An Overview Of Auto Accident Cases In The State Of New York
Interviewer: In the past, just about 33 years, how many auto accident cases do you think you’ve handled for instance; and that’s what we’ll focus on today?
Ira Perlman: I’ve probably handled over a thousand automobile cases throughout the years ranging from simple to complicated and even though it may only involve an automobile, sometimes you learn through investigating circumstances that there are other responsible parties involved with the happening of a motor vehicle accident that have nothing to do with actually owning or operating a motor vehicle. It could be a bad roadway design on the part of a municipality or a company that placed a dangerous vehicle onto the roadway, etc.. So what may seem like a simple car accident can end up being more involved.
Some Auto-Accident Cases May be Complicated Involving Outside Factors
Interviewer: What are some examples of a complicated case where there are outside factors that come into play?
Ira Perlman: In fact, I just got a call on a case involving unfortunately a woman who was using Access-A-Ride in the Queens area to go from one location to another due to her disability, and the Access-A-Ride facility that had responsibility for this particular Access-A-Ride vehicle was apparently fully aware that the actual Access-A-Ride van that picked this woman up had been the subject of disrepair and had maintenance problems where the van was stalling and they let this van go out onto the public roadway knowing or they should have known that it could have become a problem and become disabled and that’s exactly what happened. The van stalled and it stalled in a moving lane of traffic at which time it was necessary to call another van to come to this particular scene to have this woman transferred from the disabled van to the replacement van.
It is Possible That Certain Entities Other than Motorists May be Responsible for an Auto Accident
While the woman was being transferred, there was an accident where a car struck the rear of the second replacement Access-A-Ride van. In-between the disabling of the first van and the actual impact by a private car into the rear of the second replacement van, the police appeared at the scene and actually moved the first van over further towards the shoulder but then the police left the scene when the van was still partially in the moving lane of traffic. Why the police left the scene before taking steps in order to make the location safe for oncoming motorists, we don’t know yet. So, here’s a situation where you have a number of parties from different entities or agencies ( Access-A-Ride and the police) that could bear a percentage or portion of responsibility for the happening of this accident due to varying degrees of negligence.
Notable Case Studies of Auto-Accident Cases Having a Favorable Outcome
Interviewer: Any other interesting case studies, where the odds are really against somebody yet you still were able to get them compensation?
Ira Perlman: There are so many cases over the years. I had a case where a woman was boarding a transit bus and unfortunately, she slipped and fell down the front steps getting out of the bus. It was raining out and the steps were wet but the edge of the step had worn away where there was no more rubber and she slipped on the worn away step. She fell and she had a bad fracture and the bus company said, “Well, you have no proof and you don’t have pictures of the step and it was raining out- you have nothing”, and the bus driver had driven away after the accident.
The Truth Eventually Comes Out and Justice is Bound to Prevail in These Cases
There was no report filed but the jury listened to what she had to say and also listened to what she saw, what she heard, what she felt and it didn’t matter that we didn’t have objective proof to look at in the form of a picture of the actual step or even a report of the accident. Quite naturally, she was telling the truth and they believed her as opposed to the bus company which didn’t have various documentation that they should have had based on their procedure and protocol. So, there are times you just have to fight the fight and proceed with what you have knowing that the truth will come out eventually and justice will prevail, especially when somebody has nowhere else to turn and there is no other remedy other than going to court and seeking justice.