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Filing a Lawsuit in New York for Car Crash Injuries

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car wreck, you cannot afford to settle for anything less than an experienced attorney with a track record of achieving top verdicts and settlements in New York car crash cases.

Year after year, the lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy attain top results for car accident victims in New York, including a $32.7 million record-breaking verdict for a pedestrian struck by a car. If you've been hurt in a life-changing auto accident, our lawyers understand the pain and devastation that follow the incident. We are not satisfied until our clients get the full compensation they deserve. This includes the financial resources to cover:

  • Medical Treatment
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Lost Wages
  • Property Damage

New York Law Journal Top Settlements 2016: Motor Vehicle

In 2016, our injury lawyers achieved  6 of the 10 highest settlements in all of New York State for motor vehicle accident victims, as published by New York Law Journal.

Call 212-736-5300 or fill out our contact form for a FREE legal consultation. Our lawyers provide legal advice to injured car crash victims, including pedestrians, drivers, car passengers, cyclists, and many others. We represent Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, and all New York State.

Car Accident - Statute of Limitations in New York State

Under New York State law, you can apply for No-Fault benefits of up to $50,000 in damages through your auto policy. If you were not hurt in the crash and the financial recovery is for property damage only, you may not need legal representation in this case. However, there is a very limited and short time period to recover No-Fault insurance coverage (typically within 30 days). If you are seeking No-Fault benefits for property damage only, it's crucial you begin the process as soon as possible.

If you were injured in the car crash because of wrongful conduct by another party, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party to help you recover additional compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

According to New York State Law N.Y. C.P.L.R. § 214(4), the time limit to file a personal injury lawsuit after a car crash is 3 years after the accident. However, this law is subject to exceptions. If you were hurt in a car accident, it's best to speak with an injury attorney with a strong knowledge of car accident and injury laws immediately or soon after the crash. This will help the attorney collect evidence and other insights to better help you with the case.

If you have further questions about a potential case, please feel free to call us at 212-736-5300.

Liability in Car Crashes

In order to prove liability in a car crash injury lawsuit, the lawyer who takes your case must prove that the other party was negligent and that their mistake(s) resulted in your injuries. For instance, if you had the right of way and another driver failed to yield, they are likely responsible for the crash. In another instance, if icy roads caused two vehicles to spin out of control and crash into each other, there may be a case against the state or city municipality in charge of maintaining the roads.

Common causes of accidents where the other party may be at fault include:

  • Drunk Driving
  • Distracted Driving (e.g. texting or other cell phone use)
  • Failure to Yield
  • Road Hazards and Road Defects (e.g. debris, icy roads, signage not visible to drivers, etc.)
  • Manufacturer Automobile Defects

Police reports help provide evidence of the circumstances of the accident. Our legal team also works with traffic experts, witness accounts, and more to recreate the accident scene.

Severe Injuries from Car Collisions

Each year in New York State, over 9,000 people are seriously hurt as a result of an auto collision. Under Section 5102(d) of the New York Insurance Law, serious injuries are personal injuries which result in death, loss of body organs, members, functions, or systems, loss of fetus, significant disfigurement, fractures, and other injuries that prevent a person from performing substantially his or her everyday activities for 90 days or more during the 180 days immediately following the injury.

Common severe injuries from car crashes include but are not limited to the following:

  • Death
  • Amputation
  • Paralysis and other Spinal Injuries
  • Coma
  • Brain Damage such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Blindness
  • Burns
  • Heart Attacks
  • Significant Scarring
  • Multiple Fractures

Sometimes, car accident victims may experience delayed symptoms. For example, concussions may not be apparent immediately after a crash. When the car stops immediately, the impact of sudden motion to the brain can be quite dangerous. Emotional trauma such as PTSD can also be a delayed symptom of a car collision.

If you have been injured in a car accident and want to learn more about your legal rights, our experienced lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy offer free consultations to discuss the potential case. Call us at 212-736-5300 today.

Car Accident Attorneys with Top Verdicts & Settlements

The Law Firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy has a long tradition of obtaining significant verdicts and settlements for injured car accident victims.

Notable results* include:

  • $32,756,156 for Vietnam veteran who was struck by driver impaired on drugs
  • $22,500,000 for driver struck by a vehicle coming from opposite direction
  • $20,181,484 for IT executive injured in auto collision after encountering icy conditions on the road
  • $13,500,000 settlement for a woman who was hit by a car while she was walking home
  • $12,000,000 in a Brooklyn case for child who was standing on the sidewalk when he was struck by a car
  • $9,950,000 for social worker who was hit by a vehicle in her office's parking lot in Buffalo, New York
  • $9,263,326 for passenger in a taxi that was rear-ended by another taxi in Brooklyn
  • $7,525,000 in Suffolk County case for survivors after a tragic car crash killed two members of their family
  • $5,160,000 for driver injured when another vehicle ran a stop sign and crashed his car in Queens
  • $5,000,000 for woman hurt after multi-car collision in Levittown, New York
  • $4,600,000 for 53-year-old man involved in a violent crash resulting in the windshield of his car exploding
  • $4,250,000 for a 42-year-old man injured after a rear-end collision in Westchester County
  • $4,000,000 for Brooklyn resident who suffered permanent disability from his job as a result of the car crash
  • $4,100,000 for a 54-year-old passenger who suffered herniated disks after a rear-end accident on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge
  • $3,500,000 for NYCTA bus operator who was seriously injured after the bus was rear-ended by an NYC Sanitation truck
  • $3,500,000 for bricklayer who was unable to return to work after his car was side-swiped by another vehicle in Queens, New York
  • $3,500,000 for Day Care Director whose car was struck on the driver's side by another vehicle in the Bronx
  • $3,369,066 for a front-seat passenger in a Brooklyn car collision
  • $3,000,000 settlement in Brooklyn case for 39-year-old worker whose vehicle was struck by an NYC Sanitation Department snow plow
  • $3,000,000 for a man who required a total hip replacement after an auto crash involving an MTA bus
  • $3,000,000 for survivors in a wrongful death case of an entrepreneur who died in a car crash in the town of Brookhaven, New York
  • $2,840,000 for NYPD employee who suffered herniated discs after sudden car collision
  • $2,760,000 for front seat passenger struck by a United Parcel Service truck in Brooklyn
  • $2,750,000 for car accident victim who was unable to go back to work after a rear-end crash on Bruckner Expressway
  • $2,750,000 in Queens case for accident victim who suffered herniated discs
  • $2,650,000 for a van driver who was struck by another vehicle
  • $2,625,000 for the estate of a married couple from upstate New York who were violently and fatally struck by a tractor-trailer
  • $2,558,000 for family of a victim who died as a result of being struck by a drunk driver
  • $2,500,000 for man whose vehicle was struck by Defendant vehicle exiting a parking spot
  • $2,500,000 for client with delayed back injury symptoms after car collision in Bronx, New York
  • $2,500,000 verdict in Nassau County case for a passenger who sustained burns and multiple fractures after the vehicle lost control
  • $2,500,000 for woman whose car was struck on the passenger side by a concrete mixing truck
  • $2,400,000 for 39-year-old man who sustained serious neck injuries after a Long Island Expressway crash
  • $2,250,000 for victim who sustained brain hemorrhage and other serious injuries as a result of a head-on collision in New Castle, New York
  • $2,150,000 for 33-year-old driver who had the green light when her car collided with another vehicle making a left-turn

Visit our Motor Vehicle Verdicts & Settlements page to learn more about our results in car crash cases. Serving Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Westchester County, and all of New York State.

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