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24/7/365 Emergency Hotline: 631-348-1702

If you have been arrested, or in case of an emergency, our attorneys can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 631-348-1702.

Car Accident FAQ

Q: I just got into a car accident. What should I do?

A: First make sure everyone is ok. If someone is injured, call 911.  You should take pictures of the crash scene and the damage to your car.  You must share your personal contact and insurance information with any other drivers involved in the accident.

Q: What is the best way to take pictures of the accident?

A: Use your phone to take pictures of the roadway, intersection, and the damage to the automobiles.

Q: Why do I need the insurance information of the other drivers?

A: The law requires that you exchange personal and insurance information with the other motorist(s) when property damage occurs.  You can be charged with a violation or crime if you leave the scene without providing this information.  Obtaining this information is also necessary to file an insurance claim. It is important to let your insurance company know about the accident right away.

Q: Who else should I get contact information from?

A: In addition to getting contact information from the other drivers, you should make sure to speak to anyone who witnessed the accident. They can provide valuable testimony that may help you with any litigation that may occur.

Q: Should I call the police?

A: If you have been  injured or if you estimate the damage to your car to be in excess of $1,000.00, call the police.

Q: When do I need to report an accident?

If you’re in a car accident in New York, and any person incurred more than $1,000 in property damage as a result of the crash, all drivers must file a “Report of Motor Vehicle Accident” form with the DMV no more than 10 days after the accident. Failure to do so can result in suspension of your driver’s license.

If anyone was injured or killed in the crash, you must immediately notify the police, and an accident report must be filed with the DMV. It’s a crime to leave the scene of a car accident that causes personal injury or death without taking legally-required steps like this.

Q: Do I need to see a doctor after an accident?

A:  You should see a doctor after an accident within 48 hours if you have any pain, suffer any injury, or the accident was more than a fender bender (moderate to high impact).  A doctor can perform a medical evaluation to ensure you receive any necessary medical care, and provide potentially crucial medical evidence of any injuries you suffered.

Q: What can I be compensated for after an accident?

A: If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence you could be entitled to the cost of any repairs to your vehicle, plus the costs of any medical bills or rehabilitation related to your accident. You can also receive compensation for lost time off work, loss of the ability to work, as well as any other pain and suffering related to your injuries.

If you have been in an accident, call the law offices of McGuire, Pelaez & Bennett, PC at 631-348-1702.

If you have been charged with a traffic infraction of crime we will fight hard on your behalf.

If you have been injured, we can make sure you file the proper forms right away to make sure your medical bills are paid, your automobile can be repaired, and you can get compensation for any injuries you incurred, including lost wages, loss of enjoyment, pain and suffering and in some cases, punitive damages.

The “Fatal Four”: The Most Dangerous Hazards in Construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified four major types of accidents that are responsible for more workplace injuries than any other. These “Fatal Four” accidents are especially common in the construction industry, where there are more accidents than in any other industry. But what are these Fatal Four, and what can you do to avoid them?

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Distracted Driving: How It Causes Accidents

Distracted driving is one of the biggest threats to drivers on the road, resulting in about 3,000 deaths every year. This includes people who text and drive, as well as others who engage in activities like eating and drinking, engaging in personal hygiene, or even those who change the radio while driving. Here are some of the ways that distracted drivers cause motor vehicle accidents:

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Slip and Fall Accidents: How Do They Happen?

One of the single most common reasons for personal injury lawsuits are slip and fall accidents, also known as trip and fall accidents. These accidents are exactly what they sound like: someone trips or slips due to some hazard, and hurts themselves in the subsequent fall. While not all falls are preventable, many are the result of negligence on the part of property owners who did not take adequate care of their premises. Here are some of the most common causes for slip and fall accidents:

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Five Major Factors That Make Pedestrian Accidents More Lethal

No type of motor vehicle accident is more potentially deadly than pedestrian accidents. In these sorts of accidents, unprotected civilians are impacted by cars, trucks, or other vehicles, often suffering severe injury or death as a result. However, there are a number of factors that make pedestrian accidents much more likely to be fatal. Here are five major factors involved in pedestrian accidents that make them more lethal to accident victims:

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How “Road Rage” Leads to More Auto Accidents

“Road rage” has become more of a threat over the past few years, as incidents of shootings on the road have increased dramatically, according to one study. Not only does this result in direct violence to drivers, but road rage also increases the risk of accidents overall. But what exactly is road rage, and how does it make it more likely that people will get into auto accidents?

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What Are OSHA’s Fatal Four, and What Makes Them So Deadly?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists four major causes for workplace accidents that can be blamed for more on-the-job injuries and deaths than all others. These “Fatal Four” can be found in almost any industry, but the construction industry is particularly notorious for these types of injuries. But what are OSHA’s Fatal Four, and what makes them so deadly to workers, especially construction workers?

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The Perils of a Slip and Fall

One of the most common kinds of personal injury cases are known as “slip and fall” cases, which are exactly what they sound like: someone walks on a slippery or otherwise treacherous surface, falls, and hurts themselves. The simple nature of a slip and fall makes them sound unimportant, but in truth, they can cause a lot of problems for victims. Here are just some of the issues that can arise from a slip and fall accident. Continue reading “The Perils of a Slip and Fall”

Lost Wages Following a Car Accident

If you were injured in a car accident and had to miss work as a result, you may be able to recover for any losses sustained. Under New York State law, a person may be able to recover for lost income and any other missed income opportunities as a result. Continue reading “Lost Wages Following a Car Accident”

Personal Injury Settlement

When you are injured due to the negligence of another, you are entitled to compensation for your damages.  With that being said, getting the compensation you deserve may be a long drawn out process.  Following the initial event leading to your damages, you may be offered a settlement to avoid litigation.  Knowing when and how to properly accept a personal injury settlement is the key to receiving the full compensation you deserve. Continue reading “Personal Injury Settlement”

Reviews

Kyle Jermyn
Kyle Jermyn
1715704278
McGuire and his team were very professional and on top of my cases. I recommend this law firm 100%
Jaimeson Graham
Jaimeson Graham
1715692627
Highly Professional and caring firm that caters to their clients. The office manager, Daslin, takes care of every detail along with the rest of the amazing staff. Extremely organized and willing to work with anyone!
They were really good and thorough and helped me fight and win my case. I would recommend them 100+%
Yeah I'm going to recommend a lawyer for anything, always get a lawyer , this place is awesome no points and just a fine worth the money remember people don't work for free and points or conviction costs way more
Edgar Pereira
Edgar Pereira
1714087080
McGuire, Peláez, Bennett & Belcastro, P.C is the third time they have help me with tickets and lic suspension I recently had tickets, they are all dismissed my lic is clean because of there awesome work lawyers and all the staff are so helpful always available to answer my questions
I have been with this firm for a couple years they have represented me now for several traffic violations/infractions. impeccable professionalism and service, and the results of the case were reduced or dismiss. I would like to show a special appreciation to the staff, from the paralegals to the interns to they are diligent, prepared and concise especially Jasmine the receptionist she welcomes the clients with open arms.
This staff is amazing! Stayed on top of my case at all times! Always kept me posted! Very professional! And had my speeding ticket knocked down to a parking ticket. Highly recommend this office!
Mark Goode
Mark Goode
1713817315
Highly recommend! Professional, easy, quick and effective.
James Closs
James Closs
1713462068
I made the right decision going there. They are very professional, nice and knowledgeable. I recommend if you need a good lawyer to go there.
Laura Gray
Laura Gray
1713454918
Attentive, responsive, thorough, knowledgeable, EFFECTIVE!
Waberte Ati
Waberte Ati
1712867408
Today, I had the pleasure of being represented by Timothy V. Sorell, Esq, of McGuire, Pelaez, Bennett & Belcastro, P.C., in court, and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the outcome. From the moment I met Mr. Sorell, his kindness and patience stood out. He was not only empathetic to my situation but also extremely diligent in his approach to my case.Mr. Sorell’s expertise was evident throughout the entire process. He was well-prepared, articulate, and persuasive in court. His dedication to my case was unwavering, and it was clear that he put a significant amount of effort into ensuring that we had the best possible chance of success.I would also like to extend my gratitude to the entire team at McGuire, Pelaez, Bennett & Belcastro, P.C. for their support and collaboration. Their professionalism and commitment were instrumental in achieving a favorable outcome.I am grateful for Mr. Sorell’s representation and the collective effort of the law office. I would highly recommend their services to anyone in need of legal assistance. Thank you for your exceptional service and for securing a favorable outcome in my case.
genesis freire
genesis freire
1712327509
This law firm is the best. I was charged with a petit larceny and could have gotten q criminal record. Luigi got the case discussed. Thank you.
Scott Trapani
Scott Trapani
1712086442
Brett has been a rockstar for us. Unfortunately we have had a couple of issues with my youngest, the last one being a speeding ticket. Brett handled it professionally for us, saving us the aggravation of travel for a court appearance. He was able to get the points penalty removed and just had to pay a fine that was manageable. Well worth it vs the headache of what our insurance would have been like! If I am in this situation again, I know who my family will be turning to.
Jerry Kappatos
Jerry Kappatos
1711986807
Amazing attorneys, very helpful.
Michael Cotoia
Michael Cotoia
1711811136
Absolutely great experience! Was recommended through a friend, came in as a first time client, everyone was extremely nice, helpful, and professional throughout the whole process, was told not to worry it would be taken care of… couple months later I get a call and the tickets cleared with the exact results I was looking to get!! Would very highly recommend Chris Mcguire and this firm!! Thank you guys again!
Morgan Orlick
Morgan Orlick
1711726179
This place is awesome. You need to go to them for all your traffic needs. They helped me get a speeding down to a parking ticket. I will use them for all my future traffic tickets for now on.
Jayne Furia
Jayne Furia
1711289355
Always helpful for the tickets I’ve had, came in on a Sunday when it was closed and took on my case. Very nice lawyer (Chris) who’s respectful and great at what he does.
Super professional and helped me with my traffic ticket. Highly recommended for any issue. Thank you!
Dominic Piccolo
Dominic Piccolo
1711114725
Everyone in this law firm was outstanding. Everyone was so helpful and kind. The lady at the front desk was phenomenal. They made everything easy and simple. I will continue to come back to them if needed in the future.
Jayovani
Jayovani
1711058090
Got me no points when I was stopped apparently going 85 in a 50 by state police. I recommend Mr. McGuire for traffic court for sure.
Christine Jorge
Christine Jorge
1710953278
I recently had the pleasure of working with Chris McGuire, and I can confidently say that he exceeded all expectations. From the moment I set up a consultation with him, I was impressed by his attentiveness and genuine concern for my situation. Chris took the time to listen to all of my concerns and made me feel truly heard, which immediately put me at ease.Throughout our discussions, Chris demonstrated a remarkable level of honesty and transparency. He didn't sugarcoat anything; instead, he provided me with a thorough understanding of all possible outcomes, ensuring that I was well-informed every step of the way.I am incredibly pleased with how everything turned out, and I credit Chris for his dedication and expertise. He exemplifies what every attorney should strive to be – compassionate, knowledgeable, and committed to achieving the best possible outcome for their clients.Without hesitation, I would turn to Chris McGuire and his staff for any future legal needs. I wholeheartedly recommend their services to anyone in search of exceptional legal representation. Thank you, Chris, for your outstanding work
Linsay T
Linsay T
1710419681
They were absolutely great! My insurance didn't go through to the DMV properly so I got pulled over & the cop was a jerk. Wrote me a bunch of unnecessary tickets. I was really struggling financially as well & couldn't miss work over this, so they were so kind to work out an arrangement with me. Very thankful for this group of lawyers
Jose Sepulveda
Jose Sepulveda
1710361858
Marlene Pessoa
Marlene Pessoa
1710273650
Mr. McGuire was extremely honest with the consultation and that was well appreciated. I felt comfortable and would recommend them to anyone who would benefit from their services.
Cesar Garcia
Cesar Garcia
1710261013
Chris is an excellent lawyer. He is very kind and helpful. He helped me with my son’s traffic case. I would recommend him a million times and more.
For me, the best lawyers in Long Island, New York, have helped me resolve two cases, one related to traffic and the other in real estate. I am very pleased with McGuire Peláez & Bennett PC.
Jenrry Giron
Jenrry Giron
1709842453
They were so Kind and very helpful.
I was able to visit the office today where they attended with courtesy and they made me feel very comfortable. I am extremely grateful for their help. Whoever needs help with any situation I would recommend them! They are attentive and helpful.
d gonzo
d gonzo
1709239423
This is the most helpful law office I've ever dealt with. Through the past few years they have handled traffic citations for each of my teen boys, who are otherwise good drivers but unfortunately experienced mishaps. In every case they were responsive and effective and have saved us significant money by working with the court to reduce or eliminate penalties and points. Highly recommended.
Great help. Chris really helped me understand what needed to be done. Thank you guys!
Muy buenos abogados
Danilo Ramos
Danilo Ramos
1708189224
They are very helpful, and honest
Danny Saturne
Danny Saturne
1708181555
Absolutely professional and efficient when handling my case.
Buen abogado gracias ayudarme a remover mi multa
Marie Tossaint
Marie Tossaint
1707773192
Karen was Very helpful and kind. she's the best! I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Louis Merced
Louis Merced
1707518284
Trust this law firm !
Very nice, quickly assisted, great response from everyone working here.
Marvin Sanchez
Marvin Sanchez
1706717726
Mr.Bennett and his team helped me when i needed them the most. Amazing work!
marvin deleon
marvin deleon
1706294947
Very helpful firm and people. McGuire has helped me a lot! Very thankful for this firm.
Fatima Amaya
Fatima Amaya
1706113584
The best thing I could see done was to do things legally and they are excellent and super professional, their assistants are very kind and helpful. I thank them for everything and that they have resolved my case with professionalism.
Troy Brinkhuis
Troy Brinkhuis
1706111589
Just Stop It!! Stop searching the Internet for a good lawyer to handle your traffic tickets. M, P & B are the best, so look no further. No, I am not a friggin cheerleader, nor am I being compensated to write a good review. Actually, I did receive something from Mr. Bennett and his team of professionals: Great Results!! I'm just a 50 something years-old Army veteran, and a guy who busts his a$$ every day to make a modest living. I don't have the time or money for mediocre results. When it comes to lawyers, I tend to be a bit skeptical, cynical and judgemental, but M, P & B (Mr. Bennett and his team, in particular) made me a believer. Thanks again, guys and gals at McGuire, Palaez & Bennett 👍👍
Brandon Morales
Brandon Morales
1705598327
I’m very happy with the outcome of my case since all was reduced to parking tickets and a small fine. They were super helpful and the work from my end was minimal. Overall good people and kind to customers, attorney Bennet did a really good job in court.
Jaime Mendez
Jaime Mendez
1705112699
Muy profesional ala hora de trabajarGracias Mr pelaez
Excelente atención y solución eficaz, recomendado al 100%
Tereza ramirez
Tereza ramirez
1704750780
Son muy buenos ami pues me ayudaron mucho asi que con gusto volveré en el futuro digo si Dios me lo permite gracias
Debbie Gangemi
Debbie Gangemi
1704642320
Christopher was great to work with. His staff was friendly and efficient as well. Chris spent endless hours ( even while away ) on a case and worked through everything for me. We would definitely recommend his firm. Thank you again.
julio cabreja
julio cabreja
1704599802
Jhoselyn Rodas
Jhoselyn Rodas
1703350596
Mr. McGuire and his team are super helpful, understanding, and professional throughout the process. They kept me informed every step of the way, which I appreciated! I highly recommend this law firm! Thank you so much Mr. McGuire!
Pete Sweat
Pete Sweat
1703271616
I hired Brett and his team to help restore my license which was suspended/revoked for years due to points/accidents. Fairly priced… after trying to take care of it on my own (paying fines and taking classes) I hired Brett, they did everything they could even after I moved from NY to FL, everyone who I spoke to was very helpful ESPECIALLY Daslin, she told me everything I needed to do and calmed me down when I thought I’d never get my license. Well it took some time but I am officially a LICENSED DRIVER! If you are having license problems don’t hesitate to call them, you won’t regret it. They even sent me my $100 money order back that went unused after my license was restored. 5 ⭐️’s
Kathy Mai
Kathy Mai
1703088891
We are very grateful that we got Mr. McGuire to represent us for our case! Mr. McGuire is extremely helpful and professional, he stayed on top of everything for us, and most importantly he helped us to achieve the result that we wanted. Mr. McGuire always open to talk and provided his professional opinions to guide us through the whole process. And his colleague Mr. Sorell was also helpful to support us at the final meeting. I can't say enough good things about Mr. McGuire and his firm, I really appreciated everything they have done for us, thank you very much!
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