There are many people in the state of New York who drive cars every day. With so many cars on the road, these drives can sometimes go wrong and result in a car accident. While some car accidents cause only minor injuries, others can have detrimental results of major injuries and even death. They have the power to change lives forever, leaving individuals and families in physical, financial, and emotional disaster. The outcome of car accidents may depend on a number of things: the size of the vehicles, their speeds, and the point of impact. It is important to seek legal representation if your accident was due to the negligence of another party.
Types of Accidents
There are several different ways cars on the road may collide. This all depends on the circumstances surrounding the crash. Some of the most common types of car accidents in New York are the following:
- Rear-end accidents
- Side-impact collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Multi-car pile-ups
- Taxi accidents
Common Causes of Accidents
Every driver behind the wheel of a car should be of sound mind and paying attention to their surroundings. Even still, there are many ways a car accident can happen. They may sometimes be a result of road conditions or poor driving decisions. Some dangerous factors in car accidents may include:
- Texting while driving
- Using other electronic devices while driving
- Disregarding traffic signs/signals
- Drunk/drugged driving
- Excessive speeding/reckless driving
- Driving distracted
- Driving tired
What to Do After an Accident
After a car accident, it is important to stay on the scene of the accident and contact the authorities. If possible, take pictures of the crash before any vehicles are moved. When the authorities arrive, they will conduct a police report of the accident. This will include any evidence that may assist your case in court. Medical attention should be sought immediately if there are any injuries.
Burden of Proof
In order to hold another individual responsible for the injuries sustained in a car accident, it is required that the injured party provides what is known as the “burden of proof.” The burden of proof holds requires the party to find any evidence that holds another party responsible for your injury. In order to do so, the injured must prove that the accident and the injuries were a result of another party’s negligence. Evidence for your case may consist of the police report, medical documentation of the injuries, pictures/videos of the accident, or any witnesses to the accident.
Contact our Firm
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a car accident and seek legal representation, contact The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny today.
Our entire legal team is dedicated to providing the advice you need and the personalized attention you deserve. Call 212-421-0300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a New York City personal injury lawyer.