Elmont Auto Accident Lawyer
While safeer streets have been a goal since 2014, New York has seen a disturbing uptick in fatalities and serious injuries in recent years, according to the New York Times. Distracted driving, speeding, and inadequate pedestrian and bike infrastructure are all to blame, among other issues. Victims of auto collisions deserve to be fully compensated for their injuries, but the only way to make that happen is to file a personal injury claim with the at-fault party, and work with an attorney to hold that party accountable. The insurance company of the at-fault driver, or other party who caused the collision, will inevitably do everything in its power to deny liability and reduce the value of your claim. This is why you need to have an attorney on your side. Here at the Giuffre Law Offices, P.C., our Elmont auto accident lawyers work closely with our clients to ensure that your goals are met, and that the process runs as smoothly as possible for maximum compensation and minimal stress.
Types of Auto Collisions We Handle
- Car Crashes;
- Large Truck Collisions;
- Pedestrian Injuries;
- Bicycle Collisions;
- Scooter Collisions;
- Motorcycle Collisions;
- Uber and Lyft Collisions; and
Common Causes of Auto Collisions
In order to establish fault, we must show that the other driver violated the rules of the road, such as failure to yield or failure to signal a turn or lane change. Virtually all auto collisions are caused by one or more of the following driver behaviors:
- Distracted driving;
- Aggressive driving, which includes speeding;
- Drunk driving; or
- Drowsy or fatigued driving.
Comparative Negligence in Elmont Auto Collisions
One aspect of many personal injury claims is comparative fault. Under New York statute 411, the amount of damages that a traffic victim can recover is diminished by the degree of their own culpability, or fault. This means that if you are found 10 percent at fault, your damages will be reduced by 10 percent, meaning you can only collect 90 percent of what your claim would be worth otherwise. For instance, Driver A (the victim) is T-boned by Driver B, who ran a stop sign. Driver B would be fully at fault if Driver A was following the rules of the road, but in this scenario, Driver A was not—they happened to be driving at night with their headlights off. As such, they are found partially to blame for the crash. Whatever degree of negligence they are found to contribute will therefore be deducted from their damages. Oftentimes, insurers attempt to blame the victim for causing the crash to some extent, and in doing so the insurer does not have to pay out as much damages. It is our job to ensure that any alleged comparative negligence is minimized to the greatest extent possible.
Reach Out to Our Experienced Elmont Auto Accident Lawyers
If you were injured in an Elmont auto crash, you have the right to seek damages for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage, emotional distress, and other damage. Call the experienced Elmont auto accident attorneys at Giuffre Law Offices, P.C. today at 516-802-9912 to schedule a free consultation.