Automobile Accidents

Automobile Accidents
What’s my first step after a car crash in New York?
First, make sure you're safe. Move to a secure spot if you can, and call 911. It's crucial to get medical help if needed and to report the accident. Swap contact and insurance info with the other driver but try not to blame anyone or admit fault right there and then. Take pictures and make notes about the crash scene.
How quickly do I need to act on my injury claim?
New York gives you three years from the accident date to start a personal injury lawsuit. But this can change depending on your situation, so it's wise to talk to a lawyer early to make sure you don't miss your chance.
What kind of money can I get from my lawsuit?
You might be able to get money back for medical bills, lost pay, pain and suffering, and even damage to your car or property. In rare cases, if the other party was really reckless, you might also get extra money as a punishment to them.
Who's at fault, and how does that affect my claim?
New York uses rules that look at everyone's actions to figure out who's responsible. If you're found partly to blame, any money you get could be reduced by your share of the fault. However, you can still get some compensation unless you're entirely at fault.
Should I get a lawyer for my car accident claim?
It's not mandatory, but having a lawyer can make a big difference. They can handle the legal stuff, talk to insurance companies for you, and fight to get you the best possible outcome while you focus on getting better.
How does New York's insurance system impact my case?
New York's law means your own insurance pays for some of your medical bills and lost earnings first, no matter who caused the crash. But for serious injuries, you can ask the person at fault for more money.
How much will a lawyer cost me?
Many car accident lawyers work on a "no win, no fee" basis, meaning they only get paid if you win. Their fee is a portion of the settlement or court award you receive. Plus, initial talks with them are usually free, so you can understand your options without any upfront cost.
How long until I see my settlement?
It varies. Some cases wrap up in a few months, while others might take longer, especially if they go to trial. The complexity of your case, the severity of your injuries, and how negotiations go can all affect the timeline. A seasoned lawyer can offer a more specific estimate based on your case's details.
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