Almost everybody does something to celebrate the Fourth of July, so if you aren’t hosting, you are most likely traveling. The Fourth of July is a day of fun for all, but due to the extremely heavy volume of traffic this year, the roads may not be safe. In fact, New York traffic congestion is forecasted to be 3.8 times heavier than usual. On top of that, drunk and aggressive drivers will be everywhere, so it is important you stay safe by driving defensively. In the event of an accident of which you believe another party is at fault, you should contact a knowledgeable attorney, as you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Here are some questions you may ask if you are injured in a Fourth of July crash:
How do I recover compensation?
Essentially, you must prove the other party’s negligence. If you are able to satisfy the burden of proof and it is clear the other party was at fault, there is a good chance you will be able to recover financial compensation.
How do I know the other party was negligent?
There are several different types of negligent behavior you may cite in your claim against another party. Here is a list of certain actions that would generally be considered negligent:
- Drunk or drugged driving: Unfortunately, there will most likely be a lot of drunk drivers on the road. This alone makes the road an extremely unsafe environment, so you must demonstrate extra caution as you proceed
- Excessive speed
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
- Lane splitting
- Sudden lane changes
- Texting while driving
- Failure to check blind spots
- Failure to yield
- Failure to comply with traffic signs or lights
If you can prove your accident was caused by another party doing any of these things, you will most likely win your claim. Photographic or video evidence is generally the best way to prove your claim, however, sometimes these things happen so fast that you are unable to capture them on film. Your next best bet is to consult any witnesses of the accident and ask them for their contact information. They may vouch for you. You should also see a medical professional after your accident to receive the treatment and medical documents that may also help support your claim.
Contact our New York firm
At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of medical malpractice. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.