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Automobile Accidents

New York Lawyers

Automobile accidents make up a signficant number of personal injury lawsuits in New York. According to the Institute for Traffic Safety, the preliminary automobile crash report for New York State in 2023 resulted in over 230,000 automobile accidents, of which nearly 50,000 were reported in the five boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.

If you are operating a motor vehicle, a passenger in a motor vehicle, or a pedestrian, always keep an eye out and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Unfortunately, danger can strike at any moment.

Automobile Accidents
Common Automobile Accidents Include:
  • Aggressive driving or road rage;
  • Intoxication and impairment;
  • Cell phone for texting or calls;
  • Speeding;
  • Failing to observe;
  • Failing to yield the right of way;
  • Falling asleep at the wheel;
  • Following vehicles too closely;
  • Passing cars improperly;
  • Disregarding traffic signals;
  • Making improper turns;
  • Inexperienced driver;
  • Changing lanes improperly;
  • Backing up without looking.
No-Fault and Serious Threshold of Injury Law:

New York State follows what is known as “no-fault insurance” law (sometimes referred to as “personal injury protection insurance” or “PIP”). Regardless of who was at fault for the accident your medical expenses and lost wages will be covered by the insurance company if you follow the protocol correctly. In simple terms, you must establish a basic economic loss exceeding $50,000 or have suffered a “serious injury”  that includes:

  • Death;
  • Dismemberment;
  • Significant disfigurement;
  • A fracture;
  • Loss of a fetus;
  • Permanent loss of the use of a body organ, member, function or system;
  • Permanent consequential limitation of the use of a body organ or member;
  • Significant limitation of the use of a body function or system;
  • An injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature which prevents you performing your usual and customary daily activities for not less than ninety (90) days during the one hundred and eighty days (180) immediately following the accident.
***IMPORTANT NOTE: New York State No-Fault regulations require you to file a claim within 30 days of your accident.  For more information, refer to the official website link from the State of New York:  No-Fault Notice of Accident Requirement
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