Bronx Car Accident Lawyer
Every year, more than three million people across the United States suffer serious injuries in car accidents. Many of those occur in the Bronx, especially in dangerous intersections or during commutes. Unfortunately, even seemingly minor collisions can leave victims suffering from serious injuries. If you suffer injuries in a car accident in the Bronx, you need an attorney who will fight to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact our Bronx personal injury lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, today.
Why Jacoby & Meyers is the Bronx Car Accident Attorney You Need
When you suffer serious injuries in a car accident in the Bronx, you need many things in your attorney: most importantly, an experienced car accident attorney dedicated to helping you seek the compensation you deserve. At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we have substantial experience in a wide range of personal injury claims, including car accidents. Check out some of our past successes:
- $3.5 million when a construction worker fell asleep at the wheel, causing an accident
- $2.5 million in a car accident claim
- $2.5 million in an accident between a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer
Our results in past auto accident cases cannot guarantee the funds you will receive from a car accident. When you choose to work with Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, however, you will get a dedicated team of attorneys who will fight hard to help you seek the compensation you deserve after a serious auto accident. Often, working with an attorney can help:
- Increase the compensation you recover. Many insurance companies do not want to pay out the full damages they owe after an accident, even if your injuries clearly show that you deserve the amount you asked for. They may try to issue a low settlement offer immediately after the accident, before you have time to consider the financial ramifications of your injuries, or they may require you to provide evidence of their driver’s responsibility. Many of our clients find that simply working with an attorney can substantially increase the compensation you receive for your injuries.
- Decrease the stress associated with the claims process. Filing a personal injury claim takes time. For many car accident victims, the process becomes extremely stressful, leaving you wondering if you should just accept a settlement offer and have the process over. When you work with an attorney, however, it often decreases the stress associated with the process, giving you more time and energy to focus on your recovery.
- Collect evidence on your behalf. Sometimes, you may need to collect evidence to prove who caused your accident: witness statements, records from traffic cameras or security cameras, or information from reliable expert witnesses who can help explain what led to your accident. Many attorneys can more easily access that evidence than you can on your own.
- Identify all the parties responsible for your car accident. In some cases, liability does not lie with the other driver alone. By working with an experienced Bronx car accident attorney, you can get a better idea of exactly who contributed to your accident and how it can impact your claim.
“Definitely hire Jacoby & Meyers if you are in a car accident” -Ray M.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Following a car accident, many victims have substantial injuries that cause missed work, high medical bills, and substantial pain and suffering. Common car accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury. Victims of a traumatic brain injury may face high physical, mental, and emotional costs. Not only do many victims of a traumatic brain injury struggle with both short-term and long-term memory problems following the accident, but they may also suffer from difficulty regulating emotions, mood swings, and problems with focus and concentration. Victims may suffer from vertigo or ongoing dizziness. Even victims of minor traumatic brain injuries may have symptoms more than a year after the injury. Some victims of severe traumatic brain injuries suffer symptoms for the rest of their lives.
- Spinal cord injuries. In the first six months after a car accident, spinal cord injury victims may make most of the progress they can make toward recovery. While victims of incomplete spinal cord injuries may recover a great deal of their mobility and strength in the impacted limbs, victims of complete spinal cord injuries may suffer paralysis below the site of the injury. Spinal cord injury can also lead to decreased feeling, tingling, or ongoing pain below the site of the injury.
- Burns. When a car catches on fire after an accident, it often goes up fast. Victims may have to struggle to get out of the car in time to avoid severe burns. Chemicals carried by another vehicle can also cause chemical burns. Not only do burns cause substantial pain, but they can also leave the victim with serious scarring. Even plastic surgery does not always fully restore the victim’s former appearance.
- Amputations. In a car accident, victims can have limbs torn away during the accident. They may also face crushing damage so severe that it cuts off blood flow to the impacted limb, which can require removal of that limb to protect the victim’s life. Amputation victims often require substantial occupational therapy to learn to cope with their new limitations following the loss of a limb. In addition, victims may choose to use a prosthesis to help stand in for the missing limb. Many amputees are forced to replace their prosthesis within the first year, as the stump changes throughout recovery. Others note that the average prosthesis lasts only around three to five years.
- Chest contusions. The chest contains many vital organs that support the body, including the heart and lungs. While a chest contusion may present at the scene of the accident as simply minor pain or tenderness, as swelling increases, it can threaten those organs. Victims with chest contusions may have severely limited activities while that deep bruising heals, requiring the victim to restrict both work and leisure activities, especially if he suffers damage to the heart or lungs.
- Broken bones. Many victims of car accidents suffer broken bones, especially on the side of the body struck by another vehicle. Broken bones impact mobility and cause substantial pain during the recovery process. In some cases, victims with broken bones may require surgical treatment to set and strength those bones, especially if the break occurs near a joint. Broken bones can cause ongoing pain as the car accident victim moves forward with his life after recovery.
- Soft tissue damage. While torn ligaments and tendons may not require casts, they may still require surgical intervention. In many cases, soft tissue damage causes more serious complications, including pain and limited mobility, for the victim than a broken bone. Soft tissue damage can prevent the victim from working due to pain, distraction, or inability to perform normal work tasks, especially if the victim works in a highly physical job.
Car Accident Injury Statistics in Bronx, NY
Handling a Car Accident Personal Injury Claim
In New York, drivers must carry personal injury protection insurance to help provide payment for immediate medical expenses and lost wages at work following an auto accident. Personal injury protection insurance covers the first part of your medical expenses, once you pay your deductible. Once you exceed the coverage of your personal injury protection insurance, you have grounds for a personal injury claim against the driver or other parties who caused or contributed to your car accident.
Finding the Responsible Party in a Bronx Car Accident Case
Following a car accident in the Bronx, you know the other driver caused the accident. You may not, however, recognize the other factors that often contribute to car accident cases. By filing a claim against all responsible parties after your auto accident, you can often increase the compensation you receive as well as holding those parties responsible for the injuries they caused.
Drunk drivers. Was your car accident caused by a drunk driver? If a bar or restaurant over-served that driver, the facility may share liability for the accident. Both bars and restaurants must pay careful attention to their patrons, especially those who plan to drive after leaving.
Drivers on the clock. When companies require their employees to drive, whether they carry large loads or small deliveries, those companies must provide reasonable working conditions for their drivers. If an employer expects the driver to drive in unsafe conditions, asks a driver to drive while sick or inebriated, or forces a driver to exceed the maximum hours he can legally work, that company may share liability for the accident. The company may also share liability if a mechanical failure in the vehicle occurred because that company held off on needed maintenance or ignored a potential problem with the vehicle.
Mechanics. Mechanical problems can cause serious accidents in the blink of an eye. If a mechanical accident, from a tire blowout to more serious engine trouble, caused your accident, you may need to consult with an attorney to determine if:
- The manufacturer shares liability. If, for example, the manufacturer chooses to leave vehicles on the market with known problems that could cause an accident, the manufacturer may share liability for your accident.
- A mechanic shares liability. Did a mechanic work on the vehicle recently? If he replaced the part that then caused the accident, or if he failed to notice or report a problem with the vehicle that led to an accident, he may share liability for your injuries.
Establishing Your Claim’s Value
In an auto accident, the insurance policy that covers the responsible driver and/or any other responsible parties will determine the maximum compensation you can receive for your accident. Many drivers carry comparatively low liability coverage, which means that if you suffer injuries in an accident with them, you may not get the full compensation you need to cover your medical bills and other expenses. Even with a great insurance policy, your compensation will depend on the extent of your injuries. Most people claim:
- Compensation for medical bills. The more severe your injuries, the more your medical expenses may add up. While victims with high tetraplegia after an accident resulting in spinal cord damage may pay close to a million dollars for care in the first year after the accident alone, victims with broken bones may pay only $2,500 for non-surgical treatment. When calculating your medical expenses, you should include visits to your doctor, therapies, and modifications to your home or vehicle after the accident. Talk with an attorney to make sure you do not miss any important medical expenses for which you deserve compensation.
- Compensation for missed time at work. Car accident injuries often prevent victims from returning to work for several reasons. First and foremost, your injuries may prevent you from working. Even when you can return to work, pain medication or lingering pain—or distraction or concentration issues from a traumatic brain injury—can prevent you from focusing fully on your work. You may also need to miss work on an ongoing basis for follow-up appointments, future surgeries, or therapy appointments.
- Compensation for lost earning potential. For many car accident victims, missed work becomes a permanent reality when severe injuries prevent a return to work. Compensation for lost earning potential can help cover the bills during your recovery or make it possible for you to get the training or certification necessary for a new, different type of job.
- Compensation for pain and suffering. Your car accident injuries may cause substantial physical pain and suffering. In addition, you may face mental and emotional anguish related to your injuries. By claiming compensation for pain and suffering, many victims can get the money they need to rebuild their lives after an auto accident.
Do You Need a Bronx Car Accident Attorney?
If you suffered injuries in an auto accident in the Bronx, you may need an experienced car accident attorney to help put together your claim package, negotiate with the insurance company, and seek the compensation you deserve.
Contact Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, today at (718) 294-0813 to fill out a free case evaluation form. We will match you with an experienced member of our legal team who will help determine your eligibility to file a claim.
“If it were not for the integral legal team of experts at Jacoby & Meyers I would not be where I am today with my recovery. I highly recommend hiring Jacoby & Meyers should you ever find yourself injured in an accident, and an individual or company needs to be held accountable for their negligence.” -C.J.
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