The New York City Police Department has published statistics regarding car accidents occurring so far this year. During the first five months of 2018, there have been over 20,500 motor vehicle crashes citywide involving 40,801 drivers and 857 pedestrians. Over 2500 motorists have been seriously injured, with four deaths. Contributing factors include road rage/aggressive driving, alcohol/drug intoxication, distracted driving, failure to yield, speeding and tailgating.
When NYC accident victims need legal assistance for obtaining compensation for their damages, William Mattar is able to provide counsel and experienced representation. If you or someone you know has suffered serious physical injuries in a NYC vehicle accident, contact one of our personal injury attorneys to schedule a free consultation appointment.
Accidents involving multiple vehicles and high speeds inflict severe injuries on drivers and their passengers. Concussions, head trauma, compound fractures and internal bleeding are conditions routinely treated in NYC emergency rooms following a bad accident.
Alternately, some injuries may not become apparent until a few days have passed, especially musculoskeletal injuries, circulatory issues or brain injuries. For example, developing an intense headache 24 to 72 hours after being in a car crash could possibly indicate concussion (you do not have to lose consciousness to suffer a concussion), blood clots forming in the brain or nervous system dysfunction.
Shoulder and Neck Stiffness and Pain
Anytime you are riding in a car and another vehicle rear ends your car, you are at risk for suffering whiplash. Because inflammation arising from severely strained muscles and ligaments can take time to worsen and cause pain, you may not feel like you have been hurt after the impact. However, whiplash symptoms like debilitating pain, stiffness and fatigue can eventually develop and interfere with your ability to work or perform daily tasks. Abdominal Swelling and Pain Victims of NYC accidents who experience abdominal swelling and pain should visit their doctor as soon as possible for an examination. These symptoms may indicate internal bleeding, especially if bruising is visible and is accompanied by fainting and dizziness.
Loss of Feeling in the Extremities
Whiplash can cause numbness and tingling in the arms and hands while damage to the spinal cord can make the legs feel numb and weak. Loss of sensation in the arms or legs can also indicate nerve compression produced when vertebrae are moved out of position due to an impact car accident.
When NYC accident victims hit their heads against the hard interior of a car during an accident, they may not lose consciousness but instead develop brain injury that may not cause symptoms for several days or even weeks after the crash. Problems with memory, concentration, talking coherently and acting aggressively may be signs of brain trauma. Immediate diagnosis and treatment is essential for reducing the risk of permanent neurological damage.
New York State has a statue of limitations limiting the time allowed for filing a car accident claim. In most cases, crash victims have three years from the date of accident to file a lawsuit. However, when liability for a NYC accident falls in part or wholly to a government entity or public agency, victims have much less time to make a claim and file a lawsuit.
William Mattar is here to help NYC vehicle crash victims obtain possible compensation for their damages. We understand how devastating it is to recover from serious injuries and will take all steps to minimize the stress of recovering from injuries. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced accident attorney available to help NYC vehicle crash victims.
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