Car accidents happen frequently in New York due to congested roads and streets and chaotic traffic. A split second of distraction or lack of attention to safety can result in serious injury and major damage to vehicles.
Victims of a car accident may face emotional, physical and financial challenges. That’s why you need an experienced car accident attorney who will fight for you.
You may be facing medical bills, lost wages, property damage and emotional effects from an accident that was someone else’s fault. Getting compensation following a car accident in New York can be challenging, especially if the person at fault doesn’t have adequate insurance.
We will be your advocate throughout the process. We’ll review the circumstances of your accident and advise you on the options available for pursuing the compensation you deserve.
We don’t get paid unless you do, and we’ll come to you if you’re unable to come to us due to your injury.
Mike Tawil has litigated hundreds of motor vehicle and related collision cases over the course of 28 years of practice. If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been seriously or fatally injured in an accident, I am here to help. The insurance company will work hard to limit or reduce the amount of money they pay for your injuries or deny your claim entirely. For this reason, hiring an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney is the best option for you, especially if you have:
Important Elements of Your Motor Vehicle or Bicycle Accident Claim
In the event of a collision between motor vehicles or a collision between a motor vehicle and a bicycle, there are three distinct elements to a case. Mike Tawil will help you with each so that you can receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
LIABILITY. In New York, fault is apportioned. This means that out of 100% it is possible that every driver including a bicycle operator involved in the accident could be assigned a percentage of liability. This could include the person that is suing, but at the Law office of Michael Tawil, we are often able to prove our client was free from fault and the other parties were totally responsible for the happening of the accident.
DAMAGES. In New York State, a serious injury threshold exists. This means that you cannot bring a lawsuit for personal injuries unless your injuries meet the legal definition of “serious.” Certain injuries, such as disfigurement, fractures, dismemberment, loss of a fetus and death are automatically considered serious. Many other injuries which are less debilitating, but are nonetheless serious, require an experienced attorney to investigate and prove.
NO FAULT. New York is a “no-fault” car insurance state. This means that if you are hurt in a motor vehicle accident or a motor vehicle and bicycle accident, your medical bills and lost earnings will be paid regardless of who caused the accident by one of the insurance companies involved. For example, if a pedestrian or bicyclist is struck by a motor vehicle, that motor vehicle’s insurance company will pay those bills. If you are a driver or passenger in a motor vehicle, the insurance company for that motor vehicle will pay those bills. Most importantly, in order to receive those payments, a no-fault claim must be made in writing to the correct insurance company within 30 days after the accident.
Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists
Some drivers choose to get on the road with little or no insurance. Unfortunately, this places them and others at risk. In the event you are injured in an auto accident caused by one of these drivers, they may have no insurance or an amount of insurance that is too little to pay for all your damages and medical expenses.
You can protect yourself and your loved ones by carrying an increased amount of uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance as part of your own insurance policy. That way, if you are involved in an accident where the party at fault in causing the accident does not have adequate coverage, you can be compensated by your own insurance company.
The best thing that you can do after a motor vehicle accident is to contact my office for a professional evaluation of your claim. We are happy to analyze your specific case and to discuss New York State auto accident law as it applies to you
Car Accident Attorney for New York
34 S Broadway Ste 714
White Plains, NY, 10601-4427