Car Accidents

Fishkill Injury Attorney Serving Myers Corner, Beacon, Lagrangeville and Nearby Areas of Hudson Valley


April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It's an important time to raise awareness about the dangers of inattentive driving. Thousands of people are killed each year in the U.S. in motor vehicle crashes that involved distracted driving. Many more are seriously injured. In fact, statistics are likely under-estimated because distraction is not always reported; for example, someone who was inattentive because of drowsiness is unlikely to report being drowsy to responding officers.

The state of New York requires every driver to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance for any bodily injuries and property damage they cause, as well as no-fault coverage. While this is the law, hundreds of drivers get behind the wheel each day with no insurance at all. Whether you’re hit by an uninsured or underinsured motorist — or are the victim of a hit-and-run car accident — you still have rights. Find out what steps you should take to get the compensation you deserve.

There are many reasons why car accidents happen and most often they're caused by one of the drivers involved in the auto accident. Distracted driving is one of the most deadly causes of car accidents in Fishkill, but hazardous weather conditions, speeding, and impaired driving also play a role in the high number of severe injuries and fatalities in car crashes every year. Learn more in the infographic below. 

With all of the electronic distractions within motor vehicles these days, it is important, now more than ever, to drive defensively.   Larger vehicles carrying heavy loads cannot stop within the same distance as a smaller vehicle.  If you are aware that there is a truck or bus being driven behind you, your operation of your vehicle should reflect that fact.  At a minimum, you should keep at least one car length between you and the vehicle in front of you for every 10 m.p.h.

Every week, I field questions from potential clients regarding whether or not they have a personal injury claim stemming from a motor vehicle accident that can be pursued in the Courts.  The answer can be found in the history of state No-Fault laws.  The New York No-Fault law was passed in 1974 by the New York state legislature in an effort to deal with a crisis in the courts.  There were too many car accident claims and not enough courts and judges.  The effect of that situation was the creation of a log jam that prevented cases from getting a jury trial.  The No-Fault law

          The most common type of personal injury case results from a car/bus/truck accident.  No-Fault laws require the insured to promptly advise their own insurance company of an accident so that a No-Fault claim number can be submitted to all medical service providers.  The medical service providers must submit their bills to your No-Fault insurance company within a limited amount of time.  Most car drivers are grossly under insured for liability and SUM (supplemental underinsured/uninsured motorist) coverage.  For example, if the negligent driver only has a $25,000 liability policy and