WHITE PLAINS CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS

Best Car, Motorcycle & Truck Accident Lawyers In White Plains, NY Since 1986

  • Helping Car Accident Victims Since 1986

  • Free Case Evaluation

  • Recovered Millions $$$ in Auto Injury Cases

  • No Fees Unless We Win

  • Recover Lost Wages

  • We've Helped Thousands of Injured People & Their Families

  • Superior Customer Service

  • Repair or Replace Your Car, Truck or Motorcycle

AUTO ACCIDENT REVIEWS

"Fast Settlement"

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"Great attorneys, fast settlement, will recommend to family and friends."

CAR ACCIDENT RESULTS

$1.5M

$900K

$1.2M

Motorcyclist killed when defendant vehicle made a sudden left turn in front of her
Pedestrian crossing street struck by tow truck requiring back surgery
Passenger in Diplomatic van seriously injured requiring neck surgery when defendant vehicle went through light

$750K

Motorcyclist struck at intersection resulting in broken leg

CAR ACCIDENT RESULTS

$1.5M

Motorcyclist killed when defendant vehicle made a sudden left turn in front of her

$900K

Pedestrian crossing street struck by tow truck requiring back surgery

$1.2M

Passenger in Diplomatic van seriously injured requiring neck surgery when defendant vehicle went through light

$750K

Motorcyclist struck at intersection resulting in broken leg

Serving Car Accident Victims In White Plains Since 1986

 

As auto injury attorneys at Curan & Ahlers, we focus on helping car accident victims that have been injured in collisions throughout New York, including White Plains since 1986.


When you contact the White Plains auto injury attorneys at Curan & Ahlers, you will experience expertly trained attorneys ready to help you or a loved one suffering from an auto accident related injury. We'll schedule a free consultation to discuss your accident in the White Plains area. A car accident in White Plains be life-altering and we're here to help you make the best decision possible to secure your future and recover from the injuries.

Common Car Accidents In White Plains

  • Truck Accidents

  • Pedestrian Accidents

  • Motorcycle Accidents

  • Bicycle Accidents

  • Head-On Collisions

  • Rideshare Accidents

  • Hit and Run Accidents

  • Freeway Accidents

  • DUI Accidents

  • Uber Accidents

  • Lyft Accidents

  • Speeding Accidents

  • More..

Curan & Ahlers has been fighting for car accident victims for over 35 years in the White Plains NY area. If you’ve been injured in any way call us at (914) 428-3313 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Is it worth getting a lawyer for a minor car accident?

 

If you have been involved in a minor car accident in the White Plains area, you should get a lawyer. An experienced and trustworthy White Plains car accident lawyer educates you on your legal rights while ensuring you are compensated for any injuries or losses suffered. White Plains truck accident lawyers and White Plains car accident attorneys can be found at Curan & Ahlers. 


Any type of car accident that involves an injury may require the services of a lawyer. Even if you have good insurance, paying hospital bills and insurance deductibles can add up. You should not be required to cover those costs if you were injured in a car accident that was no fault of your own. Additionally, even if you think that you feel fine and that the accident was minor, you could potentially have internal injuries that do not make themselves known until a few days after the accident. This is why if you are involved in a car accident and you feel any discomfort, you may want to go to a hospital and have a complete screening completed to make sure that you did not sustain any type of injury. After the hospital, the next phone call you should consider making is to an experienced personal injury attorney. 


What is the average settlement for a car accident with injury in New York?


Depending on the seriousness of your injuries, you may find yourself facing large hospital bills after a car accident. The most common types of car accident-related injuries include whiplash, neck and back injuries, lacerations and broken bones, brain injuries, chest injuries, internal bleeding, herniated discs, and even post-traumatic stress disorder. Many of these injuries require extensive and expensive treatments and that may require numerous trips to the hospital and/or a physical therapist. Additionally, you may be unable to go to work due to your injuries. You then may be looking for just compensation to help pay for your medical bills and to cover any lost wages that are a result of not being able to work. That is why it is important to look at the average settlement amount for injuries related to car accidents in the state of New York. You may be surprised to know that there are two different figures. One figure is the average settlement amount for people who sought legal counsel, the other, people who represented themselves. The average settlement amount for someone who hired professional representation was around $77,600 in New York. The average for someone who represented themselves was only $17,600. That is a difference of more than 77%. This is why seeking legal representation when you have suffered an injury related to a car accident is highly advisable. 
 

But when we look at these figures, what exactly is the average settlement amount of $77,600 supposed to pay for? A settlement that is awarded to a person injured in a car accident can be awarded for many purposes and many reasons. Some of the most common types of damages awarded include the following:
 

  • To cover the cost of any emergency medical care, treatments, and medications needed as a result of injuries sustained in an accident.

  • Expenses for any in-home nursing care or assistance.

  • Expenses related to any expected treatment or therapy needed. 

  • Loss of income due to inability to work because of sustained injuries.

  • Loss of future potential income because of injury.

  • Property damage.

  • In the event of a permanent disability, any renovations or modifications needed to make a home handicap accessible. 

  • Emotional distress and/or post-traumatic stress.

 

Obviously, the more dire the situation or the more extreme the effects of the injury are to an individual, the higher the compensation. 


How long does a car accident lawsuit take in NY?

A typical car accident lawsuit can take anywhere from four months to five years to be finalized in the state of New York. The reason that these types of cases take so long is due to several factors. First, the accident needs to be investigated by reading police reports, acquiring video evidence if it exists, identifying all the people and /or companies involved, and identifying all the insurance companies. Next, hospital records defining the injury need to be acquired. Hospital records can take around 30 days or more to be prepared and sent. Once all the proper documentation and evidence have been acquired, then the lawsuit needs to be filed. Summons and complaints need to be served to the defendant. This can take some time as well. Then the defendant may seek their own legal counsel and an official answer to the complaint and summons needs to be filed. Then comes the process of discovery. This is when all the evidence is exchanged between all the parties involved in the lawsuit. Once the discovery process is complete, then depositions need to happen and they need to be recorded by an official court reporter or videotaped. A deposition is when both the plaintiff and the defendant are questioned by opposing counsel on the record. After the depositions, the plaintiff will need to submit to a defense medical exam. A defense medical exam is typically conducted by a physician chosen by the defendant’s insurance company. All of these events happen before a judge can review the lawsuit and set a court date. Basically, the process can be time-consuming. That is why you should expect the entire process to be at least four months long, but it could also take years depending on the complexities of the case.


How much is a neck and back injury car accident settlement in New York?


Any significant injury to an individual’s neck and back is a serious situation that may require long-term care and treatment. The state of New York has some of the highest reported settlements for neck and back injury lawsuits. In New York, the average neck and back injury settlement can be somewhere around $8.6-million with the median being around $3-million.


How much should I settle for after a car accident?


If you are involved in a car accident and the counsel of the defendant is reaching out with an offer of settlement, it may be in your best interest to consult an attorney before signing anything. An experienced personal injury attorney will know what just compensation would be for your particular case based on the circumstances and the extent of your injuries. 


How long does an insurance company have to investigate a car accident claim in New York?


In the state of New York, once a claim is filed. An insurance company will have 15 days to request any additional information that it may need to accept or deny the claim. Once you respond to the request, the insurance company will have an additional 15 days to make a decision. 


Isn’t New York a “no-fault” state? Can I still pursue legal action?

 

Yes, even though New York is a “no-fault” state, you can file a lawsuit outside of the no-fault system if you have injuries that qualify. No-fault insurance claims do not take into account pain and suffering and other non-quantifiable effects. 


What happens if we both cause a car accident?

In a “no-fault”state like New York, the insurance companies of the involved parties typically cover their own losses unless the extent of the damages warrants a lawsuit in a court of law. 


Why should I hire a car accident lawyer?

Before determining if you need a lawyer or not you should start by consulting with a lawyer about your situation. At Curan & Ahlers you can take advantage of a free consultation with an experienced attorney. During the consultation a Curan & Ahlers attorney can help you understand the compensation you deserve or don’t deserve. Personal injury cases should not be ignored. If you have been in a car accident in the White Plains area, you should consult a lawyer. A lawyer can help you legally handle any and all losses sustained during or after the accident. They can also help reduce stress by providing a seamless process and guiding you through the steps. 

ABOUT US

Have you been injured in a car accident? With over 35 years of experience with auto accident related cases including cars, trucks or motorcycles, Curan & Ahlers is ready to fight for you. Curan & Ahlers handles car accident related cases in White Plains, NY. If you're looking for experienced car injury attorneys, give us a call today.

"I was involved in a car accident in October 2013. We recently resolved the case and I am extremely satisfied with my settlement." - Client Review from Lawyers.com.

Keith J. Ahlers - Founding Partner

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Curan & Ahlers LLP

Car Injury Attorneys in White Plains, NY
14 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, New York 10601

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Local: 914-428-3313

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