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First Steps When Injured in Auto Accident | Contact David J. Hernandez Brooklyn Law Firm
When other drivers are distracted or reckless, you may end up paying the price. In New York State, over 150,000 thousand individuals are harmed each year in an auto accident.
If you have been injured in a car accident, don’t sign away your right to full and fair compensation!
The physical, emotional, and financial impact of these acts of negligence and disregard is enormous. Victims of vehicle accidents often suffer devastating and life-altering injuries as a result.
We’ve helped thousands receive the compensation they deserve. Call today.
With decades of combined experience, our Brooklyn personal injury attorneys have the skills, resources, and team to help you hold the responsible parties accountable for your auto accident injuries. For all of our auto accident victims, we consult with various accident reconstruction experts, medical experts, and economic impact specialists to establish fault and accurately determine the complete financial impact of your injuries. Our advocates aggressively pursue a level of compensation for the real personal and lifetime costs of your injuries. Insurance companies will try to get away as cheaply as possible with an insignificant value. Don’t be a victim who settles with an insurance company without representation by our auto accident attorneys in Brooklyn, NY.
Your compensation may be able to cover the full cost of your auto accident injuries, including:
- Hospital and doctor bills
- Lost wages
- Medical care costs, including rehabilitative and long-term care
- Pain and suffering
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Our firm is committed to leveling the playing field for accident victims. Insurance companies are only interested in guarding their profits and not above taking advantage of claimants. They will often threaten or bully plaintiffs in their attempts to deter claims or deny liability.
Rest assured, our team of aggressive personal injury lawyers is not intimidated! We offer our legal services in both English and Spanish for your convenience.
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At the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates, we have helped over thousands of clients recover tens of millions of dollars in injury restitution. If you have been harmed by someone else’s reckless or careless driving, you have a right to receive financial compensation!
Don’t continue to foot the bill for another driver’s negligence! Get in touch with our firm today to schedule a complimentary case consult.
We proudly represent clients in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and the surrounding areas of New York and New Jersey. Hablamos Español.
AUTO ACCIDENT QUESTION AND ANSWERS
Who to call for auto accident advice?
If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, it is best to consult an attorney experienced in auto accident claims. An experienced auto accident attorney can help you maximize your recovery for injury and loss (or help you defend yourself if you were at fault).
Who should file an auto accident claim?
You’ve been in a car accident and best case scenario you’ve managed to exchange information and get you and your car out of traffic. Now you need to report your claim to your insurance company, even if the accident was not your fault. You’ll find that rule in the fine print of your auto insurance policy where they detail your duties and responsibilities. If you feel the other driver was at fault and were able to get their insurance information you could contact their insurance company instead of waiting around to hear from them. It is possible they did not file a claim. An auto accident attorney or your insurance company can advise you on how to proceed with a claim.
What to expect from an auto accident settlement?
No two auto accidents are alike so auto accident settlements can vary greatly. There are several factors that contribute to the value of your auto accident claim such as:
- Severity of injuries
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Total cost of medical bills
- Loss of companionship
When attempting to get a fair settlement for your claim your auto accident attorney will focus on three factors:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Lost wages or loss of earning capacity (past and future)
- Pain, suffering, disfigurement and disability (past and future)
What is my auto accident claim worth?
While there is not a true mathematical formula that will give you an estimate of what your auto accident is worth, you can expect better results with an experienced attorney who will effectively build your case based on these factors.
Auto Accident Settlement Examples
$70,000 auto accident settlement – A passenger in an automobile that collided with another vehicle suffered a mild traumatic brain injury. Before trial, the parties stipulated to a settlement of $70,000.00.
$105,000 auto accident settlement – A woman in a car was t-boned by a vehicle that went through a stop sign at 50 mph and suffered three broken ribs and multiple contusions. She received $105,000 for her claims.
$20,000 auto accident verdict – A man is rear-ended by a vehicle that failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to maintain a safe distance between vehicles. The man claimed that he sustained a torn rotator cuff which required surgery, medical bills of $12,000, and lost income of $2,000. The other driver admitted liability but disputed the extent of the man’s injuries. After deliberating for about 1 ½ hours, a jury returned a verdict of $20,000 for the plaintiff.
What happens after an auto accident?
If you have been involved in an auto accident, there are certain things you need to do that will be vital to your health and to any claim you will file.
- Move to safety, if medically possible, out of the way traffic, wreckage, and debris.
- Contact the police or local authorities and give a factual statement of the accident so they can file an accident report if there are any injuries or damage.
- Get immediate medical attention so your injuries can be attended to and documented.
- Get the contact information of every driver involved in the accident as well as insurance and driver’s license information.
- Document the accident scene by taking pictures to include: damage to all vehicles, guardrails and other fixed objects, skid marks, the state of the tire tread, and the condition of the other vehicles involved.
- Contact an accident attorney who specializes in auto accidents and will make sure you receive a settlement offer that reflects the true cost of your injuries and loss.
- After you’ve given your official statement, do not talk to the other drivers or their insurance companies to dispute claims and settlements. Let your lawyer do the talking.
When to call the police in an auto accident?
The laws vary by state on when you are required to call the police following an auto accident. In New York, the driver of a car that causes injury to someone must report an accident involving personal injury to the police, but they only have to report an accident involving only property damage if the owner of the damaged property is not present at the accident scene. Failure to report an auto accident involving injury, death, or damage above $1,000 in New York is punishable by jail time, fines, or both.
When to hire an auto accident lawyer?
If you have been in an auto accident that resulted in injury or monetary loss an experienced auto accident attorney can help you with claims against the driver at fault and insurance companies. Your auto accident attorney knows the laws and procedures to handle your legal issues and acts as your advocate throughout the case. If you have suffered injuries, faced expensive medical bills, or have experienced loss of wages due to an accident, it is time to hire an experienced auto accident attorney.
How do auto accident settlements work?
If you are the injured victim in an auto accident, you file a claim against the at-fault driver and his insurance company. Before starting negotiations, your auto accident attorney will figure out what your claim is worth taking into consideration your medical bills, verdict amounts in similar cases and the amount of time spent in treatment for your injuries. You’ll make a demand of the insurance company based on the documentation of your case which begins the negotiation process. The insurance company’s claim adjuster will look for weakness in your case that will allow the insurance company to offer the smallest settlement possible. The insurance company responds with a counter offer, and the negotiation continues until you receive an offer you accept or failing to reach an agreement look for resolution through other means such as a trial.
Are auto accident reports public record?
The police report of an auto accident is public record and can be obtained for a fee from the police department who wrote the accident report, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and numerous third-party sources who specialize in background checks.
Are auto accident settlements taxable?
“If you receive a settlement for personal physical injuries or physical sickness and did not take an itemized deduction for medical expenses related to the injury or sickness in prior years, the full amount is non-taxable. Do not include the settlement proceeds in your income.” Source: Publication 4345 (Rev. 4-2015) – IRS.gov
DISCLAIMER: This website includes general information about legal issues and is not intended to be legal advice. Website content is for informational purpose only and may not reflect the most current legal developments. These informational materials must not be taken as legal advice on any specific set of facts or circumstances. Any examples of cases and settlements are informational samples and are not cases handled by this law office. Contact a lawyer licensed in your jurisdiction for advice on specific legal issues.