November 19, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
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If you or someone close to you has been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by the carelessness or neglect of another person, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
At the Finz firm, the attorneys have obtained record-breaking results for people injured in motor vehicle accidents, including a $21 million truck accident settlement, the largest in the history of the state of New York. Read about the multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements that have been obtained by the Finz firm.
Whether you have been injured in a car accident, truck accident or any other motor vehicle accident, you may need compensation to pay for your medical bills, wage loss and other hardships. If another driver was at fault, his or her insurance provider will likely do everything it can to limit or deny your claim. This is why it is so important to have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side.
The attorneys at the Finz firm have handled thousands of motor vehicle accident cases for clients throughout New York and nationwide. The firm can help you seek fair and just compensation if you or a loved have been injured.
The Finz firm has the resources to handle complex motor vehicle accident cases involving spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and other life-changing injuries. The firm represents family members who have lost loved ones in fatal motor vehicle accidents. The personal injury lawyers at the firm will work with you personally to help you obtain the compensation you need to make it through this difficult time.
If you, a family member or a friend has suffered a serious injury in a motor vehicle accident, contact an auto accident lawyer at the Finz firm now toll free at (855) TOP-FIRM or simply fill out the Free Motor Vehicle Accident Case Evaluation form.
November 19, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
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November 15, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Just a few years ago, many of the largest retailers changed their Black Friday strategy, opting to open their doors at 5 or 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving itself. This escalation in the shopping season arms race was both good and bad for shoppers. On the one hand, it provided more hours of shopping, and more opportunities to be at each store when it opened, as a person could finish at one of the early opening stores in time to be waiting in line for a midnight opening elsewhere. But it also lengthened an already lengthy shopping day.
Continue Reading: Earlier Black Friday Poses Danger to Drivers
February 14, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
In most jurisdictions, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) receive hours of training to ensure the highest quality of care is provided to those involved in an accident or other emergent health situation. Cities strive to ensure enough personnel are available at a moment’s notice to improve opportunities for good outcomes for anyone who suffers a heart attack, a car accident, or any other incident. But when a large scale accident occurs, these resources are stressed to the limit.
Continue Reading: Large Accidents Put Stress on Emergency Response System
December 15, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Elderly individuals and people with disabilities often have to rely on either the kindness of strangers, state programs, or public transportation to get to places like the grocery store or the doctor’s office. Unable to obtain a Driver’s License, limited options exist to provide people who can’t drive with the opportunities that so many of us take for granted.
Continue Reading: Elderly Passengers Often Not in Control of Drivers
December 06, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Whenever an accident occurs, the normal reaction is to want to know just went wrong. Determining who was at fault and how the accident could have been prevented fulfills our basic human desire to make things safer. University researchers have been working for decades on taking all the information learned from various crashes and figuring out models to improve highway safety.
Continue Reading: Highway Safety and Determining Who is at Fault
August 16, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Anyone who has ever been in an auto accident that required vehicle repairs can testify to how annoying the process can be. Your insurance provider will usually direct you to certain mechanics in your area who are on their list of approved providers. You can use a different provider, but you might be responsible for additional costs past what the insurer would pay their own mechanic.
Continue Reading: Insurance Company Demands Substandard Repairs
July 07, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
There are advantages to being a motor vehicle passenger instead of the driver. You do not have to pay as much attention to the road. You can focus on other things, like returning text messages or changing the music on the radio. But for all these advantages, there is one major disadvantage. You have no control over whether or not an accident occurs.
Continue Reading: Injured as Passenger in an Automobile Accident
November 16, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for millions of Americans for many reasons. Sitting down to a great meal, watching football on TV, and shopping over the long four-day weekend all contribute to fun at Thanksgiving, especially when you do so with family. Bringing everyone together is always a challenge this time of year as so many people will be traveling during the upcoming holiday week.
Continue Reading: Travel Tips to Avoid Accidents this Busy Thanksgiving Holiday
August 22, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The death toll now stands at six as a result of a horrific crash on the Long Island Expressway over the weekend. Speed, weather and road conditions, and road construction are all being looked at as part of the investigation to see what caused an eastbound vehicle to go over the center median, become airborne and crash into two vehicles headed in the opposite direction.
March 11, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
It has happened to every driver out there—you are at a stop sign waiting to proceed through an intersection or make a turn, when out of nowhere comes another vehicle blazing by you. The driver had no regard for the stop sign now only visible in their rear-view mirror. While you shake your head in disbelief, consider yourself fortunate as an accident with one of these careless drivers could be critical.
Continue Reading: Stop Signs Are Not Suggestions
January 04, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
A new study on long haul truck drivers has implications for other vehicle operators as well. The study, conducted by the University of Utah, attempted to determine what factors were most commonly associated with accidents. Researchers surveyed large numbers of truck drivers and asked them a few questions about what types of risky behaviors they saw from other truck drivers and from themselves.
Continue Reading: Truck Drivers Often at Risk on the Road
December 14, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
According to the Andy Williams song, we are in “the most wonderful time of year.” The holiday season is a time for shopping, celebrations and visiting family and friends. Did you know though that it is also the most dangerous time of year to be a motorist on the road? The increase of vehicles on local and state highways during this busy time leads to an increase in serious accidents as well.
Continue Reading: Holiday Driving Means Holiday Danger
November 30, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Too little, too late is a common saying, but sometimes it isn’t true. Sometimes it would be proper to say “just enough, too late,” when the authorities do the right thing only after something terrible has happened. A situation in Bloomington, Illinois is the latest example of just enough, too late.
Continue Reading: Too Little, Too Late with Intersection Accidents
May 27, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
When it comes to accidents on the highways, certain vehicles are associated with worse outcomes than others. Three types of vehicles in particular have these negative outcomes, either for the driver of the vehicle or for the people in the vehicle they hit. These three are:
Continue Reading: Motor Vehicle Accidents: The Trinity
April 08, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Finz & Finz, P.C. represents a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles road test examiner who was injured while administering a road test to a driver license applicant who had a learner’s permit and was taking the road test for the first time.
January 05, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Everyone knows that New Year’s Eve is a dangerous night to be driving, but people aren’t always aware how dangerous other holidays can be. This past Halloween was particularly dangerous, as it landed on a Friday night, a night already associated with partying, drinking, and driving.
Continue Reading: Motor Vehicle Accidents: An Uber Problem on New Years and Other Holidays
November 21, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
When we are out in the community, we tend to be aware of every possible hazard. We pay extra attention to our children, grabbing them by the hand to cross even the smallest span of parking lot. We keep an eye out for people who might have bad intentions, and we keep a close eye on any potential environmental dangers.
Continue Reading: Motor Vehicle Accidents: The Dangerous Comfort of Home
July 22, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Motor Vehicle Accidents: Despite Slow Speeds, Dangers Come With Golf Carts
April 14, 2014 | Fin
It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of Americans drive on highways and freeways on a regular basis for their commutes to work or for travel for business or pleasure. While some times of the day may prove to be better times for travel, not all of us have the advantage of taking to the roads at the optimum times. Distinct situations and circumstances come about from highway travel that we will not encounter when travelling on rural roads or city streets. What are some distinct situations that occur mostly on highways and freeways, and how can those situations be avoided?
Continue Reading: Highway Accidents: Staying Safe During Travel Time
March 26, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Rollover accidents are easy to avoid. But when they do occur, they can cause serious injuries and fatalities. They can occur on icy roads and during inclement weather, and are more likely to happen on rural roads instead of city streets. Nearly 75 percent of all rollover crashes occur in rural areas, according to Safercar.gov, a website affiliated with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
Continue Reading: Rollovers: Potentially Fatal But Avoidable
March 03, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
We cannot always stay indoors when inclement weather comes our way. Some of us drive in weather like this on such a routine basis that we take our travel for granted with the basic skills needed for driving in a snowstorm or rainstorm. We know we must remain focused on the task of driving. But, sometimes we’re thrown a curve ball when we encounter other effects of storms that impede our driving ability, or detours us from the route we would normally take. What are some other incidents that could occur as a result of stormy or windy weather conditions?
Continue Reading: Protecting Yourself in Stormy Weather
February 25, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Many children die each year as a result of accidents caused by blind spot–accidents more commonly referred to as “back over” accidents. The website www.kidsandcars.org discusses their mission toward making the term “blind spots” be known as “blind zone.” The area that constitutes a blind spot has previously referred to the spot beside a vehicle that prevents the driver from seeing an oncoming car when changing lanes. Blind zone more appropriately defines the space as the several feet of distance where a driver does not see what is behind the car.
Continue Reading: Blind Spots and Back Overs: Take Special Precautions in Your Vehicle
January 28, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
We often think of distractions on the road that occur in the car when we are driving. After all, a distraction is anything that takes our attention away from where we need to be at the time. Driving distractions include cell phones, texting, children in the backseat, GPS devices and other forms of communication come your way while in the car. But, distractions on the road also come in the forms of road signs, movie marquees, other accidents, amusements on the roadway, and other roadway sights and events that demand our attention.
Continue Reading: Distractions Outside of the Car Can Prove Deadly
January 06, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
We all know how much care we need to take when driving on the freeways, highways and roads in our communities. We know that the infrastructure is created such that it offers the best flow of traffic in the most efficient way to get us from our starting point to our final destination. We pay attention to the speed limit, we use our turn signals and we abide by most rules of the road. But, what we might not often encounter on a daily basis are certain parts of the roadways that bring about other challenges in routine driving habits: areas such as bridges and tunnels, exit and entry ramps, and roundabouts.
Continue Reading: Use Caution on Certain Parts of the Road
December 31, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Crashes involving wrong-way drivers occur more often than not, and it has said that as many as three-quarters of these accidents involve people who have been drinking and driving. This New Year's Eve, be aware of those under the influence of any type of alcohol or drug behind the wheel; a sure combination that is potentially deadlyfor all involved.
Continue Reading: New Years Eve Wrong Way Drivers: Public Be Aware
December 25, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Many teenagers have a new set of wheels on their holiday lists this year, and there’s nothing greater than wanting the best for your high school teen. But before you new driver does any actual driving, he or she should some basic rules of the road. Keeping these defensive driving rules in mind may mean the difference between no driving and driving for many more years to come.
Continue Reading: A New Car for Christmas: How To Keep Your Teen Safe
December 04, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Winter weather brings about all sorts of mishaps for those travelling to and from work, home and school. With unexpected road conditions ranging from mild snow or rain storms, to construction zones, to full fledged ice storm or blackouts, it makes sense to continue to pay attention to the weather and traffic conditions no matter where you live. Those living on the east coast have already experienced winter storms dumping a foot or more inches of snow in parts of the country. Many residents are forced to adjust their normal schedules to make their way around, particularly when it comes to commuting to work.
November 14, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Head-on collisions are devastating—and deadly. It’s estimated that, in the United States, head-on collisions account for many accidents per year, and often result in fatalities. Head-on collisions come in the forms of routine activities like teens driving on their way to school, mothers on their way to pick up their small children, or parents on their way to work just like any other day. Lives are changed in a heartbeat with very little time to respond or react. If you’re lucky enough to see the actions of the other driver, what do you do if you find yourself in the path of a car going the wrong way—and coming your way?
Continue Reading: Head-On Collisions: No Warning in Sight
November 05, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
A sudden rockslide in Colorado in October claimed the lives of several members of one family, and left one teenage daughter covered in debris, delaying authorities from finding her until many hours later; she was still alive. A rockslide comes without warning, and its impact is fatal to those below who are hiking or driving. Where do rockslides often occur and what can be done if you find yourself in a zone for rockslides with no way out?
Continue Reading: Rockslides and Other Unexpected Roadway Travel Incidents
November 01, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Although summer is over, people still make trips by car all the time, some for business and some for pleasure. You might even be one of them. Along those routes, you might encounter a scenic view or a historic marker where you feel it would be worth the stop. If you do so, we urge you to do it safely. Despite signs on the road that say “Do not stop on roadway,” many chose to ignore those warning signs, and end up taking their lives in their hands.
Continue Reading: Stopping on the Roadway for a Scenic View? Think Again.
October 23, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Car accidents come in all forms from those who are texting and not paying attention, to those who are blinded by an obstruction in the roadway or the sun in the sky, to making an improper pass of another vehicle, to drag racing on streets that are not equipped to handle traffic by drivers who are less than well-trained professionals. Drag racing on city streets involves drivers who are generally at a rival with each other, trying to show off who can carry the greater speed. There are several problems with drag racing: it is unregulated, there is other traffic in the way, and there is no one to tell the drivers what lies ahead as they make their way through the streets while not paying attention to anyone else.
Continue Reading: Racing on the Streets: Never a Good Idea
October 03, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Earlier in September, a hit and run driver collided with a skateboarder and offered her assistance. The driver did not stop for an extended time or get out of her car. She did not give her name because she was late picking up her children from day care. Here’s a case where the driver was not drunk or intoxicated, but simply distracted.
Continue Reading: Hit and Run Accidents: What You Need To Know
August 16, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
We do it all the time We often put ourselves in harm’s way without even knowing it when we ride as a passenger with someone who has been drinking, or is otherwise impaired or distracted. We cannot always control who is driving, or when, or the conditions of the person driving and often, we may not know the person is impaired—that is, until it’s too late.
Continue Reading: Are You a Passenger in Danger?
July 18, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
We’ve heard and experienced recent reports and incidents of tornados and twisters devastating towns and schools in Oklahoma and Texas. On the tails of those natural disasters are extreme winds and dust, producing sandstorms that create multi-vehicle pileups and leave others dead. In Nevada recently, 26 vehicles were forced to slam into each other on Interstate 80 when unbearable driving and weather conditions occurred as a result of an extreme sandstorm. This was a sandstorm accident so severe that just about every medical, law enforcement and fire worker in the area were called in to respond to the multitude of injuries.
Continue Reading: Twisters and Sandstorms—They Come Without Warning
July 11, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
This year, a Memorial Day outing turned into a tragedy in Newport Beach, California when a 17-year-old-driver carrying four friends hit a tree. The impact was so severe that it split the vehicle in half, engulfed the vehicle in flames, and killed all teens in the car. The driver of the Infinity G35 was unlicensed. Many families and friends are left wondering why this boy had this extravagant car in the first place, and why he drove it without a license, despite previous warnings of speed and reckless driving prior to this accident. Scenarios like this are even further saddened when there are no survivors. In this fatal accident, speed was said to be a factor, and toxicity results are still pending. How do you protect yourself and your teenagers on the road when you are unable to predict the condition or status of the other driver?
Continue Reading: Unlicensed Drivers: When You’ve Been Hit or Injured
September 19, 2012 | Former NYS Supreme Court Justice Leonard L. Finz
A typical case arises when a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian thereby causing serious injury. The questions that are usually raised are whether the operator violated any traffic statutes (e.g. traffic light, stop sign, or other traffic devices); whether the operator drove his vehicle with reasonable care (e.g. speed, road conditions, visibility, etc.); whether the operator had reasonable control of his vehicle; whether the operator saw what in his view he should have seen; whether the operator exercised reasonable care in avoiding contact with the pedestrian, etc. These are all questions that ultimately must be decided by a jury or trier of the fact in determining whether the operator was negligent.
Continue Reading: The Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and a Pedestrian Knockdown
June 08, 2012 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Plaintiff was injured when her vehicle, which was stopped at a stop sign, was struck in the rear by defendant's vehicle. Defendant's own deposition testimony established that he was not looking where he was driving when he struck plaintiff's vehicle which was the sole proximate cause of the accidents.
Record truck accident settlement for a spinal cord injury caused by the careless operation of a loaded tractor trailer.
Verdict for wrongful death, conscious pain and suffering, punitive damages, and negligent infliction of emotional distress for three children.
Verdict against Philip Morris USA Inc. and American Tobacco for designing cigarettes to addict consumers. Punitive damages assessed against Philip Morris USA Inc. in the sum of $17.1 million.
Verdict for a 61-year-old porter working at a New York City Upper East Side luxury apartment building who was not properly trained to safely clear a jam in the building trash compactor.
Medical Malpractice settlement in Pennsylvania for a young child who suffered from a severe injury to the intestinal tract due to a delay by the hospital and doctor in diagnosis and treating Necrotising Enterocolitis.
Our client, a 52-year-old executive secretary had an extensive stay in a local Nassau County hospital. She was discharged and thereafter had persistent nausea and vomiting for a two-week period.
Verdict for a victim who fell down a flight of stairs and suffered a back injury when Con Edison shut down power to her apartment building.
Settlement with the State of New York in the Court of Claims for a victim who sustained brain damage while descending a recreational tube slide on a slope negligently designed by New York State.
Settlement with a prescription drug manufacture that failed to properly test its product prior to placing it on the market.
Settlement with a landlord for a child that was exposed to lead paint in an apartment. As a result of the lead paint exposure the child sustained brain damage and was diagnosed with autism.
Settlement for an infant who suffered brain damage when a gauze pad that was applied in her mouth during cleft pallet surgery became lodged in her windpipe.
Verdict against Phillip Brothers Chemical Company, Inc. who failed to adequately warn a worker in an electroplating plant how to properly add zinc cyanide to a brass plating mixture resulting in an explosion causing burns and loss of vision in one eye.
Settlement for a victim who fell between subway cars while the train was in motion as a result of the railroad's neglect in securing the area between the subway cars.
Verdict against a bus company in a wrongful death case brought by the widow of a truck driver killed in a crash with a bus.
Verdict against a hospital that failed to properly treat an asthma patient resulting in respiratory arrest.
The Finz & Finz, P.C. firm represents clients from New York and surrounding areas, including New York City (NYC), Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, throughout New York state and nationwide.