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If you have been injured in an auto accident because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. At Stanley Law Offices, we understand the pain and devastation that can follow an auto accident. That is why we work so hard to help our clients obtain the full and fair compensation they deserve after an auto accident. As the victim of an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your current and future medical treatment, pain and suffering, lost wages, and property damage.
Pursuing Compensation After a Motor Vehicle Accident
Under New York law, victims of personal injury accidents have a right to pursue compensation for the damages they have incurred as a result of the accident. The plaintiff is the individual who became injured in an accident, and the defendant is the person or company whose negligence caused the accident that resulted in the plaintiff’s injuries. If you were injured in a car accident, bicycle accident, pedestrian accident, or any other auto accident, we recommend discussing your case with an attorney to learn about your legal options. An attorney can help you understand whether you have a right to pursue damages through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Common Causes of Auto Accidents in New York
Unfortunately, the majority of car accidents are preventable. Many car accidents are caused by driver error or distraction. Regardless of the cause of your auto accident, if the other party was negligent, you will likely need to file a claim for compensation. In auto accidents, there are often multiple factors contributing to the accident. At Stanley Law Offices, we will carefully investigate your case and help you identify all of the causes of your accident and all of the potential defendants who may be liable. Common causes of auto accidents include the following:
- Drunk driving: In the United States, nearly 30 people die from drunk driving accidents every day. The use of alcohol and drugs reduces someone’s ability to drive properly, leading to an increased risk of driver error and accidents.
- Distracted driving: Distracted driving includes any activity that takes your attention away from driving. Common forms of distracted driving include texting or talking, eating or drinking, adjusting a GPS, or simply staring out the window and not focusing on the road.
- Road defects and hazards: Road hazards and defects such as potholes, debris, and icy roads can cause devastating accidents. If a road hazard caused your accident, you may be able to hold the responsible city or state financially liable for your injuries.
- Manufacturer automobile defects: Sometimes an accident is not caused by driver error. Instead, the motorists may be following all the rules of the road but still be unable to prevent an accident because there are defective parts in their vehicle. In these cases, the victim may be able to hold the car manufacturer or dealership liable for their injuries.
Common Injuries Sustained in Auto Accidents
Auto accidents can lead to devastating injuries that permanently impact a victim’s life. It only takes a few seconds for someone to be catastrophically injured in a car accident. For example, if a victim suffers a spinal cord injury, they could become paralyzed from the location of the injury downward. Victims of traumatic brain injuries caused by car accidents may need ongoing medical care for the rest of their lives. These types of injuries can result in millions of dollars in medical bills. At Stanley Law, you can rest assured that if you work with us, we will fight for the full amount of compensation you deserve. Common serious injuries resulting from car accidents include the following:
- Paralysis and other spinal cord injuries, such as herniated discs
- Brain damage, such as Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
- Heart attacks
- Multiple fractures
- Significant scarring
- Emotional trauma, such as PTSD
Determining Liability After a Car Accident
In order to recover compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company or through a lawsuit, you will need to prove liability. In order to prove fault and liability, you will need to show that the other party’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional behavior caused your injuries. For example, suppose you had the right-of-way and another driver failed to yield, causing an accident. In that case, they are probably responsible for causing your resulting injuries.
New York is a comparative negligence state, meaning that both parties can be at fault for an auto accident. You can still recover compensation even if you were partially at fault for the accident. However, your damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if the court determines that you were 20% at fault for the car accident and award you $100,000 in damages, you will only be able to take home $80,000.
What to Do After a Car Accident
If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you not wait to receive medical attention. Many auto accident victims experience delayed symptoms. For example, a victim may not realize the full extent of his or her neck pain until a day after the accident when the adrenaline wears off. Likewise, concussion symptoms often take longer to be felt and may not be immediately apparent after an accident.
Emotional trauma like PTSD can be a delayed symptom of a car accident. One of the first things you should do is undergo a thorough medical evaluation. Make sure you keep all of your medical records and attend your doctor’s appointments. Doing so will help you show that the auto accident caused her injuries when you file a claim.
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a dedicated Accident Attorney from the Team at Stanley Law
If you or your loved one has been seriously injured in a car crash in Upstate New York, you need an experienced attorney on your side. Using the Stanley System, we work to get your the MAXIMUM Award in your case. You only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit. Contact the auto accident attorneys at Stanley Law Offices today to schedule your free initial consultation and learn more about our legal services and how we’re prepared to put the Stanley System to work for you.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]