July 21, 2024

Suing When Someone Intentionally Causes a Car Accident

When someone harms you in a New York City car accident, it’s usually due to a mistake. Typically, they don’t have the intent to harm you.

The problem is, some drivers may try to harm you. They may have road rage, and they may attempt to harm you by tailgating you, speeding around you and then stopping suddenly, or even trying to hit you in the side. Because of the aggression they may have shown toward you on the road, you may be eligible for compensation. 

Proving Someone Intended to Harm You

First, you’ll need to gather evidence that proves certain things about your claim. To prove the at-fault party was negligent, you’ll need to show they weren’t meeting their basic duty of care to avoid harming others. You’ll also need evidence that their actions harmed you.

Perhaps they weren’t just negligent—maybe they attempted to hurt you. In these cases, they may also have faced criminal charges for their actions. If this is the case, your lawyer may be able to use the criminal charges against them to help you prove you were injured because they were intentionally trying to harm you.

Compensation for an NYC Car Accident

When you’re hurt in a serious car accident, you may be due compensation for your injuries. This compensation is based on your damages or the hardships you’ve faced because of the car accident. These damages should compensate you for both the economic and non-economic suffering you experienced.

These damages can be difficult to calculate. For example, your medical care should be covered, but how do you know what a surgery you may need some years from now will cost? How do you know what compensation you’re due for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced? Luckily, your lawyer has the tools you need to calculate these losses.

Punitive Damages After a Car Accident

Your claim will include the compensatory damages, meaning, the damages meant to cover your financial costs. But you may also be due punitive damages. These damages are meant to punish the person who injured you, leaving you suffering after the accident. The idea is to deter the at-fault party by placing harsh penalties on them.

Punitive damages are usually granted only in certain cases, like those where the at-fault party was reckless or intentionally harmed you. Because of this, you may need extra help from your lawyer to seek these damages.

Find Out How an NYC Car Crash Lawyer Can Help

When you’re hurt in a car accident, the at-fault party should be held liable for your injuries. but what if they intended to harm you? You may have suffered more severe injuries and trauma because they decided to harm you.

If you believe you were hurt on purpose, a car accident lawyer at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can help you recover. Your lawyer can get you started with a free consultation, so you know what compensation you’re due and how we can represent your claim in court. Reach out by calling 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or by completing the online contact form below. 

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