Westchester Car Accident Lawyers
If you are looking for a Westchester car accident lawyer, you have come to the right place. Car accident law is one of Grant & Longworth’s core practice areas, and Westchester County is our home. Our firm has recovered in excess of $90 million dollars in settlements and verdicts, including an $11.2 million verdict in a car accident case.
If you are reading this page, there is a good chance that you or a loved one were recently in a car accident. If you were injured due to the carelessness of another driver, Grant & Longworth can help. You may be entitled to substantial compensation.
What to Do After a Car Accident
If you are in a car accident that involves anything other than minor property damage, actions you take (or fail to take) can have a significant impact with regard to the the value of your case.
At the Scene
- Call the police and request that an officer respond to the accident scene.
- If you are injured, consider seeking medical attention immediately, including transport from the scene to the hospital.
- If transport is offered, consider taking it. Otherwise, visit the emergency department at a nearby hospital as soon as possible.
- Be sure to report any and all injuries, no matter how insignificant they may seem at the time.
- Take notes. Get video and or photos if possible.
- Consider contacting a Westchester car accident lawyer immediately.
- Do NOT speak with a representative of ANY insurance company, including your own insurer, until consulting with an attorney.
- There is a good chance that any call with an insurance representative will be recorded.
- Continue to seek follow up treatment as necessary.
Definition of Negligence in New York Car Accidents
How do New York courts determine negligence in car accident cases? They look to a number of factors. These include whether the driver causing the accident was disobeying traffic signs or signals, failed to signal while turning, the extent to which a person drove above or below the posted speed limit, or whether the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A driver may also be liable for an injury-causing accident due to his or her intentional or reckless conduct. A driver who is reckless is one who willfully and or wantonly disregards a high risk that his or her conduct will cause an accident.
What is New York Car Accident “No-Fault”
No-fault simply means that even if the carelessness of another driver is found to have caused an accident, your own insurance company is required to pay for certain things such as property damage and minor injury.
Can I Still Sue Despite New York No-Fault?
No-fault does mean that a driver cannot be held responsible for an accident, or that you cannot sue. If you suffer a serious physical injury, New York no-fault is not likely to preclude you from seeking compensation in court from a careless driver who caused an accident.
Once again, no-fault does not mean that fault cannot be assigned to a negligent driver, or that you you cannot seek compensation from that person. It merely holds that your own insurance company is responsible for the first $50,000 of medical treatment you may need, regardless of whether or not another driver may be at fault. Note: New York no-fault law does not apply to motorcyclists or their passengers.
New York Car Accident Lawsuit Statute of Limitations
In general, as per New York Consolidated Laws, Civil Practice Law and Rules § 214 (4), the time limit for filing personal injury claims related to car accidents in New York is three years. Note: there several exceptions, particularly when government entities are involved. The time limit for filing such claims can be as short as 90 days.
New York Hit and Run Accident/No Insurance
If you were hit by someone who fled the scene of the accident, or a driver with no insurance, it is likely that you can still recover monetary compensation for your injuries. Uninsured/Underinsured motorist coverage, which all insurance polices include, is designed for this situation.
Grant & Longworth has experienced New York hit-and-run car accident lawyers who are well-versed in handling such cases.
Contact a Westchester Car Accident Lawyer Today
Whether you were in a car accident on I-287 in White Plains, I-87 in Yonkers, I-95 in New Rochelle, or any highway or local road throughout the state of New York, a Grant & Longworth attorney can help.
When you contact us, you will speak with an experienced car accident lawyer, not just an assistant or paralegal.