New York Car Accident Attorneys

Rich & Rich, P.C., one of New York's premier personal injury law firms, provides personalized and skilled legal guidance to auto accident victims. A seasoned New York car accident attorney can make the difference in obtaining recovery and can affect the amount of compensation you receive either through settlement or jury verdict.

New Yorkers need legal help when they are seriously injured in a car accident. In 2009, there were 1,156 motor vehicle deaths in New York and nearly 34,000 across the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded that in a one-year period, motor vehicle accidents cost the nation more than $99 billion in direct medical costs, lost wages, lost productivity, and disability costs. This study, published in Traffic Injury Prevention, also states that road traffic injuries are the ninth leading cause of death worldwide.

Among the causes of a car accident in New York are dangerous roads. The CDC reports that during 2008-2009, there were 63 occupational deaths in transportation incidents, 11 of which occurred in New York City. But street repair, bridge and tunnel maintenance, and construction all pose serious and potentially fatal risks to drivers as well.

New York car accidents due to road hazards and defects

Potholes can cause a tire to blow out, snow and ice on improperly maintained roadways can cause a crash, and poorly lit roads can lead to deadly accidents. If you are injured in a New York car accident caused by a road hazard or defect, you have the right to seek fair compensation for your injuries.

Some hazards and defects that can cause wrongful injury include:

  • water ponding
  • potholes
  • uneven pavement
  • lack of traffic control signssigns
  • failure to install guardrails or missing guardrails
  • objects left on the roadway
  • defective highway design
  • improper construction of roadways
  • negligent of maintenance
  • missing or inadequate median barriers
  • missing stop signs
  • broken or ill-timed traffic lights
  • collapsing roads or bridges
  • unsafe or inoperative railroad crossings
  • poorly marked or painted lanes
  • missing or defective manhole covers
  • obstructive vegetation

Car accidents in New York cause serious injuries

One of the most common injuries that occurs in a car accident is whiplash, a painful injury that often does not arise until some time has passed.  If your neck or back pain persists it can be a sign of serious injury to a spinal disc.

Other types of car accident injuries include the following:

  • spinal injuries
  • paralysis
  • lower or upper limb injuries
  • muscle and ligament injuries
  • death

Our New York car accident attorneys fight for you

A Rich & Rich, P.C. car accident attorney in New York is ready to fight to obtain the maximum compensation possible for you. The firm has a proven track record in successfully resolving New York car accident cases.

Don't wait. Contact Rich & Rich, P.C. today to speak to a New York automobile accident lawyer.