Long Island Car Accident Lawyer
Every year, there are thousands of car accidents on Long Island. Unfortunately, a lot of these accidents are avoidable. Drivers are distracted and in too much of a hurry. As a result, they create dangerous situations that put safe drivers and their passengers in harm’s way.
Have you or someone you love been involved in a Long Island car accident? Did you suffer an injury because someone else was careless? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced Long Island car accident lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. will help you fight to get the money you deserve.
Since 1977, we’ve been dedicated to helping injury victims on Long Island. Our aggressive strategies and comprehensive approach to the cases we handle get results. We’ve successfully recovered more than $1 Billion in settlements and verdicts for our injured clients. If you’ve gotten hurt through little-to-no fault of your own, we’re here to help you, too.
We offer a free consultation, so do not hesitate to call our Long Island law office to schedule yours. Our team is always available to take your call – day or night – 365 days a year, so call now.
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Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer After My Long Island Car Accident?
An unexpected car accident can have immediate and long-lasting consequences. If someone else caused you to get hurt, they should be responsible for the damage they’ve done. Fortunately, you may have the right to file an injury claim or lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries.
Even though you may be entitled to damages, getting money in your hands can be tough. You’ve got enough on your plate right now without the added stress of a complicated legal case. Hiring an attorney can give you time to focus on getting better, while also putting you in the best position to recover maximum compensation.
You should call the Long Island personal injury attorneys at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. for help after your car accident because:
- Insurance companies will fight you every step of the way and do anything they can to deny or drive down the value of your claim. You’re much more likely to get a fair settlement if you have one of our experienced attorneys on your side.
- You might be blamed for the accident or your injuries, which could potentially hurt your ability to recover compensation. We’ll stand up for you and fight to minimize your role in the car crash.
- More than one person might be responsible – and liable – for your accident. We’ll investigate and seek money from anyone who caused you to get hurt.
- It’s hard to know what your case is worth, and you shouldn’t let an insurer decide. We’ll consult with experts and make sure we value your case properly.
Our goal is to get you the money you need and deserve after you’re injured in a Long Island car accident through little-to-no fault of your own. We work on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing unless we win. There’s zero risk in asking for our help, so give us a quick call today to learn more.
Long Island Car Accident Statistics
Long Island is home to more than 7.8 million people, which is about 40 percent of New York state’s total population. It gets even more congested in the summer when tourists and part-time residents flock to the area to take advantage of the gorgeous beaches and beautiful weather in Nassau County and Suffolk County. This means that Long Island roads tend to be packed with traffic.
It’s no surprise that accidents happen on Long Island every day.
According to the New York State Department of Health, motor vehicle traffic injuries are the second leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations in Suffolk County. In 2014, there were more than 19,188 traffic accidents in Suffolk County. Because of these accidents:
- 17,590 people visited the emergency room with an injury
- 1,469 people were hospitalized with a severe injury, and
- 129 people died.
Even more suffered property damage and/or injuries that were minor and didn’t require immediate medical attention.
Accidents are problematic in Nassau County, too. The Department of Health reports that motor vehicle accidents are the fourth leading cause of unintentional death on this part of Long Island. In 2014, there were more than 11,173 car accidents in Nassau County. As a result:
- 10,000 victims sustained injuries that required a trip to the emergency room
- 998 victims were hospitalized, and
- 75 people were killed in fatal crashes.
When you look at Nassau and Suffolk Counties together, the statistics are frightening. On a typical day on Long Island, there’s an average of 83 injury-causing and fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Where Do Most Car Accidents on Long Island Happen?
Nassau County and Suffolk County aren’t the safest places to drive a car. There’s no guarantee that you’ll make it to your destination without getting into an accident. Sadly, this is true even if you are paying attention, following the law, and doing everything you can to prevent a crash. Why? Because you can’t force others to do the same. Nor can you force bicyclists and pedestrians to share the road safely.
However, you might be able to reduce the odds of a crash by knowing which intersections and stretches of road on Long Island tend to be dangerous. Thankfully, a review of Long Island crash data can help us know where auto accidents on Long Island happen the most. The Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a non-profit organization, combed through three years of crash statistics for Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
In its report, the organization concluded that the most dangerous roads and intersections on Long Island include:
- Jericho Turnpike / State Route 25
- North County Rd / SR-25A
- New York Avenue / SR-110
- Route 24
- Montauk Highway
- Lakeview Rd & Marcus Ave. & Northern State Pkwy
- New Hyde Park Rd & Northern State Pkwy
- Roslyn Rd & LIE South Service Rd
- Old Country Rd & Wantagh Pkwy
- Hempstead Turnpike & Wantagh Pkwy
- Round Swamp Rd & Northern State Pkwy, and
- Connetquot Ave & Sunrise Hwy.
You can either avoid these stretches of road or simply be extra vigilant while navigating these areas. A little extra caution might prevent a crash.
Who’s Liable For My Car Accident and Injuries?
When you’re involved in a car accident on Long Island, you can potentially seek compensation from anyone who caused you to get hurt. Under New York state law, this is true even if someone only shares 5 or 10 percent of the blame for your accident. As long as someone’s negligence contributed to your injuries, they can be on the hook for resulting damages.
So, you may be able to recover compensation from:
- Other drivers
- Employers of negligent parties
- Transit companies
- Government agencies
- Companies that sold or marketed a defective product, or
- Anyone else who was negligent.
When you turn to Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. for help, you can rest assured that our experienced personal injury lawyers will carefully investigate your case. We’ll do our best to determine why your accident happened and identify anyone who shares fault. Then we can seek compensation from those parties on your behalf. This approach can help us secure maximum compensation for you.
What Causes Car Accidents on Long Island?
There are a lot of different reasons why auto accidents happen on Long Island. Some factors tend to contribute to crashes more often than others. Common causes of collisions include:
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Distracted driving
- Drinking and driving
- Ignoring a stop sign or traffic signal
- Dangerous road conditions
- Defective vehicles or equipment
- Road construction, and
- Making unsafe or illegal turns.
Did you get hurt in a car accident on Long Island? If so, contact Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. to learn about your legal rights and options. Your first consultation is free, so reach out to us online or by phone today.
What If I’m Blamed For My Crash on Long Island?
Sharing fault for an accident doesn’t automatically mean that you can’t get money for your injuries. New York is a comparative fault state. This means that you can potentially recover comepensation as long as someone else is at least partly to blame for your accident.
However, you won’t be entitled to all of your damages. Your award will be reduced by the degree of fault that’s allocated to you. If you’re allocated 20 percent of the blame, your damages will be reduced by 20 percent. You may able be liable for 20 percent of damages suffered by others in your crash.
Insurance companies and at-fault parties will probably try to shift as much of the blame to you as they can. The best thing you can do is work with an attorney who will stand up for you and fight to prevent these tactics from working. At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., we’ll do everything we can to deflect allegations of fault and minimize any role you had in causing your Long Island car accident.
The less fault allocated to you, the more money you can potentially get. Give us a call to get started on your case today.
We Handle All Car Accident Cases on Long Island
At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., we only represent clients who have been injured in accidents through little-to-no fault of their own. Our lawyers have more than 200 combined years of experience handling complex personal injury cases. This means we know the laws and procedures that might affect your case inside and out. When you call us for help, this can all work in your favor.
We’re here to help you fight to get money for all of your car accident injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Crushing injury
- Chest injury
- Eye injury
- Brain injury
- Lost limbs
- Back and neck injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Wrongful death, and more.
Can’t make it to our law office to talk to our legal team? That’s okay. We can come to you. Just give us a call and we’ll set up a time to visit you at home, at work, or at the hospital.
What Damages Can I Get If I’ve Been Hurt in a Long Island Collision?
Our attorneys will take an aggressive approach to your case and demand the compensation you deserve. We can seek damages for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering, and more.
We’ve been working hard to help car accident victims on Long Island for more than four decades. In this time, we’ve built strong relationships with some of the most reputable injury experts in the area. We can rely on them for critical insight into the more detailed aspects of your case. In turn, we can better understand the extent of your injuries and what your case might be worth.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident on Long Island?
Getting into a car accident can be extremely upsetting. However, you need to know that the things you do after a crash are important. Your decisions in the minutes, hours, and days after a crash can affect your health and the strength of future claims for compensation.
Here’s what you should do if you’re involved in a Brooklyn car accident.
Call the Police. Don’t leave the scene before you’ve called the police and reported the accident. You’ll want to make sure than an officer is dispatched to investigate and document the crash. A police report can contain valuable information – such as weather conditions, traffic, and even preliminary assumptions of fault. A lot of this information can easily be lost or forgotten over time. If you decide to file an injury claim or lawsuit, your attorney can rely on the police report as they build your case.
Get to Safety. Don’t stick around the scene of your accident. Move to the side of the road for safety. Leave your car if you have to. Other drivers, approaching from the rear, might not see that your vehicle is stopped. As a result, your car might be in a second accident. You don’t want to be anywhere nearby when that happens.
Get to the Doctor. You might not think you’ve gotten hurt in the accident. However, not all injuries are noticeable right away. It can take a while for symptoms of whiplash, a concussion, or internal injuries to develop. By going to the closest emergency room shortly after an accident, you can help to ensure that all of your injuries are diagnosed and treated. Your trip to the doctor will also create a medical record that can be critical in establishing a link between your accident and crash.
Don’t Admit Fault. Don’t say that an accident is your fault, even if you honestly believe that you’re to blame. You might be wrong. You might share fault with others. Admitting fault can prevent an investigation into your crash and give insurance companies the upper hand. The best rule of thumb is to say nothing at all.
Direct All Conversations to Your Attorney. Insurance companies might try to contact you shortly after an accident with a settlement offer. This offer might be enticing. However, it’s probably a lowball offer that won’t even come close to covering your accident-related costs. Simply tell insurers that they can take any offers to your attorney. Your lawyer will fight to make sure that you’re fairly and justly compensated for your injuries.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
We know things are probably a little bit overwhelming right now. However, you only have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit or claim for damages. If you’ve been injured in a Long Island car accident, do not hesitate to contact Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. for immediate legal assistance. We’ll go above and beyond as we fight to secure compensation on your behalf.
Your first consultation is free, so call our Long Island law firm to schedule yours now.