Hit By a Reckless Driver in NY? What Are Your Options?

Knowing your options and taking the proper steps can make all the difference in your recovery and securing the compensation you need.

Car accidents caused by reckless drivers can be life-altering. If a reckless driver has hit you or a loved one in New York, it’s crucial to know your options. Understanding your rights and the steps you should take can help you navigate this challenging time and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

At Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law, we’re here to guide you through this challenging time and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

What Constitutes Reckless Driving?

Reckless driving in New York is defined as operating a vehicle with willful disregard for the safety of persons or property. Here is a list of common types of reckless drivers:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Ignoring traffic signals or signs
  • Tailgating
  • Speeding in construction zones
  • Distracted drivers
  • Aggressive lane changes
  • Reckless motorcycle drivers
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

    Understanding Your Legal Options

    When a reckless driver hits you, you have several legal avenues:

    • File a Personal Injury Claim: You can pursue a personal injury claim against the reckless driver to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
    • No-Fault Insurance: In New York, your insurance policy should cover your medical bills and lost earnings up to a certain limit, regardless of fault.
    • Lawsuit for Serious Injuries: If your injuries are severe, you can step outside the no-fault system and file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Serious injuries typically include significant disfigurement, bone fractures, or permanent limitations of a body organ or member.

    Types of Compensation

    If a reckless driver has injured you, you may be entitled to compensation for:

    • Medical Expenses: Including hospital bills, rehabilitation, medication, and future medical costs.
    • Lost Wages: Compensation for the time you’ve missed work due to your injuries.
    • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the physical pain and emotional distress caused by the accident.
    • Property Damage: Costs for repairing or replacing your vehicle and any other damaged property.

    How Apicella & Schlesinger Can Help

    Navigating the aftermath of an accident can be overwhelming. Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law can help you by:

    1. Investigating the Accident: We collect and preserve evidence to build a strong case on your behalf.
    2. Negotiating with Insurance Companies: We ensure you receive a fair settlement for your injuries and losses.
    3. Representing You in Court: If necessary, we will take your case to trial to fight for the compensation you deserve.

    Our experienced team at Apicella & Schlesinger is dedicated to helping accident victims in the Bronx and New York. We work tirelessly to ensure you receive the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.