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Common Causes of Auto Accidents

New York car accident law firm Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm, PLLC – righting wrongs, one case at a time

Auto accidents in New York City happen for many reasons. Speeding drivers cause head-on collisions in Manhattan or Queens. Distracted drivers cause rear-end accidents in Brooklyn or the Bronx. Reckless drivers cause hit-and-run accidents on the West Side Highway or Harlem River Drive.

Whatever type of car accident you’re dealing with, we can help. At the Manhattan auto accident firm Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm, PLLC, our experienced NYC car accident attorneys have years of experience handling some of the most complicated auto accidents in New York.

And while there are many similarities between auto accidents, each one is unique – just like you. That’s why we work one-on-one with injury victims and their families to develop a strategy that addresses their specific legal needs.

Discover what we can do for you. Contact us today. Call (212) 736-0979 and schedule a free consultation at our Manhattan office in The Empire State Building.

What are the common causes of car accidents in New York City?

Auto accidents in Manhattan and other parts of New York happen for many reasons. Some of the most common causes of auto accidents we frequently deal with at Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm, PLLC include:

  • Speeding – Many drivers far exceed the speed limit, giving themselves and others sharing the road little time to react. These accidents frequently happen on highways in New York, including:
    • Interstate 95 in New York (Cross Bronx Expressway)
    • Interstate 87/New York State Thruway (Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx)
    • Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan
    • West Side Highway in Manhattan
    • Harlem River Drive in Manhattan
    • Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx
    • Long Island Expressway in Queens
  • Distracted driving – Many drivers try to perform too many tasks at once, resulting in serious distracted driving accidents in New York City.
  • Drunk driving – Drinking and driving often results in serious car accidents in New York.
  • Fatigue – Tired drivers frequently cause asleep-at-the-wheel accidents in New York.
  • Defective car parts – Sometimes, even the best drivers have auto accidents. The reason? The auto manufacturer made a mistake and used defective car parts.

What types of auto accident injuries does attorney Reiter handle?

Auto accidents in New York City often result in serious injuries or fatalities. When these accidents happen, injury victims often require emergency medical care, extensive physical therapy and often cannot work for weeks or months after a car accident in Queens or Brooklyn or any other part of New York.

Some of the most serious auto accident injuries we regularly deal with at our law firm include:

  • Broken bones
  • Bone fractures
  • Neck injuries, including:
    • Whiplash
  • Head injuries, including:
    • Concussion
    • Traumatic brain injury
  • Loss of feeling
  • Scarring
  • Disfigurement
  • Spinal cord injury, including
    • Partial paralysis
    • Total paralysis
  • Amputations
  • Nerve damage
  • Internal bleeding

If a loved one died in an auto accident, we can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit in Manhattan or wherever the fatal car accident took place in New York. We’re here to help you. Learn more about how a Manhattan car accident lawyer can help you by going to our page entitled, “How can a New York auto accident attorney help me?

What types of New York auto accidents does attorney Reiter handle?

Attorney Reiter and his fellow Manhattan auto accident lawyers at Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm, PLLC handle a wide range of car accidents throughout New York. Some of the most common auto accidents we work on include:

  • Texting while driving accidents
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Reckless driving accidents
  • Rear-end accidents
  • Hit-and-run accidents

Learn more about these NYC car accidents from attorney Jonathan C. Reiter

  • New York City texting while driving accidents

Texting while driving is against the law in New York State. Even so, many drivers continue to text and drive in New York, resulting in serious, sometimes fatal car accidents. Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident than other drivers, according to a recent study. Don’t become another statistic. Find out how our New York texting while driving accident attorneys can help you. Contact us today.

  • New York City drunk driving accidents

Nearly one person died every day in a drunk driving accident in New York State in 2012, according to statistics compiled by the state. Specifically, 344 people died in drunk driving accidents in New York. All of these driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) accidents could have been prevented if the drivers had not had too much to drink. Our New York drunk driving accident attorneys help accident victims hold these drivers accountable for their actions.

  • New York City reckless driving accidents

Reckless driving in New York takes many different forms. Some of the most serious reckless driving accidents we handle at Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm, PLLC include:

    • Drivers weaving in and out of traffic
    • Tailgating accidents
    • Changing lanes without warning
    • Aggressive driving
    • Road rage accidents
  • New York City rear-end accident accidents

Rear-end accidents are among the most common car accidents in New York we handle at our law firm. In recent years, texting while driving has been one of the leading causes of these types of collisions. Speeding also remains a common cause of rear-end accidents. Whatever the reason, make sure one of our experienced Manhattan rear-end accident lawyers works with you on your case, no matter where your accident took place in New York City.

  • New York City hit-and-run accidents

Drivers who flee the scene of an accident in New York are breaking the law. These serious accidents are among the most frustrating car accidents we handle in New York. Fortunately, we have years of experience helping people obtain the compensation they rightfully deserve for their accident, even when the driver leaves the scene of the accident without warning. If you are a victim of a hit-and-run, you may be able to file a claim against your own insurance policy. Contact our Manhattan hit-and-run accident attorneys and discover what we can do for you.

Why should I hire New York auto accident attorney Jonathan C. Reiter?

Complicated cases demand experienced attorneys. There’s no room for error when you’re tackling a tough case. That’s why it’s critical you contact New York City personal injury lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter as soon as possible.

Attorney Reiter and his team of attorneys and legal professionals have won a wide range of cases for clients throughout the country and around the world. We consistently secure large verdicts and settlements for one simple reason: we work relentlessly for our clients.

Put the power of a dedicated, results-driven law firm to work for you. Contact us. Call (212) 736-0979 and schedule an appointment today. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Contact the New York car accident attorneys at Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm, PLLC – we make things right.


Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

Lenox Hill Hospital

A 652-bed teaching hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital is located in the Lenox Hill neighborhood at 100 E. 77th Street. This 652-bed on the Upper East Side of Manhattan serves mostly patients from Manhattan, but other patients are admitted from Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Long Island and throughout the tri-state region. Anyone who suspects negligence after treatment should speak with an experienced attorney immediately.


Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

Bellevue Hospital Center

Bellevue Hospital Center at 462 1st Avenue has 828 beds and experiences 115,797 emergency room visits each year. Bellevue had a higher rate of infections compared to hospitals in other states, according to a New York State Department of Health Report in 2009. Anyone who is injured by the negligence of a doctor or nurse at this Manhattan hospital, the oldest in the United States, will need an experienced attorney with experience and resources needed to take aggressive action.


Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital

Lower Manhattan Hospital at 170 William Street in New York is one of the main campuses of New York-Presbyterian Hospital. This hospital, with 170 beds, provides a range of inpatient and outpatient services. According to an article in the New York Post, New York-Presbyterian scored 18 percent below average for patient safety in a ranking of hospitals by Consumer Reports magazine. Patients who suspect medical malpractice should not hesitate to arrange a consultation with a New York City attorney who can investigate and hold the negligent medical care provider accountable.


Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

Mount Sinai Beth Israel

The main hospital known as the Petrie Division is located at First Avenue and 16th Street. But Mount Sinai Beth Israel has other campuses, including Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at Union Square. Mount Sinai Beth Israel is a teaching hospital with 1,368 beds. If you suffered any form of negligence while being treated at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, take action immediately to protect your rights.


Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at 1275 York Avenue in Manhattan provides cancer care to patients. The hospital is composed of two institutions: Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, which provides patient care, and the Sloan Kettering Institute, which is focused on research. Patients who suspect a failure to diagnose cancer or some other type of hospital negligence can contact a lawyer to discuss options.


Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital at One Gustave L. Levy Place is a 1,048-bed facility founded in 1852. It is one of the oldest and largest teaching hospitals in the country. Consumer Reports rated Mount Sinai 31 percent below average for patient safety. If you or a loved one was a victim of medical malpractice at any Manhattan hospital, don’t wait to contact an attorney to find out if you have a case. You may be entitled to compensation.


Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center

St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center at 1111 Amsterdam Avenue was ranked No. 14 out of the 30 worst hospitals for patient safety, as identified by Consumer Reports. The magazine examined four key measures of patient safety: hospital-acquired infections, readmissions and the quality of communication between staff and patients in regard to medications and discharge planning.


Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

New York-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Medical Center

New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center at 630 West 168th Street was described by a lawmaker as having “horrendous conditions.” Emergency room wait times last an average of 85 minutes, which rank among New York’s 10 worst. Any patient who was treated at the 995-bed hospital in Washington Heights and suspects negligence should not hesitate to speak with an attorney for a free consultation.


Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

Harlem Hospital Center

Harlem Hospital Center at 506 Malcolm X Blvd. received a 20 on a 1-to-100 scale gauging patient safety by Consumer Reports. The hospital received the second worst score in the nation, according to a New York Post report. Harlem Hospital told Consumer Reports it needs to improve in some areas, according to the Post. The hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital with 272 beds.