Car Accident Lawyer for Rockland & Bergen Counties
Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman attorneys understand the life-altering ramifications that follow a serious motor vehicle accident. If you or a loved one were injured because of the negligent actions of another motorist, you shouldn’t have to bear the burden alone. Whether hurt in a rear-end collision, commercial vehicle crash, or hit-and-run accident, mounting medical bills and lost earnings can put a severe strain on your family and negatively impact the quality of your life.
Car accident lawyers Rockland County
Amid the physical pain, stress, and confusion, dealing with a personal injury claim can be a lot to handle on your own. That is where an experienced Bergen County car accident lawyer can help. Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman seek justice and rightful compensation for car accident victims in New York and New Jersey. Since 1975, our attorneys have helped accident victims throughout Rockland County and Bergen County achieve maximum damages for their losses. We have a proven track record of results, procuring millions of dollars in car accident compensation on behalf of our clients. Legal consultations are free of charge and without obligation. Our firm operates on a contingency-fee basis, meaning we do not get paid unless we negotiate a monetary settlement or win your case.
If your motor vehicle accident injuries were serious, or the other motorist was uninsured or underinsured, you need skilled legal counsel. Align yourself with a Bergen & Rockland County car accident lawyer who will protect your best interests. Call today to schedule a free case review with Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman.
Dedicated legal representation in New York & New Jersey
In the immediate aftermath of an auto accident, it’s imperative to seek medical attention and contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Do not speak with the other driver’s insurance agent without first discussing the case with your own attorney. Our skilled injury lawyers represent clients who have sustained life-changing personal injuries or lost a loved one in all types of vehicle accidents, including:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle accident
- Distracted Drivers
- Side impact collisions
- Pedestrian knock downs
- SUV rollovers
- Collisions involving public transportation
- DWI Accidents
- Uninsured or underinsured motorist accidents
- Work-Related Car Accidents
- Defective tires
- Commercial vehicle accidents
- Accidents caused by defective motor vehicle parts
Our seasoned attorneys have the resources and experience to establish liability in complex accident cases and craft the strongest possible legal arguments on your behalf. Our attorneys and in-house investigators review injury and police reports, speak with eyewitnesses, compile evidence, and secure vital testimony from medical experts that lend credibility to your claim. Without a knowledgeable lawyer in your corner, insurance companies will likely offer much less than your case is worth. We have an outstanding record of dealing with insurance companies in both New York and New Jersey, but if negotiations fail, be assured your case will be prepared for trial and presented with expertise honed in decades of courtroom experience.
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New York and New Jersey traffic fatalities rise
Recent traffic accident data paints a grim picture for New York and New Jersey drivers. Fatal accidents are on the rise, and nearly 10 percent of all traffic deaths involved distractions behind the wheel, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2016, more than 1,120 New Yorkers died in motor vehicle crashes, a 7.7 percent spike over the previous year.
New Jersey state police report that traffic accident deaths increased 8 percent in 2016, claiming more than 600 lives. Of the 607 victims, 89 were passengers, 167 were pedestrians, and 18 were cyclists. As in previous years, law enforcement officials say that excessive speed, driver fatigue, lack of seat belt use, and texting while driving contributed to many of these deaths. Cathleen Lewis of the AAA New Jersey Automobile Club reports that driver distraction is the largest change in behavior over the last decade.
Motorists who cause an accident while drowsy, impaired, or otherwise distracted may be held liable for the losses incurred. A successful claim can recover reimbursement for a variety of damages including:
- Lost income
- Current and future medical bills
- Reduced earning capacity
- Disability or disfigurement
- Pain and emotional suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
With our talented car accident lawyers representing your case, you will never settle for less than you deserve.
Auto Accident Statistics in U.S.
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- According to traffic fatality statistics, nearly 32,675 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2014.
- In 2013, nearly 32,719 fatalities occurred.
- According to NHTSA, in 2013, there was an average auto liability claim of $3,231 for property damage and $15,443 for bodily injuries.
- According to NHTSA, the average collision claim in 2013 was $3,144.
- According to NHTSA, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol related crashes in 2013.
- According to NHTSA, in 2013, 9,613 people lost their lives due to speeding related accidents.
- In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distracted driving crashes, and 424,000 people were injured.
Common Causes of Auto Accidents
The common causes of auto accidents include:
- Distracted driving: Common types of distractions that result in car accidents include eating, reaching for objects in the vehicle, and use of cell phone.
- Speeding: Speeding increases the risk of an accident and makes the crash impact more severe.
- Drunk driving: Drunk driving has been a leading cause of auto accidents. Driving under the influence can increase the risk of a crash.
- Drowsy driving: Drowsy driving also leads to vehicle accidents.
- Night Driving: Night driving leads to poor visibility, which is a risk factor for car crashes.
- Weather conditions: Auto accidents also occur due to bad weather conditions.
Common car accident injuries
In the wake of a motor vehicle crash, your health should be your primary concern. With a qualified lawyer on your side, you won’t have to worry about no-fault insurance laws or whether Personal Injury Protection (PIP) will cover your expenses. Our legal team understands the intricacies of auto insurance laws in New York and New Jersey, and will fight to obtain maximum compensation.
By developing a robust legal strategy, we can help procure money damages for hospital bills, surgeries, medication, diagnostic tests, rehabilitation costs, and out-of-pocket expenses arising from serious car accident injuries, including:
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Whiplash injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Jaw or dental damage
- Joint injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Injuries to internal organs
- Catastrophic injury leading to amputation
If you have suffered spinal cord injury, or are exhibiting signs of a concussion or brain trauma, you can put your trust in our award-winning legal team to advocate on your behalf. We are dedicated to providing personal attention to each client through every step of the process. We listen to your story, answer your questions with clear, straightforward language, deal with insurance adjustors and offer tenacious representation that gets results.
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Car accident lawyers Bergen County trusts
Even if you believe you were partly at fault for your accident, legal compensation may still be available. However, there are deadlines for pursuing an auto accident claim in New York and New Jersey, so it’s important to discuss your case with Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman as soon as possible. We offer honest answers and realistic assessments of your chances for success.
Our law offices are conveniently located in Rockland County and Bergen County. If you are unable to come in for a consultation, our lawyers can visit you in your home or hospital.
Additional Car Accident Resources:
- New York State Dept. of Health, Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics: New York State Residents https://www.health.ny.gov/statistics/prevention/injury_prevention/traffic/county_of_residence.htm
- New Jersey.com, N.J. traffic fatalities soared in 2016 with 607 deaths http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2017/01/nj_traffic_fatalities_soared_in_2016.html
- Fortune, Distracted Driving Is Now an Epidemic in the U.S. http://fortune.com/2016/09/14/distracted-driving-epidemic/
- CBS New York, Vehicle Strikes Mother And Her Three Children In Rockland County; Driver Charged http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/06/26/rockland-county-children-hit-by-car/
- Poughkeepsie Journal, NY traffic deaths up 7.7% http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/new-york/2016/08/31/ny-traffic-deaths-up-77/89672522/