How Can Car Injury Lawyers Help?

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New York City earns the dubious distinction as one of the top U.S. cities with the worst traffic, with studies stating that drivers lose 117 hours to traffic delays annually. Millions of residents, workers, and visitors may crowd Manhattan streets daily, on foot, riding bicycles, and in vehicles. The heavy congestion, coupled with the enormous number of people crammed into comparatively small areas, often results in car accidents.

Auto collisions can produce severe injuries or fatalities, along with property damage. Car accident injury claims are often challenging to handle alone, but Cellino Law’s car injury lawyers can help.

Does NYC Have Many Collisions?

To get an accurate idea of how many people experience motor vehicle collisions in NYC, we’ll look at statistics from 2022:

2022 Collision DataTotal reported collisionsFatalitiesInjuriesCollisions that include injury or fatality
Citywide92,03123845,83434,517
Manhattan16,826367,4206,020

These accidents didn’t only injure motorists, but they also involved car passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians:

# of InjuriesMotoristsPassengersCyclistsPedestrians
Citywide19,67614,2084,1337,817
Manhattan2,4821,9361,3931,609

More than one-third of the motor vehicle accidents reported to the NYPD in 2022 harmed people. Thousands of accident victims incurred expenses related to their car injuries. If you find yourself in a similar position, contact Cellino Law to see how our experienced legal team can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

What Should You Do After a Car Accident?

There are several steps to take after a car accident to protect your health and potential personal injury claim:

  • Render reasonable assistance
  • Dial 911
  • Preserve evidence by taking photos and videos at the accident scene
  • Accept or seek a medical assessment and treatment
  • Seek counsel from a car injury lawyer

There are also several things you shouldn’t do; don’t:

  • Admit any degree of fault
  • Speak to insurance company representatives or sign paperwork without your attorney’s input
  • Post on social media
  • Discontinue recommended medical treatments

Your Cellino Law legal team will explain the reasons behind these dos and don’ts. We may also make case-specific recommendations.

Why Are Manhattan Car Accident Claims Sometimes Complicated?

Car accidents can leave those injured facing medical treatments and time away from work. Cellino Law understands that you need to focus on recovering, not trying to navigate the often challenging and confusing legal and financial aspects of your accident. Your claim may include these or other complications.

PIP Insurance

New York is a no-fault state, meaning that laws require drivers to purchase at least $50,000 of personal injury protection insurance. This policy pays for specific damages after car accidents, regardless of who is at fault for causing them.

However, that amount may not cover all eligible accident-related expenses for some injured victims, and PIP policies don’t pay non-economic damages. You may qualify to pursue a personal injury claim if you have over $50,000 in economic damages or cross the serious injury threshold.

Fault

Although drivers should have no-fault insurance, an investigation still determines fault. Many people may share the blame for causing your accident, and each guilty party receives an assigned percentage of the fault. While this allows you to seek damages from these parties, your degree of fault reduces the amount of compensation you can obtain. Your car injury lawyer will ensure that your assigned degree of fault is fair.

New York’s pure comparative fault statute allows you to collect damages from all liable parties, no matter how guilty you are. The more parties are involved, the more complicated these claims can become.

Statute of Limitations

If you don’t file your personal injury claim before its deadline, you’ll likely lose the right to seek compensation. You generally have three years to file a personal injury claim in NY. However, the filing deadline for some cases is shorter:

  • Government agency: If a city, state, or federal government entity is responsible for causing your car injury, you must file a Notice of Claim within 90 days.
  • Wrongful death: When a loved one dies as a result of an auto collision, eligible survivors must file suit within two years.

Investigating and building a car accident claim properly takes time. Contact Cellino Law as soon as possible after your accident to ensure we can file your claim before the applicable deadline.

Reluctant Insurance Companies

Insurance companies are notorious for attempting to pay injured accident victims as little compensation as possible. These companies may deny valid claims, make minimal settlement offers, and try to discredit you.

The average person isn’t well-versed with applicable laws and insurance company tactics, but your Cellino Law personal injury attorney is. People with car injury lawyers typically obtain significantly more compensation than those without.

How Can You Overcome These Challenges?

Hiring a competent car injury lawyer gives you peace of mind, knowing that you don’t need to worry about legal concepts, determining fault, or negotiating with insurance companies. Your Cellino Law legal team can handle everything for you. We will:

  • Provide information and offer legal advice
  • Complete and submit all paperwork
  • Investigate your accident thoroughly, gathering evidence to support your claim
  • Arrange for accident reconstruction, specialist examination, and expert witness testimony if needed
  • Serve as your spokesperson with insurance company representatives
  • Negotiate a favorable settlement offer or take your case to trial

Our job is to protect your interests. We will hold all liable parties accountable for your injuries and fight to obtain maximum compensation for your damages.

What Damages Can You Receive After a NY Car Accident?

Every accident is unique, affecting victims in different ways. You may qualify to seek compensation for multiple damages. Your attorney will assess your claim during your free case evaluation and tell you what to expect.

Economic Damages

Motor vehicle collisions typically incur many kinds of expenses. Economic damages reimburse you for eligible accident-related costs, such as:

  • Medical treatments, hospital stays, medications, and therapy
  • Lost wages
  • Replacement services
  • Property damage

You’ll need to keep your invoices and receipts for all expenses. Your attorney will use them when requesting reimbursement on your behalf.

Non-Economic Damages

Car accident injuries aren’t always tangible. They can cause life-altering consequences, and you deserve compensation. Qualifying conditions include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disfigurement or disability
  • Inconvenience
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Loss of enjoyment

Many eligible conditions are challenging to prove, and insurance companies often fight paying non-economic damages to victims. Your Cellino Law legal team has the resources to gather the evidence we need to seek the highest possible compensation.

Punitive Damages

In rare cases, you may receive punitive damages. The guilty party must have exhibited willful or wanton negligence in causing your accident. Courts award punitive damages to injured victims to punish the defendant for their behavior. Ask your car injury lawyer if your case qualifies.

How Can a Cellino Law Car Injury Lawyer Help?

Our focus is personal injury law, and we’ll use our knowledge and experience to fight for your right to compensation. Cellino Law firms have served injured New Yorkers for over 60 years, winning more than $2 billion in settlements for our satisfied clients. You don’t have to be a NY resident; if your accident happened here, we can assist you.

To learn more about how our car injury lawyers can help you, contact Cellino Law 24/7 to request your free case review. Call us today at (888) 888-8888, use live chat, or submit our online contact form.

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  • Choosing the right attorney to represent you after an accident can make all the difference. This is no cliche. I recently experienced these words to live by first hand. After a tractor trailer rear ended me at high speed in 2017 I retained Allan Silverstein to handle my case. I quickly realized that bringing a lawsuit rapidly snowballs into a mountain of details that can make or break your results. Documents, case histories, doctor visits, bills, and lots of phone calls all need to be accurately kept track of if a successful outcome it to be attained. To complicate matters I reside in New York and the incident took place in New Jersey. Luckily, Allan was licensed in multiple states. I was fortunate to find Allan to handle this matter from the New York area. Armed with an accurate account of the facts Allan went to work on the difficult job of negotiating with the defending insurance company as well as my no fault carrier in order to obtain the best possible outcome for my set of circumstances. In a lawsuit communication is key and and events can be of a timely nature. Allan never failed to return my calls - usually the same day! He fought skillfully and respectfully to get me the best possible settlement. He is easy to deal with and a likeable down to earth guy. He always listened with compassion and respect to my issues. He guided me with objective understanding as well as a realistic analysis of the merits of my case. When we finally settled Allan got me a fair agreement beyond my expectations and negotiated with my doctors to make sure all my bills were paid. It was a great experience having Allan represent me. Quality work in any aspect of life is hard to find. Quality is what I got with Allan Silverstein. I highly recommend him if you find yourself in need of a personal injury attorney.

    Theodore

  • I am writing this letter to say how much I appreciate your services pertaining to my case. Your injury attorney took a hands-on approach and left me fully informed at all times as to where my case was going as well as how much ground we had to cover; leaving the final decisions in my hands but making sure that I knew all of the risks involved in the choices. I have dealt with a few law firms in my life on various different cases and this is the first time that I never had to call and/or track down my lawyer… because of this, I have and will continue to recommend Cellino Law to my friends and associates.

    Denise

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    Dave

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  • Cellino Law and more specifically my attorney, Gregory V. Pajak, Managing Attorney, and as a whole the Cellino Law Firm and its organization. This is by far one of the most professional law firms and attorney I have ever engaged with and retained in my 35 years. The level of professionalism goes beyond words, the care and constant engagement with me as the client was touching. I was never ever just treated as simply a CASE with potentially a significant dollar number attached to my file. I was engaged regularly, Tracey (Ass’t) and Greg always made sure to remain constant, as well as consistent in overseeing that my case was handled properly and that it did matter in many ways - ensuring that the end result(s) would be fair and reasonable to my case/injury. The regular follow-up calls were very satisfying, knowing that you’re involved in your case matters significantly AND always. One of my main items to recognize Cellino Law and Gregory is that whenever I called, I was able to get through to speak directly to my Lawyer and he would answer any if not all of my questions in a very professional and genuinely caring manner. I always felt cared for and protected legally and more importantly, I was made feel as a human being that was being cared for and always keeping me abreast of all matters connected to the case. There was never a point I felt let down, on the contrary -the level of service was “STELLAR”. Greg is the consummate professional, a ‘role model’, if you will, for what other attorneys should strive to become when dealing with their clients.

    Anthony

  • This is to express our gratitude to you and your team in helping us and Stephanie navigate through the legal process following her car accident. We are very satisfied with the outcome and grateful for your hard work and attention to details. We fell confident that with this compensation, Stephanie will be able to move forward with her studies and her life with the ability to care for some of her health needs resulting from the injuries sustained following her car accident. Thank you very much and may God continue to bless your efforts.

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