Brooklyn Car Accident Frequently Asked Questions
Some of the most frequently asked questions about car accidents in Brooklyn really have nothing to do with the car accidents themselves. Rather, they have to do with what a person should do after a car accident has happened. It’s good to have this information in clear terms because you might be disoriented after an accident and unable to come up with the answers yourself. Car accidents can be overwhelming and difficult to figure out how to proceed. These are some of the most frequently asked questions to help get you started.
Is New York a No-Fault State?
Yes, New York requires that their drivers carry no-fault insurance. What this means is that it doesn’t matter who is at fault when a car accident occurs; your own insurance should cover you, your car, and your passengers to a certain extent. At the same time, there may be costs that no-fault insurance is not obligated to cover, such as bodily injury costs. In such cases, the person who is at fault for the accident may be taken to court in order to settle the claim and make sure those costs are covered. If you have insurance questions or if you’ve been in an accident with someone with no insurance or who was underinsured, you should contact our office immediately.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
The first thing you need to do after an accident is get to safety. You are most likely going to be, at least, somewhat shocked and disoriented. It’s okay to get out of the way of oncoming traffic and other areas that may put you at risk, but do not leave the scene of the accident. It’s best to wait for emergency personnel to arrive. Sit near the shoulder or on the sidewalk, if possible. In this way, you are still present, but not at risk of further injury.
Once you move out of the way of danger, contact the authorities. If you fail to report the accident to the authorities and you end up leaving the scene, you put yourself at risk for being charged with a hit and run, even if the other person leaves as well. In some cases, the individual may offer cash or ask you for cash for the damages and tell you it’s okay for you to leave. This is not true. They can just as easily report you for a hit and run after you leave, even if you did give them cash.
Who Should I Contact?
You will need to see a medical professional and, if someone else may have been responsible for your accident, you should contact our Brooklyn car accident lawyers as well. You will need to have your medical issues addressed, but you may also need to make sure that valuable evidence is gathered in order to seek compensation for your injuries and damages. At Greenstein & Milbauer, we can help you navigate the insurance laws and compensation issues so that you can manage other things, like getting back to being healthy or having your vehicle repaired.
How Much Is My Accident Worth?
Although it’s possible that you are positive the car accident was entirely due to someone else’s negligence, there are many factors that go into determining the appropriate settlement amount. This might include the types of injuries you suffer, any other losses such as loss of employment, and the type of accident. We can examine the details of the car accident with you and give you a broad idea of what you might expect.
What If My Accident Was a Hit and Run?
These can be some of the most difficult and frustrating accidents simply because the person responsible may be difficult to track down. The lawyers at Greenstein & Milbauer can help investigate and track down the responsible party and make sure you receive any compensation you deserve. Be aware that hit and run accidents are particularly difficult cases to navigate without the assistance of experienced lawyers.
Though these are some of the most frequently asked questions, they aren’t the only questions you may have. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident and would like real answers to your questions, call us at 1-800-842-8462 for a free consultation.