Motor Vehicle Accidents
If you or a family member has been involved in a car or auto accident resulting in serious personal injury or wrongful death, you probably feel that your life has been unfairly turned upside down. The emotional and financial distress that you are enduring may seem overwhelming. If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, Peter M. Cordovano, P.C. will get you the money you are entitled to.
Motor vehicle accident cases are the most common type of personal injury cases. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), someone in the United States is involved in a car accident every 10 seconds. You may be faced with wage loss, medical bills, and/or serious and permanent disability from injuries sustained.
Motorists are under a duty to operate automobiles with “reasonable care”, and failure to use reasonable care is considered negligence. A person that negligently operates a motor vehicle is obligated to pay for damages to either person or property caused by their negligence. The injured party (the plaintiff), is required to prove that the defendant was negligent, that the defendant’s negligence caused the accident, and that the accident caused the plaintiff’s injuries
If you are involved in an automobile accident, stop and identify yourself. Do not leave the scene of an accident, even a minor one, without identifying yourself. You can be criminally prosecuted for leaving the scene of a personal injury motor vehicle accident.
Car accidents can result from a number of factors, including speeding, cell phone usage, reckless driving, negligence, drugs, alcohol, defective products, and others. In order to litigate a victim’s claim successfully, a car and auto accident lawyer must prove that the defendant was at fault for causing the accident and that the plaintiff’s injuries resulted from the collision. If successful, the plaintiff may be entitled to compensation for both economic damages (e.g., medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, impaired earning capacity, etc.) and non-economic damages (e.g., emotional distress, pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, etc.).
Each year thousands of car and auto accident victims are left without just compensation. Insurance companies, according to standard practice, initially offer victims small settlements. As a result, victims who choose to go it alone are often left bearing the burden of the expenses from accidents that were not their fault. Contact Peter M. Cordovano, P.C. at our Highland, NY office to schedule a complimentary consultation and case review.
At Peter M. Cordovano, P.C., we believe that car accident, truck accident and motorcycle accident victims should not be forced to pay for the negligence or carelessness of other drivers. If you are involved in an auto accident, we can help you obtain fair monetary compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.
Peter M. Cordovano, P.C. represents only people that have sustained a “serious injury” in motor vehicle accident resulting from another driver’s negligence.
New York State Insurance Law §5102 defines “serious injury” from a motor vehicle accident as a personal injury resulting in death; dismemberment; 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; or 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 such person’s usual and customary daily activities for not less than ninety days during the one hundred eighty days immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment.
Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Coverage
Some motorists ignore motor vehicle insurance requirements, cannot afford to purchase insurance, or carry insufficient insurance. “Uninsured motorist coverage” is a form of insurance that pays for bodily injury resulting from an accident with a driver that does not have liability insurance coverage. “Underinsured motorist coverage” pays for bodily injury resulting from an accident with a driver that has liability insurance coverage. However, the negligent driver’s liability insurance coverage is less than the injured party’s liability insurance coverage. This type of coverage is also commonly known as “SUM coverage”. It is relatively inexpensive, and is invaluable when the value of injuries exceed the New York state statutory minimum coverage of $25,000/$50,000.
The Laws of the state in which the motor vehicle accident occurs determines who’s responsible for resulting damages. In no-fault insurance states, such as New York State, fault is not placed on either party to establish responsibility for lost wage benefits and payment of medical bills. Drivers in New York State merely submit a no-fault insurance claim to their own insurance company. This is what is commonly referred to as “No-fault”.
Motor vehicle accident claims can be complicated. If you have been involved in a car accident, you should seek legal counsel from Peter M. Cordovano, P.C., a Law Firm experienced in motor vehicle accident cases, to best protect your interests.
Accident Investigation and Reconstruction
We will undertake any investigative efforts necessary to prosecute your claim. We will generally obtain the police report and any other documents created by public agencies that responded to the scene. We will take any photographs what will be helpful in showing the accident scene. When appropriate, we will consult with outside experts, who can reconstruct the accident.
Drunk Driving Accidents
According to the NHTSA, more than a quarter of a million people are injured each year in alcohol-related crashes. Every 31 minutes someone in the U.S. is killed in an alcohol-related auto accident; someone is injured every two minutes.
No one likes drunk drivers, and when someone makes the reckless decision to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the victim of any resulting car accident may pursue civil damages for his or her injuries. At Peter M. Cordovano, P.C., we are dedicated to providing effective and compassionate personalized legal representation to the victims of drunk driving accidents and their families. If someone has been killed as a result of a negligent driver’s actions, we can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the victim’s dependents.
Dram Shop Liability
In some cases, the bar or establishment that provided the alcohol can also be held liable for any injuries or deaths caused by the drunk driver. “Dram shop” liability refers to the body of law governing the legal responsibility of taverns, liquor stores, and other commercial establishments that serve alcoholic beverages. Generally, dram shop laws assign liability to establishments that sell alcohol to visibly intoxicated persons or minors who subsequently cause death or injury to third parties.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a drunk driving accident, contact a car and auto accident lawyer at Peter M. Cordovano, P.C.