Our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking Buffalo car accident lawyers understand that injuries caused by cars, SUVs and trucks can have long-lasting impacts on your life. We will zealously fight to obtain the best result for your car accident.
New York State is a No-Fault state. Therefore, after a car, SUV or truck accident in New York, your medical bills and lost wages are paid by the No-Fault insurance company for the vehicle you were in, without regard to who was at fault for the accident.
New York State has a “Serious Injury” threshold. This is a law that defines who is entitled to compensation above the payment of medical bills and lost wages through No-Fault insurance.
Interestingly, it is commonly not apparent whether a person who was recently in a car, SUV or truck accident would be categorized as having a “serious physical injury.”
It is extremely important for every person who was involved in a car, SUV or truck accident to consult with Buffalo car accident lawyer Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his top rated team at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. as soon as possible.
We can be reached at 716-839-3939. We will provide information concerning the payment of your medical bills, payment of your lost wages and payment for your pain and suffering.
- Move to a Safe Location
Immediately following an accident, you should move your vehicle to a safe location. Turn off the engine.
It is important that you get out of high traffic areas. Use cones, flares and other warning devices to alert drivers of the motor vehicle accident.
- Determine if there are Injuries
Check if you are injured as soon as you are safe. If you are hurt, immediately dial 911 and seek emergency medical assistance. If you are unsure, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Seeking medical attention quickly is beneficial. You should document all of your complaints and which medical treatment providers you see.
- Dial 911 and Call the Police
No matter how minor the accident may seem, it is important that you call the police.
In New York State you are legally required to notify the police if someone is seriously injured or killed in an accident.
A police report will typically set forth who is at fault. It includes information about the location and the date and the time of the car, SUV or truck crash.
- Gather Relevant Information
Promptly gather as much information from the scene of the car, SUV or truck collision as possible. The following should be obtained:
- Name(s), number(s) and contact information of everyone who was involved;
- Vehicle descriptions (make, model, year);
- License plate number(s);
- Witness information including;
- Numbers; and
- Insurance information; and
- Cell phone photos and videos of the vehicle damage, injuries and the scene of the accident.
- Notify Your Insurance Company
A claim must be promptly filed with your No-Fault insurance carrier. In New York you are mandated to submit a No-Fault application to your insurance carrier within 30 days of the accident.
What you say to your insurance company is important. It is best to first discuss the case with our office. We will contact the proper entities and file the paperwork for you at no cost!
- File a Claim Against the Other Driver(s)
There are strict and short time limits applicable to bringing a car, SUV or truck personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. Call Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his highly rated team of car accident lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. now at 716-839-3939 to have your rights preserved.
We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week and there is never a fee until we WIN for you! We have vast experience handling car, SUV and truck accident claims.
Addressing the causes of crashes is important. According to the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR), in New York State, over 98,212 crashes were the result of human factors. 11,858 accidents were caused by environmental factors. Over 4,599 crashes were the result of vehicular factors.
This means that over 85% of all car crashes are caused by driver negligence.
The following are factors that cause car accidents:
In 2017, 57,006 crashes were caused by distracted driving. Drivers have a responsibility to be attentive while driving. Failing to pay attention to the road can have deadly consequences.
Following Too Closely
Most rear-end accidents involve drivers following other vehicles too closely. In 2017, 52,467 accidents were caused by not leaving enough space between cars.
When an emergency situation occurs, extra space can help avoid serious crashes.
Failing to Yield the Right-of-Way
When a driver believes they have the right-of-way, their guard is down. When someone fails to yield, the other driver may not be prepared to avoid a severe collision.
In 2017, 43,778 crashes were caused by drivers who did not yield properly.
Improper Lane Changing
According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there is a direct correlation between sideswipe car accidents and failing to properly change lanes.
Signaling when changing lanes and scanning the surrounding area will decrease the likelihood of an accident.
Many people drive too quickly for the conditions of the road. The World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention explains that an increase in average speed of 0.62 mph (1 km/h) results in a 3% higher risk of a crash involving a personal injury.
The faster you drive, the less time you have to react.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 3,752 New York State residents have been killed as a result of drunk driving car accidents between 2003 and 2012.
In the first six months of licensed driving, inexperienced drivers are 8 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash.
Inexperience can be minimized through driver’s education classes and proper knowledge of the rules of the road.
According to the American Sleep Foundation, more than 20% of U.S. adult drivers admit to falling asleep behind the wheel.
Driving while you are tired decreases reaction times.
A drowsy driver is three times more likely to be involved in a collision.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
Driving while your ability is impaired by drugs is a serious crime. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16% of all motor vehicle crashes involve drugs other than alcohol.
- Because there are short and strict deadlines and there is extensive paperwork that is required to bring a claim. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of top rated lawyers and paralegals will complete and submit the documentation that you need to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering; and
- Because insurance companies want to settle your case for the smallest amount possible.
The attorneys at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. are highly competitive and will zealously fight to maximize your recovery to obtain the best possible result for you.
Many people come to us concerned that their own insurance company is cutting them off from treatment.
Every insurance company’s goal is to retain as much money as possible.
It is important that you do not settle your claim until you complete all of your medical treatment.
We will scrutinize every aspect of your situation to determine the proper settlement amount for you. Our aggressive lawyers will battle the insurance companies for you. This will allow you to focus on what is important, your health.
We will make sure that every deadline is met. We strive to make this process as smooth as possible.We Will Help You Get Paid By No-Fault Insurance For Your Lost Wages.
When you are injured and unable to work, your life is severely impacted. We will help to relieve your anxiety by assisting you with making a wage claim to reimburse you quickly.
We will take the initiative to:
- Contact your No-Fault insurance carrier for you;
- Submit your paperwork; and
- Compel the insurance company to pay your lost wages.
Many personal injury firms in Buffalo, New York will NOT assist you with your No-Fault lost wage claim.
We treat you the way we would like to be treated. If we were in your shoes, we would want personal attention and help obtaining the No-Fault benefits that are warranted.
We have monthly team meetings that focus on the best techniques to properly fight for your wages.
We strive to be known as the best personal injury lawyers in Buffalo, New York!
Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at (716) 839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!
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