New York Car Accident Lawyer The NY car accident attorneys at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf have achieved verdicts and settlements that are among the largest in New York. Last year our firm obtained the Top 2 auto accident verdicts in New York State: A $71 million verdict for a young woman who suffered a spinal injury in a car accident A $41.5 million verdict for a worker who was fatally struck by a street sweeper These two verdicts are also the second and third highest verdicts obtained in New York State for all personal injury cases and the fourth and fifth verdicts obtained in New York State for all categories of law. Another auto case for which our accident lawyers obtained $5 million for a student who has struck by a van was also listed among the 2017 New York's Top Verdicts. Accidents involving motor vehicles are among the most common causes of serious injury and death in the United States each year. Despite the advancements in technology and significant safety improvements in cars and in the design of roads, automobile accidents remain quite common. In fact, car accident claims and lawsuits are probably the most common type of civil tort case filed by attorneys today. It is important to note that not every car accident will result in litigation. Where nobody is injured or the injuries are not considered serious, the No-Fault laws of New York will generally govern any bodily injury claims and restrict recovery. Conversely, the more serious the injury that results from a car accident, the more likely it is that a successful recovery can be obtained. Automobile accidents are a class of tort cases which derive, for the most part, from the basic tort principles of negligence. Negligence is generally defined as the lack of ordinary care. It is a failure to use that degree of care that a reasonably prudent person would have used under the same circumstances. It may arise from doing an act that a reasonably prudent person would not have done under the same circumstances, or, from failing to do an act that a reasonably prudent person would have done under the same circumstances.