New York Car Accident Lawyers
Car accidents can be traumatic events that change your life in a second. Injuries sustained in these accidents can range from whiplash and neck injuries to catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord damage. You may find yourself temporarily or even permanently disabled, unable to work to support yourself and your family, and facing an indefinite period of medical care, loss of income, and spiraling expenses.
When your car accident and its consequences have been caused by the negligence or recklessness of another, the elite team of New York car accident attorneys at Dansker & Aspromonte can help. With more than 75 years of combined experience shared among our partners, we have the knowledge, skills, and resources to help you seek full and fair compensation for your damages through claims and lawsuits. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that if we do not get compensation for you, you do not owe attorney fees. You have nothing to lose by discussing your case with us to learn more about how we can help.
Connect with Dansker & Aspromonte online or at (646) 692-0204 to book a free consultation with a New York car accident attorney.
Causes of Car Accidents in New York
Car accidents can have many causes. Most of them, however, are due to human error. Driving in and around busy New York streets demands the full attention of motorists. Unfortunately, driver distraction is one of the largest contributing factors to car accidents, as reported by the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Common examples of such distractions include texting while driving, talking on cell phones, eating, drinking, adjusting GPS and other devices, dealing with pets or children, and even personal grooming.
In addition to distracted driving, the NYPD lists other contributing factors in car accidents, such as:
- Following or passing too closely
- Improper lane change
- Failure to yield to another driver
- Aggressive driving
- Backing up unsafely
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Disregarding posted traffic signals
You can be injured as a result of these types of behaviors as a driver, passenger, taxi customer, pedestrian, bicyclist, or Uber or Lyft rideshare customer.
Car Collision Statistics in New York
Per the NYPD’s 2022 report for June, 9,135 accidents occurred citywide with the following breakdown:
- Manhattan: 1596
- Bronx: 1569
- Brooklyn: 3021
- Queens: 2470
- Staten Island: 479
In that month alone, 21 people were killed and another 4,808 were injured.
Proving Fault in Car Accident Claims
After a car accident injury, our team will immediately investigate the available evidence, which will include speaking to witnesses and obtaining a copy of the police accident report, if applicable.
Sometimes the information in the police report is inaccurate and additional witnesses or surveillance video can be obtained to prove that the other driver is responsible for the accident.
Once we determine what contributing factors played a role in your collision, our car accident lawyers can get to work proving to the other side’s insurance company that they should take responsibility and pay for your damages.
The evidence we can use to support your case can include:
- The police report that was filed at the accident scene
- Photos and videos of the collision itself
- Any available traffic surveillance footage
- Eyewitness statements
- Testimony from a medical professional or accident reconstruction specialist
New York’s Modified Comparative Negligence Law
You may be able to get compensation for your damages if you were partly at fault in a car accident in New York, thanks to our modified comparative negligence system. However, the amount of compensation you will receive will be reduced by the percentage of fault you had in the accident.
That means if you are 50% at fault in a car accident, your damages will be reduced by 50%. For example, if you have $10,000 in damages but you are 50% at fault, you will receive $5,000 in compensation. At Dansker & Aspromonte, our New York car accident lawyers will ensure that the other party’s insurers do not unfairly assign a larger percentage of fault to you.
What Happens If the Other Driver Was Uninsured?
If you have uninsured motorist coverage, your own insurance company may cover some of your damages. You may also be able to file a civil lawsuit against the at-fault driver, although they may not have the ability to pay. We will investigate the accident and determine if any other parties may also share liability and thus owe you compensation.
Contact the Attorneys at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates Today
At Dansker & Aspromonte Associates, we understand how car accidents affect the lives of our New York clients. Whether you are recovering from your injuries or mourning the loss of a loved one, our team is here to handle your case with the sensitivity and advocacy it deserves.
Contact us today by phone at (646) 692-0204 or through our online form for your free case evaluation.
That depends on many factors. However, you’re always in control of the speed. We can advise you to wait for a larger settlement or go to trial, based on your needs and objectives. The speed of your case depends on the strength of your evidence, the complexity of your injuries, whether or not you decide to go to court, and other factors. Our car accident lawyers will do our best to finish your case as soon as possible without compromising the value of your settlement.
Be aware that if you go to trial, it becomes much harder to predict how long your case will take. It will depend on court schedules. However, it may be well worth the wait. You could receive a much larger award.
When suffering injuries in an auto accident, the compensation to which you may be entitled will depend on the circumstances of the accident and the extent of your injuries and damages. For example, cases involving catastrophic injuries may include irreversible spinal cord and brain damage. These injuries are enormously expensive to treat and can involve lifetime medical expenses and care. We have experience assessing the value of traumatic injuries as well as other damages that are not based on actual hospital or medical receipts.
Compensation can include both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those that are generally based on invoices and bills while non-economic damages are those without a set value but equally as adverse or debilitating.
Both types of compensation can include the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earnings
- Loss of enjoyment and quality of life
- Property damage
- Loss of earning capacity
- Emotional trauma
- Disfigurement or scarring
- PTSD and anxiety
- Medical expenses, from the date of the accident to the rest of your life, if applicable
- Loss of intimate relations, services, and/or companionship
Furthermore, if you lost a loved one in a New York traffic accident due to another party’s fault, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. Our team can help you determine if you are eligible and, if so, represent you in seeking appropriate damages and losses.
Brain Damage $50 Million
Christian, a four-year-old boy, was brought to the hospital for a routine eyelid repair. To cut costs, the hospital contracted out its anesthesia services to a third-party corporation.
Serious Injuries $31 Million
A 35-year-old New York City Police officer was a passenger in a police car going to an emergency call. After a collision, Ms. A. was rendered unconscious and was admitted to Jacobi Hospital with head and limb injuries.
Work Injury $21.5 Million
This accident occurred in the Bronx when Rafael C. was working on a sanitation truck. The driver lost control while making a turn. Rafael was ejected and the truck ran over his leg.
Serious Injuries $10.3 Million
A 22-year-old theater intern was walking across the intersection of 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue in Manhattan when she was struck by the rear door of a passing truck which had flown open because it had been improperly secured by the driver.
Burn Injuries $8 Million
Dansker & Aspromonte represented 60 tenants in the infamous Schomburg Plaza fire. A fire started in a jammed compactor chute on the 20th floor of the high-rise apartment building.
Head Injury $7.8 Million
This female accountant was walking after work in Battery Park on the pedestrian promenade when she was suddenly struck by a speeding police motor scooter.
Serious Injuries $6.6 Million
This case involved a 6-year-old girl who was in a minivan that was struck by an ambulance in a multi-car collision on the Northern State Parkway in Long Island, New York.
Serious Injuries $6.25 Million
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Handle Your Case With Confidence Work With Dansker & Aspromonte Today
Contact Dansker & Aspromonte Associates for help today. We serve clients throughout the New York City Metropolitan area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties.