Important Information Regarding Memorial Day Weekend Car Accidents
Memorial Day Weekend, according to statistics from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, is the most deadly holiday weekend on the road. On average from 2011-2015, there have been about 312 auto accident fatalities. If you are wrongly injured this Memorial Day in an auto accident, please read on and reach out to our experienced Westchester County personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common causes of car accidents?
Car accidents can be caused by several different factors, though unfortunately, they generally involve some sort of negligence. Distracted driving, driving while drowsy, and, especially on holidays, driving while intoxicated. Rather obviously, all of these behaviors are extremely dangerous and oftentimes, lead to serious accidents. If you are someone who has been injured in a car accident, there is a very good chance you qualify for financial compensation.
What should I do after a car accident?
After a car accident, as long as you are physically capable of doing so, you should take several steps to boost your chances of winning a future personal injury claim. These steps are as follows:
- Call the police. They will send an ambulance, document the incident, and work to de-escalate the tension.
- Next, you should ask the other driver for his or her insurance information, as long as the person is not acting in a threatening manner.
- Once you have done so, ask anyone who saw the accident for their contact information.
- Take pictures of any damage to your car, the other driver’s car, and the overall accident scene.
- Ask your doctor for any medical documentation pertaining to your injuries.
- Retain the services of an experienced Westchester County personal injury attorney.
- Be very careful about what you choose to post on social media until your claim is resolved. Insurance companies will do anything in their power to deny you the compensation you need, including monitoring your accounts to see if you post anything that even remotely contradicts your claim.
Finally, you should note that the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State is three years, giving you three years from the date of your accident to sue the party responsible. If you wait too long, you will most likely no longer be allowed to sue. We are ready to get you started today.
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Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.