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Winter Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Insurance & Safety

Winter Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Insurance & Safety

For more information, please call us at (845) 986-2777 for an initial consultation and case evaluation.

Given recent winter weather conditions, we would like to remind our readers to be safe and keep in mind two recent blog posts:

Pedestrian Accidents & Winter Safety Tips

As Winter approaches, shorter days means students walking or bicycling to school or the bus stop in the dark and cold for a portion of the school year. Pedestrian accidents are a serious concern for parents sending their kids off to school. Pedestrian accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) using 2013 data show that urban areas suffered 73 percent of all pedestrian accident fatalities. Roadways, bikeways, sidewalks, medians and other pedestrian locations suffered only 10 percent of pedestrian fatalities compared to 20 percent at intersections and 69 percent at non-intersections. Most pedestrian fatalities occurred in the dark (72 percent) compared to 25 percent in daylight and four percent in dawn or dusk hours.

Prepare your child with winter walking safety tips to reduce the chances of being involved in a pedestrian accident:

  • Ensure that your child is dressed to be as visible as possible — wear bright and light colored coat/backpack with reflective strips
  • Allow plenty of time to reach school or the bus stop
  • Wear boots or shoes with good grip — in icy weather conditions wear metal grips over shoes
  • Watch out for debris or other tripping hazards on the road
  • Walk to school or the bus stop with peers or an adult
  • Only cross the street in well-lit areas at designated crosswalks unless there is no other option
  • Do not assume that cars will stop because the signal has turned — they should wait to ensure that care are coming to a stop at the line before heading across the street
  • Children should stand away from buses, shrubs/trees, parked cars and other large obstacles before crossing the road to ensure that drivers see them
  • Children should walk facing the direction of moving cars so they are seen in headlights
  • Wear a headlamp or a hat with a light built in to light their path
  • Teach your child about distracted walking and the need to hear the sound of cars for safety — headphones for music and texting and walking should be avoided

If your child bicycles to school or the bus stop, ensure that your child’s bicycle is visible — it should be a light color and have reflective strips and blinking headlights and taillights. Also, your child should:

  • Wear bright clothing with reflective strips and a headlamp if the bicycle is without a light to brighten the path
  • Always wear a helmet
  • Be taught the rules of the road
  • Avoid unexpected, quick motions that will surprise motor vehicle drivers
  • Not to wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while riding”

What To Do After a Car Accident

The following is a list of things you should do if you are involved in a car accident:

Safety First

  • If the car accident is minor, move vehicles out of traffic to a safe place.
  • Shift into park, turn off your vehicle, and turn on the hazard lights.
  • Use cones, warning triangles, or flares for added safety, if you have them.

Get Help

  • Check for injuries; call an ambulance when in doubt.
  • Call the police, even if the accident is minor. A police report can be invaluable to the claim process and help establish who’s at fault.

Collect Information

  • Gather information from others involved in the accident.
    • Drivers and passengers: names and contact information
    • Vehicle descriptions (make, model, year)
    • Driver’s license numbers
    • License plate numbers
    • Insurance companies and policy numbers
    • Eyewitnesses: names and contact information
    • Accident scene location and/or address
    • Police officer’s name and badge number.
  • Take photos of all vehicles involved and the accident scene, if it is safe to do so.
  • Do not sign any document unless it’s for the police or your insurance agent.
  • Be polite, but don’t tell anyone the accident was your fault, even if you think it was.

Contact our office at (845) 986-2777 in the following instances:

  • Liability is not clear or is shared between or among the parties.
  • You have no idea how to evaluate your claim.
  • The adjuster has asked you to provide medical records from prior to the accident.
  • The adjuster has made you an offer and you think your claim is worth a great deal more.
  • The adjuster is offering a structured settlement rather than a lump sum payment.
  • You are not confident in your ability to negotiate a settlement on your own behalf.
  • You have a claim of lost wages that is difficult to prove—for example, you are a consultant, a business owner, a sales person, etc.
  • There are extenuating circumstances that make your claim more valuable and you don’t know how to prove your loss (for example, you’re a caregiver and can no longer take care of your husband or sick mother).
  • The insurance company has denied your claim, you believe they are incorrect in their denial, and they will not reconsider.
  • The insurance company’s settlement offer is too low.
  • You are seriously injured with significant medical bills with or without residual disability.
  • You are moderately injured with residual disability and will incur future medical bills.
  • The injured party is a minor with more than slight injuries.
  • Liability is being disputed and you believe you are not responsible or are only partially responsible for the accident.
  • It’s been almost a year since your accident, you’re not close to settling your claim, and you don’t know what the statute of limitations is in your state.
  • The circumstances surrounding the accident are complex and may require expert investigation.
  • The other party to the accident has served you with a lawsuit.

Be sure to consult with us before speaking to an insurance adjuster. Doing so will save you from making statements to the adjuster that may be damaging to your claim.”

Please see our other driving-related blog posts:

Car Accidents & Pedestrian Safety

Car Accident Injury

What To Do After a Car Accident

New York DWI Penalties

Driverless Cars: Product Liability & Safety Considerations

Orange County Adopts Policy to Comply With New York Complete Streets Act

Rear End Car Accidents, Whiplash & Personal Injury

NTSB Aims to Reduce Speeding-Related Crashes

Road Accidents & Crashes

New York Court of Appeals Upholds DMV’s Drunk Driving Regulations

Driverless Car Accident Liability

Distracted Driving Accident

Bicycle & Car Accident

Rear End Automobile Accidents

Side Impact Collision

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If you or a family member have suffered a traffic accident or injury, whether as a driver, passenger or pedestrian, you and/or your family member may be entitled to money damages.

We take your calls and meet with your family personally to answer all your questions. We will press your insurance company for the coverage you are entitled to and help you recover the compensation you deserve. Personal injury cases require a wealth of experience, and a network of proven experts, including doctors and medical experts, accident recreation experts, insurance investigators, private investigators, and the resources necessary to fight large insurance companies.

All of our personal injury cases are contingency cases, which means you pay nothing out of pocket and we do not get paid unless you get paid.

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