Automobiles have revolutionized transportation, travel and recreation. They have become symbols of success and desirable lifestyles. But one tragic consequence of so many automobiles on the road is accidents.
In 2011, there were roughly 5.3 million motor vehicle crashes in the United States, resulting in nearly 36,000 deaths. Just under 308,000 of these accidents occurred in the state of New York, with 1,153 fatalities. While the loss of human life is arguably the most heartbreaking aspect of automobile accidents, non-fatal collisions can still have extremely negative results, such as spine or neck injuries, fractured bones and other health-related impacts.
After an automobile accident it is sometimes necessary to sue the other driver and his/her insurance policy to pay for the resulting expenses. If there are no injuries and the damage to your vehicle is less than $5,000 (or $3,000 in Town and Village Courts), you may be able to represent yourself in small claims court. But if there are injuries or more extensive damage to your vehicle, you need an experienced law firm like Dolce Panepinto. The opposing insurance company will have a team of attorneys on hand to represent their interests and financial bottom line, and you’ll need assistance navigating the court’s rules and requirements, plus a web of relevant laws and cases. It is important to speak with an attorney as quickly as possible following your automobile accident due to legal time limits, also known as statutes of limitation. If you don’t act within the period of time indicated in the statute of limitations, you will not be allowed to bring your claim (i.e., file your lawsuit).
In addition to medical bills, lost wages and the cost of replacing your vehicle, you may be able to recover damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress and loss of spousal companionship. While no amount of money can replace physical well-being or the loss of a loved one due to a traumatic injury, our attorneys can help you recover money to cover the expenses that resulted from the accident and help take care of you and your family.
If you or someone in your family has been injured in an automobile accident, please call us immediately at 1-800-WORKERS or 716-852-1888 for a free case evaluation.