If you or a loved one has been severely injured in a motor vehicle collision in New York State, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Our team will work with sophisticated investigators and industry experts to build your case, and aggressively pursue the maximum possible recovery for you. With so much on the line, you can trust our experience and results to work for you.
It seems that we cannot drive these days without seeing another driver looking at his phone to read or send a text message, and we cannot turn on the television or read a newspaper without learning about someone causing an accident while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Speeding, aggressive driving, road rage and distracted driving leave our roadways a virtual minefield. Millions of people are injured each year in motor vehicle accidents, and the majority are not accidents at all, but the result of another driver’s negligence.
After a collision, insurance companies who represent negligent drivers will immediately begin to investigate the scene, inspect the vehicles, and interview the drivers. Their goal is simple: reduce exposure and limit their own liability. At Porter Nordby Howe LLP, we know that it’s critical for us, as your lawyers, to investigate as soon as possible after a collision, or the insurance company will gain an unfair advantage. Vehicles can be quickly repaired, evidence can be “lost” or destroyed, and witnesses’ memories can fade. We take immediate action to aggressively protect our clients’ rights by launching our own investigation with the very best team of experts and investigators available. Doing so is the only way to defeat the insurance companies who will stop at nothing to put you at a disadvantage.
If you have been severely injured in a motor vehicle collision in New York, you deserve sophisticated and aggressive legal representation to help you recover a top settlement for the physical, emotional and financial losses you’ve suffered. Recovering high-level settlements from insurance companies for severe injuries is a complex and daunting process. In your time of need, let our experience and reputation go to work for you and your family so you can focus on what’s most important: your health and getting your life back to normal as quickly as possible. At Porter Nordby Howe LLP, we have decades of experience representing clients who have been severely injured in motor vehicle collision. We have a proven track record of success in defeating insurance companies and their lawyers, and obtaining top compensation for our clients’ pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills. While no amount of compensation can make up for your pain and suffering, you should have the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you have a premier law firm on your side.
Our proven track record in the courtroom sends a clear message to insurance companies that we demand, and we will not rest until our clients receive, full and just compensation for the injuries they have suffered. Visit our Recent Results page to see a few examples of the awards we’ve obtained for our clients. Let us stand up for you and protect you in your time of need, when the results matter most.
Negligence comes in many forms. People commonly think about alcohol, drugs or texting as potential causes when they hear about a collision, but there are many other types of negligent behavior. Any time a person behaves in a careless or reckless way, they are guilty of negligence. Drivers’ negligence comes in two forms. In some cases, a driver negligently fails to take some action that would have avoided a collision. Other times, a driver’s actions behind the wheel (such as texting) are considered negligent. In either case, drivers need to be held responsible. This is where we can help you.
What many individuals fail to realize is that injuries come in many forms, and not all injuries are quantifiable. For example, it may be difficult to place a dollar value on a person’s pain and suffering, or on the psychological harm they have suffered, as a result of an auto accident. For this reason, legal advice is essential, as insurance companies will try to minimize your damages.
Insurance companies are in the business to make a profit, and they will do whatever they can to limit damages. They employ a virtual army of lawyers whose primary job is to prove that an injured party was either at fault, or is not as severely injured as he or she really is. As a result, auto accident victims in New York State need lawyers on their side to protect them against these insurance tactics. Our experts and investigators begin working as soon as we’re hired to ensure that our clients have the same expertise as the insurance companies.
Nobody anticipates being in an auto accident, which is why we provide instructions and guidelines for all drivers on our FAQ page. Unfortunately, many individuals injured in car accidents fail to take photos of the accident scene, the vehicles involved, or their injuries. This should be done as soon as a collision occurs so our attorneys and experts can see the exact locations of all vehicles involved, and other evidence at the scene that can quickly disappear. Don’t rely on photos taken by the police or another party. You need your own evidence, and this is one instance in which you can never have too many photographs. Whether or not you’re able to take photographs, we have a team of investigators and experts whose number one job is to preserve evidence.
When a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident in New York, they should never attempt to negotiate with an insurance company without legal representation. Attorneys understand the potential landmines that exist in the negotiation process, and work to ensure that any statement you make cannot be used against you in the future. A simple remark made during a conversation with an insurance company can come back to haunt you. The less you say, the better off you will be in the long run.
Accident victims need to understand the statute of limitations and other deadlines that apply to their legal claim, whether it involves a no-fault claim, a claim against a municipality, or a lawsuit against a private individual. We are here to answer your questions. You don’t have to go through this daunting process alone, and we can provide the critical legal guidance you will need in these situations.
Remember that driving is a privilege, not a right. Any time a person gets behind the wheel of a car, they are responsible for their actions and decisions. We make sure of it.
For guidelines and instructions on what you should do if you’ve been involved in an auto accident, visit our FAQ page for important information.