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Auto Accidents

Unfortunately, unsafe drivers are everywhere on our roads. Millions of people are injured each year in motor vehicle accidents, and the majority of those accidents are the result of another driver’s negligence.

It seems that we cannot drive these days without seeing another driver looking at a phone to read or send a text message, and we cannot turn on the television or read a newspaper without learning about someone causing an accident while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Speeding, aggressive driving, road rage, and distracted driving leave our roadways a virtual minefield.

Following a collision, insurance companies who represent negligent drivers will immediately begin to investigate the scene, vehicles and drivers.  Their goal is simple:  reduce exposure and limit their own liability.  At Porter Nordby Howe, LLP we know that it’s critical for an injured party to investigate as soon as possible after an accident, or the insurance company will gain an unfair advantage.  Vehicles can be quickly repaired, evidence can be lost or destroyed, and witnesses’ memories can fade.  We take immediate action to aggressively protect our clients’ rights by launching our own investigation with the best experts and investigators available.  Doing so puts you on equal footing with the insurance company, and greatly increases your odds of success.

We represent people who have been injured by another driver’s negligence.  If you have been, you deserve prompt and aggressive legal representation to help you recover for the physical, emotional and financial losses you’ve suffered.  Recovering the maximum amount possible can be a complex and daunting process.  In your time of need, we will help you navigate through that process so you can focus on your health and on getting your life back to normal as quickly as possible.  At PNH, we stand ready and able to protect your interests, face the insurance companies head on, and recover the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries, including lost wages and medical bills.  While no amount of compensation can make up for your pain and suffering, you should have the peace of mind that comes with having an attorney on your side who is knowledgeable and experienced.

Our proven track record in the courtroom sends a clear message to responsible insurance companies that we demand and will not rest until our clients have been fully and justly compensated for the injuries they have suffered. Visit our recent results page to see a few examples of the results we’ve obtained for our clients.  Let us stand up for you and protect you in your time of need, when the results matter most.

Car & Auto Accident Lawyers in Syracuse NY

Negligence comes in many forms. People commonly think about alcohol, drugs or texting as potential causes when they hear about a car accident, yet there are many other types of negligent behavior. Any time a person behaves in a careless or reckless way, they are guilty of negligence. Driver’s negligence comes in two forms. In some cases, a driver negligently fails to take some action that would have avoided the accident. Alternately, the driver’s actions while behind the wheel (such as texting) are considered negligent. In either case, drivers need to be held responsible. This is where PNH can help.

What many individuals fail to realize is that injuries come in many forms, and not all are quantifiable. For example, it may be difficult to put a dollar value on a person’s pain and suffering or on the psychological harm they have suffered as a result of an auto accident or the injuries suffered therein. For this reason, obtaining legal counsel is essential, as insurance companies will likely try to minimize these types of damages.

Insurance companies are in business to make a profit and do whatever they can to limit damages, and they employ a virtual army of lawyers whose primary job is to prove the injured party was either at fault, or not as injured as he or she really is. As a result, auto accident victims need lawyers on their side to protect them against these insurance tactics. We bring in our experts as soon as a case is initiated to ensure you have the same expertise as the insurance companies to support your case.

Nobody anticipates being in an auto accident, which is why our auto accident lawyers in Syracuse NY provide instructions and guidelines for all drivers on our FAQ page. Unfortunately, many individuals injured in car accidents fail to take photos of the accident scene itself, the vehicles involved, or their injuries. This should be done as soon as the accident occurs so our attorneys can see the exact locations of all vehicles involved. Don’t rely on photos taken by the police or another party. You need your own record, and this is one instance in which you can never have too many pictures.

Also, injured parties should never attempt to negotiate with the insurance company representing the other driver. Attorneys understand the potential landmines that exist in the negotiation process and work to ensure any statement made won’t be used against you at some future point in time. A simple remark made during a statement to the insurance company can come back to haunt you as the case progresses. The less you say the better off you will be in the long run.

In addition, accident victims need to understand the statute of limitations for their cases, whether they should file a no-fault claim, and other legal considerations. We are here to answer these questions and any others you may have concerning the accident and your injuries. You don’t have to go through this alone and you should understand the importance of legal guidance of in these situations.

Lastly, remember that driving is a privilege and not a right. Any time a person gets behind the wheel of a car they are responsible for their actions and decisions. We make sure they are.

For guidelines and instructions on what you should do if you’ve been involved in a auto accident, visit our FAQ page for important information.

If you or a family member has been involved in an auto accident, call Porter Nordby Howe LLP at 888-477-7731 or email us at

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