What Happens if You Cause a Car Accident While Texting?

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What Happens if You Cause a Car Accident While Texting?

We live in the digital age, which, unfortunately, means drivers are more distracted than ever. Texting while driving is one of the most common culprits of car accidents in the United States, and if you were injured in an accident because of a distracted driver, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help you heal. Please read on and reach out to our knowledgeable New York City personal injury attorney to learn more about how our firm can help you through the claims process. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What should I do after being hurt in a car accident?

If you have been injured in a car accident, you will have to take several steps to ensure you maximize your chances of winning a future personal injury claim. They are as follows:

  1. Call the police.
  2. While you await their arrival, ask the other driver for his or her insurance information. Do not apologize, even out of politeness.
  3. Take pictures of any damage to your car, the other driver’s car, and any damaged property.
  4. Ask witnesses for their email/phone numbers so they may validate your claim at a later date.
  5. After being treated at the hospital, ask your doctor for any information regarding your injuries, their extent, and receipts for any medical bills you have to pay.
  6. Hire an experienced New York City personal injury attorney who can subpoena security camera footage of your accident, cell phone records proving the motorist was texting while driving, and more.

How long do I have to sue a negligent driver in NYC?

In many situations, people who are not so injured that their life is on the line will wait to file their personal injury claim to wait and see if their injuries heal on their own. Generally, we do not recommend doing so, because there is a statute of limitations in place that dictates how long an individual can wait to sue the party responsible. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State for personal injury claims is, generally, three years, you will, generally, have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the negligent motorist. If you wait past the three-year mark, you may be barred from suing. Do not let this happen.

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