Bronx Car Accident Attorney
In the unfortunate circumstance that you do have a car accident in the Bronx and suffer injuries as a result, you should seek out the compensation you deserve for your damages. If you sustain injuries through little to no fault of your own, you should not have to pay for those losses. Our Bronx car accident attorneys can help you recover damages to cover your financial losses and help you on your road to recovery.
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How common are car accidents in the Bronx?
Car accidents occur every day in and around New York City. In December 2021, there were a total of 8,454 motor vehicle collisions involving 16,591 motorists throughout the entire city. From those collisions, a total of 1,783 motorists were injured, and 10 were killed. The causes ranged from aggressive driving to distracted driving and involved every possible type of vehicle, including trucks, SUVs, buses, bicycles, and even all-terrain vehicles. The Bronx borough alone had 1,518 motor vehicle collisions in that month.
Car accidents are very common in the Bronx, and some locations are more prone to accidents than others. The locations with the most vehicle accidents include:
- Bruckner Expressway
- Cross Bronx Expressway
- Hutchinson River Parkway
- Major Deegan Expressway
Accidents also happen on surface streets, bridges, and anywhere cars are in motion. The human element is the major cause of car accidents—since humans aren’t perfect, accidents will happen.
People make bad decisions behind the wheel all the time. They drive intoxicated, drive into oncoming lanes, go down the wrong way on one-way streets, text while driving, or simply stop paying attention to the road for longer than is safe. Engaging in any of these behaviors in areas with lots of cars and other vehicles will result in motor vehicle accidents.
If you have been hurt in a crash, our experienced Bronx personal injury lawyers may be able to help.
Types of Car Accidents in the Bronx
The type of accident that occurs plays a role in the outcome of the injuries and property damage sustained by all who are involved. It can can also impact who carries fault, who can be sued, and the amount of potential recovery for the damages.
The various types of accidents that can happen in the Bronx include:
Common Causes of Bronx Car Accidents
Some kinds of accidents are more common than others in the Bronx due to geography, common types of vehicles driven, the willingness to drive impaired or distracted, and poor judgment. The most common causes include:
Distracted driving includes activities such as using a cell phone and not paying attention to the road. In 2019 a total of 71,059 tickets were issued in New York City for talking on the phone, and 109,026 tickets were issued for texting.
A total of 672,925 tickets were issued in the state of New York for speeding in 2019 and represent 19.2% of all tickets issued for different moving violations. More recent data shows that 74 tickets were issued in the Bronx for unsafe speeding in November 2020.
Drunk or Impaired Driving
New York State issues tickets for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Police issued a total of 56,892 tickets for DWI/DUI in 2019, and a total of 27 tickets were issued in the Bronx in November 2020.
Improper Lane Changes and Passing
In November 2020, the New York Police Department issued 46 tickets for unsafe lane changes, 53 tickets for improper turns, and 74 tickets for improper passing or lane usage. They also wrote 65 tickets for passing too closely.
A total of 94 drivers were ticketed for tailgating in the Bronx in November 2020, making an average of three ticketed drivers per day for the month.
Driver fatigue contributed to 11 drivers receiving tickets, and two drivers got tickets for losing consciousness while driving in the Bronx in November 2020.
Common Injuries After a Bronx Car Accident
Certain types of injuries are more commonly associated with car accidents due to the physics and safety restraints involved. These injuries can impact your ability to live a normal life in the short or long term, and their severity depends on the conditions surrounding the accident. The most common car accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head injuries such as fractures of the skull and face
- Chest contusions and bruising from restraints
- Crush injuries resulting in organ damage and internal bleeding
- Amputations that result in permanent disability
- Burns that result in disfiguring scars
Do I need to file a motorist accident report after a car accident?
Section 605 of the NY State Vehicle and Traffic Law requires drivers to file a motorist accident report within 10 days of the accident if someone is injured or killed or there is property damage totaling more than $1,000 to the property of one person.
Filing a motorist accident report helps you as an accident victim when you go to file an insurance claim or lawsuit. This report can be used as direct evidence that the accident resulted in bodily and property damage. Insurers cannot ignore the information in the claim, and a court of law considers this report an appropriate record for the purpose of evidence.
Who's at fault after a car accident in the Bronx?
Just about anyone involved in an accident can be considered at fault. This includes the other driver, an employer, a pedestrian who failed to obey crosswalk signage and markings, or the municipality or county for not maintaining their roads or signage. New York State uses a rule known as pure comparative fault that allows a claimant to recover damages even if they were partially responsible for causing the accident.
A lawyer can help you determine who’s at fault through the use of accident-reconstruction experts, police reports, accident reports, and any other information that can be recovered after an accident. However, New York State uses a rule known as contributory negligence to determine how much fault someone bears for the accident. This rule can affect how much you may receive in damages if the evidence shows that you contributed to the accident.
Suing a Government Entity for Your Car Accident in New York
In the event of an accident involving a government entity in New York, you can still sue provided that you follow the laws governing claim and/or lawsuit filing. You have 90 days to file a formal claim and one year to file suit against a city, county, or the State of New York. You also have 90 days to send a notice of intent to file against the government entity if you’re unable to get a final claim amount because medical treatment hasn’t been completed.
What types of compensation can I recover after a car accident with injuries?
You can recover economic and non-economic compensation after a car accident in the Bronx. Economic losses can include payment for your medical bills, the income you lost due to the inability to work while recovering from your injuries, any loss of earning potential due to an injury that caused a disability, and financial losses stemming from the death of a loved one.
Non-economic damages refers to the pain you experience that doesn’t have an economic value. This can include pain and suffering, damage to your reputation, a loss of enjoyment from your activities, and even the loss of companionship from a spouse who died in an accident. You can place a financial value on these losses in a personal injury lawsuit and ask for compensation.
Can New York's insurance and "serious injury" laws affect my ability to sue for damages?
The “serious injury” and personal injury protection insurance laws can affect your ability to sue for damages to a point. Because New York State has a no-fault insurance system, you first have to go through your insurance company to get financial reimbursement. In the event that you suffered injuries stemming from the accident, your claim invokes personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. PIP covers up to $50,000 in lost earnings, medical and health expenses, and other reasonable expenses that are related to the injury. If you have a serious injury with costs that exceed $50,000 in damages, you may be able to file suit against the at-fault driver for economic and non-economic recovery.
The PIP and “serious injury” laws are complex and designed to minimize the potential for a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident. Your best course of action is to consult with a lawyer about your Bronx car accident to make sure you’ve exhausted all avenues for receiving the maximum amount of compensation.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a car accident in the Bronx?
You have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit after a car accident in the Bronx. This time period is known as the statute of limitations.
How can a Bronx car accident lawyer help me?
A knowledgeable Bronx car accident lawyer can take on the burden and complexities of recovering damages and provide you with the time and space you need to recover from your injuries. A Bronx car accident lawyer can:
- Collect and review of evidence
- Interview witnesses
- Determine who was at fault and who bears the most responsibility
- Communicate and negotiate with the insurance company
- Get the largest possible settlement on your behalf
- Represent you in court when negotiations fail
- Provide you with expert legal advice and protect your interests
Why should I hire Meirowitz & Wasserberg to represent me after my car accident?
At Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, we have recovered millions of dollars in damages on behalf of our clients. Sam N’ Dan has the resources, know-how, and abilities to go up against major corporations and insurance companies. We have a reputation in New York for providing outstanding legal services to our clients and fighting as hard as we can to get the best positive results for them. Each client and their case is our number one priority, and we make sure to provide personalized attention and support to every client.
Some of our clients have the following to say about Sam N’ Dan:
- “At a time in our lives when we could have been left with nothing but devastation, Sam and his team were like angels to my family.”
- “Sam Meirowitz is THE best lawyer in New York! My family and I could not have gone to a better lawyer. Highly recommend!”
- “If there were more lawyers like Dan, there’d be no more ‘bad lawyer’ jokes.”
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