Auto Accident Attorney
Have you or a loved one suffered a serious injury in an auto accident caused by someone else's negligent actions?
An auto accident attorney can help you recover fair and full compensation for medical bills and other losses resulting from the accident.
The Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC in New York City, NY, can help you through the aftermath of a car accident...
Six Important Steps to Take after a Motor Vehicle Accident
Wait for Assistance
No matter what the circumstances, you should remain at the scene of the collision. Leaving the car accident scene before authorities arrive could make you seem responsible and put you at risk of hit and run charges. If it is safe to do so, move the vehicles out of traffic and over to the side of the road.
Call for Help
If there are any injuries, call 9-1-1 for medical assistance as soon as possible. If there are no serious injuries, you should still call the local police to begin the process of filing a police report.
You should exchange details such as driver's license information, insurance information, and contact information with the other driver.
Take Pictures or Video
If you are able, take pictures or videos of the scene of the car accident as well as your own injuries.
Even if your natural instinct is to apologize, refrain from doing so. Even a simple "sorry" could be seen as an admission of fault, which could make you at least partially responsible for the accident. No matter what the circumstances, do not apologize.
Contact Your Attorney
An attorney from the Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC can help you protect your best interests every step of the way and ensure the best possible outcomes. Contact an attorney as soon as possible to get started.
Involved in a Car Accident? Talk to Our Law Firm Today
The attorneys at the Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC understand how traumatic and potentially devastating a car accident can be. We are committed to providing aggressive and reliable representation for victims—every step of the way. Our personal injury attorneys are affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association
- American Association for Justice
- New York County Lawyers Association
Additionally, we have received a 10.0 rating and "Client's Choice" status by Avvo—a popular rating and review database for attorneys. Ready to experience our compassionate legal care firsthand? Request your free consultation online or call us at (914) 574-8330. Our New York City practice has offices in Manhattan and White Plains.
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of Auto Accidents
Although some auto accidents are simply unavoidable, others are caused by negligent or reckless actions, such as:
Driving under the InfluenceDespite New York's strict laws against drinking and driving, these accidents still happen. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in the United States, nearly 10,500 people were killed in alcohol-related car accidents in 2016 alone.
Distracted DrivingTexting, talking on the phone, changing the settings of your GPS, and any other activities that require you to take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off driving safely are considered distracted driving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nine people are killed each day as a result of distracted driving in the United States alone.
SpeedingSpeeding puts other drivers, pedestrians, and bystanders at risk. Although speed limits are in place to protect everyone from harm, some drivers still subject others to injuries and death by speeding. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that almost 10,000 people were killed due to speeding in 2017 alone.
Poorly Maintained RoadsPotholes and other signs of poor road maintenance can lead to many types of auto accidents. Because it is difficult to prove that road conditions contributed to an accident, you need an attorney who can gather strong evidence on your behalf to support your claim.
Defective Auto PartsIf defective auto parts installed on a car, bus, truck, or motorcycle led to your accident, you may be eligible to collect damages from the parts designer, manufacturer, or distributor.
If you believe that the negligent or reckless actions of another party directly contributed to your car accident, you should contact the Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC as soon as possible. Our personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and resources to investigate the cause of your accident and point to the responsible party.
The Importance of Determining the Cause
Attorneys play an important role in helping determine the cause of a motor vehicle accident. By speaking to witnesses, gathering evidence, and working with trained accident reconstruction experts, car accident attorneys can determine who caused the accident and who is responsible for paying damages. By proving that the other party is liable for the car accident, an attorney can protect you and your assets.
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Going It Alone vs. Hiring a Lawyer
After your car accident, the other party's insurance company will typically contact you to gather details about the accident. If the other driver is responsible, their insurance company is supposed to provide financial compensation for your property damage, medical bills, and other losses.
But insurance companies are notorious for protecting their own interests by offering lowball settlements that may only cover a fraction of what you are actually owed. There is also a risk that your answers to their questions may be used to minimize your claim. Ideally, you should reach out to an attorney as soon as you are able so that he or she can speak to the insurance company on your behalf and make certain that you collect what you are truly owed.
If the insurance company refuses to provide a fair settlement even after a car accident lawyer gets involved, our New York City law firm can help you file a lawsuit. We are committed to providing world-class representation every step of the way. If a reasonable settlement cannot be achieved, we will not hesitate to take your car accident case to court.
Act Now If You Have Been Injured
Have you been putting off contacting a car accident attorney? Delays could affect the outcome of your case.
In New York, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is three years from the date of the accident. Unless you have a very unique reason why you did not meet the time limit, the court can dismiss your claim if it is filed after the time limit expires.
Because the statute of limitations is very strict, you need to contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Don't waste time. Request your free consultation online or call the Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC:
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Michael handled a personal injury automobile action for me that resulted in a large cash settlement. He was diligent in his preparation and a staunch defender of my rights throughout the entire process. I have no reservations in recommending Michael Joseph to anyone.
Top 3 Reasons to Hire an Auto Accident Attorney
Focus on Your Health
If you sustained injuries from your motor vehicle accident, your focus should be on your recovery. By gathering evidence, building a compelling case, and representing you in court, a car accident lawyer can allow you to focus on healing.
Pursue Maximum Compensation
While insurance companies are interested in protecting their own bottom line, our New York City attorneys are interested in protecting your best interests. Therefore, hiring a car accident lawyer is the best way to ensure you are getting maximum compensation.
Protect Your Future
Some injuries and losses may not be immediately obvious. In some cases, injuries may become apparent after you settle with an insurance company. But attorneys work with expert economists and medical providers to illustrate the full extent of your injuries and how they will affect you in the future.
We Represent Auto Accident Victims throughout the State
Finding a car accident lawyer close to home can be difficult, especially if you are trying to find a lawyer with the right experience, qualifications, and background. Our auto accident attorneys have handled virtually every type of auto accident case for clients in communities all over the state, including:
- Dobbs Ferry
- Mount Pleasant
- Mount Vernon
- New Rochelle
- Port Chester
- Sleepy Hollow
- Spring Valley
- White Plains
Can You Afford a Car Accident Lawyer?
The Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC wants to bring high-quality legal care to every victim, regardless of their background or income.
We offer free consultations for all auto accident victims. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we can find a payment plan that best suits your needs.
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Types of Compensation You Can Recover
Compensatory damages are restitution for the losses you incurred as a result of the auto accident. This can cover expenses such as payment for medical bills and rehabilitation, as well as non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. The goal is to get you as close as possible to the life you had before your accident.
If the other party involved in the case acted extremely negligently or dangerously, you may be eligible for punitive damages. Punitive damages are in place to financially punish the responsible party and discourage others from similar behavior. Ideally, this will prevent similar behavior in the future.
Ready to Recover What You Deserve?
If you or a family member were injured in an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Our New York City practice has offices in in Manhattan and White Plains. We can come to your home, hospital room, or another location if necessary. To speak to a car accident lawyer, request your free consultation online or call us:
Still Have Questions about Your Accident?
If you were hit by a car, the driver of the car has to provide first-party or no-fault benefits. This means that the driver's insurance company will be responsible for paying for medical treatment and loss of wages.
If one of your family members was killed in a collision caused by a negligent or reckless driver, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim. Because the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is only two years in the state of New York, you need to file a claim as soon as possible.
There is no set timeline for accident cases. The length of your individual case will depend on many factors, including the extent of your injuries, the clarity of liability, and the insurance company.
Can I recover compensation from a bar that served a driver alcohol prior to an alcohol-related accident?
In short, yes. The New York State Dram Shop Act makes a bar or restaurant that serves alcohol to an already intoxicated or underage person is legally responsible for his or her actions. If that person is later involved in a drunk driving accident, the bar or establishment that served them alcohol may be held liable.
Different types of automobile accidents have different regulations when it comes to who is responsible for paying damages. The entity responsible for covering these costs could be the insurance company covering the vehicle you were riding in or the insurance company of the other vehicle involved in the accident.
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