Brooklyn law firm handles car accident cases
If you or someone you know suffered injury in a car accident, you may benefit from the services of an accident lawyer. The attorneys at the Brooklyn-based law firm of Rubenstein & Rynecki have more than 30 years of experience fighting for maximum awards for victims of auto accidents in New York, including:
- DUI/DWI accidents
- Hit and runs
- Rear-end collisions
- Stop light and stop sign collisions
- Multi-vehicle pileups
- Intersection collisions
- ATV and RV accidents
- Alcohol-related crashes
- Pedestrian knockdowns
We represent victims of auto accidents on a contingency-fee basis. You owe us nothing unless we recover damages for your injuries.
Factors that contribute to car accidents
Car accidents can have multiple causes, many of which are traceable to drivers’ negligence. Common contributory factors include:
- Driving while distracted
- Traffic law violations
- Driver error
- Equipment failure
- Hazardous road conditions
- Faulty road design or poor maintenance
Discerning who or what caused an accident is an important step in determining who is legally responsible for your injuries.
What actions should you take after an accident?
Should you be involved in a traffic accident, there are steps you can take protect yourself, your passengers and your legal rights.
- Move your vehicle out of traffic, if possible. Place flares or fluorescent triangles to divert traffic. Otherwise, do not disturb the accident scene.
- Call 911 and give the responding police officer an accurate account of events. Learn how you can obtain an accident report.
- Remain at the scene.
- Exchange license and insurance information with other drivers.
- Take photos of the accident scene, property damage and injuries.
- Get contact information for any witnesses.
- Take written notes of all details.
- Get medical treatment immediately, for safety’s sake and to establish a record of your injuries.
- Within 10 days, file a written report with the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.
- Call your insurance company.
Finally, call a personal injury attorney at our firm. The earlier we begin working on your case, the sooner we can begin preparing your claim for compensation. Your account of what you observed is vital information that our attorneys will use to assess your case. By reviewing the police report, interviewing witnesses, analyzing skid marks and other physical evidence, our accident specialists can establish the underlying cause of the accident and the parties responsible.
How is liability determined in a car crash in NY?
New York law assigns liability based on each party’s percentage of negligence in an accident. If the court assigns you a negligence percentage, your compensation is reduced in proportion.
In New York, when you allow another person to drive your car, you are liable for any damages resulting from the accident. Also, when you drive your car at the request of your employer to do work-related tasks, your employer may bear some liability for a car accident that occurs during that time.
How no-fault insurance works for car accidents in New York
New York enacted no-fault insurance laws to help accident victims recover their medical costs and other related expenses so that they can be restored to health as soon as possible. The system also has the purpose of reducing lawsuits over minor injuries and property damages to lighten court case loads.
Your no-fault insurance covers medical costs, 80 percent of your lost wages and other "reasonable and necessary expenses” related to your injuries. No-fault insurance pays up to $50,000 per victim to cover basic economic losses but does not cover pain and suffering damages.
To recover for your pain and suffering, you must prove that another party was negligent and that you sustained a “serious” injury. As defined by New York Insurance Law, a serious injury falls into one of these categories:
- Significant disfigurement
- Loss of a fetus
- Permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system
- Permanent consequential limitation of a body organ or member
- Significant limitation of use of a body function or system
- Medically determined non-permanent injury or impairment that prevented performance of all usual and customary daily activities for 90 out of 180 days following the accident
If you suffer a serious injury, our legal team will move aggressively to build a compelling case for your recovery.
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Representing New York car accident victims since 1972
Rubenstein & Rynecki in Brooklyn has been representing victims of New York auto accidents since 1972. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, our skilled trial lawyers stand ready to help you. No recovery, no fee. Call us today at 718-522-1020 or contact us online for a free consultation.