If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident in or around New York City, it is important to obtain the advice and help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Queens car accident attorney John Cassisi has over three decades of experience helping personal injury victims to obtain the damages to which they are legally entitled from individuals and businesses that have injured them through negligence. If you have suffered a serious injury in a car accident, contact the Cassisi Law Firm for a free personal consultation to find out how we may be able to assist you.Car Accidents are Common in New York
There are over 9 million cars registered in New York state, and over 11 million individuals holding New York drivers’ licenses. With numbers that high, it should come as no surprise that car accidents are a common occurrence in the state of New York, and especially in the densely populated areas of Queens, New York City, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. The unfortunate reality is that almost everyone—at one time or another in their lives—either has been or will be involved in a car accident.
The most recent statistics tabulated by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles indicate that there were over half a million vehicle crashes in 2012 resulting in over 169,000 personal injuries and 1,163 fatalities. That’s one death from a vehicle accident every eight hours. Overall, more than 10% of all New York crashes result in moderate to serious personal injury or death to a driver or other vehicle occupant, and well over half of all crashes result in property damage.Suing for Negligence After an Auto Accident
Car accidents occur from a variety of causes, but all too often, they are caused by someone else’s negligence. Negligence is a specific type of civil tort. To show negligence, a plaintiff—that is, the person who is injured—must prove that:
- The negligent party owed a duty of care to the plaintiff;
- The negligent party breached that duty;
- The breach caused an injury; and
- The plaintiff suffered damages.
In the context of car accidents, a duty of care is owed by drivers to all other users of the road—whether other motorists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, or bicyclists. That duty consists of using the degree of care that any ordinary and prudent driver would use under the circumstances. At a minimum, this means following all traffic laws and rules of the road, but it can require more: for example, if there is a dense fog, a prudent driver will drive even slower than the posted speed limit. Whether the breach of duty is speeding, driving while intoxicated, ignoring a stop sign, or any other malfeasance or omission, any driver who breaches this duty of care and thereby causes an accident can be held financially liable for any injury or damage they cause.The Cassisi Law Firm Will Help Car Accident Victims
If you have suffered an injury in a car accident as the result of a negligent driver, obtaining the advice of a qualified and experienced lawyer in a timely manner may be critical, especially when an injury is serious. You may legally be entitled to damages for:
- Pain and suffering;
- Medical costs;
- Lost income;
- Loss of future earnings;
- Loss of consortium; and/or
- Any other available damages.
If you have been in a car accident and suffered an injury, or someone you love has been injured or killed in a vehicle accident, contact Queens car accident lawyer John Cassisi at (718) 441-5050, or use the online form on this website, for a free consultation. Let us use our know-how to do the legal work necessary to protect your interests while you concentrate on recovering from your ordeal. We serve clients throughout the greater New York City area, including in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Nassau, and Suffolk.
- Failure to Yield Accidents
- Fatal Car Accidents
- DUI Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Head-On Collisions
- Hit and Run Accidents
- Rear End Collisions
- Side Impact Accidents
- Teen Driver Accidents
- Highway Accidents
- SUV Rollover Accidents
- Chain Reaction / Multi-Vehicle Accidents
- Elderly Related Accidents
- Road Hazards
- Failure to Maintain Lane Accidents