Queens Car Accident Lawyers
You may drive safely by keeping a safe following distance, signaling before turning, and staying within the speed limit. Unfortunately, many other motorists act as though they are above the rules of the road and take unnecessary risks that greatly increase the likelihood of an accident. Dealing with this type of behavior is a part of modern life. However, if this type of negligent or careless driving causes injury, you should be entitled to compensation.
The experienced Queens car accident attorneys at Sullivan and Galleshaw can fight for you and work to hold the party responsible for your injuries financially accountable. Our lawyers can help explain your right to sue for car accident injuries and help you determine what your case might be worth. Call (877) 311-HURT to schedule a free legal consultation.
Queens County Car Accident Statistics
According to statistics released by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research, there were 25,660 car accidents in Queens in 2017, the most recent year with available statistics. This accounts for approximately 8.29% of all accidents in the state of New York that year. Furthermore, there were 55 fatal accidents resulting in 60 deaths in Queens, which accounted for approximately 6% of all car accident fatalities in New York. Of those fatalities, the driver was killed in 20 crashes while a passenger was killed in 7 accidents. Bicyclists were killed in 4 reported accidents, but pedestrians were the most impacted with 29 deaths from car accidents in Queens in 2017.
Types of Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Cars and trucks traveling at high speeds have the force and momentum to cause massive damage and physical injuries. Especially if large vehicles or highway speeds are involved, the injuries are often fatal or life-altering. While the types and severity of injuries will vary from accident to accident, common car accident injuries in Queens include the following:
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 that leaves muscle and soft-tissue damage. Whiplash injuries are extremely common, but they can also be extremely debilitating.
Traumatic Brain Injury
The brain is the control center of the body that regulates and oversees the functioning of all other bodily 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.
A broken or fractured bone is a serious injury that can take months or years to heal. Depending on the location and severity of the injury, broken bones can reduce both your ability to get around and perform certain tasks.
Burn injuries are often overlooked as a common car accident injury. However, burn injuries 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.
Many injuries can result in nerve compression or nerve damage. These injuries can be long-lasting and limit your ability to function independently.
Unfortunately, this is only a brief sample of some of the types of injuries that a car accident can produce. Injuries ranging from simple to severe can come in many other forms that require intensive medical care and expensive medical bills.
The Damages Available from Car Accident Injuries in New York
Because New York is a no-fault car insurance state, there is a threshold for “serious injury” that injury victims must meet to collect damages beyond their no-fault insurance benefits. In general, no-fault insurance provides coverage for short-term, immediate needs including medical expenses and economic losses. However, the damages you claim through insurance are often too low to cover your injuries, and you may need to take your case to court instead.
As per § 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
While some of these standards are clearly defined, others leave room for interpretation that makes it more difficult to know whether you qualify for a lawsuit. An experienced Queens car accident attorney can help you show that your injuries fit within one of these serious injury standards, entitling you to potentially greater damages.
The insurance payouts for no-fault insurance may cover medical expenses and lost wages, but these policies typically have upper limits and require you to pay a deductible to claim damages. If your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, they should pay for the full cost of damages you suffered. In court, you may claim 100% of the damages you suffered, including the full cost of medical bills, any wages you lost or reduced earning capacity you suffered because of the accident, and damages for pain and suffering. Pain and suffering damages are usually unavailable in auto insurance claims, which means that a lawsuit automatically opens additional types of compensation to you.
To receive compensation in a lawsuit in New York, you must first prove the injuries you suffered and prove that the accident was the other driver’s fault. Your lawyer can help build your case, file the claim with the court, and try your case before a judge and jury to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Our Queens Car Accident Lawyers Can Help
If you have been in a car accident that resulted in catastrophic injuries or the death of a loved one, the experienced Queens auto accident attorneys at Sullivan and Galleshaw can fight for you. Before accepting any money from your auto insurance or the at-fault driver, talk to a lawyer about what your case might be worth and what types of compensation you might be entitled to in a car accident lawsuit. To schedule your free, confidential legal consultation, call (877) 311-HURT.
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