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New York City Car Accident Lawyers

If you have been injured in a car accident in New York, you need legal representation to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact the NYC injury law firm Hach & Rose, LLP today at (212) 779-0057 to schedule an appointment.

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New York City is filled with a variety of types of transportation that help the city’s 8.5 million residents get to their destinations each day. For some, public transportation systems, such as the subway or buses, are an essential part of daily travel. Due to this large and efficient public transportation system, far fewer New York City residents use cars for their daily commute; however, public transportation is not convenient or feasible for everyone. Many people still rely on cars as their primary means of transportation, both when they go to work and when they are traveling long distances. This puts hundreds of thousands of cars on the road at any given time throughout the day. In a city congested with people and cars, accidents are practically inevitable, and when they occur it is essential that you receive fair and necessary compensation for your losses.

The experienced car accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP have become a well-known and trusted name across New York City, and they are prepared to help you and your loved ones recover after a car accident. The attorneys have over 100 years of combined legal experience, making them well-equipped to handle even the most complex car accident cases. They understand that a car accident may have a devastating impact on you and your family, both physically and financially. After a car accident, you may be facing significant physical injuries that require time away from work and months of physical therapy to assist recovery. Worse still, you may be suffering from the emotional trauma of losing a loved one in a car crash. Our firm understands this is a difficult time, we are prepared to help you receive the compensation you need in order to heal from this event.

Car Accident Statistics in New York

Car accidents are an unfortunately common occurrence across the United States. The National Safety Council estimates that over 40,000 people died in car crashes in 2016, making it the deadliest year for motorists on record. Another 4.2 million people were injured in this same year. Given the density of both cars and pedestrians in New York City, a significant number of car accidents occur in this city each year. According to the city’s summary of crashes for June 2019, 19,356 crashes occurred that month, resulting in 20 deaths.



In the first half of 2017 alone, the New York police department has already reported over 20,000 car accidents. Although this statistic indicates fewer average crashes than the past two years, this number is still astoundingly high and must be lowered at all costs. Many of these crashes are caused by preventable problems, such as driver error, distracted driving, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you or your loved ones have been in an accident caused by another driver’s poor choices, you are not alone, and the car accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP are ready to help you take action.

Cases We Handle

Car accidents may come in a multitude of different forms, involving a variety of road conditions, types of vehicles involved, causes of the accident, and resulting damages. Your accident may have occurred as the result of another driver’s behavior, unsafe roads, due to the city’s negligence, or even defects in the vehicle itself. In each of these scenarios, you may be facing serious damages to your vehicle and your person, because of circumstances that you did not cause and could not prevent. This is no doubt a frustrating time and you may feel that you do not know where to turn. It’s important to remember, however, that the advice of an attorney can help you determine the best next steps for you to take and the attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP have been representing clients like you for years.

When you are considering legal help after an accident, you will find that you have a large number of people and firms to choose from. When facing a topic as highly varied and complex as car accidents, it is essential that you receive assistance from lawyers highly experienced in all areas of car accident law. Your case should be handled by professionals prepared to tackle any case you may bring. Our legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP are ready to handle cases involving:


All motorists have a duty to drive safely and avoid an accident whenever possible. If a driver’s mistakes violate this responsibility, they may be held legally liable for whatever injuries they cause as a result of their negligent or reckless actions. For the victims of these accidents, this liability can prove important, as it may help them recover the costs of medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and even wages missed during treatment and recovery.

Many motorists are injured because of a preventable mistake made by another driver. These thoughtless errors may leave a motorist in need of emergency medical care and potentially with a need for long-term treatments to address more severe injuries. This medical attention can prove too expensive for many households to handle, making some form of compensation particularly crucial for their financial stability.


Traffic laws exist to protect drivers, and motorists who take unnecessary risks and break these laws may cause devastating accidents. Fortunately, New York takes reckless driving seriously, and victims of unsafe and dangerous drivers have the right to take legal action against the individuals at fault for their accidents. If you’ve sustained an injury as the result of another driver’s reckless actions on the road, it is important to learn more about your legal rights and options for pursuing compensation against the unsafe motorist at fault.

When a person takes deliberate action to break traffic laws or procedures, he or she should be held accountable for this dangerous decision. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we can help reckless driving accident victims stand up for their rights and pursue the justice they deserve.


Drivers should follow posted speed limits carefully, as excessive speeding can pose a serious threat to others on the road. If a person exceeds the posted speed limit, they may not be able to safely control their vehicle or bring it to a stop in case of an emergency. As a result, they may collide with another innocent motorist or a pedestrian. When a person fails to drive responsibly by speeding, they should be held liable for the repercussions of their actions.

Speed limits are posted according to a government agency’s assessment of both how safe a road is to travel on at high speeds and what speed-related dangers may affect nearby pedestrians. These limits work to prevent the following speed-related accidents:

  • Loss of control in a sharp turn or bend in the road
  • Loss of control in an area frequently slicked by rain, snow, or ice
  • Collisions between vehicles and pedestrians in high-frequency crosswalks or near schools
  • Collisions between vehicles as a result of a high number of intersections
  • Rear-ending accidents

Speeding lowers the recommended response time a driver is supposed to provide for themselves when on the road. As a result, they may not be able to avoid an otherwise avoidable accident, putting themselves and others at risk of serious injury. If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by a speeding driver, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries.


Drunk driving is an illegal, extremely dangerous activity that many drivers face on the road with frightening frequency. If an intoxicated driver gets behind the wheel, they put themselves and anyone they share the road with at high risk for a collision. Due to reduced reaction times or a lack of attention to traffic as a result of intoxication, these collisions often result in severe, sometimes fatal, injuries. When a drunk driver causes you harm in an accident, they can not only be held responsible under criminal law but also under civil law.

Many injuries resulting from drunk driving crashes, especially when they occur at high speeds, can permanently affect your life and finances even after medical treatment. These accidents can leave victims disabled and consequently, unable to work or reduce their earning potential. The cost of your injuries may not always be apparent until it’s too late. It is vital to pursue damages with the help of an attorney so you know that you’re receiving the maximum compensation you can to cover the cost of your accident.


Vehicles on the road need to be especially careful in areas where pedestrians are also present. Without any of the safety devices or physical protection of a car or truck, even a low-speed collision between a pedestrian and vehicle can produce serious injuries for the pedestrian. For this reason, motorists often assume liability for an injury to a pedestrian in a collision. This means that an injured pedestrian may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against the driver responsible for their injuries.

Crosswalks are supposed to provide pedestrians with a safe place to cross the street from one sidewalk to another. Unfortunately, many pedestrians are struck by cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles each year while crossing the street in a crosswalk.


Even at relatively low speeds, car accidents can generate significant forces that can seriously harm motorists involved. When these forces cause a driver’s head and neck to be thrown sharply in a particular direction during the accident, the jolt can cause severe damage to that driver’s head and neck. These injuries are commonly known as whiplash injuries. If another person’s negligence on the road causes a whiplash injury, the injured individual may be entitled to file for financial compensation for the suffering they have had to endure.

Some of the following symptoms are common following an incident that causes whiplash:

  • Neck pain and backache
  • Loss of mobility in the neck
  • Shoulder pain
  • Being stiff
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling sensations in the arms or legs
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating

The pain and other symptoms of whiplash can last for a short period or up to many years.


Motorists should be able to reasonably expect their vehicles to work correctly, with mechanical failures only appearing after significant wear and tear. However, if parts fail unexpectedly, motorists may be significantly endangered as a result. These malfunctions can lead to the loss of control for a driver, potentially causing an accident. In such an accident, a driver may sustain severe injuries, as they may not be able to slow down or use safety devices before a collision. If you or someone you love has sustained an injury in a car accident that was caused by an automotive manufacturer’s defective part, the negligent manufacturer should bear the financial burden of the accident, rather than you or your loved one. To discuss taking this legal action, contact a New York car defect attorney of Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057.

Automotive manufacturers have a responsibility to consumers to adequately test their parts and to produce safe, reliable parts. If a manufacturer shirks this responsibility by producing a sub-par part that causes an accident, this is likely sufficient for a person to take legal action. At Hach & Rose, LLP we take manufacturer’s failures in maintaining a reasonable level of safety very seriously, especially in an area as risky as car production.

These malfunctions can directly lead to or actively contribute to an innocent person’s injury, which may leave them in need of medical care and losing income due to missing work during recovery. This can place a significant financial burden on an injured individual’s household. Fortunately, these financial burdens may be the responsibility of the automotive producer or manufacturer who made the defective part.


Motorists should be able to reasonably expect their vehicles to work correctly, with mechanical failures only appearing after significant wear and tear. However, if parts fail unexpectedly, motorists may be significantly endangered as a result. These malfunctions can lead to the loss of control for a driver, potentially causing an accident. In such an accident, a driver may sustain severe injuries, as they may not be able to slow down or use safety devices before a collision.

Automotive manufacturers have a responsibility to consumers to adequately test their parts and to produce safe, reliable parts. If a manufacturer shirks this responsibility by producing a sub-par part that causes an accident, this is likely sufficient for a person to take legal action. At Hach & Rose, LLP we take manufacturer’s failures in maintaining a reasonable level of safety very seriously, especially in an area as risky as car production. In particular, the following defects may be particularly dangerous:

  • Tire and wheel defects – May lead to swerving and crashing
  • Brake defects – These issues can be severe, especially on the highway or in hilly areas
  • Steering defects – Can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles
  • Safety equipment defects – Issues such as airbag defects or seat belt defects can be hazardous since drivers and passengers count on this equipment to protect their lives in the event of a crash
  • Electrical defects – Can cause a wide variety of problems, such as, brake light or indicator failure which impairs your ability to inform other drivers of your actions

These malfunctions can directly lead to or actively contribute to an innocent person’s injury, which may leave them in need of medical care and losing income due to missing work during recovery.

These are some of the most common causes of car accidents and you may be facing one or even multiple of these scenarios. However, there is a multitude of other possible situations that may have resulted in your accident. If your specific type of accident or other concern is not listed above, contact our firm to discuss how we can still help you receive compensation after your accident.

Are there any special laws I need to know about in New York if I am involved in a car accident?

New York City car accident lawyer Michael Rose discusses “joint and several liability” and how it can result in full coverage for your losses.

When is the Other Driver at Fault for the Accident?

“Because of the joint and several liability statute that we have in New York, our client was able to recover millions of dollars”

After any car accident, it is important to determine who is at fault for the accident. This will help you understand your right to compensation for any damages or injuries the other driver caused. In some cases, the fault is simple to determine, but in others it may be far more complex, depending on the circumstances which caused the accident. When determining fault, both police officers on the scene and insurance adjusters reviewing the case after the accident will look for factors such as the other driver’s negligence, reckless behavior, or traffic law violations. The other driver will most commonly be held at fault if they were:

  • Speeding
  • Making an illegal maneuver
  • Talking or texting on the phone
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Otherwise distracted while driving

Although police officers and insurance adjusters do their best to review the accident, their determination of fault may not always be correct. Additionally, they may not fully understand the extent of the damage you are facing. In these cases, a car accident lawyer can help plead your case and ensure that you receive the justice you deserve.

Why Should I Seek Compensation?

Along with the physical and emotional pain that you may face after a car accident, people often find that it takes a financial toll as well, as you may be facing the costs of car repairs, hospital bills, physical therapy, loss of income if you are unable to return to work, and continuing pain and suffering after the accident. Seeking compensation for your losses after an accident can help protect you and your loved ones from undue financial burden caused by another person’s reckless driving. The lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP understand that you were the victim of this accident, and we are prepared to make the responsible party, whoever caused your accident, take responsibility and pay the price of their careless behavior.

Why Should I Choose Hach & Rose, LLP For My Car Accident Case?

The legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP has extensive experience with car accident claims and dedicated to helping you receive compensation after your accident. We are prepared to help you throughout the legal process, from determining fault and understanding your rights to bringing your case to court and fighting for compensation. Our attorneys are dedicated to protecting the victims of car accidents and have a long record of success in doing so. When handling a legal case that can make the difference between financial security or ruin, you must leave your case to a tough lawyer who will fight with you until the end.

Our Record of Success

No matter the cost of your case, our firm is dedicated to helping you receive the compensation you need to move forward with your life after a car accident. We have an extensive track record of helping accident victims, no matter the circumstances. In past cases the firm handled, we have helped people receive compensation in cases such as:

  • Jury verdict obtained for a pedestrian who was struck by a New York City Transit Authority bus – $2,300,000
  • Settlement obtained for an engineer who was injured in a motor vehicle accident- $2,225,000
  • Jury verdict obtained for a man who suffered a back injury following an automobile accident – $2,200,000
  • Settlement for man injured in accident with municipal bus – 1,450,000

These results demonstrate just a sample of our successes from years as New York City car accident lawyers. Our numbers alone indicate the dedication Hach & Rose, LLP has to its clients, and we are prepared to put our skills to work for you.

Contact a New York City Car Accident Lawyer

After a car accident, it is essential that you choose a lawyer you can trust to handle your case. Whether you wish to learn more about your rights after an accident, or you are ready to move forward with your case, a Hach & Rose, LLP attorney can help. You do not have to suffer devastation and frustration of a car accident alone. Contact us at (212) 779-0057 to learn more today.

 

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