NYC Fatal Car Accident Attorneys
Auto Accident Lawyers in New York City Helping Family Members Recover Compensation
According to the Department of Health, each year, New York state sees around 1,100 traffic fatalities. The death rate was highest for men and for those aged 65 or older, but the truth is that anyone can be killed in a car accident, leaving behind grieving family members to pick up the pieces and move on with their lives.
At our firm, we represent family members who have lost a loved one in a car wreck. For help with your case, please reach out to an NYC wrongful death attorney.
Why People Die in Car Accidents
There are many causes of fatalities, some of which are the fault of other motorists, but some of which are within the control of the victim. For example, many reckless and dangerous drivers cause fatal accidents because they are traveling at a high rate of speed. They also might engage in risky maneuvers, such as tailgating or illegally passing. Still, other motorists are intoxicated or high and cannot operate a vehicle safely.
Some victims perish because they are not wearing seatbelts or because they were negligent themselves. They might have been traveling too fast or not paying attention and were unable to avoid a collision. These mistakes, however, rarely excuse someone whose dangerous driving caused a fatal crash.
To protect themselves and their families, motorists should always obey all traffic safety rules and call the police if they notice a dangerous driver on the road.
Complications with Car Accident Wrongful Death Cases
If a loved one died in a car accident, then you might be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death case. These cases, however, are not as straightforward as many people would hope.
The amount of compensation you can receive might be limited by the insurance policy for the driver who caused the crash. New York state only requires that motorists carry $50,000 in liability insurance for the death of a person, up to $100,000 if two or more people die.
In reality, many people suffer much more than $50,000 in economic and non-economic losses after losing a loved one. A young man or woman with a white-collar job could be expected to earn much more than $50,000 over the course of their life. However, it can be harder to recover more money in compensation, especially if the defendant has few assets.
At our firm, our lawyers are adept at finding other insurance policies that might come into play, such as underinsured motorist coverage or, if the defendant was doing errands for work, a business insurance policy. Every case is different, but you would benefit from an attorney who understands how to maximize the compensation in your claim.
Speak with a New York City Wrongful Death Car Accident Lawyer Today
Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman is a leader in NYC in wrongful death cases. Our team has brought many successful claims against motorists who careless or reckless conduct led to a tragedy.
For help, please contact us today by calling 212-285-3300. We offer the public a free case evaluation where they can learn more about their legal rights.