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New York Car Accident Attorneys

Some car accidents can be resolved quickly, but others result in serious injuries, astronomical medical bills, and even death.

If you were hit by a reckless, negligent, or distracted driver, the Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC can help you pursue compensation.

Our New York City car accident attorneys offer free consultations. You pay nothing unless we win your case.

Our car accident attorneys have offices in Manhattan and White Plains, NY.

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Were you involved in a serious car accident? Are you worried that insurance adjusters will lowball coverage for medical bills and other losses from your automobile accident? With the Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC, you don't have to go it alone. Our New York City law firm has represented car accident victims for more than two decades. We have offices in Manhattan and White Plains in Westchester County.

Our skilled attorneys are affiliated with trusted legal organizations:

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice 
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association

Ready to discuss your case with a legal professional? Request your consultation online. You can also reach our law firm by phone:

(212) 858-0503

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If you or a loved one has been in a motor vehicle accident, our New York car accident lawyers can help you seek compensation.

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Our law offices in Manhattan and White Plains can conduct consultations in both English and Spanish. While working on your car accident claim, we will make sure you understand your legal options and that we understand your concerns. We're proud to serve Spanish-speaking communities throughout New York.

Highly Rated Car Accident Attorneys With Offices in Manhattan and White Plains, NY


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I searched “car accident lawyer” after going through an accident that changed my life completely! I’m so glad that I found him. I can’t thank him enough for everything he has done. If you’re looking for the best lawyer that handles car accidents, trust you will be in great hands. Thanks again for everything Michael.

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I actually did an internet search for car accident lawyers in the area.  Initially the meeting with my attorney went well. He put all terms into language I could understand.  They were pretty affordable, and I was happy with the final result.  

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More than two million individuals are injured in motor vehicle accidents each year
*According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

In data gathered from 2012 to 2014, the New York State Department of Health found that car accidents were the leading cause of injury or deaths from injury among the residents of New York. The Department of Health also concluded that:

  • Over 1,000 deaths on average took place each year because of car accidents
  • Over 12,000 people were hospitalized each year due to auto accidents
  • Nearly 137,000 accident victims visited the emergency room each year due to their injuries

Serious Injuries from Auto Accidents


  • Broken bones
  • Burn injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision loss
  • Lacerations
  • Whiplash
  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injury

Types of Auto Accidents

No two car accidents are the same. Each has a different cause and outcome. The most common types of car accidents include:
Head on crash

Head-On Crash

Head-on collisions occur when drivers on opposite sides of the roadway collide. Given the speed at which many of these accidents occur, they can lead to devastating injuries and even death.

Car bumping into rear end of another car

Rear-End Collisions

Read-end collisions commonly occur when one driver is tailgating the other. If the motorist who rear-ends you is speeding, the force of the impact can leave you with whiplash and other serious injuries.

Car rolling over


Rollovers are extremely violent accidents that can seriously injure or kill other drivers, passengers, and bystanders. All types of vehicles can be involved in a rollover, but tall sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and trucks are more susceptible because of their high centers of gravity.
Car crashing into side of other car

Side-Impact & T-Bone Collisions

Side-impact collisions are commonly caused by distracted drivers or drivers running red lights. These types of auto accidents can be very dangerous at almost any speed because one vehicle comes into close contact with the driver and passengers of the other vehicle.
Car crashing into tree

Single-Car Accidents

Single-vehicle accidents do not involve other motorists, yet they may be the result of negligence by a third party. This includes local municipalities in charge of maintaining the road, and companies who design and manufacture cars and auto parts.

The cause of the accident will tell us who is at fault and is responsible for paying damages, and will determine how we go about your case.

Distracted Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 3,142 deaths caused by distracted driving in 2019. Driver distraction can take many forms, from rubbernecking to grooming behind the wheel. Yet talking and texting on a mobile device is one of the most common causes of distraction-related NYC car accidents.

Since 2012, New York’s law against the use of cell phones behind the wheel is a primary offense. This means a law enforcement officer may stop and ticket a driver for talking on a handheld device, texting, emailing, or viewing the web while driving. Although the ban includes an exception for emergency situations, ignorance of the law is not a defense.

Woman distracted by coffee cup and notebook while driving
Car recklessly speeding towards a stop sign

Reckless and
Negligent Driving

Speeding, road rage, and tailgating put other drivers and pedestrians at risk of serious injuries. Negligent driving and reckless behaviors are two common causes of running stop signs and red lights. Weaving and frequent lane changes can also contribute to sideswipe accidents.

Our New York City and Westchester County car accident attorneys fight hard to hold negligent and reckless drivers accountable for their actions. Our car accident lawyers can help you pursue compensation from your insurance company as well as the driver responsible for any accident-related losses.

Pedestrian Accidents

In the dense urban areas throughout New York City, NY, incidents of cars colliding with pedestrians occur far too frequently. Negligent drivers can cause catastrophic and often fatal injuries to people on foot. Our New York pedestrian accident lawyers are prepared to fight for the rights of pedestrians who have suffered devastating losses due to the negligent actions of motorists. With our NYC pedestrian accident lawyers on your side, you can rest assured that your advocates are doing everything they can to collect the restitution to which you are entitled. Let our team handle the complexities of legal recourse while you focus on recovering from your injuries.

Pedestrian getting ran over by a car

Take Action Before Time Expires


New York's statute of limitations for personal injury cases is three years from the date of the accident. Failure to file a car accident case by that deadline means you cannot seek a lawsuit. Contact our car accident lawyers without delay.

Discuss Your Motor Vehicle Accident with a Lawyer Contact Our Attorneys About Your Injury Claim

After an auto collision, accident victims need to focus their time and attention on recovery. Our car accident lawyers can help. The Law Office of Michael H. Joseph works with car crash victims and their loved ones to hold the other driver accountable for their negligence. With free consultations and representation on a contingency basis, you won't pay our injury attorneys unless we secure a favorable settlement or achieve a successful verdict.

To schedule a no-obligation legal consultation, contact our law firm online. You can also reach our car accident lawyers by phone:

(212) 858-0503

Clients Appreciate Our Attentive, Accessible Service

"I'm disabled and can't get around too well, but Michael made personal visits to me on several occasions to discuss my case. I really appreciated that."
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Poor Road Conditions

Poor road conditions are a less obvious cause of auto collisions since another motorist is not to blame. This is why you need a knowledgeable car accident lawyer to investigate the collision site.

Our car accident lawyers in Manhattan and White Plains, NY, work with crash reconstruction analysts to determine the cause or causes of a collision. If badly maintained or poorly designed roads are to blame, they can hold the city or town that maintains the roadway accountable.

Keep in mind that in these kinds of cases, you need to file an accident claim with the city or town responsible for maintaining the road within 90 days of the crash. Do not delay.

Road Crack
Damaged car

Design Flaws and
Defective Auto Parts

Not all auto accidents are a result of driver error or dangerous road conditions. A poorly maintained, designed, or manufactured vehicle or defective auto parts can also lead to accidents. If auto defects such as faulty airbags, malfunctioning brakes, or unsound tires caused your accident, our attorneys can help.

Our car accident lawyers will work with accident reconstruction analysts to pinpoint the issue or issues that caused your crash. Our lawyers can then file a product liability or personal injury lawsuit against the company responsible for the design issues.

Many cases are settled with insurance companies before a car accident lawyer has had the chance to investigate the collision and determine the cause.

Our New York car accident lawyers have practiced personal injury law for decades, and have built a strong network of accident reconstruction analysts who can clearly illustrate what happened during the accident and who is responsible.

New York Is a No-Fault Insurance State

New York is a no-fault car insurance state. That means that regardless of who was at fault for an auto accident, your car insurance will cover medical expenses, property damage, and other out-of-pocket costs up to your coverage limits.

Although New York is a no-fault state, there are circumstances under which you are able to file a personal injury suit directly against the responsible party:

  • Injuries resulted in at least 90 days of full disability
  • A bone fracture resulted from the accident
  • Injuries caused permanent disability
  • A physician determines that the injuries are especially serious

Fatal Car Accidents

The National Safety Council estimates that more than 42,000 people were killed in car crashes in 2020. Fatal accident victims leave behind mourning families who deserve to be compensated for medical bills, funeral expenses, gaps in income, and other losses associated with the death of a loved one.

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The staff at the office was always very professional.  They were respectful of my time and always followed up when necessary.  I was in a car accident for the first time so they were patient in explaining how they would help and walked me through the process step by step.  I called other firms before finding them and no one wanted to take my case because I didn't go to the hospital right away and took time to find a physical therapist.  I received excellent treatment for all of my injuries and a nice settlement.

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"Been with the Law Offices of Michael H. Joseph since 2012, and he is just great. So understanding, and an awesome guy in general. He is always providing me me with thoughtful and well reasoned advice, and overall was so communicative with me whether it was through email or by phone. Recommend Michael."

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The Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC

Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC

The Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC, has been helping injured victims recover compensation for their injuries for over a decade. Our attorneys are members of several prestigious organizations, including: 

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • New York County Bar Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association

To request your free initial consultation with our team, call our New York City office at (212) 858-0503 or our White Plains office at (914) 574-8330. You can also request a case review online.

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