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Bronx Car Accident Lawyer

Are you a car accident victim? If so, James Newman, P.C. is here to fight for you. Our firm has well over three decades of experience representing car accident victims here in New York City, and we are prepared to do everything in our power to get you the justice you deserve as well. Contact a dedicated Bronx car accident lawyer from our firm today so we can get started working on your case.

Car Accident Lawyer | Here to Fight for You

We believe that those who’ve been wronged by others deserve to have a legal team in their corner who will work to get them the resources they need to heal as soon as possible. By speaking with a Bronx auto accident lawyer from our firm, you’re taking the first step in your journey to getting fully and fairly compensated.

What Do I Do After I Am Involved In An Accident?

As soon as you can reach a telephone, call 911 and request an ambulance or fire truck if needed. Inform them of your location and briefly explain the situation. If you cannot reach a telephone or do not have a telephone, attempt to flag down passing vehicles or pedestrians walking on the street.

From here, you should do everything you can to gather as much information as possible. This includes writing down:

  • The other driver’s name, address, date of birth, and telephone number.
  • Their driver’s license number and expiration date.
  • Their insurance company.
  • The other car’s make, year, model, license plate number and expiration date, and vehicle identification number (“VIN”).
  • If the driver is not the owner, you will need to get the owner’s name, address, telephone number and insurance company.
  • The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any passengers in the other car.
  • The name, address, and telephone number of any witnesses to the accident. If they are unwilling to stay, ask them what they saw and write it down.
  • If there was someone at the scene that will not give you his or her name, just write down his or her license plate number. The police officer can trace the owner’s name and address.
  • Make a simple diagram of the accident. Please note if there were any skid marks on the road.
  • If you have a camera with you, take pictures of the scene. The camera on your cell phone will do.
  • Take notes on the road and weather conditions. If the accident happened after dark, were the streetlights on?
  • Estimate how fast you were going, as well as the other driver. Be sure to note the exact time and place the accident happened.

What Should I Do After I Am Injured By The Wrongful Conduct Of Another?

Seek medical attention immediately and document your claims as thoroughly as possible
Your time to sue is limited; contact a personal injury lawyer ASAP

Am I Responsible For Paying For My Injuries Or Damage To My Car?

If you are not at fault, then the other driver’s insurance company will pay for your personal injuries and car damage. If you are at fault for causing the accident, your insurance company will be responsible for paying for the other party’s personal injuries and car damage up to the maximum amount of your policy.

What Is No-Fault Insurance?

No-fault is mandatory insurance coverage under the insurance policy of the New York vehicle you are in at the time of an accident. It may also be available to pedestrians struck by a vehicle. No-fault coverage is designed to pay for your lost wages and medical expenses up to a maximum of $50,000. However, any additional recovery, such as for pain and suffering, must be sought in court. Under the no-fault law, if you were in an auto accident, you are permitted to sue a driver to seek damages for pain and suffering if you suffered serious and permanent injuries due to that driver’s negligence.

Do I Get No-Fault Benefits If I Caused The Accident?

YES. No-fault insurance is available regardless of who caused the accident.

Who Is Not Covered?

In most cases, the following people would not be eligible for no-fault coverage:

  • Motorcycle drivers.
  • Motorcycle passengers.
  • If you are in your own uninsured vehicle, there is no coverage for you.
  • If you occupy your spouse’s uninsured vehicle, there is no coverage for you.
  • Non-New York residents may not be eligible for coverage. Ask us to help you determine if you qualify.

What If I Was Injured By A Motorist Who Doesn’t Have Insurance?

New York law requires that all motorists carry uninsured motorist coverage. That means that if you have auto insurance, and you are injured by a motorist who does not have insurance, your uninsured motorist coverage will cover your injuries. If you do not have auto insurance (because you do not own a car), you will have to pursue a claim against the driver who injured you. If you do not know who injured you (i.e., you were the victim of a hit-and-run), or if the person who hit you is of limited means, you may seek recovery from the New York Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Company, which has established an insurance fund for the victims of uninsured motorists and drivers of stolen cars. However, your coverage under this plan is limited to $25,000 per accident.

How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim in NYS?

In New York State, car accident victims are, generally, granted three years from the date of their accident to file a lawsuit against the party responsible. That said, in some cases, the statute of limitations is far shorter than this, so it is important that you reach out to a seasoned attorney sooner, rather than later. James Newman, P.C. stands ready to fight for you.

Contact a New York City Car Accident Lawyer Today

The bottom line is that anyone who has been hurt in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver deserves to be fully and fairly compensated for the damages they’ve incurred. If you are a car accident victim, you can have confidence in your decision to turn to a seasoned car accident lawyer from James Newman, P.C. for help. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with our dedicated NYC personal injury law firm.

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