Motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common (and deadly) types of accidents in New York State. In 2013, the last year for which data is available, there were 259,740 automobile accidents reported by the police in New York State. In New York City alone, there were 52,500 automobile accidents reported by the police. More than 9,000 of these motor vehicle accidents resulted in serious injuries; over 1,100 resulted in fatalities, including 384 pedestrians and bicyclists. According to the City of New York’s Vision Zero campaign, being struck by a motor vehicle is the leading cause of death for children under 14, and the second leading cause of death of seniors. On average, motor vehicles seriously injure or kill a New Yorker every 2 hours.
Most motor vehicle accidents are caused by driver negligence. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the leading factors contributing to motor vehicle accident were:
- Driver inattention / distraction
- Following too closely
- Failure to yield right-of-way
- Improper passing / lane usage
- Disregard of traffic control devices
- Improper turns
Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be a scary and overwhelming experience. In New York State, owners of motor vehicles are required to carry no-fault insurance which will typically cover your medical bills, lost earnings and other expenses such as household help and travel. What do you do, however, when the insurance company stops paying your no-fault benefits because it decides that you no longer need medical treatment and are well-enough to return to work? Who is going to pay for your future medical care? Who is going to compensate you for your pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life?
At Kramer, Dunleavy & Ratchik, PLLC, our experienced attorneys have helped countless individuals whose lives have been changed forever by motor vehicle accidents. We are not afraid to take on insurance companies whose focus is on their own bottom-line, not your well-being.
If you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, call Kramer, Dunleavy & Ratchik, PLLC, for a free consultation. We will listen to your story to best understand how your accident has affected your life and work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.