Were you hurt in a car accident in Queens, NY? If someone else is responsible, you may have a valuable personal injury case on your hands. The experienced Queens car accident lawyers at the Platta Law Firm will fight to win your case and get you all of the money you deserve. Since 2007, our award-winning attorneys have been tireless advocates for Queens crash victims and their families. We’re tough negotiators, and our success in the courtroom is second-to-none. We’ve helped our clients recover tens of millions of dollars – and our team is here to fight for you. Contact our law office to learn more about our legal services and how we can help you make the most of your fight for compensation. Your first case evaluation is absolutely free, so call us at 212-514-5100 for help now.
Why You Should Hire Our Queens Personal Injury Lawyers After an Auto Accident
You might wonder if it’s worth it to hire a lawyer after getting into a car accident. In a word, yes. Hiring an experienced Queens personal injury lawyer after getting into a wreck is one of the best moves you can make. Here’s why:
- People who hire lawyers win more often than those who don’t.
- You deserve an opportunity to get better – physically and emotionally.
- Working with a lawyer can get you more money – up to 3.5x as much than what you’d recover on your own.
- Insurance companies and other well-funded defendants will have access to experts and specialists – you deserve that, too.
Ultimately, it’s not just about hiring just any attorney in Queens to handle your car accident case. You’ll want a firm with experience and a demonstrated ability to win. A firm that’s respected and well known in the community. A firm that puts your needs first. Make The Platta Law Firm your very first call when you’re looking for help. When you hire our personal injury attorneys in Queens you’ll benefit from:
- 130+ years of combined experience.
- A team that’s won $100 Million+ in settlements in jury awards.
- The attention only a small firm can provide and the resources you’ll need to win your case.
- Nationally acclaimed attorneys who’ve been recognized by SuperLawyers, the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, and Lawyers of Distinction.
We’re the ally you’ll want in your corner as you’re going up against a tough insurance company. Focus on getting better. Let us be your voice and fight to make you heard. Contact our law office serving Queens to arrange your free consultation to get started.
How Common Are Car Accidents in Queens?
Queens has some of the busiest, most congested roads in New York City. In fact, the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) is ranked the “second worst corridor” in the nation when it comes to traffic. So, it’s no surprise that car accidents are incredibly common in the borough. According to a compilation of NYPD crash data, there were a total of 29,256 auto accidents in
Queens in 2021. Only Brooklyn saw more collisions that year. There are between 80 traffic accidents in Queens every single day. How serious are motor vehicle accidents in the borough? In 2021, there were 11,535 accidents resulting in at least one injury or death. 12,739 people were injured and another 65 were killed in these collisions.
Car Accident Statistics Update – February 2022
If preliminary statistics for 2022 are any indication, then car accidents are still quite problematic in Queens. In February 2022, there were a reported 1,993 car accidents in the borough. At least 689 of those auto accidents resulted in an injury or death. In total, 895 people were injured (including bicyclists and pedestrians) and 6 were killed.
What Are the Leading Causes of Queens Car Accidents?
Most accidents in Queens are avoidable. When an accident does happen it’s usually because someone just wasn’t as careful as they should have been. Simple acts of negligence are enough to cause serious accidents. According to NYPD data, the leading causes of car accidents in Queens in 2021 were:
- Distracted driving: Texting and driving and other forms of driver distraction led to 5,756 crashes. Distraction was a factor in at least 31 percent of all reported collisions.
- Failure to yield the right of way: Not knowing or obeying local yield laws caused 2,554 car crashes. It was a factor in 14 percent of all collisions in the borough.
- Tailgating: Following too closely was a factor in 14 percent of all car accidents in Queens, for a total of 2,633 collisions.
- Drugs and alcohol: Statistically speaking, not a day went by without a drunk driving car accident in 2021. There were 394 accidents where drugs and alcohol played a role.
- Speed: Unsafe speeds were a factor in 5 percent of all recorded wrecks in the borough, for a total of 1,021.
Other common causes include:
- Unsafe turns
- Fatigued driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Passenger distraction
- Failure to stop at a red light
- Road rage
- Vehicle defect
- Vehicle malfunction
- Road hazards or defects
Determining the cause is the first step in building a strong claim for damages. Once the cause is established our attorneys can begin to identify who might be liable for your injuries.
What’s My Injury Case Worth After a Crash in Queens?
The cost of a car accident varies significantly from one case to the next. According to the National Safety Council, the type of injury that’s sustained will be the biggest influencer when it comes to valuation. In 2019, the average economic cost of a car accident resulting in a “possible” injury was $23,000. When an injury was “evident,” the average financial cost jumped up to $28,500. When an injury was “disabling,” the average cost totaled more than $98,000. Cases involving fatal car accidents were worth the most, with economic costs exceeding $1.7 Million.
These figures, of course, don’t take into account things like pain and suffering and the non-financial consequences of a crash. When these things are taken into consideration, the value of a personal injury case becomes much, much greater. Ultimately, these factors will tell you the most about what your car accident case might be worth:
- How serious your injuries are.
- The types of injuries you’ve suffered.
- Whether you’re likely to make a full recovery.
- How your accident has impacted your ability to work and earn an income.
- How the trauma of the accident has affected your day-to-day life and emotional well-being.
Whether or not you share responsibility for your accident can also be a critical component of valuing your personal injury case. Don’t underestimate what your case is worth. Speak with an experienced car accident lawyer near you in Queens to know for sure. Call the Platta Law Firm at 212-514-5100 to get started now.
We’ll Pursue All Available Damages in Your Queens Car Accident Case
In New York, damages can be awarded to make up for the financial costs of your accident (economic damages) and compensate for trauma that doesn’t have a set financial cost (non-economic damages). Damages that are commonly awarded to crash victims include:
- Medical bills
- Nursing care
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages, income, and benefits
- The cost of repairing damaged property
- Chronic pain
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The cost of a funeral and other financial losses can also be available if you’ve lost a family member in a fatal crash in Queens, New York. Hire an attorney with a demonstrated ability to win for their clients. Hire an attorney who will fight to get you the best possible outcome in your personal injury case. Call the Platta Law Firm to put yourself in the best position to maximize your financial recovery.
Can I Win My Injury Case If I’m Being Blamed For My Car Crash?
Since New York has no-fault rules in place, sharing responsibility won’t be an issue at first. Your insurance company will be your primary source of compensation, and PIP benefits will be available (up to your policy limits) even if you’re at fault. Fault becomes more important once you suffer a threshold injury and reserve the right to file a lawsuit. New York has a pure comparative negligence system in place. Your right to compensation is linked to your role in the accident.
Damages will be reduced if you share fault. If you’re assigned 10 percent blame, then your damages will be adjusted down by 10 percent. Other parties will try to blame you. Our car accident attorneys in Queens will be ready to defend you at every turn. We’re familiar with these (often baseless) tactics and have tried-and-true strategies we can use to protect you. Even if you do actually bear some responsibility, we can work to minimize how much fault you’re assigned. Limiting your liability can help you walk away with more money for your injuries.
Drivers, Passengers in Motor Vehicle Accidents Can Suffer Catastrophic Injuries
At The Platta Law Firm, we know that any injury, no matter how minor it might seem, can potentially change your life forever. That’s why we’re here to help you win compensation for all of your crash-related injuries:
- Neck injury
- Back injury
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Chest injury
- Airbag injury
- Seatbelt injury
- Crushing injury
- Wrongful death
If you’ve been hurt in a Queens car accident, don’t hesitate to contact our law firm for immediate assistance. We’ll be your fiercest advocate and work to get you every cent you deserve. While we handle your legal case, you’ll have the time you need to focus on getting better.
When Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Car Accident in New York?
The statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in New York is typically three years. Families will have three years to take action if an accident results in wrongful death. There are exceptions, but they’re few and far between. Don’t wait too long to file your claim. You’ll lose the right to compensation if you miss the deadline that applies to your specific situation.
We Handle All Car Accident Cases in Queens
At The Platta Law Firm, we’ve been standing up for crash victims in Queens for more than 14 years. We’ve helped clients who’ve been injured in all types of car accidents, including:
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- T-Bone accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Single vehicle accidents
- Multi-vehicle accidents
The sooner you reach out, the sooner our legal team can get to work on getting a settlement check or jury award in your pocket. Contact our law office, serving Queens and surrounding areas in NYC, to begin today.
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation With a Queens Car Accident Lawyer
Give yourself the best opportunity to win your car accident case. Level the playing field by putting a law firm with 130+ years of experience in your corner. Call the Queens car accident lawyers at the Platta Law Firm to get started. We offer a free case evaluation and work on a contingency fee basis. There’s no risk to ask for our help or hire our law firm unless we win your case. If we don’t win, you pay nothing. End of story. Call our law office at 212-514-5100 or schedule a free consultation by contacting us online. We’re standing by to answer whenever you need us most – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.