Queens Car Accident Attorney
Did you get into a rear-end accident on Woodhaven Boulevard? Perhaps you got into a serious car accident on Union Turnpike? Maybe, a drunk driver hit you on Queens Boulevard or Northern Boulevard? No matter where your accident occurred in Queens, one thing is certain. You need someone on your side who can fight for your rights after a serious injury accident. You need a Queens car accident lawyer from Jacoby & Meyers, LLP.
Queens is a bustling borough located just minutes from Manhattan across the East River. With a population of 2.2 million people, Queens is busy and active 24-hours a day, every day of the week. This means more chances of getting into a serious car accident. When a car accident occurs in Queens, the steps you take immediately afterward can have a serious impact on your ability to collect the money you need to recover. The best step you can take after a car accident in Queens is to hire an experienced and aggressive car accident lawyer immediately.
Why Choose Us?
Experience Matters After a Queens Car Accident
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, our Queens car accident attorneys know the city inside and out. We provide localized and personalized legal representation from the moment your accident occurs. Our lawyers know the streets, the courts, and the insurance companies that may affect your case. We use this knowledge to better represent our clients after a serious injury accident.
Why do so many injured Queens car accident survivors choose Jacoby & Meyers, LLP to represent them? One reason is that we know how to win. No matter how complex or how serious the accident, our attorneys can build a case designed to collect maximum compensation. We are also not afraid to litigate cases in court if necessary.
Our track record of success speaks for itself. Here are some of our most notable cases:
- $5 million for a multi-vehicle collision on Van Wyck Expressway
- $3.5 million for a car accident on Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus
- $2.533 million for a Brooklyn car accident
- $2.5 million for a car accident in New Rochelle
- $2.5 million for a car and truck accident resulting in spinal injuries
- $1.272 million for a Webster Avenue head-on car accident with a drunk driver
Past results do not guarantee any type of future award or success. However, when you choose Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, you can rest easy knowing you have an entire team of legal professionals on your side. We work tirelessly for you, so you can focus your efforts on recovering.
How Do I Find a Queens Car Accident Lawyer Near Me?
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we want to be the law firm representing you and your loved ones after a serious Queens car crash. Yet, we also know that you have many choices when it comes to choosing the right attorney for your case. When looking for a Queens car crash lawyer near you, it is important to take the time to evaluate various law firms and the lawyers in their group. To get a list of prospective lawyers, visit the top legal sites, such as AVVO, Martindale, and Super Lawyers. We also encourage you to learn more about our Queens car crash lawyers on those sites or on our website to find one that you believe may be the best fit for you and your case.
Before choosing the best car accident attorney near you, give us a call. We want to get to know you, and we take the time to meet with all prospective clients to help them through this difficult time. To better serve you, we offer a FREE initial consultation and review of your case, so you can begin exploring your legal options. We can come to you in your home or your hospital room during your recovery. Or we can easily set up a virtual meeting during this time. Call us at 212-445-7000 or fill out our confidential contact form to get started!
Get the Compensation You Need
No-Fault Auto Accident Insurance in Queens
If you suffered an injury in a car accident, you may experience serious physical pain, as well as emotional distress. During this time, medical bills can pile up, and stress can become overwhelming and crushing. Even with health insurance, you can become buried under the weight of medical debt as you face high deductibles or coinsurance amounts. If you’re one of the many people without health insurance, the number of zeroes in the amount of debt you owe can make it impossible to face.
New York is a no-fault state. This means that injured Queens accident victims must seek relief from their Personal Injury Protection policies. New York law requires all drivers to purchase $50,000 in PIP insurance. These benefits kick in when you or your passengers suffer an injury in a car crash. You can collect compensation for damages and expenses up to your policy limits without ever having to prove fault. While this may seem easy, injured crash survivors in Queens may find themselves facing numerous obstacles when seeking to collect the money they need. That’s where we can help. Our auto accident attorneys know how to work with insurance companies to ensure that you get the money you rightfully deserve after a serious crash. Once you exhaust your policy limits, we can also help you file a lawsuit against the negligent party.
If you’ve suffered injuries in a car wreck due to the fault of someone else, you may pursue monetary damages from the responsible party through a personal injury lawsuit or injury claim once you exhaust your PIP policy.
Through this claim, you can seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Rehabilitation and long-term care
- Pain and suffering
But you can’t wait forever; you generally have until three years from the date of your accident to file your suit. This is the statute of limitations. That may seem like a long time, but it can go by quickly while you focus on your physical recovery.
What Are the Negligence Laws in Queens?
Negligence laws in Queens are often complicated and injured accident survivors often find it difficult to navigate through these waters without a law firm on their side. New York follows a pure comparative negligence rule. This means that you can recover money after an accident from a negligent driver, even if you are partly to blame for the accident. However, the amount of money you can recover will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
Because of this, your attorney will need to investigate your accident closely to prove negligence and prevent insurance companies from pinning more of the blame on you after a crash.
As soon as you can, contact a competent Queens car accident attorney at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP. These lawsuits are complicated, and the more time you give your attorney to analyze and prepare your case, the better off you will be. And of course, the sooner you file your suit, the sooner you will receive relief from the suffocating debt you may be struggling with. So don’t wait. Reach out to Jacoby & Meyers, LLP’s attorneys as soon as you can.
Where do Car Accidents Occur in Queens?
Being in a car accident is scary. As a resident of Queens, your chance of getting into a car accident is, unfortunately, pretty high. In one three-year period, 1,315 people went to the emergency room and eight lost their lives—every month because of car accidents in Queens.
Car accidents in Queens can occur at any intersection and on any road. However, some roads in Queens are just more dangerous than others.
Here are some of the most dangerous roads and intersections in Queens, New York.
- Intersection at Farmers Boulevard and Rockaway Boulevard
- Intersection at Brookville Boulevard and Rockaway Boulevard
- Intersection at 20th Avenue and Whitestone Expressway
- Intersection at Horace Harding Expressway and Main Street
- Interstate 495
- Grand Central Parkway
- Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
- Van Wyck Expressway
- Cross Island Parkway
- Belt Parkway
- Woodhaven Boulevard
- Union Turnpike
- Queens Boulevard
- Northern Boulevard
Car Accident Injury Statistics in Queens, NY
Types of Car Accident Cases We Handle
Queens Car Accidents
There are many different types of car accidents. Each car accident requires a different level of investigation and expertise. A rear-end accident may require an investigation into distracted driving or defective brakes. A DUI accident, however, may involve investigating the bar or tavern that served the intoxicated driver.
For these reasons, it is important to choose a Queens car accident lawyer that has experience handling your specific type of case. You need a lawyer that understands how to effectively negotiate and build your specific case.
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, our Queens car accident lawyers have successfully handled a wide range of car accident cases, including:
- Rear-end accidents
- Side impact crashes or T-bone accidents
- Sideswipe collisions
- Head-on accidents
- Rollover accidents
- DUI accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Hit and run accidents
- Uninsured or underinsured motorist car accident
Car Accident Injuries in Queens
We Help Injured Accident Victims Like You
It is equally important to choose a law firm that has experience handling cases with injuries like yours. No two injuries are ever the same and no two injured survivors ever experience the same pain and suffering. That is why it is important to have a lawyer on your side that will work tirelessly to understand your injuries specifically and how they affect your life.
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we often work with medical teams and physicians to accurately understand and assess your injuries and how they will have an impact on your future. We want to make sure you fully recover or reach maximum medical improvement and that any compensation you receive helps you do just that.
We have helped accident victims like you, who suffered from injuries, including:
Head and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Herniated or bulging discs
- Spinal cord injuries
Soft tissue injuries
- ACL/MCL injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Contusions and sprains
Mental and emotional injuries
- Anxiety and depression
Who Do We Represent in Queens Car Accident Cases?
After a serious auto accident injury, victims in Queens need someone on their side who can fight for them and their future. At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we represent survivors of car accidents in Queens and throughout New York and New Jersey, including:
- Drivers and passengers
- Families of victims
- Bus and public transportation workers and passengers
- Hit and run accident survivors
- Taxi accident passengers
- Uber and Lyft drivers and passengers
We Can Help You Get the Money You Deserve
Filing Your PIP Claim After a Queens Car Accident
Under New York’s no-fault law, all drivers must carry personal injury protection (PIP) on their auto insurance policies. This coverage promptly pays those involved in car accidents for monetary damages suffered in the accident, without regard to fault. It covers both you and anyone who was driving your vehicle with your permission.
Because all drivers must carry PIP, you can only file a personal injury lawsuit to recover those costs not covered under the driver’s PIP and for other damages, such as pain and suffering, in cases of a statutorily-defined “serious” injury.
The benefits of your PIP policy include payment of:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses
- 80 percent of lost wages from your job, subject to a maximum of $2,000 per month for three years from the day the accident occurred. Note that to receive this benefit, you must sign up for unemployment insurance. You may receive a claim denial if you don’t.
- Reimbursement for reasonable and necessary expenses, such as transportation to and from medical appointments and household help, up to $25 per day
- A $2,000 death benefit paid to the family of a person who suffers a fatal injury. This is in addition to the basic no-fault policy limits.
The law sets the minimum coverage amounts that drivers must carry at $25,000 for bodily injury that does not result in death ($50,000 for an injury resulting in death), sustained by one person in the accident, AND $50,000 for bodily injury not resulting in death, sustained by two or more people ($100,000 for injuries resulting in death to two or more people). Note that PIP only serves as health insurance and does not cover any property damage sustained in the accident.
Stay on top of the deadlines surrounding your no-fault insurance.
- You must file a Notice of Accident to your carrier within 30 days of your accident.
- If you are submitting for reimbursement of health care costs you have to submit a proof of claim within 45 days of the day you received treatment.
- For compensation for lost wages, you must submit a proof of claim for work loss benefits within 90 days of when you missed work.
There are exceptions if you are truly physically unable to meet them, but you should always file within the deadlines if possible. Otherwise, you risk having your claim denied and receiving nothing. A Queens car accident lawyer at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP can help you do this and more.
Is PIP Insurance Enough in a Queens Car Accident?
Serious injuries cost serious money to treat and from which to recover. Your PIP insurance may dry up more quickly than you think if you have a long initial hospital stay or require multiple surgeries or intensive therapy to recover. And PIP doesn’t cover everything, so even at its full benefit level, it may be woefully inadequate to meet your needs.
That’s where a lawsuit may be your best bet. A competent Queens car accident attorney at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP can evaluate your case and advise you about whether a personal injury suit is the right option for you.
If you’re wondering whether you really need an attorney to file your lawsuit and help your case, the answer is a resounding YES. Multiple defendants may bear liability in your case. In addition to the driver, you must deal with insurance companies. If the driver was on the job when he or she caused the accident, his or her employer might bear liability as well.
You can bet that any company involved in your suit will have a literal team of attorneys whose job it is to see that their employers pay you as little as possible. They do this every day and understand the law well. Don’t go up against that alone. Reach out Jacoby & Meyers, LLP today.
How Can You Help Your Car Accident Case?
What to Do After a Queens Car Accident?
To receive reimbursement under your no-fault plan and to determine the amount of damages you’re entitled to in a personal injury lawsuit, it is absolutely critical that you maintain clear and accurate documentation of the costs you incur to diagnose, treat, and recover from your injury. If you can’t prove it, you can’t recover it.
Keep bills in a safe place, and don’t throw anything away. It’s much better to err on the side of keeping something unnecessary than tossing something that could have helped you.
Keep track of the costs of:
- Ambulance ride from the scene of the accident to the hospital
- Your initial hospital stay
- Doctors’ fees
- X-rays and lab and other diagnostic tests
- Follow-up appointments
- Transportation to and from your doctor’s office, therapy, and your pharmacy
- Physical or occupational therapy
- Medical devices, such as crutches, canes, walkers, wheelchairs, breathing machines, oxygen machines, and slings
- Mental health treatment required due to trauma from the accident
- Services that you have to pay to have performed for you because your injury prevents you from doing them (household chores, grocery shopping, lawn maintenance, child care)
- Repairs to your vehicle or a determination from your insurance company that it’s a total loss
- Verification of missed work and the wages, tips, commissions, and retirement contributions you missed out on by not being able to work
Not all of these costs are reimbursable under your PIP plan, but you can seek compensation for those that are not recoverable in a personal injury suit against the person responsible for your accident.
Contact a Queens Car Accident Lawyer
Car accidents can leave victims in pain, both physically and financially, to say nothing of the mental health toll a serious accident can take on a person. Jacoby & Meyers, LLP started in 1972 to make high-quality legal representation available to all those who need it. In the nearly 50 years since our attorneys have established a track record of recovery for our clients and a reputation for compassionate legal representation.
We operate on a contingency fee basis, and you do not owe us money until we recover for you. Trust us as we bring our experience, knowledge of the law, and compassion for our clients to your case, while you focus on healing from your accident. Contact us online or by phone at (877) 494-1547 today for your free case evaluation.
“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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