Automobile Accidents

Car / Auto Accident Lawyer Serving New York (Manhattan, Long Island, Queens) and Victims Statewide

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 43,443 people were killed and an additional 2,699,000 injured in an estimated 6,159,000 police-reported motor vehicle accidents in 2005.

If you or a family member has been involved in a car or auto accident resulting in serious personal injury or wrongful death, you probably feel that your life has been unfairly turned upside down. The emotional and financial distress that you are enduring may seem overwhelming. Serving Manhattan, Long Island, Queens, and New York's other boroughs, our attorneys have been helping accident victims hold negligent, reckless, or careless parties accountable for more than 60 years. Contact our personal injury lawyers for a consultation and case review.

Car Accidents

The NHTSA reports that car accidents are the leading cause of death for persons of every age from 3 through 33 years old. In 2004, an average of 117 people died each day in auto accidents — one every 12 minutes.

Car accidents can result from a number of factors, including speeding, cell phone usage, reckless driving, negligence, drugs, alcohol, defective products, and others. In order to litigate a victim's claim successfully, a car and auto accident lawyer must prove that the defendant was at fault for causing the accident and that the plaintiff's injuries resulted from the collision. If successful, the plaintiff may be entitled to compensation for both economic damages (e.g., medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, impaired earning capacity, etc.) and non-economic damages (e.g., emotional distress, pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, etc.).

Each year thousands of car and auto accident victims are left without just compensation. Insurance companies, according to standard practice, initially offer victims small settlements. As a result, victims who choose to go it alone are often left bearing the burden of the expenses from accidents that were not their fault. Contact a car and auto accident lawyer at our New York City office — serving Manhattan, Long Island, Queens, and victims statewide — to schedule a complimentary consultation and case review with Kelner & Kelner, Attorneys at Law.

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Accident Investigation and Reconstruction

We will undertake any investigative efforts necessary to prosecute your claim. We will generally obtain the police report and any other documents created by public agencies that responded to the scene. We will take any photographs what will be helpful in showing the accident scene. When appropriate, we will consult with outside experts, who can reconstruct the accident.

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Drunk Driving Accidents

According to the NHTSA, more than a quarter of a million people are injured each year in alcohol-related crashes. Every 31 minutes someone in the U.S. is killed in an alcohol-related auto accident; someone is injured every two minutes.

When a driver makes the reckless decision to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the victim of any resulting car accident may pursue civil damages for his or her injuries. At Kelner & Kelner, Attorneys at Law, our attorneys are dedicated to providing effective and compassionate personalized legal representation to the victims of drunk driving accidents and their families. If someone has been killed as a result of a negligent driver's actions, we can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the victim's dependents.

Dram Shop Liability

In some cases, the bar or establishment that provided the alcohol can also be held liable for any injuries or deaths caused by the drunk driver. Dram shop liability refers to the body of law governing the legal responsibility of taverns, liquor stores, and other commercial establishments that serve alcoholic beverages. Generally, dram shop laws assign liability to establishments that sell alcohol to visibly intoxicated persons or minors who subsequently cause death or injury to third parties.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a drunk driving accident, contact a car and auto accident lawyer at our New York City office. We provide accident victims from Manhattan, Long Island, Queens, and the rest of New York with skilled and attentive service. Our attorneys are prepared to put our knowledge and experience to work for you.

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Defective Automotive Products

The product liability lawyers at Kelner & Kelner, Attorneys at Law have also represented victims of auto manufacturers' negligence. Motor vehicle product liability claims commonly involve seatbelt failure, defective tires, SUV rollover, defective air bags, roof crush, defective door latches, occupant ejections, and gas tank explosions.

When an auto defect results in serious injury, Kelner & Kelner, Attorneys at Law is there to fight on the victim's behalf for fair compensation. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries as a result of a defective auto part or vehicle, contact a car and auto accident lawyer at our Manhattan, Long Island, and Queens, New York-area practice to schedule a free consultation. We will use our extensive knowledge and resources to achieve the best possible results for you and your family.

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Uninsured / Underinsured Drivers

Although New York state law requires that drivers prove their financial ability to pay for personal injury or property damage in the event of a car or auto accident by purchasing insurance, many drivers simply ignore this obligation. Also, many drivers choose to purchase the lowest amount of insurance coverage permitted by law. These underinsured motorists may also be unable to bear the costs of accidents that they are involved in. The result is that drivers who fulfill their responsibilities end up paying damages for auto accidents that were not their fault.

At Kelner & Kelner, Attorneys at Law, we believe that car accident, truck accident, and motorcycle accident victims should not be forced to pay for the negligence or carelessness of other drivers. If you are involved in an auto accident in which the at-fault driver is underinsured or has no insurance at all, you may be able to pursue a claim with your own insurance company. We can help you obtain fair monetary compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.

Although your insurance company may be obligated to pay damages for your medical expenses and other financial hardships caused by an auto accident, the process of securing that payment is difficult. Claims are frequently delayed, underpaid, or wrongfully denied. Contact a car and auto accident lawyer at our New York City office — serving Manhattan, Long Island, Queens, and victims throughout New York — if you have been seriously injured in an accident involving an uninsured or underinsured driver.

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Contact a Car and Auto Accident Lawyer

The attorneys at Kelner & Kelner, Attorneys at Law practice on a contingency basis. If we do not obtain a favorable verdict or settlement on behalf of a client, we do not accept any legal fees in that case. Consultations with prospective clients are always free. To schedule a case evaluation with an experienced car and auto accident lawyer, contact our New York City office. Manhattan, Long Island, and Queens victims — as well as those from throughout New York — have turned to us for representation for more than 60 years. Boasting an impressive track record of major personal injury verdicts and settlements, we can help you hold negligent, reckless, or careless motorists or manufacturers liable for their actions. We will stand up to the insurance companies and fight for fair compensation.

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