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  • The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC
    32 Old Slip at Financial Square, New York, NY
    Avvo Rating: 10  
    Michael S. Lamonsoff Esq. is the founder and owner of the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC,
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    11 Broadway, Suite 615, New York, NY
    Avvo Rating: 10  
    Maureen Reilly is the owner and founder of Reilly Law which opened in Boston, Massachusetts in 1996.  Maureen is a skilled negotiator, trained mediator and experienced trial attorney. She has litigated hundreds of complex tort, contract and employ...
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    Practice area
    50% Car accident, 40% Personal injury, 10% Mediation

    Free Consultation
    Some lawyers offer a free consultation to help determine whether their services are right for your legal needs
    30 minutes

    NY, Active since 1995

  • Levine and Wiss, PLLC
    (By Appointment Only), 305 Broadway, First Floor, New York, NY
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  • The Bonfante Law Firm, P.C.
    232 Madison Avenue, Suite 1200, New York, NY
    Avvo Rating: 10  
    If you've been injured in an accident, call Charles Bonfante III right now to fight for your rights!
  • Mark E Seitelman Law Offices, P.C.
    111 Broadway Fl 9, Trinity Building, New York, NY
    Avvo Rating: 10  
    Review: “All of my questions were answered. All my calls were taken or returned the same day. Everthing was explained to me. I was very concerned and worried about the whole lawsuit process. Everything was explained to me. ...
  • 39 Broadway, Suite 520, New York, NY
    Avvo Rating: 10  
    I am a resident of Hoboken, New Jersey, and an associate at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C.  I concentrate  my practice in the area of trial litigation. I am originally from Marlboro, New Jersey and graduated Cum Laude from New York University, ...
  • Jaroslawicz & Jaros, LLC
    225 Broadway,, 24th Floor, New York, NY
    Avvo Rating: 9.8  
    Abraham Jaros, co-partner and founder of Jaroslawicz & Jaros, is a seasoned and successful trial lawyer who began his career over 40 years ago, has tried hundreds of cases and won numerous multi-million dollar verdicts on behalf of his clients. As...
  • Rappaport, Glass, Levine & Zullo LLP
    800 3rd Avenue, Suite 2800, New York, NY
    Avvo Rating: 10  
    RGLZ Personal Injury Law is a firm that has handled many car accident cases with positive outcomes. With offices in Manhattan and on Long Island, our consultations are free, and cases are conducted on a contingency basis, meaning we don’t charge u...
  • Law Office of Michael H. Joseph PLLC
    535 5th Avenue, 2520, New York, NY
    Avvo Rating: 9.8  
    A good lawyer makes all the difference. Offices in New York and Westchester.
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    Practice area
    19% Car accident, 40% Personal injury, 10% Criminal defense, and more.

    NY, Active since 2000

  • Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick LLP
    25 W 43rd St, Suite 711, New York, NY
    Avvo Rating: 10  
    Howard G. Frederick is a seasoned NYC personal injury attorney and partner at Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P. Attorney Frederick has personally achieved numerous million- and multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements ...
  • Law Offices of Carissa Kranz
    555 Madison Ave, 5th Floor, New York, NY
    Avvo Rating: 10  
    Carissa is licensed to practice law in Florida, New York, and Washington D.C. and regularly appears on National television as the legal expert. You may have seen her on the Nancy Grace show, Dr. Drew, CNN/HLN, CBS, CBSN, Fox News Shepard Smith Rep...
  • Greenberg & Stein P.C.
    360 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1501, New York, NY
    Avvo Rating: 10  
    Our partners teach other lawyers how to litigate car accident cases. Call us to find out why.
  • (By Appointment Only)
    111 Broadway,, 11th Floor, New York, NY
    Avvo Rating: 8.5  
    The Law Offices of Jeffrey Fox looks forward to assisting clients who have been injured in any type of accident. Mr. Fox is a well respected attorney who has handled cases throughout New York. In addition to civil litigation, Mr. Fox is an experie...
  • Law Offices of David E. Waterbury
    50 Broadway Ste 1000, New York, NY
    Avvo Rating: 9.6  
    David E. Waterbury is a 1980 graduate of Brooklyn Law School. He was admitted to practice in New York in 1981. Since that time he has devoted his professional life to representing the rights of injured people. David’s first five years in practice ...

If you need a New York car accident lawyer to represent you in and out of court, there are plenty of expert attorneys to choose from. New York is historically known for the poor traffic and accidents throughout the city, so no matter if you are the victim or the cause of the accident, you will want someone experienced to handle your case.

If you are involved in an automobile crash around the city you will want an attorney who specializes in motor vehicle accident law because they will also know the intricacies of dealing with insurance agencies, coordinating personal injury settlements, and can use their expertise to get you financial compensation.

Choose a traffic accidents lawyer near you that you can meet with in person and who makes you feel comfortable about your situation. According to the New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules section 214 the statute of limitations in New York for filing a lawsuit for traffic accidents is only three years if someone was injured or is only seeking property damages to be paid back. This means that if there is going to be a case brought forward, it must happen before three years from the date of the accident. However, if someone dies as a result of the car accident, the family has two years from the date of the death to file the wrongful death lawsuit, which may not be the same date as the accident occurred.

While a case does not have to be filed right away, it is best if an attorney is at least consulted as to whether a case should be filed or if the evidence necessary for a future case has been collected. It may take as long as two years to build an effective case or discover medical issues as a result of a car accident, so maintaining correct records from the very beginning is important.

Value of a New York City Accident Lawyer

There are several things your attorney will do to help you to win a case, but you must also help yourself. Not reporting a traffic incident to the police can ensure that a lawsuit is nearly impossible to win. According to the New York State DMV, only 72% of accidents across New York City in 2014 were reported to the police. The outcome of your legal situation heavily depends on what both parties are saying in the accident report taken by the New York police, so be sure to communicate what was said to your attorney.

Your local car wreck attorney will also speak with any witnesses, talk to local crash experts about the legitimacy of your case, take credible photo evidence of anything which is crucial to the case, and speak to the auto insurance company on your behalf. They may also need to collect documents and opinions from medical experts in and out of the area, evaluate medical records, and verify injury reports if someone has been injured and there is more to the story to understand. In New York there are many qualified car accident lawyers who would be happy to ensure that fair and equal treatment is given to your case.

Common Types of Car Accidents in NYC

There are many types of car accidents that can result in the need for a lawyer and each case will be unique. A local car accident attorney discovers who is responsible, whether insurance policies will pay for your losses, and what you can expect to recover in damages if the accident was someone else's fault. Any of these accidents can be caused by not paying attention, texting on a cell phone while driving, or simply poor weather conditions.

Some attorneys may specialize in uninsured motorists, recovering property damages, defective car products or hit and run situations so asking about these types of specializations and being honest about the details of the accident during your consultation is important.

In New York the largest number of accidents are caused simply by weather affecting the driving conditions and the constant congestion of the roads. New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the largest in the New York area, takes in many new patients every day as a result of car accident related injuries across the city with an uptick in intakes in the winter months when visibility is decreased and there is ice or snow on the roads.

Low Speed Impact Accidents: These types of accidents occur when one or more parties are going under 10mph and are the most common type of accidents in the city. These accidents usually have little medical repercussions but can result in a lot of property damage for both parties.

Front Impact: A front impact accident occurs when the front of a vehicle comes into contact with a stationary object such as a wall, light pole, animal or other object. This type of accident is less popular in New York City, but can still occur.

Rear End: This happens when a driver is impacted on the rear end of the vehicle. Typically these types of accidents are caused by drivers who are simply not paying attention and perhaps distracted by the radio or using their cell phone while driving.

Side Collision: Accidents involving side collisions can be some of the most dangerous auto accidents as they often result in medical issues due to the proximity of the driver to the collision. These accidents occur when the side of a vehicle is impacted by another vehicle.

Motorcycle or Truck Related: When a vehicle other than a car is involved in an accident, a special attorney may be brought in as a specialization. Attorneys who specialize in truck or motorcycle related accidents often have experience with specialists who can better determine fault outside of the usual car accident scenario. If you are interested in learning more about motorcycle accident statistics, visit our guide on motorcycle accidents.

Livery Accident: Within New York there are many ways to get around including Taxi cabs and Uber cars. These drivers are not immune to being involved in car accidents and can increase the number of complications that are involved in a case. When dealing with larger companies such as ride sharing or taxi services, it is important to act quickly and collect as much information as possible previous to filing a lawsuit. These accidents routinely happen near Times Square as there are a large number of cabs which pass through this extremely tourist heavy area.

This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but merely a way to help you find the right lawyer to handle your case. Asking a potential attorney you may hire if they have experience with handling your type of case can help you to pick out the most qualified lawyer.

Types of Recoverable Damages from Car Accidents

There are two types of economic damages that can be recurred if your car accident case is taken: economic and non-economic.

Economic damages refer to damages that have a concrete value associated with them and would take a monetary cost to replace. These damages can include:

  • Medical Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages or loss of future earnings *Loss of home services

Non-economic damages refer to the types of damage that are intangible and do not have a concrete cost associated with them. These types of damages can include:

  • Pain and Suffering
  • Mental or emotional distress
  • Loss of a companion

If you are unsure about the type of damage you have incurred, ask your lawyer about the options. Choose a New York car accident lawyer who can fight for you and get you the help you deserve, no matter what type of accident it is.