Queens Village Car Accident Lawyer
You may have always been a safe and careful driver, but even the best drivers are vulnerable to the actions of those driving recklessly or while drunk or otherwise negligent. Because of this irresponsible driver’s actions, you are now recuperating from a serious injury and are not sure when, if ever, you might return to work. Meanwhile, you no longer have a functioning vehicle, your medical bills are piling up, and you are not sure how you will pay your rent or mortgage. You need someone to hold that driver accountable and help you receive the compensation you deserve.
A Queens Village car accident lawyer at Douglas and London protects your rights and can fight shoulder-to-shoulder with you to recover maximum compensation for your injuries.
What to Do After a Car Accident
If possible, take photos of the accident scene and get the contact and insurance information of the other driver. Also, get the contact information of any witnesses or other occupants of the vehicle. Seek prompt medical attention, even if you do not initially think you are hurt. Failure to do so can harm your claim, as the insurer may allege you were not badly harmed.
What not to do is also important when it comes to the aftermath of a car accident. Do not post details about the accident on social media. The other driver’s insurance adjuster will likely contact you shortly after the accident; do not give the adjuster a statement or agree to a settlement until you have obtained legal counsel.
New York Statute of Limitations
New York’s statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident is three years from the date of the incident. If a person succumbs to injuries from the crash, the personal representative of the state has two years from the death date to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
However, there are situations in which the statute of limitations is much shorter – a matter of months, not years. That occurs when the collision involves any sort of vehicle operated by a government agency, such as a public school bus, MTA bus, or a public employee assigned a government car. In such situations, it is necessary to file a claim with the city, county, or state within three months of the crash.
New York Car Accident Damages
Damages, or compensation, for a car accident in New York may include money to cover:
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Loss of income if unable to work
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
If a family member was killed in the accident or died from his or her injuries, damages may include:
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Medical expenses relating to the injury
- Lost wages and benefits between the injury and death
- Pain and suffering endured by the decedent
- Value of support the decedent provided to family members
- Loss of income for financial dependents
Contact Queens Village Car Accident Lawyers
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident because of the reckless or negligent actions of another driver, you need the services of a personal injury attorney at Douglas and London. Call or text us 24/7 to arrange a free consultation or contact us online. We will review your case carefully and let you know your options. There is never a fee unless we win. Hablamos Espanol.