Car Accidents Overview
Injured in an auto accident in Long Island, NY?
There are many individuals that have been involved in car accidents who now must deal with dangerous or life-threatening injuries. When the accident was caused by another driver's negligence, recklessness or other dangerous act, it is crucial that you contact a Long Island personal injury attorney to assist you in making your claim for damages. The injuries sustained in dangerous car accidents can be devastating. Some individuals suffer damages that are life-changing, such as losing a limb, disfigurement or paralysis. Catastrophic injuries can follow a wreckage of two motor vehicles and thousands suffer tremendous physical, emotional and psychological harm every year as a result of another person’s error.
When dealing with an injury, it can be a traumatic and emotional time. When the injuries are severe, facing the future and the changes in one's quality of life can be difficult. Focusing on the recovery from the accident and getting back into a healthy condition is the most important thing to do. However, it is also important that you protect yourself financially, as it is likely that the needed medical care is going to be expensive. Hospital bills, medical bills, rehabilitation and other related expenses are usually the responsibility of the at-fault driver's insurance company. Sadly, many insurance companies make it difficult to get the compensation that is required after such an accident. You may have to fill out complex forms, be put on "hold" for long periods of time, and be made to feel like it isn't worth fighting for.
Proving Fault in an Accident
When you are a in a car accident not only do you have the damage to your car to worry about, if injury occurred you can be dealing with endless medical expenses. Compensation may be obtained but only if fault can be proven. Proving that the other party was at fault for some form of negligent driving is critical if you are going to establish grounds for a case. This may be demonstrating that they were guilty of speeding, running a stop sign, driving drowsy, drunk driving, distracted driving or other causes that can lead a driver to make a mistake. There are many reasons that are behind the cause of a car accident, but the most important factor is that it was not your fault. Eye witness accounts are one of the most useful forms of evidence and the court will consider the firsthand account of a bystander that saw the incident occur. Other means of investigation, such as analyzing the damage on the cars or tracking down and surveillance tapes, are crucial if they can help establish the other driver was negligent in their behavior.
The insurance company of the liable party will be responsible and they are likely to offer a settlement that is below what you deserve. You should not accept this. If they are unwilling to come to a fair agreement then the case may need to go to trial where a more favorable verdict can be sought. Compensation is often necessary for victims to cover the costs they have endured and when another drivers mistake has left them harmed, they deserve to be compensated. You are likely facing serious financial difficulties after being injured in a car accident. Your expenses are part of a claim that could be made by Jacoby & Jacoby. If you are unable to work as a result of the accident, your wage loss and future loss of income may be part of the claim. When the injuries are extremely serious, the medical costs you face are astronomical. Often a family member must care for the injured individual and is no longer able to work themselves.