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Rockland Car Accident Attorney

Rockland County is located 30 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River. Known for its spectacular river views, outdoor recreation, and quaint villages, Rockland County, New York, is popular for commuters and tourists. The villages of Kaser, Hillburn, Montebello, and New Hempstead are all located in Rockland County.

Consult With a Rockland County Car Accident Attorney

If you or your loved one have been involved in a car accident in Rockland County, New York, you may be entitled to compensation by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. Attorney Michael LoGiudice has helped many New York residents recover the full compensation they deserve. With a proven track record of successfully recovering millions of dollars for Rockland County car accident victims, he is prepared to review your case then provide you with skilled legal advice. Contact him today to schedule your free initial consultation.

Common Car Accident Injuries

Unfortunately, the vast majority of car accident injuries are preventable. Many car accidents are caused by distracted, intoxicated, or reckless drivers. It only takes a few seconds for a negligent driver to cause a car accident that seriously injures an innocent victim. Serious car accidents can cause all of the following types of injuries:

  •  scarring and disfigurement
  •  amputation
  •  coma
  •  emotional trauma, such as PTSD
  •  severe burns
  •  blindness
  •  spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  •  herniated discs
  •  whiplash
  •  brain damage, including traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Proving Liability After a Rockland County Car Accident

There are two ways to recover compensation after a Rockland County car accident. First, you can pursue compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. You can also pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit in civil court. In both of these scenarios, you will need to prove that the defendant caused the car accident that resulted in your injuries. In other words, you will need to show that the other party’s negligence resulted in your injuries. Negligence is defined as failure to use reasonable care under the circumstances.

For example, suppose a driver failed to check his blind spot and collided with you while changing lanes. In that case, the other driver’s negligence caused the accident. Failing to check a blind spot before merging onto the freeway or changing lanes is negligent. Likewise, texting while driving, intoxicated driving, speeding, and other forms of distracted driving are considered negligent driving.

Unfortunately, proving liability isn’t always easy, Even if you’re sure that the other driver’s negligence caused your accident. The defendant and/or his insurance company will probably argue that you were also at fault for the accident. New York courts use the legal doctrine of comparative negligence. Under this legal doctrine, each party is assigned a percentage of fault. Each party will receive compensation based on their percentage of fault. If a defendant can prove that you were at fault, they won’t have to pay all the damages they owe you. Your share of the damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault, making it even more critical that you work with an effective attorney.

Pursuing Compensation Through a Car Insurance Settlement

New York is one of several no-fault insurance states. If you’re injured in a car accident, you will need to file a claim with your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance policy. You will only be able to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance policy if you can prove that you have been seriously injured in the car accident. 

Obtaining compensation through an insurance settlement isn’t always easy. The insurance company will probably try to deny your claim or offer you a low settlement amount, hoping you will sign immediately. We recommend discussing your case with an attorney before signing any agreement with the insurance company. Attorney Michael LoGiudice can help you negotiate the best settlement possible.

Damages Available in a New York Car Accident Lawsuit

 You may decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the person or company who caused your injuries. Successful personal injury plaintiffs are entitled to economic damages such as their current and future medical bills, property damage, and lost wages. They are also entitled to non-economic damages for the physical and emotional pain and suffering they’ve endured and for the loss of quality of life. 

What to Do After a Rockland County Car Accident 

After a car accident, the steps you take can help you improve your chances of recovering compensation through a personal injury lawsuit or an insurance settlement. Seeking medical attention is one of the most important steps you can take after being involved in a car accident. After the accident, call 911 and request a paramedic and a law enforcement officer to come to the accident scene. If the paramedic recommends that you go to the emergency room, take their advice even if you don’t think you’re seriously injured. 

Your symptoms and pain can be covered up by the adrenaline and shock of the accident. For example, a concussion or other brain injury symptoms may not show up until all hours or even days after the car accident. If you don’t go to the emergency room, visit your medical doctor as soon as possible for a comprehensive evaluation. Make sure that you take all of your prescribed medication, attend all of your appointments, and keep your medical records. Doing so will help you prove that the car accident caused your injuries. It will also help you show the severity of your injuries.

Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation With Our Rockland County Car Accident Lawyer

Knowing what to do after a serious car accident can feel overwhelming. Attorney Michael LoGiudice can and carefully listen to the facts of your case and advise you of all of your legal options. If you have a valid compensation claim, he will handle your case from start to finish so you can focus on your recovery. The sooner you discuss your car accident with an experienced personal injury attorney, the better. Contact Michael LoGiudice, LLP, today to schedule your free case evaluation.

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