Melville, NY Car Accident Lawyer

The aftermath of a car accident can be stressful for victims and their families. They may face time off work, mounting medical bills, physical pain, and emotional trauma. They may also have concerns about how the accident will affect their long-term futures. Our experienced Melville car accident lawyers can help you deal with insurance companies and the legal process of collecting compensation for your injuries and losses.

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Samuel Meirowitz is “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” and an accomplished NYC personal injury lawyer, trial attorney and relentless advocate for his clients. Previously, he served the State of New York for four years as a prosecutor in the Bronx District Attorney’s office. Mr. Meirowitz is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida State Courts.

Samuel Meirowitz is “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” and an accomplished NYC personal injury lawyer, trial attorney and relentless advocate for his clients. Previously, he served the State of New York for four years as a prosecutor in the Bronx District Attorney’s office. Mr. Meirowitz is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida State Courts.

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Our skilled legal team has decades of combined experience helping car accident victims gather evidence, navigate the law, and develop strong cases in pursuit of full and fair compensation. As skilled negotiators and fierce courtroom advocates, we have also developed a strong track record of success. You can count on us to take the time to get to know you, the specific circumstances of your accident, and the impact on your life. 

We are here to help. Call (844) 446-9529 or contact us online to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. Ofrecemos servicios en español.

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Why Should I Hire Meirowitz & Wasserberg for My Melville Car Accident Case?

The success of our law firm is largely based on our top-tier leadership. Co-founder Samuel Meirowitz has been practicing law since 2001 and has developed a strong reputation for excellence in New York. He has also been recognized by numerous respected legal organizations, including Super Lawyers and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Co-founder Daniel Wasserberg has been practicing law since 2004, dedicating his career to defending the rights of injury victims. He has been recognized as a New York Metropolitan Super Lawyer every year since 2013.

With Sam and Dan at the helm, we have grown into a nationally-recognized personal injury law firm. Our car accident lawyers in Melville understand the underhanded tactics insurance companies use to avoid paying fair compensation. You can count on us to push back hard. 

Our clients trust us because they know we have what it takes to handle their cases from start to finish. We never back down in settlement negotiations and will not hesitate to take your case to court if a fair settlement cannot be reached.

Case Results and Settlements

Our hard work and commitment to helping innocent people harmed by the carelessness of others has resulted in over $360 million in high-value case results collected for our deserving clients. Some of the notable settlements and verdicts we have secured include:

  • $1,175,000 – Our 60-year-old client was involved in a three-car rear-end chain collision. She suffered injuries requiring emergency surgery that left her temporarily paralyzed. The defendant claimed to have only $25,000 in insurance coverage, but our firm discovered a higher-value policy.
  • $790,000 – We represented a client who was involved in a three-car collision caused by a commercial vehicle hiting another car, which ultimately collided with our client’s. She suffered spinal injuries that required fusion surgery.
  • $700,000 – Our 41-year-old client was a passenger in a one-car accident in which the driver was speeding and lost control. She sustained fractures to her foot, thumb, and ribs. We negotiated with the defendant until the eve of trial. They ultimately decided to settle rather than face a jury.

Testimonials From Our Clients in Melville

We take the time to get to know each of our clients personally and understand the full impact of their injuries and losses. In turn, we are honored when they take the time to leave glowing testimonials praising the high quality of our legal services and ability to secure the results they need and deserve:

  • “Attorney Melissa Reitberg is the hardest working lawyer I know. She is part of an incredible team at Meirowitz & Wasserberg that truly cares about their clients. Bravo!” – Jules Toraby
  • Bonnie Steinwolf, in the Long Island office, is an intelligent and effective advocate.” – Elysia Acosta

What Are the Most Common Reasons for Car Accidents in Melville?

Driving in Melville can be dangerous. With busy roads like Route 110, the Northern State Parkway, and the Long Island Expressway running through town, local motorists should take care to avoid accidents. Sadly, you cannot control the behavior of other drivers on the road.  Common causes of accidents in Melville include:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsiness
  • Tailgating
  • Failure to check traffic before changing lanes
  • Failing to account for weather conditions
  • Driving while intoxicated 

How Can the Car Accident Attorneys at Meirowitz & Wasserberg Help After an Accident?

Our Melville car accident lawyers leverage their decades of combined experience to help accident victims calculate the value of their damages, determine who was liable for their accidents, and fight for compensation. We can also determine whether to name multiple defendants in your lawsuit. For example, if defective brakes cause a rear-end accident, you may have a case against both the driver and the brake manufacturer.

Once we evaluate your case during your free consultation, we will get started gathering evidence to build a strong claim on your behalf. We have a robust network of respected doctors, accident reconstructionists, and other experts who can assist us in getting to the bottom of even the most complex cases. 

Negotiating a Meaningful Car Accident Settlement

We will handle settlement negotiations with insurance companies and advise you whether we think their offers will compensate you fairly. Accepting a quick settlement may seem like a good idea when facing mounting bills. 

However, insurers often pressure injury victims into early settlements because they know accepting will bar claimants from asking for more compensation in the future. Remember, patience is key. If you settle too quickly, you may end up leaving significant compensation on the table, especially if your injuries are serious or prove to be worse than you originally realized. 

For example, in one case we handled, another driver rear-ended our client at a stop light. Our client suffered disc bulges in her spine, requiring nine months of physical therapy. Had she accepted a settlement soon after the accident, she would not have received compensation for the full impact of her injuries. Our team obtained the full tender of $100,000 from the at-fault driver’s insurance policy.

How Much Does It Cost to Work With Us?

Everyone deserves high-quality legal representation in their hour of need. That’s why we take cases on a contingency fee basis. This means we cover the upfront costs of building your case, and you pay nothing unless we secure compensation on your behalf. We also offer free, no-obligation consultations to ensure you know your full legal rights and options at no cost to you.

How Long Do I Have To File a Car Accident Claim in Melville?

New York requires most car accident victims to file a no-fault claim with their insurer within 30 days of their accident. However, if they suffer a “serious injury” or more than $50,000 in “basic economic losses,” they can also file a personal injury lawsuit and auto liability claim against the at-fault driver. 

The New York personal injury statute of limitations normally gives you three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. However, if you sue for the wrongful death of a loved one, you must file within two years of their date of death. Further, if the defendant is the state or municipal government, you must file a Notice of Claim within 90 days from the accident and a lawsuit within one year and 90 days

Though there are limited exceptions, failure to file before the correct deadline will result in your case being dismissed in court. Waiting also risks evidence disappearing and witnesses’ memories fading. Reach out to our Melville car accident lawyers soon after your crash so we can start a thorough investigation and file your claim on time.

What Evidence Do I Need for My Melville Car Accident Claim?

The quality of your evidence will significantly impact whether you collect fair compensation for your car accident. Collect as much evidence as you can on the scene, but do not put yourself in harm’s way. Our car accident lawyers in Melville can gather a wide variety of evidence to prove negligence under New York law and argue for the full compensation you deserve. Important evidence may include: 

  • Police reports
  • Photographs of the accident scene
  • Witness statements
  • Expert testimony 
  • Medical records
  • Vehicle repair estimates and bills
  • Proof of lost wages
  • Traffic camera or surveillance footage
  • Vehicle damage reports
  • Weather reports
  • Your personal notes and diary entries
  • Cell phone records 
  • Insurance policy documents
  • Receipts for transportation or rental vehicles
  • Evidence of previous accidents or injuries

What Compensation Is Available in a Melville Car Accident Case?

Even minor car accidents can lead to serious injuries with long-lasting effects on your ability to work and carry out your daily activities. We will carefully comb through the evidence we gather to evaluate the full extent of your injuries and their impact on your well-being. Compensable damages in car accident cases may include:

  • Current and future medical and rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages and future earnings
  • Property damage
  • Cost of modifying your vehicle or home to accommodate your injuries
  • In-home nursing and other services 
  • Medical equipment
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Psychological distress
  • Permanent scarring, disfigurement, and disability 
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Funeral and burial expenses 

If the negligent party in your Melville car accident acted with malice or utter disregard for the safety of others, you could also qualify for punitive damages, which are designed to punish defendants and deter similar conduct in the future. For example, a judge may allow you to ask for punitive damages from an impaired driver with a history of past offenses.

Contact Our Car Accident Lawyers Today

After a crash, you need a skilled Melville car accident lawyer to investigate your case, determine who is liable, and calculate your compensable damages. Our attorneys know how to deal with insurance companies and will push back hard when they try to protect their bottom line by denying the value of your claim. Call (844) 446-9529 or contact us online to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. 

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I feel so blessed to have had Meirowitz & Wasserberg Law Firm represent my Husband and I in a great time of need in our lives. l highly recommend this firm. Daniel Wasserberg was the most personable, caring lawyer one could ever have. He was always there for our every need with compassion, loyalty and sincerity. He truly cares about his clients. I learned to love this man as a Son.
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