We put our lives in the hands of the driver when we are the passengers of a vehicle. Passengers are subject to the driver’s actions. Regardless of whether we are passengers in a public or private vehicle, we are all at risk for serious injuries. If you have been injured because of the negligence of the driver or the operator of another motor vehicle, you have a lot to consider about your legal options. Whether the accident involves one vehicle or two, most likely, at least one operator will be liable for your injuries. If you were seriously injured on a public vehicle, like a bus, you may have to sue a municipality in order to recover damages. Do not hesitate to contact a lawyer. Depending on the situation, your ability to file a lawsuit may be time-sensitive. If you need a law firm with a commitment to clients and the persistence to see your case through to the end, contact Weinstein, Chase, Messinger & Peters, P.C for a consultation.
If you are injured as a passenger in a private car, you may need to file an injury claim to cover immediate medical bills and lost wages resulting for the accident. If your injuries are serious enough to need further financial support, you may need to consider your legal options. People are often concerned about having to hold a family member or friend accountable for the injuries sustained. Luckily, the insurance company will cover the further costs as well. If you can prove the negligence of the driver and establish that the injury was “serious” by the state’s standards, you may be able to recover damages. If the accident involved multiple vehicles, the case may not be resolved quickly. If there are multiple injured passengers filing suit against one negligent driver, the case becomes more time-consuming and complicated. It is in your best interests to contact an attorney to investigate the matter and represent your case.
If you are injured on public transportation, you have the right to recover damages for your injuries. The strict guidelines of suing a municipality make these personal injury cases more complicated. In order to successfully sue a municipality for a personal injury, you have 90 days from the incident to file a Notice of Claim with the court. The municipal will conduct a hearing on the case. If you are able to proceed, you have 1 year and 90 days from the incident to file a claim with the municipality responsible for your injuries. In order to prove negligence, you must meet the high legal standard. Though suing a municipality is complicated and the guidelines are strict, it is not impossible with the right attorney.
If you have been seriously injured in an accident, you may need to sue for damages. Whether you were in a private or public car, train, or bus, your injuries may be severe and impact the rest of your life. It is important to consider your legal options and your future. Weinstein, Chase, Messinger & Peters, P.C has been a legal resource for the people of Brooklyn and New York regarding all personal injury cases for many years. We know what it takes to have a viable personal injury case and fight for your interests. If you need our quality legal services, contact our law firm for a free consultation.