Staten Island Car Accident Lawyer
Car accidents are a major cause of serious and even catastrophic injuries for the people involved. These injuries can change your life in an instant leaving you physically, emotionally, and financially damaged. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be unable to return to work for days, weeks, months, or the rest of your life. Your ability to support yourself and your family, your quality of life, and your independence may be compromised. In some cases, injuries can lead to complications that can take years to resolve or from which you may never fully recover.
When these situations occur because another party failed to take reasonable precautions to avoid causing an accident, it is seen as negligence. This can result in a personal injury claim in which they may be held accountable for your losses and damages. At Dansker & Aspromonte, we can help you pursue the compensation to which you are entitled after a Staten Island traffic accident. Personal injury claims can take time to resolve and are complicated by the insurance and state laws that apply to such cases. Our firm is here to protect your rights and serve as your dedicated advocate throughout the claims process.
Request your free case evaluation with a Staten Island car accident attorney by submitting our online contact form or by calling (646) 692-0204.
Causes of Car Accidents
Unfortunately, car accidents are far too common in and around New York City. According to the NYPD in its June 2022 motor vehicle collision report, 451 traffic crashes alone occurred in Staten Island that month. This resulted in five deaths and 246 injured motorists, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians. The major cause of these accidents was driver inattention/distraction.
Other causes of these car accidents include:
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Following too closely
- Improper passing or lane usage
- Passing too closely
- Disregard of traffic controls
- Backing up unsafely
- Drunk driving
Negligent and reckless driving behavior leads to all types of accidents, from head-on collisions to rear-end crashes, T-bone accidents, and sideswipe accidents. In any Staten Island car accident, fault will need to be identified and, in some cases, more than one party may have caused or contributed to the accident. For example, if the brakes on the vehicle of the other driver proved to be defective, the manufacturer of the defective product may also be held accountable.
Why You Need a Staten Island Car Accident Attorney
You may be struggling physically and financially for months or even years after a car crash. This can mean lacking the time or attention to deal with an insurance claim. Insurance companies do not make it easy for accident victims to collect the compensation they deserve. Furthermore, they may try to blame you partially or wholly for the accident allowing them to deny or reduce compensation.
With a capable lawyer on your side, these pitfalls can be avoided. Our team will take on the burden of proving fault, the full extent of your injuries, and your damages through well-prepared evidence and documentation. An insurer won’t be able to discount your claim or otherwise take advantage of you in the process.
In car accident claims, we do the following:
- Investigate the cause of the accident.
- Identify all parties that may have caused or contributed to the accident.
- Collect evidence.
- Request police reports and witness testimony.
- Prove accountability.
- Review insurance reports.
- Evaluate the extent of your injuries and other related losses. This may involve the use of experts and specialists to value the full extent of injuries, including predicted future costs.
- Provide regular updates about your case progression.
You do not have to face this battle alone. With us at your side, you can count on us to use our resources to fight for your claim.
What You Can Do for Your Case
While your lawyer will handle the legal aspects of your claim, you can help in the following ways:
Avoid Speaking with the Insurance Company
The insurance company wants to pay you as little as possible. One tactic they use to lower payouts is attempting to trick injured parties into admitting fault or saying that they are not injured. You should never give any type of recorded or written statements to an insurance company without speaking to an attorney first.
Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
Many people stop following their doctor’s orders when they begin to feel better. This can be very detrimental to your case. Your medical records of attending all types of appointments, including rehabilitative care and more, are key to proving the full extent of your injuries.
If you fail to follow the full treatment protocol, the other side can claim that you were exaggerating about your injuries or that your injuries had other causes than the accident. They might claim that you were not injured at all, which could negate your claim. Be sure to follow your doctor’s orders until you have healed or reached maximum medical improvement.
Contact Dansker & Aspromonte for Experienced Legal Support
Car accidents can derail your life for weeks, months, or years. Having the support of an experienced attorney to help you navigate the claims process can be invaluable at a time when you will want to focus on recovering your health and rebuilding your life. With more than 30 years in practice, our firm can meet all of your needs and provide extra support in fighting for rightful compensation.
Speak with a Staten Island car accident lawyer in a free consultation by contacting us at (646) 692-0204 or via email to learn more.
Injuries in a Staten Island Car Crash
Every imaginable injury can occur in an auto accident from the simple and minor to the catastrophic and complex. Dansker & Aspromonte handles all types of injury cases, such as:
- Broken bones
- Organ damage
- Loss of vision
- Loss of limbs
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
For some, these injuries can be life changing. In the most severe cases, car accident victims can face permanent disability, needing ongoing medical care, personal assistance for daily tasks, and the loss of their earning power.
Compensation in Car Accident Claims
Depending on the extent of your injuries and other circumstances, you may be entitled to the following types of monetary compensation in a claim or lawsuit:
Pain and suffering, permanent injuries and disabilities, mental anguish, and other non-economic damages are those that are difficult to quantify. They are not represented by specific amounts on a bill or invoice. However, where applicable, you are entitled to recover compensation for them from the time of your accident until you recover. If no recovery occurs, this includes compensation for all permanent injuries.
Once our team has discussed your case with you and investigated your losses, we can help determine a value for injuries such as these.
You could be entitled to compensation for any of the following medical expenses:
- Hospitalization costs
- Ambulance fees
- Prescription medication
- A home healthcare aid
- Copays and other costs related to doctor’s appointments
- Assistive devices and other medical equipment
- Ongoing rehabilitation costs
If your injuries kept you out of work, you are entitled to compensation for any wages you lost. This can include recovery time as well as the time you needed to take off to attend doctor’s appointments or physical therapy sessions.
Lost Earning Capacity
In some cases, your injuries might require you to take a lesser-paying job or you may lose your ability to work in any capacity. You can, and should, include those lost wages in your claim.
Several expenses may exist that you might not realize after an accident. Losses like parking fees at your doctor’s office, the costs of widening doorways in your home to make room for a wheelchair, or the costs of hiring help around the house can be all compensable.
Focused on Your Recovery
Brain Damaged Child $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.
Car Accident $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.
Wrongul Death $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.
Pedestrian Injury $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.
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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.