Motor vehicle accidents take tens of thousands of lives in America each year. Many crashes can be traced back to the negligence or carelessness of a motorist, pedestrian, cyclist, or other party.
If another driver caused the accident that injured you, the following are some of the most common contributing factors:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield
- Running stop signs or red lights
These behaviors increase accident risk and endanger everyone sharing the road with the motorist, including pedestrians and cyclists.
Failing to wear seat belts, failing to use child restraints, and failing to wear a helmet on a bicycle are all factors that contribute to an increased risk of catastrophic injury and death. There is unfortunately little we can do to control the behavior of bad drivers. You can practice safe driving yourself to lower your own accident risk, and remember to always use restraints no matter how short the trip.
How Someone Else’s Negligence Can End Up Costing You
When someone else causes a motor vehicle accident and your vehicle is involved, then the at-fault party’s insurance company may be liable for your injuries. It’s not uncommon for the insurance claims adjuster to contact the injured victim. They may ask for a recorded statement, ask for details about the crash, or see if the victim will accept an offer immediately. All of these choices should be made after consulting your attorney. You most likely are not obligated to make a recorded statement, and an initial offer may not fully account for your damages, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages and income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Reduced quality of life
Our experienced attorneys are passionate about helping accident victims pursue the outcomes they need and deserve.
What Do You Do After a Crash That’s Not Your Fault?
Following a serious car crash that leaves you or a family member injured, you should contact the experienced attorneys at McPhillips, Fitzgerald & Cullum for a case review. Please contact us in New York at 518-792-1174, or in Florida at 305-751-8556. We want to hear the details of your situation to help you decide how to pursue maximum injury compensation.