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NYC Car Accident Lawyers

The accident lawyers at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. have recovered millions of dollars for people who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents. We understand you are likely concerned about medical bills, car repair or replacement cost, time off work, insurance claims, and more. You do not have to handle everything yourself. We will help answer your questions, ease your stress, and fight for the money you deserve.

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We Have a Track Record of Success

Our legal team has a history of obtaining great results for our car accident clients. We have won over $500 million for our clients through settlements and court verdicts.

We Have Recovered Millions for Car Accident Victims

Some of our recent case results include:

  • $6,832,284 following an automobile accident with an MTA bus that caused the injured motorist to require lumbar spine fusion surgery, right shoulder and left knee arthroscopy, and mid-foot surgery due to post-traumatic arthritis.
  • $4,720,827 following a car wreck with an MTA that caused cervical and lumbar spine and index finger injuries, which later required surgery.
  • $3,750,000 following a motor vehicle accident that caused shoulder and cervical spine injuries that requires surgery.

Our Clients Speak of Our Dedication

I retained Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek for a serious personal injury case. They were very professional and managed to obtain a settlement for me that far exceeded my expectations. I would strongly recommend this firm for anyone’s legal needs.

-PETER M.

After meeting a half dozen lawyers at different firms, I decided to go to Hecht, Kleeger and Damashek. As soon as I met Jon Damashek, I knew I had to look no further. Mr. Damashek made me feel at ease with my situation after my accident, and the results he produced made me extremely happy. Go to Hecht, Kleeger and Damashek…a very thorough and wonderful firm.

-MICHAEL R.

I cannot recommend Jon Damashek highly enough. I attribute the favorable outcome of my case to his consummate and tireless dedication and tenacity. Just as important, he was truly there with me every step of the way. He was very accessible, even answering my emails/texts on weeknights and weekends! He truly did a great job for me, and I am very appreciative. If you have the misfortune of being a victim in a personal injury case, you cannot do better than have Jon there by your side.

-MIKE

We Have Received Recognition and Awards

Our work has been recognized by:

Get Legal Advice from a Car Accident Lawyer Near You

Our law office is located at 19 West 44th Street, Suite 1500, in Midtown Manhattan. Our building is between 5th and 6th Avenues. Also located within our building is Kellari Taverna and Strip House restaurants. We are across the street from The Mansfield Hotel.

Some of our awards include:

Our Awards

 

Super
Lawyers

 

Super lawyers identifies outstanding attorneys in various practice areas based on independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

 

New York County Bar Association

 

One of the largest, most influential bar associations in the country with NYCLA members pioneering some of the most far-reaching legal reforms in America.

 

New York City Bar Association

 

The best lawyers in NYC, the City Bar’s mission is to equip and mobilize legal professionals to practice with excellence, promote reform, and uphold the rule of law.

 

New York State Bar Association

 

The largest voluntary state bar organization in America with the goals of facilitating access to justice and elevating professional standards.

 

Center for Justice Democracy

 

The CJ&D is a non-profit, non-partisan consumer rights organization dedicated to educating the public about the U.S. civil justice system and fighting tort reform.

 

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

 

Reserved for the top trial lawyers, membership is limited to those with multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Fewer than 1% of lawyers are members.

 

American Association for Justice

 

The AAJ is a nonprofit advocacy and lobbying organization for plaintiff's lawyers in the U.S. with the mission to "promote a fair and effective justice system."

A Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You Win Compensation

Working with an experienced car accident lawyer will help you win the best results possible in your claim. An attorney is more likely to get the claim decided in your favor and get you more money than you would without an attorney.

We fight for you to receive the maximum compensation possible for your physical, psychological, and financial injuries, including:

  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages
  • Property Damage
  • Disfigurement
  • Physical Limitations
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Mental Anguish
  • Emotional Distress
  • Loss of Consortium

New York Wrongful Death & Survival Action Law

Fatal car accidents can be devastating. Under New York’s wrongful death and survival action laws, you can demand compensation for the loss of your loved one’s income, loss of your loved one’s support, medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, pain and suffering.

What Is the Value of My Car Accident Case?

Car accident claims are usually worth the monetary value of your losses (damages) as a result of another person’s careless actions. This includes your medical expenses, lost past income and future earnings, and more. Crash claims also place a value on non-economic damages, like your pain and suffering. These non-economic damages are harder to calculate, which is why you should work with an experienced NYC car accident attorney to find out What Your Personal Injury Claim is Worth.

Do’s & Don’ts After an Auto Accident

Contact Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. as soon as possible after a car crash to talk about the best next steps.

Do Consult a Lawyer

Your attorney will listen to your story. They will ask questions to piece together what happened. Once your lawyer has an overview of your situation, they can give you a good idea of whether you have a strong claim for compensation. If you do, your lawyer will discuss the possible value of your damages.

Do Get Medical Treatment & Follow Your Doctor’s Treatment Plan

It is essential that you see a doctor as soon as possible after a car crash. Tell the doctor about all your pain and symptoms. Once your injuries have been diagnosed and treated, follow your doctor’s treatment plan carefully. This includes:

Keep Copies of All Medical Records and Bills

Keep any medical bill you receive from a doctor, hospital, pharmacy, or other medical provider. We will need this to calculate the full value of your claim and establish your injuries.

Tell Your Doctor About Any New Symptoms

Your treatment plan and recovery might not go as expected. If your pain gets worse or you experience other new symptoms, go back to your doctor right away. Your injuries might have been worse than what was apparent right after the accident.

Don’t Give a Statement to Insurance

Before you called a lawyer, you might have been contacted by an insurance company. You also should have notified your own insurer of the crash. You should not give any insurer a statement regarding what happened without first talking to a lawyer.

Don’t Move Your Vehicle After a Car Accident

You should leave your vehicle where it is until the police make a report and you are able to take pictures of the scene. Even if you’re involved in a fender bender, take pictures before you move your vehicle.

What Should I Expect During my Car Accident Case?

We Investigate Car Accidents

We thoroughly investigate car accident claims. As the person making a claim for compensation, you must prove what happened. You have to establish that another driver was negligent and caused your injuries. To get the evidence you need, we gather the police report, photos, videos, your statement, eyewitness testimony, and expert opinions. Your personal injury attorney can help you understand more about Negligence and Liability in New York Personal Injury Cases.

Your Lawyer Will Talk with Insurance Companies

Our legal team will handle talking with the insurance company. Once you are represented by a lawyer, the insurer should contact us, not you. If you receive letters, we will review them and decide how to respond. If you receive a phone call, you can direct the insurance company employee to us. We have years of experience dealing with insurance companies. We know how to navigate the red tape.

Send a Demand Letter

Once we know who caused the crash and the extent of your injuries, we will send a demand letter to the liable party or their insurance company. The letter will demand that this party takes responsibility for their actions and the harm they caused you. We will calculate the value of your claim and make a specific financial demand in the letter.

Negotiate With the Insurance Company

As your case progresses, the insurance company may make you a settlement offer. Their first offer is never the best. Your attorney will negotiate with them, show them your losses, and demand a fair settlement.

File a Lawsuit

Even if you expect to settle your case, it’s common to file a personal injury lawsuit. This allows your attorney to use the Discovery process to obtain evidence and documents from the insurance company and person responsible for your crash.

Obtain Compensation

The goal is to obtain the financial compensation you deserve. Most cases will do that through a car accident settlement, but if we have to go to trial, we will handle the jury, motions, and all other aspects.

New York Auto Insurance Requirements

All registered vehicles in New York must be covered by:

  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP): This no-fault insurance covers your reasonable and necessary medical expenses, up to 80% of your lost wages, certain reasonable and necessary expenses, and death benefits. New York requires you to carry a policy of at least $50,000 per person.
  • Liability Insurance: This covers bodily injuries and property damage you cause other people. New York requires you to carry a policy of at least $25,000 for bodily injuries or $50,000 for any death of one person, and $50,000 for bodily injury or $100,000 for fatalities per accident.
  • Uninsured Motorist: This covers bodily injuries in crashes in which the at-fault driver does not have liability insurance. The minimum policy limits are the same as for liability insurance, 25/50.

New York Is a No-Fault State

New York is considered a no-fault insurance state, which is why you must carry PIP insurance. After a crash, you must use your own insurance to primarily cover your medical bills and lost wages. But if you suffer a serious injury in a New York crash, you can file a third-party insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver. You can demand compensation for your additional medical bills, expenses, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

Car Accident Settlements

Many personal injury cases settle before trial and motor vehicle cases are no different. When we negotiate settlements, we consider your past and future expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. We take everything into account before we recommend you say yes to a settlement. When you receive a settlement, it will be in a lump sum or payment plan, which you will use to pay your legal fees and medical bills.

Car Accident Lawsuits

The insurance company and negligent driver might refuse to settle the case after receiving the demand letter. To pursue compensation and show them we are serious, we will file a personal injury lawsuit. Going to court allows us to use the discovery process and gather more information. Learn more about the complex Personal Injury Lawsuit Process.

Some of the courthouses that we frequently work in include:

Car Accident Statute of Limitations

There is a time limit for how long you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. In New York, you have three years from the date of the car crash to file a lawsuit in most cases. This deadline applies only to lawsuits, not insurance claims. If an accident involves a municipality, the statute of limitations may be shorter.

Defenses in Car Crash Claims

When you file a car accident insurance claim or lawsuit, the defendant will likely fight back. If the defendant is insured, then their insurance company will provide defense lawyers. These lawyers will argue that the defendant was not negligent. They might argue that you or someone else was to blame.

Comparative Negligence

The defendant does not have to be 100% at fault for you to win compensation. New York follows a pure comparative negligence rule. The amounts of fault are decided by the insurer, or if you go to trial, the jury. However, your compensation is reduced by your percentage of fault.

Car Accidents in New York City

Thousands of car accidents occur in New York City and Manhattan every month. Many of those involve other motorists, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians.

Car accidents in NYC are on the rise. In addition to normal traffic, taxis and rideshare companies have brought more cars and drivers into the city than ever before. You can view up to date information about crashes at the NYC Open Data website.

Some of the most dangerous roads in New York City include:

  • Upper Broadway in Manhattan
  • Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan
  • Hempstead Turnpike in Long Island
  • Sunrise Highway in Long Island
  • Jericho Turnpike/Middle County Road in Long Island
  • Broadway in Bronx
  • Grand Concourse in Bronx
  • Neptune Avenue in Brooklyn
  • Woodhaven Boulevard in Queens
  • Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island

Common Types of Car Accidents

The most common types of car accidents in New York City include:

  • Single-Vehicle Accidents
  • Multi-Vehicle Collisions
  • Rear-End Collisions
  • Head-On Crashes
  • Rollover Accidents
  • Side-Impact “T-Bone” Collisions
  • Sideswipe Accidents
  • Runoff Accidents
  • Wrong-Way Accidents

Common Causes of Car Accidents

The top contributing factors of car accidents in New York City are:

  1. Driver inattention and distraction
  2. Following too closely
  3. Failure to yield to the right of way
  4. Improper passing or lane usage
  5. Backing up unsafely
  6. Passing to closely
  7. Unsafe lane changes
  8. Improper turning
  9. Disregarded traffic control
  10. Another uninvolved vehicle

Other contributing factors included road rage, alcohol, drugs, driver inexperience, failure to keep right, drowsiness, falling asleep, illness, medication, using a cell phone, using a navigation device, passenger distraction, eating and drinking, and confusion with a bicycle, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD).

Common Car Accident Injuries

We handle car accident cases involving all types of injuries, including:

Resources for Car Accident Victims

If you are involved in a car accident, you should immediately contact a New York personal injury lawyer. However, you may also need help with the following:

Other Accident Cases We Handle

Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. is here to help if you were hurt in a:

New York City Car Accident FAQ

What Do I Do If the Other Driver Doesn’t Have Car Insurance?

If you are involved in a crash and the other driver doesn’t have car insurance, you still have options. You may be able to recover a significant amount of money from your own insurance company through an uninsured motorist policy. You can also sue the other driver and force them to pay for your medical bills and other losses.

What If I’m the Victim of a Hit and Run?

If you are in a hit and run accident, you are likely hurt and very confused. Even if you have no idea who hit your car, you may still have options for compensation. You should first call the police, and then get contact information from any witnesses. Document the scene by taking pictures and make note of any security or traffic cameras. Your attorney can help you with an uninsured motorist claim through your own insurance, and we will do our best to find the person responsible.

What Should I Do About My Medical Bills After an Accident?

You will likely have medical bills for emergency and ongoing care after an accident. You shouldn’t have to worry about these bills while your claim is ongoing. We will contact your providers and get them to wait for payment the no-fault claim is open with the no-fault insurance carrier. If your health insurance has paid for any of your treatment, they may want you to repay them once you get a settlement. However, we can also talk to them about relinquishing that demand.

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Our legal team has the experience and record of success you can trust. If you’re suffering and think you need a lawyer, we can help and know what it takes to win.

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Schedule a Free Consultation with a New York Car Accident Lawyer Today

When you get hurt in a car crash, you should have help winning compensation. Working with an experienced lawyer in New York will help you prove your case. The insurer or jury is more likely to decide in your favor when your case is well investigated and presented. A lawyer also will maximize the final compensation for your damages.

To talk with a seasoned New York car accident lawyer about your options, call (212) 490-5700. You also can submit your information through our online form to request a free initial consultation.

We offer free case evaluations, and there are no up-front fees. You only pay us if we recover compensation.

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