Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C.’s car accident lawyers in Queens are ready to help. Being hurt or losing a loved one in a crash is devastating. Suddenly, you’re in pain and dealing with being out of work or unable to go to school. We understand you’re concerned about the bills, getting your car replaced or repaired, the insurance process, and more.

Instead of handling everyone on your own, we recommend giving us a call at (212) 490-5700. We handle car accident claims every day. We can answer your questions and take some of the load off your shoulders.

Why You Need a Car Accident Lawyer

After a crash in Queens County, you might debate calling an attorney. Do you need to spend the money on legal representation? If you’ve been seriously hurt or lose a relative, then yes.

Only go without a personal injury lawyer if you walked away with bumps and bruises. Your insurance company can help you get your car repaired or replaced. The more severe your injuries, though, the more compensation you’ll need.

You should prepare to fight hard to receive the maximum financial recovery possible. And the best way to fight is by hiring an experienced Queens car accident attorney. We know the law, your rights, and how to deal with major insurance companies.

It Helps To Have a Lawyer Familiar With Queens

We routinely work with individuals who live and work in Queens. We also are experienced trial lawyers who’ve represented many crash victims in the Queens County Supreme Court.

We’re the Right Firm for You

Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. is a successful and well-respected personal injury law firm in Queens. We have a history of winning great results for our clients. We’ve won over $500 million through settlements and court awards. We can’t guarantee a specific outcome to your case, but we’ve won million and multimillion-dollar recoveries for our seriously injured clients.

Our Clients Speak Highly of Our Services

The best professional recognition we can receive is from our past clients. Many of them praise our dedication and focus.

Our Professional Awards

Several respected legal organizations have recognized our work, including:

Ready To Schedule Your Free Consultation?

If you’re ready to talk with us about the crash, give us a call at (212) 490-5700 or use the online form. Our law office is located at 19 West 44th St., Suite 1500, in Midtown Manhattan. Our building is between 5th and 6th Avenues and across from the Mansfield Hotel.

Car Accident Cases We Handle

Don’t hesitate to call us after:

Common Causes of Car Accidents in Queens

The most common contributing factors to collisions include:

Were You Hurt in a Crash?

Our Queens car accident attorneys handle cases involving:

How Much Is Your Car Accident Claim Worth?

It’s impossible to find out how much your case is worth online. Personal injury claim calculators can give you a sense of your case. But nothing can replace a highly experienced lawyer’s insight. To learn more about your claim’s potential value and the factors involved, set up a free consultation.

Car Accident Damages

Through an insurance claim or lawsuit, you may win compensation for your:

Comparative Negligence Can Reduce Your Compensation

You could win compensation even if you contributed to the crash. Under New York’s comparative negligence rule, your payment is reduced by your percentage of fault. What is your percentage of fault? The insurer or jury determines that. When dealing with an insurer, we can fight for your share of the blame to be as little as possible.

New York Is a No-Fault State

The State of New York follows a no-fault insurance system. What does that mean? It doesn’t matter who caused a crash. Each driver and passenger will use their Personal Injury Protection insurance to recover compensation. No one can automatically sue a negligent driver after a wreck. New York law only gives you the right to sue if you suffered severe injuries and need more compensation than insurance providers.

New York Auto Insurance Requirements

Registered vehicles in New York must have:

  • No-Fault/Personal Injury Protection: This policy pays for up to $50,000 for lost wages and/or medical expenses and death benefits.
  • Liability: This policy pays for bodily injuries and property damage you cause other people. The minimum policy limits are $25,000 for bodily injuries of one person, $50,000 for one person’s death, $50,000 for bodily injuries of two or more people, and $100,000 for fatalities of two or more people. The minimum property damage liability policy is $10,000.
  • Uninsured Motorist: This policy pays for bodily injuries in crashes in which the at-fault driver lacks liability insurance. It doesn’t cover property damage. The minimum policy limits are the same as liability insurance limits.



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What To Expect During the Car Accident Claim Process

We Explain Your Rights and Options

During your free initial consultation, we’ll listen to your story and ask a few questions. We want to get a sense of what happened. Maybe we’ll have an idea of what happened and who’s to blame. We’ll tell you if we believe you have a valid personal injury claim.

We Investigate the Crash

The next step is to investigate the accident thoroughly. We want to gather proof about what happened. That’s because it’s our job to prove who was negligent and liable for your injuries. Our investigation involves collecting the police report, photos, videos, your statement, witness statements, and sometimes, expert opinions.

We Calculate the Value of Your Case

We also gather evidence about your financial, physical, and emotional injuries. Proving the severity of your injuries helps you recover maximum compensation. We’ll add up your economic damages, including your bills and lost wages. Then we’ll evaluate a fair value for your physical pain and emotional distress.

We Talk With the Insurance Company

A benefit of hiring a lawyer is that you can avoid talking with the insurance companies yourself. Let us be their point of contact. When it comes time to give a statement or answer questions, we’ll prepare you.

We Send a Demand Letter

Once we have a good understanding of who’s liable and your damages, we’ll send a demand letter. This letter informs the other party or parties that you have a legal claim. It says you’ll pursue that legal claim unless they agree to compensate you. We give the liable party a specific financial demand. Many times, they disagree, but that leads us into negotiations.

We Negotiate With the Insurance Company

Insurance companies hope to minimize their costs. They want to pay claimants as little as possible. It’s our job to protect you from lowball offers. We’ll review any settlement offer you receive and tell you whether it’s acceptable or low. We aren’t afraid to demand more.

We Resolve Your Claim

After most collisions in Queens, we secure fair settlements without going to court. But resolving your case might require filing a lawsuit and even a trial. We’ll talk with you about these possibilities.

Will You Need To Sue?

Filing a car accident lawsuit doesn’t mean you’ll go to trial. We typically resolve claims through pretrial settlements. But we’ll explain when filing a lawsuit and going to trial are good ideas.

The Statute of Limitations

There’s always a time limit for how long you have to file a lawsuit. New York law gives you three years from the date of the crash to file. But don’t wait that long to get started. You need to begin the insurance claim process right away. The amount of time you have to file is shorter with municipalities.

Queens County Car Accidents FAQs

What Should I Do After a Crash?? First, call 911. You want the police to come to the crash scene and write a report. Then, it’s vital that you seek medical treatment. You can go to New York-Presbyterian – Queens, Queens Hospital Center, Mount Sinai Queens, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, NYC Health + Hospitals, and Flushing Hospital Medical Center. You also can go to a clinic or your regular doctor if you don’t think your injuries are serious.

How Do I File an Accident Report? The New York Police Department should respond to the crash and begin writing the report. Our firm will retrieve a copy of the report.

How Do I Get a Copy of the Police Report? You can request a copy of a collision report online, in person, or through the mail. Precincts hold collision reports for 30 days then forward them to the New York State Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. After 30 days, you’ll have to request a copy of the report from the DMV.

When Should I Call a Queens Personal Injury Lawyer? You should contact a lawyer in Queens as soon as possible after suffering severe injuries in a crash. However, it’s not too late, even if you’ve started the insurance claim process. Maybe the insurer sent you a settlement offer? Give us a call so we can review it.

Schedule a Free Consult with a Queens Car Accident Lawyer

Were you hurt in a crash in Queens? You want a lawyer experienced in handling cases like yours. Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. is ready to help. We’ll investigate, collect evidence, and create a comprehensive strategy for winning compensation. Presenting a thorough and well-thought-out case increases your chance of maximizing compensation.

To get started with a free consultation, call (212) 490-5700 or use our online form. In addition to free case evaluations, we work on a contingency fee basis. There are no upfront fees; you only pay us if we win.


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