New York Volvo Car Accident
Thousands of people are seriously injured or killed each year in New York in car accidents. In most cases the accident is caused by the actions of a negligent driver. For example, distracted driving has become one the leading causes of vehicle that leave victims seriously injured. While distracted driving is a general term that can apply to a number of things that distract drivers such as eating, changing radio stations, other people in the vehicle, and pets in the vehicle, the term distracted driving typically refers to driving while talking on the phone or texting. Late model vehicles such as Volvos often contain sophisticated safety features to help keep drivers safe. However, victims of car accidents still often suffer serious injuries such as a traumatic brain injury, amputations, broken or crushed bones, or a spinal cord injury that results in paralysis. These types of injuries involve long recovery times, with the victim being unable to work for weeks or even months. However, under New York law victims of car accidents that involve Volvos are allowed to seek compensation from the person whose negligence resulted in the car accident. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because you or a family member was injured in a car accident it is important to contact an experienced Volvo Car Accident Lawyer who will help ensure that the person responsible for your losses is held accountable in a personal injury or wrongful death claim.Common cause of car accidents
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents. Distracted driving generally refers to texting and driving. Texting and driving refers to using an electronic device while driving. This means talking on a cell phone, sending or reading texts or emails, or surfing the internet. When using an electronic device the driver's eyes are not focused on the road, but on the electronic device. A few seconds of averting eyes from the road can lead to a collision. In New York in accordance with New York Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1125-c it is against the law to use a mobile phone while driving. Similarly, under New York Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1125-d it is also against the law to drive while using a laptop, pager, electronic game, tablet or any other portable electronic device.
If a driver is not paying attention to road and instead is looking down at his or her phone, there is a good chance that that driver will cause an accident leaving another person with serious injuries. While the fines for violating New York Vehicle and Traffic Law prohibitions against driving while using a cell phone or portable electronic device are relatively minor, if distracted driving leads to injury the offender may be financially responsible to his or her injured victim.
Other common reasons for car accidents include speeding, running through a red light or stop sign, drinking while driving, and mechanical failure.Consequences of car accidents
If you were injured in an accident because of the negligence of another driver, through a personal injury lawsuit there are number of different types of damages that you may be able to recover:
- Medical expenses. The person responsible for the accident that caused your injuries may be required to pay for your medical expenses. This would include medical bills you accumulated prior to filing your claim as well as future medical expenses related to the treatment of your injury.
- Lost wages. Even a relatively minor accident may cause you to miss time at work. The person responsible may be required to pay the wages you lost. If you end up using earned sick days or vacation days, you may be entitled to receive compensation for those days. Furthermore, if as a result of your injury your earning potential declined, you may be able to recover damages for loss of future earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering. Another potential source of damages that you may be entitled to receive is pain and suffering. In the context of a personal injury claim, pain and suffering refers to physical pain as well as emotional distress.
- Property damage. The person whose negligence caused the accident may also be responsible for damage to your vehicle or other property.
A personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident will not only hold that person accountable for his or her negligent acts but will also provide you and your family with needed financial relief. To ensure that your rights are protected it is important that you are represented by someone with experience representing victims of car accidents. The staff at Stephen Bilkis and Associates has extensive experience representing clients injured in head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, side collisions as well as other types of vehicle accidents. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your car accident.