New York City winters are notoriously cold and wet. And it’s not unheard of for major snowstorms to hit our city hard.
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Car accidents are always stressful, though they are made far worse when the other driver decides to flee the scene. You may be left wondering how you can obtain fair compensation as the victim of a hit and run, particularly if you suffered injuries.
Avoiding the road when winter weather rolls in is a great way to stay out of an auto accident, but unfortunately, your life doesn't stop when it is snowy, and you may have to venture out. Taking precautions and adjusting your driving can help you prevent many winter car accidents.
However, even the most defensive and skilled winter driver can fall victim to a negligent or reckless driver. In these cases, you want NYC motor vehicle accident attorney, Reid B. Wissner, on your side to help you recover maximum damages for your injuries.
If a pedestrian is hit by a car, most people will always think the driver was at fault. While this is usually true, in some cases the pedestrian may be partially liable, depending on what they were doing at the time they were hit.
If you have been involved in a car accident, even a minor one, it is important to see a doctor as soon as you can. Generally, we advise seeing a doctor within 72 hours of your accident. Even if you think you weren't hurt, you should still get checked out. Often, victims of a car accident don't start to experience symptoms right away. A doctor can perform an examination and check for typical car accident injuries that may not manifest symptoms until days or weeks later.
Texting while driving is a leading cause of car accidents in Brooklyn, NYC, and across the United States. Although texting is a relatively recent phenomenon, it has quickly risen to become one of the most dangerous things you can do while driving.
Due to unfavorable portrayals in media, some people think that they cannot get compensation from a whiplash injury that arose from a car accident. However, whiplash can be a serious injury that may greatly affect your quality of life and require extensive medical treatment. If this is the case, you should hire a car accident whiplash lawyer so that you can have the best chance at getting the compensation you deserve.
While you have 3 years to file a lawsuit after being injured in a car accident, you only have 30 days to file a claim for your no-fault benefits. New York is a no-fault insurance state, which means you can claim benefits such as lost wages and medical bills from your insurance regardless of who was at fault in your accident.
If you are injured in a hit and run car accident, it is important to report your accident to the police and file an insurance claim as soon as possible. You should file your police report within 24 hours (if you are unable to do so, you may need to file an affidavit with an explanation of why you couldn't report your accident sooner), and although you technically have up to 30 days to file your insurance claim, you should do it as soon as you can.
People often wonder how much their claim is worth after being injured in a car accident. Insurance companies will usually offer you a settlement, but how do you know that settlement is fair? Insurance companies care about their bottom line first and foremost, and they will offer the lowest amount they think they can get away with. Reid Wissner is an experienced personal injury lawyer who can look at the facts of your case and let you know how much he thinks a jury would be likely to award you.