Car Accidents


Fighting For Car Accident Victims in New York

At Restivo & Murphy LLP, we handle the most catastrophic auto accident claims for clients throughout New York City, as well as Long Island, Nassau County, and Suffolk County. We use the knowledge obtained in more than 60 years of combined experience to help our clients receive the full compensation they are entitled to.

Call (800) 997-9109 today to discuss your case with our New York City car accident attorneys.

NYC No-Fault Insurance Laws

New York is a no-fault insurance state. For this reason, many individuals who are involved in a car accident will file a claim with their own insurance company for compensation for damages, regardless of who caused the accident. In order for injured persons to step outside of the no-fault rules to bring a claim against an at-fault driver, they must have sustained serious injuries.

In New York, a serious injury is one which results in:

  • Significant disfigurement
  • Broken bones
  • Dismemberment
  • Loss of a fetus
  • Death
  • Substantial limitation of a body function or system
  • Permanent impairment of use of a body organ or limb
  • Permanent consequential limitation of use of a body organ or member

If you have been severely injured in a car accident, we can help you file a claim against the other driver’s insurance company, and if necessary, a lawsuit. Our lawyers have extensive trial experience and a proven track record of obtaining maximum settlements.

Comparative Negligence Rules

Not all car accidents are completely one person’s fault. Under New York’s pure comparative negligence laws, victims who were partially responsible for their accident can still receive compensation for their losses. However, your damage award will be reduced based on the percentage of fault you had in the accident. For example, if the total damages were calculated to be $100,000 but you were found to be 40% at fault, you would be awarded $60,000.

Why Legal Representation is Crucial After a NYC Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience, and the aftermath can be overwhelming. It is crucial to understand the importance of seeking legal representation to protect your rights and ensure fair compensation for your injuries and damages.

Here are a few reasons why hiring a car accident lawyer is essential:

  1. Knowledge and Experience: Car accident lawyers have extensive knowledge of personal injury laws and experience in handling similar cases. They understand the complexities of the legal system and can navigate through it on your behalf.
  2. Investigation and Evidence Gathering: A skilled car accident lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident, gathering evidence such as police reports, witness statements, and medical records. This evidence is crucial in building a strong case and proving liability.
  3. Negotiating with Insurance Companies: Insurance companies often try to minimize payouts or deny claims altogether. A car accident lawyer will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, ensuring that you receive fair compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
  4. Understanding of No-Fault Insurance Laws: New York City has specific no-fault insurance laws that can impact your ability to seek compensation. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will guide you through these laws and help you navigate the claims process.
  5. Maximizing Compensation: A car accident lawyer will assess the full extent of your injuries and damages, including future medical expenses, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. They will work diligently to maximize your compensation and ensure you are not shortchanged by the insurance company.

Representing Clients Injured in Serious Auto Accidents

We represent clients and their families in claims involving catastrophic and fatal auto accident injuries. Attorneys from our firm focus on the types of car accidents and other motor vehicle accidents that tend to result in major injuries, including:

Other law firms in the area bring us in to handle complex litigation in major auto accident injury claims involving:

Our attorneys take our clients' cases seriously. We use our experience in every vantage point of personal injury claims, as well as our years of experience as plaintiffs’ lawyers, to maximize our clients' cases. We can help you through the recovery process to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Contact Our Car Accident Attorneys in New York City Today

You will not pay attorney fees unless we are successful in your case. With free consultations and a contingency fee approach, we assume all the financial risk of the cases we take on. Call us in Garden City at (800) 997-9109 toll-free or message us to schedule your free consultation.

For qualified legal advice about how to proceed with your claim, contact our New York City car accident lawyers.

Hear It From Our clients

  • “The best of the best at this firm!”
    “Let me just say they are the best of the best at this firm!! There is no one better than them!!!!!! I will tell anyone and everyone I know to go to Todd and Lonneke!! They kept me posted every single step of the way during my case.”
    - Kristie M.
  • “You guys are a great team and the best firm out there”
    “All I can say is if you want someone who is determined and committed to settling your case, Mr. Restivo is the attorney to do it for you! Mr. Restivo and Lonneke guided me all throughout the case.”
    - Guirlaine J.
  • “Thank You!”
    “I met these amazing people in 2009 when I was involved in a motorcycle accident in which I was a passenger, the level of professionalism that was extended to me was so phenomenal and heartwarming that I was drawn into them and felt like I was being treated”
    - Michael B.
  • “Highly recommend this law firm!”
    “I was in a life-threatening automobile accident that had me in the hospital for a month. Todd Restivo & Patrick Murphy were there from day one until now. They made sure I was taken care of throughout the entire process.”
    - Phil W.
  • “Todd and his team gave me my life back”
    “The settlement amount that Todd fought hard for me to get far exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend Todd and his staff to anyone who is nervous about their case being handled properly or anyone that is unsure which lawyer they should have hand”
    - Farah M.
  • “Mr. Restivo is truly about helping his clients”

    Mr. Restivo is truly about helping his clients He and his office went above and beyond to help me and family through a difficult time after my accident. I can’t recommend him enough and in fact, have recommended him to numerous other people.

    - Mark H.
  • “I've got positive results”
    “I was injured in a construction accident back in 2013. I switched from another firm over to Restivo and Murphy because the firm I was using was not handling my case properly.
    - Brian D
  • “Highly recommend their firm to family and friends”
    “Todd Restivo and his firm handled my case with the utmost professionalism at all times. Todd was extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of my case and always took the time to speak with me at great lengths to fully answer any and all questions and conc”
    - Robert H.

Our Settlements & Verdicts

Our top priority is to devise customized legal strategies that are tailored to the unique legal needs of our clients, no matter how simple or complicated their situations, might be.

  • $8,000,000 Fractured Pelvic & Urethral Injuries

    We've recovered a settlement for a 32-year-old bicyclist who was struck by a bus causing pelvic fractures and urethral injuries which required surgery.

  • $7,850,000 Neck, Back & Shoulder Injuries

    We've recovered a settlement for a woman who slipped and fell on snow and ice injuring her neck, back, and shoulder which required multiple surgeries.

  • $6,300,000 Fractured Foot & Amputation

    The verdict for a 47-year-old whose left foot was run over by a bus causing numerous foot fractures and the amputation of his big toe. The offer before trial was $1,050,000.

  • $4,250,000 Spinal Cord & Neck Injury

    We've recovered a settlement for a passenger involved in a motor vehicle accident with a tractor-trailer where the client sustained a spinal cord injury that required a neck surgery.

  • $4,025,000 Herniated Discs & Neck Surgery

    Resolution at the conclusion of trial for a 43-year-old who suffered herniated discs requiring neck surgery when his vehicle was struck by a school bus. The offer before trial was $75,000.

  • $3,700,000 Spinal Injuries

    We've recovered a settlement after a verdict in a liability trial for a 33-year-old construction worker who suffered spinal injuries in a work-related accident. The offer before the liability trial was $500,000.

  • $3,436,000 Neck Injuries

    A verdict for a 46-year-old man whose neck was injured by a falling traffic sign struck by a motor vehicle. The offer before trial was $325,000.

  • $2,850,000 Brachial Plexus Injury

    We've recovered a settlement in a motor vehicle accident case where the client sustained a brachial plexus injury with surgeries.

  • $2,500,000 Serious Injuries

    We've recovered a settlement after a verdict on liability in a motor vehicle accident case involving two clients who were passengers in an ambulette.

  • $2,000,000 Neck Injuries

    We've recovered a settlement for a 46-year-old woman whose prior neck condition was aggravated by a motor vehicle accident.

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