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Being injured in a car accident can be a scary ordeal that has long-term repercussions. Unfortunately, you can take every possible precaution when driving and still end up in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today so we can pair you with one of our experienced Westchester County car accident attorneys so that we can fight for you.

What happens if both drivers contributed to the car accident?

Before filing a car accident claim, you should understand that New York follows the comparative fault rule. This allows both parties to share the blame and pay a certain portion in compensation. Of course, if one driver is deemed negligent and completely at fault, then they will likely pay you as compensation for your financial and non-financial losses suffered because of this event. While you can receive compensation for your injuries, you should understand that if you are found even 10 percent at fault, then the damages you receive will be reduced by this percentage.

Will insurance cover the damages?

It’s natural to worry about the financial burden that you may suffer following a car accident. Fortunately, you may be relieved to know that citizens of New York pay for “no-fault” insurance. This allows drivers in New York to get medical attention following a car accident without the added stress of having to pay an abundance of medical bills and suffer the loss of wages. This is not to say that insurance will cover all of your medical bills though, because once the amount exceeds the limit you may need to cover the rest.

How long do I have to file a car accident claim in New York?

While you may want to wait for your injuries to heal before deciding on filing a car accident claim, we would advise you to act fast. New York’s statute of limitations for car accidents is generally three years, meaning that you have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim. Failure to do so within that time span will result in you losing the option to file a claim and receive compensation. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call one of our Westchester County personal injury attorneys so that you can receive the compensation you deserve.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. Contact us today for help.