Fatal Car Accidents
Compassionate Wrongful Death Lawyers Representing Families in Queens
Losing someone in a fatal car accident is a devastating experience, which leaves families not only without the emotional support of their loved one but also often with a significant financial loss. When a driver causes a collision through careless or reckless action, you must hold that driver accountable for the harm that his or her dangerous driving caused. Queens car accident lawyer Marc S. Albert assists families and estate representatives with pursuing wrongful death claims on behalf of victims who have lost their lives in a fatal collision.
The Law Offices of Marc S. Albert has offered knowledgeable legal representation to New York City and Long Island clients for over 20 years. We aggressively pursue your rights. If you have questions regarding your legal options after losing a family member in a fatal car crash, contact our office today to speak with an attorney and find out more about how we can help.
Fatal Car Accidents in New York City and Surrounding Areas
In 2016, traffic accidents killed 229 victims in New York City, either as pedestrians, drivers, passengers, or bicyclists on the road. According to the New York Department of Health, motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of injury-related deaths statewide. Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol are a significant cause of fatal car accidents.
Driving while distracted by a cell phone, the car radio, or kids misbehaving can also be just as dangerous. Road Rage and aggressive driving are also extremely dangerous. Aggressive driving causes 66% of all traffic-related fatalities. Of all of the road rage incidents reported in a 2017 study, 37% involved a firearm.
With the proliferation of rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft, there is a significant rise in the number of accident cases caused by negligent drivers. Uber and Lyft drivers are paid based on time and distance, so to earn more money, rideshare drivers are driving fast and recklessly causing accidents, many of which have led to fatalities of passengers, other drivers, or pedestrians.
We will hold those Responsible Accountable
Marc Albert will work for you to keep drivers who create unsafe conditions on the road legally accountable when a person loses his or her life. The plaintiff’s attorney would need to prove that the defendant’s carelessness directly led to the collision in which the plaintiff’s loved one died, possibly by using a combination of witness testimony, photograph or video evidence, and expert testimony.
We will pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased victim. We will base wrongful death cases on the negligence of the person who caused the fatality. Under New York law, only personal representatives of an estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit. These plaintiffs can either be executors appointed to oversee a victim’s estate in a will or individuals named as estate administrators.
Often, this named executor or administrator is a surviving spouse or child of the victim. Relatives do not have separate rights to pursue legal action themselves under state law. However, successful wrongful death claims can result in damages being awarded to a victim’s heirs as well as to the estate itself.
Consult a Knowledgeable Queens Attorney Regarding Your Car Crash Claim
The time after a fatal car, truck, or motorcycle accident is traumatic as families struggle to figure out their next steps and how to cope with their loss. Queens attorney Marc S. Albert is committed to making sure that these families receive the support that they need, advocating on their behalf throughout the legal process. The Law Offices of Marc S. Albert offers personalized and compassionate legal representation to residents of New York City and Long Island via offices in Astoria and Syosset. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal collision, contact our office today online or at 855-252-3788 to find out more about how we can help.