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Elmira Car Accident Lawyers

Elmira Car Accident LawyersNinety-five percent of all vehicles involved were passenger cars or light trucks. In New York State alone, more than 1,200 people die each year as a result of car accidents.

The Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP have represented many Elmira area clients injured in car accidents. We understand how serious injuries can compromise your life and that of your family, so we work hard to recover the maximum compensation allowable by law.

If you or a loved one has suffered because of a New York car accident, call us at or contact us via our online contact form for a FREE case review.

Car Accidents and New York Law

The law in New York allows you to seek compensation for medical expenses and lost income from no-fault insurance policies, but the deadlines for doing so are strict. You are required to file an accident report within 10 days, and you have 30 days to file a no-fault claim with your own insurance company. Other key dates include:

  • File Accident Report: 10-day deadline
  • File No-Fault Claim: 30-day deadline
  • File for lost wages: multiple deadlines
  • File for New York State Disability: 30-day deadline
  • File Notice of Claim (if applicable): 90-day deadline
  • File claim against other driver: as soon as possible
  • File claims with MVAIC (the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation – responsible for no-fault benefits for those injured by someone without insurance): multiple deadlines
  • File SUM / UM claim (supplementary uninsured motorist  / underinsured motorist): as soon as possible
  • File lawsuit: Typically within three years, but it can be shorter under certain circumstances, and a person who was a minor at time of accident may qualify for an extension.

New York law also mandates that if you are seeking damages beyond pure financial compensation for your bills or property damage, you must meet the requirements of a “serious Injury.” These criteria and how they are presented to the court are significant – and, in fact, many accident cases are dismissed without a trial for lack of a “serious” enough condition. New York law recognizes the following as “serious injuries”:

  • Death
  • Dismemberment
  • Significant disfigurement
  • Fracture
  • Loss of a fetus
  • Permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system
  • Significant limitation of use of a body function or system
  • A medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature which prevents the injured person from performing all of the material acts which constitutes such person’s usual and customary daily activities for not less than 90 days during the 180 days immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment.

Get Help from Experienced Elmira Car Accident Lawyers

Because of the complex legal requirements surrounding car accident cases, legal help can make a tremendous difference in whether you receive adequate compensation for your injuries. At The Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, we work closely with accident reconstruction and economic experts, and we can help you file the appropriate paperwork within the time frame required. We can also advise you whether you will be best served by taking your case to court or settling out of the courtroom.

The Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP have helped many Elmira residents injured in motor vehicle accidents. Experience counts – our successful track record can help ensure that your case is treated with respect and that you receive the maximum damages allowable by law.

If you or a loved one has suffered because of an Elmira car accident, call our New York personal injury attorneys or contact us via our online contact form for a FREE case review.

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