If you were involved in a car accident that was not your fault, it can be tempting to consider handling the case on your own. After all, it would certainly make your insurance company happy. The truth, however, is that you never know what’s going to happen during a personal injury claim. By hiring a New York City car accident lawyer, you are giving yourself that extra protection you need, along with all of the benefits that go along with it.
In 2011, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles published a summary of motor vehicle crashes for the year, and the numbers were sobering. In total, the DMV concluded that 307,550 accidents occurred on state roads in one year alone. Of the collisions that were reported, 128,036 resulted in injury to at least one individual involved. There were 1,077 fatal car accidents in 2011, a number that would increase if pedestrians, bicyclists and other bystanders were included in the count. These staggering numbers help to put in perspective the reality of car accidents in our state and the need to respond appropriately.
Common Motor Vehicle Accidents In NYC
A New York car accidents attorney at our firm can help you obtain compensation for your auto accident, no matter what type of collision it may have been. Below are some of the most common types of automobile accidents in New York.
- Head-on collisions typically result when one car is traveling the wrong way down a road or highway, thus allowing for it to collide head-on with another vehicle. How and why this happened will determine who was at fault for the accident.
Finding that right attorney, however, is not always easy. For this reason, the first thing that you should always do is reach out and talk to your friends and family. Some of them may have been in a similar situation before and may know of a good, trustworthy lawyer in the area. Online reviews can also be used to check out an attorney’s reputation; however, make sure that you take these with a grain of salt because they could be misleading.
Finally, you should not hesitate to set up an interview with any law firm that you think might be valuable. Meeting with an attorney face-to-face will allow you to decide for yourself how you feel about the lawyer’s skill set and trustworthiness. Ask questions such as how much experience they have. Ask how many car accident cases they have successfully handled in the past. You can even ask how they would hypothetically handle your case. Other questions of concern should be how involved in the case they would keep you and their fee arrangement for legal services.
With over 100 years of combined legal experience a New York auto accident attorney at our firm knows that filing a personal injury claim can be extremely intimidating. We’ve recovered more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients, and understand New York car accident laws as will fully apply them to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation.
Insurance companies are intent upon finding the best way to grant the lowest amount of compensation possible, even when you played little or no role of fault. Simply put, the insurance company will fight to deny you an auto accident settlement. Contact The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny to learn more about what goes into a car accident claim and how we can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.