Key Questions After a New York Car Accident
Even if you take all the right steps after your crash, you will want or need to answer many questions.
You will seek out some of these answers right away, while other questions may arise in the days and weeks after the accident.
If you are wondering whether to call a New York car accident law firm, think about the following:
Are there injuries or fatalities?
If you or someone close to you suffered injuries in a crash, the first order of business is to get the medical help you or your loved one needs. If you required medical care or if a loved one did not survive, always speak with our law firm as soon as possible to determine the full cost of those injuries.
Are vehicles damaged?
Car crashes can cause serious damage to your car, and accidents can often completely total a car. You rely on your vehicle to get you around to work, school, or your family obligations. You should not pay for the costs of repairs or replacing your car if someone else caused your crash. You also do not want to go weeks or months without a vehicle. You deserve full compensation for the damage from the responsible party’s insurance company, and our law firm can help.
Are the police involved?
New York law enforcement officers regularly arrive at the scene of crashes. An officer should always try to identify if one or more drivers violated the law, such as intoxication. The police should arrest and charge a drunk driver for DUI. Officers can also issue citations for speeding, running red lights, and other traffic violations. If this happens, it can help you prove who was at fault in your future insurance claim.
Are there medical and insurance costs to pay?
If you do not have any financial losses, you can’t collect compensation from the insurance company. However, even if you have relatively minor medical bills or only paid a little out of pocket, you have the right to recover payment for those costs. Your health insurance company might not cover injuries if they happened in a car crash, as it expects the other driver’s insurance to cover them. Medical bills from car accidents can range from a few hundred dollars to millions of dollars and, in either case, you should call our law firm right away.
What are the legal rights and responsibilities of the drivers?
If any property damage or injuries occurred in a crash, New York law requires all drivers involved to stop and remain at the scene until they have rendered necessary aid and exchanged information. In the time following a crash, each driver’s rights and responsibilities will depend on who caused the crash.
Any drivers or motorists who did not act negligently have the right to file insurance claims against the negligent driver. Drivers who cause a crash will need to contact their own insurance companies, which have the responsibility of reimbursing victims for their losses. In many cases, more than one person may bear some fault. Have our law firm determine liability in your situation.
What kind of settlement should you expect?
If another driver was negligent and you file an insurance claim, the amount of your settlement payment will depend on many factors. These include:
-The severity of your injuries
-The total cost of your medical bills
-Whether you need ongoing medical care in the future
-How much work you missed and income you lost
-Whether you are able to go back to work in the future
-Whether you have lasting impairments, disfigurement, or disabilities
-The pain and suffering you experienced
Calculating the total amount of your losses can prove challenging, as many people do not know their full rights when it comes to compensation. You need the help of a skilled car accident law firm to ensure you request and receive the full amount you need to cover your past and future losses.
You will likely have many other questions as you begin medical treatments and start wondering about your legal options.
Oliveri & Schwartz offers COMPLETELY FREE consultations at ANY time. Feel free to call our team at 212-987-1100 any time, day or night, and we will be happy to discuss your claim with no obligation.
We are here day and night to take your call and start giving you some of the answers you are looking for.
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