As with most large cities, Philadelphia has millions of people driving throughout the city every day. While most people travel around Philadelphia every day with no issues whatsoever, there is always a chance of being involved in an accident. With more motorists on the road, your odds of being in a car or other vehicle accident goes up, and Philadelphia is no exception to this rule. Being involved in an accident can be an extremely upsetting and stressful experience.
The frequency of car accidents in Philadelphia is indisputable. In 2012, Philadelphia reported over 11,000 traffic accidents in the city alone, which made up almost 10% of all traffic accidents that occurred in Pennsylvania in 2012. This translates to almost 88,000 Pennsylvanians injured in different kinds of traffic accidents in 2012 and more than 1,300 dead in Pennsylvania traffic accidents. The kinds of accidents involved in these statistics included collisions between cars, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, trucks, buses, and other types of vehicles.
Luckily for many accident victims, compensation is usually available to cover the costs of property damage or medical bills that may have been incurred after the accident. Getting your hands on that compensation, however, can be extremely difficult. Filing claims to receive compensation from insurance companies can be very confusing and complicated, and even if your claim is filed successfully, many insurance companies will offer lower settlements than you deserve or even outright deny your claim. If this has happened to you, be sure to get a Philadelphia accident lawyer on your case.
Medical bills are often the most expensive part of the aftermath of a vehicle accident. Many people suffer injuries after accidents, ranging from minor injuries like whiplash, cuts and bruises, or not serious broken bones to serious injuries like brain or head trauma, severe burns, paralysis, permanent disabilities or disfigurement, or even death. Usually fender benders do not result in serious injuries, but worse accidents usually result in worse injuries.
Medical costs to handle these injuries, even the minor ones, can be outrageously high. One of the disadvantages of living in big cities like Philadelphia means that health care costs are often higher because of the location and demand of a big city. This means that even a single trip to the emergency room can cost around $700, and a one day stay in a hospital room can be closer to a thousand dollars per day. Since most injuries require more than a simple emergency room visit or hospital day, you also have to factor in the cost of intensive care in severe cases, surgical procedures, medications, and physical therapy. These costs can quickly add up to become a heavy burden on an accident victim’s finances.
Furthermore, if someone you love has been killed in a car accident, you probably know how expensive funerals can be as well, especially in big cities like Philadelphia. Funeral costs these days can average close to $15,000 to have the memorial service, rent a hearse, pay for the burial, and purchase a headstone. If you were dependent on the finances of the deceased accident victim, you probably cannot afford to pay for the funeral since you do not have access to their income anymore.
Even on top of medical bills or funeral costs, you still have to continue to pay regular bills like mortgage or rent, utilities, gas, groceries, and other expenses. If you are injured and cannot work, you and your family can expect an even greater financial burden trying to keep up with everyday costs of living in addition to medical bills or paying the often expensive costs to repair your vehicle after the accident.
Because of the incredibly high costs of medical bills and property damage repair after an accident, it is crucial that you contact a Philadelphia car accident attorney immediately to make sure that your claims are being handled correctly by the insurance companies. Our experienced lawyers have dealt with hundreds of similar cases and know how to negotiate effectively with your insurance company to make sure that the settlement they offer will cover all of your bills, including medical, car repair, and everyday costs. They will even fight to get you compensation for lost income if you could not work after your accident.
Our lawyers know the time frames in which you must file claims, what documents you must provide, and how to make sure your claim is solid. If the insurance company will not provide appropriate compensation, we will even take your case to court to make sure you are treated fairly and receive the amount of compensation you deserve as a motor accident victim.
Do not hesitate to get your case started. Call us today at 855-I-GOT-HIT for a free consultation.