New York State residents who have been injured or killed in a car accident should turn to the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. for representation. Our efficient car accident lawyers in Buffalo understand that injuries caused by a motor vehicle accident can have immense short-term consequences and a long-lasting impact on your life. We will work diligently to ensure you get a reasonable recovery when you are in a car crash caused by a negligent driver.
Did you know that Buffalo is ranked 18th in the top 20 cities with the worst drivers in the nation? Over 24.86% of Buffalo drivers are found at-fault for car crashes. This means that buffalo residents are 43% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver. With bad drivers all around, it is no surprise that the Buffalo area needs personal injury attorneys who are equipped to represent injured parties.
At the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. we understand the various factors that play a role in car crash litigation. Our main goal is to provide the highest level of personal injury service to you so that you can focus on your recovery. No matter how minor the accident may seem, it is important that you call the police following an accident. In New York State you are legally required to notify the police if an involved party is killed or seriously injured. A police report can be invaluable in determining fault following motor vehicle collisions. It also is substantiating documentation of data, such as the location, the date and the time of the car, SUV or truck crash. It is always a good idea to identify the responding officer at the scene.
Once you are safe and discharged by a medical professional, a claim must be filed through your No-Fault insurance carrier. It is important not to provide many details or a recorded statement before discussing the case with your attorney. We will contact these entities and file the paperwork for you at no cost!
Filing a personal injury claim is usually required within 3 years of the date of accident. It can, however, be shorter in certain circumstances. Talk with a buffalo car accident lawyer at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. to be certain. We are experienced in dealing with car, SUV and truck collision claims and can help you understand your rights.
Addressing the causes of crashes is as important as the prevalence of these accidents. According to the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR), in New York State, over 98,212 crashes were the result of human factors. 11,858 accidents were caused by environmental factors and over 4,599 crashes were the result of vehicular factors. This means that over 85% of all car crashes are caused by the negligence of others.
In 2017, 57,006 crashes were caused by distracted driving. Drivers have a responsibility to be attentive while driving and failing to do so can have deadly consequences. Most cases of rear-end accidents involve drivers following other vehicles too closely. In 2017, 52,467 accidents were caused by not leaving enough space between cars. When an emergency situation occurs, extra space can help avoid serious crashes.
When a driver believes they have the right-of-way, their guard is down. When someone fails to yield, the other driver may not be prepared to avoid a severe collision. In 2017, 43,778 crashes were caused by drivers who did not yield properly. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there is a direct correlation between sideswipe car accidents and failing to properly change lanes. Signaling when changing lanes and properly scanning the surrounding area will decrease the likelihood of an accident.
Many drivers fail to adjust their speed to the current weather conditions. The World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention explains that an increase in average speed of 1 km/h results in a 3% higher risk of a crash involving personal injury. The faster the speed of your car, the less time you have to react.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 3,752 New York State residents have been killed as a result of drunk driving car accidents between 2003 and 2012. Do not drive with a BAC above 0.08% to avoid a potentially fatal experience. In the first six months of licensed driving, young drivers are 8 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash. Inexperience can be combated with the proper research and knowledge of the rules of the road to avoid unnecessary collisions.
According to the American Sleep Foundation, more than 20% of U.S. adult drivers admit to falling asleep behind the wheel of a car. Drowsiness while driving decreases reaction times, and makes it three times as likely you will get in a crash. Driving while ability impaired is a serious crime. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16% of all motor vehicle crashes involve drugs other than alcohol, legal and illegal.
There are many reasons why it is wise to consult our Buffalo car accident attorneys. Our firm will take care of every aspect of your case so that you do not have to be concerned about extensive paperwork. Insurance companies want to settle your claim for the smallest recovery possible. The attorneys at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. here are highly competitive. We stand ready to fight for you and your family!
Many clients come to us with complaints that their insurance provider is haggling them to quickly resolve the claim. The insurance company’s goal is to retain as much money in their own pocket as possible. It is important that you do not settle your claim until you complete all medical treatment and you can return to normal activities. This is the only way to identify the complete worth of your case. We will evaluate all aspects of the case to determine the settlement value. Our compassionate staff will eliminate your need to talk to insurance agents so you can focus on what is important, your health. We will ensure that all paperwork is submitted on time, including your No-Fault Application which is required within 30 days of your accident. We strive to make this process as smooth as possible.
When you are injured and unable to work, your life, as well as that of your family’s is impacted. We will help relieve anxiety about how to have your bills paid by taking the initiative to contact your No-Fault insurance carrier for you. Many personal injury firms you find will require you to handle your lost wage claim yourself. We treat you the way we would like to be treated. If we were in your shoes, we would want the personal attention and help that our firm provides. We are empathetic to your difficulties. We have weekly team meetings to discuss how to properly fight for your wages. We work with your insurance adjuster to handle any problems that may arise.