Car Accident in a Construction Zone: Who Is at Fault?

Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green, P.C. Automobile Accident


A routine drive can suddenly turn hazardous when the road becomes a construction zone. In addition to abrupt changes in the landscape, construction zones can be accompanied by hesitant drivers who make poor decisions, as well as obstacles in the path of travel. Due to the other parties and factors involved, these accidents can be more complicated than non-construction zone crashes. A qualified car accident lawyer can sort through the details to hold those at fault responsible.

Increased risks in a construction zone

Whether or not construction workers are present, a construction zone carries with it additional risks. Each construction zone crash is unique, but some common factors include:

  • A sudden change in speed limit
  • An abrupt change in traffic patterns, including narrowed or reduced number of lanes
  • Unclear signs to indicate a change in traffic flow or detours
  • Changed signal operation
  • Workers and equipment entering the road
  • Confused drivers

Who is liable for a New York construction zone accident?

There is no universal answer to who is at fault for a work zone crash. Just as in any other auto accident, a party who was negligent may be held responsible for the portion of the damages caused by their actions.

One of the complicating factors in a construction zone accident is the number of parties who may be involved. Were the traffic signals improperly timed? The municipality and the civil engineers who programmed the signal may be legally responsible.

Did the road crew leave equipment or debris in the path of traffic? The construction company or government may be at fault.

Another driver who initiated the crash may also be partly to blame. Each situation calls for an informed analysis to determine who may be liable.

How to prove fault for a construction zone accident

Proving a defendant’s breach of duty is necessary to receive compensation for an accident. Every driver on the road is under a duty to act reasonably and control their vehicle. Government entities and construction companies have a duty to plan the project and take required precautions, like installing temporary traffic devices. Engineers who develop plans for the construction must meet the standard of care for other professionals in their locale.

In some cases, a jury can decide whether the defendant, such as a reckless driver, acted negligently. When the defendant is a professional such as an engineer, it is necessary to hire an expert witness who can explain what the standard of care for the profession required. Failing to meet the requirement to prove legal fault will jeopardize your right to recover compensation.

Choosing a New York City lawyer: Why experience matters

A serious car accident can sideline you physically and financially, but the law allows those injured by someone else’s negligence to recover compensation from those who caused the injury. Establishing fault in a construction zone accident can be more complicated than in other car accidents, so it is important to choose a New York construction accident attorney experienced in work zone accident claims.

The attorneys at Friedman, Levy Goldfarb & Green provide strong representation to clients throughout New York City, from Brooklyn to the Bronx, who are facing complex claims. Call today to schedule a free consultation to see how we can help you through yours.

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Common Rear-End Collision Injuries

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Common Rear-End Collision InjuriesRear end collisions are a leading cause of automobile-related injuries in the United States. In addition to physical and mental pain and suffering, victims can incur medical bills, lost wages, and other financial losses due to their crash-related injuries.

More often than in other types of crashes, rear-enders are caused by one party’s negligence. The New York City car accident attorneys at Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green fight on behalf of accident victims to hold those at fault accountable.

Common injuries in rear-end collisions

Due to the physics involved in a strike from behind, certain types of injuries are common in rear-end accidents.

  • Whiplash injuries – A violent jerking forward and back can cause a sprain to the soft tissue of the neck and back. The pain it causes may resolve within a couple of weeks or continue for a year or more. Signs of the injury may not appear immediately.
  • Head injuries – Striking one’s head, even if the airbags deployed, can cause swelling, bruising, cuts, and even traumatic brain injury. Warning signs like loss of consciousness, impaired speech, dizziness, and reduced cognitive function should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible because they may indicate a brain injury.
  • Paralysis – A serious blow that injures the spinal cord or brain can render the victim paralyzed. The degree of paralysis and body parts affected depend on where along the brain or spinal cord the injury occurs.
  • Back injuries – In addition to spinal cord injuries, the force of a hit from behind can cause slipped or herniated discs, fractures, and sprains, leading to potential long-term pain and disability.
  • Facial injuries – The impact may cause the victim to hit the dashboard, steering wheel, or windows, leading to facial disfigurement. Even the impact of striking the airbags can cause facial injuries.
  • Broken bones – Drivers tend to tense up and brace the steering wheel during an impact, increasing the likelihood of injuries like broken wrists.
  • Seat belt injuries – Though the benefits of seat belt use generally outweigh the costs, the nearly instantaneous tightening of the seat belt during an accident can cause bruises and cuts across the body.

Taking care of rear end accident injuries

It is all too common that rear-end collision victims overlook the early signs of an injury. Damage from whiplash, other soft tissue injuries, and even brain damage may not be immediately apparent. Seeing a doctor as soon as possible after the accident allows you to treat the injuries as early as possible and potentially limit your suffering.

Seeing a doctor early also provides evidence of the effect of the impact. Pain from an injury often intensifies after a couple of days, but waiting that long to seek medical attention can lead to insurance companies questioning your claim. You can also make your claim go more smoothly by working with a skilled NYC car accident attorney at Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green.

Speak with a New York car accident lawyer today

If you were hurt in a rear-end collision, it is important to act quickly. Choose an experienced car accident lawyer to navigate the often-frustrating claims and litigation process for you so you can get your life back to normal.

The attorneys at Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green understand what you are going through and have the experience needed to help you recover the money you deserve. Call today to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve clients throughout the New York City area, including the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island.

Additional resources about rear-end collision injuries:

  1. Insurance Information Institute, Facts + Statistics: Highway safety, https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-highway-safety
  2. National Transportation Safety Board, Addressing Deadly Rear-End Crashes, https://www.ntsb.gov/safety/safety-alerts/Documents/SA-046.pdf

Proving Fault in a New York Truck Accident Case

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Across the United States, three were 4,237 fatal truck crashes in 2017, the last year for which statistics were available, and 344,000 truck crashes in which someone was injured, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Fatal crashes constituted 1% of all truck accidents and collisions in which someone was injured constituted 23% of all truck crashes.

In the five boroughs of New York City, there were 1,486 large commercial truck crashes in July 2019 alone, according to police reports. The only type of vehicle in crashes more often were passenger cars – and passenger cars are much more common than commercial trucks.

Truck Accidents Can Be Catastrophic

If you’re in an accident involving a large commercial truck, you may be seriously – even catastrophically – injured. Harm from an accident can include spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries that can leave you bedridden and unable to care for yourself for the rest of your life.

Broken bones, burns, organ damage, scarring, and loss of limbs are just some of the other injuries that can result from a truck accident. Trucks are exponentially larger and heavier than other vehicles on the road and can do much more damage as a result.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a truck, you are entitled to have the other party’s insurance company pay for your injuries. In certain cases, you may step outside of New York’s no-fault insurance system and bring a personal injury claim for injuries, wages lost from work, and more. You are entitled to do this if you or a loved one has suffered:

  • Broken bone(s)
  • Significant disfigurement
  • Permanent limitation of use of a body organ or member
  • Significant limitation of use of a body function or system
  • Substantially full disability for 90 days

But both insurance and personal injury claims are dependent on finding out who was at fault for the accident.

How Do I Prove Fault in a Truck Accident?

While finding the parties at fault for an accident may sound simple, it rarely is in truck accidents. If a truck rolled over, for example, it might seem like a very clear cut case of the driver being at fault. A rollover is a serious accident that can be caused by the driver braking too fast, especially on curves or inclines.

But rollovers can be caused by multiple factors other than the driving. Improper and unbalanced loading, worn brakes or tires, or loads too heavy for the truck can all cause rollovers or be contributing factors.

If any of these are the cause, the at-fault parties could be the truck company, the truck owners, the maintenance and repair companies, the loaders or shippers, and even equipment manufacturers.

As a result, it is often necessary to investigate the causes of truck accidents to know who was at fault. Experienced truck accident lawyers can investigate the following:

  • Logbooks and delivery records to see how long the driver had been on the road
  • Cameras and data recorders (black boxes) that can indicate speeds and braking at the time of the accident
  • Witness testimony
  • Expert testimony
  • Expert reconstruction of the accident, which indicates how it occurred
  • Forensic analysis
  • Records of drug and alcohol screening

When You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer in New York City

If you or a loved one has been in a truck accident in New York, you need an experienced law firm with investigative capacity. We can negotiate with insurance companies and fight in court if necessary to see that justice is done.

Please call an experienced NYC truck accident lawyer at Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green today for a free consultation about your case.

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5 Leading Causes of Car Accidents

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Even the best of drivers can make mistakes now and then. Whether you’re going a little too fast for weather conditions or texting a friend while trying to steer, there are actions that can seriously increase your risk of having a life-altering or even fatal collision.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 36,750 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year. And while New York saw a slight decrease in road fatalities, accidents causing serious injuries, lost income and economic hardships abound.

What can you do to avoid becoming a tragic statistic in your hometown? Educate yourself on the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents, drive cautiously, obey traffic laws, and be prepared.

Distracted driving

Distracted driving remains the leading cause of all traffic accidents in the United States. According to some reports, distracted drivers account for up to half of all car crashes today. Any activity that takes your attention and focus away from the wheel is inherently dangerous. Talking on the phone, texting, surfing the web, adjusting music, eating, brushing your hair, or interacting with passengers can compromise your safety and that of others on the road.

Driving while drunk or impaired

DUI accidents are on a downward trend in New York, and across the nation, but the threat of being hit by a drunk driver is still very real. Even two drinks can impair your concentration and reaction times significantly. If you plan on enjoying a cocktail or two, it’s always best to designate a sober driver or arrange a taxi for your trip home.

Speeding

Cruising 10 or 20 miles above the posted speed limit is a recipe for disaster, particularly if road and weather conditions are already treacherous.  Speeding is a major cause of thousands of accidents every year, and not surprisingly, the damage and injuries are considerably worse when excess speed is involved. Going over the speed limit not only slows your reaction time, it magnifies the severity and consequences of the impact.

Inclement weather

You can’t control if it rains, sleets or snows, but you can take steps to be safer on the road, or avoid driving altogether when weather conditions are too risky. Heavy downpours restrict visibility and increase the likelihood of hydroplaning after braking. If the weather is bad, give yourself extra time and take it slowly to avoid getting into an accident.

Aggressive driving

Aggressive driving has the potential to kill. Previous studies by the AAA found that 50 percent of deadly car accidents involved at least one driver who performed a hostile action – be it tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, or cutting in front of other drivers and then slowing down. Motorists who are rushed, angry, frustrated, or upset may be more prone to committing such inconsiderate and illegal behavior when behind the wheel. If you’re on the road and feel threatened by the hostile actions of another driver, call 9-1-1.

Explore your legal options after a car accident

In the event that you are involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, it’s a good idea to seek legal representation from a qualified New York car accident lawyer at Friedman Levy Goldfarb & Green.

We represent clients throughout the greater NY metropolitan area and know how to maximize your compensation.  Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and explore your legal options with a law firm that is dedicated to your success.

Additional Resources:

  1. NHTSA, Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2018 file:///C:/Users/alilo/Desktop/Early%20Estimate%20of%20Motor%20Vehicle%20Traffic%20Fatalities%20in%202018.pdf
  2. Huffington Post, Top 15 Causes Of Car Accidents https://www.huffpost.com/entry/top-15-causes-of-car-accidents_b_11722196

I Have Been in a Car Accident. What Do I Do Now?

Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green, P.C. Automobile Accident

Shards of car glass on the street after car accident

Police respond to more than 6 million car accidents a year. In a no-fault state like New York, your insurance company is supposed to pay for your damages, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. However, even with the best insurance, it could be an uphill battle to prove the full value of your claim. Often, car accident victims – injured through little to no fault of their own – wind up paying 26 percent of the expense. If your medical bills are $200,000, that’s $52,000 out of your own pocket!

Not many people can afford the immediate cost of a car accident, let alone the lost wages and ongoing care for long-term disability or PTSD. Follow these tips from the car wreck lawyers at Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green to pursue maximum compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

Get out of harm’s way.

If you are very seriously injured, you may not be able to move at all. Dialing 9-1-1 may be all you can do. If possible, move to the shoulder of the road, flipping your hazards on to warn other drivers of the disabled vehicle. Remember, you are required by the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law to immediately notify the police if a person is injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident. Failure to do so could result in license suspension by the Department of Motor Vehicles.  

Document what happened.

Ask the police to file a formal report, and request a copy for your records. While you wait for the police to arrive, you can gather the names of the other driver and passengers, the license plate number, insurance company name and policy number, color/make/model of the other vehicle, and contact information for any eyewitnesses.

Note the location of the accident, the direction the vehicles were traveling/facing, and the name and badge number of any responding officers. Use your smartphone camera to snap photos of the accident scene. Some insurers let you upload photos when you file your claim. Be careful what you say to the other driver. Be careful not to admit any liability for what happened.

Take care of yourself.

Even a minor symptom like dizziness, confusion, or a sore neck should be investigated by a health care professional. At least see your family physician if your injuries do not require emergency care at the hospital. Chiropractors are good medical professionals to see after an accident, as they take the time to carefully assess your “hard” injuries and refer you to the appropriate specialists. Diagnostic imaging like MRIs, x-rays, and CT scans may be necessary. You might need a psychologist, psychiatrist, or neurosurgeon to evaluate you for mild traumatic brain injury or PTSD symptoms.  

Call a car wreck attorney.

Consulting with a respected personal injury law firm costs you nothing. Successful attorneys work based on contingency, meaning you pay nothing out-of-pocket, and only pay if you end up filing a lawsuit that results in a settlement or jury award.

Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green is a New York personal injury firm with a 50-year track record of success. Working with an experienced car wreck lawyerfrom the beginning increases your chances of obtaining the maximum compensation, as we investigate, preserve evidence, and make sure you receive top medical care. 

File your insurance claim.

Call your own auto insurance provider, let them know, “I was in a car accident,” and find out what to do after a car wreck to pursue compensation for damages. You can file by phone, online, or through an app – either from the scene of the accident or later. When speaking with the insurance agent, you’ll want to make sure you understand key aspects of your coverage:

  • How much collision coverage do you have (to cover your property damage)?
  • How much medical coverage will you receive from your bodily injury policy?
  • How much is your deductible (the amount you have to pay out-of-pocket toward repairs and medical coverage before insurance kicks in)?
  • Do you have rental reimbursement coverage? If so, what is your daily limit?
  • How long do you have to make a claim and submit your bills?

Get your vehicle repaired.

The insurance adjuster investigating your accident will let you know how much you’ll be offered to pay for damages. Insurers typically require you to go to a designated repair center to get an estimate for repair costs. You can cross-reference the adjuster’s report with Kelley Blue Book or get a few other estimates.

If you disagree with the adjuster’s value, you can ask for a full report detailing how the repair costs were assessed and ask the adjuster for an explanation of the insurance payout.

When you call an NYC car accident lawyer at our firm, the burden of investigating the value of your vehicle and dealing with the insurance company is lifted. We’ll make sure the damaged parts of your vehicle are preserved as evidence, should it become necessary in court. Contact us for your free consultation as soon as possible.

Additional resources:

  1. http://www.rmiia.org/auto/traffic_safety/Cost_of_crashes.asp
  2. https://dmv.ny.gov/dmv-records/how-file-motorist-accident-report

When to Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in New York

Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green, P.C. Automobile Accident

Bystanders describing the scene of an accident to the police officer

Car accidents are an everyday reality in busy New York City and the surrounding areas. If you experience injury or property damage and another driver was at fault, you need to take action in order to receive the compensation to which you are entitled. The best way to do that is to speak with an experienced New York car accident lawyer.

Who needs a lawyer after a crash?

Not every car crash requires an attorney, but in many cases, it is advisable to at least consult with one to learn about your legal options and see how much your case might be worth.

Speak with an attorney if you have suffered any injuries in the crash or if your property damage is more than minimal. Even if you do not have an obvious injury like a broken bone, it is smart to talk to a lawyer if you have pain afterward. An attorney can speak from professional experience, providing informed analysis of your situation and offering advice on how to proceed.

It is common for certain types of injuries, especially soft tissue injuries or even brain injuries, to worsen and become more apparent over time. Your well-being and your personal injury claim will both be better off with an early evaluation because it not only documents your physical pain but can also improve your prognosis by allowing medical professionals to find and treat issues that could become worse without treatment.

Your New York car accident injury attorney can help guide you through this and other steps to protect your rights.

How an NYC car accident lawyer can increase the compensation you recover

Injured claimants in New York City who have a skilled attorney representing them typically receive higher compensation than those who represent themselves because your lawyer:

  • Knows how to fully value a claim, taking into account long-term losses and flaws in insurance company claim estimation programs
  • Explores theories of liability (and, therefore, avenues of compensation) that non-attorneys often overlook
  • Provides confident advocacy when dealing with other parties’ representatives
  • Handles communications with insurance company representatives and others who may try to distort your statements or unfairly low-ball the value of your claim
  • Carries a professional reputation – insurance companies know which attorneys are willing to bring a case to trial and will play fewer games trying to nickel and dime their clients’ claims

Protect your rights after a crash

If your car crash was just a minor fender bender with no substantial damage and no physical pain, you might not need an attorney to represent you. But if there was anything more than this, you should call the police to report the crash and then seek medical attention. Next, speak with an NYC car accident lawyer as soon as possible.

The attorneys at Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green proudly serve those in Manhattan and the greater NYC area who have sustained injuries in auto accidents caused by someone else’s negligence. Call Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green today to arrange a case evaluation. Consultations are always free and confidential.M

Safety Tips for Driving at Night in NYC

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42nd Street is crowded with the busy night lights of crosstown traffic through Midtown Manhattan in New York City NYC

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 50 percent of traffic accident fatalities for passenger vehicle occupants happen at nighttime. Given the fact that a quarter of all travel occurs during evening hours, the fatality rate for motorists (per mile traveled) is roughly three times greater at night compared to daylight hours.

Nighttime driving is inherently more dangerous, particularly in dense urban areas like New York City where bicyclists and pedestrians can seemingly pop out of nowhere. Driving in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs has its own set of challenges, but there are few things motorists can do to help reduce the risk of getting in a car accident at night.

Safety tips for night driving in NYC

The majority of visitors to New York City rely on public transportation to get around town, and a large percentage of local residents opt to forego personal vehicles entirely. If, however, you are driving after sunset in the city, consider the following tips:

  • Check your headlights – New York City has specific laws regarding use of headlights to combat limited visibility during evening hours. All drivers are required to turn on their headlights 30 minutes after sunset, and if you’re driving into the early morning hours, they must remain on until half an hour before sunrise. It’s a good idea to make sure your headlights (and brake lights) are in working order, and their angle is properly adjusted so as not to blind oncoming drivers.
  • Drive defensively – Be extra cautious behind the wheel once the sun has set, as statistics indicate that risks of drunk driving accidents increase four-fold at night. If you suspect another driver is impaired by alcohol or drugs, call 911 and keep your distance.
  • Avoid distractions – Keep your full attention on the road and distractions at bay. Don’t risk your own life and those of others by fiddling with the stereo, texting or eating while driving.
  • Watch for pedestrians – New York City is filled with pedestrians and bikers, so whether you’re at an intersection or a crosswalk, be alert for people and potential jaywalkers.
  • Reduce your speed and increase distance – Slow down and adjust your speed to take into account limited visibility and/or weather conditions like rain, sleet and snow. Avoid tail gaiting, and increase the distance between your own vehicle and that in front to avoid a rear-end collision. You need roughly 200 feet to safely stop if you are traveling at 40 mph.
  • Adjust where you look – The headlights from oncoming vehicles can seriously impair your night vision when directly stared at. Try and avert your gaze downward to the right shoulder as a vehicle passes.
  • Don’t drive when fatigued – Studies have shown that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, and there are more accidents involving fatigued drivers between midnight and sunrise. Get off the road if you find yourself nodding off, and be on high alert for drowsy drivers, who can veer off course and cause a serious accident.
  • Use high beams correctly – High beams are useful in rural, dark areas and for spotting the reflective eyes of wildlife. However, low beams should be used when you are directly behind another car or within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle.

Car accident attorneys serving New York City

The law firm of Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green provide effective legal representation and have the experience and resources to help clients secure just compensation against negligent parties. If you were in a car accident in downtown New York and have questions about your rights, we invite you to reach out for a free case evaluation.

Additional Resources:

  1. NHTSA, Passenger Vehicle Occupant Fatalities by Day and Night – A Contrast https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/810637
  2. IDriveSafely.org, Night Driving Tips: What You Need to Know https://www.idrivesafely.com/defensive-driving/trending/night-driving-tips-what-you-need-know
  3. GEICO, 12 Safety Tips For Driving At Night https://www.geico.com/living/driving/auto/car-safety-insurance/driving-at-night

Your Spring Motorcycle Safety Check

Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green, P.C. Automobile Accident

motorcycle driving on road

After a long winter and a cool, rainy spring, you may be anxious to get your motorcycle out of storage and onto the road for your first warm weather outing. Prior to your first ride, the motorcycle accident injury attorneys at New York’s Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green recommend that you perform a spring safety check on both your ride and its systems. A thorough safety check will help keep you and your bike on the road throughout the entire riding season.

Inspect the Bike’s Battery and Electrical System

If you do not have a multimeter or you are not familiar with your bike’s electrical connections, ask your mechanic to check its battery, electrical connections, and harnesses. A dead battery can strand you far away from your destination. Change your battery if it is more than a few years old, and install a battery tender to give you a self-contained jump if your battery runs down due to a system short or some other electrical fault. Wires and connections that run under seats and through other stress points can become frayed or corroded. Replace any worn wiring and verify that headlamps and turn signals are fully operational.

The Bike’s Tires and Brakes are Crucial Control Elements

Worn tires and brakes increase a bike’s stopping distance. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have seen multiple bike crashes where a quicker stop could have prevented serious injuries. Replace your bike’s tires if they are worn or have uneven tread wear. Check all parts of your braking system, including hand levers, cables, and pads. Take a close look at your wheels. Small nicks and dents in the rims can lead to low tire pressure. Verify that the bike’s throttle, clutch, steering, and suspension are fully operational.

Add Fresh Grease and Check the Bike’s Fluid Systems

Fuel lines and fittings will degrade over time, even if you drained all the fuel from your bike when you put it away for the winter. Make sure your bike isn’t leaking fuel. Add fresh grease to all bushings and bearings to assure top-notch performance. Get a grease gun and use the proper type of grease that works best with your bike’s swing arms and suspension pivots. Consider installing an oil cooler if your bike does not already have one to increase the lifespan of its lubricants

Take a Good Look at Your Riding Gear

Start with your helmet. New York State requires riders to wear helmets, but the State’s laws say nothing about how often those helmets should be replaced. Over time, solar radiation, road dirt, and general age will reduce the protection that a helmet provides. If more than seven years have elapsed since your helmet was manufactured or if you have been using the same helmet for more than five years, get a new one. Have it professionally fitted to ensure your comfort during longer rides. Replace any riding jackets and pants that are worn or that no longer fit properly. Clothing that limits your mobility or flexibility on a bike can be a safety hindrance. Focus on your comfort over style or your image.

Make Sure That Your Bike Is Still the Right Bike for You

If your bike puts you into a forward or aggressive riding position, make sure you are still comfortable in that position and that you will not experience back pain or any other fatigue on longer rides. Even if you are comfortable, pay attention to other elements that might cause fatigue, particularly your grips. If your hands get tired or your seat is too stiff, replace them with more comfortable upgrades. Verify that your rear-view mirrors reflect the full scope of traffic behind you. More than one rider has been rear ended on a motorcycle where the rider’s mirrors were improperly positioned or did not give the rider enough information about rapidly approaching vehicles. 

Do an Honest Assessment of Your Riding Skills

The rider is always the most important safety system on every bike. All riders can benefit from regular coaching and safety instructions. Some instructors, for example, are now cautioning riders not to rely on loud pipes and bright clothing to make them visible to motorists, but are instead training bikers in new defensive riding styles. Bikers who take their own safety seriously can enjoy thousands of miles on their rides by focusing on their own skills and riding abilities first.

Call Friedman Levy When You Suffer Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident in New York

Regardless of your riding and safety skills, when you are riding you will always face the risks of encounters with distracted and negligent motorists. If you have suffered losses and injuries in motorcycle crash, call a NY motorcycle accident lawyer at New York’s Friedman Levy Goldfarb & Green. We will fight to get you the maximum damages that you deserve and need, and we will help to get you back on your bike as soon as you recover from your injuries.

Early Action Can Minimize Pain After a Car Accident

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Auto accidents are an everyday reality in the greater New York City area – within the city alone, there were more than 228,000 car crashes 2018. Not every accident causes personal injuries, but more than 44,000 were reported in 2018.

Sometimes the injuries are immediately obvious, like broken bones, cuts, or paralysis. Other times, the injuries may not be apparent until days or weeks after the accident. In either case, the pain after a car accident may linger far longer than expected. It is important to take these facts into consideration when assessing injuries, and also when negotiating a personal injury settlement.

Assessing injuries after a car accident

Too often, accident victims refuse medical attention at the scene. Sometimes they do not realize they are injured at all, and sometimes they just wrongly assume that the injuries are not that serious. Unfortunately, many injuries can become more obvious later on as pain and inflammation increase.

Waiting to see a doctor can cause a few problems. First, it prevents early treatment that could lessen the pain in the long run. Second, it can give the false impression that the injuries and accompanying pain are exaggerated or otherwise not honest. The best course is to see a doctor as soon as possible after the accident, even if it does not seem that bad. It also helps to speak with a personal injury attorney to understand your rights and responsibilities going forward.

Common latent injuries

Due to changes in velocity that occur during a crash, even a low-speed impact can cause damage. Often the result is soft tissue injuries – injuries to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, such as sprains and strains. Sometimes these heal on their own. Sometimes they need treatment in order to lessen the severity and duration of suffering.

After a car accident, neck pain may indicate a condition like whiplash, which is one of the most common injuries following a rear-end collision. Surprisingly, most cases of whiplash occur in low impact crashes. Whiplash can lead to long-term dizziness, headaches, and difficulty sleeping. Some of these conditions may be improved with physical therapy.

After a car accident, back pain may be a sign of strains or sprains in the spine, herniated discs, or even fractured vertebrae. Many of these injuries can cause serious, even permanent, impairment, yet go undetected for days or weeks after the accident. Seeking medical attention early on can limit the long-term damage.

Settling a car accident claim over lingering pain

Insurance adjusters strive to close files as quickly as possible, limiting the amount their companies pay on claims. If you have been injured and the crash was someone else’s fault, you can bet that the other driver’s insurance company will call quickly and offer you a low amount to settle quickly. Unfortunately, insurance settlements include releases of liability – you cannot go back to ask for more money later if the injury turns out to be more serious.

Before even thinking of entering a settlement, see a doctor and speak with a personal injury attorney. Your attorney will advocate for you to see that any settlement accounts for the costs of treatment and any suffering that your doctors reasonably anticipate in the future.

Speak with a NY car accident attorney

The first days after an accident can impact the coming years of your life. If you have been injured, promptly seek medical care and discuss your situation with a car accident lawyer at Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green. From our Manhattan office, we passionately advocate on behalf of injured clients throughout New York City, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, all five boroughs, Westchester and Long Island. Call today to set up a free, confidential consultation.

Potential Liable Parties in a Car Accident

Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green, P.C. Automobile Accident

When a quick errand run turns treacherous because of another driver’s inattention, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. After any type of traffic collision where property damage and physical harm occurs, establishing liability is one of the most critical steps needed when it comes to securing damages for your claim.  

Various factors will ultimately determine which individual (or parties) is liable for the accident. For example, a driver is seriously hurt after another motorist cuts in front of her without signaling the move. The victim may be held partially responsible for the collision if it can be proven that she made an illegal lane change or was speeding at the time of the crash.

It can be challenging to prove fault in an accident, especially when who caused the accident is disputed. Proving fault requires hard evidence, ranging from police reports, eyewitness testimony and photos of the accident scene.

Determining accident liability and filing insurance claims in New York City’s five boroughs can be especially complex. For this reason, it’s crucial to seek legal advice as soon as possible. A lawyer will answer questions about your eligibility for legal recourse and begin a proper investigation into potential liable parties.

Who may be held accountable for car accident injuries?

While reckless or negligent driving behavior is a common allegation in car accident claims, there are other situations where liability may fall elsewhere. Take for instance an auto part manufacturer that distributes a defective ignition switch which causes a motorist to lose control of their vehicle and crash. Or, consider an SUV that is equipped with a faulty airbag that deploys randomly, causing severe injury.

Unfortunately, there are millions of cars and vehicle parts that have been recalled for defects and safety concerns over the years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicle defects were a factor in nearly 50,000 accidents last year.

Automobile manufacturers and makers of vehicle parts have a duty to design and manufacture products that are reasonably safe for their intended purpose. Depending on the unique circumstances of the accident, a product liability claim may be filed against the manufacturer of a faulty vehicle part, the automobile manufacturer or even the company that distributed the vehicle.

Discuss your case with NYC car accident lawyers

The law firm of Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green has successfully taken on complex accident cases stemming from negligent driving, cell phone use, vehicle defects, equipment malfunction, and driver impairment, among other factors. Our veteran attorneys have a reputation for pursuing maximum compensation and achieving outstanding results for our clients. Determining fault in a motor vehicle collision requires in-depth investigations, supporting evidence and a thorough understanding of negligence and product liability laws. Establishing liability is not always cut and dry, particularly in multiple-vehicle crashes, where victims can benefit immeasurably from a trusted legal advocate.

Most personal injury cases arising from auto accidents in New York are resolved out-of-court, but a skilled car accident lawyer will protect your interests and take the case to trial if a settlement falls short. Call Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green P.C. today to arrange a free case evaluation.