Were you hurt in an auto accident because of another driver’s negligence? If so, you should speak with a knowledgeable and dedicated New York City auto accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum as soon as you can. Contact us today so we can begin working on your case.
Auto Accident Cases Our New York City Lawyer Handles
The Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum proudly handles a wide array of auto accident cases on behalf of accident victims in New York City, including the following:
- Bus Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Uber/Lyft Accidents
If you were injured in any of the aforementioned due to no fault of your own, you’ve come to the right place. Our New York City personal injury attorney is prepared to fight, tooth and nail, for the fair and full compensation to which you are entitled.
What to Do After an Auto Accident
Sometimes, auto accidents are so severe that those injured are incapable of doing anything other than awaiting the arrival of law enforcement on the scene. That said, if you’re seriously injured but still capable of documenting the facts surrounding the auto accident, you should do so. If possible, try to take the following steps after your auto accident:
- Call emergency services. Both the police and an ambulance should arrive at the scene of the accident. They can treat your injuries and write up a report, detailing exactly how the accident occurred.
- Get the other driver’s insurance information.
- Take pictures of any damage to your vehicle or the other driver’s vehicle. Next, take a picture of the scene of the accident as a whole, including any other property, such as guard rails, that were damaged as a result of the accident. You can also photograph and injuries you’ve sustained.
- Ask any witnesses of your accident for their name, phone number, and email address. We can ask them to verify your personal injury claim at a later date.
- Keep copies of any medical documentation provided by your doctor once you’re treated in the hospital. You should also keep copies of all medical bills associated with your injury, as we can use these to help prove the extent of the damages you’ve sustained.
- Retain a knowledgeable New York City auto accident lawyer who can take you through each phase of the injury claims process.
Mistakes to Avoid After an Auto Accident
One of the most common mistakes we see clients make is avoiding seeking medical treatment after sustaining injuries in auto accidents. We hear a variety of reasons why they failed to do so, including “I had to get home to my children,” or “I had to get to work, but it was really bothering me.” That said, if you’ve suffered an injury and you’re experiencing pain, you need to seek medical attention right away–in fact, this should be the very first thing you should do after an accident.
Another common mistake is when a client is not honest with their attorney. Attorneys will often ask their clients questions, such as: “were you ever in an accident before?” or “did you ever suffer an injury to your neck, back, knee, whatever the injury might be?” It is extremely important that a client be honest with the attorney and answer these questions truthfully so the attorney can properly represent and guide the client through the process. When clients don’t tell us the truth, we can’t accurately assess their case and determine the best strategy going forward. Sometimes, if the lie is big enough, it can actually jeopardize your case.
Perhaps the most damaging mistake anyone can make when filing a personal injury claim is posting on social media. Oftentimes, insurance companies monitor the social media accounts of a person after they file a personal injury claim to see if they post anything that even slightly contradicts their claim. If they do, the insurance company will try to use the post against them in an effort to deny them their rightful compensation. All of this can be avoided by simply refraining from posting on social media until your case is resolved.
Statute of Limitations
Clients often ask how long they can wait to file a personal injury claim. In New York, when you’re involved in an auto accident with a private individual or a private entity, you need to file your lawsuit in court within three years of the accident. In most cases, waiting longer than this timeframe will most likely result in you permanently losing your right to sue.
There are shorter statutes of limitations relevant to if the City of New York is involved. In this case, you will have to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the date of your accident and your personal injury claim within one year and 90 days of your accident. Don’t make the mistake of missing the statute of limitations–simply reach out to a knowledgeable New York City auto accident lawyer you can trust.
Contact Our NYC Legal Team Today
The Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum is dedicated to assisting auto accident victims throughout the Five Boroughs, and we are prepared to help you as well. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with our legal team. We’re prepared to analyze your case and determine the best possible route to compensation going forward.