Being involved in a serious car accident or motorcycle accident can be one of the most traumatic events in a person’s life. When a car or motorcycle accident does occur you should immediately seek the advice of an attorney. The long-term consequences of your injuries will not be immediately evident.
Serious injuries such as whiplash, concussions, fractures, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and even severe bruising sustained in a car accident or motorcycle crash can have permanent and lasting effects.
New York and Vermont laws require certain documents and applications to be filed within a certain time after the accident. Filling out these documents incorrectly or missing the deadline for their submission can result in your being denied “No-Fault” benefits, medical payments coverage, reimbursement for your vehicle and property damage, and even denial of payment for your lost wages.
In reality, most accidents are not even “accidents” at all. Texting drivers, speeding drivers and drunk drivers violate New York’s and Vermont’s traffic laws and cause accidents. Experts estimate that each year in Vermont over 3,000 accidents alone are caused by distracted drivers. In 2009 in Bennington County there were at least seven fatal car accidents. Recently, The National Safety Council estimated at least 28% of all traffic crashes (approximately 1.6 million crashes each year) are caused by drivers using cell phones and texting. Distracted drivers are causing more and more accidents every year.
Do not think that you can handle your car or motorcycle accident case on your own. The driver that is at-fault for your accident will be represented by their own insurance company that deals with thousands of these cases a year. The insurance company will provide their at-fault driver with an attorney to fight against you and seek to prevent you from recovering your medical expenses, lost wages other expenses and, most importantly, compensation for your pain and suffering. Retaining an attorney to represent you in a car crash or motorcycle accident will help protect your rights, level the playing field against insurance companies and ensure you receive the compensation you’re entitled.
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