Corona Car Accident Lawyer
The residents of Corona in Queens are familiar with high volume traffic, which of course, leads to an increase in accidents. Some collisions are little more than fender benders. However, when these they are serious, the injuries can change your life forever. Our team of Corona car accident lawyers could help you hold the at-fault driver liable for the financial and medical repercussions.
Recovering compensation for your injuries is never a sure thing, even when the other driver is clearly responsible. Insurance companies will go to extreme lengths to avoid paying out on these claims, and they will not hesitate to do the same to you. A car accident attorney from our firm could assist you in your pursuit of damages.
Common factors in a car accident
No two car accidents are alike. There are, however, some common factors. Accidents typically occur due to the negligence of one or more motorists. This can include anything from aggressive driving to blatant traffic violations. Some of the most common include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Following too close
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Failure to signal a lane change
- Running a traffic light
- Fatigued driving
Your car accident lawyer can assist you in pursuing a claim under any of these circumstances. If successful, it could lead to compensation for all of your physical injuries.
When you are partially responsible for the crash
Liability is not always clear in a car accident. In many crashes, both drivers will play a role in causing it. Historically, most states would bar a person from seeking compensation in an accident– where they were responsible in any way.
Thankfully, these states have modified this unfair standard over the years. New York has one of the most liberal standards when a plaintiff shares in the fault of an accident. This standard is known as pure comparative negligence.
Under this standard, you can pursue compensation from the other driver as long as they are at least partially at fault. At trial, every jury will consider the evidence and assign each party a percentage of responsibility for the crash. You are entitled to damages– as long as you are above zero percent.
That does not mean you will get everything you want out of a claim. When the jury assigns you a percentage of liability, they will also reduce your award by the same amount. For example, if you are 90 percent at fault for an accident, the jury will reduce your damages by 90 percent to make up for it.
Reach out to our team of Corona car accident lawyers
Douglas & London is here to help regardless if you were partially at fault for the crash or played no role whatsoever. If your case goes to trial, our car accident lawyers will work to show the jury that the other driver was primarily responsible for the accident. To discuss your claim in person, schedule a free initial consultation with Douglas & London right away.