Common Car Accidents in NYC
Although all drivers in New York have a duty of care not to injure others while operating a motor vehicle, cars accidents are common on roads, highways, and side streets. Whether it be a collision between motorists or with fixed objects and medians, the consequences of these accidents can be devastating. Many car accident victims sustain serious injuries, are unable to work for extended periods of time, and are left with significant physical, emotional and financial burdens.
At Scaffidi & Associates, we help lift those burdens by aggressively pursuing car accident claims. Our experienced attorneys have a well-deserved reputation for helping our clients obtain significant compensation. We are knowledgeable in the local and state traffic laws, and routinely handle all types of motor vehicle accident cases, including:
- Rear-End Accidents
- Side-Impact Accidents (T-bone)
- Head-on Collisions
- Tire Blowouts
Rear-end accidents are common in New York, typically occurring at intersections, traffic signals, or when traffic is slowed because of accidents or road conditions up ahead. These accidents are often attributed to speed since drivers often misjudge speed and stopping distance when they approach a stopped or slowing vehicle.
Another leading cause of rear-end accidents is distracted driving, often due to cell phones and other onboard technology such as GPS and wireless devices. Nonetheless, the use of cellphones for talking or texting while driving is unlawful in New York, while eating, drinking, or talking to passengers can also be a distraction
Finally, rear-end collisions often lead to multi-car accidents, as when the first vehicle strikes another car, and the force pushes that vehicle into another motorist, or into lanes of oncoming traffic, which could then result in a head-on collision.
Ultimately, rear-end collisions can cause serious injuries, particularly when the impacting vehicles are speeding, or the seats in the struck vehicle collapse. Rear-end accident victims frequently sustain injuries to the lower back. A high impact collision can result in permanent injuries and fatalities.
Side-impact or T-Bone accidents occur when one vehicle broadsides another, typically when the vehicles are traveling at moderate-to-high speeds. T-bone accidents are frequently caused by a driver running a stop sign or traffic light and slamming into the side of another vehicle without braking or slowing down. As such, T-Bones are considered unexpected accidents that can result in traumatic injuries to occupants of the struck vehicle.
Although newer vehicles are equipped with side-impact airbags, they do not fully protect passengers from the force of the striking vehicle. The sides of a vehicle are usually not reinforced, and drivers don’t have the extra protection of the trunk or engine as in other collisions. When the force of the speed of a moving vehicle is suddenly transferred to the occupants, their bodies twist, move, and turn in the opposite direction of the impact, leading to neck and spinal cord injuries, fractures, broken bones, and head trauma.
While head-on collisions account for a relatively small percentage of car accidents, the consequences can be devastating to the occupants of both vehicles. These collisions involve front-end to front-end impacts, often leading to fatalities and catastrophic injuries. Occupants can be crushed or ejected from the vehicle.
These accidents typically occur on two-way roads, on roads where lane crossing is common, or when drivers pass on the wrong side. Head-on collisions are frequently caused by drunk drivers, inattentive drivers, or fatigued drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. Although vehicles have long been equipped with driver and passenger side airbags to reduce the impact of accidents, the force of a head-on collision will likely cause significant injuries. In particular, high speed collisions on parkways often result in massive internal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, disfigurement, and death.
The performance and safety of tires have dramatically improved due in part to technological advances. Nonetheless, tire blowouts continue to be a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents. A tire blowout occurs when severe damage causes the tire to suddenly lose all pressure, making the vehicle difficult to control.
Tire blowouts can be caused by defects, worn tires, tires that are not properly inflated, or by overloading, particularly in SUVs and trucks. Additionally, blowouts can be caused by defects or debris on the road. In any event, all drivers have an obligation to ensure the safety of their vehicles by regularly monitoring the air pressure, usually with every oil change. Moreover, tires should be inspected for signs of damage or wear and tear, particularly before traveling long distances.
Car Accident Lawyers Located in New York City
Scaffidi & Associates provides car accident victims with aggressive legal representation. We have a proven track record of helping our clients obtain compensation for lost wages, past and future medical expenses, property damage, and other losses. While insurers typically seek to settle claims for as little money as possible, we will fight to obtain the maximum settlement.
When accidents lead to serious injuries as defined by the state insurance law, we pursue personal injury lawsuits to help our clients recover damages for pain and suffering. Our legal team offers each client compassion and knowledge, and we always put our clients’ best interests first. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident in New York, call our office today for a free consultation or complete the contact form on our website.