Car accidents are unfortunately fairly common in Syracuse, and they leave hundreds of people in serious pain. If you were injured in an accident, you should not have to worry about how you will pay your medical bills or replace your lost wages. Sadly, far too many people struggle to obtain fair compensation following an accident that was not their fault.

At King Law, we make it our job to represent motorists like you who are injured in a car wreck. For more information, contact us today.

Were you injured in a car accident near Syracuse, NY? Call King Law at (585) 270-8882. We can help.

Serious & Catastrophic Injuries

Cars can generate a terrific amount of force, and when two of them collide, the human body suffers serious trauma. Even accidents at low speeds can result in life-changing injuries.

Our Syracuse car accident lawyer has helped clients suffering from:

Back injuries

Broken bones

Facial disfigurement

Head injuries

Neck Injuries

Nerve damage

Soft-tissue injuries

Spinal cord damage

Though some injuries can heal with ice and sufficient rest, others require rehabilitation, prescription drugs, and possibly surgery. The sooner you see a doctor, the better.

Obtaining Compensation: No Fault Insurance

New York requires that people carry at least $50,000 in personal injury protection benefits, which are no fault. This money can immediately begin paying for necessary medical care that helps you get back on your feet. If necessary, you can also make a claim for lost wages using your PIP coverage.

Because PIP is no fault, you can tap these benefits even when you are responsible for a wreck. For example, you might have been speeding when you hit a patch of ice, sending you crashing into a tree. Here, you have been driving too fast for conditions, so you may be at fault for the accident. But PIP benefits are still available.

Nevertheless, many insurers still refuse to approve claims. They might unfairly deny your claim as outside the coverage, or they might refuse to fully compensate you for the care you received.

Negligent Drivers: When another Motorist is to Blame

In many accidents, another driver is to blame for the collision. The driver fails to drive as carefully as a reasonable person would, and accidents occur. The failure to use reasonable care is negligence, which makes this driver liable for the collision.

There are many examples of negligent driving that can lead to an accident:

  • Speeding
  • Passing illegally
  • Tailgating
  • Driving on the sidewalk
  • Failing to yield
  • Failing to check a blind spot before changing lanes
  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving

New York also requires that motorists carry bodily injury liability coverage, which is “fault”-based coverage. This insurance will pay compensation to victims when a person covered by the policy is to blame for the wreck. So if a motorist runs a red light and crashes into you, you can make a claim on his or her insurance.

Satisfying the Requirements to Sue

Suing another driver is harder than it should be. New York has thrown up some hurdles, one of which is a requirement that victims suffer from a “serious injury.” New York Insurance Law Section 5102(d) identifies nine injuries that give a motorist the right to sue:

  • Fracture
  • Death of a fetus
  • Dismemberment
  • Death
  • Significant disfigurement
  • Significant limitation of a body system or function
  • Permanent loss of the use of a body organ, member, system, or function
  • Permanent consequential limitation of the use of a body member or organ
  • A non-permanent injury which prevents a person from living their daily lives for at least 90 days

New York passed this law to cut down on what it viewed as frivolous litigation over minor injuries. However, all it has done is cut off the ability of gravely injured people to get the compensation they are entitled to.

If you were seriously injured, contact our Syracuse car accident attorney today. Proving you have a sufficiently serious injury is difficult and requires detailed medical information as well as your own testimony.

Protecting Your Case

It is vital that victims not immediately give a statement to the insurance companies after a wreck. Often, insurance adjusters are fishing for evidence that shows you are to blame for the accident—at least partially. They will then use this information to reduce the amount of compensation they offer.

To protect yourself, refuse to give a recorded statement. Your car accident attorney can handle all communication for you so that there is no confusion about your memory of the event. Also continue to receive medical treatment so you can show you are doing everything possible to get well.

King Law has helped many injured motorists obtain a full and fair compensation following a serious car accident. For immediate help, please contact us at (585) 270-8882. Free consultation available.