When we are the passengers of a vehicle, we put our lives in the hands of the driver. Whether that be in a private or public vehicle, passengers are subject to the driver’s actions. If the driver of the vehicle drove negligently and you were hurt because of the accident, you have a lot to consider about your legal options. Motor vehicle accidents can leave passengers with serious injuries. Whether the accident involved one car or two, at least one driver will be liable. If you were the passenger on public transportation and were seriously injured by the negligence of the operator, you may have to file a suit with a municipality. Don’t hesitate to contact a lawyer. Depending on the case, your ability to file a lawsuit may be time-sensitive. If you need our legal services, contact The Law Offices of Daniel A. Kalish today.
Filing an injury claim in New York
New York is a no-fault state. The injured passenger would file a personal injury protection (PIP) claim to cover the immediate medical bills and lost wages resulting from the accident. If the injuries sustained are serious, the passenger may need to take further action to protect his or her future. A lawsuit may be the right choice. If you are injured in a car accident as a passenger, you could be compensated for your injuries if you can prove negligence and establish that the injury is serious. If the accident is caused by multiple cars, the matter may not be solved quickly. With multiple drivers and multiple insurance companies involved, a case could take quite a while to resolve. If there are multiple injured passengers who file a lawsuit against a negligent driver, the case may be even more complicated. Contact an attorney to investigate the matter.
If you were injured as a passenger on public transportation
If you are injured when riding on a bus or train, you have the right to sue for damages as well. The issue you may face is the strict guidelines of suing a municipality. To successfully bring a suit to a municipality, you will have to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the incident. From there, the municipality will conduct a hearing on the matter. If you are able to proceed, you will have 1 year and 90 days from the incident to file a claim. The legal standard is quite high to prove negligence. It takes a skilled attorney and a thorough investigation to construct a viable case.
Contact a White Plains passenger injury lawyer
If you have been seriously injured as a passenger of a vehicle, train or bus, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim to the negligent driver or drivers. The Law Offices of Daniel A. Kalish is a legal resource to the people of White Plains, the Bronx, and Westchester County regarding personal injury matters. Whether your accident was in a private or public vehicle, you may have to sue the negligent party to recover damages that could devastate your life. If you need quality legal services, contact The Law Offices of Daniel A. Kalish today.