New York Car Accident Lawyers
We Serve Injured Clients in New York & New Jersey
Thousands of people are seriously injured or killed every day in car accidents in the United States. Automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. This grim statistic might lead you to conclude that auto accident litigation is no more than a routine court case. It’s not. In fact, determining legal responsibility in an auto accident is anything but open-and-shut. Without experienced legal representation, dealing with the aftermath of a serious auto accident could be one of the most traumatic experiences in your life.
If you or someone you care for has been injured in a car accident, the law could be on your side. It’s important that you speak with an experienced New York car accident lawyer who can help you navigate the process of filing a claim and seeking compensation for your damages.
Why It’s Important to Work with a Car Accident Lawyer
There are many complex factors involved in pursuing compensation after an automobile accident. Determining legal responsibility for a car accident in court requires careful accident reconstruction analysis and the ability to explain the often very technical findings of this analysis to a jury.
When you turn to the experienced attorneys at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC, we can assist you in the following ways:
- Work to resolve money damages for your pain and suffering claims
- Work to resolve potential lost wages
- Locate a convenient medical treatment facility
- Help you fill out and process appropriate forms for medical bill payment
- Help to resolve your property damage
- Help you fill out and complete insurance claim forms
Most importantly, we can work directly with the insurance company so that you do not have to. The at-fault party’s insurance provider is not on your side; they will often do everything possible to dispute your claim or deny you payment. The same is true of your own insurance company, in some cases. It’s always best to leave communication and negotiation with the insurance company to an experienced legal professional who knows the tactics they often employ—and who knows how to fight back.
What If You Were Partly to Blame for the Accident?
When another driver is entirely at fault for an accident, it’s generally pretty obvious that he or she is also liable for the resulting damages. However, these types of cases are somewhat rare. Most often, both parties share some portion of the blame for the accident. However, just because you were partly at fault, this does not mean you cannot recover compensation in a car accident claim.
Both New York and New Jersey follow what is known as the rule of comparative negligence. However, while New York follows a rule of pure comparative negligence, New Jersey follows a rule of modified comparative negligence. What this means is that you can only recover compensation after a car accident in New Jersey if you are less than 50% to blame for the accident, but in New York, you can recover compensation after an accident even if you were 99% at fault.
In both cases, your total recovery will be reduced by your at-fault percentage. For example, if you were rear ended by a distracted driver in New Jersey, but a jury decides you were 20% at fault for the collision because your vehicle’s brake lights were out, you can only recover up to 80% of the total recovery you would have otherwise received if you were not at fault at all. If you were injured in an accident in New York City in which another motorist ran a red light, but you were speeding at the time of the accident and, therefore, the jury decides you were 50% to blame, you can only recover up to 50% of the total recovery amount.
Representing Victims of All Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents
At Simonson Goodman Platzer PC, we have a long track record of success in handling complex car accident claims in New York and New Jersey. We also represent clients who have been injured in other types of motor vehicle collisions, including those involving motorcycles, delivery trucks, semi-trucks, motorized scooters, and recreational vehicles. In addition, our firm has successfully represented numerous clients who were harmed in pedestrian and bicycle accidents involving negligent motorists, as well as those harmed in subway and train accidents.
Regardless of the complexity of your case, we are ready to fight for you and the justice you deserve. Our New York car accident attorneys have recovered more than $200 million for our clients and we offer contingency fees. This means that you do not have to pay any out-of-pocket expenses; instead, we only collect attorneys’ fees when we successfully secure compensation for you.
To schedule your free initial consultation, call us at (800) 817-5029 today.