New York City Auto Accident Lawyer
Helping Victims of Motor Vehicle Accidents in NYC
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States, to the tune of about 2.2 million injuries and 33,000 deaths each year. Many of these accidents are caused by negligent and reckless drivers who get behind the wheel while intoxicated, drive above the speed limit or text while driving. Other factors may contribute to auto accidents as well, such as dangerous roadways or defective auto parts. No matter the cause of an accident, the team at Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, LLP stands ready to seek justice on behalf of its victims.
Our firm represents victims of auto accidents throughout New York City from our headquarters in Lower Manhattan. We also represent clients throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties from our additional fully-staffed offices on Long Island. Whether you were injured in the Bronx, Brooklyn or any other NYC borough, we stand ready to help. You can learn more about your case by contacting a New York City auto accident attorney at our offices for a free consultation. We also welcome you to review the information on this website.
Auto Accident Information Center
If you are looking for insight regarding any aspect of an auto accident, from what causes these collisions to the injuries that may result from an accident, you will find easy-to-understand answers in this portion of our website. Simply read the brief descriptions below or click on a subject to be redirected to a page dedicated exclusively to that subject:
After an Accident
Making the right choices immediately after an accident and in the days and weeks following can help you protect your right to financial compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit. Our attorneys offer helpful insight regarding what to do in the immediate aftermath of a collision, such as remaining at the scene and exchanging information with other driver, as well as steps you can take to benefit your case, such as taking photographs and getting the contact information of witnesses present.
Auto Accident Injuries
An auto accident has the potential to cause serious or life-threatening injuries. One of the most common is whiplash, which is a soft tissue injury to the neck that results from the sudden force of impact during a collision. Other injuries include head trauma, broken bones, facial trauma, organ damage, spinal cord injury, burns and amputation.
Auto Accident Statistics
Taking a look at statistics regarding car, truck and motorcycle accidents in New York and across the United States can give one a clearer picture of just how much of an impact these incidents have.
Bus accidents are one of the most serious types of motor vehicle collisions. The size and weight of the bus increases the likelihood that it will cause extensive damage to other vehicles when involved in a multi-vehicle collision, and the injuries that a pedestrian or cyclist may sustain when struck by a bus are often catastrophic. Buses also may carry numerous passengers, which places more people at risk of injury. Our motor vehicle accident lawyers assist victims of school bus, tour bus and public transportation bus accidents throughout New York City.
Accidents involving standard passenger sedans are by far the most common of all auto accidents. These collisions most often occur when one or more drivers is driving while distracted, which may range from applying make-up while behind the wheel to talking to a passenger or eating. With modern smart phone and mobile phone use, texting or emailing while driving is another issue of primary concern. We handle car accident claims and lawsuits stemming from all forms of negligence or wrongdoing.
Causes of Auto Accidents
Most auto accidents are caused by negligence on the part of a driver. Examples may include driving while distracted, texting while driving, speeding or other traffic violations, and drunk driving. Our NYC car accident attorneys handle these and other types of cases, including those that involve defective auto parts and dangerous roadways. No matter the cause of your accident, we may be able to help.
Filing a Lawsuit
In New York, you may file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver or other party if you have been seriously injured in a car accident. Because you may only file a lawsuit in certain situations, it is important to talk to an attorney about your options. You may be able to seek economic and non-economic damages for medical expenses, lost earnings, emotional trauma, pain and suffering, future medical care and possibly more.
The majority of auto accidents are resolved through insurance claims. Because New York has implemented no-fault insurance laws, this means that insurance covers bodily injuries caused by auto accidents no matter who was to blame. When serious injuries occur, however, a victim may be able to file a lawsuit against a negligent driver or other responsible party.
Motor Vehicle Accident FAQ
If you would like to get answers to your questions about motor vehicle accidents, you will find helpful insight from our car accident lawyers in this portion of our website. If you still have questions, you are always welcome to call our offices for a free case review.
Motorcyclists are not protected by the steel frame that serves as the foundation for most motor vehicles, making them more susceptible to injury in a collision. Motorcycles are also less visible due to their smaller size, and this places motorcyclists at a greater risk of being involved in an accident in the first place. We are committed to helping riders throughout New York City and Long Island who have suffered injury as the result of driver negligence.
When a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, the results may be catastrophic. Even in a low-speed collision, a pedestrian may suffer from multiple broken bones or permanent injuries such as brain damage from
head trauma or paralysis from a
spinal cord injury. In New York, particularly in the NYC area, many thousands of pedestrians walk the streets on a daily basis. The possibility of being struck by a taxi or other vehicle is very real. That is why this is such an important area of our attorneys' practice.
The taxis in New York City account for 25% of the city's transportation, carrying approximately 240 million people each year. With these numbers, it is no wonder that taxi accidents occur. If you were struck by a cab or were injured while riding in a cab, you may be entitled to compensation. Our legal team represents victims of these collisions in order to assist them in recovering the money they need to rebuild.
Although the commercial trucking industry is highly regulated, accidents still occur on a fairly regular basis. Some of the main causes of these accidents include driver fatigue, improper maintenance, under-trained drivers and distraction. Truck accident claims are often more complex than other motor vehicle accident cases, due to the involvement of the trucking company and the severity of injuries involved. Fortunately, our attorneys are up to the challenge.
The firm also represents people injured in mass transit accidents such as subway accidents,
boat accidents, cruise ship accidents and plane accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in any type of accident, you may be dealing with
serious injuries and facing the high cost of medical care. Our firm can fight for fair compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit against the at-fault party or parties, using our attorneys' more than 150 years of experience and considerable resources to create a compelling case.
New York City Auto Accident Claims and Lawsuits
Motor vehicle accidents can involve a variety of vehicles, including passenger cars, SUVs, vans or pickup trucks and commercial vehicles such as a delivery vans, trucks or tractor-trailers. They can also involve motorcycles, bicycles or pedestrians. These accidents can cause serious injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one and may dramatically affect a family's financial situation. When insurance companies fail or refuse to compensate or provide medical care for injured victims of car accidents, sometimes the only way to get the medical care needed or damages for injuries and financial losses is to hire a lawyer and file a lawsuit.
If you have been in a car accident, motorcycle accident or truck accident, or one of these caused the wrongful death of your loved one, contact the personal injury law firm of Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLP for a free consultation to find out your legal options. To obtain a satisfactory settlement or favorable trial verdict, these cases sometimes require the services of an accident reconstruction expert or medical expert to give testimony. It is important to hire a motor vehicle accident lawyer who is familiar with expert testimony and has experience litigating car accident cases in court before a judge and jury.
Contact a New York City motor vehicle accident attorney today.
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