Long Island City Car Accident Lawyer
Injuries from car accidents can be life-changing. You may lose a great deal of time off work, with medical bills coming in and little income to pay these and your regular expenses. In addition, the accident may have totaled your car, leaving you and your family without a vehicle.
A Long Island City personal injury attorney at Douglas and London can hold the parties responsible for your injuries accountable. Our experienced attorneys have collected millions in verdicts and settlements for our car accident clients.
What to do after a car accident
Car accidents come out of the blue. Although it is normal to experience fear or anger after the collision, try to remain calm. The minutes directly after a crash are a key time to collect evidence. If you are not badly injured, use your phone to take photos and videos of the scene, including the license plate numbers of the vehicles involved. Get contact information for the driver as well as any witnesses.
Always call the police to report a collision, even if the accident seems like a fender bender. While emergency responders will take anyone seriously injured to the nearest hospital, seek prompt medical attention even if you think your injuries are minor. Not only do some injuries– especially those involving soft tissues– not appear right away, but failure to go to the ER or the doctor means the insurance company could allege that your injuries are not serious, or that they are from another event.
Keep in mind that the insurance company is not really on your side. Their business model is paying out as little as possible in damages. A car accident attorney knows a fair settlement amount for the type of losses suffered by the client and can negotiate.
Car accident damages
In New York, damages, or compensation, for car accidents may include:
- Medical expenses, current, and future
- Lost wages
- Loss of income
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life
The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit in New York after a car accident is three years. However, because investigations should start right away, it is imperative to seek legal counsel as soon as possible.
Contact our team of Long Island City car accident lawyers
A car accident lawyer at Douglas and London can help you collect compensation for your injuries. Schedule a free consultation by calling or texting 24/7 or fill out our online contact form. We will protect your rights and keep you informed of the process every step of the way. While most cases are settled, we will proceed to trial when necessary. Since we work on a contingency basis, there is never a fee unless we win. Hablamos Espanol.