Motor vehicle accidents can be traumatic. You’re hurt, your car is damaged and the last thing that you want to deal with is a legal battle.
Yet, the first thing that you should do is contact an expert New York personal injury lawyer. A lawyer will be able to give you advice on what evidence to collect and what steps you need to take to ensure that you have a valid case. After a car accident, it is time to keep a cool, clear head and get some valid legal advice. The best number to call if you’ve been involved in a car accident is 212-804-8440 which will direct you to the best car accident lawyers at Linden Law LLC.
In New York, motor vehicle accidents are mostly covered by insurance companies No-Fault insurance laws. A personal injury lawyer will help you to navigate these laws and to represent you if you want to claim additional compensation for injuries sustained. The truth is that insurance companies might not cover all your medical bills and will definitely not cover any damages due to trauma and personal suffering. That’s where lawyers step in.
At Linden Law, we fight to maximize your recovery in claims for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of earnings, and the loss of services of your spouse. Our team will start working immediately on your car accident case. The New York car accident lawyers at Linden Law LLC take car accident cases very seriously and work very hard to help you maximize your compensation from insurance companies. Let’s look at the details.
No-Fault benefits claims from insurance companies
New York is a No-Fault insurance state. This means that each driver’s own insurance company has to pay all costs for initial medical benefits and lost wages for the driver and all passengers in the vehicle, no matter whose fault it was. If you are a pedestrian who have been struck by a car, the vehicle’s insurance company will be responsible for your initial benefits as well.
There are several requirements for obtaining No-Fault benefits. Firstly, there’s a limit of $50 000 per injured person. You have to do the following to obtain these benefits:
- File a No-Fault application with the insurance company within 30 days of the date of the accident.
- Receive a claim number from the insurance company. You’ll need to give this claim number to all hospitals or medical practices where you have received treatment, even if you’ve claimed it under your own health insurance.
- If you’ve lost time from work and want to claim lost wages as a result of the accident, you need to get an Employer Verification Form that verifies your employment and salary before the accident.
- You also need written proof from your doctor that you are unable to work.
- Finally, you’ll have to undergo an Independent Medical Examination (IME). It’s necessary to attend these appointments, otherwise, your claim can be denied.
Bodily Injury Claims
However, injuries from car accidents can have long lasting effects. This is where bodily injury claims come in. For a bodily injury claim, you are seeking for compensation for the actual injuries that you have sustained. This includes the pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of earnings, any unpaid medical expenses or out of pocket expenses, and lost services of your spouse. When making a bodily injury claim, you are seeking recovery not just for your past injuries and damages but also for any future damages as well. At Linden Law LLC, we understand the full extent of the damages that you’ve suffered and we do our best to help you get full compensation.
The truth about motorcycle accidents
Unfortunately, there is a stigma around motorcyclists that proclaims that they are reckless. Although there are certainly reckless riders on the road, the same can be said for drivers of other motor vehicles. What’s more, the injuries that motorcyclist suffer are often more severe than those that other motor vehicle drivers and passengers suffer in an accident. In 2012 alone, 4700 of motorcycle crashes were fatal in New York State. In addition, records show that in most of these accidents, it was the other vehicle’s driver who was at fault due to negligent driving. Even though there is an inherent risk in riding a motorcycle, drivers of cars on the road still has the responsibility to drive in such a way as to avoid accidents with a motorcycle. As a motorcyclist involved in a crash, you have rights to claim compensation.
With motorcycle crashes specifically, insurance companies are especially difficult in providing medical treatment. However, at Linden Law, we are willing to take on these insurance companies and fight for the rights and compensation of the victims of motorcycle accidents.
Your rights in a truck accident
There’s a level of truth in the saying “I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck.” Motor vehicle accidents involving trucks often times causes the most injuries and are the most fatal. Large trucks massively outweigh cars, motorcyclists, and pedestrians with which they share the road. Your car and your body can suffer significant damage from a crash involving a truck.
As with any other type of motor vehicle accident, you should hire an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced attorney will assist you in the process to claim expenses and compensation following a truck accident. They will help you fill out the insurance documents and will deal with the insurance companies after the accident to ensure that you get the maximum compensation for the damages that you’ve suffered due to the accident. Insurance companies for trucks are notoriously aggressive in attempting to have injured people sign their rights to bring a lawsuit for minimal money in the days following the accident. At Linden Law, our firm will navigate you through the insurance process and prosecute your injuries claims to ensure maximum monetary recovery.
The statistics regarding the number of pedestrian knockdown injuries is chilling. 59,000 pedestrians are harmed in roadway accident every year. 12 percent of motor vehicle-related deaths in the United States are pedestrian knockdown related. This accounts for over 4,000 pedestrian knockdown related deaths. In most instances, when a pedestrian is struck by a car, bus or truck is not the pedestrians fault but rather the irresponsibility on the driver’s part.
At Linden Law, we handle a range of claims for victims of pedestrian knockdown accidents from “soft tissue” injuries to wrongful death. Contact us now for a free consultation to find out what your rights are.
If you, a family member, or a friend has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call Linden Law now to preserve your rights. At Linden Law, we are a full-service personal injury term that prides itself on personal relationships. We feel that communication is the key between our firm and our clients. To establish a personal relationship with a personal injury attorney, call Linden Law at any time at 212.804.8440 for a free consultation.