Common Queries About Car Accidents
Car accidents are both traumatic and confusing. Often, adversaries and insurers will attempt to induce victims into quick settlements before they understand their full rights. At Goldberg Sager & Associates, we empower our clients with the knowledge and representation they need to obtain a fair recovery. Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from clients concerning auto accidents are these:
- What should I do to protect myself legally if I'm in a car accident?
- How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
- How can I know if I have a recoverable claim?
- What are the advantages to settling before a trial?
- How do insurers determine a settlement amount?
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If you've been in a car accident, you're likely to have questions. For answers, call Goldberg Sager & Associates at 347-497-3245 or contact us online for a free initial consultation. From our Brooklyn office, we serve people in all five boroughs and as well as Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties. We can make hospital or home visits if necessary.
If you've been in a car accident, your first priority should be to seek medical attention. This will not only aid your physical recovery but will also help form the legal basis for any claim you wish to file. If you're able to collect information at the accident scene, you should take down contact and insurance information from the other driver and get the names and phone numbers of any police officers who report to the scene. Most people now can use their cellphones to take photos at the scene, so if you can, you should record images of the vehicles from different angles as well as anything else, such as fixed objects, which might have contributed to the collision.
For injury or property claims arising out of an auto accident, the New York statute of limitations is three years, meaning you have three years from the date of the accident to file. If a suit is not filed within that time, you probably will not be allowed to pursue your claim. Special rules apply for litigation against the state or a city, so if you've been in a car accident, contacting a qualified attorney as soon as possible is the best way to protect your rights.
By meeting with a Goldberg Sager & Associates attorney, you can learn about the legal elements necessary to succeed with an accident claim. Even if you bear some responsibility for the accident, you still can recover under New York's comparative fault rule. We will discuss how the facts of your case fit into the legal framework and share information on settlements and verdicts we've seen in similar cases.
Each case must be evaluated on its own merits, and numerous factors must be considered when deciding how to proceed. Of course, the most important consideration is the likelihood of success at trial. Jury verdicts present a risk to even the most meritorious claims. Goldberg Sager helps our clients calculate the potential compensation and measure that against your chances in court. We also factor in the time, effort and stress associated with a trial when making our recommendation.
In some cases, insurers will try to exploit your fear of going to trial. In other cases, they will leverage the financial pressure you face so that you feel compelled to accept a substandard recovery quickly rather than wait for full compensation. We are here to make sure that your decision is informed by a complete understanding of the facts and the law so that you are not intimidated into making a harmful choice.