When people are given a driver’s license, it is done on the contingency that they will operate their vehicle safely. Individuals who fail to do so and drive negligently can put not only themselves, but others in harm’s way. There are many actions that are considered negligent driving, such as speeding, texting, driving under the influence, and more. While it may not be discussed as much as others, drowsy driving is negligent as well.
People rarely ever think twice before driving while they are tired, however, it is still considered negligence as it can cause a dangerous accident. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, it causes about 328,000 crashes and 109,000 serious injuries every year in the United States. That is why people who are injured in these accidents should pursue legal action with the help of a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney.
How Do I Sue for an Injury After a Car Accident?
When a car accident happens and injures other people, the injured parties can pursue legal action to hold the negligent driver liable. To do so, they must prove that the other driver was negligent. This can be done by satisfying the burden of proof with evidence that shows the driver’s actions directly resulted in the accident and their injuries. Useful evidence can include medical documentation of the origin and extent of the injuries, footage of the accident, police reports, pictures of the scene, witness statements, and more.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim in Pennsylvania?
After a personal injury accident, the injured parties should not wait too long to file a claim for negligence if they wish to pursue legal action. This is because the statute of limitations places a deadline on how long they have to do so. If they fail to meet the deadline, they can lose their opportunity to legal action entirely and cannot recover compensation for damages. The statute of limitations in the state of Pennsylvania is two years from the date of the injury to file a claim.
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Attorney Newman has represented clients in Pennsylvania for over 45 years. If you need an experienced attorney to help guide you through the personal injury claims process or with any criminal defense matters, Attorney Newman is ready to help. Contact The Law Office of Neal E. Newman today to schedule a consultation.