New York Buick Car Accident
If you are injured in a car accident that involved a Regal, Enclave, Lucerne or any other type of Buick, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced New York car accident lawyer to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Regardless of the types of cars involved victims of car accidents often suffering severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or a life-changing spinal injury that affects mobility. Because of the severity of injuries the financial impact on the victim can be devastating. There are, however, steps that you can take to receive compensation from the person who caused your injuries. New York law gives victims of Buick car accidents as well as victims of other types of personal injury the right to seek compensation for their losses. Whether it was a rear-end, head-on collision or another type of collision if you were seriously injured in a car accident it is critical that you immediately contact an experienced attorney at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates who will work closely with you to ensure that you receive compensation for your losses.Things to remember to do after a car accident
- At the accident scene. It is important that you immediately contact the police even if you believe your injuries are minor. The police will review the scene, interview witnesses and put his or her observations in the police report. The police report may be critical evidence such as whether a driver was drunk in determining fault. In addition, take photographs of both vehicles before they are moved as well as the surrounding area as those photographs may show evidence of road and weather conditions. Make sure you photograph any visible damage to your vehicle as well as your visible injuries.
- Medical attention. It is always a good idea to go to the emergency room. You do not have to go in an ambulance if you do not want to. However, soon after the accident you should go to a doctor to make sure that you did not suffer any serious injury. Some injuries such as back or head injuries may not show symptoms for hours or even days after an accident. Medical records are always important in determining damage awards.
- Dealing with insurance companies. While you should contact your own insurance company to let them know about the accident, you should not speak with the other driver’s insurance company. The negligent driver’s insurance company will attempt to convince you to quickly settle the case for an unreasonable amount. Your attorney should be the one communicating with the other driver’s insurance company.
If the negligence or recklessness of another person caused the Buick car accident that resulted in your injuries, you can pursue a claim against that person for damages. To prevail you must first show that the driver had a duty to you to drive with care. Because New York drivers are expected to drive at a reasonable, prudent speed, to keep the vehicle under control, and to obey all traffic laws in order to not cause harm to others, then all drivers have a duty to other drivers. Furthermore, you must show that the driver's negligence caused your injuries and that you suffered damages. For example, if you sue to recover damages based on a back injury and a head injury, you must show that you sustained the back injury and the head injury in the car accident and that you did not hurt your back and head in a fall two days prior to the accident. Your medical records will provide key evidence as to the injuries that you sustained in the car accident.
The at-fault driver may have to pay for your medical bills such as those related to your emergency room visit, hospital stay, special treatment such as surgery, rehabilitation, visits to your doctors including specialists, medication- both prescription and over-the-counter, assistive equipment, physical therapy, psychological counseling and future related medical expenses. In addition, the careless driver may be legally responsible for other economic losses you sustained such as lost wages from missing work as well as loss of future earning capacity. A court may also award you non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of companionship or punitive damages.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
If you are injured in a Buick car accident or a car acceding involving any other car brand, it is important to contact an experienced car accident attorney who will guide you through the process and make sure that your rights are protected. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from auto accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve individuals hurt in car accidents in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.