Buffalo, NY Auto Accident Attorneys
Our dedicated car accident lawyers protect your rights after an accident and represent clients in negotiations and in court.
A traffic accident can be a terrifying ordeal. Even low-speed accidents can leave you with injuries that may take months to recover from, and high-speed accidents can cause long-term disabilities. When you are dealing with the hard work of recovery, the last thing you need is to have to fight with a driver or insurance company that refuses to pay. At Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman, LLP, our auto accident attorneys strongly represent you in negotiating a fair settlement with the other party or insurer, and we are not afraid to take your case to court if needed.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Erie County
Motor vehicle accidents can cause injuries to the neck and spine, known as whiplash injuries, which might not be immediately apparent. Head injuries, specifically traumatic brain injuries like concussions, can cause damage that can last for years. These injuries may result in lost work time, high medical bills and a great deal of pain and suffering. A car accident attorney can be essential in helping you get the compensation you may deserve. The following are the most common reasons why auto accidents occur.
- Impaired driving: Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol may reduce reaction time and impair judgment and reasoning, leading to an accident. Driving while tired can have a similar effect.
- Distracted driving: Texting or talking on the phone or eating while driving can all take eyes and attention off the road for the crucial milliseconds needed to avoid a traffic accident. Drivers may be held liable if they do not give full attention to the road at all times.
- Mechanical failure: A vehicle that is not properly maintained may have problems with the engine, brakes, tires and other equipment needed for safe driving. Driving a car that is known to be unsafe can make the owner liable for any accidents that result.
One of the most difficult parts of any personal injury case is dealing with the insurance companies, which often do whatever it takes to avoiding paying high amounts of compensation. Our Buffalo auto accident attorneys use their experience to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurer so that you can focus on your physical recovery.
What To Do If You Are In a Auto Accident
Call the police. The police officer will ask you how the accident occured. Ask the police officer to get the names and addresses of any witnesses. If the police office does not get the names and addresses of witnesses, then you should do so.
Unless you are absolutely certain that your body did not suffer any trauma in the accident do not tell the police officer, or the other driver, that you are not injured. Sometimes being jostled or whiplashed can cause an injury that doesn’t appear until after the shock of the accident wears off. We have seen many cases where significant injuries do not appear until a few days after the accident. This is not unusual especially to injuries of the back or spine. Tell the police officer you will see how you feel once the shock of the accident wears off. If you tell the police officer you are not injured it will appear in the police report and the insurance company will hold that against you later.
Most police agencies will give the drivers the name, addresses and insurance contact information of all drivers. Ask the police officer for a copy of the police report number. Get photographs before the vehicles are moved. Get photographs of the damage to your vehicle and the other vehicle. Call our attorneys immediately so we can assist you in making an application for no-fault benefits and pursuing a personal injury case if appropriate. An application for no-fault benefits must be submitted within thirty (30) days of the date of the accident or the no-fault coverage may be denied.
Consult With a Dependable Buffalo Auto Accident Lawyer Today
Work with Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman, LLP in Buffalo, NY for strong representation after your motor vehicle accident. Set up a free consultation by calling our car accident attorneys at 716-873-6765 or contacting us online. Our office hours are 8:30 to 5:00 Monday through Thursday and 8:00 to 4:00 on Fridays, and we offer after-hours and weekend appointments upon request.
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