According to New York State Traffic Safety Data, in 2013 alone there were over 70,000 car accidents in New York City. Among the accidents that took place in New York, many of them could have been easily prevented. Also in 2013, over 8,000 of the 300,000 accidents were the result of drinking and driving. Furthermore, over 29,000 accidents out of the 300,000 accidents in the state were the result of speeding. The most common types of automobile accidents are typically caused by the negligence or reckless behavior of another driver. Accidents can either be minor, including fender benders, or major, such as multi-car pileups. Whatever the severity, these personal injury accidents in White Plains, New York, can leave victims and their families with serious injuries and high medical bills. Families may have to make lifestyle adjustments to care for a hurt loved one.
Injuries can be devastating for victims and their families. Individuals sometimes face long recovery periods, miss time at work, and suffer greatly from their pain. Unfortunately, the minimum insurance required by the state is often insufficient to pay for the more severe injuries victims sustain in car accidents. New York requires drivers to carry only $25,000 in personal injury protection for individuals and $50,000 for total personal injuries, as well as $50,000 in wrongful death protection for individuals and $100,000 in total protection for wrongful death. Yet, even common surgeries can result in immense hospital bills for victims. A hip replacement surgery typical at a White Plains hospital, for instance, can cost anywhere from $11,000 to $125,000. When considering the higher end of the scale, it becomes clear how quickly medical bills can get out of hand.
In cases where victims face high medical expenses with only limited insurance, seeking recourse and damages either through an out-of-court settlement or after a trial can mean a world of difference. A personal injury lawyer can help you receive a recovery to pay for your medical bills, pain and suffering, or lost wages. Whatever the circumstance, the lawyers at Kent Hazzard, L.L.P. aggressively represent victims who are injured due to a driver’s negligent behavior.
Common Accident Injuries
Car accidents can leave victims with a host of possible injuries. In White Plains, New York, personal injury victims may get hurt as pedestrians, while on a bike, or in a car. Pedestrians and bicyclists are more likely to suffer more serious injuries because they don’t have the protection of a car to buffer the impact. Common injuries suffered by victims include:
Some of these injuries are not always diagnosed immediately after an accident takes place. For instance, as many as three million people will suffer from some form of mild traumatic brain injury every year. It can take weeks or months to properly diagnose this condition. Psychological difficulties following an accident are also quite common, but are often diagnosed months or weeks after an accident takes place. If you are suffering from flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, or have difficulty driving or getting in a car, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. If you’ve suffered a personal injury through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical expenses, long-term care, and lost wages.
According to recent statistics, in 2013, over 41 million people were uninsured in America. Many times, victims of auto accidents do not seek medical help following injury due to fear of large medical bills and lack of insurance. There are other times when victims may not even be aware that they are injured and fail to seek immediate medical care following their injuries. To make matters worse, mild traumatic brain injuries may not be immediately diagnosed by ER doctors. Victims may not always be aware that their memory loss, insomnia, balance issues, or feelings of depression were the result of a car accident. That is why it is important to contact an attorney immediately to learn your rights. The lawyers at Kent Hazzard, L.L.P., White Plains, NY work diligently to ensure that victims know their rights and receive just compensation for their injuries.
Seeking Justice for Victims of Accidents
If you’ve been in an accident in New York, you need the representation of skilled and experienced auto accident attorneys to help you seek justice and receive the compensation you deserve. Kent Hazzard, L.L.P. works closely with clients to help them receive the maximum award allowable under the law. We’ll take the time to review your case, contact insurance companies, and interview witnesses, if necessary, to make sure that you have the strongest case possible. We’ll carefully calculate the value of your claim and fight insurers and negligent parties to make sure you get the recovery you deserve. Contact our firm in White Plains today to learn more.