When people are issued their driver’s license, it is done on the contingency that they will operate their vehicles safely by following the rules of the road. However, there are many people who choose not to and act negligently, putting themselves and others in harm’s way. This can result in accidents that cause serious injuries to those involved.
One negligent driving action that is rarely ever considered is drowsy driving. While people usually do not think twice about driving when they are tired after a long day, it is considered negligent because it can cause a car accident. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drowsy driving causes about 328,000 crashes and 109,000 serious injuries every year in the United States. It is because of this that those who are injured can pursue legal action with the assistance of a skilled New York personal injury attorney.
How Do I Sue for an Injury After a Car Accident?
When a person becomes injured in a car accident and wants to hold another driver responsible, they must prove that the driver was negligent. This can be done by satisfying the burden of proof with evidence that shows the driver’s actions directly resulted in the accident and the injuries that were sustained. Helpful evidence can include medical documentation of the injuries, footage of the accident, police reports, pictures of the scene, witness statements, and more.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim in New York?
After a car accident happens, the people who are injured should not wait too long to file a personal injury claim if they wish to pursue legal action. This is because there is a statute of limitations in place regarding how long the person has to do so. If the injured party does not file a claim before the deadline, they can lose their chance to hold the negligent driver liable and recover compensation. The statute of limitations in the state of New York is three years from the date of the injury.
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The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.