigue can make a driver inattentive and extremely dangerous. In 2014, drowsy driving contributed to 1,343 crashes in New York. That same year, it was reported that 3,177 crashes occurred because the driver fell asleep behind the wheel.
- Hit-and-Run Collisions – In some cases, a negligent driver flees the scene, leaving victims to suffer in the wake of the damage they left behind. Every year, hit-and-run drivers kill around 1,500 drivers, 60 percent of which are pedestrians. When hit-and-run accidents occur, victims can still sometimes find a way to be compensated for the damages they’ve suffered.
- Vehicle Defects – Sometimes it is not the error of the driver but rather a manufacturing error that can lead to a serious vehicle crash. Defective tires, brakes or headlights are just a few examples of defective vehicle parts that can cause motorists injury and accident. In 2014, vehicular factors led to 10,006 crashes in New York, the most common of which were defective brakes and tire failures.
If you were hurt in a car accident, it’s not your responsibility to identify the cause of another driver’s negligence. Leave that to Kaplan Lawyers PC. We’ll investigate your case to find out who was at fault and how much you are owed. Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.
FAQs: Vehicle Accidents
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Vehicle Crash Types by Point of Impact
Vehicle crashes often involve a collision with another vehicle or a stationary object. The point of impact in a vehicle can determine the severity of the injuries suffered by occupants. In 2015:
- 54%: Frontal impact collisions accounted for over half of vehicle occupant deaths.
- 25%: Side impact collisions accounted for one-quarter of vehicle occupant deaths.
- 5%: Rear impact collisions accounted for 5 percent of vehicle occupant deaths.
- 16%: Other types of impact, mostly rollovers, accounted for 16 percent of vehicle occupant deaths.
Regardless of your crash type, you deserve payment for the harm you’ve suffered. Kaplan Lawyers PC is here to help you get it. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
If You Need to Deal with Insurance Companies…
Remember that when speaking to your own insurance company, you should cooperate with them to the best of your ability. However, if they offer you an amount that is inadequate, you are under no obligation to accept that offer. Contact an attorney to fight for the payment you are owed.
If you are contacted by another driver’s insurance company, or any insurance company that is not your own, do not speak to them. A representative of an insurance company might try to get you on the record making statements that eventually shift the blame away from their policyholder or reduce the amount of money you’re offered. Direct these representatives to your attorney.
Our team knows how to deal with insurance companies. Let us do the work on your behalf. Contact Kaplan Lawyers PC today to schedule a free consultation.
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After being involved in a car crash, people are forced to place their trust in others. They rely on their attorneys to represent them in claims, doctors to treat their injuries and auto body shops to repair their vehicles. Just like all the other professionals that assist people after a vehicle crash, auto body shops provide an invaluable service to their clientele, and they work hard to make sure their customers are taken care of. Read Full Article
If You Might Be Injured, See a Doctor
If you’ve been involved in a vehicle accident, you should always see a doctor to eliminate the possibility of an injury. This is no time to “power through” or put a brave face on your pain. Injuries should be treated immediately, and it’s best to document your suffering in case you need to file a legal claim for compensation. So many things can go wrong after a car wreck. Don’t leave anything up to chance. Go see a doctor as soon as possible, and follow the physician’s advice closely.
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There is a narrative we hold near and dear in America: Progress makes life better. In a blink of the proverbial eye, technology has created a world that is more connected and convenient than ever before. For the most part, we’re healthier, safer, and smarter. For all their virtues, emerging technologies bring with them their own challenges. Innovation opens the door to both improvement and peril. I submit that we’re seeing a bit of both on the highway horizon. Read Full Article
NYC Vehicle Accidents and Road Safety
Consequences of NYC Vehicle Accidents
Victims of negligent drivers in New York can face immeasurable hardship from the injuries they have suffered. Some of these injuries include:
- Spinal Cord Injury – Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, causing around 38 percent of SCIs.
- Traumatic Brain Injury – Crashes are also one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries, causing around 17 percent of TBIs.
- Burns – Around 5 percent of burns admitted to burn centers in the United States occurred on roadways.
- Broken Bones – One medical study concluded that motorists at the greatest risk for fractures were motorcyclists and bicyclists
- Internal Damage – Internal injuries, such as organ damage, intestinal damage or fractured ribs, can be extremely dangerous for victims in vehicle crashes, largely because they can be difficult to detect upon initial inspection.
- Wrist and Ankle Injuries – Trimalleolar and colles wrist fractures can be expensive, painful injuries with effects that linger for the rest of a victim’s life.
- Whiplash – Whiplash, a sudden jerk that causes a head and/or neck injury, is one of the most common types of injuries following a vehicle crash, especially in rear-end collision injuries.
In addition to pain and suffering, victims must deal with the financial fallout of a traffic crash, including medical bills, lost income, loss of work capacity and ongoing therapy and rehabilitation. In the worst of vehicle accidents, the victim can lose their life due to the negligence of another driver. In these cases, it is possible for surviving family members to hold the at-fault driver responsible for the financial fallout stemming from the loss of a loved one, including outstanding medical bills, funeral costs, loss of income and end-of-life care costs.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent driver, you should not have to pay the costs for their mistakes. Our New York vehicle accident attorneys are here to help you hold that negligent driver accountable for the losses they caused you. Contact Kaplan Lawyers PC today to learn more about how we can help you win the payment that you deserve.