Manhattan Car Accidents
For the most recent month for which data is available, 1,654 Manhattan traffic collisions occurred, according to the NYPD. 604 of them were injury or fatal collisions. Unfortunately, these statistics show that Manhattan car accidents are far too common. You may find yourself in the unfortunate position of being a victim in a Manhattan car accident.
If you were injured in a car crash in Manhattan, a knowledgeable Manhattan car accident attorney from David Resnick & Associates, P.C. can help. We will put our extensive experience to use to fight for your fair recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.
Common Reasons for Manhattan Car Collisions
According to the NYPD, the most common reasons for Manhattan traffic collisions for the most recent month were (in order of frequency) the following:
- Driver inattention or distraction
- Following too closely
- Improper passing or lane change
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Passing too closely
- Backing up unsafely
- Unsafe lane change
- Disregarding traffic control device
- Speeding or unsafe speed
- Driver inexperience
- Turning improperly
- Alcohol impairment
- Aggressive driving or road rage
How We Can Help If You Were Hurt in a Manhattan Car Collision
If you were hurt while driving on Manhattan roads, you can turn to the guided assistance of a skilled Manhattan car accident lawyer. If you choose David Resnick & Associates, P.C., you can count on us to:
- Thoroughly investigate the accident and determine its causes
- Identify all parties responsible for the accident and your damages
- Document your damages and how the accident has affected your life
- Aggressively pursue maximum compensation for you
- Stand up for your rights as an accident victim
Potential Compensation for Manhattan Car Accidents
New York is a no-fault insurance state, meaning that accident victims generally turn to their own insurance for coverage after a New York traffic collision. However, Section 5102 of New York’s State Insurance Law states that you can step outside the no-fault system and pursue compensation from the party liable for the accident if you suffer a serious injury. A serious injury is defined under the law as:
- Loss of limb
- Loss of function of a body organ or system
- Bone fracture
- Physical disfigurement
- Loss of an infant in utero
As a personal injury victim, you may be able to recover compensation for the economic and non-economic damages you suffer, including:
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Current and past medical bills
- Medical expenses you expect to incur in the future
- Lost wages while you are hospitalized or recovering from your injuries
- Potential future loss of being able to earn a living
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Statute of Limitations for Manhattan Traffic Collisions
New York’s statute of limitations generally gives accident victims three years from the date of the accident to file their lawsuit against a defendant. However, they have much less time to file a claim with their own insurance company or to make a claim against a government agency. Contacting a Manhattan car accident attorney as early in the process as possible can help ensure that your rights are protected and your claim is made on time.
Steps to Protect Your Claim
After a Manhattan car accident, there are steps that you can take immediately and in the days and weeks following the accident to protect your claim.
At the accident scene, collect the following information:
- Information to identify the other vehicle, including its year, make, model, and license plate number
- The contact information for any witnesses who saw the accident
Document the Scene
The accident scene will not be preserved for long, so you want to act fast and document the following with your cell phone, if possible:
- The exact location of the accident and the position of the vehicles
- The cross streets near where the accident occurred
- Damage to each vehicle and any other property damage
- Skid marks, broken car parts, separated tire tread, or other debris left from the accident
- The weather and traffic conditions
- Any traffic devices or signs that may be relevant to the cause of the accident
Don’t Talk to Their Insurance Company Without a Lawyer
It is common for insurance companies of other drivers to contact accident victims after a traffic collision. They do this to get as much information as possible from the victim that they can ultimately use against them to deny or minimize the value of a claim. Therefore, you should not talk to the other driver’s insurance company or agree to a recorded statement without a lawyer protecting your interests.
Be Careful About What You Say to Others, Too
Insurance adjusters and defense attorneys may also canvas your neighborhood, interview your friends, or monitor your social media accounts to find inconsistencies in what you say about the accident or your injuries. Therefore, you will want to keep information about the accident, your injuries, and communication with your lawyer private.
You also want to minimize your contact with the other driver and avoid saying “sorry.” While this may seem like the polite thing to say, the slightest acknowledgment of guilt can be construed as an admission of fault.
Call Our Manhattan Car Accident Law Firm For a Free Case Review
If you were injured in a car accident, a Manhattan car accident attorney from David Resnick & Associates, P.C. can help. David Resnick founded our firm in 1998 after working in large law firms where he saw personal care, attention, and communication with clients lacking. He has shaped the firm to be responsive to client needs and focus on more personal care for each client.
David Resnick and his team are committed to zealously defending your rights as an accident victim and demanding maximum compensation from all parties at fault for your Manhattan traffic collision. today to learn more. We work on a contingency fee, so we collect no fees for our work unless and until we recover compensation on your behalf.