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Thinking about filing a civil claim after a car accident?

When a person is injured in a crash that is caused by another individual's negligence, he or she may be entitled to seek compensation for any losses sustained. This may be accomplished by filing a personal injury claim in a New York civil court. This week's column will address some information car accident victims need to know about personal injury claims.

In order to bring a personal injury claim against the party responsible for one's losses, certain information will be needed. The court will want to see any evidence of negligence, witness testimony and documented damages -- among other things. Depending on one's physical and mental state following a collision, some of this information may take some time to gather, which is understandable.

It is okay to take one's time bringing a civil claim. However, it is wise to be aware of the state's statute of limitations for personal injury cases. Every state has them, and if one waits too long his or her right to compensation might be forfeited. In New York, injured victims have up to three years to bring a claim against the responsible party. As with many laws, there are exceptions so it is important to check with a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident.

Numerous New York residents are injured in auto collisions every year. If one is injured in a car accident caused by a driver's negligence, a personal injury claim may be an appropriate way for the victim to seek relief. An experienced attorney can review the specific details of one's case and help pursue compensation if doing so serves the best interests of the client.

Source: FindLaw, "First Steps in a Personal Injury Claim", Accessed on Aug 14, 2017

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