Though nobody wants to picture themselves getting into a car accident, statistically speaking, it will most likely happen at least once in your lifetime. Please read on to learn more about car accidents, what to do in the moments after one, and how to receive the compensation you deserve if you were injured in one.
What most frequently causes car accidents?
Not unlike many other accidents, car accidents almost always have something to do with driver negligence. Some of the most frequent types of negligent or reckless driving we see in today’s world include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, texting while driving, and speeding. If you were injured because another motorist was doing any of these things, there is a good chance you will qualify for financial compensation.
What do I need to do after I have been involved in a car accident?
A car accident is one of the most jarring experiences a person can endure. However, if you have a plan in place, there is no need to panic. The first thing you should do after a car accident is call the police. The police have the authority to deescalate the situation, as well as document the facts of the incident as it happened. From here, you should ask any witnesses of the accident for their contact information–you may need them to verify your claim in the future.
Additionally, you should note that while these are often very tense situations, it is paramount that you keep your composure from start to finish. Be respectful, polite, and say as little as possible to the other driver. Take pictures of the accident in a non-confrontational manner, and keep in mind that you should never apologize. Many people apologize out of politeness, or simply on instinct. While generally, there is nothing particularly wrong with apologizing, if you say “sorry” after a car accident, it may be construed as an admission of fault. Lastly, you should always ensure you seek immediate medical attention and hire an experienced attorney who has years of success in helping his clients when they need it most.
How long do I have to sue another driver?
In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, is, generally, three years. This means that in most cases, you will have three years from the date of your accident to sue a negligent driver for the injuries you have sustained. Do not make the mistake of waiting to file–the sooner you take action, the sooner we can, too. We are ready to help you recover the compensation you need to get back on your feet again.
Contact our experienced New York City firm
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.