At the Law Offices of Stern and Stern, car accidents are a primary focus or our practice. Car accidents are a leading cause of injury and death in Freeport and across Long Island. When it comes to choosing an attorney to represent you, you want to work with a firm representing the people of Freeport, Uniondale, and the surrounding areas.
Our office is on Merrick Road in the heart of the Village of Freeport, and we have been representing car accident victims for more than 25 years.
Car Accident Experience Counts
When it comes to choosing high-quality representation, experience is a crucial factor. The laws that govern car accidents are incredibly complex. Having worked on countless car accident cases, we will walk out through the process of the case from beginning to end. We will investigate the details of your case and gather the evidence that we need to confront the insurance companies and get the compensation you deserve.
New York is a “No-Fault” State
New York’s No-Fault Insurance Law addresses the concern of drivers about who will pay medical bills. No-fault laws were design to ensure that insurance companies would cover the expenses of injuries, damage, and even funeral costs, regardless of who is at fault.
No-fault insurance laws allow for no less than $50,000 coverage. Your no-Fault insurance covers medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages.
Your claim must be filed within 30 days of the accident to take advantage of the No-fault insurance. At Stern and Stern, we have extensive experience working with no-fault insurance, and we will protect your no-fault benefits.
Negligence is a Primary Factor in Car Accident Cases.
Negligence is a legal term meaning a failure to act with the level of care that someone with ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances. Negligence can involve a person’s actions, but can also include a person’s inaction if there is a duty to act.
New York laws regarding personal injury and car accidents include the concept of comparative negligence. Even if the insurance company placed a portion of the negligence on the injured person, you could still bring a case against another person who was at fault.
With Car Accidents, Negligence Comes in Many Forms
Car accidents make up a significant portion of personal injury cases in Freeport, and, in fact, all across the United States. When there are severe injuries involved, there was behavior or action that led to the accident and injury. Some of the more common reasons for car accidents include:
Drunk Driving or Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
Disobeying or not heeding traffic laws
Distracted Driving, such as texting or talking on the phone, even with a hands-free device. Dealing with kids or a pet, or reaching for something on the floor are actions that lead to Distracted Driving.
Driving without a license
Not adjusting your speed or level of care in rain or other inclement weather.
Driving while tired
As a driver, you have a duty to the other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians around you. When you drive, you have an expectation that others will follow the rules of the road. A reckless driver neglects their duty to those around them, and their actions become unpredictable. When a driver is unpredictable, the chances of a severe accident increase significantly.
Drivers are More Distracted Now Than Ever
Even with new laws that allow for hands-free devices, when someone is talking on the phone, at least part of their attention is on their conversation. They are distracted from the responsibility of safely operating a motor vehicle. We all know driving drunk or under the influence of drugs or alcohol significantly reduces your ability to react and concentrate on driving.
Distracted Driving is just as dangerous, as the average distraction, which can include looking for something on the radio or looking at a GPS, takes your attention from the road for an average of five seconds. The average accident occurs due to an incident that can happen in as little as three seconds. When driving at speed with other cars, pedestrians, and even slight turns in the road, five seconds can be an extremely long time. You lose the entire picture of what is going on around you in that short length of time.
We are more connected to the world through technology than ever before. New cars make it easier to integrate your mobile devices into your driving experience. Cars are safer now than ever with advances in automotive technology. However, one requirement is still a driver who is paying attention to the road. With these advances in technology, it becomes easier to become distracted to the point of being a danger to those around you, and accidents become inevitable.
Contact the Law Offices of Stern and Stern
If you were involved in a car accident, call the Law Offices of Stern and Stern. We have the experience you need to represent your interests during one of your most challenging times. Our experience with car accidents is unsurpassed. Our commitment to the people in and around Freeport has been absolute for more than 25 years. Call our office today for a free consultation at 516-634-0345.
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