Being involved in an automobile accident can have a traumatic impact on your life as well as have a significant impact on your finances. An automobile accident occurs every few seconds, fortunately many of them are simple fender benders and without injury. However, in many situations an auto accident can result in serious, even life-threatening injuries, often times due to the negligence of someone else. If you or someone you care about has been involved in an automobile accident it may be in your best interest to contact a Philadelphia car accident lawyer. Hiring a personal injury lawyer is assurance that someone will fight for your right to the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
If you are involved in an automobile accident, regardless of serious the injuries are you have endured, it is common for the responsible party’s insurance company to attempt to negotiate the claim for lowest price possible. It is important to understand that being injured in an automobile accident could result in injuries that do not show up until several years after the accident or you may experience symptoms that weren’t originally noticed. However, once you have agreed to the price negotiated by the insurance company, you cannot receive any future compensation for the injuries. A Philadelphia car accident lawyer understands the possibility of this and knows how to negotiate your claim with the insurance company’s to include potential future problems.
Detailed Information About Injuries
When you meet with your personal injury attorney for your initial consultation, it is important to be as prepared as possible by having as much information and documentation about the accident as possible. The information about your injuries are extremely beneficial for your case. The more information you are able to provide about the accident and your injuries, the less time it will take for your attorney to gather the necessary information, including your medical records. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible following the accident and you should let the medical attendant know that you were involved in an automobile accident. This will ensure you receive the correct assessment. For example, if you had previous injuries in the same area where your current injuries are, the images will be documentation of the images before and after the current injuries. It is also important to maintain all documents and information pertaining to the injuries, such as physician reports, medical bills, expenses for current, ongoing and future treatments and the number of days and wage amount lost from work as a result of the accident.
Documentation Pertaining to the Accident
Being injured as the result of another driver’s negligence means it may take several years to receive compensation for your injuries. However, there are a number of things you can do that may help to lessen the time it takes for the reimbursement of your injuries. First and most importantly, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible following the accident. Once you have been treated for your injuries, contact your automobile insurance company and a Philadelphia car accident attorney.
Your attorney will need as much information as you can provide regarding the accident, including:
*Your personal information, such as full name, drivers license and your automobile insurance information
*The location, date and time of the accident
*The weather conditions at the time of the accident. For example, was it sunny, raining or snowing.
*All available information you have for the other driver, including their name, information for passengers in the other vehicle, drivers license number and their insurance information.
*A copy of the police report and any other accident reports that were filed, such as the insurance claim for damages to the vehicle.
*Copies of all traffic tickets that were issued at the time of the accident.
*Information that is specific to the accident, such as if the other driver was driving while under the influence.
Common Causes & Common Injuries
Some of the most common causes of car crashes are the result of neglect, such as driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, fatigue, texting while driving, distractions from the environment or a passenger and adjusting the radio. The injuries from car crashes can be serious and life-threatening and they can result in extensive medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and unfortunately, in many situations, funeral costs. Some of the most common, serious injuries that can occur as the result of someone else’s negligence may include:
One of the biggest concerns many people have when considering hiring a personal injury attorney to represent their claim for compensation is the cost of representation. Fortunately, many personal injuries attorneys will provide their services on a contingency, which means that if they win your case, they will take a percentage of the settlement amount, so you do not have to pay out-of-pocket for their services. The amount provided to your attorney varies depending on the settlement amount. It is important to note that a contingency fee is only paid if your case is won, however, you may be liable for other fees such as filing and/or court fees.
Automobile accidents can be a life altering experience, so it is important that you not attempt to settle the case on your own. The insurance companies have one goal, to settle the claim for the least amount possible. A Philadelphia car accident attorney is knowledgeable in investigating the accident to determine the cause, interviewing witnesses and will be on your side. Your attorney will help you file a claim for the compensation you and/or your loved ones deserve.