As you most likely know, the Fourth of July is a time of travel. People come from all over to celebrate with their friends and families, which results in high traffic volume. To this point, the state of New York is estimated to be nearly four times more congested than usual, making New York the most congested state in the country. Unfortunately, with more traffic comes more car accidents. This is why it is important you plan ahead, leave plenty of time to arrive, and drive defensively. If you find yourself injured in a Fourth of July car accident, you will most likely be one of many. If you find yourself in this situation, you should contact an experienced attorney immediately, as you may be entitled to receive financial compensation. If you were involved in an accident, here are some questions you may ask:
How do I know if I am entitled to compensation?
If you were injured due to another party’s negligence, this is generally grounds to qualify for compensation. However, insurance companies will very often do whatever they can to hold your compensation money, so you must do everything in your power to satisfy what is known as the “burden of proof.”
How do I satisfy the burden of proof?
If you were involved in a Fourth of July car accident, there are several things you can do to help prove your claim. Following a car accident, the first thing you should do is try to capture photographic or video evidence. A lot of people have GoPro’s and other recording devices installed in their cars, which may be a huge help in the event of a car accident due to another party’s negligence. Photographic evidence is generally the best way to prove your case. The next thing you should do is check for witnesses and ask them for their contact information so they can help verify your claim, if necessary. And, of course, if injured, you must immediately seek medical treatment. Not only may a doctor see if there are any underlying injuries that have yet to set in, but he or she will also provide you with medical documents that illustrate the specifics of the injuries you have sustained. Additionally, after filing your claim, you must be very careful about what you post on your social media accounts. If you post anything that may contradict your claim, there is a good chance the insurance company will notice and deny you the compensation you still may deserve.
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The Law Offices of Laurence C. Tarowsky is proud to serve clients in New York City and the surrounding areas after they have been injured by someone else’s negligence. For a consultation, contact our office today.