In the course of your driving career, statistically you will be involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Installing a dashboard camera before an accident occurs is the best way in preserving the truth of what really happened. Unfortunately, those who cause accidents rarely admit that they are liable for the accident

If you don’t have dashboard camera, the next best thing are witnesses. If there is a witness to the accident, take down their name and cell number.

Today there is a plethora of door cams and video footage maintained by both private and government agencis. Obtaining this footage which supports your version of events is invaluable.

Take photos of both vehicles and the accident site. Take as many pictures as you can from every possible angle. Do not move your vehicle until after you take the photos. You want the photos to depict where the contact occurred, which lane each vehicle was in at the time of the accident, which direction each vehicle was heading in, were there any traffic control devices. If you move your vehicle, the other party might change their story. A picture is worth a thousand words.

In our days, the NYPD does not come to the scene of an accident unless there is an injury. If you feel that you are injured then call the police.

In our days, the NYPD does not come to the scene of an accident unless there is an injury. If you feel that you are injured then call the police.

Tell the ambulance personal how you feel. Detail each and every injury no matter how minor it feels. This establishes a record of your injuries.

At the hospital detail to the hospital personnel every injury that you have, do not leave any injury however minor out of your description.

In New York State, the hospital bill and doctor bills will be paid under No-Fault. This will be elaborated upon in the No Fault portion of this website.

If you have suffered a serious injury and are admitted to the hospital, if any part of your body is in pain or injured even that for which you were not admitted for, bring it up with the hospital personnel.

If you are discharged from the hospital and the pain goes away, then consider yourself lucky. If the pain persists or gets worse call your doctor.

Many a time, you do not feel that injured at the accident scene. The pain can begin later that day or a few days later. Go to a doctor. Do not assume that the pain will just go away.

No Fault

In NYS medical bills incurred as a result of an automobile accident are paid by No-Fault Insurance. No-Fault is generally paid by your automobile policy. If you are a pedestrian and struck by a vehicle, No-Fault is paid by the offending vehicle’s insurance company. If you are a passenger in another persons vehicle, No Fault is paid by the insurance carrier in which you were a passenger in. There are exceptions in which your policy will become primary or take over after the first vehicles insurance is exhausted. Your rates are not affected by a no-fault claim.

A person involved in a motor vehicle accident is required to inform their insurance carrier of the accident. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is best to speak to an attorney before you speak to your insurance company. Unfortunately, your own insurance company is not your friend.

Your EMS, hospital, doctor and all medical related bills are paid by No-Fault. As at the time of your hospitalization your no-fault file has not been opened, once you receive your No-Fault claim number you have to inform the hospital and all providers that you treated with of the No-fault claim number, otherwise they will bill your primary insurance company which will disclaim, leaving you on the hook for the bills..

If you are disabled and unable to work, No-Fault will pay a portion of your wages if your wages are documented and your doctor determines that it is medically necessary for you not to work during your convalescence.

Once you inform your insurance company of the accident, the insurance company will send you a No-Fault form. You have thirty days from the date of the accident to submit your No-Fault form.

The insurance company will set up a No-Fault exam. The average time for them to set up an exam is about eight to ten weeks after the accident. Though they are called Independent Medical Exams, that is a misnomer. Most of the time, the doctor assigned by the insurance company will find that you have recovered and your medical benefits will be terminated. As treatment to pierce the threshold is three months, this can cause an issue with the validity of the case. Threshold will be discussed in the threshold section.

If the No-Fault IME determines that you are no longer eligible for No-Fault benefits, if you have medical insurance, you can continue receiving medical benefits under your medical insurance. If you do not have health insurance, many a time a physician and therapist will treat you on a medical lien. Their fee will be paid upon the conclusion of your case.


Injuries stemming from a car accident range from minor whiplash to serious injuries or even death.

There are two portions to a car accident case, liability and damages.

Liability, is who is at fault for the happening of the accident Many a time there is comparative fault, in which both parties share liability for the accident.

Damage are the injuries that you have suffered as a result of the accident.

It is critical to document the damage if any to your vehicle. The more damage to your vehicle the more credible is your claim for any injuries that you claim you sustained from your accident.

Witnesses and video footage of how the accident happened are critical to establishing liability in the case.

Generally there are three insurance adjusters assigned to your accident case. One is a No-Fault adjuster which is assigned by your carrier and deals with your No-Fault claims.

The second is a property damage adjuster that will deal with property damage to your vehicle.

The third is a bodily injury adjuster that will deal with the injuries you stained and determine how much if any the adverse carrier will pay for the injuries you sustained as a result if their client’s negligence.

Many a time after an accident the shock and adrenaline will mask many injures that you have. Some times it takes a few hours, days or even weeks for injuries to be felt. If you are injured it is imperative that you see a doctor as soon as possible. The longer it takes for you to go to your first appointment means in many a case a lower recovery.

Depending on liability of the parties, the seriousness of your injury will determine the monetary recovery you receive. A major factor in car accidents is the coverage that is carried by the offending vehicle. You can have a million dollar case but if the offending vehicle has only a $25,000.00 policy in most instances that is the amount you will receive. Many a time if you own a vehicle and have larger SUM coverage you will be able to collect from your own carrier.

If you are injured in an accident contact an attorney as he can best guide you through this difficult process.


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The process

No two car accidents are the same. Retaining proper counsel can ease your burden so you can concentrate on your recovery. From handling the No-Fault to having your vehicle repaired to insuring that you get proper treatment are the just the beginning of the process.

If you hire an attorney they will have an interview with you to obtain all the facts about your case. No-Fault forms will be filled out and medical records will be ordered. Generally a law suit will not be started until you have finished treating. At that point many attorneys try to settle the case withe insurance company. Many an attorney or case requires that the case be put in suit before ant settlement negotiations can be had.

An action unless it is against the City or a governmental agency is initiated with the filing of a summons and complaint. The defendant will answer with numerous demands. Your attorney will respond and make his own demands. A PC will be requested in which the parties will demand insurance information to be provided and numerous discovery from each side. Deposition dates for both sides will be scheduled. A Compliance Conference date will also be scheduled as will be a Note of Issue, which is the date the case will be certified ready to be placed on the trial calendar.

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