Sadly, the world is not filled with all good people. Every now and then, there are a few bad apples who think they can collide with another person’s vehicle and get away with it. The attorneys at The Levin Firm have helped many clients recover from hit and run accidents. Here are a few helpful tips who individuals who have been involved in a hit and run accident:
Stay Put and Remain Calm. The first thing someone might do when they realize that the individual who hit them is attempting to flee is to chase after the other driver. This will not be helpful and can be dangerous. Instead, the person who has been should remain calm and immediately center their focus on the other vehicle. Try to remember everything about it, the make, model, color, and if possible, the first few digits of the license plate number. It would also be helpful to make a mental note of any distinctive characteristics such as whether the vehicle has any noticeable dents or bumper stickers that would set it apart from other vehicles.
Call the Police. After making a mental note of everything previously mentioned, call the police and report the incident. Make sure to give the police officer any information you may be able to recall about the other vehicle(s) involved as well as a description of what the driver looked like.
Look around for Witnesses. Chances are someone else witnessed the hit and run incident. Flag that person down and see if they would be willing to give a statement as a witness in your case. In some circumstances, this can be very helpful. Third-parties who were witnessing the hit and run occur as it transpired may have a completely different perspective than the injured victim.
Pay Attention to Surroundings. In today’s modern age, many storefronts and intersections are equipped with video cameras. If the accident occurred in a shopping center, for instance, look around to see if any stores make use of video cameras outside their store fronts. Look up to see if the parking lot has cameras. If the accident occurred at a stoplight, see if there are any red-light cameras equipped. In many circumstances, it may be possible to obtain this footage and identify the driver involved.
Document Damages. Take high-resolution pictures of the damage done to your vehicle. If you are in pain, seek out medical attention immediately. Keep records of any medical expenses incurred as a result of the injuries.
Contact a Lawyer. Many think the next step is to contact his or her insurance company. This is not necessarily true. An insurance company may not always have the insured’s best interest in mind. It is important to have a lawyer read over your insurance policy first to determine how to go about speaking with the insurance company.
Contacting the Insurance Company. If you do not decide to hire an attorney to represent you, then you will need to file a claim with the insurance company. Your policy may allow for what is called “uninsured motorist” coverage which can cover damages incurred from a hit and run incident.
Hit and run accidents can be traumatic and stressful. If you or a loved one has been involved in a hit and run accident in Philadelphia, Norristown, Feasterville, or the surrounding areas, contact the competent car accident attorneys of The Levin Firm today at 215-825-51583 to discuss your potential claim.
You are walking down the sidewalk, minding your own business and all of a sudden fall over on the concrete. After getting up, you notice that your foot got caught in a crack in the sidewalk. Many people may get up and walk away from this event and casually write their injuries off as a product of their own clumsiness. This is not always true, however, the city or town may be responsible for those injuries sustained.
A “slip and fall” lawsuit is a type of personal injury lawsuit. The plaintiff who was injured as a result of a slip and fall sues the individual who was responsible for maintaining the grounds around the area in which the slip and fall incident occurred. Generally speaking, an individual who owns a property is responsible for maintaining the property in a way that makes is reasonable free and clear from any obstructions that can cause injury. For instance, a grocery store is generally required to keep its aisles free of any liquids that it is aware of. If the personnel cannot clean up the mess, then they must make a reasonable effort to put patrons on notice of the hazard.
Philadelphia sees its fair share of pedestrians. The beautiful city is filled with culture and plenty of bars and restaurants to cater to any crowd. Accordingly, the sidewalks of Philadelphia see their fair share of abuse. The City of Brotherly Love does not always show love to its sidewalks, however.
Similar to a grocery store and its aisles, the city of Philadelphia (or any other city for that matter) is responsible for maintaining sidewalks such that the sidewalks are reasonably safe from hazards or other obstructions that can cause injury to pedestrians. Because it is not common practice to walk with one’s head always pointing down, the law protects citizens shifting the burden on the City to maintain its sidewalks accordingly. That being said, if a city fails to properly maintain a sidewalk and the failure to maintain the sidewalk ends up causing a pedestrian to fall and suffer harm, then the city may be liable for those damages suffered on the part of the pedestrian.
One cannot simply sue the city or local municipality without following the proper notice requirements under Pennsylvania law. In many jurisdictions, cities may have to be informed of the pending claim before being able to be sued in a court of law. It is important to reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney because he or she will be able to ensure that these procedural notice requirements are properly complied with. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in an individual’s claim being rejected or potentially time-barred by the statute of limitations.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a poorly maintained sidewalk, street, or premises, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at The Levin Firm today to discuss your claim. Our offices are located in Philadelphia and we serve clients in all of the surrounding areas. We offer free initial consultations and will not take a case unless we think we can obtain a favorable judgment for our clients. Contact us today at 215-825-5183 to discuss your slip and fall claim.
Unlike normal motorists, motorcyclists do not enjoy the luxury of being protected by an enclosure of steel. This vulnerability leaves them exposed to things like weather and virtually anything else that may come into contact with the rider.
Although it is not advised to do so, many motorcyclists tend to squeeze their way through rather narrow gaps in attempts to avoid traffic. Sometimes this type of maneuvering can result in a rider’s leg getting caught on a protruding obstruction, which can send a rider flying off of the motorcycle.
In other circumstances, a motorcyclist may be sideswiped by an oblivious motorist who is attempting to change lanes. This sudden collision can cause injury to the rider or even send the rider into another vehicle on the road, causing additional injury. Again, the rider is completely vulnerable to the impact.
Motorcyclists arguably need to pay more attention to their surroundings than normal motorists. The risks of a high-speed collision are far too serious to be taken lightly. A motorcyclist who anticipates a collision may need to quickly maneuver their bike to avoid a collision. This quick maneuver can cause them to collide on the side into another vehicle or guardrail. In extreme circumstances, the rider may need to turn his or her bike sideways in an attempt to stop to avoid a collision. Motorcyclists turn their bikes sideways because it is a more efficient way of stopping. It also can damage the motorcycle and its tires, which is why motorcycle riders do not make use of this method of braking in every circumstance.
There is no doubt that motorcycle injuries have the potential to be catastrophic. However, the majority of accidents that involve injuries to only the rider’s lower extremities (i.e. foot, leg, etc.) do not prove to be permanent. Injuries to the head or spinal cord can result in paralysis or other injuries that prevent a rider from ever being able to ride again.
Fractured toes, feet, ankles, or legs can all heal over time. Although breaking both of one’s legs will be viewed as an extremely serious injury, it is good to keep in mind that the individual may be able to get on the road again.
Riding a motorcycle can be a risky endeavor. We always advise our clients to ensure that they wear the proper protective gear and that their motorcycles are properly maintained. The injuries that can result from a motorcycle accident can be catastrophic. It is essential that any rider pays careful attention to the road and to their surroundings in order to avoid potential injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a motorcycle, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys of The Levin Firm today to discuss your potential claim. Our offices are located in Philadelphia, Norristown, and Feasterville and we offer free initial consultations. Call us at 215-825-5183 today to discuss your potential lawsuit.
Everyone has tripped or slipped at some point in their lives and ended up on the ground. Most of the time, we may look around to see if anyone saw the fall, dust ourselves off, and maybe laugh. Many people who fall down have no injuries or maybe a small bruise or cut so it can be surprising that slip and fall accidents can also be quite dangerous. Statistics show that falls caused about 32,000 deaths in one year in the United States, many of which were caused by a slip or trip. Thousands more suffered serious injuries because of a slip and fall.
If you slip and fall and are able to walk away unscathed and without the need for medical attention, the law does not entitle you to compensation – no matter how embarrassed you were after your fall. However, if you do need medical care and incur bills from an emergency department, urgent care, or doctor’s office, you may be able to collect for those bills under certain circumstances.
Many times, we may fall out of our own clumsiness or distraction. In these cases, when no one else is at fault for the fall, you do not have the right to collect anything from another party. On the other hand, if your fall and the resulting injuries stemmed from the negligence of a property owner or staff of a store, you can seek compensation for your medical bills and any other related losses you may have incurred.
In order to collect, you must prove that someone else acted in a negligent manner. Businesses and property owners have the duty to keep the premises in reasonably safe condition, which includes identifying any possible hazards and repairing them in a timely manner to keep customers and visitors from getting hurt. The following are some examples of negligence that can allow a slip and fall victim to collect:
There are many other acts that can cause you to slip and fall. An experienced attorney can review what happened and advise you whether you can collect from a negligent party. In addition, it is important to have a lawyer determine the value of your case so you know how much you have the right to collect.
Slip and fall accidents can leave you dealing with surprisingly serious injuries and can leave you facing serious losses. You should always be aware of your legal rights after a fall so you should have an experienced personal injury attorney evaluate your situation. At The Levin Firm, we regularly help slip and fall victims recover the compensation they need to cover their medical expenses and other losses. Consultations are always free so you have nothing to lose by calling our office at (215) 825-5183 for help today.
Have you ever been behind a driver who was swerving across the road in the middle of the day? You start to wonder how many drinks he or she had, and then, when you pass the car, you realize he or she is actually engaged in using a mobile phone. Or, you may have been guilty of sending or reading a text yourself. Maybe you are a repeat offender!
But, the statistics are in, and distracted driving is not only extremely dangerous, but it is also in Pennsylvania. However, there are many different options to avoid a car accident in Philadelphia. Mobile phones, a leading cause of car accidents via distracted drivers, have fought back against this trend of distracted driving based accidents by offering a number of applications that can motivate drivers to avoid using their phone during driving.
One such example is Milz, an app that allows you to set up a prepaid account for a friend or teenager, which is redeemed when the driver connects his or her phone to the account. Milz works by monitoring the activity of the driver and only allows a monetary reward when the phone is not used during driving. Another similar application is CellControl, which functions by allowing families or companies to specify what activities are allowed or disallowed while driving. It includes a hardware piece that is placed in the vehicle. Some phone companies offer helpful phone modes as well. For example, AT&T offers “,” a free application that allows automatic replies when a user’s car is moving at or over 15 miles per hour. The mode enables the user to specify certain allowable callers while it sends all others to voicemail, and it can alert parents if the mode is disabled or turned off. TextNinja allows drivers to earn rewards and points for safe driving. DriveSafeMode and Live2Txt are other available applications with similar functionalities.
A car accident as the result of distracted driving is preventable, but such accidents are, unfortunately, very common and injure thousands of people in the United States each year. Being the victim of a car accident can be injurious or deadly and can lead to extensive medical bills, insurance complications, and a long judicial process. If you or a loved one has been the victim in a car crash in the Philadelphia area involving a distracted driver or a driver who was texting, you need to find a qualified Pennsylvania attorney to assist you throughout the court process. A lawyer will protect your rights and ensure that you receive the full and fair value of your claim.
The light turns green, and you start to head out into the intersection. Suddenly, screeching brakes, airbags, and smoke greet you as someone coming the other way crashes into your car. They claim the light was green on their side, and you suddenly find yourself in a frustrating and painful situation. Imagine, to further complicate the scenario, a couple of years ago, you had taken a look at the pros and cons and decided that leasing a car was right for you. You appreciated the benefit and ease of not having to worry about car maintenance, of being able to upgrade to the latest model, and of having a better car than you could otherwise afford. So, you saved for a while and then put down the first payment on your car. But, just a month after you sign the papers, this car accident unexpectedly takes you by surprise. What can you expect?
While a car accident is rarely uncomplicated, having a leased car adds another layer of complexity to an already frustrating situation. Pennsylvania is a . This designation means that each party’s insurance typically pays for that party’s bills. However, if an accident or injury is enough, it may pass over the threshold Pennsylvania has set to qualify as an accident where one party can be sued. If the case is one that qualifies under the statutes and a lawsuit is brought, the fault will be divided up by who is responsible for what percentage of the fault, and you may be able to recover if you are responsible.
In most cases, whether the car being leased affects the accident will depend on the contract between you and the company you leased the car from. You may have been responsible for buying extra insurance, and the type and amount of insurance you have will determine whether you can sue or be sued and under what circumstances. You will want to contact your leasing company right away under the specifications of your contract in the case of an accident. However, you will likely also need the assistance of a lawyer.
Being involved in a car collision is not only startling, but it can also result in pain, complex insurance calls, injuries, or even death. If you or a loved one of yours has been a victim of a car collision involving a leased car, you need to find an experienced advocate to help you navigate the court system and obtain the results you are entitled to. The judicial process can confusing and complicated; however, is here to help you obtain the outcome you need and deserve. We are honored to not only have a tradition of success but we also proudly offer a “no fee unless we win policy.” We stand ready to fight for you. Contact us or at (215) 825-5183 today for a FREE consultation.
Everyone should know that following a car accident, you should always exchange information with any other drivers involved and if there are any serious injuries or totaled cars, you should call 911 for emergency assistance. However, if an accident is seemingly minor and you are able to move your cars off the road, it can be difficult to know whether to call the authorities. In this situation, it may seem like you can handle the aftermath of an accident on your own without waiting for the police to arrive. So the question arises: should you call the police after a minor crash?
Pennsylvania has specific laws regarding how you should act following an accident. Most importantly, you are always required to stop and offer you contact information. Leaving the scene of an accident can result in criminal allegations and suspension of your driver’s license. In addition, the law requires you to either notify law enforcement or the Department of Transportation (DOT) if the accident involved any of the following:
Even if an accident is minor, it is common for some property damage to occur. Therefore, it is always wise to call the police so they can come to the scene and make an accident report. If for some reason you do not call the police, you should always file an accident report with the DOT within five days of the accident.
If you were injured at all in a crash, you will likely want to pursue compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. Having an accident report can help in a claim, so if you believe there is any chance you have been injured, you should call the police.
In many cases, injuries may not be immediately obvious after an accident. For instance, signs of a concussion may be mistaken for general disorientation after an accident when in reality, you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even a mild TBI requires medical treatment and rest and can result in medical expenses and lost wages if you need to stay home from work. Additionally, whiplash and other soft tissue injuries may not be apparent for even a few days following an accident though will require medical treatment once they appear. Even if you feel the slightest bit of soreness or if you have hit your head, you should contact the police after a minor car accident just in case you have injuries that require treatment.
At The Levin Firm in Philadelphia, we have represented the rights of injured victims who involved in many different kinds of accidents. We know that even seemingly minor accidents can result in injuries and losses and we are here to protect your rights to compensation through the insurance process or a personal injury lawsuit. If you have been in a crash, please do not hesitate to call (215) 825-5183 for a free consultation with an auto accident lawyer today.
Head-on collisions are widely considered to be one of the most – if not the most – dangerous types of vehicle crashes. Statistics provided by the Department of Transportation estimate that about 18 percent of fatal accidents that took place outside of intersections involved a head-on crash. This number is high considering the overall percentage of accidents that are head-on, indicating that this type of crash tends to have a higher risk of fatalities.
The following are only some reasons why head-on crashes can be so dangerous:
Speed of Impact – Many head-on collisions happen when both vehicles involved are in motion. Cars may be driving the speed limit – or faster – and may have little to no time to hit the brakes before a sudden impact occurs. The impact has greater force when both vehicles are driving than when one or both are at a stop.
Size Discrepancy of Vehicles – Another factor that can make a head-on collision deadly is if there is a discrepancy in the size of the vehicles involved. For example, a head-on crash between a car crashing and a motorcycle can be deadly for the motorcyclist. In addition, occupants of a car are at greater risk of injury if their car collides with a large commercial truck.
No matter what factors are involved in a head-on crash, there is still the potential for extremely severe injuries, including spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, internal organ damage, internal hemorrhaging, and more. These injuries often cannot be stabilized, and victims of head-on collisions often do not survive.
Because head-on crashes so often result in the death of a victim, it is important to examine who can be held liable for the losses incurred because of the death. Pennsylvania law allows surviving family members to file a legal claim for wrongful death after a loved one is killed because of the negligence of another party.
In order to recover for wrongful death, it is necessary to identify the liable party and prove the negligent act that caused the fatal crash. The following are some examples of potentially liable parties after a fatal head-on collision:
Drivers – Many different acts of driver negligence can lead to a head-on collision. For example, distracted driving, impaired driving, and falling asleep at the wheel can all cause a driver to cross over into oncoming traffic and crash. In addition, drunk drivers may drive the wrong way on a highway or one-way street and cause a crash.
Auto manufacturers – Many defective parts of a vehicle can cause a driver to lose control and veer into oncoming traffic lanes, resulting in a head-on crash. For instance, a tire blowout, brake failure, or steering system failure can all result in loss of control over a vehicle.
Government entities – Another common reason drivers may swerve or lose control is hazardous road conditions. Whether a driver swerves to avoid a hazard or loses control because he or she hits the hazard, the agency responsible for the maintenance and inspection of that roadway may be liable if a fatal head-on crash occurs.
Wrongful death actions can be complicated, but at The Levin Firm, we are committed to helping families who have suffered a tragic loss in a head-on collision seek the compensation they deserve. We will protect your rights to recover for both financial and emotional losses, and we have the resources to investigate the cause of the accident and hold any negligent parties fully responsible. Please call our Philadelphia car accident lawyer at 215-825-5183 for a free consultation today.
Car accidents are like people – no two are exactly the same. For this reason, the injuries that result from a car accident can also vary widely from one crash victim to the next. However, there are certain types of serious injuries that are regularly seen in car accident victims because of the nature of the crash. The following are only a few examples of common auto accident injuries.
Head injuries – Most people do not wear helmets inside their cars or trucks. Therefore, the head is generally completely exposed in a crash. Despite airbags that are meant to protect a motorist from hitting his or her head on a steering wheel or dashboard, the head often suffers trauma in a serious crash. In addition, the sharp jolt of an impact can be enough to cause injury to the head and the brain. Some common head injuries include:
All of the above require medical attention immediately and may have lasting physical and/or cognitive effects for victims.
Neck and back injuries – One of the most commonly cited injuries after a car crash is “whiplash.” The term whiplash can refer to a number of soft tissue injuries in the neck affecting the muscles, ligaments, or tendons. Regardless of the specifics of a particular whiplash injury, this type of injury can be painful, can limit mobility and abilities, and can require extensive therapy and treatment to fully heal.
In addition, many parts of the back can be injured in a car accident. There are muscles, joints, and soft tissue in the back that can be damaged. Anyone who has suffered a back injury knows it can cause extreme and chronic pain. Back injuries often keep victims from working or even moving around for a period of time. Medication, rest, therapy, and more may be needed in order to recover from a back injury, and there is always the chance of reinjury in the future.
Spinal cord injury – The spinal cord is an essential part of the body, sending messages from the brain to regulate organ function and facilitate movement in your limbs. When any part of the spinal cord is injured, the body below the point of injury can be affected, as messages from the brain can be disrupted or can even completely cease. Many spinal cord injuries result in a period of paralysis, which can be permanent in the most serious incidents. Spinal cord injuries require emergency treatment for stabilization and constant monitoring to prevent complications and increase the chances of regaining abilities. For paralyzed spinal cord injury victims, their lives will be forever changed, and they will require ongoing care and treatment for the rest of their lives.
No matter what type of injury you sustained in your car crash, it is likely that it affected your life in many ways and resulted in substantial financial losses as well as pain and suffering. You should be aware that if another party caused your crash, you have the legal right to seek financial recovery for all of your injury-related losses.
By calling a Philadelphia car accident law firm, you are making the financial recovery process substantially easier so that you can focus on your own physical recovery from your serious injuries. The Levin Firm will help you through the insurance claim process and through a personal injury lawsuit if needed so that you receive full compensation for your injury-related losses. We are here to help, so please call for more information at 215-825-5183 today.
If you have driven anywhere in the Philadelphia area, you have certainly seen large commercial trucks like semis, tankers, big-rigs, and flatbeds traveling from place to place. While the majority of trips undertaken by commercial vehicles go smoothly and without incident, it is important to remember that the vehicles are capable of causing serious injury when they are involved in accidents and pose a risk to everyone who shares the road with them.
At The Levin Firm, we are committed to representing the rights of individuals who have been injured in truck accidents in and around Philadelphia and throughout the state. Below is some information about truck accidents and truck accident litigation that may be helpful to motorists generally and people who have been hurt in a wreck with a commercial truck in particular.
Truck Accidents Are Often the Result of Truck Driver Negligence
The rules of the road are there to keep us all safe. Hypothetically, if everyone followed all traffic laws at all times, accidents would almost never happen. Unfortunately, as we all know, motor vehicle accidents occur on a daily basis, and they are often attributable to the negligence of a single driver. There are many ways that a truck driver’s negligence can result in a serious accident. Some of the more common examples of such negligence include:
Truck Crashes Can Cause Extremely Serious Injuries
Trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as the passenger vehicles with which they share the road. When they are involved in collisions, they can literally crush other vehicles and cause extremely serious injuries to the people inside. Examples of injuries that are commonly sustained in truck accidents include the following:
In many cases, victims who sustain injuries like those listed above or others are unable to work for an extended period of time and incur medical bills well into the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars. In particularly serious cases, victims will need ongoing care for the rest of their lives and may be unable to earn a living.
The fact that these injuries can be so serious and have such devastating consequences means that truck accident victims can often recover significant compensation for their current and future losses.
Truck Accident Victims Should ALWAYS Retain an Attorney
Many truck accident victims question whether they need to retain a lawyer to represent them, especially if the trucking company’s or truck driver’s insurance company is making a settlement offer. It is important to understand that determining the value of a truck accident case is a complicated matter, and you need to have an idea of what your case is worth before accepting a settlement offer. In addition, insurance companies have been known to engage in tactics that are designed to get victims to accidentally admit liability for their accident, so it is best to allow your lawyer to communicate with the insurance company on your behalf.
You Will Not Pay Legal Fees Unless You Recover Compensation
As a truck accident victim, you may be worried about how much it will cost you to retain an attorney. Because we take all our injury cases on a contingency fee basis, you can rest assured that you will be able to afford legal representation. Our fees are contingent upon recovering money on your behalf, which means that we do not get paid unless you do.
Call a Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, you should enlist the help of an experienced lawyer as soon as you can. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call The Levin Firm today at 215-825-5183 or contact us online.
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