Queens, NY Car Accident Lawyers
Car accidents are a common cause of injuries in Queens, NY. Many injuries sustained in car wrecks are extremely severe due to high-speed impacts or the disparity in size between the involved vehicles. These injuries can result in expensive medical bills, extreme pain, or even permanent disability.
In many cases, car accidents are caused by the negligent actions of a specific driver. Despite this, New York is a no-fault car insurance state, which means your own insurance company will pay for certain damages regardless of fault. However, there are limits to what no-fault insurance will pay and serious injuries can often exceed these limits. That’s why New York law allows you to seek higher damages in cases involving “serious injury”.
If a driver’s negligent or careless action led to a “serious injury” of a non-negligent person, then the negligent driver may be able to be held liable for expenses related to the injury sustained by the innocent person. Negligent actions can include texting while driving, speeding, breaking other traffic laws, and driving while intoxicated.
According to § 5102(d) of the New York State Insurance Law, there is a list of standards for “serious injury.” If your injury meets one of these standards, you may be entitled to file your case in court to seek higher damages than your insurance is willing to pay. These qualifying injuries include the following:
- Loss of limb
- Serious disfigurement
- Broken bones
- Loss of pregnancy
- Loss of an organ, a bodily function, or the use of a bodily system
- Significant injury to an internal organ (e.g., traumatic brain injury)
- Injuries that interfere with your day to day life for at least 90 of the next 180 days after the accident
At Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP we are committed to helping victims involved in serious car accident get the compensation they deserve. We know that an injury can destabilize you financially, mentally, and emotionally. Serious injuries can prevent you from going to work, lead to expensive medical bills, result in debt, and may require long-term treatment.
Statistics of Car Accidents in Queens, NY
The New York Police Department releases public data about car accidents in Queens on their website at https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/nypd/downloads/pdf/traffic_data/cityacc-en-us.pdf
Based on their April 2021 data, we see that most motor vehicle accidents in Queens involve either a passenger vehicle, SUV or station wagon. Commercial vehicles with six or more tires, as well pick-up trucks were involved in 6% of accidents.
Below is a chart illustrating the different contributing factors, or causes, of car accidents that result in injury or death. We see that distracted driving is by far the biggest factor, though many car accidents are caused by following too closely, improper lane changes, or other illegal driving actions. Most of these contributing factors are signs of negligent behavior.
When we look at who gets injured in car accidents, we see that the majority of people injured in car crashes are the drivers. However, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists can also be hurt.
Common Car Crash Injuries in Queens, New York
Injuries sustained in a car accident can vary. Some of the more common injuries include:
- Whiplash: Whiplash injuries are caused by the shearing and tearing of muscle and tissue following a violent impact or abrupt change in speed. This often causes the victim’s head to snap back and forth in a painful motion, which results in muscle and soft-tissue damage. While whiplash injuries are extremely common, they can also be extremely debilitating.
- Traumatic Brain Injury: The brain is the control center of the body, which regulates and oversees the functioning of all other body systems. Therefore, injuries to the brain can be devastating and life-changing. A brain injury can cause confusion, problems with speech or language, trouble with concentration, motor control issues, and many other serious symptoms and disabilities. Crashes that involve impact or trauma to the head can cause these types of injuries.
- Broken Bones: More severe accidents can cause broken bones, which often take months or years to heal. In some circumstances, a broken bone can permanently change how your body functions.
- Burn Injuries: Burn injuries are often overlooked as a common car accident injury. However, burn injuries are common and can be caused by chemical burns from materials used in a vehicle’s operation, friction burns, or a vehicle fire that sparks during or following a collision.
These are only some of the injuries car crash victims can sustain. At Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP, we realize every crash is unique and we are committed to evaluating your specific injuries when calculating the value of your claim and building your claim.
How Can The Car Accident Attorneys At Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP Help You?
The goal of our Queens injury law firm is to help restore stability to you and your family after an injury. We want to get you as close to the position in life you were at immediately before the accident as we can. This means making sure you get all necessary medical treatment to restore your health, as well as fighting to reclaim all direct and indirect expenses related to the injury from the at-fault party. We work hard to get you fair compensation.
We will help prove liability by gathering evidence, and if necessary, conducting an independent investigation of fault. We do our best to anticipate potential defenses by the at-fault party and their insurance company. We work to build a strong argument about why the driver’s actions were negligent and why they should be held liable.
When you hire Sullivan & Galleshaw, we deal with all relevant insurance companies on your behalf. We will take care of all negotiation and investigation on your behalf. This means you get to focus on recovering.
Why Choose Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP As Your Queens Injury Lawyer?
Our law firm has earned a reputation for excellence. We’ve helped people throughout Queens and across New York City. Our two principal attorneys have over 30 years of collective practical experience representing injury victims across the greater New York metropolitan area.
We have numerous reviews and case results that reflect on our prior accomplishments. While past results do not guarantee of any future outcome, they can still be a useful indicator of our experience.
Furthermore, we understand that every case is unique — no two cases are the same. That’s why we work to give your case the individual attention it deserves, and we customize our approach to each and every case.
Get Help From Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP in Queens, NY
Taking action as soon as you can is key to building a strong case. Delaying can cause crucial evidence to be lost or cause doubts about the extent of your injuries. Contact our law firm today for a free consultation. We can help determine whether you have a strong case and outline what your legal options are and what your next steps should be. Call us now at 718-843-0300 or fill out the contact form near the bottom of this page.
We are a local law firm and help individuals throughout Queens, including the following neighborhoods: Astoria, Bayside, Briarwood, Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Corona, Sunnyside, Woodhaven, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accident Claims in Queens, NY
What if I’m partially at-fault?
In Queens, New York, you may be entitled to compensation beyond what no-fault insurance provides, despite allegations of partial fault. Contact our office today to discuss your specific situation.
How long do I have to file a car accident claim?
New York law requires injury victims to file their claim within 3 years from the date that the accident took place. While this may seem like a long time, it’s crucial to take action as quickly as possible to ensure no crucial evidence is lost.
Is it worth contacting an injury lawyer for a minor accident?
Car crashes that happen at low speeds or with minimal damage to the vehicles can still result in injuries, such as whiplash. These types of injuries can be expensive to treat and you may still be able to be compensated for them. Thus, the best thing to do if you’ve been involved in a car accident, whether minor or major, is to contact an attorney for advice about your next steps.
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