Car Accident Attorney in Buffalo
Fighting for the Recovery You Deserve
At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo car accident attorneys are compassionate and aggressive advocates for injured victims. We have the skills and experience needed to handle a full range of motor vehicle accident claims, including complex cases involving multiple liable parties and catastrophic injuries.
If you or your loved one suffered a serious injury in an automobile accident in Western New York, you need to protect your health and your rights by consulting with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. The insurance company is not your friend; we strongly recommend that you do not speak to anyone from the other driver’s insurance provider until you have first spoken to a personal injury lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights and options.
Call our firm at (716) 300-5885 or contact us online today to request a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team.
Why Do Car Accidents Occur?
While car accidents happen for all kinds of different reasons, most share an important common characteristic: most crashes could have and would have been prevented had proper safety precautions been taken. Simply put, the overwhelming majority of car accidents are caused by negligent drivers.
Some of the leading factors that cause auto accidents include:
- Running red lights
- Following too closely (tailgating)
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Making improper lane changes
- Driving while tired or fatigued
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Drunk driving
- Violating traffic laws/rules of the road
These are just some of the many common causes of motor vehicle accidents. If you or someone you care about was involved in an accident caused by one of the above-mentioned factors or any other form of negligence, reach out to our firm to learn how we can help.
Understanding New York’s No-Fault Insurance Laws
One of the most important things that car accident victims should know when seeking compensation after a crash is that New York is a no-fault car insurance state. As explained by the New York Department of Financial Services, all motorists have a legal responsibility to carry the minimum required amount of auto insurance coverage.
In the event of a minor or moderate crash, New York’s no-fault law requires injured victims to seek financial compensation through their own insurance policy. Specifically, financial compensation for medical expenses may be available through your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage or MedPay coverage.
That is not to say that filing a no-fault car accident injury claim is always easy; unfortunately, even your own insurance company may give you a difficult time. If you are struggling to recover full and fair financial compensation through your insurer following an auto accident, our Buffalo car accident lawyers are ready to help you.
When Can You Step Outside of the No-Fault System?
New York’s no-fault laws apply to minor and moderate accidents. After a major crash, you may be eligible to bring a third-party liability claim. If you suffered a serious injury in a crash, you can step outside of the no-fault system and file a lawsuit directly against the negligent defendant. In these cases, injured victims may be eligible to recover financial compensation for the full value of their economic and non-economic damages.
Among other things, financial relief may be available for:
- Medical bills and related expenses
- Loss of current and future wages
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring/disfigurement and
- Permanent disability/impairment
What Is Considered a Serious Injury?
As previously mentioned, you can file a fault-based car accident claim in New York if you suffered a serious injury. In order to file such a claim, your physical injury must satisfy the state’s serious injury threshold.
Under New York law, the following types of injuries and ailments are considered to be severe enough to warrant stepping outside of the no-fault system:
- Broken/fractured bones
- Significant disfigurement
- Loss of a fetus
- Permanent limitation in the use of an organ
- Full disability, in excess of 90 days
What Is the 90/180 Day Rule?
The 90/180 day rule allows injured car accident victims to step outside of New York’s no-fault insurance system if they suffered a non-permanent injury or impairment that prevents them from engaging in their normal day-to-day activities for at least 90 days within the 180 day period following the crash.
In other words, injured victims who can present compelling medical evidence that they were prevented from living their normal life for at least three of the first six months after a car accident have the right to file a lawsuit against the negligent party who caused their crash.
Call us at (716) 300-5885 today to learn how we can help you fight for a fair recovery. Your initial consultation is completely free and there are no fees unless we win your case.
After being involved in a car accident, you may feel overwhelmed with questions about what comes next. When you turn to our firm, you can trust that you’ll get the answers you need, as well as the caring support and guidance you deserve.
Auto accident victims have the right to seek financial compensation from negligent drivers and their insurance companies. If you or your family member was injured in a car crash, contact Richmond Vona, LLC for a free, no-obligation consultation. With an office in Buffalo, we represent injured victims throughout Western New York, including in Erie County, Niagara County, Wyoming County, and Genesee County.
Can I recover damages if I contributed to the accident?
Plaintiffs who contributed in some way to their accident are not out of luck when it comes to collecting compensation. This is because New York adheres to the legal principle of comparative fault, which means that plaintiffs who contributed to their accidents can still recover damages, although the amount of their award will be decreased by a percentage equal to their degree of fault.
How much time do I have to file a car accident claim?
Those who are involved in car accidents usually only have three years from the date of their crash to file a claim in court. Plaintiffs who miss this deadline will almost always have their case dismissed by the New York court system.
What kind of settlement or verdict can I expect for my own car accident claim?
The amount of a car accident settlement or damages award varies depending on the specific facts of a case. However, successful plaintiffs can expect to recover compensation for their past medical expenses, at least a portion of their lost wages, and the cost of repairing or replacing their vehicle.
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