NYC Motor Vehicle Accident


A red flipped over after being hit by a sliver car in a serious motor vehicle accident

Although all motorists in New York are expected to exercise caution any time they are on the road, motor vehicle accidents are unfortunately common. Collisions involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buses can result in serious injury due to unsafe road conditions and driver negligence. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, over 32,000 people in the U.S. die and over 2 million people are injured each year as a result of motor vehicle accidents. Many motor vehicle accident victims sustain serious injuries and are unable to work for extended periods of time, resulting in significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens. 

At Scaffidi & Associates, we help accident victims receive the compensation they deserve by aggressively pursuing motor vehicle accident claims. The motor vehicle accident lawyers from our team have a well-deserved reputation for helping our clients obtain significant compensation. We are knowledgeable in New York State local and state traffic laws and routinely handle all types of motor vehicle accident cases, including:


As drivers in New York City and the surrounding areas are aware, roads and highways are often congested, leading to a higher probability that accidents will occur. Injuries can be sustained in various types of collisions, from serious collisions like side-impact (T-Bone) collisions, rear-end accidents, and head-on collisions, to minor accidents like fender benders.

Under New York State’s No-Fault insurance laws, notice of a car accident will need to be timely filed with the parties’ insurance companies, regardless of which driver is culpable, within 30 days of an accident. Lawsuits for personal injuries stemming from a car accident are only permitted when the victim suffered a “serious injury” as that term is defined under the No-Fault statute. It is for that reason, that you should consult with the experienced motor vehicle injury attorneys at Scaffidi & Associates so they can evaluate your claim and begin to preserve important evidence.

Insurance companies, armed with teams of attorneys and claims adjusters, often attempt to settle claims with the lowest possible compensation. Our team of motor vehicle injury lawyers at Scaffidi & Associates is armed with decades of experience, knowledge of state insurance laws, and experienced negotiating skills to ensure our clients obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and damages resulting from car accidents.

What is considered a serious traffic accident?

There is no all-encompassing definition for a serious traffic accident, which is muddled even further because some people walk away unscathed after a catastrophic crash while some fender benders will cause severe back pain and other more serious conditions. Therefore, the difference between a minor and a serious traffic accident is more or less dependent on the severity of the injuries and property damage sustained as a result of the accident. 

In any car accident, regardless of supposed severity, it is essential that the authorities are contacted immediately and that an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer is informed and ready to make inquiries. At Scaffidi & Associates, our attorneys are prepared to represent traffic accident victims in The Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Brooklyn, as well as in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Orange, and Westchester Counties! Call today for a free consultation.  


Trucks and tractor-trailers are a common sight in and around the commercial hub of New York City. While there are many state and federal laws to ensure the safety of all motorists sharing the road, accidents involving trucks are common. Given their size, collisions between trucks and automobiles, motorcycles, and pedestrians leave victims with devastating injuries.

According to state and federal truck safety laws, trucking companies are liable for the maintenance of the vehicles they utilize, including ensuring that brakes, steering mechanisms, engine function, and other mechanical parts are all working well before getting on the road, as well as conducting routine inspections, maintaining inspection and repair logs, and ensuring these records are available to authorities and insurance adjusters.

Truck drivers are also responsible for exercising precaution. Along with following the general traffic laws that we all follow, truck drivers must be specially licensed, follow federal break regulations, and be properly trained before being sent on the road. If an accident occurs at the fault of a truck driver, the driver and the company may be held liable.

The motor vehicle accident lawyers at Scaffidi & Associates are well-versed in truck safety laws and are dedicated to holding negligent truck companies and drivers accountable for damages sustained in collisions, helping our clients receive rightful compensation.


While motorcycle riders enjoy the freedom riding in an unbound vehicle, those riders have a higher risk of being seriously injured. While all motorists in New York are responsible for exercising caution near motorcyclists, accidents happen often.

Although New York State employs a No-Fault insurance law for cars, motorcycles and motorcyclists are not covered under the No-Fault law. Due to this, motorcyclists are able to bring claims against an opposing driver despite not meeting the No-Fault law’s guidelines for “serious injury.”

At Scaffidi & Associates, we know that motorcyclists deserve the same rights as all other motorists when they are injured and involved in collisions. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys has recovered thousands of dollars for motorcycle accident victims. In fact, we won nearly $700,000 for a motorcyclist who was injured after being struck by a motor vehicle. We are dedicated to helping victims receive significant compensation and keeping the roads safe for all motorists. 


New York City has one of the largest public transportation networks in the country, and because there is a large quantity of buses in and around the metropolitan area, accidents are not uncommon. Bus accidents can involve pedestrians, bicyclists, passengers, other buses, automobiles, or motorcycles, and can cause substantial financial and physical damage.

Buses and other transportation vehicles in New York City are operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) or other agencies, and any claims against them must be quickly filed with the appropriate agency. These municipal liability claims first require the filing of a notice of claim within 90 days of when the accident occurred, in order to then be able to file a civil lawsuit for personal injury, pain and suffering, or property damage, which must be done within a year and 90 days from the date of the accident. In most cases, the municipal agency will conduct an oral deposition after you file your notice of claim, where their lawyer will ask you questions regarding the incident and your injuries. This is required before you can file your formal lawsuit. The team of motor vehicle accident lawyers at Scaffidi & Associates in Manhattan are always there to represent our clients throughout the five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester, Rockland, and Orange Counties, at these depositions and prepare clients for hearings. If a medical examination is also required, our attorneys will be there to represent you and protect your rights. 

Our knowledge and experience in pursuing municipal liability claims allow us to level the playing field against the municipality’s team of attorneys, investigators, and claims adjusters.


We encourage you to take the time to explore this website as the information provided here will answer many of your questions. We believe that an educated client is our best client. We are also readily available to discuss your case in confidence, whether it’s a matter involving personal injury, medical malpractice, real estate, or other legal challenges. Regardless of the issue you are facing, we are uniquely qualified to provide you with exceptional legal representation and personal service. Call our office or complete the contact form on our website to set up a consultation.