New York Work-Related Car Accident Lawyer
As the largest city in the country, New York City is a massive metropolitan area. As a result, people are constantly on the move and many drive as a part of their jobs. New York City transit workers, cab drivers, city police, firefighters, and EMTs are at constant risk for transportation-related accidents and injuries.
Various occupations drive for work. As a result, they increase their likelihood of being involved in a car accident. Types of work-related car accidents include:
- Taxi crash
- MTA city bus crash
- Police cruiser collision
- Firetruck crash
- Ambulance crash
- Limo crash
- Delivery truck crash
In these cases, particularly if you are a member of a government transportation agency or unions like the TWU, NYTWA, or Teamsters, you should reach out to a qualified motor vehicle accident attorney to ensure that your rights are protected and that you can seek the maximum compensation for your injuries and damages.
The explosive growth of the rideshare industry has led many people to drive for companies like Uber and Lyft. This is a relatively new area for personal injury and work-related litigation. If you are involved in an accident with a ridesharing vehicle, pursuing compensation for your injuries can be complex. Contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss the specifics of your case.
Causes of New York Work-Related Car Accidents
Year after year, car accidents rank as the most common type of accident in the United States. The vast majority of these accidents are caused by some form of negligence whether it is due to someone’s actions or inaction. An example of negligence by inaction would be failing to check a blind spot before changing lanes. A negligent action could include speeding and checking your phone while driving.
Types of Auto Accidents Common In New York
These collisions often happen when a driver is unaware of slowed or stopped traffic ahead of them and they fail to slow down in time.
Broadside accidents can happen when a driver fails to obey a traffic control device and proceeds through an intersection when oncoming traffic has the right of way. This can result in the negligent driver hitting the victim perpendicularly on either side.
Sideswipe accidents typically result when drivers fail to check their blind spots before merging, drunk or fatigued drivers swerve and do not keep their vehicles in their lane, or when distracted drivers fail to keep their eyes focused on the road.
What Kinds of Damages Can Auto Accident Victims Seek?
If you are involved in a work-related car accident, there are several damages that you may be able to seek compensation for. You may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills (both present and future) and for your loss in income for the duration you were unable to work due to the accident. In addition to these losses, you may be able to seek compensation for your pain and suffering as well if you are filing a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent party.
If you have been injured while operating a vehicle for work, you may want to contact a New York workers’ compensation lawyer. They can discuss the circumstances surrounding your accident and the specifics of your injuries, and they may be able to help you file a claim.
What to Do Immediately after a Work-Related Car Accident
If you have just been injured while operating any type of vehicle for your job, you may wonder how to proceed. There are a few things you can do right after an accident that can help protect and strengthen your claim. You should:
- Immediately notify the police and emergency services for possible medical transport. The police can make the official accident report that helps document the circumstances surrounding your accident. This may be important for establishing a paper trail in your case later on.
- Notify your employer as required by company policy. They likely require their own reporting of the incident. If the accident occurred in a company vehicle or on company time, they may require that you undergo a drug test or a visit with a company-approved medical professional.
- Document the accident scene if it is safe to do so. Take pictures that show all angles and visible signs of damage. If at all possible, document your surroundings and the weather as well. It is also important to show any obvious injuries or damaged personal property.
- Get a medical evaluation immediately, even if you do not notice any injuries. If you are injured in any way, you may need a medical professional to establish this in your medical records.
How Working with a New York Car Accident Law Firm Can Help You
Workers’ compensation claims are notoriously difficult to file successfully. Fighting the insurance company alone and coming out with a fair settlement can be difficult without legal experience. Sadly, some insurance companies try to take advantage of workers who do not have legal representation.
Working with a qualified workers’ compensation attorney gives you an incredibly powerful ally in your fight for adequate compensation. Not only are can they be your own expert negotiator during your dealings with the insurer, but they can help you fight a denied claim.
In some cases, you may be able to pursue additional compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver. A personal injury lawyer can help you pursue compensation for pain and suffering and other losses not covered by workers’ compensation.
Why Shulman & Hill?
After a work-related car accident, you can help ensure your rights are protected by consulting the experienced workers’ compensation and personal injury legal team at Shulman & Hill. We can review the specifics of your claim during a free legal consultation and explain how we may be able to help you.
We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients, and we will fight tirelessly on your behalf.
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