Experienced Car Accident Attorneys In Albany & Saratoga Springs
No matter how attentive you are on the road, another driver can create a dangerous situation that may result in a motor vehicle accident. Wearing your seat belt will reduce or eliminate injuries. Yet, accident injuries can still happen and greatly impact you or your loved one’s future health and mobility. If you have been injured in a car crash, our trial-tested motor vehicle accident lawyers at Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany, PLLC, have been serving the Albany and Saratoga Springs communities for decades and can help you protect your rights.
Types Of Car Accidents We Handle
Our team applies over 90 combined years of experience to help people who have been involved in any kind of car accident, including:
- Truck crashes: These cases are especially devastating, often resulting in catastrophic or fatal injuries. Our lawyers help truck accident victims and their loved ones navigate the legal complexities of these tragic cases.
- Bus wrecks: Like trucks, these massive vehicles can cause tremendous damage when they collide with passenger cars. These accidents are also more complex cases from a legal standpoint.
- Motorcycle accidents: We represent bikers who have been involved in crashes involving other vehicles as well as those resulting from dangerous road conditions and motorcycle defects.
- Pedestrians: When pedestrians get hit in crosswalks or elsewhere, they deserve skillful representation to pursue maximum compensation from the negligent driver. Our attorneys can help.
- Rollovers: When a vehicle rolls, the occupants can sustain serious and life-threatening injuries, particularly if they get thrown from the vehicle.
In each of these cases, our Albany and Saratoga Springs motor vehicle accident attorneys have the experience and resources to fight for you, even when that involves taking on insurance companies, trucking companies or other powerful defendants.
Answering Your Questions After An Auto Accident
It can be overwhelming to go through the experience of a car crash. There can be a lot of questions about medical treatment, insurance policies and how to file personal injury claims. Here, our attorneys at Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany, PLLC, answer several of the most frequently asked questions from their New York clients. But they also offer free, initial consultations to answer any specific questions you may have.
What should I do after an Albany or Saratoga Springs car accident?
After a motor vehicle wreck, there are several steps you can take to ensure the best outcome for yourself.
- Get off the road in a safe spot and turn off the car.
- Call for help. If there are injuries, call an ambulance. Law enforcement can help sort out what happened.
- If another driver was involved, and it is safe to get out of the car and you feel safe talking to them, it is ok to do so. But do not apologize or admit fault.
- Exchange license and insurance information with the other driver(s). Take photos of driver’s licenses, license plates and insurance cards.
- Talk to the officers and any witnesses on the scene. Doing so can help you with future insurance and legal issues. Get contact information if possible.
- Get a copy of the police accident report. If it is not provided at the scene, get the case number so you can order it later.
- Use your phone to take photos of the cars and the accident scene.
- Within a day of the accident, write down your own notes and a description of what happened while the details are still fresh in your mind.
- Seek medical attention. Sometimes, accident injuries like back pain or soft tissue injuries do not show up right away. In the days following a crash, pay attention to any injuries that may be revealing themselves and seek medical attention to further document the injury.
- Most importantly, find an experienced car accident attorney.
Every accident is different with its own set of unique facts. A free, no-obligation initial consultation can help answer any additional questions you may have about your specific accident.
What happens if I’m not wearing a seat belt in an accident?
Even if you did not have your seat belt on, you can still file a personal injury lawsuit. The at-fault driver may still be held liable for your damages, though the amount of compensation that you recover may be less than it would have been if you had been wearing a seat belt.
Should I go to the hospital after a car accident?
You should always seek medical treatment for your injuries. Taking an ambulance from the scene of the accident is the fastest way to reach the hospital.
How long after a car accident can you go to the hospital?
You can go to the hospital at any time that your injuries warrant it. A hospital visit is an evidence for your personal injury claim. If another party was at fault for the accident, the hospital bills will be considered as damages you could potentially recover.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a common injury to the neck that is a result of a quick forceful snap of back-and-forth movement of your head. Symptoms include a sore neck, stiff neck, headaches, memory problems and dizziness.
How long does it take for whiplash symptoms to appear after a car accident?
The signs of whiplash after an accident does not always manifest immediately after the crash. Some individuals report that they did not notice symptoms until weeks or even months after the incident. Even if your symptoms took some time to appear, you should consult a doctor as soon as you experience them.
Should I consult an Albany or Saratoga Springs lawyer after a car wreck?
Yes. Car accident lawyers can speak to the insurance companies on your behalf. A personal injury lawyer will protect your rights and make sure that you get the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve.
When should I hire an attorney for my car accident In Albany or Saratoga Springs?
You should contact a lawyer as soon as you can. The sooner you have an attorney on your side, the more you can focus on your physical recovery. A motor vehicle accident attorney will manage all of the steps necessary toward recovering compensation for your damages and holding the negligent parties accountable for their actions.
How does New York no-fault insurance work?
Because New York is a no-fault state for auto insurance, when you get into an accident, you will first have to seek compensation from your own insurance company. Your insurance will cover your property damage, medical bills, missed work and other accident-related expenses, regardless of who was at fault. It’s important to note that you must file an insurance claim relatively quickly in order to take advantage of your insurance benefits. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
If you hit your insurance max, you may then have grounds for pursuing a personal injury claim against the negligent driver (or drivers).
What are no-fault benefits?
When someone is hurt by someone else’s driving, like a bicyclist or pedestrian, the driver’s no-fault insurance coverage could apply to cover any injuries. Motorcycles, mopeds and ATVs are excluded from this. No-fault benefits can include hospital costs, lost wages, household care and prescriptions.
When do I need to file a claim for no-fault benefits?
An application for no-fault benefits must be filed with the appropriate insurance company no later than 30 days from the date of the accident.
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Injured In A Crash? Call For A Free Case Evaluation.
Our experienced car accident lawyers at Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany, PLLC, will provide you with individual attention and counsel to help you through a difficult time so that you can deal with your injuries and get better. Call our Albany or Saratoga Springs office at 518-328-4486 or send an email through the online form to schedule your free case evaluation.