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Rego Park is a neighborhood located in Queens and is bordered by Elmhurst, Corona, Forest Hills and Middle Village. Rego Park's boundaries include Queens Blvd., the Long Island Expressway and Woodhaven Blvd. The neighborhood also features high-rise apartment buildings, single-family homes and large commercial properties as well.
Car Accident Attorneys Serving Rego Park and the Greater Queens Area
Car accidents can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of which steps to take next. It all happens so quickly and without warning. If someone else's bad driving is to blame, you might even feel angry. You may be in pain too, both physically but mentally.
But luckily, you don't have to go it alone.
Car accident victims almost never see their injuries coming, and they are often surprised by just how much of a problem it can be dealing with the insurance companies while trying to attend therapy and get better after an accident. And unfortunately, car insurance companies make recovery much more difficult than it should be. Their initial settlement offers usually do not represent the full value that victims are owed and simply test the vulnerability and desperation of the injured victim.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Queens car accident, you may be entitled to a larger amount of compensation than you think. While the at-fault drivers and their insurance companies are unlikely to offer up the full amount without an attorney's involvement, by hiring a lawyer, you can significantly increase your chance of obtaining maximum compensation.
Our car accident lawyer at Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC is here to fight for every dollar you are entitled to.
What Is a Car Accident Lawyer?
A car accident lawyer is your personal advocate for justice.
A good lawyer understands that your best outcome is the result that matters most. At Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC, we do not take the easiest or quickest way out – we look for the path that will ultimately lead to your greatest recovery. Contact us now at 212-240-9465 to schedule your free, no obligation in-office consultation and learn how we can get the Wheels of Justice Spinning for you!
The insurance companies are big and powerful, but the law requires justice, and we are here to level the playing field for the individual — the victim who does not deserve to suffer setbacks because of someone else's negligence.
We are also here to deal with cumbersome tasks like making phone calls, completing insurance forms, compiling medical records, reviewing police reports, investigating crash scenes, and engaging in aggressive negotiation — the things you don't want to do but which have to be done. We know how to handle those things the right way, and that is our pledge to you.
What Compensation Can I Receive Following a Rego Park Car Accident?
New York state law recognizes many different types of damages in auto accident cases.
The damages available in your case will depend on the injuries you sustain and the extent of insurance coverage, but in most cases, compensation can include:
- Reimbursement for doctors and hospital bills;
- Other medical expenses;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress endured;
- Damage done to your vehicle;
- Lost income;
- Costs associated with job retraining if unable to continue with vocation;
- Rental car costs;
- Household help expenses;
- Loss of future earnings;
- Other out-of-pocket expenses.
What Is Underinsured Motorist Coverage in NY?
As if being hit by a drunk, reckless, or otherwise negligent driver wasn't bad enough, imagine that the motorist was driving with low liability limits or without car insurance all together?
It happens more often than you may think.
Most insurance providers in New York offer coverage options to help protect you in those cases. Underinsured Motorist Coverage covers you if the driver has some insurance but not enough. Uninsured Motorist Coverage can be looked to if the at-fault driver doesn't have any insurance at all. These limits of your insurance protection will be listed on your insurance policy Declarations page as UM/UIM coverages.
Choosing to pay for increased limits of Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Coverage is a smart idea. It's your best line of defense against drivers who ignore NY's insurance requirements, or choose to carry only the minimum coverage and it can help your lawyer pursue compensation on your behalf.
What Is No-Fault in New York?
Mandated per New York Insurance Law, no-fault will cover your medical expenses and/or lost wages (up to policy limits), regardless of who is at-fault for the accident.
No-fault will make it easier for you to get your medical bills paid if you were at fault for the accident or when the question of fault isn't clear. And regardless of fault, each party looks to their own insurance policy to pay their doctor and hospital bills.
Who Will Pay my Compensation in a Rego Park Queens Car Accident?
In most cases, the at-fault driver's insurance company has a legal obligation to pay for the damages their insured causes (up to that driver's policy limits). In some cases, the driver can also be held individually liable if he or she is at fault.
What if both parties were negligent in some way, though? What if you suffer injuries and the other driver is mostly to blame — but you might be a little bit to blame too?
New York is one of about 13 states which follows a pure comparative negligence rule. In New York, an injured plaintiff can recover from a negligent defendant regardless of the amount of fault attributed to the plaintiff. Here is an example:
You come to a stop sign, but you allow your vehicle to roll past it, leaving your car extended into an intersection. Then another car comes along at 90 miles per hour, runs a red light, and hits you head on. The other driver isn't injured, but you are. A jury may decide the speeding driver was mostly at fault, but that you share about 10% of the blame yourself. Under the comparative negligence doctrine, your total recovery would be reduced by 10%, the amount of fault attributed to you.
Steps to Take After a Queens Car Accident
If you've been in a car accident before, you know how difficult it can be.
If that hasn't happened to you, please know that statistics show most American drivers will experience at least one minor vehicle accident in their lifetime. You might be surprised by how confusing and disorienting those first few minutes after an accident can be. But your actions at that time are very important.
Take a few moments now to commit these steps to memory (or store them in your phone or inside your car's dash compartment).
- Stay calm. It will be easy to let your emotions overtake you, so take a moment to breathe.
- Call the authorities. Dial 911. Stay put. Even if there are no signs of damage, you must wait for the police.
- Look for injuries. Assess yourself. Do you see any signs of injury? If so, let 911 know. Then look to see if anyone else at the scene needs help too.
- Get names & info. Ask for the other driver's name and insurance information. If the driver seems dangerous, irate, or incapacitated, ask the responding police officer to get this information for you. (If there are eyewitnesses, document their contact information before they leave the scene.)
- Take photographs. Get detailed photos of both vehicles and their damage. Take wide-shot photos of the whole scene if possible (but don't put yourself in danger). Photograph the license plates, as well as any injuries.
- Notify your insurance carrier. Your insurance policy probably requires that you do this sooner than later.
- Seek non-emergency medical attention. Even if you didn't need to be transported by ambulance from the scene, you should still go to the doctor right away if you are having any pain in the days following the accident. Medical documentation plays a key role in proving your claim.
- Call our New York car accident lawyers. We recommend you take a moment now to add Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC to your phone's contacts list. Input 212-240-9465 as “Auto Accident Lawyer.”
Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?
We urge you to at least talk with an experienced lawyer about your options before signing any paperwork or making any decisions about legal action. You might be entitled to much more than you realize. Studies have shown that injury victims tend to recover more money if they're represented by a car accident attorney.
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Rego Park Car Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a Rego Park Accident due to someone else's negligence, contact the Rego Park Auto Accident Attorney at Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC and get the wheels of justice spinning for you. Call 212-240-9465 now!