Queens Car Accident Lawyer
- Why Choose Proner & Proner for Your Queens Car Accident Injury
- What types of car accident cases does Proner & Proner accept?
- Common Car Accident Injuries
- What Damages are Available for Queens Car Accident Victims?
- What causes most car accidents in Queens?
- Who is liable for my injuries?
- What should I do after a car accident in Queens?
- When should I contact a Queens car accident attorney?
- How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
- How Proner & Proner Can Help
- Frequently Asked Questions
If a negligent driver has injured you in Queens, you shouldn’t have to pay the financial cost. Unfortunately, insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind. That is why you need a compassionate personal injury attorney who is going to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
A Queens car accident lawyer at Proner & Proner can help you hold the responsible parties accountable and ensure you are fairly compensated for your injuries. Our extensive knowledge and experience fighting insurance companies allows us to advocate for our clients and help secure adequate payment for medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Schedule a free case evaluation with one of our Queens car accident attorneys to discuss all your options. When you work with Proner & Proner, we don’t get paid unless you get paid.
Why Choose Proner & Proner for Your Queens Car Accident Injury
Proner & Proner has provided fearless, compassionate advocacy to Queens car accident victims for more than 60 years and has recovered more than $400 million on behalf of injured clients.
When you hire a Proner & Proner car accident injury attorney, you will be assigned a legal team consisting of attorneys, support staff, and a dedicated paralegal who will be available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will also receive Mitchell Proner’s personal cell phone number.
Mitchell Proner is a lifetime member of the New York State Trial Association and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The American Trial Lawyers Association has recognized him as a Top 100 trial lawyer, and he has a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV preeminent, the highest rating available for skill and ethics.
What types of car accident cases does Proner & Proner accept?
Our law firm handles all types of car accident cases in Queens and throughout New York City, including car accidents in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. We have helped clients injured as a result of the following:
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Common Car Accident Injuries
Mitchell Proner personally understands the devastation a car accident can cause, after being seriously injured himself in a motorcycle accident in 1990. This gives our law firm unique insight into the needs of our clients. We have helped clients with nearly every type of catastrophic car accident injury, including:
What Damages are Available for Queens Car Accident Victims?
The available damages after a Queens car accident will depend on the type of accident, who is liable, and the available insurance. At Proner & Proner, we look for every available avenue of compensation to ensure you recover the maximum amount. Compensation for a car accident may include:
- Economic damages: Verifiable financial losses such as wages and medical expenses
- Non-economic damages: Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages: Damages awarded as a punishment against a defendant whose conduct was especially egregious
Awardable lost wages and medical expenses include future losses and expenses. For example, an injury that results in a lifelong disability will likely impact your future earning capacity. You are also likely to have medical expenses.
How do the New York no-fault insurance laws impact my Queens accident claim?
You must file a claim against your no-fault policy first, regardless of fault. If your injuries are serious or your personal injury protection is insufficient to cover your damages, you may file a claim against the other party’s liability insurance.
New York § 5102 defines the threshold for serious injury as the following:
- Significant disfigurement
- A fracture
- Loss of a fetus
- Permanent loss or limitation of bodily functions
- Substantial disability lasting at least 90 days
What if my loved one is killed in a car accident in Queens?
In the tragic death of an immediate family member, the personal representative of the deceased may file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of your family. This allows the surviving spouse, children, and next of kin to recover the following damages:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pain and suffering of the deceased
- Medical expenses of the deceased
- Loss of parental guidance
- Loss of support and comfort
- Punitive damages
What causes most car accidents in Queens?
Queens is a high-traffic borough with the second highest car accident incidence of all the boroughs behind Brooklyn. In November 2022, the New York City Police Department reported 2,261 car accidents in Queens, resulting in 12 deaths and 1,171 injuries.
The top contributing factors in Queens car accidents, according to the NYPD, include:
- Inattentive and distracted driving
- Failure to yield
- Improper passing
- Running stop signs and red lights
- Drunk driving
Who is liable for my injuries?
Although the vast majority of car accidents are caused by a driver’s negligence, third parties often contribute to accidents or make injuries worse. These parties may include:
- A trucking company
- An employer
- The owner of a vehicle who loaned it to the negligent driver
- A car manufacturer
- A tire manufacturer
- An airbag manufacturer or installer
- A mechanic
- A government agency
Identifying all liable parties requires a detailed investigation by a professional forensic analyst. This is crucial to ensuring you recover all the compensation to which you are entitled.
What should I do after a car accident in Queens?
The three most important tasks after a car accident are to seek medical treatment, document the accident, and contact an attorney.
Seek Medical Attention
Seeking medical attention is important for your well-being and your personal injury claim. If you do not receive treatment, the insurance company will argue that you are not injured. You need medical evidence to support your injury claims and document your costs.
Document the Accident
Every legal action requires evidence. Try to document the accident as much as possible. This includes filing a police report, collecting eyewitness contact information, and taking photos and videos of the scene. Our personal injury checklist can help you determine the necessary documentation.
Contact an Attorney
You need to avoid talking to the insurance company, posting commentary about your accident on social media, admitting fault to the other party, or apologizing for the accident. Instead, contact a Queens car accident attorney as soon as possible, and let your attorney speak on your behalf.
When should I contact a Queens car accident attorney?
The statute of limitations for most car accident cases in Queens is three years from the date of the accident. It is two years from the wrongful death of your family member. Queens personal injury cases against a government entity must be filed within 90 days.
Though three years may seem like a long time, it is crucial to contact a Queens personal injury lawyer promptly to ensure your attorney can investigate your accident while critical evidence is still available and eyewitnesses recall details.
How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
Proner & Proner collects payment based on a contingency fee agreement, which means you pay nothing upfront. We advance your case costs and assume all the risks of your suit. After you win compensation, we collect a percentage of your recovery as disclosed to you upfront.
How Proner & Proner Can Help
Insurance companies can afford to hire the most expensive attorneys money can buy. To minimize compensation for car accident victims suffering from severe injuries, they can utilize tactics such as:
- Offer a lowball settlement and require you to sign away your rights.
- Blame you for the accident.
- Minimize your injuries.
When you hire Proner & Proner, you can count on us to fearlessly thwart these efforts and require the insurance company to pay the compensation it rightfully owes, whether through fierce negotiations or skillful litigation in court.
Our attorneys will ensure your case is filed on time and that all liable parties are identified. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to questions we frequently receive.
You should only accept an offer or sign documents from the insurance company with a lawyer present. Ethically, when you are represented by an attorney, an insurance company should not contact you. If they do, refer the representative to your attorney without comment.
Ideally, the insurance company will settle for the amount you deserve. Proner & Proner can often make this happen. Unfortunately, insurance companies do not always play fair, and it becomes necessary to seek fair compensation in court.
We are well-prepared to take your case to trial, but we can not guarantee what a jury might decide. If the insurance company makes an offer, our legal team will advise you, but it is always your decision to accept a settlement or go to court.
It can take months or years for a case to settle, depending on how complex the case is. Our legal team has the resources to move your case forward as quickly as possible, and we will keep you informed throughout so you can anticipate when to expect results.
New York law allows you to recover compensation in an accident as long as you are less than 100 percent at fault. However, your compensation will be reduced in proportion. At Proner & Proner, we work with some of the nation’s leading forensic experts to minimize your share of the fault.
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