What to Do After a Car Accident If You Are Not at Fault

Determining fault or liability in a motor vehicle accident can be complicated depending upon the circumstances of the accident, the state you live in, the actions of the other involved parties, etc. As in all accidents, it is vital to seek medical help as soon as possible, gather all the necessary information at the time of the accident, keep good records and notify your insurance company. Keep in mind that if the police are called to the scene of the accident and assess that the property damage is less than $500, they may not make an accident report.

New York is a no-fault insurance state. This means that if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, or are a passenger, pedestrian or bicyclist in New York State who is involved in an accident, you will be reimbursed for medical costs and other damages by your own insurance company regardless of who is responsible for causing the accident. You have only 30 days from the date of the accident to file an application for no-fault benefits. These benefits include payment for medical bills, prescription drugs, lost wages and transportation to and from medical providers and any other losses that may be incurred because of the accident.

If you want to make a claim against the person you believe is responsible for your injuries and damages, you must reach a ‘no-fault’ threshold, which is determined by the severity of the injuries as defined by New York State law. Proving that you have sustained a serious injury, such as a permanent partial disability, helps you in pursuing a claim for pain and suffering damages. Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY provides quality legal representation to every client. Our skilled and professional personal injury lawyers have decades of experience helping tens of thousands of individuals receive the best compensation possible.

Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY is committed to providing affordable legal representation to those in need and as our client, you will pay no attorney fee until and unless we successfully settle your case or win a verdict in your favor. Call 1-877-504-5562 .

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If you have suffered serious injuries or needed medical attention after a motor vehicle accident, let our personal injury attorneys help and guide you. We will work diligently to help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. To speak with us, call 1-877-504-5562 or email [email protected].

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP