Hiring a Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer
Car accidents unfortunately happen extremely often, and they are often very dangerous or even deadly. In 2014, there were 85,084 reported car crashes in Pennsylvania, over 600 of which resulted in fatalities and over 40,000 of which resulted in injuries. In big cities like Philadelphia, car accidents happen even more often because of the high volume of traffic on highways like I-95 and I-276 and even on residential streets. Our lawyers have years of experience assisting accident victims in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania if they have been injured in any type of car accident.
Because car accidents are so commonplace, it can be easy to think that they will not happen to you, or that any car accident you are involved in will be minor. Unfortunately, as the statistics show, injuries are extremely common in car accidents. And if the car crash was at high speed or in heavy traffic, the injuries may be quite serious and painful. Because over 85%of Americans own a car, people run the risk of being involved in a car accident every time they get behind the wheel or in the passenger seat of a vehicle.There are four different types of car crashes that each come with their own set of dangers.
In a head on collision, where the front of one car collides with the front of another car, both drivers and passengers may suffer from whiplash during the collision or from serious cuts if the windshield is shattered on impact. A rear end collision occurs when the front end of one car hits the rear of another, and these can sometimes cause a domino effect in heavy traffic by causing a long line of cars to hit the car in front of them. A side impact crash, or a T-bone crash, can be especially dangerous if one car hits another car directly on the drivers or passengers side where someone is seated, because car doors do not provide as much protection as the front or rear ends of vehicles. Finally, a side swipe collision occurs when a car swipes or touches a vehicle parallel to it.
Car crashes can also have serious effects after the initial impact, like when SUVs roll over or if the impact causes a car fire. Common types of injuries from car accidents can range from cuts, bruises, and broken bones to burns, whiplash, spinal injuries, and head injuries. Many of these injuries require major medical procedures right after the crash like surgery, and some may even require long term care like lifelong medications or physical therapy. Some car accident victims are paralyzed because of their injuries from the accident, and in the most serious cases, victims of car accidents may pass away from their injuries. If you have been involved in a car accident, there are a few steps you should follow to make sure your rights are protected and that you can receive compensation from the responsible party.
- First, you should seek medical attention immediately. Even if it does not seem like you are hurt,some injuries from car accidents like concussions need to be treated right away but do not necessarily show symptoms until much later. A doctor can make sure that there are no hidden injuries and can treat any injuries as quickly as possible to hopefully reduce some of the long term damage
- ?Second, you (or a family or friend if you are unable to do so) should have your car looked at by a mechanic or a dealership. They will be able to assess the damage done to your vehicle and can give a quote of how much it will cost to repair or replace your car. This information will be useful to prove the correct amount of damages in your case against the person who caused the accident.
- Third, be sure to gather as much information as possible about the accident. This includes everything that might be relevant, such as witness statements, any police reports made after the crash, and all of your medical records and bills. All of this information serves as evidence in your case against the person responsible for the crash.
- Finally, do not speak to the responsible partys insurance company without legal representation. Insurance companies may seem like they are trying to assist you with your case, but they are really trying to make sure that they can get away with paying you as little as possible. Having an attorney speak on your behalf will ensure that the insurance company does not try to use anything you say against you.
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For victims who survive their injuries, they are almost certainly facing years of medical bills that could add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The CDC estimates that in 2012, crash injuries resulted in over $18 billion in medicals. In addition, ?Americans are estimated to spend over one million days in the hospital due to injuries from traffic accidents. For most individuals, even if they have health insurance, these medical bills can be an enormous burden on them and their families, especially if they are unable to work and earn enough to cover their bills on an ongoing basis.
Many car accident victims have recourse against the driver who caused the accident and the resulting injuries. A driver who was behaving negligently or recklessly behind the wheel is legally responsible for any injuries that they caused as a result of their behavior. If the driver has the amount of vehicle liability insurance required by the state of Pennsylvania, their insurance company will be the party responsible for paying any accident victims on behalf of the negligent or reckless driver. ?A driver is proven to be negligent if he or she had a duty of care when behind the wheel; that he or she breached that duty; that the breach caused injuries to another person; and that the injuries are a direct cause of the breach of duty. A driver is proven to be reckless if he or she behaved with willful or wanton disregard to other people on the road. If an accident victim can successfully prove that the driver acted negligently or recklessly, then the victim can collect compensation from the irresponsible driver to cover the costs associated with their injuries.
Unfortunately, irresponsible drivers and their insurance companies rarely are willing to voluntarily pay the compensation that they legally owe to victims of accidents that they caused. Drivers may not be able to cover the extensive medical bills that accident victims incur, and insurance companies are in the business of finding ways to make as few payments as possible in order to make a profit. An accident victim will likely face many obstacles in their attempts to try to get compensation from the person who caused the accident, especially when dealing with insurance companies who seek to limit the amount that they have to pay and may try to use things the victim says or certain facts of the accident against them. In these cases, accident victims should reach out to an experienced car accident attorney to assist them with their case.
Victims of car accidents are not necessarily limited to receiving compensation to cover their medical bills. In some cases, accident victims can pursue compensation to cover lost wages for the time that they could not work due to their injuries, compensation for their pain and suffering, and even additional financial penalties if the driver was behaving negligently or recklessly or if he or she intentionally caused the accident. Knowing what your case is worth and what you might be able to recover, however, can be extremely complicated given the nature of the laws governing liability for car accidents. This is not something that an accident victim and his or her family should have to handle alone while the victim is trying to heal and get back to normal.
Our experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyers are not afraid to pursue every legal means available to ensure that you or your injured family member receives the financial compensation they deserve after their accident. In some cases, this may mean working with the insurance company to ensure the company pays on behalf of the reckless driver who caused the accident. In other cases, it may mean taking the insurance company or the individual to court in order to get a judicial order requiring the responsible party to pay.
We are zealous advocates for our clients and will work with you every step of the way, providing a free initial consultation and making home or hospital visits as needed to make sure you are informed and aware of how your case is proceeding. If you have been hurt in a car accident, call our offices right away to get in touch with an experienced attorney today.
We believe that all accident victims deserve the best legal representation available in order to ensure that they are properly compensated for their injuries from an accident that they did not even cause.
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