How to Sue a Negligent Motorist as an Injured Passenger

There’s something nice about letting someone else drive for a change. As a passenger, you can finally relax, pay attention to the scenery, and simply come along for the ride. However, this could all change in a heartbeat if you are in an accident and are injured. The worst part is, you may now have to pay for your recovery for an accident that was simply not your fault. Fortunately, we are here to help with that. If you are looking into financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and more, read on to learn more about your legal options going forward:

How do car accidents happen?

Car accidents happen for various reasons, though unfortunately, most of them trace back to driver negligence. Negligent driving behavior can include driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving while drowsy, or falling asleep while driving, texting while driving, and more. We live in a world where distractions are everywhere, however, motorists are responsible for ensuring they are sober and have their eyes on the road at all times.

What are the most frequently sustained injuries in car accidents?

Passengers very often take the brunt of car accidents. Some of the most common injuries passengers sustain are as follows:

  • Psychological injuries
  • Concussions
  • Lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Facial disfiguration
  • Spinal injuries
  • Back trauma

How do I recover financial compensation following a car accident?

To recover financial compensation, you must first satisfy the burden of proof. Your attorney will help you gather all the evidence necessary to prove your claim. For instance, your attorney may work to obtain security or dashcam footage of the accident, medical documents, police reports, witness statements, and more to prove your claim. Do not try and go it alone. Insurance companies are greedy and they will not turn over your compensation without a fight.

What is the statute of limitations in New York?

The term “statute of limitations” simply refers to the window of time you have from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim. The statute of limitations in New York is three years. If you wait too long and do not act within this timeframe, you will most likely be barred from suing a negligent party, no matter how bad you need the compensation.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

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.