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As the holiday draws near, people are gearing up for their travels. While road congestion is usually bad around the holidays, New Yorkers will most likely see the worst road congestion in the country–nearly four times more than usual. This means you must take extra caution and drive defensively because you have to worry about more than just the sheer volume–there will be drunk and aggressive drivers all over the country, and they are a huge threat to your safety. Unfortunately, sometimes driving defensively is just not enough. If you find yourself injured in a Fourth of July car accident due to another party’s negligence, you must contact an attorney immediately to receive the financial compensation you deserve.

How do I know if I am eligible to receive compensation?

To recover compensation, you must first satisfy the burden of proof. If you can prove that another party’s negligent behavior caused your injuries, there is a good chance you will be able to recover compensation. 

What are the different types of negligent driving behavior?

There are several different ways a driver can behave negligently. You may be entitled to compensation if the other party was doing any of the following at the time of your injury:

  • Speeding
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol–there are more DWI’s on the Fourth of July than most other days of the year
  • Drowsy or distracted driving–many people leave Fourth of July parties late at night, so there will be numerous fatigued drivers on the road, making it even more unsafe
  • If the other party failed to check blind spots or yield
  • If the other party failed to comply with traffic lights or signs

These are just some of the different forms of negligence you may face this Fourth of July, so if you find yourself sustaining injuries due to another party’s negligence, it is very important you contact an experienced attorney immediately. 

Is there anything I can do to help win my claim?

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do that may help you win your claim. First, if you have a GoPro in your car or a passenger was able to record the incident using a cell phone camera, you instantly boost your chances of winning your claim. Additionally, you should get witnesses’ contact information for them to help validate your claim. You should also seek medical attention immediately, as you will gain access to the treatment and the medical documents you may need to help support your case. 

Contact our New York firm

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.