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Filing a Lawsuit in New York for Car Crash Injuries

The Law Firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy has one of the best records in New York car crash cases. Year after year, our attorneys attain some of the top results for car accident victims in New York State, including a $32.7 million record-breaking jury verdict for a pedestrian hit by a car and a $22.5 million settlement for a driver injured in a head-on collision.

If you've been hurt in an 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
Since 2012, the Law Firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy attained more results exceeding $1,000,000 than any other law firm in New York. In 2016 alone, our lawyers achieved 6 of the 10 highest auto injury settlements in all of New York State, 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, passengers, cyclists, and many others. We represent 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 traffic 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 an auto 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:

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, more than 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.

Top Verdicts & Settlements in Auto Accident Cases

The Law Firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy has a long tradition of obtaining significant verdicts and settlements for injured car accident victims. We recovered over 100 auto accident case results exceeding $1,000,000 each.

Select verdicts and settlements* include:

  • $32,756,156 jury verdict in a Long Island case for a pedestrian who suffered life-threatening head trauma after he was hit by a driver impaired on drugs
  • $22,500,000 settlement for a driver hit by a vehicle coming from opposite direction in upstate New York
  • $20,181,484 verdict for an IT executive injured in a collision caused by icy roads in Westchester County, New York
  • $13,500,000 settlement for a woman who was hit by a car while she was walking home at night. This was the highest reported settlement of a personal injury case in Suffolk County, New York.
  • $12,000,000 settlement in a Brooklyn car accident case for child who was standing on the sidewalk when he was hit by a car
  • $9,950,000 settlement for social worker who required a leg amputation after she was hit by a van that careened into her office's parking lot in Buffalo, New York
  • $9,263,326 jury verdict for a passenger in a New York City taxi cab who suffered spinal nerve damage after the taxi was involved in a multi-vehicle rear-end collision
  • $7,525,000 settlement in a Suffolk County wrongful death case for survivors after a tragic car crash killed two members of their family
  • $5,160,000 verdict for driver who suffered herniated discs after another car ran a stop sign and crashed into his car in Queens, New York
  • $5,000,000 settlement for woman who suffered aggravation of a pre-existing condition after a multi-car collision in Levittown, New York
  • $4,600,000 settlement for 53-year-old man with spinal injury after he was involved in a serious car crash in Babylon, Long Island
  • $4,250,000 settlement for a 42-year-old man who sustained leg and back pain after a rear-end collision in Bedford, New York in Westchester County
  • $4,100,000 jury verdict for a 54-year-old passenger who suffered herniated discs after a rear-end accident on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge
  • $4,000,000 settlement for a driver who suffered permanent disability from his job as a result of a car crash in Woodhaven, Queens
  • $4,000,000 settlement for a client who sustained permanent injuries after he was hit by a vehicle in Forest Hills, Queens
  • $3,800,000 recovery in a Suffolk County case for a truck driver who sustained multiple injuries after an accident involving a defective vehicle
  • $3,500,000 settlement for NYCTA bus operator who sustain neck, back, and shoulder injuries after the bus was rear-ended by an sanitation truck owned by the City of New York in Brooklyn
  • $3,500,000 settlement in a Queens case for a client who was unable to return to work after his car was sideswiped by another vehicle, causing him to swerve and crash into a parked vehicle
  • $3,500,000 settlement for a driver whose car was struck by another vehicle at an intersection in Soundview, Bronx
  • $3,450,000 settlement in a Queens case for a pedestrian who was crossing the street within a crosswalk when he was hit by a bus
  • $3,375,000 settlement for a driver who was rear-ended by a truck while he was stopped at a red light in Sunset Park, Brooklyn
  • $3,369,066 verdict for a front-seat passenger who sustained injuries requiring cervical fusion surgery after a car collision in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
  • $3,175,000 settlement for a 38-year-old worker who suffered knee and spinal injuries after he was hit by a forklift in Jamaica, Queens
  • $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 settlement for a man who required a total hip replacement after he collided with an MTA bus in Flatlands, Brooklyn
  • $3,000,000 settlement in a wrongful death case of an entrepreneur who tragically died in a car crash in Brookhaven, New York in Suffolk County
  • $2,840,000 recovery for a driver who suffered cervical radiculopathy after a sudden car collision in Manhattan
  • $2,760,000 settlement for front seat passenger who suffered injuries to his neck and back after the car was hit by a commercial truck in Brooklyn, New York
  • $2,750,000 settlement for car accident victim with injuries requiring multiple surgeries, including an arthroscopic knee surgery, after a rear-end crash on Bruckner Expressway
  • $2,750,000 settlement in a Supreme Queens case for an auto accident victim who suffered herniations to L3-4 and L4-5 discs
  • $2,700,000 settlement for a client who suffered serious leg injuries after he was hit by a commercial truck in Babylon, Long Island
  • $2,650,000 recovery for a van driver who suffered a herniated disc to his lumbar spine with radiculopathy after he was involved in a rear-end collision
  • $2,625,000 settlement for the estate of a married couple from upstate New York who were violently and fatally struck by a tractor-trailer
  • $2,558,000 settlement for family of a victim who died as a result of being struck by a drunk driver in Brownsville, Brooklyn
  • $2,500,000 settlement in a Bronx case for a driver who was rear-ended by a distracted driver
  • $2,500,000 settlement for a client whose car was hit by a vehicle exiting a parking spot in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn
  • $2,500,000 recovery in a Supreme Bronx case for a client who suffered degenerative disc disease after a serious collision
  • $2,500,000 verdict in a Nassau County case for a passenger who sustained burns and multiple fractures after the vehicle lost control
  • $2,500,000 verdict for a driver hurt in a side impact collision with a cement-mixing truck near a Brooklyn construction site
  • $2,400,000 settlement in a Supreme Queens case for 39-year-old man who sustained serious neck injuries after a rear-end crash on the Long Island Expressway
  • $2,250,000 award for victim who sustained brain hemorrhage and other serious injuries as a result of a head-on collision in New Castle, New York in Westchester County
  • $2,150,000 recovery in a Nassau County case for a driver who collided with another vehicle making a left-turn at an intersection

Visit our Motor Vehicle Verdicts & Settlements page to learn more about our results in car crash cases. Our attorneys litigate all types of car accident cases, including rear-end collisions, sideswipe accidents, rollover accidents, side impact crashes, and more.

We serve Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, and all of New York State.

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