Car Accidents: Besides the Driver, Who Could Be Responsible?
A car crash can have devastating results. You could be left with hefty medical bills and emotional stress, and those damages should be covered. But, you might be wondering, “Besides the driver, who could be responsible?”
Seeking damages from the wrong person could be costly and time-consuming, causing additional stress while you’re trying to recover. A car accident lawyer in NYC can help you identify the responsible party by looking at the evidence of your auto wreck, which can include medical reports, traffic cams, and police reports. He or she can help ensure you’re seeking compensation from the right person.
The Driver’s Employer
Although the other driver might have been responsible for the accident, financial responsibility could be on someone else. This can happen when the person who hit you was driving an employee vehicle, or driving while on the clock, such as a semi-truck driver.
When an employee injures another person on the job while acting within the scope of their position, their employer is typically the one held liable for those actions. If you were hit by a pizza delivery car, for example, you would sue the pizza company, rather than the individual driver.
The Auto Manufacturer
What if you were in a single-car crash? These cases might seem like your fault, but if you were driving responsibly and within the confines of the law, you might not be responsible.
First, your lawyer will look for signs that something went wrong with your car. In some cases, a part might have been faulty or manfunctioning, and that caused your injury. For example, if you recently had your brakes repaired or replaced, and they failed, the problem could be a defective product.
In these cases, you could file a claim against the manufacturer of the defective product. Your lawyer will bring in expert witnesses to show that the manufacturer was negligent in their work, thus causing your injuries.
A Government Entity
Road hazards, such as dangerous potholes or design defects, should be fixed as soon as possible. For example, a road that isn’t built to drain properly could cause water to settle on the roads during storms, causing drivers to hydroplane and crash.
If this happened to you, speak to your attorney about filing a claim against the Department of Transportation for unnecessarily dangerous roadways. Keep in mind that you’ll have less than a year to file this type of claim. A car accident lawyer can help you fight back when a government agency is responsible for your injury.
Finding the Responsible Party
The aftermath of a car accident can be complex and confusing. There might be more than one person or entity responsible for your accident, and it can be difficult to determine which party should be named in your claim. A lawyer from Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can help you find those responsible.
When you’re not sure who to file your claim against, seek out a free consultation from our attorneys before you begin. We’ll walk you through the claims process and discuss how we’ll build your case before you sign anything.
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