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Not all residents in New York have a driver’s license. There are many people who rely on others to drive them to where they need to be, especially in the city. Usually, people take these rides without thinking about the possibility of being involved in an accident. However, not all drivers follow the rules of the road and operate their vehicles safely. When a driver is negligent behind the wheel, they can cause dangerous accidents that result in life-changing injuries for passengers. When this happens, injured passengers can hold the driver liable with the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney.

What are Common Causes of Car Accidents?

While not every car accident is due to negligence, it is a common occurrence. There are various actions that constitute negligent driving and can cause an accident to happen, including: 

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Reckless driving or speeding
  • Carelessness
  • Drowsy driving
  • Texting and driving

What Do I Do After an Accident?

Car accidents can be very serious, causing significant injuries to all parties involved. It is because of this that the necessary emergency services should be contacted immediately. This ensures that injured parties can receive the medical attention they need. Law enforcement will also arrive at the scene to draft an official police report. In addition to this, victims should speak with any witnesses at the scene to gather their contact information to be used later on for testimony. Pictures and videos should be taken of the accident so that they can be used as evidence in court. 

How Can I Recover Compensation?

Injured passengers who wish to pursue legal action after an accident are required to prove that the driver was negligent, thus causing their injuries. If they are successful, compensation may be recovered for any physical, emotional, and financial damages they incurred due to the accident. As passengers can suffer both physically and emotionally, this compensation may be for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover any financial burdens due to the accident, such as medical expenses, lost wages, lost future wages, medical equipment, and more. Non-economic damages are for non-financial burdens such as emotional distress, loss of independence, pain and suffering, and more. 

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City car accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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