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Should I get a lawyer for a car accident that was my fault?

For most Long Islanders who experience a long daily commute, you may be wary about the potential threat of an accident. But what happens when you’re at fault for an accident? It would be best to contact a car accident lawyer in Suffolk County that specializes in this field, such as the experts at Birzon & Associates Law Firm. With several years of experience and many victorious cases, their staff will help you plan ahead for the coming steps of your legal trial.

Laws regarding insurance and car accidents in New York State

New York State is one of the few states that is considered a no-fault car insurance state, This means that you must claim everything through your own personal insurance for injuries resulting from the accident. There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as if the damages are severe and permanent, then you are able to file a claim against the other drivers’ insurance. Damages of this nature include resulting complications such as the following:

  • Broken bones.
  • Substantial disfigurement. 
  • Permanent impairment of the use of your body, organs or limbs. 
  • A substantial limitation of a body function or system. 
  • Substantively full disability for 90 days.  

New York State also has a statute of limitation law when it comes to car accidents, this law sets a time constraint on your right to bring up a lawsuit. Ordinarily, the average amount of time given for this is three years. After the three-year mark has been reached, the court system will most likely dismiss your case. 

Pure Comparative Negligence 

New York State is also a pure comparative negligence state, this means that if the case is brought in front of a jury or judge they will first compare fault, then calculate the percentage of fault for each driver, and finally, they will reduce the damage awards accordingly to their results. An example of this would be a case in which there are 10,000 dollars in damages but the court finds you 30 percent at fault. In this particular instance, you are then only permitted to recover up to 70 percent of your damages. As a result, in this case, you would be awarded 7,000 dollars. 

Should I get a car accident lawyer in Suffolk County?

If you’ve experienced a car accident and are likely at fault, there are many benefits of obtaining a lawyer. Clients who are at-fault will likely require strong legal representation from a lawyer that can help you file a law-suit and/or help you negotiate an out of court settlement. 

For the majority of cases that do not involve severe injury along the lines of what we listed, you may think that you do not need a lawyer’s assistance. However, the individual who not at fault may still consider pursuing a legal case in order to obtain some form of settlement from your insurance company. If you fear that a case is being built against, then you should certainly pursue assistance from a lawyer who specializes in these types of cases. In the event that severe injuries did occur as a result of an accident that was your fault, legal representation will be vital. Aside from court appearances and other mandatory measures, working alongside a lawyer is also helpful for answering any legal questions that you may not have been aware of initially. There’s a reason their the professionals, and it’s because they’re aware of all the intertwining legalities that go into each and every case.

Contacting an Attorney from Birzon & Associates

The car accident lawyers in Suffolk County at Birzon & Associates Law Firm will help you with all your car insurance and accident-related questions/needs. With respected and expert attorneys, there to help you after your accident and give you the legal representation that you deserve. Get in contact with their offices today by visiting their website.

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