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Getting into a serious car or motor vehicle accident happens more often than you think, and it’s a serious matter. In New York State, there are:
1,100 deaths annually
highest for men aged over 65 followed by men aged 20-24
12,100 hospitalizations annually
highest for men aged over 65 and men aged 20-24
137,000 emergency department visits annually
highest for women aged 2024 followed by aged 15-19
Notable Verdicts & Settlements
57 year old woman injured in car accident $1,500,000
Man Injured in Car accident obtains $600,000
Annually, that results in over $700M in hospitalization charges, and $350M in ED charges, not to mention the 10% of car crash victims that get sent to long-term care facilities and rehabilitation centers. Car crashes have serious medical, financial, and long-term emotional effects on their victims, and if there is a responsible party that was negligent, they need to be held accountable.
Some of the ways a party can be negligent in a motor vehicle accident include:
Texting while driving
Failing to yield the right of way
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Failing to obey traffic laws (by running stop signs, red lights, not yielding, etc.)
Failing to be vigilant or alert while driving
Making sudden stops, stopping over the line of an intersection
Failing to signal or use other critical vehicle equipment property
We Are Experienced Hudson Valley Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys
An auto accident can set you back by tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, while affecting your long-term health and enjoyment of life. At Mainetti & Mainetti, we have a team with decades of experience in pushing back for the victims of auto accidents.
Contact us at 1-845-600-0000 to talk about your case right away.
We’ll discuss your legal options and schedule a free consultation at our offices conveniently located in Kingston or Poughkeepsie.
We Aggressively Represent Car Accident Victims
Commercial Vehicle Accidents
If an accident is caused by an individual, smaller auto claims can usually be settled quickly via insurance, but the largest claims will typically be larger than what most individual driver’s insurances can cover. That’s not an issue for commercial vehicle cases, because there’s typically more expansive coverage, which can more completely compensate victims for the damage to their selves, their vehicles, and their enjoyment of life.
With more expansive coverage comes greater opposition. We work with our clients to provide documentation and expertise to support their commercial vehicle claim, and have the experience to anticipate how our opposition will work to disprove the claim.
Drunk Driving Accident Victims
Even if a drunk or intoxicated motorist causes an accident, there is no clear New York liability laws or statutes that automatically make them liable for it. If you are the victim of a drunk driving accident and the driver is convicted of a DUI, you still have to prove that you are not liable and seek compensation. And even if the driver was not proven to be legally drunk through a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) test, it’s still possible that they were driving under the influence and got away with it, by examining police reports and eyewitness statements for evidence of the driver weaving across traffic, driving too fast or slow, failing to use their headlights, slurring speech or having red or glassy eyes.
Hit and Run Accidents
Hit and run accidents are when a motorist is the cause of a collision and flees the scene to avoid dealing with the consequences of their mistake. While much of motor vehicle accident law is focused on gaining restitution from the party at fault, in hit and run accidents, the victim may seek an award from their own insurance company.
If you’re reading this right after a hit and run accident, time is of the essence; take photos, call the police and ask for a report, talk to eyewitnesses, inform your car insurer, and contact us at (845)600-0000 as soon as possible. We’ll walk you through how to file the correct documentation and records to get the best possible result.
According to AAA, 65% of hit and run accidents are pedestrians or bicyclists. Even though you weren’t in a vehicle, and even if you don’t even own a vehicle, it still may be possible to file a No-Fault claim through a family member’s insurance policy or via the New York State Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation.
No-Fault Insurance Accidents
No fault insurance refers to insurance that covers you no matter if you caused the accident or not, even if you’re a pedestrian or bicyclist hit by a vehicle (as in hit and run accidents described above). It covers victims for any lost wages, medical bills or other expenses related to getting hit by a vehicle. Your insurance carrier must be provided with written notice within 30 days of an accident, with rare exceptions that we can explain in a consultation.
Vehicles in New York State typically carry at least $50,000 in no-fault coverage for each occupant of the vehicle, with wage loss paid back at a non-taxable rate of 80% of one’s monthly gross wages, as well as any medical supplies and related expenses.
Unfortunately, no-fault insurance does not extend to passengers and uninsured motorists or occupants. You may qualify if you occupy someone else’s uninsured vehicle if you are not a resident of the same household and carry your own insurance policy (or are covered by a relative that you live with).
Roof Crushes and Rollover Accidents
If your vehicle’s roof is crushed or caves in during an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Th Despite decades of evidence to the contrary, many auto manufacturers are negligent in designing their vehicles to have adequate roof support and roll bars to prevent roofs from crushing or collapsing when their vehicles flip over. They also may have produced or installed the roof in a defective or improper manner. If you are a roof crush or rollover accident victim, it may be appropriate to file a liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of your vehicle.
Most rear-end collisions take place at less than 10 miles per hour, but can still cause a myriad of serious long-term injuries that require expensive medical care. Typically, it’s the rear-ending driver that’s at fault, due to inattentiveness; perhaps from using a cell phone or driving while impaired. Additionally, your car manufacturer may be at fault; they’re legally required to build a bumper that protects the car, but not necessarily the driver or occupants. Insurance companies and car manufacturers are very experienced at disputing claims from injured drivers and occupants, but we have the experience and tenacity to get the fairest possible result for you during the settlement process.
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Accidents
Even though the law says that all drivers must carry insurance in the State of New York, there’s still a large percentage of drivers who have none. If you’ve been injured in an accident at the hands of an under or uninsured driver, you still have options for covering your medical bills and financial injury. While you may be technically covered by your insurance company’s underinsured or uninsured motorist policy, they may attempt to limit the amount of compensation that they pay you, deny your claim altogether, or delay payment as much as they can. Our experienced team can help prevent them from taking advantage of you, with a thorough investigation of the accident, witness interviews, and tough negotiations for the best possible outcome.