Vehicular Accidents

Manhattan Motor Vehicle Accidents Attorney

Motor vehicle accidents caused by someone else’s negligence result in personal and financial injury to the victim, who is left paying hefty hospital bills and dealing with the trauma. 

This is where car accident lawyers come into play. Our team at the Gray Law Firm fights to get accident victims justice and make sure the insurance company of the person responsible for the accident pays compensation. 

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NY Motor Vehicle Accident

The New York Vehicle and Traffic Laws govern cases of motor vehicle accidents in the state. Section 388 of this law states that every person deserves adequate compensation if another driver’s negligence causes the accident. While our team of experienced attorneys will explain the application of the car accident laws in detail, we suggest you know the basics of such statutes to understand your case better. 

Types Of Compensation

Depending on your case, there are different kinds of compensation that you can receive for your personal injuries. They include: 

Medical costs

The victim would have hospital bills if the accident resulted in any kind of personal injury. If the car accident resulted in a permanent injury, then you can get compensation for the medical costs for the rest of your life.

Mental Therapy

A motor vehicle accident might affect the victim psychologically. In such cases, they might need compensation for sessions with a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Physical Therapy

A motor vehicle accident can result in surgery which will require time to heal. Physical therapy could be involved in the healing process.

Lost Wages

Due to personal injuries, the victim of the accident might not be able to go to work. They will eventually suffer lost wages and will need to be compensated for the loss. 

Wrongful Death

A motor vehicle accident can result in the death of a loved one who might be the sole breadwinner of the family. The surviving family members, including their spouse and children, can claim compensation for the loss of financial support. 

These are just some available types of compensation. Based on your case, there may be more compensation available to you, including the pain and suffering you went through. The Gray Law Firm has been assisting clients in getting adequate compensation for quite some time now. After our initial free consultation, we can determine the severity of your case and come up with the best course of action available in the circumstances. 

Types Of Motor Vehicle Accidents

A motor vehicle accident is caused when a car, bus, truck, or other vehicle crashes into another. There are many kinds of motor vehicle accidents, including the following:

  • Rear-end collision
  • T-bone collision
  • Single-vehicle crash
  • Sideswipe accident
  • Head-on collision
  • Low-speed accident
  • Vehicle rollover

You can come in for a free evaluation for us to understand how your case can be categorized. Please note that there are other types of accidents, but these are some of the most common ones. 

Difference Between Accidents Caused By Commercial Trucks Or Buses and Ordinary Car Crashes 

Accidents caused by truck and bus drivers are significantly different from car crashes. They are more destructive because of their superior size and weight compared to other vehicles. They are also more legally complex because many different entities could be at fault. The Gray Law Firm has dealt with many bus and truck cases in the past. Please schedule a consultation and contact us for an in-depth discussion.

No-Fault Accidents

New York is a no-fault state. This means that the insurance companies are liable for compensation to the victim irrespective of who is at fault. The intent of the no-fault rule is to speed up the compensation process so that victims do not have to suffer long, drawn-out litigation. It is pertinent to note that New York is one of the 12 states with such a policy. The no-fault rule covers expenses up to $ 50,000. These expenses can include hospital bills, diagnostic tests, prescriptions, and many others. You are also eligible for lost wages. 

Who Can Get Compensation In a No-fault Claim?

The No-Fault Rule applies to all, including any pedestrian, passenger, driver, or cyclist. However, certain conditions have to be met. These include:

  1. The accident must have occurred in New York.
  2. The injured party must have been struck by the motor vehicle.
  3. The motor vehicle that caused the accident should either be a car, taxi, or any other vehicle covered under the no-fault law. Motorcycles and scooters are not included.
  4. The vehicle should have insurance issued by a company that does business in New York.

Please note – If you were intoxicated at the time of the accident, then the no-fault rule cannot be applied to you. For more information on the no-fault rule, please contact our law firm. We can guide you on how to file a claim. 

Why us?

The Gray Law Firm comprises lawyers who take an active interest in providing compensation for motor vehicle accident victims. While we attend to all personal injury cases, dealing with car accidents is one of our specialties. Our firm’s motto is “Never Settle for Less”. In our years of experience dealing with several car, truck, and bus collision cases, we have managed to recover over $100 million in compensation. 

We believe that accidents can never just happen; there is always someone who has acted carelessly. Our lawyers will perform a thorough investigation to ensure that the victim receives adequate compensation for their personal injury.

Frequently Asked Questions

To seek compensation for the motor vehicle accident, both you and your lawyer must determine the cause of the accident. Some common causes include: 

  • Texting while driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Overly aggressive driving
  • Road rage
  • Fatigued driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Drunk driving
  • Motor vehicle defects

Depending on the type of motor vehicle accident, it might take six months to two years to settle the case. The timeline will depend on a lot of factors. These include the percentage of liability, the kinds of injuries that the victim sustained, and whether the owner of the car had insurance at the time of the accident. The victim will also have to find out if their injuries are permanent.

As stated above, there are many kinds of motor vehicle accidents. The type and nature of the injury have to be ascertained to determine the compensation you might need. It is advised that a lawyer is contacted as soon as the victim becomes aware of their injury. Based on the facts, our lawyers will assist in finding evidence, calculating damages, and negotiating with insurance companies.

The time limit in New York is three years and starts the day the accident occurred. Some circumstances allow you to extend the time limit, however, we recommend you contact your lawyer for details on those.

Our initial consultation is free, and if we take your case, our fees are on a contingency basis. It means that we do not charge a dime until you get a settlement or compensation, at which point, we take a percentage that has been agreed upon beforehand. 

The right lawyer can give you the help you need. The Gray Law Firm has been at the forefront of motor vehicle accident cases in New York for years. That is why we suggest getting in touch with us if you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident and need help getting the compensation you deserve.

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