Traffic laws and safety regulations are in place to protect drivers on New York roadways. Unfortunately, not everyone follows the rules like they should. It only takes one careless action from another driver to put the lives of you and your family at risk.
When you or a loved one is hurt in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence, you should talk to an attorney as soon as you can. You may have the ability to pursue damages from the responsible party, helping you pay for your medical bills and the lost work that often comes after a car accident. A successful case will not erase the damage, but it can give you the money you need to move on with your life.
I have helped numerous clients through the complicated process of a car accident lawsuit. I know what it takes to make individuals, businesses and insurance companies take responsibility for what happened – getting my clients the compensation they deserve. Contact me for a free discussion of your case now.
Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents are a common occurrence on the roads of Upstate New York. Some causes include:
No matter how severe the penalties for drunk driving, some people continue to get on the road after drinking too much – putting everyone else at risk in the process. Beyond the possible criminal charges the responsible party faces, you can also pursue your own damages in the event of an accident.
Distracted driving plagues the roadways today, leading to numerous unnecessary accidents. If your accident was the result of another person texting while driving, talking on the phone while driving or surfing the internet on a smartphone, you can pursue damages based on their carelessness while behind the wheel. Distracted drivers are likely to cause rear end collisions, side swipe cars or cyclists, and run red lights. Distracted driving has proven to be extremely dangerous.
Lack of sleep can make a sober driver every bit as dangerous as a drunk driver. Drowsy driving is especially common among people who drive for a living, like truck drivers. If you are hit by a driver on the job, I can help determine if he or she is responsible for what happened, or if it is the company’s fault. It may be both. I will go after all responsible parties in your accident.
Running Stop Signs or Traffic Lights
Some people make the mistake of thinking they can beat a signal to stop. Whether they do this from arrogance, because they fail to see the signal or because they think no one is coming, running stop signs and traffic lights is incredibly dangerous.
Failure to Yield
Drivers are supposed to recognize yield signs and right of way and act accordingly, yet many fail to do so. If someone hits you after failing to yield in such a situation, you can pursue damages.
Speed limit signs are prominently displayed to indicate the legally mandated speed on the road. When someone fails to observe the law and hurts you in the process, you have the option of pursuing a lawsuit against the responsible party.
Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents involve two heavy machines, often traveling at high speeds. The damage that results when one automobile hits another is no surprise. Some of the common injuries that follow a car accident include:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
Even when a car accident does not result in any obvious injuries, you may discover symptoms later that are a result of the accident. This is why it is so important to see a doctor immediately following your accident. A doctor can document the results of the accident both right after it happens, and as time goes on. All of this documentation can prove useful in your auto accident case.
What To Do Following A Car Accident
Your first step after an auto accident should be to seek medical attention. Following your visit to the doctor, you should seek out the advice of an experienced attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can listen to your story and determine what your next steps should be to protect your legal rights.
An attorney has the ability to investigate the circumstances of the accident to help determine who was at fault in the accident. Fault is the key to a successful case. If we can prove that the other party behaved carelessly or recklessly, or was responsible for your injuries in any way, then we can get the court to decide in our favor.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident, please contact me now. I offer free consultations to help you determine your next steps. Put my knowledge and experience to work for you and your case.