New York Car Accident Lawyer
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, no New York car accident client’s case is merely “routine.” Every client deserves and gets our respect and our full commitment to recovering every penny of compensation that client deserves for the pain and difficulty inflicted on them by someone else’s wrongful actions.
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident in New York, contact our team of skilled New York Car Accident Attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP to protect your rights.
There were 434,596 motor vehicle accidents in New York State in 2018, according to official state data. 882 of them were fatal, resulting in the deaths of 936 drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists. Another 121,989 accidents caused personal injuries to a total of 168,304 people.
What these numbers tell us is as obvious as it is tragic. New York roads are dangerous places. Nearly 1,200 accidents happen on them every day, on average. Drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists who are lucky escape these accidents contending with nothing more than property damage. But as the numbers above reflect, hundreds of thousands of New York residents and visitors are not so lucky. Instead, they face sometimes-catastrophic or fatal injuries that destroy their families, careers, and finances.
Car Accident Injury Statistics in New York State
Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, is a New York car accident law firm with offices throughout New York. Day-in, day-out, our lawyers represent New York victims of preventable injuries caused by someone else’s careless or reckless actions.
A New York Car Accident Practice You Can Trust
Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, attorneys have decades of experience fighting to obtain fair compensation for New York car accident victims and their families. Proof of our track record of success for our clients can be found not just in the multiple million-dollar verdicts and settlements we have achieved in New York car accident cases, but also in the praise our clients give us for our commitment to delivering high-quality legal services and personalized attention to every client.
How We Represent New York Car Accident Victims
Car accidents happen out of nowhere. They are not something you plan for or expect. That is what makes dealing with the aftermath of a car accident so overwhelming and painful, physically, emotionally, and financially.
Some New York car accident victims and their families know they need legal help after an accident upends their lives. But even so, they rarely know what an attorney can do for them, or why it is so important to choose a lawyer carefully to ensure they recover every penny of compensation they deserve.
You do not need to search very hard to find lawyers who will tell you they are the “best.” But the fact is, there is only one Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, and our lawyers are proud of the unique culmination of experience we bring to the table when representing our clients.
We Work Tirelessly
Many New York car accident lawyers treat their profession as a volume business. As the numbers above show, there are lots of car accidents in New York. These lawyers may figure there will always be a “next” client, so they do not really need to put in the work to get “good enough” results.
Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, is not that kind of law firm. We see every client as a human being deserving of our utmost respect and the full measure of our commitment to success. And we understand that the only way to achieve top-dollar results in every case we handle is to treat every client like family. We aspire to:
- Gather evidence that others overlook. Where some lawyers for New York car accident victims might content themselves with reading police reports, we leave no stone unturned in investigating our clients’ cases. Police reports and client interviews are just the tip of the iceberg. We track down eyewitnesses, obtain security camera footage of accidents, and document every detail of accident scenes. That is because our team of lawyers and paralegal professionals understands that sometimes the biggest cases depend on the smallest piece of evidence. When appropriate, we employ experts to help us reconstruct accident scenes or to evaluate physical evidence, to ensure we gain every insight and scrap of information to turn a strong case for a New York car accident client into an unbeatable one.
- Identify every party with legal liability and the means to pay what is owed. Some lawyers look at a car accident and merely assume that the “other driver” is at fault, and that the other driver’s insurance company will pay damages. Not Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, lawyers. Of course, we recognize the “other driver” is a party with potential liability to our client in a New York car accident. But that never means the other driver is the only party with potential liability and the ability to pay. Not by a long shot. We dig deeper to find every party who contributed to causing the harm our client suffered, and who has the resources to contribute to our client’s recovery. In a New York car accident, that frequently includes the employer of the other driver, auto and auto-parts manufacturers, and even local governments that have a duty to design, build, and maintain safe roads. For each of those parties, we analyze not just why they have legal liability to our client, but also whether they have the means to pay our client damages.
- Construct rock-solid cases for damages. At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we understand that a case is only “worth” the amount of damages a lawyer can prove. Some attorneys take a shortcut by merely relying on the analysis of an insurance company in deciding how much money to demand for their clients. Not us. We investigate every way that a New York car accident has harmed our client, and then build a rock-solid body of evidence and arguments to support every dollar of compensation we demand from the other side. If necessary, we will employ medical and financial planning experts to help us evaluate and prove our client’s future financial needs down to the penny, and to help us put a dollar value on the difficult-to-value impacts of a car accident injury on our client’s quality of life. When we’re finished, our clients can rest easy knowing their claim for money damages rests on a solid, sound foundation of facts and legal arguments.
We Translate Our Hard Work Into Negotiating Strength
Most New York car accident cases settle before trial. That is simply the nature of our legal system. As a result, effective New York car accident lawyers have the sharpest negotiating skills. At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, our attorneys have decades of combined experience sitting across the negotiating table from defense attorneys and insurance company representatives. We have learned that the best way to achieve the highest dollar-value result in negotiations is to bring an ironclad case with you to the discussions.
Our reputation for hard work and meticulous preparation is well-earned. Defense counsel and insurance execs know that when a Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, lawyer walks into the room, the lawyer is ready and able to prove every dollar demanded on behalf of a client. That is the kind of negotiating strength our New York car accident clients need and deserve.
Do I need a Lawyer After a New York Car Accident?
Most cases settle, not all. That is why it is also critically important for New York car accident victims and their families to hire an attorney ready, willing, and able to take a case to trial and win. That is what clients get when they hire Jacoby & Meyers, LLP: seasoned, aggressive New York car accident trial lawyers with the sophistication to argue the law to the judge and the personal touch to explain the facts to jurors in language they understand.
Our team’s reputation as skilled, street-smart litigators works to our New York car accident clients’ advantage in and out of the courtroom. Sometimes, all it takes is for our opponents to see us in action in a courtroom to convince them they should settle for top-dollar rather than run the juggernaut of a trial against a Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, trial attorney. Though we can never promise a client a “win” at trial, we proudly point to our track record of success at trial to reassure our clients that if winning in the courtroom is what it takes to get them the money damages they deserve for a New York car accident, we are ready to do what it takes.
What to do After a New York Car Accident?
New clients seek our help with New York car accidents every day. Many of them walk into our offices scared, confused, and overwhelmed by the sudden, catastrophic disruption of their lives an accident has caused.
We do our best to support our New York car accident clients through those difficult times. But we also encourage potential clients to follow two rules for the aftermath of a New York car accident that will put them, and us, in the best position to recover the highest amount of damages available:
1: Always Get Medical Care.
It sounds obvious to say “go see a doctor after a car accident.” Unfortunately, however, many people avoid seeing a doctor after a wreck, and inadvertently put themselves at physical, emotional, and financial risk in the process. People think up all sorts of reasons for not getting medical help after a car accident. Some swear they feel fine. Others think it is better to tough it out rather than spend money on a doctor visit.
Those people are almost always making a mistake. New York car accident victims should ALWAYS get medical care immediately afterward. ALWAYS. The fact is, many New York car accident injuries do not show symptoms right away. These are serious, even fatal injuries we are talking about. Concussions. Nerve damage. Internal bleeding. Doctors can perform simple tests to diagnose these conditions. But not if you don’t go see the doctor to begin with.
Do not gamble with your health. Let a doctor examine you after a New York car accident, even if you do not “feel” injured. Not only will that doctor visit keep you healthy, it will also produce crucially important records of you having received medical care. Those records could prove indispensable when it comes time for your lawyer to prove your claim for money damages.
2: Beware Insurance Companies.
To be sure, you will probably have to deal with your own insurance company after a New York car accident. That is fine, so long as you keep your interactions short-and-sweet; that is, do not take the blame for a wreck, and do not minimize your injuries. But be careful when it comes to dealing with someone else’s insurance company. Better yet, avoid all contact with someone else’s insurance company.
Any insurance company other than your own that contacts you after a New York car accident has one, and only one, mission in mind: to minimize the amount of money it needs to pay you for your accident injuries. Insurance “adjusters” (the people who manage claims for insurance companies) have a deep bag of tricks they will deploy to try to get you to give up your legal rights to compensation for cheap. They will try to get you to say something that makes it seem like the accident was your fault. Or they will try to offer you a lowball settlement that doesn’t come close to paying you what you need and deserve.
Do not fall for these tricks. Refer any insurance company that calls you to your attorney instead.
New York Car Accident FAQ
Motor vehicle accidents happen every day across the country. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each year, motor vehicle accidents harm more than three million individuals. These crashes not only lead to catastrophic injuries and devastating medical expenses, but the victims are often left trying to figure out what steps they need to take after an accident and who they need to contact for legal help.
In this blog post, we answer some common questions about the legal rights of New York car accident victims. For answers to questions about a New York car accident that injured you or a loved one, contact the experienced New York car accident attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, today.
New York Car Accident FAQ
A New York car accident lawyer’s basic job in representing you is to prove that someone else’s unreasonably dangerous actions caused an accident that left you injured. Any photographs, documentation, witness statements, or other evidence that helps to prove that fact can contribute to a successful car accident claim.
You can help your lawyer gather that information. If you can do so safely, at the accident scene, take pictures or videos of the accident scene with your cell phone camera. Capture images of everything you see. No detail is too small. Get shots of the vehicles, your visible injuries, road conditions, weather conditions, lighting conditions, and the surrounding area.
In addition to taking pictures or video, also obtain names and contact information from everyone involved, drivers, passengers, and first responders alike. Also take down the other driver’s insurance information and license plate number, if applicable.
Finally, in the days and weeks that follow, keep everything relating to the accident. Save all documents, such as medical bills, receipts for medicine, and insurance statements. Keep the clothes you were wearing, even if emergency doctors had to cut them off of you to treat a wound. Keep broken personal property. When we say keep everything, we mean everything. Let your lawyer decide what’s important to your claim, and what isn’t.
Your own insurance company should pay you benefits under any policy you have. New York drivers, for example, must carry personal injury protection insurance that provides some financial protection against medical and disability costs relating to an accident. Your own health insurance may also cover some of your expenses, as can long-term disability insurance, if you carry it. These insurance companies are happy to take your premiums, but less happy to pay you the benefits you deserve.
The same goes for someone else’s insurance company—it will not aim to help you in most cases. That insurance company also wants to avoid paying you anything.
That is why you must always exercise extreme caution if an insurance company tries to contact you after an accident. Their goal in contacting you is to get you to give up your rights to compensation altogether, or as cheaply as possible.
Do not talk to the insurance company if you can help it. Let our experienced New York car accident injury lawyers handle those conversations on your behalf instead.
That depends. Are you represented by an experienced New York car accident injury lawyer? If so, then follow your lawyer’s advice about whether to accept a settlement.
If you do not yet have a lawyer representing you, then no, do not accept that offer. Anyone who makes a settlement offer to a New York car accident victim who does not yet have a lawyer is just trying to get off cheap. Hiring a skilled, experienced lawyer gives New York car accident victims the best chance of recovering the full compensation they deserve, not just the amount someone is willing to offer to you directly.
It all depends on the specific circumstances of your New York car accident.
Usually, the timeline of a claim depends on a variety of factors, including:
- The severity and types of injuries you suffered;
- The amount of money involved in your claim;
- The number of parties who may have a legal liability to you; and
- A dispute over whose dangerous actions caused the accident, or over legal questions involved in determining liability.
Most of these factors lie beyond any single victim’s or lawyer’s ability to control. One factor that you totally control, however, is when you choose to hire an experienced New York car accident injury attorney. The sooner you speak with a skilled lawyer, the better your chances of your claim wrapping up as soon as possible. Your New York car accident lawyer will know how to efficiently guide your claim to the best possible resolution.
Not always, but often.
New York is a no-fault auto insurance state. Drivers who register a car here must carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance that covers them and their passengers against the costs of accident injuries, regardless of who was at fault in an accident. PIP benefits are the primary source of payment of compensation for car accident injuries for anyone they cover. That means that if those benefits take care of all of your injury costs for a very minor car accident injury, then chances are you will not have a legal claim against someone else.
Your own PIP insurance company, however, might not prove any more willing to pay your claim than an at-fault driver’s insurance company—and we can help file claims for PIP insurance benefits.
If you suffer what New York law calls a serious injury in a car accident, and you run out of PIP benefits, then chances are you do have a legal claim against the party at fault for the crash that harmed you.
A serious injury is one that results in:
- Substantial disfigurement;
- Loss of a Fetus;
- A complete loss of a body organ, function, system, or member;
- Permanent limitation of a body organ, system, function, or member;
- Significant limitations to the use of a body system or function;
- A medical determination that the injury prevents the individual from experiencing normal daily activities for at least 90 days within180 days following the accident; or
To find out if you have the right to take legal action for your New York car accident injuries, speak with an experienced attorney right away.
If you have been injured in a New York car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
These monetary damages can often include:
- Economic damages representing the actual financial losses you suffered because of the accident, such as medical costs (past and future), lost wages and income (past and future), property damage, rehabilitation costs, household services, and any other out-of-pocket costs.
- Non-Economic damages consisting of the harm you suffered that did not necessarily result in an out-of-pocket cost, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium, loss of companionship, emotional distress, body disfigurement, and reputational damages.
- Punitive (or exemplary) damages that in exceptional cases where the defendant’s actions were truly outrageous seek to punish the wrongdoer and deter future instances of the same type of dangerous conduct.
Every New York car accident has its own unique facts and circumstances that contribute to determine whether and how much a victim can recover by taking legal action. Work with an experienced New York car accident injury attorney to determine your eligibility for compensation.
In New York, the statute of limitations for filing a claim for a car accident is three years from the date of the injury. That does not mean you should wait that long to hire an attorney, however. The strongest case is almost always the one a lawyer gets started working on as soon as possible after the accident that injured the lawyer’s client. Over time, memories fade, evidence goes missing, and witnesses scatter. Contact a New York car accident attorney as quickly as possible to make sure you give yourself the best possible chance of recovering the compensation you deserve.
Car accident injuries vary depending on the type of crash, the speed of the collision, the position of the people inside the car, and the force at which the vehicle is struck. Some of these injuries may resolve quickly, while others can turn deadly.
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries: Head and brain injuries are the most prevalent injury in a car accident. In a car crash, your head can sustain a violent blow or jolt. When this occurs, your brain can sustain damage inside the skull.
- Fractured bones: Bones can only take so much force before they snap. Car accidents produce many broken or fractured bones and require immediate medical attention.
- Soft tissue injuries: These injuries often result from a sudden twisting motion or blow to the body that results in damage to the ligaments, tendons, or muscles.
- Lacerations and bruising: Broken glass or metal from a car accident can often penetrate the skin and result in deep lacerations. While a blow to the surface of the skin and the underlying tissue can result in bruising.
- Spinal cord injuries and back injuries: These injuries are often quite severe and can result in permanent paralysis. In addition, severe back injuries may require surgery and physical therapy services. However, the treatment for both of these injuries can last a lifetime.
No matter what type of injury you sustained in a New York car accident, an experienced attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Virtually all experienced New York car accident injury lawyers offer a free case evaluation for new clients. It costs you nothing to sit down with an attorney for the first time.
Any attorney you hire will also most likely agree to represent you on contingency. This is an arrangement in which the client and the lawyer agree that the lawyer’s fee consists of a percentage of any money the lawyer’s efforts recover on the client’s behalf. The client pays no money to the lawyer up-front, and the lawyer earns nothing at all unless the client also gets paid.
Through this arrangement, the client gets the services of a top-notch car accident injury lawyer without paying anything out-of-pocket, and the lawyer and client have the same objective: to get the client the most money possible, as quickly as possible.
In other words, never let money worries stop you from speaking with an experienced New York car accident injury attorney about your legal rights.
For answers to additional questions about the New York car accident that left you or a loved one injured, contact a skilled, experienced New York car accident injury attorney at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, today for a free case evaluation.
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“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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