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Car Accident Lawyer NYC: Representing Motor Vehicle Accident Victims And Their Families

In the hectic, congested environment that is New York City, numerous motor vehicle accidents occur daily, with some causing injuries that will change a person’s life forever.

Car accident victims don’t always talk to a personal injury law firm – but they should. You don’t have to be an expert on the law – you just need to have been hurt. When you talk to us, we’ll help you understand if you’ve got a case and what that case might be worth.

Don’t suffer in silence. Our experienced car accident attorneys will help you understand what your case could be worth.

Putting Our Experience To Work For You

If you have been seriously harmed in a motor vehicle accident due to another’s negligence, it is important that your attorney knows how to build a case that accounts for both your present and future needs. Since 1965, the New York City car accident lawyers of Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., have successfully built such cases.

Seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident? Call us at: 212-732-4992 or 800-574-4LAW. Free consultations.

Fighting For Our Clients For More Than 50 Years

Our dedicated team of New York car accident attorneys and staff is able to represent people in all types of motor vehicle accidents, including:

  • Car accidents: Any car crash may involve drunk drivers, or be a situation where the motorist was distracted, including someone operating a cellphone when driving.

  • Truck accidents: Semi truck accident cases can be especially challenging, as they may involve many parties and both state and federal trucking laws.

  • Motorcycle accidents: By many measures, motorcycle accidents occur very frequently and cause very serious injuries.

  • Pedestrian accidents: Accidents involving pedestrians often are due to drivers not paying sufficient attention and failing to see the person.

  • Bicycle accidents: Although bicyclists must share the road with motorized vehicles, most drivers of motorized vehicles forget that bicyclists are there and may collide with the bicyclist as a result.

  • Bus accidents: Municipal authorities sometimes do not do their due diligence when it comes to hiring bus drivers or maintaining vehicles, which can cause serious bus crashes.

  • Ferry and water taxi accidents: Accidents occur on New York’s busy waterways, including the Hudson River and the East River.

  • Taxi accidents: Because the more fares a taxi driver can pick up the greater his or her pay, these drivers are under pressure, resulting in reckless and negligent taxi driving and crashes.

  • Subway/MTA and commuter train accidents: In New York’s ever-hectic, crowded and bustling underground, subway accidents and commuter train crashes are not unusual.

Our motor vehicle accident lawyers also represent families who have lost loved ones in fatal vehicle accidents and are wondering if filing a wrongful death claim will help them get justice.

New York City Car Accident Statistics

According to 2021 figures, car ownership jumped by almost 40% during the coronavirus pandemic. This means there’s an estimated 2.8 million vehicles owned by New Yorkers – and that’s before considering cabs, public transport, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, and other road users.

If you’ve travelled anywhere during rush hour, you’ll know that New York roads just can’t cope with these huge numbers of vehicles. So, it’ll come as no surprise to there can be upwards of 8,000 motor vehicle collisions every month – often resulting in over 3,500 injuries, some fatal.

Although this many vehicles pushes our roads to their limits, it’s usually the human factor that results in accidents. In a typcial month, NYPD Traffic Data shows that driver inattention (distracted driving) is the biggest cause of accidents – usually responsible for around 30% of all auto accidents.

As you work your way down the list of car crash causes, the human factor is exclusively to blame for another 30% of accidents – including following too closely, failing to yield, improper passing or lane use, and unsafe speed.

A moment of distraction or carelessness might be something that people get away most of the time – but when it results in you being hurt or a loved one being killed, it’s absolutely essential that you speak to an experienced car accident attorney to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.

We’ll Fight For Compensation For a Huge Range of Car Accident Injuries

No two car accident cases are the same. Some people walk away from serious accidents with just bumps and bruises – whereas seemingly minor accidents can result in catastrophic injuries.

Whatever kind of injury you’ve suffered, we’ll fight passionately to make sure your pain and suffering is not in vain.

Take a look at details of injuries from some recent car accident lawsuits we’ve successfully pursued for our clients:

Back, shoulder and neck injuries

  • Whiplash

  • Crush injuries

  • Head injuries – including concussion

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Aputation

  • Eye injuries

  • Chest injuries

  • Burns

  • Degloving injuries

  • Broken bones

  • Spinal cord injuries – resulting in paralysis

Care and compassion when you’ve lost a loved one

Sadly, our NYC car accident attorneys also handle cases where someone has lost their life. Sometimes, the car accident has been fatal – but in other cases, the person has died further down the line, as a result of their injuries.

No amount of legal representation can fill the hole that a loved one leaves in your life. However, we can fight to make sure that you’re not left struggling with your finances if you lose a family member or partner.

Although we talk about fighting your case with grit and determination, we’re a team of compassionate and caring people here at Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C. No matter how aggressively we’ll fight for you, you can be assured that your case will be handled with the utmost care and attention by our entire team.

We’ll Deal with The Insurance Company So You Don’t Have To

Insurance companies work amazingly quickly when one of their clients has been involved in a New York City car accident.

You could be fooled into thinking that they’re keen to make sure you recieve a prompt settlement for any injuries you’ve sustained – but unfortunately, this just isn’t the case.

Insurance companies are businesses – and it’s in their best business interests to keep your settlement as low as possible. In fact, they may even look at completely voiding your claim. However, they’ll always do this under the guise of good customer service. You can expect warm and friendly phone calls – and they may seem keen to get your money to you ASAP.

Don’t be fooled though, it’s extremely rare that an insurance company will ever factor-in as many damages as a firm of experienced NYC car accident lawyers would. We’ll consider everything – including the impact of your injuries long into the future.

Don’t let an insurance company decide what your pain and suffering is worth. Instead, speak to an experienced car accident lawyer. We can virtually guarantee that you’ll see a huge different in the value they suggest – compared to the value we calculate.

It’s Important That You Sue

Some clients we speak to are hesitant about bringing a personal injury lawsuit when they’ve been injured in a car accident. Sometimes, this is because they feel like they’re punishing an individual for a momentary lapse in judgement. In other cases, they may have the money to support themselves after an accident.

In cases like these, we still encourage people to pursue compensation.

Why? Well, it comes down to the human factor involved with most New York City car accidents. Although a car accident will still be a trauma for the person who has caused it – they are far more likely to repeat their careless behaviour if they do not face justice.

Being held to account for the injuries they have caused is almost always going to make that person think again next time they think about picking up their phone as they drive – or taking their car home after a few drinks. When you hold people to account for their behaviour, you don’t just get the compensation you deserve – you potentially keep that person from hurting other people in the future.

Some Car Accident Lawsuit Questions and Answers

It’s absolutely normal to have questions about legal cases after traffic accidents. Here, we’ve listed some of the most common questions people ask our team.

Don’t worry if you have a question that’s not listed here – we’re more than happy to answer all your questions – just get in touch.

What kinds of damages could you recover compensation for?

Damages tend to be broken down into two categories – ‘economic damages’ and ‘non-economic’ damages. Part of our investigation into your case will involve documenting all the damages you’ve experienced.

These typically will could include the following kinds of economic damages:

  • Medical bills

  • Lost wages

  • Missed opportunities

  • On-going treatment and rehabilitation costs

  • Costs of damaged property

  • Funeral and burial expense (in cases of wrongful death)

Non-economic damages focus on things that can’t be documented with just receipts or paperwork. They tend to include factors like:

  • The injury itself

  • Pain and suffering

  • The loss of enjoyment of life

  • Emotional distress

  • The loss of companionship

  • On-going physical impairment

  • Reputation damage

Do I still have a car accident case if I’m partly to blame?

Yes, you probably do. New York law operates on a ‘modified comparative negligence’ basis. This is legal speak – but it essentially means that you can make a claim as long as you’re not entirely to blame for the accident.

If you’re found to be partly to blame, your financial compensation will be reduced by the degree of fault that’s found to be yours. So, if you’re 25% to blame, your damages will be reduced by 25%.

Again though, it’s important that a experienced New York City care accident lawyer establishes how much of the blame is actually yours. Other parties involved (other lawyers and insurance companies) will try to shift as much blame as possible on to you – so we’ll work hard to make sure you receive the right amount of compensation.

What are car accident claims worth?

There’s no set amount or list of amounts we can show you here. Even two seemingly identical cases can result in very different injuries and future financial outcomes for clients – so we deal with ever case on an individual basis.

Your NYC car accident lawyer will consider every possible financial factor in your case before we put together an amount that we believe your personal injury claim to be worth. By doing this, we’ll be doing everything we can to safeguard your financial future.

The best way to find out how much your claim could be worth it to organize a free case evaluation. There’s no obligation to continue with our firm if you do – but it will help you understand the figures that could be involved.

How much will a New York car accident lawyer cost?

Here at Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C. we work on a ‘contingency’ basis. This is a legal term – but it really just means that if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay us a cent.

By working this way, we remove any risk for you. We front all the financial costs – so you can focus on your recovery.

When you have a free consultation with our firm, we’ll talk to you about a pre-agreed-upon percentage of the financial compensation you receive at the end of your case. Of course, this means we only get paid if we’re successful, so you can be 100% certain that we’re going to fight for you like our law firm depends on it – because it does.

What happens if the other driver was uninsured?

All drivers in New York City are required to have insurance coverage. However, this isn’t always the case. When you’ve exhausted all the benefits of your own insurance, a collision with an uninsured driver can get a little complicated.

That said, there are lots of routes we can explore to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. You may have uninsured motorist coverage on your policy. Alternatively, you may decide that a lawsuit is the best way to recover compensation. If you decide that a car accident lawsuit is the right option, you have to keep in mind that the driver may not have the means to pay for any settlement that’s agreed or won.

This is where an good New York City car accident attorney will be helpful though. We can investigate your case in detail – looking at other parties that could be responsible for your injuries. The other driver isn’t the only factor if you’ve been hurt – so we’ll be sure to pursue compensation from all liable parties.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit after an NYC auto accident?

The statute of limitations for a negligence lawsuit (the most common kind of car accident claim) is three years.

This might feel like plenty of time to set legal balls in motion – but don’t be fooled. In some cases, the other parties can significantly reduce the amount of time you have to claim – especially if there’s an Government agency involved.

With this in mind, it’s absolutely essential that you move as quickly as possible to instruct an attorney. This also reduces the possibility of witnesses’ memories becoming hazy 0r evidence being more difficult to track down.

There are some circumstances where you may have more time to claim. If you were a minor at the time of the collision or you didn’t discover your injury straight away, a court may decide that the statute of limitations can be increased to ensure justice is delivered in a fair way.

What does a free consultation involve?

We appreciate that the idea of sitting down with a New York City car accident attorney soon after a traumatic car accident might feel like the last thing you want to do – and this is why we make the experience as comfortable as possible.

We start by letting you talk. Your story and experiences are absolutely key in your claim – so we’ll listen for as long as you need. We’ll ask questions about what’s happened and the impact that the accident had had on life since.

We’ll explain how much we think your case could be worth – and we’ll walk you through how the case will progress. We’ll speak in plain language – avoiding confusing legal jargon.

Crucially though, your free case evaluation gives you a chance to see what the team here at Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., are like. We consider ourselves an exceptional team who looks after every client with the utmost care and attention – but we want you to decide for yourselves if we’re going to be the right team of attorneys for you.

Featured Case Results

$1.95 million settlement for motor vehicle accident that caused serious injuries to a mother and daughter.

$1.85 million settlement for motor vehicle accident for 53-year old man who was a front-seat passenger in a van that struck a stopped dump truck in the rear.

$1.75 million settlement for motor vehicle accident for 72-year old motorist who suffered fractured cervical vertebrae requiring cervical fusion and fractured hip requiring surgery with open reduction and internal fixation.

Read more motor vehicle accident case results.

Giving You Our Full Attention, So That You’ll Get All You Deserve

In every case we accept, we do so with the understanding that we may have to prove your case before a judge and jury. As a result, our team will fully investigate your case to prove how your accident happened and why the other party is at fault for your injuries.

Proving fault is only one part of the equation, however. We will work with your doctors to show just how your injuries have changed your life for the worse.

When we have established your medical costs, loss of income and reduced earning capacity, and other damages, we will seek full compensation for these losses from those responsible. If the opposition will not treat you fairly, we will not hesitate to bring your case before a jury.

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