Car accidents are fairly common in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation estimated that at least 121,000 alone occurred in 2015 alone. Approximately 9% of those 121,000 accidents occurred solely in Philadelphia and approximately 7% of all traffic-related deaths occurred in Philadelphia.
If involved in an accident, the first step is to ensure that none of the involved parties are in need of immediate medical attention. If someone is seriously injured, call for an ambulance immediately. If the parties are able to get up and walk away from the scene of the accident, the next step is to exchange basic information such as driver’s license, insurance, and personal contact information. After that, contact the police and have them come to the scene to create a police report. A police report may be helpful when discussing things like liability with an insurance company. If for some reason a lawsuit is brought arising out of the accident, the police report will prove as a critical piece of evidence.
Make sure to document the scene of the accident as well as any damages incurred. If someone has scrapes or bruises on their body, take high definition pictures from multiple angles. Similarly, if the vehicles involved have suffered damage, make sure to take high-resolution pictures of the damages. Keep everything organized and stored in a safe place. Make copies if necessary. Insurance companies will try to find a way to deny a claim if possible, but it is very difficult to deny if the victim has pictures.
In any car accident case, the injured party may be eligible for damages sustained to both their person and their property. If liability is clear – that is – if the injured party did not somehow contribute to their own injury – then they may be entitled to recovery for:
Being involved in a car accident can be a stressful and traumatic experience. In addition to dealing with insurance companies, the injured parties often times have to take time off work to heal and spend a considerable amount of money to fix the damages done to their vehicles. This is why it is so important to have a competent and zealous legal advisor by your side to help guide you through the process.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys of The Levin Firm today. 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.
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