Injured in a car accident? You need a lawyer.
Car accidents unfortunately happen extremely often, and they are often very dangerous or even deadly. In 2014, there were 85,084 reported car crashes in Pennsylvania, over 600 of which resulted in fatalities and over 40,000 of which resulted in injuries. In big cities like Philadelphia, car accidents happen even more often because of the high volume of traffic on highways like I-95 and I-276 and even on residential streets. ?Our lawyers have years of experience assisting accident victims in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania if they have been injured in any type of car accident.
Because car accidents are so commonplace, it can be easy to think that they will not happen to you, or that any car accident you are involved in will be minor. Unfortunately, as the statistics show, injuries are extremely common in car accidents. And if the car crash was at high speed or in heavy traffic, the injuries may be quite serious and painful. Because over 85% of Americans own a car, people run the risk of being involved in a car accident every time they get behind the wheel or in the passenger seat of a vehicle.
There are four different types of car crashes that each come with their own set of dangers. In a head on collision, where the front of one car collides with the front of another car, both drivers and passengers may suffer from whiplash during the collision or from serious cuts if the windshield is shattered on impact.
A rear end collision occurs when the front end of one car hits the rear of another, and these can sometimes cause a domino effect in heavy traffic by causing a long line of cars to hit the car in front of them. A side impact crash, or a T-bone crash, can be especially dangerous if one car hits another car directly on the drivers or passengers side where someone is seated, because car doors do not provide as much protection as the front or rear ends of vehicles. Finally, a side swipe collision occurs when a car swipes or touches a vehicle parallel to it. Car crashes can also have serious effects after the initial impact, like when SUVs roll over or if the impact causes a car fire.
Common types of injuries from car accidents can range from cuts, bruises, and broken bones to burns, whiplash, spinal injuries, and head injuries. Many of these injuries require major medical procedures right after the crash like surgery, and some may even require long term care like lifelong medications or physical therapy. Some car accident victims are paralyzed because of their injuries from the accident, and in the most serious cases, victims of car accidents may pass away from their injuries.
If you have been involved in a car accident, there are a few steps you should follow to make sure your rights are protected and that you can receive compensation from the responsible party.
- First, you should seek medical attention immediately. Even if it does not seem like you are hurt, some injuries from car accidents like concussions need to be treated right away but do not necessarily show symptoms until much later. A doctor can make sure that there are no hidden injuries and can treat any injuries as quickly as possible to hopefully reduce some of the long term damage.
- Second, you (or a family or friend if you are unable to do so) should have your car looked at by a mechanic or a dealership. They will be able to assess the damage done to your vehicle and can give a quote of how much it will cost to repair or replace your car. This information will be useful to prove the correct amount of damages in your case against the person who caused the accident.
- Third, be sure to gather as much information as possible about the accident. This includes everything that might be relevant, such as witness statements, any police reports made after the crash, and all of your medical records and bills. All of this information serves as evidence in your case against the person responsible for the crash.
- Finally, do not speak to the responsible partys insurance company without legal representation. Insurance companies may seem like they are trying to assist you with your case, but they are really trying to make sure that they can get away with paying you as little as possible. Having an attorney speak on your behalf will ensure that the insurance company does not try to use anything you say against you.