Most of us don’t think a whole lot about our car insurance—that is, until we need it. Judging from the wacky and warmhearted insurance commercials out there, you’d think that car insurance companies are all about holding your hand through the difficult times. That, however, is a myth of advertising, and if you’ve suffered through a car accident, you need to think critically about your car insurance and about how best to proceed.
We’re all required to carry auto insurance in Pennsylvania, and we all purchase that insurance with the hope that we’ll never to have to use it. Pennsylvania, furthermore, provides for no-fault insurance with a variation called “Choice.” As an insured driver in Pennsylvania, therefore, you’re offered the choice of purchasing either a less-expensive no-fault auto insurance policy or a more traditional liability-based policy.
Although a no-fault policy is more economical, buyer beware. With a no-fault policy, your car insurance company is responsible for covering the damages you suffer in a car accident, but limits that coverage solely to your economic damages and will not cover your pain and suffering (which is commonly associated with many kinds of car accidents). Pennsylvania does recognize exceptions for “serious injuries” within this no-fault framework.
If another driver’s negligence injured you, contact an experienced Philadelphia car accident attorney. The involved auto insurance company may not prioritize your best interests in these often complicated cases. At The Levin Firm in Philadelphia, we have the skill, experience, and dedication to aggressively advocate for your car accident claim’s most positive resolution—and we’re here to help.
If a car accident has left you injured, it’s natural for you to feel overwhelmed and at a loss of how best to proceed. Many people seek the path of least resistance, which means accepting the initial settlement that their insurance company offers. This is often a mistake. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, which involves denying and underpaying on as many claims as they can possibly get away with—including yours.
The put out a report, Tricks of the Trade: How Insurance Companies Deny, Delay, Confuse and Refuse, that outlines exactly how low some insurance companies will go to bolster their own profits. The association documents how even some of the best-known and well-advertised insurance companies (the ones that spend all that advertising money to gain your trust) aren’t above endeavoring “to deny claims, delay payments, confuse consumers with incomprehensible insurance-speak, and retroactively refuse anyone who may cost them money.” While this is difficult to understand, we’ve all had an insurance experience or two that’s left us shaking our heads.
The American Association of Justice goes on to highlight some of the tactics that insurance companies commonly employ:
Penalizing policyholders. Some insurance companies will even penalize their own customers when those customers call in to ask questions about their coverage (such as after car accidents). Some car insurance companies implement a calculation tool that weights a call for information about a policy with the same penalty that’s afforded an actual claim. Insurance companies sometimes treat with hostility policyholders who are so bold as to inquire about the extent of their coverage—and these insurance companies can even try to get rid of such customers.
You purchased car insurance because you’re legally mandated to do so and because you need coverage in the unhappy event that you’re ever involved in an accident. When the insurance company from which you purchase coverage takes measures to avoid adequately covering you when you need it, you can feel cheated.
Your car accident claim and your rights are too important to leave to chance—or to the car insurance company. You need experienced legal counsel.
Car accidents can upset anyone, and if one has injured you, resist the inclination to simply allow your insurance company to deal with the fallout. While that’s why you purchased a policy in the first place, this strategy won’t likely serve your best interests. Put simply, insurance companies put their own profits first.
The dedicated legal team at in Philadelphia has the skill, experience, and commitment to fight for your car accident claim’s best possible resolution. We care about your case, and we’re here to help—so please or call us at (215) 825-5183 today.
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