When a motor vehicle is involved in an accident, there is a chance that one or more of the individuals inside the vehicle become injured. Sometimes, it is only the driver that gets injured, while other times it is a passenger. If a passenger becomes seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, they may want to consider their legal options. Serious injuries can result in significant medical bills, lost wages, and cause other, non-economic burdens such as loss of enjoyment of life. A personal injury lawsuit may help the injured passenger recover compensation for both the economic and noneconomic damages they faced as a result of the accident.
It is important to be aware that an injured passenger may bring a lawsuit against anyone who was negligent in causing the accident, even if that individual is the driver of the vehicle they were in. The injured party will be required to prove that there was negligence that caused them to become injured.
Injured passengers should submit an application within 30 days of the accident for no-fault benefits with their own insurance carrier. If the injured party was injured on public transportation and does not have their own insurance, they may be able to seek benefits from the insurance company that represents the transportation company.
If you are in need of experienced legal counsel in regards to a personal injury or workers’ compensation case in New York City, please contact The Law Offices of Jonathan D. Sands and we would be happy to assist you.