Auto Accident Attorneys
Victims of car accidents in Pennsylvania may be eligible for a range of benefits that cover damages for monetary as well as non-monetary losses.
Types of Auto Accidents
Because of their size, speed, and efficiency, bicycles are often used to commute to different places. However, bicyclists that are involved in traffic accidents are often seriously injured or killed for those very same reasons. The benefits of biking are best enjoyed by also paying attention to what could go wrong and taking whatever steps you can to stay safe.
Bus accidents usually involve many people, which can make an accident claim more complex than a car accident claim. Make sure to contact a lawyer who understands the complexities of both, so that you can receive the compensation you deserve.
There is an unfortunate new trend today for many auto accidents to be caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving accidents can happen when the driver is paying attention to anything other than the road ahead and their driving skills. Take necessary precautions when getting behind the wheel so that you can stay as safe as possible.
Motorcycle accidents are likely to cause serious, even fatal, injuries, especially if they involve a collision with another vehicle. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation to help you cover expenses related to pain and suffering or medical bills.
A pedestrian accident can often mean head injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and lacerations, as well as death. All of these present a significant expense to victims and their families, and a pedestrian accident lawyer can help assure that victims are getting the compensation they deserve.
Every year, approximately 4,000 people are killed nationally in commercial trucking accidents that are the result of intoxicated or distracted driving, sleepy truckers, or defective trucks. If you’ve been in a truck accident, contact a lawyer who will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.
What to Do After a Car Accident
There are several things that need to happen after a car accident. Here are a few things to get you started:
- Move the vehicle(s) to a safe area (if possible).
- Make sure no one is hurt.
- Call the police.
- Gather important information, including:
- Driver and passenger names
- License plate numbers
- Insurance info
- Makes and models of all vehicles involved
- Contact info for any eyewitnesses
- Location of the accident
- The name and badge number of any responding police officers
- Take pictures of the accident.
- File an insurance claim.
If the accident was caused by the negligent or reckless driving of another motorist, you may be eligible for compensatory damages & non-compensatory damages.
Broadly, you can claim:
- Medical expenses – These can include all kinds of medical expenses that are related to the treatment of your injuries including hospitalization, surgical costs, doctor fees, as well as medication costs. You may also be eligible for therapy and rehabilitation costs that are incurred after you are released from the hospital.
- Disability and Disfigurement – If the injury has resulted or will result in long-term disability, debilitation or disfigurement, you may be eligible for compensation for related expenses too. For instance, a person who has suffered a spinal cord fracture may suffer from partial or complete paralysis, and may be looking at spending the rest of his life dependent on the care of others. This person’s claim must cover not just immediate medical expenses, but also the costs of 24-hour medical care, as well as any future medical expenses.
- Emotional Distress – Victims of car accidents are known to suffer from emotional distress, or post traumatic stress disorder, after the accident. Dealing with insurance companies, medical bills, and any resulting injuries will surely take it’s toll on anyone. Loss of wages and costs of medical aid can be recovered with the help of a Pennsylvania car accident lawyer.
- Lost Wages – After any accident, you will be required to take several days, weeks or even months off work, while you recuperate. Damages for lost wages are meant to compensate for these losses.
A spouse can also claim compensation for the loss of household support like the inability of the injured person to contribute to household tasks.
These damages are more difficult to calculate, and are typically awarded to the victim in order to teach a lesson to the defendant. In other words, non-compensatory damages, also known as punitive damages, are awarded not to compensate the victim, but to deter other persons from the behavior of the defendant.
Pennsylvania Car Crash Statistics
The Pennsylvania car accident lawyers at Solnick & Associates, LLC represent victims of car accidents across Pennsylvania.