Yonkers Car Accident Lawyer
A serious car accident can come out of the blue and cause major upheavals in your life. As you struggle to recover from injuries caused by a reckless or negligent driver, medical treatments and related bills pile up, and you may not know when you will be able to return to work. You may be worrying about how you and your family will make ends meet as you deal with a long recuperation process.
A Yonkers car accident lawyer at Douglas and London is ready to protect your rights and hold the driver responsible for your injuries accountable.
What to do after a car accident
Collecting as much evidence as possible is crucial to your case. If possible, take photos or videos of the accident scene with your phone. Get the contact information not only of the other driver but that of any other passengers in the vehicles and any witnesses.
Seek medical attention at once, even if you do not think your injuries are serious. The severity of certain injuries is sometimes not apparent immediately. Failure to go to the hospital or doctor right after a car accident may cause the insurance company to allege you were not hurt that badly.
What not to do after a car accident
Never post details about your accident on social media. The other driver’s insurance company may use any such postings against you. It is likely that the other driver’s insurance adjuster will contact you within days of the collision, at a time when you are especially vulnerable. Do not give a statement to the adjuster before obtaining legal advice, and do not agree to a settlement, even if the offer seems reasonable.
At this stage, you do not know the long-term effects of your injuries, and insurers will try to settle your claim for as little as possible. Once a settlement is made, there is no re-negotiation.
Your lawyer knows a fair settlement for the type of injuries suffered and your short-and-long-term needs.
Statute of limitations
Every state has a period under which a personal injury lawsuit due to a car accident requires filing, and in New York, that timeframe is three years from the accident date. If a person dies from the injuries, the personal representative of the estate has two years from the death date in which to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
There are exceptions to the statute of limitations, especially regarding accidents involving government-owned vehicles. If the other vehicle involved was owned by a government agency, such as a public school bus, the statute of limitations for filing a claim is just three months from the accident date. That is true whether the vehicle is operating under city, county, or state auspices.
Contact Yonkers car accident lawyers
If you were injured in an auto accident caused by another driver’s recklessness or negligence, you need the services of an experienced personal injury attorney at Douglas and London. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We will review your case and let you know your options. Our clients are kept abreast of all developments in their cases. While most cases are settled, we do not hesitate to go to trial when warranted. There is never a fee unless we win.