Hempstead Car Accident Lawyer
Traffic accidents in the Hempstead area accounted for 10 percent of all crashes in New York State in one recent year, according to official state data. That represented a total of 40,306 crashes, out of which 61 ended in fatalities and another 11,330 in injuries. A total of 64 people died in those accidents, and another 15,914 people were hurt.
In other words, the roads in and around Hempstead are dangerous for drivers and passengers. The fortunate ones escape accidents with a dented fender or a broken tail light. But as the statistics above reflect, many motorists in Hempstead are not so fortunate. Instead, they find themselves confronting catastrophic injuries, tragic losses, and ever-mounting expenses.
Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, is a Hempstead personal injury law firm. Our attorneys represent victims of and visitors to Hempstead and Nassau County who have sustained severe injuries or lost loved ones in car accidents caused by someone else’s careless or reckless actions. We help our clients seek compensation from people and companies who did them harm. If a Hempstead-area car accident upends your life, contact our skilled team of car accident lawyers today to learn how we can help you.
Our Hempstead Accident Practice
For decades, Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, attorneys have committed ourselves to fighting for the interests of victims of car accidents throughout the Tri-State area. With offices in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, our team works tirelessly to pursue justice, accountability, and maximum money damages in every case we handle.
Our many multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements in car accident cases speak to the extraordinary commitment each and every one of our lawyers has to serving the interests of clients. But that is not the only way we measure our success. It is equally important to our firm to know that our clients feel they have received the highest quality legal representation available, as well as the kind of personalized attention their cases deserve.
Our lawyers know that although car accidents happen frequently in the Hempstead area, every client who walks through our doors feels a unique pain and loss and it is our job to help remedy to the fullest extent possible under the law. Whether it’s a pedestrian accident, truck accident, or even a motorcycle accident, no accident is “routine,” and no client’s injury is the “same” as anyone else’s.
Legal Services for Hempstead Car Accident Victims
No one expects to get into a car accident. But then a collision happens. Suddenly, accident victims and their families face unexpected, sometimes-overwhelming, physical, emotional, and financial pain. In those difficult moments, car accident victims may think to turn to an attorney for help. But, in our experience here at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP,, many victims of Hempstead car accidents do not have a clear sense of what an attorney will actually do for them. Even fewer realize how choosing the right lawyer can make an enormous difference in the outcome of a car accident case.
Lots of Hempstead-area personal injury lawyers will tell you they are the “best in the business.” But there is only one Jacoby & Meyers, LLP; our lawyers will stack their skills and experience up against anyone’s and feel confident of coming out on top.
What has earned us a reputation as a premier client-centered car accident injury law firm in the Tri-State area?
We Work Hard for Our Clients
Too many car accident lawyers treat their clients’ cases as a matter of routine. They process clients rather than truly representing them. But not the attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP. Our lawyers and their teams approach every car accident case as a challenge to achieve the highest possible dollar recovery for a client.
They know the surest way to achieve that mission is to out-work defense attorneys and insurance companies by:
- Gathering evidence that other lawyers might overlook. Our team understands the importance of leaving no stone unturned in a Hempstead car accident case. Some lawyers might content themselves with just reading a police report and speaking with their client. For us, that is just a starting point. We interview witnesses, track down security camera footage, and visit accident scenes to understand exactly how an accident unraveled. We know that even the most complicated cases can depend on a single, small piece of evidence. When appropriate, we work with experts who reconstruct accident scenes or examine damaged vehicles, and who can spot crucial facts others might miss.
- Identifying parties with legal liability with the means to pay damages to our client. At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we do not take the easy route to a settlement by concluding that the party with legal liability in a car accident is always “the other driver.” Yes, the driver of the “other vehicle” can have legal liability to our client, but that often just the tip of the iceberg. We go the extra distance to identify all of the persons or entities whose careless or reckless actions caused the crash that injured our client. That might include the “other driver’s” employer, manufacturers of the vehicles or vehicle parts that failed, and even local governments responsible for maintaining safe roads and intersections. Then we go the extra mile to determine which of those parties has the financial resources, such as insurance or significant assets, to pay our client damages. After all, a case is only “worth” what the other side has the ability to pay.
- Building a case for maximum compensation. Some lawyers rely on experience and insurance adjusters to tell them what their client’s car accident injury claim is “worth.” While Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, attorneys certainly also have years of experience to draw from, and we appreciate the potential significance of the views of insurance companies on a matter, we do not stop there in building a case for maximum compensation for our Hempstead car accident clients. Instead, we dig deeper to identify the full range of our client’s financial losses and future financial needs stemming from a car accident injury. When appropriate, we consult with medical and financial planning experts to put a dollar-value on future medical expenses and on “intangibles” like pain, suffering, and the life inconveniences caused by an accident. We understand that achieving the highest possible settlement or jury verdict requires compiling all of the evidence to prove every way in which a car accident impacted our client’s life.
We Bring Our A-Game to the Negotiating Table
Time and time again, our intense case preparation pays dividends when the time comes to sit down at the negotiating table with attorneys and insurance adjusters for the parties who harmed our client. The reality of our legal system is that most Hempstead car accident cases “settle” before trial. Lawyers on both “sides” of a case know this. As a result, many lawyers for injured clients treat negotiations as a foregone conclusion that does not require much advance work.
But not our team. We walk into a negotiating session armed with a mountain of evidence to support our demands for maximum damages. In fact, over the years, we have earned the reputation as a team of prepared, aggressive lawyers who negotiate from the facts. Lawyers and insurance adjusters on the other “side” know that when we sit down at the negotiating table, we are ready and able to prove every dollar of compensation we demand for our clients.
We Get Results in the Courtroom
Of course, just because most Hempstead car accident cases settle out of court does not mean all of them do. When the “other side” is not prepared to be fair and reasonable, we often advise our clients that the best course of action is to fight it out in court. And thanks to our total preparation of every case, we are ready to go the distance, every time.
It might come as a surprise that our readiness to fight for fair compensation for our clients in court sets us apart from many Hempstead car accident attorneys. As we said above, some lawyers see car accident work as a “volume” business. They want to process cases, not spend the time and effort to pursue them to a winning verdict. Over time, those lawyers lose any skills they might have once had to argue a case to a judge and jury.
Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, lawyers, in contrast, have a track record of success in Tri-State area courtrooms. In fact, our reputation as aggressive, experienced, street-smart trial lawyers is so well-known that opposing lawyers and insurance companies may bend over backward to avoid facing off with our team in front of a jury.
Of course, we always tell our clients that a trial is unpredictable, and even our best lawyers have had disappointing outcomes from time to time. But every one of our clients can rest assured that if going to trial is what it takes to get every penny they need and deserve, Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, will bring a strong trial team into Hempstead’s courtrooms.
“Great experience, best car accident law firm. I was rear ended in a car accident and needed car accident lawyer to represent me, One of my friend suggested to contact Jacoby & Meyers. Jacoby & Meyers helped me through this difficult time and I got compensated.” -Lucy M.
Two Simple Rules to Follow After a Hempstead Car Accident
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, new clients walk through our doors every day. Many of those clients find themselves in the midst of some of the darkest, saddest, or most frightening times of their lives. They are in extreme physical, emotional, and/or financial pain. They need so much support that sometimes they feel frozen by not knowing what to do.
Our team has years of experience guiding clients through these difficult moments. In many cases, however, there are two simple rules our clients could have followed before coming to see us that would have helped put themselves, and us as their lawyers, in the best possible position to recover the compensation they deserve.
Rule 1: See a Doctor.
From the outside, it seems obvious that if you get in a car accident, you should seek medical care. But believe it or not, we have met lots of car accident victims who chose not to visit a doctor after a wreck, and who have suffered unnecessarily as a result. Let us be clear: You should ALWAYS see a doctor after a Hempstead car accident. ALWAYS.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that if you feel “okay” in the moments after a wreck, or if you “walked away” with “minor bumps and bruises,” that you don’t need to see a doctor. Do not make the mistake of thinking you should just “tough it out” through some after-accident aches and pains.
See a doctor.
Far more Hempstead car accident injuries than you might imagine do not show symptoms immediately after a wreck. Concussions, for instance, can take time to appear. So can severe whiplash. And internal injuries. Any of these injuries can destroy a person’s life if left untreated, and there are simple tests doctors can perform to identify them almost immediately.
Do not gamble with your health by assuming you have not sustained one of these life-threatening injuries in a Hempstead car accident. Not only will seeing a doctor protect your health, it will also generate critically important records of your care that will help your lawyer prove the nature and extent of your injuries, their connection to the car accident, and the liability of the parties from whom you demand payment. So, one last
time: See. A. Doctor. Immediately.
Rule 2: Avoid Insurance Adjusters.
To be clear, you cannot entirely avoid dealing with insurance companies after a Hempstead car accident. Your auto insurance policy probably requires you to give the insurer a heads up that an accident has happened. And if you visit a doctor, your health insurance company will have to be alerted to the accident. But beyond putting your own insurance companies on notice of an accident, it is best to avoid all contact with the people who work for insurance companies who handle claims, known as “adjusters.”
This is especially true of adjusters for someone else’s insurance company. If an adjuster for the insurance company that covers the “other driver” or someone else involved in your Hempstead car accident contacts you, do not speak with them. There are only two reasons they might be calling; either they want to try to get you to say something that will undermine your legal rights, or they hope to get you to give up those rights in exchange for a quick settlement payment that is far less than what you deserve. Refer insurance companies to your attorney instead.
Your Hempstead, New York Car Accident Attorneys
For decades, Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, has fought to recover fair and just compensation for Hempstead car accident victims and their families. Let us help you. Contact us today online or at (516) 542-0931 to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with a member of our team.