According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 36,560 people were killed in traffic collisions in the United States in 2018. This works out to over 100 traffic fatalities every single day. There were also over 2.7 million people injured in motor vehicle crashes in this same year, all of which led to substantial medical care and insurance costs, as well as lost business workdays and lost income.
There are many ways a collision can occur, and many collisions are caused by negligence, recklessness, and carelessness. If you were struck by another driver, you should not have to suffer the physical and financial burden that results. For assistance after a car collision, contact the car accident lawyer in Babylon with Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. Our legal team can be reached at (631) 451-7900. We will walk you through what you need to know about car collisions and can help you file a claim if your case warrants one.
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Various Types of Motor Vehicle Crashes
Some of the more common car crash types we handle include:
- Frontal and rear-end crashes
- Side-impact and T-bone crashes
- Intersection collisions
- Pedestrian and motorcycle collisions
- Truck and construction vehicle collisions
- Single-vehicle and multiple-vehicle crashes
- Hit-and-run collisions
- Drunk driving crashes
- Drowsy and/or distracted driver collisions
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Personal Injuries and Damages that Can Occur in Automobile Collisions
Traffic collisions can lead to a wide range of personal injuries, damages, and losses. These may include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Head, neck, face, and back injuries
- Nerve damage, including varying degrees of paralysis
- Lacerations and bruises
- Broken or fractured bones
- Internal organ damage and/or internal bleeding
- Eye and dental injuries
- Vehicle damage
- Property damage
- Lost income or earning ability
- Funeral, burial, or cremation costs
According to the Mayo Clinic, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States. Injuries involving the brain, nerves, spinal cord, and internal organs can be costly to treat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 2.5 million people are treated in hospital emergency rooms every year, and a single collision can lead to treatment costs of between $3,300 and $57,000, depending on the severity of the personal injuries in question.
Over the entire population, these costs run into the tens of billions every year, but for an individual or a family, a single collision can drain your financial resources. New York requires No-Fault insurance that covers basic economic losses, but for life changing personal injuries that go beyond your basic auto coverage, you may be able to pursue damages to help pay for expensive treatments needed. Contact Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. today at (631) 451-7900 to learn more. Our car accident lawyers in Babylon can guide you regarding your case.
Common Causes of Car Crashes
Car collision claims are typically handled based on how the collision in question occurred, so an understanding of how a collision occurred or what caused it is crucial to your case.
Common causes of car collisions include the following.
- Driver negligence: Driver inexperience, speeding, recklessness, driving while intoxicated, running a red light or stop sign, and driving while distracted are all examples of driver negligence.
- Texting while driving is a serious public health concern. It is classified as negligent driving.
- Driver fatigue, lack of proper licensing, and overwork–for example, truck drivers who drive more than their allowed daily or weekly hours–are also forms of negligent driving.
- Road and vehicle issues: Potholes, cracked roads, uneven or slippery roads, brake failures, tire blowouts, and a general lack of road or vehicle maintenance can lead to an accident.
- Other issues: Environmental factors such as rain or snow, poor lighting, blindspots, inadequate signage, dangerous curves, and traffic control device malfunctions can all lead to a crash. Poorly marked roadside fixtures and road debris can also cause a crash.
To prove how a collision occurred or the cause of the collision, you can use a police report, dashcam or traffic surveillance footage, eyewitness statements, or possibly test results of the at-fault driver’s blood alcohol levels or his or her mobile device usage records to prove intoxicated or distracted driving.
Depending on how your car crash occurred, the evidence you have, and who was at fault for the crash, you may be able to pursue a civil case against the at-fault party responsible. We discuss liability in the section below.
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Proving Liability in Traffic Collisions
There are many potential causes of a traffic collision, and it is clear that a number of parties may shoulder some of the blame for a car collision. Anyone driving on the road is expected to drive safely and responsibly and to provide other road users with a basic level of care and safety. This is known as the standard of care. A failure to meet this standard can place liability on the party responsible for breaching the standard.
For example, anyone who drives while intoxicated or while distracted is at increased risk for breaking basic driving rules such as stopping at a red light or stop sign, or driving within safe driving speeds. If a collision is caused by another’s reckless and negligent behavior they can potentially be held responsible for the collision. A truck driver or trucking company may be responsible for a crash if poor hiring, training, or overwork cause a collision. Rear-end drivers are presumed to be at-fault for a rear-end collision.
For collisions that are caused by damaged or defective roads, inadequate signage, and traffic control device issues at intersections and elsewhere such as at railroad crossings, a local town or municipality may be at-fault for the resultant collision.
The statutes of limitations for lawsuits involving municipalities are typically much shorter than for other cases. therefore, it is important that you quickly identify the cause or causes of your collision, the at-fault party, and compensable damages.
Contact the Office of a Car Accident Attorney in Babylon for Help Today
A car accident lawyer in Babylon with Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. can help with all of the steps above. Contact our offices today at (631) 451-7900 to discuss your case. We can also assist clients in Spanish. Do not hesitate to call us today.