If you or a loved one was hurt in a car accident in Yonkers due to faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance, we can help you fight for financial compensation. On your own, it can be difficult to know whether to seek compensation from the at-fault driver, or from another party involved in their vehicle’s maintenance.
Our legal team can help determine if your car accident in Yonkers happened because of faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance and guide you through this process. We can help you identify the liable party, define your range of recoverable damages, and build a solid evidence file. We also deal with the at-fault party and their insurance provider for you so you can focus on getting better.
Estimate the Value of Your Potential Compensation Package
When you are ready to seek financial compensation from the at-fault party, you will need to submit a list of your qualifying expenses and losses. Our team members can help you create a detailed checklist of your recoverable economic and non-economic damages. Per New York Insurance (ISC) §5102, your list of damages may include:
- Required medical care
- Vehicle damage or loss
- Lasting physical disabilities
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional anguish
- In-home medical assistance
Before we assign a value to your car accident lawsuit, we obtain your range of medical bills from all sources. We may also request your financial records to prove your income loss and vehicle repair costs or the replacement value. Comply with all requests for information immediately or ask a team member for help if your injuries prevent you from fully participating in your lawsuit.
Prove the Value of Your Lawsuit
When our team works with you to prove your lawsuit’s value, we will request copies of your medical records. In addition to emergency room and hospital admissions, that includes records of your medication, assistive devices, and therapy or rehabilitation. We make sure all treatment-related expenses are documented and accounted for when valuing your case.
We may also request your paycheck stubs, direct deposit receipts, tax records, or business financial data. These records will help us establish the immediate income loss the accident caused and your projected income loss due to treatments your injuries may require in the future.
Finally, we may ask for a written estimate from the mechanic who will repair your vehicle. If your vehicle is damaged beyond repair or the repairs will cost more than the vehicle is worth, it might be declared a total loss. In that case, we can use authoritative sources like Kelley Blue Book or NADA Guides to estimate its pre-accident monetary value.
Your Car Accident Report Is Key
To establish the condition of the car and driver that caused your accident, our case review team will request and thoroughly examine your car accident report. It will provide us with valuable information, including:
- Important contact details
- Tickets and violations
- Vehicle identification numbers
- Contributing factors
- Vehicle condition
Bring us a copy of your car accident report as soon as it becomes available or authorize a team member to obtain it on your behalf. We will add this to your evidence file, along with your medical and financial records and mechanic bills. We will also submit it to the insurance company on your behalf.
New York’s Filing Deadline Can Be Complex
When you file your lawsuit, the state imposes several time restrictions and filing deadlines. Failure to comply could put your ability to file your lawsuit in jeopardy, which may lead to an inability to legally compel the at-fault party to compensate you. Important timelines include:
- The personal injury statute of limitations is typically three years, according to New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214
- The wrongful death statute of limitations which is generally two years, according to New York Estates, Powers & Trust (EPT) §5-4.1
You may also encounter additional filing deadlines if the at-fault vehicle is government-owned or leased. If a minor is injured in the collision, this can alter the timeline, as well. Because understanding and complying with the statute of limitations is critical to your case, a lawyer familiar with the laws related to your car accident due to faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance can help ensure timely filing.
Let Us Guide Your Settlement Negotiations
After our team builds a solid evidence file for you, we submit it to the at-fault party’s insurance company. We also handle all communication between you and the insurer, which includes obtaining and completing the required claim forms and negotiating your financial settlement.
While the final decision to accept or reject a settlement is always yours, we will help you carefully weigh each offer you receive. Our goal is to ensure you have the information you need to make a favorable and informed decision.
Talk to a Morelli Law Firm Team Member First
Avoid speaking to the at-fault party’s insurance company before speaking to us. You should also avoid accepting the first offer you receive because doing so could mean your lawsuit is significantly undervalued and subsequently underpaid.
With our guidance and support, you can avoid an inadequate settlement. We can help ensure you do not accept one that omits recoverable damages that are not immediately apparent. We strategically guide settlement negotiations to ensure the offer you accept is the best possible outcome.
You Do Not Have to Fight for Compensation Alone
If you or someone you love was injured in an accident due to faulty vehicle maintenance, we can help you get compensation. Our lawyer who handles accidents caused by faulty or neglected vehicle maintenance in Yonkers will help you identify the liable party, value your lawsuit, and build a strong case for the financial compensation you are entitled to due to neglect.
You do not have to fight for physical recovery and financial compensation simultaneously. Contact the client intake team at Morelli Law Firm by calling (212) 751-9800 to start building your case today.