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When people are given their driver’s license by the state of New York, they are also given the responsibility to operate their vehicles safely. This is to ensure that they are not putting themselves and others on the road in harm’s way. However, there are many people who still act negligently on the road by speeding, texting, driving under the influence,and more. One negligent action that is not often recognized is drowsy driving.

Rarely do people ever think anything is wrong with getting behind the wheel of a car after a long day at work when they are tired. However, this is considered negligent driving, as it can lead to a dangerous accident. When a person is tired, they are not fully aware and in complete control of their capacities.  According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drowsy driving causes approximately 328,000 crashes and 109,000 serious injuries every year in the United States. It is because of this that those who are injured in these accidents can pursue legal action with the help of a New York personal injury attorney.

How Do I Sue for an Injury After a Car Accident?

Injured parties who wish to hold another driver liable for a car accident must prove their injuries were a direct result of the driver’s negligent behavior. This can be done by satisfying the burden of proof with evidence such as medical documentation of the origin and extent of the injuries, footage of the accident, police reports, pictures of the scene, witness statements, and more. 

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim in New York?

After a personal injury accident happens, injured parties should be aware of the statute of limitations. Simply put, this is a deadline by which injured parties are required to meet in order to file a lawsuit against another party for negligence. If they fail to meet the deadline, the individual can lose their right to pursue legal action and recover compensation as a result. It is because of this that injured parties should not wait too long after being injured in an accident to file a personal injury claim. The statute of limitations in the state of New York is three years from the date of the injury to file a claim. 

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City 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 significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today. 


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