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Unfortunately, car accidents are extremely common. As a result, it is important to know how these accidents occur and what to do in the event of an injury. Read on to learn more about car accidents in New York.

How do Car Accidents Occur?

Car accidents can occur for any number of reasons. Some accidents are due to faulty car parts, inclement weather, or poor road conditions. But, for the most part, car accidents are a result of driver negligence. The most common causes of accidents include:

  • Texting and driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Failing to yield
  • Speeding
  • Navigating directions while driving
  • Talking on the phone and driving
  • Driving while drowsy
  • Unsafely changing lanes
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Ignoring traffic lights and signs
  • Disregarding other rules and regulations of the road

How Can I Recover Compensation After a Car Accident in New York?

In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to prove that your accident was caused by the negligence of another party. To do this, make sure to call 911. The police can file an accident report, conduct witness statements, and more. Next, you should politely ask the other party for his/her insurance information. It is important to keep the conversation to a minimum and avoid apologizing, as this can be seen as an admission of guilt. You should make sure to take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident, documenting any damage done to all cars/property involved. If anyone saw your accident occur, you should ask for their contact information, as they may be able to corroborate your version of events. Lastly, make sure to go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you will need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. Our firm is here to fight for you to recover the compensation you deserve.


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.