Six Steps to Receive Compensation with Sobo & Sobo
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We have trained legal professionals available 24/7. In your first call we’ll get your contact information and hear your story. Plus, we’ll make an appointment that works for you so you can speak, in person, to a lawyer.
Free Initial Consultation
Discuss your case face to face with an accident lawyer. There’s no charge or obligation. Your Sobo & Sobo attorney will explain the next best steps to build a successful case for you.
You and your lawyer will organize your ongoing healthcare so you can continue to heal. Along the way, you’ll get updated medical records documenting your condition, care and treatment.
Your lawyer will help you collect all the paperwork you need for a successful case — one that maximizes your settlement in the least amount of time.
Litigation & Negotiation
Your lawyer will handle everything else. We prepare your case for trial and negotiate to achieve the best possible settlement without going to court. But even if there is a trial, you relax and we do the work.
You collect your settlement for medical care, damages, lost wages and pain & suffering. All your medical bills are paid off. Only then does Sobo & Sobo get paid.
Tell Us Your Story
Accidents can be complicated and loaded with pitfalls because both healthcare and the law are tricky. Your initial, person-to-person consultation with a Sobo lawyer will clear some things up, right away. It’s free and you have no obligation after sitting down with us. We’ll help.
In this first chat and soon thereafter, we’ll:
- Explain your rights
- Find follow-up medical care and testing
- Arrange emergency financing if available
- Discuss your special circumstances
- Walk you through the legal process, step by step
- Plan and prepare to pursue your case
The victims of accidents are entitled to compensation for their losses. The amount of money paid to victims varies based on the severity of damages, injury and other losses suffered. Your Sobo & Sobo lawyer will explain:
- Medical Expenses: Getting them Paid
- Lost Wages: What You are Owed
- Property Damage: Fixing or Replacing Your Vehicle
- Pain & Suffering: Discomfort, Anxiety and More
We represent clients on a contingent basis. That means we do not collect any money until your case is won and money damages are paid. We receive a portion of those damage payments only after they are finalized. So, you are never “out of pocket” any money to us.
Why Choose Sobo & Sobo?
The Sobo & Sobo law firm specializes in injury litigation. We’ve represented many, many victims of rear-end accidents just like yours.
- We’ve been serving clients for over 50 years.
- We have offices throughout the Hudson Valley, plus in the Bronx and Manhattan.
- Our staff includes hundreds of legal professionals ready to help.
Choose the law firm that focuses on helping the injured get justice.
We will use our skill, knowledge and genuine concern to win for you.
Drivers: How to Avoid Accidents at Intersections
The NHTSA recommends all drivers follow take these 9 steps to avoid accidents with pedestrians:
- Always be on the lookout for pedestrians.
- Use extra caution and drive slowly when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as in storms and at nighttime.
- Slow down and be prepared to stop before every crosswalk.
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the walk lines to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians, allowing them to stop at a safe distance too.
- Never pass vehicles stopped at an intersection. There may be people or cars ahead that are obscured from view.
- Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Follow the speed limit, especially around pedestrians.
- Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present.
- Be extra cautious when backing up—pedestrians can move into your path.
Who is at Fault in an Intersection Accident?
Determining who is at fault in an intersection accident depends on many variables, including the type and severity of the incident.
Generally speaking, pedestrians typically have the right of way. However, there are some instances in which pedestrians can be found liable for an accident involving a motor vehicle. Instances where pedestrians might be considered at fault include:
- Disregarding “do not walk” traffic signals
- Walking across an intersection while intoxicated
However, it is far more common for the driver to be held liable for an intersection accident. Typically, the driver’s insurance company will offer an amount that they believe to be fair and equal compensation to the injured pedestrian. However, this initial offer will most likely be a very low amount, compared to the compensation amount an injured party can receive through a personal injury case.
Stop Sign Intersection Accidents:
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), there are two main types of accidents that occur at intersections governed by stop signs:
- Failing to stop at a stop sign, whether consciously or by accident. Most accidents of this type are caused by drivers who decide to ignore a stop sign, and illegally speed through it, colliding with another vehicle. According to the NHTSA, these types of accidents are most frequently caused by younger, speeding drivers.
- Failing to yield to another driver that has the legal right of way. These accidents occur at intersections with more than one stop sign, where one driver is required to yield to another.
According to the NHTSA, these accidents are most frequently caused by elderly individuals making a left turn at these intersections, causing a collision with another vehicle already moving into that intersection with the legal right of way.
Depending on the specifics of the stop-sign accident, either party may be found responsible for causing the accident. Most often, both parties involved are found at least partially responsible, causing both insurance companies to pay for a portion of the damages resulting from the accident.
Stoplight Intersection Accidents
Most stoplight accidents are caused by one or more drivers failing to notice, or
consciously speeding through a red-light signal. But sometimes fault is not obvious. Also, when lawsuits are not involved, both insurance companies will
typically be required to pay, as both drivers will be found at least somewhat responsible
for the collision. However, one or both drivers may decide to hire a personal injury
lawyer, who can help them build a case that proves they are not as responsible—or not
responsible at all—for a stoplight accident.
The Importance of Legal Representation
Whether you’re the driver or the pedestrian involved in an intersection accident, if you believe the opposite side is responsible for causing the crash, you should immediately contact a personal injury lawyer to represent you. They can help collect the evidence, testimonies and other documents necessary to build a successful case, and maximize your settlement to help pay all related damages and medical expenses.
Intersection Lawsuits: What to Do Before You File
Intersection accidents can be deadly, and/or result in serious short and long-term consequences for all drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Filing a lawsuit against the someone responsible for the accident can help you recover lost wages missed due to your injuries, along with any related medical expenses, and other damages.
There are certain steps you can take as soon as possible after your accident to maximize your chances of building a successful case, before you file a lawsuit:
- Do NOT let another driver’s insurance company take a recorded statement regarding the accident. This is typically asked by insurance companies so that statements made before consulting with an attorney can be used as evidence that may discredit any recounting of the accident later
- Collect a copy of the police report
- Try to get a recording or hand-written account from any witness of the accident willing to give you a statement
- Most intersections are equipped with security cameras to catch people who illegally disregard traffic signals. This can be valuable evidence for your case. A personal injury lawyer will be able to help you collect this evidence.
- Keep a detailed record of all medical records relating to your injury, as well as a list of lost working hours and wages that are directly related to any injury.
Filing an Intersection Lawsuit
If you or someone you know has been in an intersection accident and are seeking compensation for any resulting lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering, call 855-468-7626 for a free consultation with an expert personal injury attorney today.
The accident attorneys at Sobo & Sobo have over 50 years of experience helping clients across New York’s Hudson Valley and the Bronx win the compensation they deserve for their losses and improving their quality of life.
When you file a claim with Sobo & Sobo, you don’t pay unless we win the case. When we do win, our attorneys are paid through a percentage of your settlement, meaning you never have to pay out of pocket.