New York Car Accident Lawyers

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Most car accidents are simple fender-benders resulting in minimal damage. Unfortunately, however, they can also be serious collisions that result in major injury and even death. These accidents have an effect not only on the individuals involved but their entire family. Some victims are permanently disabled and may never work again.

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, and are in need of a New York car accident Lawyer, it’s important to understand the seriousness of your case and seek legal help. At Finkelstein & Partners, we have the legal knowledge, expertise, and experience to help you win the compensation you need and deserve.

According to www.health.ny.gov  “Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes are the leading cause of injury related death for New York State residents. During the period from 2012-2014 there was an annual average of 1,098 deaths, 12,093 hospitalizations and 136,913 emergency department visits because of motor vehicle traffic injuries among New York State residents”.

Rollover Accidents

Did you know that Roof Crush is an important factor in determining how safe a vehicle will be in a rollover accident?

Sport Utility Vehicle are the most likely to have rollover accidents and also have the highest propensity for roof crush during an accident. When a roof collapses, there is less room for the driver and the passenger. Their head often strikes the roof, which can cause paralysis or even death. When roofs crush, there is also a greater likelihood of the passenger being ejected, which increases the risk of serious injury or fatality.

Why Do Roof Crush or Rollover Accidents Occur?

Roof crush accidents occur when the frame of the vehicle is not build strong enough to support the weight of the vehicle itself if it flips upside down in a crash. Passengers can suffer serious injuries or even death during a rollover or roof crush incident when the occupant comes in contact with the roof buckles. Studies have found that strong and sturdy roofs reduce the risk of fatalities or catastrophic injuries in the event of a rollover. Some tests even showed occupants being ejected from cars with weak roofs because the windshields and side windows did not remain in tact and door did not stay on or flew open during the rollover incident.

What Are the Standards for Roof Strength?

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) No. 216 sets a minimum requirement for roof strength that is necessary to reduce deaths and injuries due to roof crush. The roof has to be able to prevent the rigid plate that is pushed into one side of the roof from moving five inches when pushed at a force equal to one and half times the weight of the vehicle. Another rule, updated in 2009 requires the roof to withstand an applied force equal to three times the amount of the vehicle’s weight while providing a sufficient amount of head room for an average sized adult male. All 2013 models should have been made up to these new standards.

What Am I Entitled To If I Am Involved in a Roof Crush or Rollover Accident?

Victims of roof crush or rollover accidents can seek compensation for damages including:

  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses

What Are My Next Steps?

Never repair or get rid of your vehicle. It is vital that you keep the vehicle in the condition it was in at the time of the crash so it can be thoroughly inspected by an expert to determine if the injuries were sustained as a result of the manufacturer’s negligence to provide a strong roof.

Seek medical attention immediately and call 911. Once you have sought medical attention by a professional and have received a diagnosis, call us 24/7 for your free consultation. If you seek medical attention immediately, not only will it increase your chances of making a full recovery, it will also establish proof of your injuries.

Most Common Car Accident Injuries

Many people are injured in car accidents every day. While these injuries vary in severity depending on the specific circumstances of the accident, there are some injuries that can be incurred in car accidents that are more common than others. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact the law office of Finkelstein and Partners, LLP today. Our team of personal injury professionals has the knowledge and experience to offer you quality legal representation.

There are a variety of factors involved in the type and severity of injuries that can be incurred in a car accident. For example, whether or not the person was wearing a seat belt, what part of the vehicle was hit, the speed of the collision as well as whether or not air bags deployed in the vehicle. All of these circumstances can affect the type of injuries that inflict the people in the car as well as how severe their injuries may be.

There are two main types of injury categories with regards to car accidents; impact injuries and penetrating injuries. Impact injuries involve any part of a person’s body hitting some part of the interior of the vehicle. This may include someone’s head hitting a side window or a seat rest, or a knee hitting the steering wheel or dashboard. Penetrating injuries usually involve cuts or scrapes incurred on impact by loose objects in the car, including shattering glass.

Soft tissue injuries cause damage to muscles, ligaments and tendons. They are also the most common type of injury incurred during a car accident. Among the most common types of soft tissue injuries, is whip lash. This is when the muscles and ligaments in the neck are stretched due to sudden movement of the head and neck during the collision. Back muscle strains are also common soft tissue injuries involved in car accidents. These can sometimes cause further damage when incorporating the spinal area.

Scrapes and cuts, though usually minor, are also very common occurrences in car accidents. Such injuries can be caused by any loose objects thrown around the interior of the car during the collision. This may include purses, cell phones, GPS systems, books, coffee mugs, or shattered glass. Cuts or scrapes can also take place during the deployment of air bags in the vehicle. While injuries such as these are usually relatively minor, should there be a significant loss of blood from the wound, the injury should be considered more serious.

Injuries of the head, chest, arms and legs are also quite common in car accidents. These are usually caused by any sudden or unnatural movements of the body. Depending on which of these body parts they involve, they can show in the form of contusions, internally broken bones or bleeding. Head, chest, arm and leg injuries can greatly vary in severity, but should all be evaluated by medical professionals immediately due to the fact that their symptoms can stay hidden for quite some time.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an a car accident, it is important that the claims process is completed correctly the first time, because victims of these types of accidents only have one opportunity to seek compensation. The cost of medical treatment for car accident-related injuries can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, so please let us help you get the compensation you deserve and contact us.

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Car Accident Lawyer, Andrew Finkelstein

Regardless of who caused the accident or what type of injury was sustained, opposition from at-fault parties, insurance companies, and other pressures can make it difficult for you to get the fair compensation you deserve.

Our highly skilled team will always provide a compassionate and caring service to guide you through your options.

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Finkelstein & Partners
1279 Route 300
Newburgh, NY, 12551

1-877-709-6658