Serious auto accidents and injuries can affect your ability to work, care for your children and manage everyday tasks were once routine. If you or someone you love has recently been involved in an automobile accident, it is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights and recovery. Farr & Bass Attorneys at Law has over 25 years of experience representing clients throughout Long Island. We will aggressively pursue your claim to maximize recovery for your injuries and losses.
Call 631-588-4000 for an initial consultation with an experienced attorney or contact us by e-mail for more information about our services.
Strategic advocacy to maximize your compensation
Our firm has extensive experience in handling serious injuries which were incurred as a result of being in an automobile accident. We know how to investigate accidents to determine the cause, identify all responsible parties, and pursue your recovery for lost wages, medical expenses, long-term care needs, and all other personal or financial losses. An individual needs to remember that in order to have a successful cause of action for personal injury arising from an auto accident you must prove that you sustained a "serious injury." As experienced attorneys let us evaluate your injuries and advise you if your injury meets the threshold as determined by the New York State Insurance Laws.
New York law defines "serious injury" as a personal injury which results in:
- Wrongful death
- Significant disfigurement
- A fracture
- Loss of a fetus
- Permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system
- Permanent consequential limitation of use of a body organ or member
- Significant limitation of use of a body function or system
What to do if you have been involved in an automobile accident or car crash:
- STOP: Stop and give your name and address, showing your driver's license and insurance identification card to the person injured or to a police officer on the scene.
- CALL THE POLICE: Report an injury and have them complete an accident report.
If the police do not contact an ambulance, you should call one yourself or seek medical treatment as soon as possible if you or another party is injured.
- GET THE FACTS: Obtain the names and addresses of all drivers involved (as well as their insurance information) along with the names and addresses of all drivers and passengers. Also determine the ownership, license number, year, make and model or all vehicles involved. of the vehicles involved as well as license number, year, make and model of all cars involved. While doing this, however, do not in any way admit responsibility for the accident to other drivers or to the police.
- GET THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF AS MANY WITNESSES AS POSSIBLE: Do not discuss the accident with the witnesses, however.
- REPORT THE ACCIDENT TO THE COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND TO YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY: New York laws require that an MV104 report must be filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within ten (10) days of an accident. Failure to comply with this law is considered a criminal offense, and could be grounds for the suspension or revocation of your driver's license.
- KNOW THE LIMITS OF NEW YORK STATE NO-FAULT INSURANCE BENEFITS: Persons injured in a motor vehicle accident are, in most instances, eligible to receive up to $50,000.00 in benefits under their own or the responsible party's no-fault insurance coverage. No-fault claims must be filed within 30 days of the accident, however. Claims for medical expenses must be submitted within 45 days of medical treatment. No-fault insurance also includes coverage for lost earnings (up to $2,000.00 per month) for up to three (3) years, and up to $25.00 per day for other expenses directly flowing from the accident.
Call 631-588-4000 or contact us by e-mail to discuss your case with an experienced Bohemia, Suffolk County, New York lawyer.
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