Car accidents often lead to very serious injuries. Victims of car accidents often have hefty medical bills because of surgeries, pain management medication, and other treatments for their injuries. If you were in a car accident, you may not know how you are going to handle the aftermath, even after a full physical recovery.
Fortunately, our lawyers can help. We can get to the bottom of your case and build a strong argument for you to take to court and fight for what you are owed.
For a free case analysis, call (914) 685-6950 to speak with The Martello Law Firm’s car accident lawyers.
Types of Car Accidents in Peekskill, NY
All kinds of car accidents can lead to injury. When you talk to our lawyers, we can go over your accident in detail to help craft a legal argument that gives you the best chance of getting compensation for your injuries.
Head-on collisions are when moving in opposite directions collide with each other. Generally, these collisions happen when one driver moves their vehicle into a lane it is not supposed to be in, but a head-on collision can also happen when one vehicle turns when it is not supposed to or for other reasons. Head-on collisions are particularly dangerous because the area in front of the driver’s seat is the most likely point of impact. At certain speeds, even modern vehicle safety features may not be enough to prevent injury.
T-bone accidents are when one car strikes another perpendicularly to form a “T” shape. These accidents can result in severe injuries because many car safety features are designed to mitigate impacts to the front and rear of the vehicle. Although many vehicles have safety features to protect against side impacts, the reality is that there is simply less material between the side of a vehicle and the passenger compartment than there is at the front and rear of the vehicle, so injuries are likely to be worse.
Some accidents may appear to only involve one vehicle suddenly moving out of control and crashing. However, in many circumstances, a single-vehicle accident may be caused by another driver. For example, if another driver moves their vehicle in an aggressive fashion, it may cause you to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision, which could lead to an unexpected car accident.
Causes of Car Accidents in Peekskill, NY
Car accidents can happen for many reasons. While it may not be of particular concern to you what caused your car accident, it is actually very important information for our car accident lawyers because it lets us know who to sue. You can only recover damages from parties that have caused your injuries, so if you sue the wrong person, company, or other entity, you will not be successful in court.
Many car accidents happen because drivers ignore common rules of the road. Speeding, running red lights, merging without checking rearview mirrors, and other traffic infractions are all prohibited because they are likely to lead to accidents.
Drunk driving is incredibly dangerous. Accordingly, it is criminalized in every single state. Intoxicated individuals are more likely to make risky choices and cannot react as quickly to what is going on. This is a very dangerous combination of side effects when one is in a car. A drunk driver will not be able to assess a situation on the road accurately, and this very often leads to serious injuries or death for the victims of drunk driving accidents.
Tired driving and drunk driving are equally dangerous for many of the same reasons. In fact, a recent study found that being awake for 20 hours impairs someone to about the same level as a blood-alcohol content of 0.08%. Like intoxicated individuals, sleep-deprived or fatigued drivers cannot react effectively to changing road conditions. Worse still, a drowsy driver may fall asleep at the wheel, completely removing any ability to drive their car.
Accidents can be caused by things other than driver conduct. On occasion, car accidents are the result of a problem with the vehicle that makes it act erratically and hit a pedestrian, hit another vehicle, or injure its driver when they lose control of their vehicle. These types of problems with vehicles are called “defects” and can be further broken down into design defects and manufacturing defects.
Design defects are problems that are inherent in the product, even when it is built to the “correct” specifications. These problems arise when the product is being used as intended. For example, a car with airbags that deploy so forcefully that they may seriously injure the passengers may have a design defect.
Manufacturing defects, on the other hand, are problems that arise from mistakes during the construction or maintenance process. These defects happen because someone somewhere did something wrong to the car. Examples of manufacturing defects include the use of substandard materials in the construction of the vehicle chassis, improperly installed brakes, and faulty transmissions and electrical wiring.
If you believe that your car accident was caused by a vehicle defect, you should include the vehicle manufacturer or designer in your lawsuit.
Sometimes, an accident is caused, at least in part, by poor road conditions, such as potholes or guardrails in a state of disrepair. The responsibility of keeping roads in good working order belongs to state, local, or municipal government entities, so you can possibly file a lawsuit against them under some circumstances. However, doing so can be challenging and complicated, so it may be best to look for other parties to file a car accident lawsuit against before considering this option.
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To speak with our car accident lawyers, call The Martello Law Firm at (914) 685-6950.