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Michael Redenburg

Common Causes Of Car Accidents

Car Accident Attorney Serving New York City

Car accidents in New York City can result in catastrophic injuries, and even death, for victims involved. Common causes of car accidents include aggressive driving practices, failing to yield, and drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. All of these causes involve one or more party’s reckless or negligent actions, and those parties should be the ones held accountable. New York City car accident attorney Michael J. Redenburg helps victims, and families who have lost loved ones, pursue proper legal actions against those who have caused their harm. Injuries sustained in these crashes can range from broken bones and lacerations to permanent impairment such as paralysis and traumatic brain injury. All serious injuries come with costs that are often not limited medical care. Mr. Redenburg is committed to making sure his clients receive the compensation they need for their recovery. If you were injured, or a loved one lost their life, due to a car accident, call our office today at (212) 240-9465 or contact us online to find out more about your legal options.

Common Causes of New York City Car Accidents

With heavy traffic and more pedestrians than most cities, New York can be an extremely challenging place to drive. This difficulty leads to serious motor vehicle collisions, often due to a driver’s negligence. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer in New York City can help you identify who is at-fault for your accident to make sure they are held responsible. Some of the most common causes of car accidents in NYC include:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Distracted driving, such as texting
  • Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Speeding

Drivers who are overly fatigued or go the wrong way down a one-way street can also cause significant accidents. In addition, unsafe road conditions or hazards can play a part in these collisions as well. Defective car parts or vehicles may also factor into triggering a car accident. In these instances, manufacturers can be held liable for the harm their unsafe product has caused.

Negligence in Motor Vehicle Collision Cases

The basis for personal injury claims arising out of car accidents is negligence. A defendant is found negligent when it is shown that they have breached an owed duty of care to another by acting unreasonably, causing their injuries, and resulting in damages. For example, a driver who is tailgating another due to road rage or one who is distracted by a text and causes an accident can be shown to have acted unreasonably and therefore negligent.

Depending on the circumstances, the simpler standard to prove of “negligence per se” could be used.
A seasoned New York City car accident lawyer can help establish which legal standard is applicable in your case. Negligence per se, meaning negligence “as a matter of law,” is most often used in drunk driving accidents. In these situations, the plaintiff, or injured party, only must show the defendant broke a law intended to protect the public interest. Laws against drinking and driving are in place to keep roadways safe. As such, those who violate that law, causing an accident, are negligent per se. Once negligence is shown in either form, victims may recover damages for past and future medical expenses, lost income, loss of earning capacity, as well as pain and suffering. In wrongful death actions arising out of a fatal crash, family members may receive compensation for burial and funeral expenses as well as loss of support.

New York City Personal Injury Attorney

If you have questions about your legal rights in the aftermath of a car accident, New York City injury attorney Michael J. Redenburg can help you determine your next legal step. Mr. Redenburg understands how difficult the recovery process can be following a collision, and strives to ensure his clients feel comfortable their legal needs are being handled while they focus on healing. Mr. Redenburg represents accident victims throughout New York, including Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island as well as in Nassau County; Suffolk County; and Westchester County. Please contact our office today to schedule your free initial consultation at 212-240-9465.

Client Reviews

I had a very positive experience working with Mr. Redenburg. He handled my personal injury case which was successfully settled over the course of two years. He was extremely diligent, knowledgeable and...

- Dawn N.

Michael Redenburg took over my [car accident] case when my past attorney retired from my case. My past attorney was the one who recommended him to me I can say it was the best choice he ever made. He is very...

- Fernando H.

Michael Redenburg is great at what he does. He helped me though the case after my accident helped me with everything. I didn't have to speak with the insurance company about anything he handled and in the end...

- Tamika

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