In a world where we find ourselves driving seemingly all the time, whether it’s to and from work, school, or on the weekends, we rarely have a day where we do not drive at all. This is why sometimes, it feels good to ride as a passenger. For once, you can relax, take in the scenery, and enjoy the ride. However, the downside of being a passenger is that if an accident is about to happen, there is most likely nothing you can do to steer clear of harm’s way. Unfortunately, passengers are very often the true victim of car accidents.
If you have been injured as a passenger, there is a very good chance you are now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of some of the damages you have incurred. If you are looking into filing a lawsuit against a negligent party, here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process going forward:
What can cause a car accident?
Several different factors contribute to car accidents, though inclement weather conditions are possibly the most common, outside of human negligence. Snowy, icy, or rainy conditions very often cause serious accidents. However, accidents are most frequently caused when motorists fail to observe the rules and regulations of the road. Whether it’s a case of drunk driving or someone who was simply going too fast, the chances of an accident occurring skyrocket when a driver is negligent.
How are passengers injured in car accidents?
Passengers are known to sustain gruesome, unwarranted injuries in car accidents. Some of those injuries are as follows:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back trauma
- Spinal injuries
- Brain damage
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Facial disfiguration
Can a passenger hold a negligent driver responsible?
To successfully sue another motorist, your attorney must prove that you were injured due to his or her negligence. To do so, your attorney will use photos or videos of the accident, police reports, witness statements, medical documents, and more.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York?
The statute of limitations in New York is three years, meaning you will have three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim against a negligent driver. If you wait too long, you will lose your right to sue.
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