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What to Do After a New York Car Accident: A Complete Guide

The steps you take immediately after a New York car accident are key to protecting yourself and others.

Have You Been Injured in a New York Car Accident?

Navigating the streets of New York City can be dangerous, as any seasoned motorist, bicyclist, or pedestrian knows. The number of car accidents reflect this unfortunate reality.

In 2019, approximately 50,000 individuals suffered a personal injury as the result of a motor vehicle accident in New York City. If you have experienced a motor vehicle accident in New York City, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys today for a case evaluation.

Our knowledgeable car accident attorneys can help you to understand your rights, navigate your interactions with your insurance company, and guide you to the best possible resolution of your case, regardless of who is at fault.

What to Do After a Car Accident New York

If you have suffered an injury, you should dial 911 right away. In addition to caring for your injuries, the medical authorities will document information that will be vital to proving a potential case for a lawsuit.  Having this documentation greatly increases your chances of obtaining compensation for your personal injury.

You should wait for the authorities to arrive at the accident scene. They will document any injuries as well as damage to the vehicles involved in a police report. They will also take statements for all drivers and eyewitnesses.  You should be very clear when you tell the officer what happened, understanding that what is said can help or hurt the case.  The information in the police report will be vital to proving your car accident case, so be sure that you correctly relay what happened to the responding police officer.

It may also be important to see if there were any witnesses to the car crash. The police officer may look for skid marks or other evidence at the scene that may help to indicate which of the motorists was responsible for causing the car accident.

Collecting Evidence After a Car Accident in New York

Following a New York City car accident, it is a good idea to take photos of the accident scene using your phone. You should photograph the damage to each of the vehicles and the positions of the vehicles involved in the accident in relation to one another.  You should also take photographs to show where any relevant traffic light, stop sign, yield sign, or other traffic control device is located in relation to the place of accident.  These photos will be important to support what happened to win a potential lawsuit.

Remember, the law imposes a time limit within which you must file a lawsuit relating to your car accident, so it is important to act quickly in order to receive compensation. If you are not able to take photographs, try to get someone else to take them for you, and obtain the names and phone numbers of any eyewitnesses to the accident. Getting immediate medical attention however should be your first priority.

New York State Car Accident Laws

New York, like other states, has laws intended to minimize car accidents and associated injuries. Your attorney’s understanding and application of these laws will have a significant impact on the outcome of your case.

As just one example, Vehicle and Traffic Law 1212 prohibits reckless driving and states that anyone convicted of reckless driving will be guilty of misdemeanor.  However, to receive compensation from a lawsuit, only negligence is required to be proven which is the failure to use reasonable care in the operation of your vehicle.

New York also has laws intended to minimize distracted driving, including sections that prohibit the use of electronic devices and texting while driving. If there is evidence that the other party was violating any of these laws at the time of the accident, your chances of winning your case are much higher.

Obtaining Maximum Compensation After a New York City Car Accident

If you have experienced a car accident in New York City or the surrounding areas, you may be eligible for compensation. Depending on the circumstances of your case, this compensation may include pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages.

Keep in mind that obtaining the full compensation you deserve is no easy feat. You need an attorney who is well-versed in the intricacies of car accident cases. At Brand Brand Nomberg & Rosenbaum, you will receive a free consultation with a New York personal injury trial attorney with 25 years of experience to discuss your potential case. Contact us today for a free consultation and case evaluation.

Know Your Options After a Loved One’s New York Car Accident Death

The weight and speed of a motor vehicle hitting another vehicle can result in serious injuries, and at times, a car crash can lead to the death of a loved one. If someone you know lost their life from a car accident, we are experienced in litigating and winning death cases for family members.  Whether the incident occurred in Long Island, Queens, another borough in New York City, or even in a neighboring suburb such as Westchester County, our experienced attorneys will discuss your rights during your free consultation and help you to determine the best possible course of action.

Understanding Your Rights Following a New York Fatal Car Accident

Unfortunately, fatal car accidents occur regularly in New York City. If a family member was involved in a crash that resulted in death or serious injuries, contact our law firm today for a free consultation to help you understand your rights.

How Our Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You Following Your New York City Car Accident

Our clients receive the highest level of service to help obtain the maximum potential compensation for their injuries. At a free consultation, our attorneys will discuss the options available to you under the law to help reach the result that you want and deserve.

Car Accident Reports New York

From the moment car accidents occur, the subsequent action that each driver takes matters. From documenting damage to your car to seeking medical care for your injuries, it is important that you make the right decisions in order to protect your health and a potential civil lawsuit.  It is also of course vital that the police officer correctly records your information and if not, then you should seek to have the police officer amend the car accident report to reflect the correct information.

Car accidents are a fact of life in New York City and across New York State. Our law firm has been a leading personal injury firm in New York City for over 40 years. Having us on your side following your accident ensures that you will reach the best possible resolution in your case.

Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys If You’ve Been Injured in a New York Car Crash

New York law uses the concept of “comparative negligence.” This means that fault for a car accident can be split between drivers. For example, if a truck driver rear-ends a car, it may appear at first that the driver of the truck is completely at fault. However, factors such as whether the car that was rear-ended had operational brake lights can change the calculation of who was at fault.

By retaining Brand Brand Nomberg & Rosenbaum, LLC, you can rest assured that your rights will be protected to help you obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries. Call today to protect your rights.

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Construction Accident


$1.7 million verdict in New York County against the driver of a delivery truck who struck a man as he was crossing the street within the crosswalk in Manhattan.

Motor Vehicle Accident


$3.6 Million settlement in New York Supreme Court for a Spanish speaking construction worker who fell off a 6 foot ladder and landed onto metal and wooden debris. The worker required lumbar spinal surgery for his injuries and needed surgeries to both knees from the fall. The worker could not return to work and suffered depression from his injuries resulting in a suicide attempt.

Construction Accident


$3.2 million verdict in Queens Supreme Court for an undocumented Polish speaking construction worker who fell 12 feet during a demolition project. The worker fractured a vertebrae and herniated several discs in his spine requiring surgery. The plaintiff was unable to return back to work due to his injuries.

Motor Vehicle Accident


$1.5 million verdict in Supreme Court Kings County for a woman struck by a car that jumped the curb and hit the pedestrian while standing on the sidewalk across from Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

Slip And Fall Accident


$1.9 million verdict in New York Supreme Court for a bank manager who slipped and fell on a wet floor, resulting in spinal injuries. The building owner knew about a recurring leak inside the basement cafeteria but failed to correct the problem.

Construction Accident


$2 million settlement in Queens Supreme Court for Polish construction worker who fell 2 stories from a bucket. The worker’s supervisor told the construction worker to ride the material bucket down to use the bathroom because it would save time. The worker fractured his pelvis in several places requiring surgery and was unable to return to work.

Medical Malpractice


Defense counsel offers 11 cents to settle before trial and the jury renders a verdict of $4.5 million dollars for a medical malpractice victim and his wife. The action was commenced in New York Supreme Court for a patient who suffered massive internal bleeding during a lower back surgery when the surgeon negligently cut an artery and failed to promptly treat the condition, causing a loss of oxygen and injury to the brain. The anesthesiologist failed to properly monitor the patient’s vitals during the surgery and alert the surgeon of the drop in blood pressure.



$1.25 million settlement in New York Supreme Court against building owner for negligent security that caused two women to be assaulted while leaving work. A masked man entered their elevator from a floor that was supposed to be closed off for construction. The assailant used a metal pipe to attack the two women. The two women split the settlement monies.

Construction Accident


$1.5 Million settlement in New York Supreme Court for a construction worker who was struck by a piece of concrete that fell on his head and back. Workers above were chipping concrete despite knowing that people were working directly below them. The plaintiff required surgery on his neck but made a good recovery.

Medical Malpractice


$3.9 million settlement in Supreme Court Kings County for a Brooklyn man who suffered a stroke shortly following an eye surgery. The patient was given medical clearance for local anesthesia but instead was placed under general anesthesia for 7 hours. The patient’s blood pressure was not well controlled resulting in a 30 minute hypertensive emergency near the end of the operation. The patient died after 7 years of living in different nursing homes.

Slip, Trip and Fall, New York


$1.4 Million settlement for Queens Hispanic woman who slipped and fell on ice walking out the door of her rented basement apartment.


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