Accidents happen every day in New York City and the surrounding areas. When they do, passengers often become seriously injured and wonder how they can have their expenses paid. A car accident can result in serious physical, emotional, and even financial burdens for years down the road. Therefore, it is important for anyone who has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident to consider their legal options and speak with an attorney who can effectively explain the steps moving forward.
When a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident and they are a passenger in a vehicle driven by a family member or a friend, it may become necessary to bring a lawsuit against the driver. Many people hesitate to do this because they don’t want to sue a family member or friend. Fortunately, the insurance company of the vehicle is the one that’s making payment and not your friend or family. You can talk to an attorney about who is liable, but you should not hesitate to consult an attorney just because you were involved in a vehicle accident where a family member or friend was driving. While technically, you are suing your family member or friend, they will not pay anything because the insurance company is the one who will be paying. If you plan on bringing a lawsuit against a loved one, you may want to inform them of this and explain to them that it is the insurance company who will be paying as to not bring any harm to your relationship with that person.
What compensation can I recover in a lawsuit?
If you do make the decision to take legal action against a loved one after an accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation for the burdens you have faced. You have the potential to recover both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, and other out-of-pocket costs. Non-economic damages may include emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
If you need an experienced personal injury attorney to help you explore your legal options after an accident, contact our firm today.
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.