Motor vehicle accidents happen every day in New York. The unfortunate reality is that a great majority of them could be avoided if the negligent driver exhibited the care that they should have. One of the most common causes of accidents is driver negligence because of distracted driving. With the world at your fingertips in your mobile device, it can be easy to become distracted and take your attention off the road. As the use of smartphones began to rise in the last decade, states have created laws to combat the amount of distracted driving that has risen in correlation. It seems as though we are attached to our phones these days. They have even become necessary to use while we drive, only for the purposes of GPS and music. However, it is important to only use hands free technology that won’t divert attention off the road. If you have been the victim of an accident that was caused because of another driver’s negligence, it is important to speak with an attorney.
When a driver causes an accident because they were distracted, the other parties involved may suffer serious injuries. In a lot of situations, the injured party decides to take legal action against the negligent driver in an effort to recover compensation for the burdens they faced as a result of the accident. If an accident victim decides to file a claim in New York, they will be obligated to fulfill the burden of proof. This simply means that they must find proof that the driver was negligent and that this negligence resulted in the accident. It is essential to have an attorney on your side that will explore all options to obtain evidence, including reconstructing the accident, obtaining witness testimony, assessing surveillance footage, and even looking at the driver’s phone to see if it was being used at the time of the accident. In a successful case, the injured party will be able to recover damages for the financial and nonfinancial burdens that they have faced. Financial damages include lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses related to the accident. Nonfinancial damages include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress, among others.
If you have been the victim of an accident caused by another driver’s failure to pay attention, contact our firm today.
At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice or personal injury claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of negligence. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.