MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTSYou were obeying the rules of the road. You were driving carefully. You were watching out for others. Your life has changed because a negligent driver didn't do the same for you. You were just involved in an accident. What do you do now?
Get the medical attention you need
Get a copy of the accident exchange information form
If you can, get the names of any witnesses to your accident
Tell medical providers you were involved in a car accident. Give them
your auto claim number for billing.
Follow-up with your physicians as directed and follow their orders
Report all of your injuries and symptoms to your providers
YOUR ABILITY TO BRING A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE OTHER DRIVERNew York State is a "no-fault" state. That means in order to bring a lawsuit against the
other driver, you must be able to establish a few things. You must be able to show that the other
driver was negligent, or at fault for the accident. You must be able to show that the other driver's
negligence was a proximate cause, in other words, a substantial factor in causing your injuries.
New York State Insurance Law requires that you show that you suffered a "serious injury." The
term "serious injury" is a term of art.
In order to demonstrate that you meet this threshhold, one
of the following categories must be met. You must have a qualifying injury in one of these
An injury that limits substantially all of your activities of daily living for
at least 90 out of the first 180 days following your accident
An injury that results in a significant limitation of use of a body function,
system, organ or member
An injury that results in a permanent consequential limitation of use of a
body function, system, organ or member
Motor vehicle accidents require a trial attorney with experience reviewing accident reconstruction and available insurance coverage. Let Julie help you secure the compensation you deserve. Please call for a consultation today.