DUI accidents account for a large number of car accidents. Impaired drivers are likely to speed, swerve into other lanes or ignore traffic signals. Driving under the influence can result in fines, jail time and a driver’s license suspension. Unfortunately, the consequences of driving while impaired can affect others, as well. Driving while under the influence can harm not only other drivers, but also pedestrians. In many cases, DUI accidents lead to death or catastrophic injuries. If you or your loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, you may have grounds for a legal claim. DUI lawsuits must prove that the impaired driver’s negligence was directly responsible for the accident and that the collision has caused either economic or non-economic damages to the victim(s).
Head-on collisions are some of the most dangerous car accidents due to the force of the crash. When both vehicles are traveling at high speed and collide, this can double the impact of the collision and lead to serious injury or death. As a result, head-on collisions can force victims to face financial hardships, as well as physical or emotional pain. Head-on collision lawsuits can help victims recoup compensation for damages. A head-on collision victim must be able to prove that his or her injury breaks the “serious injury threshold” – hiring an experienced New York car accident lawyer can help determine this.
Hit & Run Accidents
Hit and run accidents occur when a driver causes a traffic accident and then flees the scene. Many hit and run accident victims are pedestrians and bicyclists, though these incidents can also involve other vehicles. Oftentimes, drivers who commit hit and run accidents are uninsured, unlicensed or unauthorized drivers. Hit and run accidents may result in serious injuries to the victim(s). Failure to stop following an accident is grounds for negligence and can result in a hit and run lawsuit. Our New York car accident lawyers can pursue injury cases against hit and run drivers to help victims get the compensation they deserve.
No-fault insurance can help victims of vehicle accidents recoup compensation for injuries or damages. Drivers and passengers injured in an accident caused by another driver may be eligible for no-fault insurance. A no-fault claim usually covers lost wages or medical bills incurred due to the injuries caused by a vehicle accident. No-fault insurance claims have a number of restrictions and victims are only eligible if certain conditions are met. As a result, these claims are typically complex and victims can greatly benefit from the expertise of a New York car accident lawyer.
Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of car accidents. When a driver is struck from behind by another vehicle, the force of the crash can result in serious injuries (typically to the back or neck). Rear-end collisions are prevalent at red lights, stop signs and traffic mergers; rear-end accidents can also occur during stop-and-go traffic. In many cases, rear-end collisions are caused by negligent drivers. If a driver looks down or becomes inattentive for just a few seconds, a rear-end collision may ensue. Victims of rear-end collisions should contact an experienced New York car accident lawyer to determine whether or not there is grounds for a lawsuit.
Side Impact Collisions
Side impact collisions occur when a vehicle is struck on the side by another vehicle. These accidents are also known as “T-bone” collisions because the shape of the accident resembles a “T.” Side impact accidents can put drivers and passengers at extreme risk. There is often less protection on the sides of vehicles than in the front or rear – meaning a direct impact to the side of the vehicle can cause serious injuries and even death. Side impact collisions often occur at intersections and are usually a result of negligence on the part of the driver who caused the accident. Our NYC law firm has handled numerous cases involving side impact collisions and can help victims receive the compensation they deserve.
SUV Rollover Accidents
Sports utility vehicles, (known as SUVs) have a higher risk of rollovers than many other cars. Since SUVs are taller than other cars, they also have higher centers of gravity, which increases the risk of a rollover during an accident. A large amount of car accident fatalities are due to SUV rollover accidents. SUV rollover injuries can be the result of another driver’s negligence, as well as a manufacturing defect. Faulty roll cages and airbag malfunctions are just a few examples of defects that may put drivers and passengers at serious risk. Whether an SUV rollover injury is caused by the negligence of another driver or a manufacturer, our New York car accident lawyers can help determine if you have a case.
Texting While Driving
Distracted drivers endanger themselves and others. The use of a cellphone while driving can lead to fatal accidents, economic damages, high medical bills and even property damage. Texting while driving is prohibited in most states, but this does not stop some drivers from using their phones behind the wheel. If a distracted driver causes an accident that leads to injuries or death, the victim(s) may have grounds for a lawsuit. The auto accident lawyers at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP have years of experience handling distracted driving cases to help victims recover compensation.
Many vehicle accidents occur while in traffic. The stop-and-go nature of traffic can lead to reckless driving, tailgating, illegal lane changes and distracted driving. Many rear-end collisions happen while in traffic, and the potential for head-on collisions or side impact accidents is always present. Injuries caused by traffic accidents can be substantial and, in some cases, fatal. Car accident injuries can lead to missed time at work, loss of wages and high medical bills to treat injuries. Victims of traffic accidents may be able to hold negligent drivers liable for the accidents they cause. You should consult an experienced New York car accident lawyer to see if you have a case.