A person wearing a wristwatch is driving a car at night. Their hand is on the steering wheel, and the dash displays illuminated controls. The background shows blurred lights from other vehicles, capturing the essence of nighttime city driving—a scene often navigated by personal injury attorneys after incidents.

Streets are extremely busy with people driving cars every single day, especially in the state of New York. Because of this, things can sometimes go wrong on the road and car accidents can occur. Some accidents result in only minor injuries, while others may cause serious injuries or even death to more than one person. Car accidents have the potential to change a life forever, sometimes even end a life. They can leave individuals and families stuck in physical, financial, and emotional defeat. It is important to seek legal counsel if you or a loved one has been seriously injured at the fault of another party while driving.

Types of Car Accidents

There are numerous ways that cars may crash on the road. Some of the most common types of car accidents in New York may include:

  • Rear-end accidents
  • Side-impact collisions
  • Head-on collisions
  • Rollover accidents
  • Multi-car pile-ups
  • Taxi accidents

Common Causes

Every driver on the road should be legally capable of driving a car and paying strict attention to their surroundings. While this is true, there are several ways a car accident can occur. While they are sometimes a result of poor driving decisions, they may also happen due to bad road conditions. Some ways car accidents can happen may consist of:

  • Texting while driving
  • Using other electronic devices while driving
  • Disregarding traffic signs/signals
  • Drunk/drugged driving
  • Excessive speeding/reckless driving
  • Driving distracted
  • Driving tired

What to Do After an Accident

After a car accident occurs, medical attention should be sought immediately if there are any injuries. It is also crucial to stay at the scene of the accident and contact the police. When they arrive, they will conduct a police report. This documents the entirety of the accident, including potential evidence that another party was at fault for the incident. If it is possible, taking pictures of the crash before any vehicles are moved may later assist your case in court.

Burden of Proof

When an individual is injured and wishes to hold another party responsible, they must provide what is called the “burden of proof.” The burden of proof requires the injured party to find evidence that the other party was negligent. In order to for this to be successful, the evidence must prove that the accident and the injuries sustained were a direct result of that negligence. Evidence that may be helpful in your case may consist of the police report filed, any medical documentation of your injury (when, where, and how it happened), pictures/videos taken of the accident, or any witnesses to the accident.

Contact our Firm

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a car accident and seek legal representation, contact the Law Offices of Hausman & Pendzick today.

Hausman & Pendzick effectively represents victims of neglect in Westchester County and across the state of New York. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.