Research has shown that an average of one car accident happens every six minutes in the U.S. Oftentimes, victims of car accidents are fortunate enough to walk away with minor injuries and damages. However, certain types of auto accidents are more severe than others and victims are rarely able to walk away unscathed. Unfortunately, several auto accidents are extremely dangerous and have high fatality rates. In the unfortunate event that you or someone you care about has been injured in a car accident, please read on and contact a seasoned New York City Car Accident Lawyer who can help you navigate your legal options.
What types of auto accidents are the most dangerous?
The four deadliest auto accidents occurring on the road are off-the-road crashes, side-impact collisions, rollover accidents, and head-on collisions. By far the most dangerous type of auto collision is off-the-road crashes. According to statistics, these types of auto accidents account for 32% of all fatal collisions. When a motorist drives off the roadway into a stationary object such as a telephone pole it is considered an off-the-road collision. Off-the-road collisions are the most dangerous as they often occur as a result of distracted or drunk driving. Alongside these accidents, side impact collisions also known as T-bone accidents are extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, some vehicles are not equipped with the safety feature of side airbags. When a vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle, victims often sustain life-threatening injuries. These types of accidents commonly occur at intersections when a vehicle fails to yield the right of way and often occur at high speeds. The force alone can cause life-threatening injuries. Another dangerous type of auto accident is a rollover accident. These types of accidents typically involve top-heavy vehicles where the vehicle flips one or more times on its side or roof. This type of accident causes motorists to be thrown in multiple directions which can cause life-altering injuries. Furthermore, head-on collisions are particularly dangerous because they involve two vehicles driving in opposite directions crashing into each other front to front. The above-listed car accidents are all dangerous and often result in fatalities. If fortunate to survive any of these accidents, victims are burdened with traumatic injuries that negatively affect their lives.
What is the statute of limitations for filing a claim in New York?
In New York, victims must file a claim against a negligent party within 3 years of the date of the accident. If they fail to file a claim within 3 years of the accident, they will be barred from ever doing so in the future and lose their opportunity to seek compensation for their damages. Despite being able to file a claim at any point within those 3 years, it is important to take legal action as soon as possible.
If you have been injured in any type of auto accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced team members who can help you file a claim against a negligent party within the right time frame. Our firm is committed to helping our clients get the justice they deserve.