Buffalo Car Accident Lawyers
Fighting For Victims of Motor Vehicle Accidents in Western New York
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an auto accident in Buffalo, New York, or another town in Erie County, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Contact our experienced Buffalo car accident lawyers at (716) 842-2200 for a free consultation. Our team of skilled personal injury lawyers will fight to get the compensation that you deserve for the injuries you’ve sustained.
The Buffalo car accident lawyers at Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & Nicotra PLLC have achieved outstanding results in their representation of automobile accident victims. Our personal injury firm has the skills and experience to negotiate with insurance companies and challenge these companies’ attempts to downplay the extent of your injuries. We are trial-ready and prepared to aggressively pursue and achieve our clients’ ideal outcomes in the courtroom. We will assess the full extent of your damages and aggressively litigate when necessary to make sure that you and your family are fully compensated for your injuries.
Aggressive Buffalo car accident lawyers. We do not back down from insurance companies.
Following an auto accident, a representative from an insurance company may try to contact you. The representative’s goal is simple: to minimize the cost to the insurance company. Insurance companies have little regard for the well-being of injured victims, and they will do everything possible to protect their interests—even when that means forcing victims to sign documents without attorney review or convincing victims to agree to unsuitably low settlements.
If you ever find yourself in an auto accident, there are certain things that you must do. The first thing is to stay calm, assess the situation, make sure that neither you nor anybody else near a vehicle requires immediate medical attention. Once you have done this, assess your position in the roadway. Are you in a safe location in a vehicle sense, or is traffic speeding past you on both sides? If it is possible, take photos with your smartphone or camera of the site of the accident. If it is safe to do so, you should look to maneuver your vehicle into a safe location until the police arrive. If your car is still drivable, it is your responsibility to get yourself and your passengers to a safe location.
Once you are safe, you should call the police, requesting a police report. Whenever there is damage more than $1,000 to any vehicle, or whenever anyone is injured to any extent, a report should be completed. While you are waiting for the police, you can also take out any insurance and registration information, and you should retrieve information from all of the other drivers who were involved in the accident. Witnesses’ accounts are also crucial to collect, and if a passerby stops and asks if you are all right, ask the person if he or she saw the accident. Many times, witnesses will gladly provide their names and phone numbers, giving their permission to be called in the future if their input is needed.
It is common for the individual who caused the accident to adjust her or his story after the fact, after speaking to insurance companies, after consulting an attorney, or (in the case of younger drivers) after speaking with her or his parents. Before any external input can affect the situation, you should gather information to protect yourself and your family.
Our dedicated Buffalo car accident lawyers recommend that anyone involved in an accident should record everything that the driver behind the accident happens to say. This driver may admit fault or apologize and later deny having said anything of the sort. If the driver apologizes while other people are around, accounts from these witnesses are also helpful. Whenever a driver causes an accident and then makes comments that against her or his best interest, this action constitutes party admission.
The other issue that you should address when you make your emergency call is whether anyone involved in the accident requires medical attention. Response by the police is important, but you must also summon emergency medical personnel. The insurance for the vehicle in which you were traveling will cover any medical treatment that you receive, including a ride in an ambulance and a visit to an ER. If you are injured, there is no need to worry that a hospital will levy a hefty bill against you; accidents such as this are all covered by no-fault insurance.
While you are safely waiting on the roadside, your responsibility is to take photographs of any skid marks that you find, the locations of the vehicles, and the extent of the damage to both vehicles. If the vehicles are still drivable and neither one is towed away or impounded, there is a real risk that you will not see the other driver’s car or truck ever again. You should take pictures while you are at the scene of the accident as you wait for the police to arrive.
After the police have completed their report of the accident, and once the report is approved following one to two days of processing time, you should ask for a copy of the report. If you find any errors in the report, you must bring them to the attention of the officers who arrived at the scene of the accident. To corroborate your claims, you must then provide the officers with contact information for witnesses. The presence and contributions of objective third parties can make all the difference in the world.
Dedicated Buffalo car accident lawyers serving Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and the surrounding Western New York counties.
Local insurance companies are familiar with Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & Nicotra PLLC’s team of experienced Buffalo car accident lawyers, and they know all too well that we are willing to take all of our cases to a jury trial. Unlike other attorneys, we will not accept a quick settlement simply so that we can move on to the next case. We will fight for every ounce of compensation that our clients deserve.