Auto Accident Attorney
Being injured in a motor vehicle accident can be overwhelming. Your life is disrupted, you may accumulate medical bills, and you will probably lose some wages due to your inability to work, even if you have no-fault benefits. Sometimes, an insurance adjuster may offer you some money if you will agree not to file a lawsuit. Even though you are tempted to take the money, you are pretty sure it will not cover all your expenses. This is when you need the assistance of an accident attorney. They offer a free consultation and will help you decide what to do next.
According to the Association for International Safe Travel, every year across the United States, approximately 2.5 million people are injured in car crashes. Some suffer so severely, their lives are changed forever. Another 37,000 either are killed instantly or die later from their injuries. Almost 100 percent of accidents could be prevented, since almost all are caused by carelessness, or what the law calls negligence.
This may be negligence of the driver or negligence of the entity responsible for maintaining a safe roadway. In some cases, such as when the brakes fail, the negligence may be on the part of the manufacturer of a defective product or of the repair person who did not exercise reasonable care in making the repair. The major causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted driving. This includes putting on makeup, eating, fiddling with the radio, adjusting the GPS system, using a cell phone to text or talk, and so forth.
- Going over the speed limit.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Defective car parts, such as a sudden tire blowout.
- Roadways that have not been properly maintained.
Call an accident attorney as soon as possible. Insurance adjusters are notorious for trying to pressure injured persons into settling a case without an attorney and for less money than the amount to which they may be legally entitled. Our attorneys will review the facts of your case. An experienced attorney is knowledgeable about what your future needs may be and will help you decide how to proceed with the following injury claims:
Motorcycle riders are 35 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than are people who are driving or are passengers in a car. Head injuries are the leading cause of motorcyclist deaths. Although wearing a helmet decreases the chances of a head injury by about 40 percent, motorcycle riders and passengers are still vulnerable to serious, life-threatening or fatal injuries. Broken bones and internal injuries are common.
Most motorcycle accidents involve a crash with another type of motor vehicle. Most of the time, this is due to the negligence of the car or truck driver, not the negligence of the motorcycle rider. For example, motorcycles are more difficult to see in a side or rearview mirror. Drivers change lanes and run into motorcyclists they did not even see even when the motorcyclists are following all the rules of the road. Motorcyclists are also more vulnerable to hazardous conditions on roadways, such as oil spills or unrepaired ruts that cause them to veer out of control.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, whether as a driver or passenger, you need the services of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Plattsburgh.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that approximately 37,000 people are injured every year in accidents involving large trucks. Another 3,700 are killed. Often, truck accidents are due to drivers failing to follow the basic established laws designed to prevent accidents. For example, one of the major causes of trucking accidents is driver fatigue, which decreases the driver’s reflex time and may even cause a driver to fall asleep.
The law requires drivers to keep daily logs of the time they spend driving and the time they spend resting. The law requires them to rest for at least 10 hours after each 11-hour driving session. Other causes of truck accidents are the same as for car accidents: distracted driving, speeding, and even drunk driving.
Pursuing a Claim for Damages
Remember that insurance adjusters work for the insurance company, not for you. Their job is to settle your claim as quickly as possible with the least amount of payout as possible. Schneider & Palcsik injury lawyers offer a free consultation and will evaluate the facts of your case. Their goal is to obtain for you all the compensation to which you are legally entitled. Call them today.