A Philadelphia car accident attorney offers more than legal advice and a path to compensation. Our lawyers offer support while guiding clients through the complexities of a car wreck claim. From the moment you contact our firm, you will feel at ease. Our attorneys will maximize your compensation and get you back on the road to recovery.
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- What do I do after a car accident?
- Types of accidents we handle.
- Insurance after a car accident.
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Many of our attorneys receive recognition as Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers every year. We have recovered billions of dollars for our clients over the years, and we are committed to each client we serve. We believe that a good car accident attorney must:
- Have a friendly and straightforward approach to communication. Attorneys stay busy and many work in high-stress environments on a daily basis. Yet, client satisfaction often hinges on an attorney’s ability to connect with clients. You want an someone who is willing to give you complete answers, but who also takes a no-nonsense approach to your case.
- Be strong, active connections in legal and local communities. Search for firms and attorneys who take part in legal associations and receive awards for their work. Positive referrals and online reviews also highlight the star attorneys in your community.
- Have access to the necessary resources to explore the claim. From independent investigations to courtroom skill, a firm should have it all. Every step is important. Trial experience and a history of high dollar resolutions are the capabilities you want in a firm.
- Not be afraid to take a case to trial. Great attorneys never take the path of least resistance. They do what is right for their clients. This includes help with insurers, employers, and medical professionals, and others. This also means taking the case to trial if necessary.
1. Stop Your Vehicle Immediately.
Pennsylvania law requires that individuals stay at the scene of an accident if injuries or property damage has occurred. If possible, do not block traffic.
2. Get to Safety.
If you do get injured in the collision, move to a safe area and wait for emergency responders to arrive. Make sure that someone on the scene has called for an ambulance. Never refuse treatment, even if you don’t think your injuries are severe — symptoms that may not be obvious right away could intensify later.
3. Keep Calm.
Don’t admit fault for the accident, and don’t make accusations. What you say immediately after an auto accident can be used against you later, so avoid discussing the accident with others involved.
4. Cooperate with Police.
Cooperate with investigating police officers, but do not describe the accident. Instead, politely say that you would prefer to speak about the accident later. Make written notes of the names, addresses, phone numbers, and license plate numbers of everyone involved, including witnesses. If you can do so, take photos of all the vehicles from various angles. Take video as well if your phone is capable.
Distracted Driving Accidents
Any activity that takes a driver’s attention off the roadways constitutes distracted driving. This includes eating, applying makeup, playing a game, reaching into the backseat of the vehicle, and digging around in a bag while driving.
Head-on collisions are some of the most serious accidents. They can be caused by a driver speeding to pass a car or running a red light.
Accidents on the highway are more serious than residential collisions. Whether you are on I-95 or 76, even a small crash can impact you and other passing drivers. These accidents can involve multiple vehicles and victims.
Hit and Run Accidents
If you are hit by another driver and they flee the seen, try to document as much information as possible. If the other driver is eventually found, you maybe be able to pursue criminal charges in addition to you civil case.
Fatal Car Accidents
In 2017, at least three people died every day in Philadelphia due to accidents. If you lost a family member in a collision, contact an attorney to discuss your options,
In addition to the accidents above, we also handle cases involving vehicle rollovers, side impact collisions, sideswipe accidents, and reckless driving.
Pennsylvania is a “no-fault” state. This means that regardless of fault in a car accident, your insurance can cover you. However, Pennsylvania is unique in that by having “choice no-fault” insurance. This difference boils down to the idea of full or limited tort insurance.
What is the difference between full and limited-tort?
Tort selection is the most important concept for any vehicle owner in Pennsylvania to understand:
- Limited-tort coverage saves owners on their annual insurance premium. It also abandons their rights to recover non-economic damages (such as pain and suffering) if they are injured by another driver.
- Full-tort coverage costs more each year in premiums. But car owners can recover all economic and non-economic damages if injured.
Without full tort, the chances of the other driver’s insurance company denying or limiting an accident claim increases. It also substantially limits your right to recover.
What is the minimum vehicle insurance coverage required in Pennsylvania?
- Medical Benefits: provides compensation for medical bills for those covered on your policy regardless of fault. The state minimum limit is $5,000 of coverage.
- Bodily Injury Liability: pays for medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, and damages for those injured in a car accident where you are liable. The minimum limit is $15,000/$30,000, which compensations up to $15,000 per person injured up to a total of $30,000 per accident.
- Property Damage Liability: covers damage to another person’s property in an accident for which you are at fault. The minimum limit is $5,000 of coverage.
Why would an adjusters deny my insurance claim after an accident?
Insurance adjusters may deny a car accident insurance claim if:
- You could have avoided the crash or you did something that led to it, such as driving drunk.
- There was no complaint or record of an injury or treatment at the time of the injury. This presents the argument that the injury happened after the car accident.
- There was a pre-existing health condition. This could allow the insurer to argue the injury and pain is related to the condition rather than the crash.
It’s important to contact your insurance company right away if you receive a notice of denial. A representative can tell you exactly why your claim was denied and what you can do.
If You Were Hurt in a Crash in Philadelphia, Our Car Accident Lawyers Can Help
If you suffer an injury after a car accident in Philadelphia, PA you will need the help of a lawyer. Insurance adjusters know time is on their side when one of their drivers caused an auto collision that hurt someone. While an injured victim is recovering, the other driver’s insurance company has begun investigating the accident. They also do not have a legal obligation to inform injured victims of their legal rights.
At Anapol Weiss, we can be your advocate. We understand the devastation that arises from car accidents. We are also experts on the laws that protect people just like you from suffering without restitution. Allow us to help you find closure and fair compensation for your losses. We cannot guarantee an outcome, but we deliver our commitment to excellence backed by a history of success. For a case evaluation, contact our Philadelphia, PA office today.
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