Auto Accidents


When you have been injured in car or truck accident in New York or New Jersey, it is important to take action quickly to protect your legal rights and your physical well-being.

Your first step should always be to call the police.

If possible, before you leave the scene of the accident, get as much information about the other vehicle as you can: the make and model, the license plate, the name of the driver, and any available insurance information.

No doubt, your insurance agent has urged you to contact your insurance company right away.


Contact a Personal Injury Attorney ASAP

In addition to taking these steps, the Law Offices of Richard K. Hershman urges you to contact experienced New York auto accident lawyer Richard K. Hershman for a free consultation to learn how best to protect your legal rights. Even if you believe your injuries are temporary and minor, such as small cuts, bruises, a mild neck injury, slight shoulder or knee soreness, or a back injury, it is critical to have a medical evaluation done as soon as possible. Sometimes, minor injuries reveal themselves to be more serious over time.

Serious Injuries May Result in Complications and Great Expense

More serious injuries, such as fractures or internal injuries may require surgery and long-term immobilization. Serious knee, ankle, shoulder, and elbow injuries may require arthroscopy or other diagnostic and therapeutic treatments such as joint replacement or cartilage grafting. Serious spinal cord or head injuries may be disabling and require expensive care for future rehabilitation.

Richard Hershman is Willing to Take Tough Cases


Among New York City personal injury attorneys, Mr. Hershman has a reputation for being willing to take on tough cases. He knows how to maximize all the compensation you may be due after an accident. He prepares each and every case "trial ready" to ensure his clients are in the optimum position to succeed at trial or receive a successful settlement.

Whether by settlement with an insurance company, before an arbitration or mediation proceeding, or by trial before a jury, Mr. Hershman will be your ardent advocate for the best possible compensation when you have been injured in a serious car accident. For informational reading, see our Practice Area information page.

Were You Injured as a Pedestrian or Bicyclist?


If you were injured as a pedestrian, bicyclist or as a bus passenger, contact Richard Hershman to learn how he can help you seek no-fault coverage for medical expenses, lost wages or other related losses or supplemental pain and suffering coverage through the appropriate no-fault insurance company to assure maximizing your recovery through all available sources.

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The Law Offices of Richard K. Hershman offers experienced, aggressive representation to people who have been injured in any of the five boroughs of New York City (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island), on Long Island, in Upstate New York, in Westchester, Nassau , Suffolk , Kings, Queens, Rockland or Orange county communities such as Yonkers, Tarrytown or Dobbs Ferry. We also serve clients in all New Jersey counties in communities such as Metuchen, Plainfield and Edison.

Motor Vehicle Accidents - An Overview


Cases arising out of automobile accidents are by far the most common type of personal injury case in our court system today. This is not surprising; given that every 10 seconds, someone in the United States is involved in a car accident according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Except in those states where "no-fault" legislation has been passed, these cases are typically governed by the law of negligence. Generally, people who operate automobiles must exercise "reasonable care under the circumstances. A failure to use reasonable care is considered negligence. A person who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay for harm to a person or property, caused by his or her negligence. The injured party, known as the plaintiff, is required to prove that the defendant was negligent, that the negligence caused the accident, and that the accident caused the plaintiffs injuries. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, do not hesitate to seek legal counsel from the experienced attorneys at Law Offices of Richard K. Hershman in New York in order to best protect your interests.

Injuries and Compensation

Generally, an individual injured in an automobile accident may bring a claim or lawsuit to recover the actual expenses associated with property damage and medical costs, economic damages and emotional and physical pain and suffering. Litigation involving motor vehicle accidents can be extremely complicated. Retaining an experienced lawyer familiar with motor vehicle accident damages will place you in the best position to receive the recovery that you deserve.

Insurance Claims Dos & Don'ts

Do call your agent as soon as a covered event takes place. As soon as you get home from the car accident or even before you go to the doctor, call your agent.

Do review and understand your coverage before talking to your insurer or your agent. Read the "Coverage" and "Exclusion" sections of your policy in particular.

Uninsured or Underinsured Motorists

Many drivers ignore motor vehicle insurance requirements, cannot afford to purchase insurance or carry insufficient insurance. Uninsured motorist coverage is a form of insurance that pays compensation for bodily injury that results from an accident with a driver who is legally responsible for the injuries, but has no liability coverage. Underinsured motorist coverage pays compensation for bodily injury that result from an accident with a driver who has liability insurance with limits that are lower than the injured party's underinsured motorist coverage limits. If you have been involved in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, it is important that you contact an attorney at an experienced personal injury law firm immediately so you do not waive valuable legal rights.

No-Fault Insurance

The laws of the state in which the accident occurs determine who pays for the damages from an automobile accident. Basically, in a no-fault insurance state, fault is not placed on either party, and each driver generally submits a claim to his or her own insurance company instead of establishing blame. Many states, including Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and others have some form of no-fault insurance laws. No-fault auto insurance law is widely misunderstood and is applied differently in every state that offers it. If you are in an automobile accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury firm to discuss how the relevant state law views fault and to determine how fault or no-fault laws may affect your right to recover damages for injuries.

What to do if you are in an accident

If you are involved in an automobile collision, stop. Most states require an individual not to leave the scene of an accident, even a minor one, without first stopping to see whether there are damages or injuries. A person may be criminally prosecuted for leaving the scene of an automobile accident.

Motor Vehicle Accidents Resource Links

Federal Trade Commission provides consumer education materials on automobiles. Insurance Information Institute includes information on auto safety, auto insurance, teen drivers and more. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety/Highway Loss Data Institute Features vehicle ratings, safety facts, publications and more.

The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.

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Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents

New York Slip and Fall Lawyer Richard K. Hershman The "Pit Bull on Your Side" When You Have Been Injured

Anyone who has been injured in a slip and fall understands that these accidents are anything but trivial. Unsecured construction site accidents, trips on uneven pavement, or spills on wet floors or icy sidewalks can cause serious back injuries, head trauma, broken ankles or worse.

The Law Offices of Richard K. Hershman helps people who have had such an accident on someone else's property. If your accident was the result of the property owner or manager's negligence, you may have a claim for compensation. Contact the Law Offices of Richard K. Hershman through this website or by phone.

Interpreting Changes in New York City Sidewalk Liability Laws


New York slip and fall lawyer Richard Hershman will explain the recent change in the laws in New York City regarding sidewalk maintenance responsibility. As of April, 2003, landlords, rather than the city, are liable for injuries to passersby.

Landlords are responsible for sidewalk accidents when it can be proven that the landlord received active notice (they were actually told) or constructive notice (a reasonable person would have known) that the sidewalk was in disrepair. If the building was uninsured, however, the City of New York may be responsible.

Construction Site Accident? Let Richard Hershman Do Battle for You


Mr. Hershman is also experienced with construction worksite cases, including those involving Workers' Compensation claims, New York's Labor Law Section 240 et seq., or products liability. For example, improperly erected scaffolding, faulty of safety equipment and defective industrial equipment are all common causes of on the job injuries on construction sites. When dangerous equipment was the problem, strict liability applies against the manufacturer, distributor and retailer of the equipment-often even if it was used improperly.

Attorney Richard Hershman, "the pit bull on your side," intends to ensure that you are fully compensated by all responsible parties when you have been injured in any type of slip and fall or construction site accident. He will fight for a just, comprehensive settlement or jury verdict.

To schedule a free initial consultation, contact the Law Offices of Richard K. Hershman in New York City, Tarrytown or Metuchen, New Jersey.

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The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.

Copyright@ 2007 by Law Office of Richard K. Hershman. All rights reserved. You may reproduce materials available at this site for your own personal use and for non-commercial distribution. All copies must include this copyright statement.
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