It is an unfortunate part of life that sooner or later you or someone you know will be involved in an car accident. Suffering an injury and enduring the trauma of a motor vehicle accident can be stressful enough, let alone trying to understand all the legal steps necessary to make sure your rights are preserved. The legal team at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP is committed to ensuring aggressive representation for all of its clients and is available to provide answers to your questions and to make sure your rights are protected.
For instance, did you know that in New York regardless of who was at fault in the automobile accident, if you were injured, you are automatically entitled to recover your medical expenses, lost wages, and other incidentals from the insurance company covering the vehicle in which you were riding in at the time of the accident? If you were not riding in a vehicle, but you were instead, a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle, the car that caused your injury would also be responsible for paying these same benefits. This is what has been termed No-Fault insurance coverage and there are very important timelines that must be adhered to in order for your rights to be preserved. Contact the auto accident attorneys at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP so that our team can help you meet these important deadlines.
Also, did you know that No-Fault insurance does not reimburse you money for your pain and suffering? Here in New York, in order to recover for pain and suffering after you have been injured in an auto accident, you must have sustained a “serious injury” as defined by the Insurance law.
I’m attorney Paul Harding with the law firm Martin, Harding and Mazzotti – the Heavy Hitters – here in Albany, New York.
We’ve been handling personal injury cases for since 1994. And the most common type of personal injuries we see are related to car accidents.
Which is no surprise, there are almost 30,000 car accidents per day in the US. Many of which result in serious injury or even death. In the one minute it will take you to watch this video three car accidents will have already happened in our country. Victims of these wrecks, victims just like you, need a lawyer they can trust.
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The following is the list of the types of injuries that satisfy the “serious injury” threshold requirement:
- Significant disfigurement (Such as a scar however, the injury must be significant enough to cause a reasonable person to view the result as “unattractive, objectionable, or as the subject of pity or scorn”)
- Loss of a fetus
- Significant limitation of use of a body, function, or system
- Permanent consequential limitation of use of a body, organ, or member
- Permanent loss of use of a body, organ, member, function, or system
- An impairment/injury of a non-permanent nature that prevents the victim from conducting his or her usual and customary daily activities for a period of at least 90 days during the 180 days immediately following the accident.
The Heavy Hitters at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP will monitor your medical care and treatment to advise you whether, in our opinion, your injuries qualify as “serious” under the New York State Insurance Law.
Additionally, are you aware that if you are the victim of a hit and run, or if a driver that was either uninsured or under-insured struck you, the law allows you to make a claim against your own automobile policy? Furthermore, if you were injured while a pedestrian or an occupant of a vehicle that you did not own, you may be entitled to additional insurance coverage under any insurance policy applicable to a vehicle that you own, or that of a vehicle owned by a resident relative of your household.
Like so many elements of the legal process, determining possible insurance coverage is essential to maximizing your personal injury recovery, and a false step in the process can cost you. The legal team at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP will research those complex insurance coverage aspects of your case to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Accidents involving motorcycles are often the fault of the other driver because they fail to see the motorcycle even when their view is not obstructed. Given that motorcycles lack the physical protection that a car or truck affords, the injuries that a motorcyclist can receive from the impact of the crash can be devastating. Despite the fact that people involved in motorcycle accidents are often seriously injured, they are not protected by No-Fault insurance coverage. That can mean huge medical bills, and lost time from work that may go uncompensated without the proper legal protection.
Let the legal team at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP protect your rights and make sure that these claims are enforced against the person responsible for your injuries.
Also, did you know that unlike victims of a car accident, New York State law does not require injured motorcyclists to prove a “serious injury” in order to bring a claim against the responsible party? The lack of this requirement can mean reimbursement of medical expenses and lost wages, as well as being compensated for your pain and suffering, regardless of the severity of your injury.
Additionally, are you aware that if you are the victim of a hit and run, or if a defendant that was either uninsured or under-insured struck you, the law allows you to make a claim against your own motorcycle policy? Furthermore, if you were injured while a pedestrian or occupant of a motorcycle not owned by you, you may be entitled to additional insurance coverage under any insurance policy applicable to a motor vehicle that you own, or that of a motor vehicle owned by a resident (relative) of your household. Like so many elements of the legal process, determining this coverage is essential to maximizing your personal injury recovery, and a false slip in the process can cost you money.
Commercial Truck Accidents
Trucking accident cases are significantly different than most auto or vehicular accident cases. Truck drivers and the companies they are employed by must comply with a number of both federal and state laws and regulations that are not applicable to other types of motorists. These laws and regulations control a variety of daily trucking procedures, including but not limited to:
- Maintenance and inspection procedures
- Hours of service
- Driver and licensing qualifications
Were you or a loved one injured in a crash involving a tractor trailer truck? Contact our truck accident lawyers at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP for your free case consultation and find out today what we can do for you.
Our tractor trailer attorneys highly experienced in accidents involving numerous types of trucks that include:
- Tractor trailers – 18 wheelers, semi’s, big rigs, etc.
- Construction vehicles
- Tanker trucks
- Garbage trucks
- Cement trucks
- Other large vehicles carrying over-sized loads, etc.
Don’t let a negligent trucking company or its drivers’ impact you or your loved one’s life any more than it already has. You don’t have to settle by hiring an accident attorney that is not educated in the laws surrounding truck accidents. Our experienced team will effectively represent you against any trucking company and its insurance company.