Richmond Hill Car Accident Lawyer
There was so much you took for granted before another driver struck your vehicle. Now, while you deal with pain, suffering, and recuperation, you must also deal with the disruption of your work, family, financial, and personal life. Because of another person’s reckless actions, the quality of your life is possibly affected permanently. You need someone in your corner to hold the negligent driver responsible for his or her actions.
The New York car accident lawyers at Douglas and London can help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries. While the overwhelming majority of personal injury cases we take on are resolved by a settlement agreement, we are fully prepared to battle for justice at trial if necessary.
Car accident injuries
For many car accident victims, their injuries are temporary and will eventually heal. For others, however, these injuries mean long-term or permanent impairment. Serious car accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
- Internal organ damages
Do not wait to seek legal help
In New York, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident is three years from the accident date, in most situations. Too many accident victims make the mistake of waiting too long to seek legal help. In the meantime, evidence may disappear, the memories of witnesses may fade, or they may move out of the area, and the “black box” recorder standard on late model cars may have been destroyed. Indeed, it is often to the advantage of insurance companies to ensure vehicles damaged badly in an accident are destroyed to avoid having them used as evidence.
By obtaining prompt legal advice, the investigation can start as soon as possible, and your car accident lawyer can obtain a court order, if necessary, to make sure evidence is not destroyed.
The exception to the three-year statute of limitations involves accidents involving any type of government vehicle. If your accident concerns a collision with an MTA bus, public school bus, or any municipal, county, or state vehicle, a claim requires filing within 90 days.
Dealing with the insurance company
Many accident victims do not realize that the insurance company is not acting in their best interests. As always, the insurance company acts in its OWN best interests, and that means minimizing accident settlement payments.
Do not give a statement to the insurance adjuster before consulting an attorney. Let them know you have legal representation and that your lawyers are handling the case. When you have legal representation, insurers know they cannot put forward an inadequate settlement offer that the injured party may not realize cannot compensate his or her losses or pay for future needs.
Contact a Richmond Hill car accident lawyer
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a motor vehicle due to the fault of another driver, you need the services of an experienced car accident attorney at Douglas and London. To schedule a free consultation, call us 24/7 or contact us online. We will review the circumstances of your case and advise you of your options. Since we work on contingency, there is never a fee unless we win.