On Long Island, motor vehicle collisions far exceed any other type of personal injury accident. The roads in Suffolk and Nassau Counties are heavily traveled, and accidents are a common occurrence, resulting in millions of dollars in property damage, serious injuries, and death.
The high incidence of car and truck accidents means that most people will be involved in one at some point in their lives. In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one are injured in a car accident (LI), getting medical attention should always be your first priority. If another party is responsible for causing your injuries, your next important step is choosing a lawyer to represent you to protect your rights.
While negligent drivers cause a majority of motor vehicle accidents, other parties or hazards may be liable, such as a municipality, when, road defects cause accidents harming drivers and damaging their vehicles. Other accidents may happen because of defects in a vehicle itself or other situations such as (this situation is virtually unheard of on Long Island)
PROTECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
As with all personal injury accidents, Statute of Limitations restricts the time you have to file a lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, you will lose your right to recover damages, even if you had grounds for a claim.
Ideally, you should consult with a Long Island injury attorney within the first 24 hours after an accident, or as soon as otherwise possible. Seeking legal help at the outset will give you and your attorney a distinct advantage in holding liable parties responsible for the harm they caused. Your attorney will be able to begin an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding your accident, preserve evidence and explore all possible sources to recover damages on your behalf.
6 Things You Need to Do After a Car Accident
After a car crash in Long Island, it’s understandable to feel confused about what to do. Keep this checklist in your vehicle in case you end up in this situation in the state of New York. Here’s what to do after an accident to safeguard your personal health, defend your rights, and start the journey toward financial recovery:
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- Stay on the scene. Never flee the scene of an accident. This could lead to criminal charges aw well as a civil lawsuit against you. Instead, stay on scene until you’re sure everyone is okay and police have cleared you to go.
- Notify the police by calling 911 if there are injured people or damage to the vehicles. You must stay on the scene until an officer tells you it’s okay to leave.
- Exchange information. If your crash involved another vehicle, you must stop and exchange names, license plate numbers, phone numbers, and insurance company information.
- Seek medical attention for injuries. See a doctor as soon as possible for accident-related injuries. Delaying medical care can result in insurers and jurors questioning the nature of your injuries and the extent of harm.
- File a report with authorities. In New York, you must file a Report of Motor Vehicle Accident within 10 days if the crash caused $1,000 in damages or more. Failure to report can lead to license suspension.
- Seek help from the attorneys at Rosenberg and Gluck. We have decades of experience gone up against major names in the insurance industry on behalf of our clients. We can also help you pursue compensation through a personal injury claim in Long Island if necessary.
Reporting a Car Accident in NY
In New York State, the law obligates you to report your car accident to the police if it involves personal injury or death. The driver of the car that caused the injury must report what happened. If the accident involved only property damage, the driver must report it if the damage exceeds $1,000 or if the other driver is not present on the scene.
In New York, drivers must file written accident reports within 10 days of the accident. The driver must report a car accident “as soon as he or she is physically able.” There are no specific rules dictating when this might be, but it’s safe to assume this means immediately (unless injuries render the driver incapable of making the call).
Common Causes of Car Accidents
On the busy and often dangerous roads of Long Island, car accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. The most common causes include driver distraction, cell phone use, and drunk drivers. Driver failure is the main cause of car accidents across the country, but especially here, on Long Island car accidents are very frequent, where we often encounter stops and slow traffic and impatient/multi-tasking drivers. Driver fatigue, speeding, and poor decision-making also contribute to deadly collisions in New York. Non-driver related causes include weather conditions, roadway hazards, and defective vehicle parts. After a car accident in New York for any reason, speak to the lawyers at Rosenberg & Gluck for an evaluation.
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LEGAL SERVICES, WHEN YOU ARE INJURED
At the Suffolk County law firm of Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP, we practice exclusively in the area of personal injury and wrongful death, with a focus on personal service and delivering the highest caliber of legal service.
Decades of experience give our lawyers the skills to protect the legal rights of car accident victims and help them obtain compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation and other damages related to their injuries.
Our attorneys are known for their ability to handle cases ranging from routine to the most complex. Whether your accident resulted in bone fractures, spinal injury, brain injury, loss of limbs or wrongful death, we stand ready to fight for your rights and aggressively pursue the maximum recovery of damages for the harm you suffered.
We fully understand what you and your family are going through as you cope with the loss of income, medical bills and the struggle to regain your health. As your attorneys, we will deal with the insurance company and take care of all the legal aspects of your case, while you concentrate on getting well.
Because negligent drivers and their insurers often deny any responsibility for causing an accident, our office works with accident reconstructionists, skid mark analysts, civil engineers, surveyors, and private investigators in determining the cause of a wreck. We gather eyewitness testimony and obtain police reports, while investigating the evidence from the scene of an accident. If necessary, we work with computer animators and simulators to recreate the cause of a crash. Data and evidence recovered are also very useful for visual presentations to explain events to jurors.
We will take every step necessary to obtain the compensation you deserve. If negotiations fail to arrive at a fair settlement on your behalf, you can rest assured, our trial attorneys are always prepared to present your case to a jury of your peers.
CONTACT US FOR A NO-COST, NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION
When you suffer injuries in a car, truck or other motor vehicle accident, call Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP, at (631) 451-7900. Take advantage of our free initial consultation to discuss your injuries and find out whether you have grounds for a claim.
If it is more convenient, we will be glad to send a member of our staff to meet with you at your home or the hospital. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning you do not owe us a fee unless we recover damages for you.