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Car accidents are a more frequent occurrence than we’d like to think, and driving in New York City often feels like an accident waiting to happen. If you’re reading this then you’ve likely been injured in a car accident or want to be prepared in case it happens. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident in New York City, you may be entitled to compensation. Call us today to enlist the help of an experienced New York City car accident attorney.

What should I do after a car accident?

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, the first thing you should do is call the police, assuming you can. Once emergency services arrive, they will begin treating your wounds, creating an accident report, and determining who the negligent party is in the car accident.

So long as you’re able, you should attain the other party’s insurance information and take pictures of the damage done to your vehicle, their vehicle, and any property that might have been damaged. Make sure to never say “sorry” and to keep conversation to a minimum so that you don’t risk implicating yourself in the accident. Following this, you’ll want to attain the information of a witness so that they can be used to corroborate your claim when necessary.

Am I entitled to compensation?

If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another, then you can likely receive compensation for your injuries. This compensation can help you deal with medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and many other consequences of the accident. If you believe that you are entitled to compensation, then call Swerling Law for an experienced New York City personal injury attorney.

What if I share partial responsibility for a car accident?

New York abides by the “pure comparative fault” rule which allows accident victims to receive compensation even if they were partially responsible for the accident. Generally speaking, the jury will calculate the total dollar amount of the damages and the percentage of fault that both parties are responsible for. Your total compensation will then be reduced by this percentage.

Contact Our New York City Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Contact Swerling Law today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.


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