Albany Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents are always scary situations involving the potential for severe injuries and emotional trauma. The inability to predict accidents often leads to highly volatile situations in which you are more likely to be injured due to the traumatic extent of the accident. In such cases it’s crucial to find an experienced Albany car accident attorney.
Car Accidents in New York
In 2012, nearly 300,000 car accidents occurred in New York, although only 251,000 were reported to police. Out of this number, there were 1,163 fatalities, and 169,206 people who were reported as injured. This leads to an overall state rate of 1,504 people injured per every 100,000 licensed drivers. Out of the 251,000 reported to police, 137,000 resulted in property damage (meaning damage to the vehicle in most cases). From this number of accidents, nearly 200,000 are reported as the result of human factors including the following:
- Driver distraction
- Failure to yield to a right of way
- Following too closely
- Unsafe speed
- Passing or improper lane usage
Car accidents are widespread in the time of day/day of the week they occur, but surprisingly, most accidents do occur in daylight. We always hear about terrible accidents which occur during the hours of midnight and 5:00AM during weekends, but in fact the most accident-prone time period is between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM on Friday afternoons. This is largely due to the heightened number of people on the road during this time, yearning to get home early to start their weekend, or traveling out of town for the weekend. Thursday is the day with the next highest number of car accidents, again occurring between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM in the late afternoon. Compared to other times of day, relatively few accidents occur in the middle of the night.
Car accidents can quickly become life threatening given certain situations and outside factors. Related injuries can include:
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
- Brain injuries
- Internal bleeding
Each of these often require at least a few days of extended hospital stays. If you are unaware, even one hour in a hospital is expensive, much less several days in a hospital. These highly priced medical bills seem virtually impossible to tackle for an accident which you did not cause. This is when it becomes important to seek damages for your injuries, as well as any financial repercussions which occurred, such as lost wages or property damage. Insurance companies want to settle all car accident claims immediately after the accident occurs. However, it is important to talk to a lawyer before you sign any paperwork with an insurance agent. Insurance companies will often cloak their offer with language stating that it is the best you will get, but your injuries are often worth much more than insurance companies want to quickly dole out. An experienced car accident lawyer can examine your case and let you know what it is worth.
Hug Law, PLLC | Albany, New York Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents are never easy to deal with. From the car insurance claims, to the injuries, and the subsequent settlement offers, all the items involved may seem like a whirlwind. Matthew Hug understands that this is not an easy time for you and will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact Hug Law today for a consultation.