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Auto Accidents

Car Crash Lawyers in Elmira, New York

Welcome to the Accidents page of the Ziff Law Firm website. We are a team of legal professionals that has provided skilled, aggressive and ethical legal services to residents of New York and Pennsylvania for more than 60 years. We pride ourselves on our representation of folks from the Southern Tier of NY and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. Unlike a lot of the lawyers that now advertise in our area, we are LOCAL attorneys who live HERE and work HERE. Luckily, you don’t have to drive 2–3 hours to hire a lawyer who can do a good job representing you because we are conveniently located close to you. We have a proven track record of achieving great results on behalf of our clients.

Our team of lawyers permit us to offer a full-range of legal services to those who have been involved in vehicular accidents.

If you have been hurt due to an injury or someone else’s carelessness, good legal representation is often necessary to recover for your expenses and damages. A good injury lawyer will know how to maximize your recovery with your own insurance company as well as from the insurance company of the person who injured you.

The experienced trial lawyers of the Ziff Law Firm believe that you deserve the best representation available in your lawsuit or settlement negotiations. Feel free to call us at 1–800-ZIFFLAW or E-mail us to see if we can help you.

Our firm has represented thousands of people who have suffered physical or emotional harm because of someone else’s negligent or reckless actions. Our clients have been awarded monetary damages for medical costs, lost income (past and future), expenses, and pain and suffering due to accidents. Examples include rear-end crashes, drunk driver accidents, intersection collisions, chain-reaction car accidents, airplane crashes, truck crashes, train accidents, and bus wrecks.

If you have been hurt due to an injury or someone else’s carelessness, good legal representation is often necessary

Have you suffered a serious personal injury? Serious injuries include: broken bones/ fractures, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, significant burn injuries, herniated disks and major psychological injuries like anxiety and depression. We understand that soft tissue injuries like rotator cuff tears, strained or sprained ligaments in the neck or back, whiplash, etc. can cause permanently disabling injuries.

Because there are strict time deadlines (called “Statute of Limitations”) that apply to personal injury cases, victims have a limited timeframe in which to file their cases. It is important that you contact an attorney if you believe you have a claim so that you protect your right to file suit.

No one is ever truly prepared for a major auto or truck accident, which often cause personal injuries and life-long disabilities. Broken bones, pain, and other critical wounds can lead to huge hospital bills. A lengthy absence from work, made necessary by your pain and suffering, can lead to lost wages or loss of employment. Insurance companies are quick to take advantage of people who are injured in a car wreck or other major accident; they only want to save themselves money. If another person’s negligence has caused you to be injured in a car or truck accident, you are entitled to compensation for your hospital bills, other medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses. A qualified civil plaintiff’s attorney can help you decide whether or not to file a lawsuit.

If there is a fatality that occurs because of the negligence or misdeeds of another person, the legal definition for that is wrongful death. The lawyers of the Ziff Law Firm know that wrongful death cases are governed by special rules and procedures that vary from the general rules of civil litigation. Wrongful death claims hold an individual (defendant) accountable for causing injury to another person (plaintiff). The primary goal of a personal injury tort is to provide relief (damages) to the plaintiff and to deter the defendant from inflicting further harm to others. Because it is impossible to grant damages to a deceased victim, wrongful death laws are designed to compensate the deceased’s survivors.

At Ziff Law Firm, LLP, we recognize the deep trust placed in us by our clients, and we strive to uphold that trust by working hard and fighting hard for our clients. We do the best we possibly can for every client on every case.

Our skilled team of lawyers can help you make informed decisions about your legal rights, so please call Ziff Law Firm, LLP at 1–800-ZIFFLAW, or save time with our online Contact Form.


  • I would like to personally Thank everyone at the Ziff Law Firm, especially Karen Wheadon for all that they have done for me regarding an injury that I sustained during a motor vehicle accident. Karen and Jim were very understanding and thoughtful when it came to my needs. When I needed answers, Karen always found time to answer the call. Mr. Reed is a very knowledgeable person when it comes to injury claims. Without this amazing team I would have been lost, when an injury is sustained and you feel like there is no one there to help you, you don’t know where to turn. I was fortunate enough to find this team who was willing to do what it took to help guide me through this process. I can’t begin to thank them enough for the hard work, long hours and dedication that they put into my case. I would be more than happy to refer anyone whom I know to this law firm, knowing that they would put as much dedication into the next case as they did mine.

    Frank Rugiero, Elmira, NY

  • My sister in law and I were involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident approximtely 1 1/2 years ago. We were broken physically and emotionally. A friend recommended Ziff Law Firm and more specifically Mr. Jim Reed. We hired Mr. Reed and his team and it was the best decision we could have made. Jim Reed is a fantastic attorney. Just as importantly he is a fantastic person. Mr. Reed never promised us the moon. He was careful to advise us of the good and the bad that could happen. Many places will tell you anything to get you as a client. This was not the case with Mr. Reed. I found his approach full of professionalism, kindness and compassion, integrity and patience. We never waited long for an answer to questions we might have and sometimes we got our answer after hours before the weekends start. Just as important, Jim can be a fighter when the time calls for it. Not only did Jim posess these quality’s his paralegal Karen Wheadon has them also.
    If you or your family or friends are in NEED of a stellar attorney and staff, look no further than Elmira NY. Jim Reed and the staff of Ziff Law Firm is the place you want on YOUR side.

    Terri O’Rourke, Big Flats, NY

  • Adam was my attorney for an auto accident I had in 2002. From the very first day I met him I was at ease talking with him. He always called me back with’in the day if I called him for any reason. He also had me in on several occasions to discuss my case. I was also very happy with the amount of settlement he was able to get for me. I would like to Thank Adam and the whole firm for the way I was treated during my suite.

    Mitzi Raymond

  • We just have to send you a note to let you know how pleased we are with the outcome of our case. Christina is a very intelligent lady who exudes professionalism. Her compassion and kindness put us at ease from the very early days of her becoming a part of our case. We felt she truly empathized with our dilemma. She not only understood our pain and fears, she lived it with us. (You, and all of the Ziff employees we came in contact with, made us feel you were there for us because you cared).

    Larry and Diane, NY