Truck, Bus, and Automobile Accidents in New York
WHAT IS MY AUTO ACCIDENT CASE WORTH?
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, approximately 900,000 automobile crashes occur each year as a result of distracted driving. Approximately nine people die each day from distracted driving. Your right to recover from your automobile accident injury is limited by the Comprehensive Automobile Insurance Reparation Act (the “No-Fault Law”). In 1973, No-Fault Law enacted automobile accidents in New York. This law was enacted to speed up the time it takes auto accident victims to receive medical treatment, reduce fraud, and alleviate the courts from an avalanche case of automobile accidents.
The No-Fault Law essentially created two paths to recover damages from automobile accidents.
- First, the No-Fault Law is meant to allow accident victims to recover for “basic economic loss” regardless of who is at fault.
Basic economic loss covers:
(a) Medical, hospital, psychiatric, and other professional health care services;
(b) Loss of earnings from work up to $2,000 per month for no more than three years from the date of the accident;
(c) All other reasonable and necessary expenses incurred, up to $25 per day for no more than one year from the date of the accident.
In sum, unless you purchased additional coverage, the total amount of money available for any no-fault case is $50,000. The $50,000 includes up to $2,000 per month for three years of lost wages. The balance will be apportioned between medical and other necessary expenses.
- Second, you can only sue the owner or driver of the car that caused your personal injury if you have a serious injury, as more fully discussed in the frequently asked section of this website.
FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION
If you or a loved one have been injured by a negligent driver, call automobile accident lawyer Bryan J. Hutchinson now at (718) 671-0900 for a free confidential consultation.