New York Auto Accident Lawyer
Helping Victims of Motor Vehicle Accidents
One of the leading causes of injury in the United States today is motor vehicle accidents caused by negligent or reckless drivers. On average, there are about 10 million that occur each year. Many of these are fatal accidents: 35,000 to 40,000 on average per year. Motor vehicle accidents occur mainly because of some type of distraction, whether visual, manual or cognitive. Drivers that do not take the necessary care to avoid accidents or that violate traffic laws may be considered to be driving negligently. Outside factors can also cause auto accidents, such as a faulty road sign, construction or heavy weather. Even in accidents that seem as if they have no one to blame, there is a negligent party. The following are the types of motor vehicle accidents that Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, LLP takes on:
Bus accidents are a very serious type of motor vehicle collision for two reasons. First, the size of the bus means that it can cause considerable damage to other vehicles or to pedestrians or cyclists that may be involved in the collision. Second, the bus may be carrying many passengers, which means that a number of people may be seriously injured. Our team assists victims of school bus accidents, tour bus accidents and public transportation bus accidents. Whether you were on the bus or were struck by a bus, an attorney at our office may be able to assist you.
Drivers of passenger vehicles run the risk of becoming involved in accidents when there is drinking and driving involved, aggressive driving, distracted driving or fatigued driving. Driver distraction can include actions such as applying makeup or changing the radio station cause a driver to take their eyes off the road. With the widespread use of mobile phones, car accidents involving drivers distracted by dialing, text messaging, reading or sending email or becoming engrossed in the conversation while talking on the phone are increasing. If any of these were exhibited by the vehicle that caused your injury, then you may be entitled to a claim.
Since motorcyclists are not protected by a vehicle, they may sustain injuries in accidents that are more severe than many other types of accidents would cause. Many of these accidents are caused by negligent drivers of passenger vehicles. Because the most common cause of accidents is driver error, motorcycle accidents are often the result of a driver's bad judgment, speeding, unsafe passing, tailgating, failure to yield right of way, reckless driving, chemical or alcohol impairment, or failure to obey traffic signs or signals.
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 an important area of our 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 and move on.
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.
The firm also represents people injured in mass transit accidents such as subway accidents, train accidents, boat accidents, cruise ship accidents and plane accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you may be facing serious injuries and the high cost of medical care. Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, LLP can go after the insurance company who is refusing to pay for or provide proper medical care and hold the person(s) responsible for your injuries accountable with your insurance company. Contact us today and learn more about your legal options.
Suing for Fair Compensation After an Accident
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 motor vehicle accident attorney at our office today.
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