If someone you loved has been killed in a car accident, chances are, you’re confused, struggling, and unsure of how to proceed from here. You’ve heard about wrongful death lawsuits, and you think that you might have the right to compensation for your loved one’s death, but you aren’t even sure of how to proceed. By working with an attorney who specializes in wrongful death lawsuits, you’ll put yourself in a better position to deal with the difficult journey ahead.
Every year, nearly 1.3 million people die in accidents on the road—an average of more than 3,000 per day. More than 400,000 of the victims are under the age of 25. In the United States alone, approximately 32,000 people die each year due to accidents on the road. Their loss represents a gaping hole in their family’s lives, and it’s not always just an emotional loss: many people end up with significant financial loss along with the rest of the pain and suffering. Consider the following:
Losing a loved one in a car accident isn’t just devastating emotionally. It can also cause financial devastation. In many cases, however, you’ll find that a wrongful death settlement can help cover the expenses associated with that death, giving you a little more time to get your balance back and get your feet back under you without having to worry about your expenses.
Your loved one has been a victim of a fatal car accident, but does that mean that you can get a settlement? According to the state of Pennsylvania, wrongful death occurs when one person’s death occurs as the result of the negligence, reckless behavior, or violent behavior of another individual. This certainly applies to reckless or neglectful behavior behind the wheel of a car, including:
Some accidents are impossible for the drivers involved in the crash to prevent. In other cases, however, accidents are caused by negligence or reckless behavior—and in those cases, you may have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
Wrongful death lawsuits aren’t always filed against the individuals involved in the accident, either. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, you may have grounds for a wrongful death suit against other individuals. There are several causes of wrongful death accidents that aren’t related to the drivers, including:
Wrongful death lawsuits can also be filed if your loved one died while riding in paid conveyance—that is, if they were in an Uber, a taxi, or another vehicle where unsafe driving behaviors took place. In many cases, understanding who was at fault for the accident can be a complicated issue. If you’re struggling to define whether or not your loved one’s death qualifies as a wrongful death case, consider whether or not they would have grounds for a personal injury claim if they were still alive. The same circumstances apply to both types of lawsuits. The only difference is that in this case, the person injured is unable to make the claim themselves.
If your loved one died as a result of a car accident in the state of Pennsylvania, ask some of these key questions to determine whether or not you have the right to a wrongful death lawsuit and compensation for your loss.
Who was at fault for the accident? If the accident was ruled as being the fault of your loved one by the officer on the scene, you likely can’t hold the other driver or drivers responsible for their death. In some cases, you may be able to win a partial settlement from the insurance companies involved even if your loved one was partially at fault. Pennsylvania has “comparative fault” laws, under which it will be decided what percentage your loved one was at fault for the accident. Their percentage will then be deducted from the total amount of a damages award. Note that if your loved one was more than 50% responsible for the accident, you probably won’t be able to receive compensation through a wrongful death settlement.
What were the circumstances of the accident? In some cases, the driver of the other car may have done everything reasonably possible in order to prevent the accident. If you’re not sure whether or not your loved one’s death qualifies as a wrongful death accident, a free consultation with a wrongful death attorney can help you determine whether or not you should pursue your case.
How long has it been since the accident? In the state of Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations on a wrongful death lawsuit is two years. This means that if more than two years has passed since the accident, you can no longer pursue a lawsuit. On the other hand, if you are within that two-year limit, you can still file for a wrongful death lawsuit. While there may be some exceptions to this two-year limit, it’s important to file a wrongful death claim as soon as possible in order to ensure that the courts will hear the case, and to ensure relevant evidence is preserved and collected promptly.
What is your relationship to the deceased? According to Pennsylvania law, only the person responsible for handling the estate of the deceased individual is able to file a claim. If, however, that individual chooses not to file the claim within the first six months after the death, any of the legal beneficiaries of the deceased are able to file the claim. This claim is filed on behalf of all of the beneficiaries, and the settlement will be divided, at the end of the case, among the beneficiaries of the deceased individual’s estate.
Losing a loved one is an expensive proposition. While a wrongful death settlement won’t replace them, it can help deal with many of the expenses associated with their loss. This may include:
The amount that you can expect from a wrongful death settlement will vary based on a number of factors, including the earning potential and contributions of your family member, the circumstances of the accident, and the expenses associated with their death. It’s important to work with a lawyer as you navigate this difficult process, since your lawyer will be able to give you a better idea of exactly what to expect from your own case.
In the state of Pennsylvania, drivers must turn first to their own personal injury protection insurance policies to acquire compensation for car accidents, including medical expenses, car repairs, and lost wages from work. It doesn’t matter who is ruled at fault for the accident in these cases, especially where property damage is minimal. It is only when the expenses associated with the accident exceed the amount of that coverage that it is possible to pursue further action against the driver who was responsible for the accident.
In wrongful death cases, however, the no-fault law does not apply. The expenses associated with the death typically far exceed the maximum coverage of personal injury protection policies. In this case, it is possible to pursue legal action against the individual or company who has been ruled responsible for the death.
Many people avoid taking on a wrongful death lawsuit because they fear it will be too expensive. They’ve already lost a loved one, and chances are, the insurance company is offering them a settlement. That settlement, however, is often the lowest number an insurance company feels that they can get away with offering. Insurance companies are responsible for paying out a certain amount, but they may choose to limit that amount as much as possible, especially if they catch you when you are grieving, struggling, and can convince you to sign the settlement paperwork. Instead, consult with a lawyer before signing. They’ll give you a better idea of what you should expect from your lawsuit.
Your initial consultation with a lawyer doesn’t have to be expensive. At The Levin Firm, we’ll offer you a free consultation to discuss your case and your options. In many cases, we can receive payment on a contingent fee basis—that is, we don’t get paid until you win your case. We’ll take our fees out of the wrongful death settlement or judgment, allowing you to get the justice you need without having to worry about how you’re going to afford an attorney.
If you’ve lost a loved one in a car accident and need to know whether or not you have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit, contact us online or call us at (215) 825-5183. We’ll schedule a free consultation to discuss your loved one’s accident, learn more about who was at fault, and determine whether or not you have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.
Every type of car accident can be stressful and often frightening. However, the situation can become even more traumatic and worrisome if the driver who caused the crash then flees the scene. Hit and run drivers can leave behind accident victims in need of serious medical attention or who suffered fatal injuries in a crash. Sometimes, fleeing the scene causes additional injuries that could have been prevented had the driver stopped and assisted accident victims—or even just called the authorities to report the accident.
An accident in Philadelphia in recent months demonstrates just how dangerous hit and run drivers can be. According to new reports, a 38-year-old driver was involved in an accident near the intersection of 23rd Street and Jackson Street and fled the scene. As the driver sped away, he crashed into a number of additional cars and hit two pedestrians. Several people were transported to the hospital and one 46-year-old woman suffered fatal injuries.
Police reported that the driver had taken medication and believed he lost consciousness right before the accident. While the driver may not have realized what he was doing, taking medication that impairs your driving ability in the first place is negligent behavior. Negligent drivers should be held fully accountable for the extensive losses of injured accident victims and their families. If you have been injured in a car accident—whether another driver fled the scene or not—you should discuss your rights with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible.
Individuals who sustain injuries in car accidents have the right to seek compensation for their losses from the negligent driver who caused the accident. Losses commonly include medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. Ways that accident victims can seek the compensation for their injuries include:
Filing an auto insurance claim – If the negligent driver has car insurance as required by law, you can file a claim with their insurer to request payment for your losses. Many people expect they will simply receive a check for the full amount in the mail—but this is rarely the case. Even though it is the insurance company’s duty to compensate accident victims under certain policies, you can be sure that these companies also want to protect their profitability whenever possible by limiting, delaying, or simply denying payouts.
Insurance companies often engage in unscrupulous tactics to avoid paying accident victims fair compensation. First, many insurers will start by throwing out a lowball offer, hoping that a claimant will simply accept it. Accepting an inadequate offer is a huge mistake, as you will have no additional opportunities to request more once you realize your losses exceed the amount of the settlement. Instead, when you receive an offer from an insurance company, you should have it closely reviewed by a skilled car accident attorney who can identify when an offer is too low.
Insurance companies also try to fight liability by questioning who was at fault in the accident and by challenging the legitimacy of your losses. Often, adjusters claim you did not need all the time off work or all the treatment you received. An experienced attorney will know how to provide proof of fault and your losses to ensure you recover the compensation you deserve.
Filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit – When the insurance claim process does not procure a fair settlement, you may need to turn to the courts. Injured accident victims have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against any negligent parties. Additionally, families of victims killed in crashes can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover for losses specified by law.
The lawsuit process is governed by specific procedural rules that an experienced litigation attorney can navigate. Often, just filing a lawsuit petition will be enough for an insurance company to substantially increase its insurance offer, as it will try to avoid the costs of litigation. In other cases, several rounds of settlement negotiations may be needed before the other party offers a favorable amount. Rarely, the case may need to proceed to trial to obtain a jury verdict in your favor.
Although the driver in the recent Philly accident was detained and identified, many hit and run drivers are never found. However, just because a driver fled does not mean that you should be responsible for the costs of your injuries. Instead, you should turn to your uninsured motorist policy.
Making a claim with your own insurance company sounds simple. But your insurance company wants to protect profits just like any other, so the process may be more challenging than you would think. In fact, your own insurance company may erect the same roadblocks in the process as another driver’s carrier. For this reason, you should enlist the help of a car accident lawyer who understands how to seek compensation after a hit and run, even if the driver who hit you fled and cannot be found. An attorney can review settlement offers, prove the extent of your losses, and recognize when your insurance company is acting in bad faith. Having the right legal representation on your side to protect your rights ensures the best possible recovery of compensation for the injuries and losses you’ve suffered.
The Levin Firm represents clients in a wide variety of motor vehicle accident cases. Whether your accident involved cars, trucks, pedestrians, hit and run drivers, or other unique circumstances, we have the experience and resources to handle your claim. We will take care of every aspect of a legal claim—including the insurance process and litigation when needed—so that our clients can rest and recover from their injuries with minimal stress. If you need assistance after any type of accident and injury, please call 215-825-5183 or contact us online today to set up your case evaluation.
While March brought the official start of spring, people in Philly know better than to expect the flowers to immediately bloom and the sun to start constantly shining. Pennsylvanians should not pack away their coats and winter weather gear right away, as the late spring months can still bring colder temperatures, rainy days, and even harsh snow and ice. Whether a late blizzard hits or a spring shower, the roads in and around Philadelphia can be dangerous.
Every driver has the legal duty to drive their vehicle in a manner that is reasonably safe. This is duty is meant to prevent accidents and keep everyone safe from harm. “Reasonably safe” can involve complying with all traffic laws, avoiding distractions, not driving while impaired, and more. What is considered to be reasonably safe will also depend on the particular road and traffic conditions at a particular time, so driving behaviors should regularly be adjusted based on such conditions, which include adverse weather or slick roads.
Take speed limits, for example. When a road has a posted speed limit of 50 miles per hour, anyone exceeding that speed limit may be considered negligent and you may assume that as long as you are within that speed, you will not be liable for speeding. However, speed depends on more than just the posted speed limits—a safe speed should also take into account road and traffic conditions. If you are in heavy traffic, it would be unreasonable to expect to safely travel at 50 miles per hour. Similarly, a posted speed limit may not be reasonably safe if the roads are icy, or if visibility is poor due to a storm.
Every driver is expected to make judgment calls regarding what speed is safe in adverse weather. Unfortunately, too many drivers overestimate their driving ability or the reliability of their vehicles in dangerous weather conditions. Even if drivers stay under the posted speed limit, they may be responsible for causing an accident if they were driving too fast for conditions.
Commercial truck drivers are especially notorious for speeding past other cars when it is raining or snowing. Large semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds with numerous axles, so they may have better traction on wet roads. For this reason, truck drivers may be overly confident and may drive faster than is reasonable.
In addition to speed limit compliance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) prohibits commercial drivers from driving “too fast for conditions.” This includes slowing down in adverse road or weather conditions, as well as on curves, in construction zones, in intersections, and in heavy traffic. When a truck driver fails to slow down sufficiently to be safe in stormy weather and crashes, they may be found in violation of FMCSA regulations and liable for the injuries and losses caused by the accident.
If a driver was not exceeding the speed limit, how do you prove that they were traveling too fast for the road or weather conditions? Without a concrete threshold, it can be a subjective matter and the specific proof can vary from case to case. The following are some tools that an experienced attorney can use to help determine and prove negligence:
Proving negligence when “spring” weather conditions result in an accident may be complicated. You should seek help from a law firm with the resources to investigate what happened and advise you of your rights and legal options. Your options can include filing an insurance claim or filing a personal injury lawsuit in civil court.
Sometimes, it may be obvious that a driver was negligent due to spring weather conditions. In other situations, careful investigation and legal analysis may be necessary to identify and prove that another driver breached their duty of care and acted negligently. In either case, The Levin Firm is here to help injured accident victims. Our firm regularly handles car accident cases that are relatively straightforward, as well as cases that are more complicated. If you are uncertain of your rights, the best step is to schedule an appointment so our experienced motor vehicle accident attorneys can evaluate your situation for free.
Timing is important in any legal case and car accident claims are no different. If you have been injured, please do not wait to call The Levin Firm at 215-825-5183 or contact us online today.
While the transition from winter to spring weather can be a welcome one in the northeast, with it often comes a less-than-desirable effect on our roadways—potholes. Both Philadelphia and New Jersey are notorious for potholes. Potholes sometimes cannot be avoided and may even form on well-maintained streets. Winter weather brings moisture that seeps into small cracks in the pavement. The moisture freezes in low temperatures and expands, causing the roadway to crack and break apart.
When the temperature increases with spring, the pavement often crumbles as a result of multiple cracks. The result is what we call “potholes.” Potholes form directly in the path where traffic is heaviest. That means potholes are often much worse in heavily-trafficked areas such as Philadelphia or Norristown, as the stress from the constant weight of traffic and heavy commercial vehicles can break away more and more pavement around the edges of the potholes. Often street maintenance crews in large cities like Philadelphia cannot keep up with the number of potholes forming, and some may persist for a long period of time, presenting hazards for all vehicles on the road.
Potholes are dangerous and may cause accidents. In some cases, a driver may unexpectedly hit a pothole and sustain serious damage to their vehicle, such as undercarriage, axle, or tire damage. In other situations, hitting a pothole can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle and crash into another car. A driver may also suddenly slam on the brakes or swerve to avoid a large pothole, causing a collision.
Potholes accidents have the potential to cause serious traumatic injuries to vehicle occupants, in addition to vehicle damage. Pothole accident cases can also be complicated, especially if they involve claims against a governmental entity responsible for maintaining the roads. It may also be difficult to prove that a pothole caused a collision. For these reasons, anyone who has been injured in an accident that may have resulted from a dangerous pothole needs the right attorney on their side as soon as possible.
Potholes can cause accidents involving any type of vehicle. Even pedestrians can trip and fall due to a pothole. However, potholes can be particularly dangerous for people riding motorcycles or bicycles. These two-wheeled vehicles can react in extremely dangerous ways if an operator suddenly hits a pothole.
First, if a motorcyclist or bicyclist tries to avoid a pothole by swerving around it, they can easily lose their balance due to the sudden movement, and may lose control and crash. If they actually hit the pothole, the front tire may drop into the pothole and stop. The momentum of the vehicle can then cause the motorcycle or bicycle to tip forward, often throwing the rider forward off the vehicle. In such accidents, riders often hit the pavement face-first. Even with a helmet, this type of crash can result in severe injuries, including:
Many of these injuries leave a motorcyclist or bicyclist scarred, disfigured, or disabled for the rest of their lives. Those who are lucky enough to survive may have extreme costs and losses due to serious injuries—which could have been prevented simply by repairing a pothole.
If a city or state failed to repair a pothole in a timely manner and you suffered injuries as a result, you may be able to hold the municipality responsible for all of your losses. Unfortunately, pothole cases are rarely that straightforward and municipalities will fight liability for property damage and injury costs whenever they can. To make matters worse, they often have government immunity on their side, which can limit a government agency’s liability for certain types of accidents.
Even if you do have the ability to file an insurance claim against the government, the requirements are different from regular personal injury actions. For example, time limits are generally much shorter and you must include specific information for your claim to be considered. For this reason, it is essential that you have an attorney on your side who understands how sovereign immunity laws work and how to pursue a claim on your behalf when applicable.
If a claim against the government is not possible after a pothole accident, you may have to turn to your own insurance to cover your losses. Just because you pay premiums each month does not mean that your insurance company will simply cut you a check, however. Instead, such insurance claims often require a significant amount of negotiating before you receive fair compensation for your vehicle damage and all of your injury-related losses. Having a knowledgeable lawyer represent you when filing a claim with an insurance company can help maximize your recovery.
Whether you were injured in a car accident, bicycle accident, motorcycle accident, or any other type of vehicle accident, you should not hesitate to call The Levin Firm to discuss your rights. We can assist you throughout the entire insurance process to help ensure you recover proper compensation for your pothole-related accident and injuries. We can also determine whether a municipality was negligent in failing to repair a pothole or another road hazard. Our team has the skill and experience to take on governmental entities when necessary. However, cases against government agencies have very strict time limits and any delay can threaten your ability to seek compensation. Please call 215-825-5183 or contact us online so we can get started evaluating your case as soon as possible.
When negligence causes a car accident, it makes an already stressful situation that much more upsetting. All too often simple carelessness causes accidents—and injuries—that could easily have been prevented. Nevertheless, ordinary negligence frequently causes dangerous car accidents.
If another driver’s negligence has left you injured, you know how financially, physically, and emotionally difficult it can be. Your recovery and your right to just compensation are too important not to consult with an experienced car accident attorney. At The Levin Firm in Philadelphia, our dedicated car accident attorneys have the experience, skill, and compassion to aggressively advocate for the compensation to which you’re entitled.
The number of negligent car accidents caused by distracted drivers on our nation’s roadways has skyrocketed. Driving while distracted is particularly dangerous. The (CDC) has reported two startling distracted driving statistics:
With the explosion of smartphones, distracted driving has become such a significant problem that the U.S. government has set up a website dedicated to the safety issue, . The website identifies distracted driving as any driving when the driver’s attention is focused on anything other than the primary task of driving safely. The website categorizes the most common types of distractions as visual, manual, and cognitive. When drivers use smartphones to text or email, they engage in all three of these types of distraction at once, creating an extremely dangerous diversion from driving.
Almost everyone knows that driving under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous, but many drivers continue to engage in this deadly practice. Impaired drivers not only endanger themselves and their passengers, they risk the lives of everyone else on the road. The CDC reports several sobering impaired-driving statistics based on data from 2015:
These statistics show that despite law enforcement efforts, drunk drivers continue to plague the roads and cause a hefty number of needless accidents and fatalities every year.
All these driving practices are exceedingly dangerous. Sometimes aggressive drivers also get personal and taunt other drivers by hurling expletives and using obscene hand gestures. Steps you can take to steer clear of these dangerous drivers include:
While speeding is a form of aggressive driving, it’s such a serious issue that it bears separate consideration. The (NHTSA) reports that speed has played an elemental role in nearly a third of the total vehicular fatalities in the U.S. over the past 20-plus years. There were more than 9,500 speed-related fatalities in 2015 alone.
Car accidents are dangerous and frightening—but car accidents needlessly caused by another driver’s careless negligence are even more upsetting. If you have been injured by a negligent driver, you need skilled legal counsel to help you through this difficult time. The experienced legal team at is committed to helping protect the rights of injured accident victims and ensuring just compensation for their injuries. We have over fifty years of combined experience helping accident victims in Philadelphia recover fair compensation for their injuries. Our dedicated car accident attorneys have the skill, knowledge, and commitment to fight for your rights while you focus on your recovery. We’re here to help. Please or call us at 215-825-5183 today.
A car accident—even a minor one—can throw things into turmoil. The consequences can be much more difficult if you suffered injuries. If someone else’s negligence caused the accident, understanding some basics can be helpful.
Pennsylvania implements a unique car accident insurance system that’s known as a , which can be complicated. As a citizen of Pennsylvania, you have the choice of purchasing less-costly no-fault car insurance coverage, or purchasing more traditional coverage that is based on who was at fault in causing an accident. With no-fault coverage, your accident claim will be covered by your own insurance company, but only your financial damages are recoverable. In other words, while you’re covered for your medical expenses, lost wages, and property damages, you won’t be compensated for pain and suffering except in cases involving especially serious injuries.
If you carry more traditional insurance coverage, the negligent driver’s insurance will cover your losses, which may include damages for pain and suffering. There is, however, a mechanism for allocating the percentage of fault and adjusting your compensation accordingly. Because the determination of fault and allocation of responsibility can get very complicated, a dedicated car accident attorney can help.
Even a minor car accident can be costly, and no injury should be ignored. If you’ve suffered a minor injury in a car accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, a car accident attorney can help you assess your best options and help ensure that you’re justly compensated. Because Pennsylvania’s car accident laws are unique to Pennsylvania, it’s important to consult with an experienced Pennsylvania car accident attorney. At the Levin Firm in Philadelphia, our dedicated legal team has the experience, commitment, and skill to aggressively advocate for your claim’s best possible resolution.
Always seek medical attention after a car accident, even if you think you feel fine at the time.
Sometimes the trauma of being in car accident causes a rush of adrenaline and symptoms of shock that can mask injuries. Moreover, minor injuries that may not seem important can become serious if not treated. Certain kinds of injuries commonly associated with minor accidents—such as whiplash and spinal injuries—may develop into chronic debilitating conditions. Even if you think you escaped with just a few bumps and bruises, you should get checked out and make sure those bumps and bruises aren’t hiding something serious, like a blood clot. Early medical intervention is always in your best interest—even if the doctor just provides reassurance. Seeking swift medical attention also provides you with more accurate documentation of your physical damages to support your claim.
No matter what kind of coverage you carry, your car accident claim is going to go through a car insurance company. It is important to remember that car insurance companies are not in business to maximize recovery for your claim. Instead, car insurance companies attempt to minimize payouts as much as possible. Some implement delay tactics, or will offer a quick but inadequate settlement.
Your claim and your just compensation matter too much not to consult with an experienced car accident attorney who will help ensure that you’re fully compensated for all your incurred damages. Your best strategy is to find a lawyer experienced in dealing with car insurance companies who knows how to maximize your recovery. When you are injured after a car accident, it is no time to go to battle with an insurance company. Allow a dedicated car accident lawyer to protect your rights while you focus on your recovery.
Pennsylvania has a two-year for bringing a legal claim after an accident, which means you have two years from the date the accident to file a lawsuit. You cannot bring suit after limitations has run, even if your injuries become more serious over time. An experienced car accident lawyer helps guide your claim through the process and ensures you don’t miss important deadlines.
Often people who suffer from whiplash don’t even realize they’ve been injured until a day or longer after the accident. Because whiplash injuries have the potential to degrade into something far more serious, they’re worth considering more carefully. Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury of the neck caused when your head is whipped back and forth on your neck – like the cracking of a whip. Even minor accidents at slower speeds can result in whiplash injuries. While such injuries are sometimes immediately apparent, they can also develop and worsen over time. Whiplash injuries often lead to considerable pain and to decreased range-of-motion in the neck. Moreover, whiplash can be short-lived, but can also become a permanent debilitating condition. Even what seems like mild whiplash should not be overlooked as a potentially serious injury.
Even a car accident that leads to a minor injury can rack up considerable expenses:
A skilled car accident attorney will help ensure that you recover fair compensation for your injuries. If you’ve been injured by another driver’s negligence, it’s a difficult time. But don’t let an insurance company take advantage of you when you have been injured. A committed car accident attorney will carefully evaluate the unique circumstances of your claim and help design a strategy to protect your rights and fight for the compensation to which you are entitled.
Even a minor car accident with what seems like minimal injuries can be extremely difficult to process and have lasting consequences. If another driver’s negligence caused an accident that left you injured, your legal rights and your claim are important. The dedicated car accident attorneys at in Philadelphia have the experience, commitment, and determination to help navigate your claim and place you in the best position possible while you focus on your recovery. We’re here to help, so please or call us at 215-825-5183 today.
Car accidents are dangerous and frightening and often cause devastating injuries. Of these, head injuries can be some of those most challenging, because your cognitive abilities may be impaired without you even realizing it. Head injuries may be asymptomatic at the scene of the accident, with significant and dangerous symptoms presenting only after the fact, making matters even more complicated. Even a mild head injury can lead to cognitive difficulties and should never be discounted. If you’ve been in a car accident, it’s always a good idea to seek medical attention and rule out any head injury, even if you think you feel fine.
Concussions are very common head injuries occurring in car accidents. A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by either rough shaking of the head or a blow to the head. A concussion is usually a temporary condition that heals with time, but may cause significant physical and cognitive issues over time. On the spectrum of traumatic brain injuries, concussions are considered mild, but are nevertheless often associated with serious health consequences. The reports that concussions account for most TBIs, and that TBIs play a role in almost a third of all deaths caused by traumatic injury in the United States.
If you’ve suffered a head injury in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you need experienced legal counsel to help you navigate the process of recovery. Car accident injury claims may be complicated, especially when you are facing cognitive issues. The dedicated legal team at The Levin Firm in Philadelphia understands exactly how overwhelming your situation can be. We’re here to help effectively and efficiently guide you through the claim process and help ensure that you recover fair compensation for your injuries.
Head injuries like TBIs are often referred to as silent injuries because they may not be visible to the outside observer, which can exacerbate their isolating effects. Your brain is your body’s command central, which allows you to effectively navigate through life. As such, any injury to this delicately calibrated system can lead to negative cognitive consequences. TBIs can be unpredictable, with even very slight injuries causing significant cognitive issues.
Victims of head injuries, such as concussions and other TBIs, often suffer what they describe as an altered sense of self. This may occur because cognitive processes are so closely related to what makes us unique. For example, TBI victims can suffer memory loss and the inability to regulate their emotions in familiar ways, resulting in abrupt personality changes. Such consequences can lead to psychological effects that include depression and social isolation. Ultimately, these effects tend to push away the injured person’s support system just when needed most.
In addition, a TBI that causes you to suffer from cognitive impairment is likely to affect your ability to carry out your job. A TBI can cause you to lose hours at work, or even to lose your capacity to function at your previous performance level altogether. Because our careers are so closely tied to our sense of self and to our position in the world, this can be just as psychologically and emotionally damaging as it is financially devastating.
Traumatic brain injuries can be slow to present with symptoms, but there are several signs that you should be on the lookout for if you or someone you care about has been in a car accident:
Any of these symptoms can indicate a traumatic brain injury. Even if the symptoms seem relatively mild, they should not be ignored. Instead, seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of those symptoms after an accident.
Traumatic brain injuries are tricky. Because these injuries can linger before presenting with symptoms, they often go undiagnosed until they become more pronounced and more difficult to treat. In fact, TBIs sometimes sneak up so quietly that victims have a difficult time connecting them to the precipitating accident. Further, because these injuries are so unpredictable, it’s difficult to know how a TBI will affect your life as you move into the future. Immediate medical attention is always the safest option when it comes to car accidents.
Every car accident claim is unique and often complicated. If someone else’s negligence has caused you to suffer a head injury in a car accident, you need both experienced medical attention and skilled legal counsel. Your claim and your just compensation are too important to leave to chance or to the insurance company. Insurance companies all too often make lowball offers to settle serious injury claims, while you are faced with mounting medical bills. Don’t be tempted to take on an insurance company yourself, especially if you’ve suffered a head injury with cognitive issues. You need an attorney experienced with your type of claim to help you successfully negotiate with the insurance company, and to bring suit if necessary.
Being injured in a car accident can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve suffered a head injury. At in Philadelphia, our dedicated car accident attorneys have the experience, skill, and determination to help guide your claim toward the best possible resolution, while you focus on your recovery. We have over 50 years of combined experience helping people who have been injured in accidents in Philadelphia. We’re here to help. Please or call us at 215-825-5183 today.
Most people are familiar with drag racing only in the movies. But drag racing happens in real life—and causes accidents that hurt people. Unfortunately, drag racing has become increasingly popular among urban youth in cities like Philadelphia, with drivers and spectators uploading footage of races on YouTube and other social media platforms.
The State of Pennsylvania has enacted laws to specifically address drag racing. Drag racing is illegal in Pennsylvania– not only to drive in a drag race, but to participate in any capacity. These laws define as two or more vehicles competitively attempting to outdistance each other while driving side by side at accelerating speeds. The makes it illegal to engage in drag racing, even just as a spectator. Convicted participants are subject to a six-month suspension of license, fines, and the possibility of jail time.
Drag racing—or street racing—is obviously dangerous for the participants, who are all too often younger drivers. But it also frequently endangers other drivers and pedestrians, especially when drivers drag race on busy urban streets at night. Drag racing claims may be complicated and difficult to prove because the drivers involved typically will not admit to drag racing.
If you’ve been injured in an accident and suspect the driver who caused the accident may have been drag racing, you need skilled legal counsel to help navigate your claim. At The Levin Firm in Philadelphia, we recognize the dangers of street races on our urban streets, and we’re here to help. Our dedicated car accident attorneys have the experience, skill, and commitment to fight for your rights and help you recover fair compensation for your injuries.
An article entitled in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), identifies several key factors common to drag racing fatalities:
Speed alone is deadly. As a driver’s speed increases, so too does the driver’s braking distance. This means that the driver’s available reaction time decreases – just when he or she needs it most. The reports that in 2016, speed killed more than 10,000 people and accounted for more than a quarter of traffic fatalities overall. Speed has played a significant role in about a third of total traffic fatalities for more than 20 years.
When you mix excessive speeds with the other factors common to drag racing—young, often impaired drivers with poor driving histories racing on busy urban surface streets—you have a recipe for disaster.
According to the NHTSA, speed correlates directly with specific consequences:
Statistics show that drivers who drag race are often impaired by alcohol or other intoxicating substances. While driving under the influence is always dangerous, mixing this practice with the reckless characteristics of drag racing is a potentially deadly combination. Let’s consider the sobering statistics forwarded by the (CDC):
Driving while impaired is always a terrible idea. Mixing impairment with the speed and recklessness of drag racing makes it an even more dangerous practice.
When you take young, impetuous drivers who tend to have poor driving records in the first place and add speed and alcohol into the equation, things get very dangerous very quickly. Drag racing, unfortunately, is not new to the streets of Philadelphia. If you’ve been injured by a drag racing driver, you need an accident attorney with experience in these kinds of cases to help protect your rights and guide you through the process of recovering for your claims.
If you have been injured in an accident and suspect that one or more of the drivers involved may have been drag racing, the legal team at in Philadelphia can help. Our attorneys have over fifty years’ combined experience helping accident victims recover fair compensation and move forward in the recovery process. Our attorneys have the commitment, knowledge, and compassion to aggressively advocate for you and your rights. We’re here to help, so please or call us at 215-825-5183 today.
Nearly any kind of storm can cause the roads to become treacherous and slippery – or even to become impassible. Dangerous accidents become more likely when temperatures drop and roads ice over. When winds are high, and snow, ice, or rain is coming down, drivers may also be unable to see a safe distance ahead of them, making driving in slick conditions that much more dangerous. When drivers fail to accommodate for these adverse conditions by slowing down, they endanger everyone on the road.
The (NWS) advises drivers to slow down for bad weather. Even if the road only looks wet, it can still be slippery and dangerous. The NWS shares that there are more than 6,000 weather-related fatalities on U.S. roadways every year. When drivers fail to take this most-basic driving advice seriously and refuse to slow down when roads are affected by inclement weather, they endanger themselves and others.
If another driver fails to slow down in stormy weather and causes an accident that leaves you injured, you need skilled legal counsel. The experienced legal team at The Levin Firm has the skill, knowledge, and commitment to help navigate your claim toward its most positive resolution, so please or call us at 215-825-5183 today. Our dedicated car accident attorneys are here to help.
Even in the best conditions, speed kills. Drivers who speed increase the distance necessary for their cars to brake safely and decrease the amount of time they have to react safely to dangerous conditions. The (NHTSA) reports that in 2015, drivers who were speeding in the U.S. killed over 9,500 people. Additionally, speed has played a significant role in about a third of traffic fatalities for more than 20 years.
Failing to slow down during inclement weather is even more dangerous. When a driver fails to slow down on icy roads, the danger associated with speeding grows exponentially. The (DOT) reports that stormy weather can impair visibility, affect a driver’s capacity to drive, reduce vehicle performance (with decreased traction, stability, and maneuverability), decrease pavement friction, increase crash risks, and alter traffic flow. The DOT shares these startling statistics regarding weather-related accidents:
Because weather-related accidents represent a serious threat to everyone on the road, it is incumbent on all drivers to regulate their speed accordingly during stormy conditions.
If you’re involved in a car accident during a winter storm with frigid temperatures, the NWA provides several tips to help you remain safe while you wait for help to arrive:
Bad weather can crop up unexpectedly, and it’s important to be prepared when it does. Steps that you can take to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe when you’re driving in dangerous conditions include:
When the weather turns, it’s important to remember that it’s going to take you longer to get where you’re going. Allow yourself plenty of time, and take all the necessary precautions. Always make traveling safely your top priority.
Bad weather demands reduced speeds. If another driver’s failure to abide by this safety rule causes an accident and you were injured, you need a skilled car accident attorney. These accident claims are often complicated. Your rights and fair compensation for your injuries are too important not to aggressively advocate for the best possible outcome. At in Philadelphia, our dedicated car accident attorneys have the experience, knowledge, and commitment to help guide your claim toward just resolution and help ensure you are fairly compensated for your injuries, while you focus on your recovery. We’re here to help, so please or call us at 215-825-5183 today.
Car accidents are dangerous and frightening. If another driver’s negligence has left you injured, it can be devastating. It’s important to remember, however, that no matter how difficult your situation seems, you have rights. Knowing your rights after a car accident can help you better navigate the often-complicated claim process and you should have an experienced car accident attorney who can help.
Pennsylvania is a state, which means that you can choose the type of car insurance coverage you want to purchase. While a no-fault policy is less expensive, it means that your own insurance company will cover a claim no matter who is at fault, but you can only collect financial damages unless you’ve incurred an extremely serious injury. A more traditional policy, on the other hand, requires you to seek recovery from the at-fault party’s insurance company and allows recovery for pain and suffering. These insurance claims may be complicated, but a skilled car accident attorney can help ensure that you recover fair compensation for your damages.
If a negligent driver has left you injured, consult with an experienced car accident lawyer to discuss your rights today. Your claim is too important to leave to either chance or the insurance company. The dedicated legal team at The Levin Firm in Philadelphia is here to help guide your car accident claim toward the compensation to which you’re entitled.
You purchased car insurance to cover you in case you were ever in an accident. Now, you’ve been in an accident, and it’s your right to recover compensation for your injuries. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that insurance companies are in the business of making profits, which can mean making lowball offers, cutting corners, dropping claims, and minimizing payouts. Don’t take the path of least resistance by accepting the first settlement offer the insurance company makes. You have the right to be compensated in full for your injuries, so don’t accept anything less. A skilled car accident attorney can help aggressively advocate for your rights negotiating with the insurance company to help ensure a fair settlement.
If another driver’s negligence has left you injured, you should know how to protect your claim. If the insurance company is not forthcoming with a fair settlement, you can take certain steps to help protect your claim. The first step is to collect comprehensive evidence at the scene of the accident (or have a bystander do it for you). Ways to collect evidence include:
While there are several things you can do to protect your rights, there are also things you should avoid:
Being injured in a car accident may be extremely upsetting and overwhelming, but you have rights. Having skilled legal counsel will help you protect those rights and navigate through the complicated process of recovering at trial or through settlement. Meeting with a car accident attorney does not necessarily mean that your claim will eventually end up in court; your attorney may be able to negotiate and expedite a rapid settlement with an insurance company instead. Your car accident lawyer will discuss the unique circumstances of your claim with you and will help effectively and efficiently guide your case toward equitable resolution of your claims. The dedicated legal team at in Philadelphia is committed to helping ensure you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries, while you focus on your recovery. Our experienced car accident attorneys are here to help, so please or call us at 215-825-5183 today.
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