Types of Car Accidents in New York
Millions of cars, buses, trucks, and motorcycles navigate New York City’s busy streets every day. Because drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists compete for the same spaces, accidents lead to some 65,000 injuries each year and more than 250 deaths.
In December 2014 alone, there were 17,281 collisions among motor vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians in New York City. In addition to 12 fatalities (10 pedestrians, one driver and one passenger), 4,117 people suffered personal injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says most car accidents are caused by driver error or negligence. New York’s no fault personal injury protection insurance that vehicle owners are required to carry covers your injuries up to certain limits, regardless of who caused the accident.
After more serious accidents, causing severe injuries, the auto accident lawyers at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek can help you obtain full compensation for your injuries and other losses.
How NYC Residents are Injured in Various Types of Car Accidents
Car accidents are identified according to the portion of the vehicle damaged in the wreck. Regardless of the type of crash involving a passenger car, pickup truck, sport-utility vehicle (SUV), minivan, full-size van, commercial truck, or bus, a motor vehicle accident can cause catastrophic injury or death to drivers, passengers, and others.
Common types of motor vehicle accidents include:
- Rear-end collisions. Accidents in which a car fails to stop before hitting the car ahead of it are the most common type of car accident. Rear-end collisions are also the leading cause of neck and upper back injury caused by the sudden jerking motion caused when the lead car is hit and, as the car lurches forward, the victim’s neck stretches backward and then snaps back into place.
- Frontal / Head-on collisions. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says a “frontal collision,” in which vehicles meet head-on, is the most common type of crash resulting in fatalities. Most often, a frontal collision occurs when one car crosses the centerline or turns into the path of another vehicle. In other cases, a driver is travelling in the wrong direction on a one-way road, such as an on- or off-ramp to a freeway.
- Rollover accidents. Rollover accidents may be defined as “tripped,” meaning the car fell over after hitting another vehicle, the shoulder of the road, or a curb. On the other hand, “untripped”means the accident happened because the driver lost control of the vehicle due to excessive speed, a sharp curve, slick roadway, etc. Taller vehicles, like commercial trucks and SUVs, have a high center of gravity that makes them more susceptible to rollover accidents. One of the dangers of a rollover accident is being ejected from the vehicle. Vehicles roll over in less than three percent of all crashes, according to the IIHS, but rollovers account for more than a third of passenger vehicle occupant deaths.
- Side-impact accidents. These accidents, which may be referred to as broadside, right-angle, or T-bone collisions, involve the front or corner of one vehicle running into the side of another. They typically occur during turns or at intersections. The IIHS says side-impact crashes account for about a quarter of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in the United States. T-bone crashes are more dangerous because vehicles have less space along their sides to absorb the collision’s impact.
- Sideswipe accidents. When the sides of two vehicles come into contact, the accident is referred to as a “sideswipe.” Sideswipe accidents typically happen when a driver has moved out of their lane on purpose, such as for a lane change or an improper turn, or because of “drifting” out of a lane or turning at excessive speed. An NHTSA study of urban interstate crashes found sideswipe accidents common in congestion as drivers change lanes in response to slower traffic ahead.
- Runoff accidents. These are typically single-vehicle accidents in which the car leaves the road and crashes. A runoff vehicle may strike a stationary object (guardrail, bridge abutment, street sign, tree), overturn onto the shoulder of the road, or roll down an embankment. Single-vehicle accidents often occur late at night due drowsy driving or other impairment.
Protect Your Rights After a Car Accident
If you have been in an accident, you should act to protect your rights to obtain compensation for your injuries and other losses. Phone 911 to report the crash and if you or anyone else involved in the accident has been injured, request emergency medical assistance.
It is important to remain calm and cooperate with police and other emergency responders after a car crash. If you are able, you should also:
- Exchange driver’s license, insurance, and contact information with the other driver(s). If police respond to your accident, they will request this information and distribute it to each driver.
- Photograph vehicles involved in the accident and their damage, as well as any debris, roadway damage, and other aspects of the accident scene that can help explain the crash. Photograph any of your injuries that are visible.
- Contact your insurance carrier within 24 hours to initiate a claim. Be sure you say nothing that admits or accepts fault in the accident. Do not downplay the extent of your injuries.
- See a doctor as soon as possible. Some serious injuries do not cause symptoms right away. It is best to have a medical exam, which also documents injuries in case you pursue an insurance claim.
- Save every record, report, and receipt connected to your accident, injuries, car repairs, and other losses. Ask police how to obtain a copy of their report and get one as soon as possible.
We Can Help With Your Car Accident Case
Whether it was a head-on accident in Brooklyn, a rollover in Manhattan, a rear-end crash in Staten Island, a side-impact accident in the Bronx, a single-vehicle accident in Queens, or any of the other type of car accident, our personal injury attorneys can provide the hands-on legal representation you need.
Types of car accident claims we handle include cases involving:
Experienced and Successful Car Accident Attorneys
Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek has demonstrated its ability to win high-stakes auto accident cases. Some of our successes include:
- $2.5 million for a passenger hurt in a 25 car pile-up on the Gowanus Expressway
- $2.5 millionrecovered on behalf of a NYC Department of Sanitation worker struck by a truck while on the job
- $1.65 million secured for a woman injured in an intersection accident
- $1.5 million obtained fora woman whose car accident was caused by a large pothole on Jamaica Avenue in Queens
- $1.5 millionfor a 56-year-old school bus matron hurt when her vehicle was hit by a New York City Department of Sanitation street sweeper
- $1.5 millionfor a Brooklyn resident who suffered serious back and knee injuries in a rear-end accident
- $1.5 million for a construction worker / teamster member who suffered neck injuries when hit by a drunk driver
Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek has obtained numerous car accident verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million. We are a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum – among the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.
To see a complete record of HKD’s auto accident success stories, visit our car accident verdicts and settlements page.
Contact NYC Auto Accident Lawyers With a Record of Success
Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek’s car accident attorneys have more than 75 years of combined experience handling injury cases for New Yorkers. Since 1999, we’ve recovered more than $200 million for our personal injury clients. Our goal is to provide aggressive representation and recover the maximum amount of compensation available in every case.
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