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Auto Accidents

Most of us travel every day, either by car, bus, bicycle, and most often by our own two feet.  During our road travels, we’re faced with daily hazards by those who drive and those charged to maintain them.  We take precautions, follow the rules of the road, and insure our vehicles as required by law.  If an accident occurs, we are left to deal with the wreckage.  Our vehicles sometimes become totaled, we suffer from severe injuries, and even death occurs.  The emotional and physical repercussions after an accident can be overwhelming, especially when interwoven with the challenges of understanding your insurance policy, needed vehicle repairs, medical needs, and having to communicate with those involved.  At the Law Office of William A. Gallina, our car accident attorneys in the Bronx know the appropriate steps to take following an automobile accident.  We are experts in the field of interpreting insurance policies, and we understand how to handle communications with all parties following an auto accident.  When you’re in a car accident, leave the work to the professionals.  Contact the car accident lawyers at the Law Office of William A. Gallina at 718-892-0400 or request a free consultation.

Who can file an auto accident claim?

When filing a car accident claim, you must be able to prove the other party’s negligence was a substantial factor in causing the accident.  In addition, to prevail in court, you must prove that you sustained what is known as a “serious injury,” as that term is defined by the New York State Insurance Law.  There are several different categories of serious injury, and only an experienced lawyer can help you determine whether your injuries qualify as serious.  Documentation, including a police report, photos, medical records, and any supporting evidence of lost wages, is critical to successfully resolving your claim.

New York is a no-fault state… what does this mean?

New York State has a no-fault system of insurance for automobile accidents.  This means that you are not required to prove negligence or fault of another in order to receive no fault benefits, such as medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages.  By removing the requirement to prove fault, this system is designed to decrease the number of lawsuits brought while ensuring that a portion of your economic losses are covered.  It works fairly well, so long as an application for no fault benefits is timely filed with the appropriate insurance carrier within 30 days of the incident.  However, when an accident causes a serious personal injury, the limits of the no-fault insurance policy are unable to fully and adequately compensate the victim.  In the event of a serious injury, filing a personal injury lawsuit is appropriate and allowed by law.

What kind of compensation can I receive?

If an accident occurred due to the negligence or statutory violation of another, you may be eligible for additional compensation. This monetary compensation can cover pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, medical expenses, and vehicle damage.

What kind of motor vehicle claims do you handle?

At the Law Office of William A. Gallina, our motor vehicle lawyers have experience handling a wide array of motor vehicle claims, including car accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, bus accidents, and truck accidents.

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Car Accidents

Although you may follow the rules of the road to ensure your safety, others may not, and on the crowded streets of New York City, it's easy to make a mistake and hit another vehicle. This wreckage can turn your life upside down, leaving you injured, carless, and emotionally burdened. Some injuries can have life-altering changes that affect your daily life, prevent you from returning to work, and cause severe financial strain. If an insurance company refuses to resolve a claim, then a lawsuit may be necessary to secure the compensation you deserve. Our car accident attorneys will work to reach a settlement that's right for you, fighting on your behalf, so you can secure the necessary compensation for the care you need.

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Pedestrian Accidents

Walking is a common mode of transportation in the Bronx. Although the city is overwhelmed with motor vehicles, including cars, buses, and trucks, codes, regulations, and safety measures are in place for the benefit of pedestrian safety. Accommodations such as crosswalks, sidewalks, and walking bridges are present on most city blocks. Despite these accommodations, however, some pedestrians are still struck by motor vehicles. Unfortunately, such trauma often causes extensive injuries, including broken bones, brain damage, and even paralysis. As a pedestrian, you have rights. If you were hit by a negligent driver, you deserve compensation. The motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Office of William A. Gallina will stand by you during your claim. We will help you settle with an insurance company or fight through trial in order to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries, pain, and suffering.

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Bicycle Accidents

Although bicycles are an increasingly popular mode of transportation, a healthy synergy between cyclists and motorists is still lacking. As more bicycles enter the roads, the possibility of collision with an automobile increases. A common cause of bicycle accidents is a motorist's failure to yield, and the damages caused to the bicyclist are typically much more extensive than those suffered by the motorist. Cyclists' injuries often include broken bones, concussions, brain injuries, and even paralysis. These damages can permanently alter your life, cause a loss of wages, and result in substantial medical bills. If your bicycle accident occurred due to a motorist's negligence, you may be eligible for compensation from the driver and the driver's insurance company. The car accident lawyers at the Law Office of William A. Gallina will review your claim to help you secure fair compensation.

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Bus Accidents

Buses are a common source of transportation for the masses in New York City. In fact, it is virtually impossible to travel the streets of the Bronx and not cross paths with a bus. Bus accidents can result in serious injury. Additionally, bus passenger injuries can often be substantial, as buses usually do not provide seatbelts and many bus passengers ride in crowded spaces. For an injured party, it can be difficult to determine who is at fault in a bus accident. Depending on the circumstances, the operator, a bus company, a passenger, a bus manufacturer, or even the government (if public bus) may be liable. If you experienced an injury in a bus accident due to the fault of another, you may be eligible for compensation. The auto accident lawyers at the Law Office of William A. Gallina will evaluate your case and help you secure the compensation you deserve.

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Truck Accidents

On average, approximately 40,000 truck accidents occur each year, and of those accidents, about 9% result in fatalities.  Accidents involving tractor-trailers can be devastating.  The weight of the truck combined with the speed of its travel is a lethal combination, so the results from a truck accident are rarely minor.  Usually the victim experiences substantial injuries, often including spinal injuries, brain damage, and sometimes, even death.  The cause of trucking accidents vary.  Some of the more common reasons for a tractor-trailer accident include:

  • Driver Fatigue
  • Negligently Maintained Vehicle
  • Speeding
  • Intoxication
  • Uneven, Overloaded, or Defective Trailers

Pursuing a claim for a truck accident can be a tedious process.  Oftentimes, it may be hard to identify the responsible party for your injuries: the trucking company, truck driver, truck or trailer manufacturer, or another driver may be at fault.  Additionally, filing a claim for a trucking accident requires advanced knowledge of trucking laws, including those pertaining to required maintenance, allotted permissible driving times, driving logs, and proper permits.  If you are the victim of a trucking accident, you may be eligible for compensation.  The Bronx car accident lawyers at the Law Office of William A. Gallina will help you build a claim that suits your individual needs.  We are experienced in handling tractor-trailer accidents and can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

Auto Accident Verdicts & Settlements*

Below are some representative verdicts and settlements obtained by the motor vehicle accident attorneys at the Law Office of William A. Gallina, PLLC on behalf of clients in the Bronx and throughout New York City who suffered injuries during an auto accident:

  • $2,337,500 was awarded to a 24-year-old part-time construction worker, who was a passenger in an automobile that entered a flooded street and crashed, causing multiple injuries.
  • A paramedic won $450,000 after sustaining a neck injury when a vehicle struck him from behind in traffic.
  • A 15-year-old boy suffered severe scarring of his torso in an automobile accident and was awarded a settlement of $500,000.
  • A 42-year-old man whose vehicle was struck received a settlement of $875,000 for a broken leg that required surgery.
  • A 9-year-old girl was struck by a sports utility vehicle, causing an ankle fracture that could lead to arthritis. A jury verdict awarded her $403,723.
  • A jury verdict awarded a 73-year-old pedestrian $25,000 in compensation for knee injuries sustained after being hit by a car.
  • A jury verdict awarded a 32-year-old paramedic $450,000 to compensate for neck injuries sustained from a collision while stopped in a parking lot.
  • A 27-year-old teacher and his wife received a $75,000 settlement during trial to compensate for back injuries sustained when their stopped vehicle was hit from behind on a parkway.

*Past results do not guarantee future outcomes.

Our trained and experienced car accident lawyers can evaluate your injuries and help determine whether you qualify under the legal definition of serious injury necessary to win a lawsuit.  We can fight for you to obtain the maximum amount of available compensation.  We can help you recover from the losses and damages you have experienced.  If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident in the Bronx or anywhere in New York City, contact the Law Office of William A. Gallina at 718-892-0400 or request a free consultation.

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