Car Accident Lawyers in New York City, White Plains and the Hudson Valley

You have many choices of car accident lawyers in the New York City, White Plains and throughout the Hudson Valley.  You need representation by an experienced, aggressive and proven attorney;  you can depend on The Law Offices of Francis X. Young.

According to a 2013 county-by-county study completed by  New York State, there were more than 70,000 accidents in New York City, White Plains and the Hudson Valley. The research was broken down by fatal, non-fatal and property damages. Accidents include cars, buses, motorcycles, trucks,  taxis and bicycles. Statistically, it’s likely you’ll be involved in one; it’s a discouraging fact. New York roadways are so heavily used, that vehicular or pedestrian accidents are bound to happen. When two tons of metal and glass hit your car, or you, the results can be devastating.

If you or someone you know have been a victim of a car accident,  please contact our car accident lawyers. To find out more, please call us at 914-285-1500 or 212-709-8040 or click here to arrange a free and confidential consultation. Offices in New York City and White Plains.  Home and hospital consultations available.

 

Two Facts Every Driver Should Know

  1. The clock is ticking. There is a 30-day statute of limitations to file a claim under New York’s no-fault insurance law. It’s important to contact a car accident attorney as  soon as you are able.
  2. Your insurance company is obligated to pay your initial medical expenses and lost wages. However, they will take steps to limit their payout to you.

At The Law Offices of Francis X. Young, we fully understand the various insurance issues you must navigate, including

  • no-fault
  • liability
  • supplemental underinsured coverage
  • additional coverage
  • excess and concurrent coverage

We will fight the insurance company battle on your behalf, so that you can concentrate on healing.  We will hire experts to do accident reconstruction analysis, if necessary. And we will meet with a variety of experts (economists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, etc.) to be sure that you receive fair compensation now and in the future.

You’ve Been in A Car Accident…What is Your First Step?
Here’s what  our New York City and White Plains car accident lawyers suggest…

Call the police, and paramedics if needed. No phone? Ask anyone who has been involved in the accident, or a witness.  You’ll find that people can be very helpful at this time. The police will create a report at the scene. Take pictures; most people carry cell phones equipped with cameras.  Snap photos of the automobiles and any injuries (cuts, scrapes bleeding, etc.) you may have sustained.  If you can’t do it yourself, ask anyone standing by. We know that you are shaken up and nervous and a bit shocked right now.  Pictures are enormously important immediately following a car accident; they authenticate your “at the scene” injuries before you receive any medical attention.   You may think that your injuries are minor, but you should still seek medical evaluation.  You may “feel OK” immediately following the incident; sometimes effects are not felt for a few hours or a few days. The more quickly you see a doctor, the more likely that a jury will believe your injuries are a result of the accident.  This  is critical during car accident injury litigation.

Next, get statements from any witnesses at the scene.  Ask them to help you gather document names, phone numbers, license plates and insurance info. Write down (or ask someone to write down) details of the accident. Memories fade, you must try and gather this information at the scene or as quickly as you can.

And lastly but promptly, contact your insurance carrier and let them know what has happened. Report the basics: your name, date, location, the other driver’s name, police report information, etc. Do not make any other statements to any insurance company before contacting an attorney.

Head-On Collisions

According to the U.S Census Bureau, head-on collisions are among the most dangerous and deadly of all motor vehicle accidents. The injuries that result from these accidents can often result in lasting disability or death for their victims. Our attorneys will arrange to investigate the circumstances and build a winning case.

High Speed Collisions

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2012, 10,219 lives were lost due to speed-related accidents, When you speed your reaction time decreases. Severity of the crash as well as the amount of time it takes to stop increases. In high-speed collisions, your safety equipment (seatbelts and airbags) are less effective and the car itself affords no protection from serious injury. The survivors may endure long-term and/or devastating injuries or death coupled with the expense of the collision. Our car accident attorneys can help.

Road Rage

Road rage is defined as aggressive or angry behavior by a driver of an automobile or other road vehicle. Such behavior might include rude gestures, verbal insults, deliberately driving in an unsafe or threatening manner, or making threats. A “raging” driver can be held criminally responsible if their behavior causes an accident.; it is an assault by one motor vehicle driver against the other operator or passengers.

Some advice when facing  road rage:

-Do not confront the aggressor

-Avoid eye contact or gesturing

-Report aggressive driving if possible

-Get out of the way

Cell Phone Usage

A CDC study analyzed 2011 data on distracted driving, including talking on a cell phone or reading or sending texts or emails behind the wheel.

  • 69% of drivers in the United States ages 18-64 reported that they had talked on their cell phone while driving within the 30 days before they were surveyed.
  • 31% of U.S. drivers ages 18-64 reported that they had read or sent text messages or email messages while driving at least once within the 30 days before they were surveyed according to the Centers for Disease Control.

If it can’t wait, pull over!

Drunk Driving Accidents

We are all aware of the risk of combining alcohol with automobiles.  Yet, too many of us believe “one drink won’t hurt.” Drunk Driving is a choice. Tragically, drunk driving is one of the leading causes of injuries and death on our nation’s roads today. When a driver chooses to break the law and operate a vehicle after drinking, they have just chosen to gamble with a life.

Impaired judgment  results in improper speeds (too fast or too slow), failure to or incorrect turns and stops, and rear-end collisions, to name a few. In some cases, the supplier of the alcohol may be found negligent as well.

The victim of a drunk driving accident is often left with overwhelming emotional trauma as well as expensive and sometimes debilitating personal injuries. Injuries can range from minor scratches to complete paralysis or death.

2014 NYS Drunk Driving Statistics (courtesy of nys.gov)

Drunk driving fatalities (.08 BAC or higher): 364 representing 30.4% of all total traffic deaths, a 7.1% increase from last year.

Alcohol related crash injuries (.01 BAC or higher): 6,019

Alcohol related crashes (.01 BAC or higher): 8,368

Side Impact Collisions

Also called “t-boning”. A side impact collision occurs when the front of an oncoming vehicle strikes the side of your vehicle.  Most of these incidents occur at intersections as the result of a failure to yield at a stop sign or red light.

The seriousness of side impact collisions depends on several factors, including the speed and weight of the oncoming vehicle, and point of impact.

Fatigue

Falling asleep at the wheel is very common. Nearly four percent of deadly crashes nationwide involve sleepy drivers, and hundreds more are injured every year from drivers who have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Car accidents resulting from fatigue are always preventable…please pull over.

Truck drivers are a huge concern for they repeatedly drive while fatigued. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has implemented rules limiting the hours a driver may be on the road. The FMCSA estimates the new rule will save up to 75 lives and prevent as many as 1,326 asleep at the wheel accidents every year.

Time is of the Essence

There is a 30-day statute of limitations to file a claim under New York’s no-fault insurance law. In New York City, White Plains and throughout the Hudson Valley, contact us right away so we may begin the appropriate paperwork.

Every Client Matters to Our Car Accident Lawyers
Offices in New York City and White Plains

At The Law Offices of Francis X. Young PPLC, we are there for you every step of the way. With more than 30 years experience, we know there is no substitute for hard work and preparation.  We thoroughly investigate the details of your case in order to determine liability. Our firm also represents family members who have lost a loved one as a result of a fatal accident.  If you have lost a spouse or parent, you may be entitled to compensation for a variety of economic and non-economic  losses, including:

  • loss of consortium
  • loss of services
  • loss of future income

Get the Representation You Deserve

Car accidents are never a good experience for anyone involved. Make sure to do your part to keep the road safe for yourself and others. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, our personal injury attorneys here at The Law Offices of Francis X. Young have the experience and expertise needed to represent you.

If you or someone you know have been a victim of a car accident,  please contact our car accident lawyers. To find out more, please call us at 914-285-1500 or 212-709-8040 or click here to arrange a free and confidential consultation. Offices in New York City and White Plains.  Home and hospital consultations available.

The Law Offices of Francis X. Young,  your car accident lawyers in New York City, White Plains and the Hudson Valley