Motor Vehicle Accidents Attorneys
- Over $2 billion recovered for our clients
- Hundreds of positive reviews
- Over 40 years of combined experience
For over 40 years, the lawyers at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have successfully brought hundreds of motor vehicle negligence cases involving serious personal injuries suffered by drivers, passengers and pedestrians. We have handled cases involving a wide variety of motor vehicles, including cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, forklifts, snowmobiles and all other types of motorized vehicles.
The firm of Jaroslawicz & Jaros has successfully litigated cases at all levels of the state and federal courts for injuries caused by the negligent use of motor vehicles.
You should be aware that if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, you have two different sets of rights: You have a right to receive no-fault payments for your medical bills and lost earnings as well as a separate right to sue for your pain and suffering if you have suffered a serious or permanent injury.
The reason it is called “no-fault" is because when you are hurt in a car accident it does not matter even if you are 100 percent at fault; it does not matter if you are the driver or passenger, or if you are a pedestrian. So long as you were injured by a motor vehicle in New York, and if it is not a motorcycle and you are not drunk or on illegal drugs, you are entitled to receive your no-fault benefits.
However, in New York, if you wish to bring a lawsuit so as to be compensated for your pain and suffering, you may only do so if you have suffered a serious or permanent injury as these terms are defined by New York’s No-Fault statute.
Once you consult with an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney and it is determined that your injuries are serious enough to permit you to bring a lawsuit for your pain and suffering then each case is fact-specific, and how much you recover will depend on three factors:
1) What is the total amount of insurance coverage available? How much insurance does the other car’s driver have? Is there what is called “underinsurance" on your insurance policy? The most you can recover, regardless of the severity of your injuries, is the total amount of the available insurance coverage that was in effect. Your attorney will try to find out how much insurance is available from the other side’s insurance as well as possibly from your own policy.
We represented the family of a victim of a car accident in which our client unfortunately died from the impact. The driver and owner of the other car only had a $100,000 policy and everyone believed that was all our client could possibly recover despite the extent of his damages. We attended the Motor Vehicle hearing, that is held for every motor vehicle accident that results in a death, and we discovered that the other driver was running some errands for his boss while he was on his way home from his place of employment.
Since he was technically “working” while running the errands for his boss we were able to sue his employer. His employer had a $1 million insurance policy which we were then able to recover. This is an example of why experience and diligence matter.
2) What is the liability? In other words, who was at fault for the accident?
New York is a “comparative negligence” state. This means that if you were struck in the rear by another vehicle, while you were simply stopped at a red light, it is clear that you did nothing wrong and that the other driver is 100% responsible and you should therefore recover 100% of your damages.
If, however, it is an intersection collision, and each driver then claims to have had the green light in their favor, then some percentage of the negligence may be assigned to you as well as to the other driver. If there are “issues” with regard to the question of liability the courts, insurance companies, and the attorneys will assign a percentage of fault to each party. Perhaps the other side is the negligent party and is 90% at-fault and you are only 10% at-fault. Whatever injury award you ultimately receive will be reduced by the 10% that you were determined to be negligent.
Similarly, if your damages are valued at $100,000 and if you are found to be 50% at fault for the accident then you will receive only $50,000.
During the settlement process or trial, obviously, the defense will try to argue that your percentage of the fault, or negligence, should be a large percentage, while your lawyer will try to argue to keep it as low as possible.
3) Regarding the extent of your injuries, how badly were you hurt, what is your age, and is it considered to be a permanent injury?
If you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for both your past and future damages, including:
All of these factors have to be taken into account and dealt with by your attorney in trying to maximize your recovery. That is why this type of personal injury litigation often requires that experts be retained to properly support the case, including possibly experts to prove liability, who would be persons with expertise in accident reconstruction, as well as doctors such as orthopedists, neurologists, radiologists, pain management and rehabilitation experts who can explain the extent and severity of the injuries to the court and jury.
We have recovered over $2 billion for our clients collectively, and we have recovered over $1 Million for hundreds of our clients.
Our hundreds of positive client reviews and testimonials speak for themselves
Some Of Our Past Motor Vehicle Accident Verdicts and Settlements
Our Successes Have Also Helped Shape the Law In New York
Jaroslawicz & Jaros wrote the brief and argued before the highest court in the state of New York — the New York Court of Appeals — that helped define and develop the law in the case of Flynn v. Manhattan & Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority, Court of Appeals of New York, 61 N.Y.2d 769; 461 N.E.2d 291; 473 N.Y.S.2d 154.
The court found that the injured party had established a prima facie case of negligence against the bus owner in a personal injury action and that there was evidence from which the jury could have concluded that the bus owner was negligent in failing to equip the bus with a side mirror.
Jaroslawicz & Jaros was successful in settling a case for $1.2 Million on behalf of a young lady who was injured by a tractor-trailer in the case of Kruger v. Salem Leasing Corp., 90 CV 0049, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York; Decided, January 14, 1992;
The court found that summary judgment was precluded in a personal injury action because a genuine issue was raised as to whether the tractor-trailer driver acted reasonably when he drove the tractor-trailer knowing that the throttle spring had not been replaced.
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident and think you may have a case, it is important for you to retain a law firm that has the experience in the field, as well as the financial ability to retain the proper experts to both consult with and to testify on your behalf should your case proceed to trial.
Our award-winning legal team’s qualifications include the following:
If you or a loved one has had a car, truck, bus or any other motor vehicle-related accident that has resulted in a serious physical injury and are in need of legal assistance, call Jaroslawicz & Jaros in New York.
The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds.
At Jaroslawicz & Jaros, we have over 40 years of experience helping accident victims in New York recover compensation. The clients we represent benefit from the personal attention of our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys.
The attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have obtained verdicts and settlements of over $1 Million for hundreds of our individual clients. Since all New York personal injury law firms generally charge the same legal fee why not hire an experienced law firm with a proven track record?
When you retain the New York City accident lawyers at Jaroslawicz & Jaros, you will always work directly with your lawyer, and not with a paralegal or secretary. We will always be available to you! Our hundreds of positive client reviews and testimonials speak for themselves.
Contact the attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros for a free legal consultation regarding your rights and your legal options. If we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis so that you don’t have to worry about any upfront costs.
You can reach partner Abraham Jaros directly, either call his cell 917-842-9544, or email him at email@example.com. Or call Jaroslawicz & Jaros at 212 227 2780 in New York, or toll free 800-269-2780, or submit an online questionnaire.