Red light accidents that occur in intersections can be dangerous and can lead to serious injuries and fatalities. If you or someone you love was injured in a red light accident on Long Island, you might have the basis of a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit against the driver who ran the red light.
You do not have to fight for financial recovery with no help. A Long Island red light accident lawyer from the Morelli Law Firm may be able to help you:
- Prove the other driver ran through a red light
- Prove the collision caused your injuries
- Prove your injuries had financial consequences
While you focus on recovering from your injuries, the Morelli Law Firm can coordinate all aspects of your case. We also handle wrongful death lawsuits.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our car accident team, call the Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800. There are no up-front payments required to start working with us as we represent our clients on a contingency-fee-basis.
The Danger of Red Light Accidents
Red light accidents occur too frequently in the U.S. and can be dangerous and deadly. Red light accidents might happen because a driver simply ignores or does not see a red light. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), they can also happen if:
- A driver is in an intersection waiting to make a left turn
- A driver does not come to a complete stop before making a right turn on a red light
- A driver makes a right turn on a red light at an intersection where it is illegal to do so
The IIHS reports 846 fatalities and an estimated 139,000 injuries in red light accidents nationwide in 2018. If your loved one lost their life in a red light accident, the Morelli Law Firm may be able to help you pursue compensation in a wrongful death claim.
No matter what caused the red light accident that led to your or your loved one’s injuries, the at-fault driver might owe you financial compensation. The Morelli Law Firm can investigate your accident for evidence of liability when we represent you.
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Evidence in a Red Light Accident Case
To prove that another driver’s negligence caused your accident, the Morelli Law Firm might look for red-light cameras with footage of the intersection where the accident occurred.
In addition to red light and traffic control cameras, we might also rely on the crash report generated by the accident to prove its cause. Any evidence you have from the scene of the accident, such as photos or videos of the vehicles and your injuries, may be useful.
The Morelli Law Firm may also be able to collect witness statements or testimony from accident reconstruction experts to use in your defense.
To prove the cost of the accident, we may request your medical records and bills along with check stubs and tax records to prove the amount of your income loss.
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Working with the Morelli Law Firm on Your Case
The injuries you sustain in a red light accident might prevent you from participating in your personal injury case as fully as you would like. When you work with a Long Island red light accident lawyer from the Morelli Law Firm on your case, we may be able to:
- Communicate with all parties on your behalf
- Provide you with legal advice and design a strategy for your case
- Collect evidence of liability and the value of your damages
- File your insurance claim and/or lawsuit
- Negotiate for a settlement with the responsible party’s insurance company
- Take your case to trial
To learn more about our services in a free case review with a member of our team, call the Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800.
The Potentially Recoverable Damages in a Red Light Accident Case
Although every red light accident case is different, in general, the potentially recoverable damages in a personal injury claim may include:
- Health care treatments and expenses until you are fully recovered
- Full income loss when your injuries prevent you from returning to work
- The full cost of repairing or replacing your damaged or destroyed vehicle
- Physical pain and suffering along with mental and emotional distress
An alternative set of damages, such as funeral and burial costs, may be available in a wrongful death case.
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New York’s Statutes of Limitations
Your right to sue in New York has a time limit. Per New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214, there is a general three-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits. For wrongful death lawsuits, there is a general two-year statute of limitations, per New York Estates, Powers & Trusts (EPT) §5-4.1.
If your lawsuit is not filed by the specific deadline that applies to you, you risk being unable to file it at all. That could mean you are also unable to compel compensation for your damages from the responsible party.
The Morelli Law Firm can help you meet the filing deadlines in your case when we represent you. Call us today to learn more about what specific deadlines apply to you.
Call the Morelli Law Firm Today
If you or someone you love was injured in an accident because the at-fault driver ran a red light, a Long Island red light accident lawyer from the Morelli Law Firm may be able to help you. Our firm can stand by your side and defend your rights through all stages of the insurance claim or lawsuit process.
For a free, no-obligation case review with a member of our car accident team, call the Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800.
We may be able to provide you with representation on a contingency-fee-basis. In this arrangement, you have no obligation to pay us attorney fees unless and until you win your case and recover compensation via a settlement offer or court award.