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Schenectady Car Accident Attorneys

Schenectady Car Accident Attorneys

Experienced Law Firm Serving Victims of Car Accidents

Car accidents consistently rank in the top ten leading causes of death in the United States every year. Unfortunately, Schenectady, New York, is not spared from this statistic, and it has its fair share of accidents every day. If you have been involved in a car accident, seek the advice of a Schenectady car accident attorney by contacting the attorneys at Hacker Murphy to discuss your options. You may have a case against one or more parties that will allow you to recover monetary damages that you deserve.

The insurance claim and legal processes are complex, nuanced, and generally difficult to navigate. Insurance company representatives want to settle cases with car accident victims as quickly as possible for as little money as possible. They know when victims are not represented by legal counsel and they will take advantage of the situation.

Before you try and untangle the mess caused by someone else, call Hacker Murphy. Our dedicated Schenectady car accident attorneys and legal team can help you get through this difficult time. We will deal directly with insurance companies, defense counsel, and the courts. Our experienced car accident attorneys pledge to listen to you and your concerns, answer all of your questions, and provide you with honest advice regarding strategies for your case.

Why so many car accidents?

Schenectady car accidents happen in many different ways due to many different causes, including mobile phone usage and texting, speeding and other violations of the rules of the road, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving, plain old negligence, and even defective products.

If I Was Injured in a Car Accident Because of Someone Else’s Bad Driving, How Can I Recover Damages?

In order for a car accident victim (referred to as a plaintiff) to successfully prove a negligence claim against the driver who caused the accident (referred to as the defendant), the following elements must be established (by a preponderance of the evidence):

  • That the defendant had a duty to the plaintiff (which is almost always secured, because drivers have a duty to drive in a reasonable and safe manner so as not to injure any other fellow drivers);
  • That the defendant breached that duty (by speeding, distracted driving, blowing through a traffic signal, etc.);
  • And that the defendant’s breached duty directly caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
  • If a plaintiff can establish these elements, he or she may be rightfully entitled to compensation for damages. These damages can be broken down into two categories:
  • Economic damages (medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, certain out-of-pocket expenses, etc.); and
  • Non-economic damages (pain and suffering, emotional distress, etc.).

Each year, thousands of car accident victims do not receive the maximum amount of compensation they are due because they do not have the proper counsel guiding them through the process. There are many avenues that may be explored in order to obtain the compensation you deserve. Certain evidence must be preserved, and communications with insurance companies should be very limited and only conducted by a trusted attorney. Let our experienced and skilled Schenectady car accident attorneys and legal team help you. Do not go it alone when so much is on the line.

Our Schenectady Car Accident Attorneys are Available to You 24/7.

In a Car Accident? Hacker Murphy is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year if you need to speak to an attorney. That includes holidays! We also have five convenient Capital District Region offices to make it easy for you to meet with one of our attorneys. Our legal team will work with you and your family to schedule a convenient time and location to discuss your case. Our experienced legal team also handles other injury cases including injuries from trucking accidents, motorbike accidents, and nursing home abuse.

We are here to help you and your family through this difficult situation. Contact us today. Hacker Murphy – Serving Car Accident Victims and Their Families in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs and all of Upstate New York Since 1898.

Have Questions?

  • If I hire an attorney but do not want to go to trial, can I settle?
    In the course of preparing a case for trial, your personal injury attorney will work with the defense attorneys and insurance companies in an effort to secure a fair settlement for you and your family. The final decision to accept an offer of settlement or go to trial is yours alone to make.
    Contact us now to discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys.
  • If arrested, what steps can I take on my behalf?

    1. Do not discuss your situation with anyone except your attorney.

    2. Unless your attorney says otherwise, do not discuss your case with law enforcement.

    3. Request to have your attorney present if you are to be put in a lineup or subjected to testing.

    4. Remain calm and courteous. Allow your attorney to speak for you to ensure that your rights are protected and you are given all the benefits afforded to you under the law.
    Contact us now to discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys.

  • What is the difference between criminal procedure and civil procedure?
    When a crime has been committed, action is taken by a government agency against the person, persons, organization or other entity that violated the law. The first purpose of a criminal prosecution is punishment, which frequently consists of a fine or jail time. In a civil matter, the dispute is between two or more individuals or entities. The first purpose of a civil prosecution is obtaining compensation for the wronged person or entity. Settlement in a civil matter is generally an award of a money judgment. A criminal sentence is not imposed in a civil matter.
    Contact us now to discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys.