Brooklyn Car Accident Lawyer
Have you been seriously injured in an auto accident in Brooklyn? You have a right to seek compensation for the losses this crash has caused you, and a Brooklyn vehicle collision attorney from our firm can help.
Some of the most serious injuries are caused by motor vehicle crashes. Despite laws put in place to protect drivers, auto wreck injuries continue to happen. Part of the problem is the increase in driver distractions, which is becoming a leading contributing factor in serious auto wrecks in Brooklyn.
Regardless of what caused your vehicle crash, if you were seriously injured in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, you can seek justice and compensation. A Brooklyn car accident lawyer from Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can help you get what you’re looking for.
We will assist you with filing an injury claim and holding the party who harmed you accountable. Filing a successful claim requires in-depth knowledge of personal injury laws, investigation chops, and an ability to negotiate with insurance companies. We also have litigation experience, and we won’t hesitate to fight for your compensation in court.
Understanding Negligence in Auto Accidents
What does negligence mean? Negligence is a legal concept that simply means that all people are responsible for the harm they do to others, even if the harm was unintentional. Willful harm is when someone purposefully or recklessly hurts you. Negligence can be a person’s actions, and, in some cases, it can be a person’s inaction.
For example, if a driver knew that his or her rear bumper was not secured but kept driving with the bumper hanging off the back end of the vehicle, that would be considered an inaction. The driver failed to identify the danger and rectify the situation by replacing the bumper.
If the bumper suddenly fell off in traffic, causing an accident, the driver could be held liable for his or her negligence in failing to identify the harm an unsecured bumper could do to others.
When negligence is involved in an auto accident, the injured party can sue the negligent party in civil court as long as the injuries are serious enough to take the claim outside of New York’s no-fault auto insurance system.
Proving Fault in Your Brooklyn Auto Wreck Claim
When negligence caused your collision, you can file a claim against the negligent party, but how do you prove that the party was negligent? You must investigate the accident and gather evidence.
You’ve just been seriously injured, so it’s very unlikely that you will be able to run around gathering evidence to prove your case, even if you had the fact-finding abilities to do so. That’s one of the big ways a Brooklyn car wreck lawyer can help you.
Your attorney will investigate your claim, interview witnesses, and obtain documents necessary to prove your need for compensation.
In order to get compensated for your accident, you must convince an insurance company and sometimes a judge or jury that you were wronged. They won’t just take you word on the matter, so gathering as much proof as possible is imperative to winning your case.
Here’s a look at some of the types of proof your attorney may gather on your behalf:
- Witness statements
- Police and accident reports
- Crash scene expert testimony
- Medical expert testimony
- Video and photographic evidence
- Medical evidence, including your medical history
- Documentation of all of your losses
Insurance Negotiations for Brooklyn Auto Crash Claims
Insurance claims in New York are typically handled under the no-fault system. The no-fault system works like this:
You are involved in a minor fender-bender, and although you didn’t cause the crash, you will file your claim with your own insurance company to recover your losses. Your losses will be small and will include vehicle repairs and some small medical costs. It doesn’t matter who is to blame for the crash—you will use your own insurance policy to compensate yourself.
But what if your crash is serious and your losses are great? That’s when you may be able to take your claim to civil court, which means leaving the no-fault system and suing the other driver or his or her insurer. You will need to prove that your injuries are serious, and you will need to demonstrate your losses.
Negotiating with insurance companies isn’t an easy task. They don’t want to pay out on injury claims. They will do everything they can to deny your claim—or at least reduce the amount they must pay you. They use a variety of tactics to do this.
See below for some of the ways dealing with insurance companies in a Brooklyn auto wreck case can be tricky:
- They may record your statements to use against you later.
- Insurance adjusters could challenge your medical evidence or deny your injury altogether.
- Insurers may try to place blame on you to reduce the amount they must pay you.
- They might offer you a quick, low settlement, hoping you’ll jump at the first offer.
- Adjusters may drag the claim process out as long as possible because they want you to get frustrated and give up.
Recovering the Losses Your Vehicle Wreck Has Caused
When you are seriously injured in a vehicle collision, the event can cause you to suffer many losses, some of which are monetary and some of which are non-monetary.
Monetary losses are all the ways your car crash has financially impacted you. For example, if you’ve been seriously injured, you will probably have a lot of accident-related medical bills.
Your non-monetary losses are the ways this accident has affected your quality of life. For example, if you have sustained an injury that makes it impossible for you to ever ride a horse again, and that was something you really enjoyed doing, you can be compensated for that loss.
Please see the list below for an idea of some of the damages and losses you can request compensation for in a Brooklyn vehicle crash claim:
- Pain and suffering
- Missed wages and future missed wages
- Permanent injury
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Mental health services
- Physical therapy
- All related medical expenses
- Caregiving costs
- Transportation costs
Another important law you need to be aware of dictates how long you have to file a personal injury claim after an auto collision. This law is called the statute of limitations.
In the state of New York, you have three years from the date of your car crash to file your claim. If you don’t file within that time frame, your claim will not be considered and you will forfeit your right to recover compensation.
Speak with a Brooklyn Car Accident Attorney
It’s tough to file a personal injury claim, especially when you’re trying to recover physically, mentally, and emotionally from your wreck. Dealing with insurance companies whose main goal is to limit the amount of compensation you will receive can be a frustrating process. However, you can avoid a lot of the stress and hassle.
You can get help filing your claim by working with a Brooklyn car accident lawyer. Your attorney from Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can secure the settlement you need to pay for your losses. Contact us by using the online contact form below or calling 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462).