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Rochester, NY Car Accident Lawyers

Rochester, NY Car Accident LawyersThe car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, serve clients in Rochester and throughout New York. If you’re a car accident victim, let us put our Rochester motor vehicle accident attorneys to work for you. Our lawyers are ready to protect your legal rights – tirelessly and aggressively – just as we have for many other accident victims hurt by someone else’s reckless or negligent driving.

Contact us today at for a free consultation about your case. If you’re unable to travel, we make house calls. We can meet with you at your home or hospital in Rochester and surrounding areas. Allow us the opportunity to talk with you and review your situation. If you have a case, we pledge to fight to get you the compensation you deserve!

A Rochester, NY Car Accident Lawyer Who Can Handle Any Type of Vehicle Crash

The State of New York reports that there were over 315,000 motor vehicle accidents in the state in 2010. Although most auto accidents cause only minor property damage, 2010’s motor vehicle accidents resulted in over 187,000 injuries to drivers and passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records show that 1,200 people died on New York’s roads that same year.

Numbers like that make it clear that anyone can be killed or seriously injured as a victim in a Rochester motor vehicle accident, including:

  • Truck drivers, automobile drivers, and motorcyclists involved in accidents caused by someone else
  • Motor vehicle passengers hurt in accidents where the driver, or the driver of another vehicle, was at fault
  • Cyclists hit by motorists
  • Pedestrians hit by motor vehicles

While car crashes are the most common type of motor vehicle accident in New York, car accidents involving trucks can be far more dangerous because of the great size and weight of tractor-trailers, or “semis.” When a big vehicle such as a truck or bus collides with a smaller vehicle like an automobile or light truck, it’s more likely that someone in the car or light truck will be seriously injured.

Understanding a Car – Truck Accident

car and truck accidentsTruck crash lawsuits also tend to be more complex than those resulting from car collisions. Trucking companies and their insurers begin working on their case immediately after a truck accident because they know there could be a major lawsuit. That means they start gathering evidence and working with their experts right away.

There also can be a larger number of defendants in a truck crash case, including the truck driver, the trucking company, equipment manufacturers, and inspection and repair shops. Depending on why the accident may have happened, any or all of those could be at fault, making it difficult to determine who should be sued.

For example:

  • Driver Fatigue likely would be the truck driver’s fault.
  • Overloaded Freight could mean that the trucking company bears some blame.
  • Excessive Speed might mean both the driver and the trucking company should be sued, if the company set strict and unreasonable deadlines for the driver.
  • If an Equipment Malfunction contributed to the wreck, then the equipment manufacturer could be a defendant.
  • Defective Tires might mean that a tire manufacturer or distributor should be included as a defendant after an accident.
  • Failure To Follow Federal And State Regulations could implicate the driver and the trucking company as defendants.
  • A Mechanical Failure could be caused by a repair shop or a poor inspection, making the shop and inspector likely defendants.

No matter how you were injured, whether in a truck or car accident, or as a cyclist or pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle, the Rochester motor vehicle accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, want to put their experience and skills to work for you.

A Car Accident Causes More Than Just Personal Injury and Property Damage

If you or a family member has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you know that an accident’s effects go beyond the physical trauma of being injured. Motor vehicle accidents also result in scary uncertainty about your family’s financial future. With medical bills piling up and perhaps a family breadwinner unable to work, you don’t know what’s going to happen and how you’ll make it through such a difficult time.

No-Fault Insurance Benefits For Rochester, NY Car Accidents

In New York, anyone hurt in a motor vehicle accident can receive “no-fault insurance benefits” that cover medical expenses and lost wages. These benefits are available under New York’s No-Fault Law, and they include:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Mileage reimbursement for transport to and from medical providers
  • Reimbursement for private health insurance premiums that the injured person has to pay
  • Death benefits, if someone died because of the accident

So, whether you or a family member was injured as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian,  no-fault benefits are available.  (Someone injured on a motorcycle cannot receive these benefits, although a motorcycle rider or passenger might still have a right to receive compensation if someone else caused the accident that resulted in injuries.)

Additional Damages Are Available for Serious Car Accident Injuries

car accident lawyersUnder New York law, if your injuries are considered “serious,” you are eligible to file a lawsuit to recover damages in addition to medical costs and lost wages. The No Fault Law says that serious injuries include at least one of the following:

  • Death
  • Dismemberment
  • Significant disfigurement
  • Fracture (broken bone)
  • Loss of a fetus
  • Permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system
  • Significant limitation of use of a body function or system
  • A medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature which prevents the injured person from performing substantially all of the material acts which constitute the person’s usual and customary daily activities for not less than 90 days during the 180 days immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment

At the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, we can advise you whether your car or truck accident injuries make you eligible for additional damages under New York law.

Important Deadlines for Rochester Car Accident Injury Claims

For anyone injured in a New York motor vehicle accident, it’s very important to meet certain strict deadlines in order to qualify for no-fault insurance benefits. Some of the deadlines are very short. An accident report has to be filed within 10 days, for example, and a no-fault claim must be filed under a 30-day deadline. There are also deadlines for:

  • Filing for lost wages
  • Filing for New York Disability
  • Filing a Notice of Claim (where applicable)
  • Filing a claim against the other driver (should be done as soon as possible)
  • Filing claims with the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation (MVAIC)
  • Filing supplementary uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist (SUM/UM) claims
  • Filing a lawsuit based on the accident

Deadlines like these make it especially important to contact us right away if you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, whether in Rochester, Elmira, Syracuse, Buffalo, Binghamton, or elsewhere in New York.

What Should You Do If You Have a Rochester Car Accident?

At The Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, our motor vehicle accident attorneys advise New York clients to do the following if they become involved in a car or truck accident:

  • Call 911 to notify the police and, if necessary, emergency medical personnel about the accident.
  • Do not make statements about the accident to anyone except a police officer.
  • Do not admit liability.
  • Get insurance and contact information from everyone involved in the accident and, if possible, get contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident.
  • If you have a camera, take pictures of the vehicles involved in the accident, the people who were involved, and the area where the accident happened.

Within 24 hours after your accident happened:

  • Seek medical attention.
  • Notify your insurance company about the accident, and make any necessary claims with the insurance company.
  • Do not give a recorded statement to ANY insurance company, including your own, until you have spoken with an attorney.

Let Our Experienced Rochester, NY Car Accident Attorneys Work for You

As a car accident client, you can trust that the attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, will work to obtain the best possible outcome in your case. Our experienced attorneys will build your case for trial, coordinating with accident reconstruction professionals and economic experts to maximize your potential recovery under the law. We have the skills to negotiate an out-of-court settlement of your case, as well, if that is in your best interests.

Call us today if you or a family member has been hurt in a car accident in Rochester or elsewhere in western New York. You can reach us or use our online form.

We will discuss your case at no cost to you. We make house calls in Rochester and surrounding areas and can visit you at home or in the hospital if you are unable to travel to our offices.

Last Updated Nov. 10, 2014

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