About six million vehicle accidents occur in the U.S., including in New York, each year. This results in three million accident injuries. Vehicle crashes also lead to the deaths of more than 40,000 individuals every year.
Nearly two million of the accident injuries that are suffered each year are permanent. For instance, they include quadriplegia, paralysis and paraplegia. These health issues can easily be the result of brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
Other injuries that people may suffer in car accidents include neck injuries and whiplash. There is a high probability that each driver on the road will be impacted by a vehicle accident at some point in his or her life. Fortunately, he or she has the right to take legal action if the accident was the fault of another motorist.
A person in New York who has been hurt in a car accident has the right to file a personal injury claim against the reportedly at-fault party, seeking the reimbursement of financial damages sustained in the accident. In addition, people who have lost a loved one in an accident are entitled to file a wrongful death claim. A damage award in a successfully litigated case may help the plaintiff cover hospital bills, the loss of income, burial costs and other losses tied to the wreck. Damages might also help cover pain and suffering and emotional distress caused by the incident. However, before any claims for monetary damages will be decided, financial responsibility has to be established in a way that pleases the civil court hearing the case.