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Were you recently injured in a car accident in NYC? The experienced New York City car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers are ready to help you fight to secure the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (212) 564 2800 for a free case review.
You could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and the suffering you’ve endured. Contact our New York City, NY law offices to discuss your legal rights and the potential options that might be available to you at this time.
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Jay Knispel is a fierce advocate for car accident victims across the city – and has been for years.
Before focusing exclusively on personal injury litigation, attorney Jay Knispel spent years working as a Senior Trial Attorney for one of the largest insurance companies in the nation.
When you turn to our NYC personal injury attorneys for help after a crash, you can expect:
If insurance adjusters refuse to offer you a fair deal – or if they try to deny your claim without a justifiable reason – our award-winning trial attorneys will be fully prepared to take your case to a jury.
We know how much is at stake when you turn to us for help after a crash. We’re ready to do everything in our power ot help you walk away with the full value of your car accident injury claim. Contact our NYC car accident attorneys to get started with a free initial case evaluation.
Your medical bills and out-of-pocket expenses may accumulate quickly after a car accident. It can be overwhelming to deal with holding at-fault parties accountable for your injuries as you focus on recovering. An experienced car accident attorney can help you through this challenging process.
An attorney can handle the following legal aspects of your claim and work to maximize the value of your case:
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Based on an analysis of crash data published by the New York Police Department and the New York State Traffic Safety Statistical Repository (TSSR) – very common.
Car accident data from 2023 and 2022 is not yet available. But accident data from 2021 tell us there were a total of 97,059 car accidents across all five boroughs. That’s nearly 265 car accidents a day on NYC roads.
Here are some notable NYC car accident statistics from that recent year:
Traffic accidents don’t just affect motorists and their passengers. In 2021, at least 15,000 accidents in the city involved bicyclists, pedestrians, trucks, and motorcyclists.
In 2022, there were 100,508 New York City car accidents. 37,848 of those car accidents resulted in a fatality or injury.
The majority of car accidents in New York City occurred as a result of:
The combination of vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists on NYC streets can easily lead to catastrophic accidents. If you are injured in a car accident, contact us for help.
While data from 2023 and 2022 are not yet available, analysis of NYPD crash data from 2021 shows us Brooklyn is the borough where car accidents in New York City tend to happen most.
That year the county breakdown of accidents was as follows:
There were 236 fatal crashes throughout NYC’s five counties in 2021.
In 2021, injury-causing collisions broke down across the boroughs as follows:
When you compare all of the boroughs, Queens and Brooklyn top the list. However, every borough in New York City typically sees tens of thousands of accidents every year. And, while collisions can happen just about anywhere, there are certain locations that tend to be more dangerous than others.
Knowing this might be beneficial if you can avoid these stretches of road – or at least exercise extra caution while driving on them.
The value of your car accident case will depend on several different factors, including:
The amount of money available to you in a car accident case will also depend on your damages. A knowledgeable car accident attorney can help you determine what your case is worth and fight for fair compensation.
Economic damages are awarded to help make accident victims financially “whole” again after a crash. They’re typically paid to offset the present and future costs, expenses, and losses that are a result of an accident.
Examples that are typically awarded in car accident cases include:
Economic damages must be backed by some sort of documentation – invoices, bills, receipts, or paystubs.
Not every consequence of a car accident in the city will come with a price tag. Rather, some injuries are intangible. Examples include:
These types of injuries are personal to each and every accident victim. This makes them very difficult to value in terms of dollars and cents.
There are times when punitive damages might be awarded to crash victims or their families. However, this is the exception, rather than the rule.
Punitive damages are awarded for the sole purpose of punishing the defendant for conduct that’s simply inexcusable. In the context of a motor vehicle accident case, they might be appropriate if the at-fault driver was drunk at the time of the crash and caused catastrophic injuries or death.
New York has something called pure comparative fault rules. In the most simple terms, comparative negligence means that sharing some – or even most – of the blame for an accident will not prevent you from recovering compensation. However, your financial award will be reduced in direct proportion to how much blame you’re assigned.
If you’re allocated 10% of the blame for a crash because you were texting, your damages will be reduced by 10%. At the same time, you’ll find that you’re on the hook for 10% of the damages sustained by other people in the crash, too.
Insurance adjusters and other parties to your accident will undoubtedly try to shift as much of the blame to you as they can. If you don’t fight back and defend yourself, you could watch your sizable financial award all-but-disappear.
New York law requires all motorists to have minimum amounts of car insurance coverage. But, not everyone follows the law. If you’ve been in an accident and the other driver is underinsured or uninsured, there may be a few options for recovering compensation.
Our car accident attorneys will assess all of your options and help you get better after your car accident in NYC.
Distracted driving is increasingly problematic across the nation. That’s particularly true in a gridlocked city like New York. In 2020, these practices – like texting, talking on the phone, eating, or anything that takes your hands off of the wheel – contributed to 33,074 car accidents. That means that distracted driving was a factor in more than 29% of all collisions, citywide.
Tailgating, or following too closely, is a leading cause of car accidents in NYC. In 2020, it was a factor in 9,082 reported traffic accidents.
It’s important to know the rules of the road before you drive. Unfortunately, not everyone understands – or cares about – when they have the right of way and when they have to yield. Failure to yield was cited as a factor in 7,731 car accidents in NYC in 2020.
Exceeding the speed limit is dangerous. But, after being stuck in NYC traffic, many drivers put the pedal to the metal to make up for lost time. In 2020, speeding contributed to 4,526 car accidents in the Big Apple. Many speeding accidents occur at intersections and traffic signals.
Alcohol was a factor in 1,763 crashes in New York City in 2020. Drunk driving is a factor in more than 1 out of every 100 collisions.
Unsafe lane changes contributed to 8,945 auto accidents in Manhattan and other city boroughs in 2020. Only distracted driving and tailgating were reported as causes more often.
Other leading causes of collisions, wrecks, and crashes in New York City include:
At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, our car accident attorneys will be ready to investigate your crash from every possible angle. The more we know about why your accident happened, the better prepared we can be to seek compensation from all contributing parties.
Here’s what you should (and shouldn’t) do if you are involved in an auto accident in the Big Apple:
Take the time you need to focus on getting back on your feet. Let a car accident attorney handle conversations and negotiations with insurance adjusters and other parties.
Nothing upfront. Then, our attorneys get paid a percentage of your financial settlement or award if you win. This is called a contingency fee, and it means that there’s no risk to you.
If we don’t win your case you pay nothing.
We know that the costs of any injury can be overwhelming. That’s why we’re prepared to put our 25+ years of experience to work to get you the money you need for all of your crash-related injuries.
We represent clients who, because of avoidable crashes in the city, have suffered:
Our legal team is also committed to helping family members who have experienced a tragic and untimely loss as a result of a fatal NYC collision. If you’ve experienced the wrongful death of a loved one, don’t hesitate to call us for help. We’ll be there to help you make the tough decisions and work hard to secure the financial justice you and your family deserve.
The statute of limitations for most car accident claims in New York is just three years. This means that, following the date of your accident, you’ll have limited time (up to three years) to file a civil injury claim against responsible parties.
Note, you’ll have even less time to notify your insurance provider and formally request benefits from your insurance policy.
There are times when the statute of limitations can vary. For instance, you will have 90 days to file an administrative claim if a government agency is involved. Alternatively, you could have more time to act if a child was injured or if the responsible party can’t be found.
There’s great value in contacting an experienced attorney as soon as you can after a car accident in New York City. Not only does it help to ensure that your right to pursue compensation is preserved, but it also gives your attorney a chance to get a jump-start on an investigation. A prompt investigation can, many times, make a world of difference in how an accident claim unfolds.
New York is a pure comparative negligence state. Pure comparative negligence allows you to recover compensation even if you were partly at fault for the accident. This remains true even if you are 99% at fault for the car accident. However, the amount will be reduced in proportion to your amount of blame.
Car accident claims may go to trial, but many settle beforehand. You will likely deal with an insurance company if you are injured in a car accident. Insurance companies may make low initial settlement offers that do not cover your damages.
Your car accident attorney can negotiate with the insurance company or defense attorney on your behalf. A trial may become necessary if a fair settlement agreement cannot be reached.
Did you recently get hurt or lose a family member in an NYC car accident due to someone else’s negligence? If so, you may have the right to recover compensation. Whether you’re fighting for insurance benefits or seeking damages from a negligent third party, it helps to have a qualified New York City car accident attorney standing beside you.
At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers, we will fight for the compensation you deserve after your accident. When you hire our law firm, you’ll benefit from a team with 25+ years of experience who have recovered millions in life-changing awards for injury victims just like you.
Don’t give the insurance company any advantage. Give yourself the edge you deserve by calling attorney Jay Knispel and his accomplished legal team. We offer a free case evaluation – so please connect with us by email or by phone to get started.
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