Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers
30+ Years’ Combined Experience Fighting for Injury Victims
Car accidents are, unfortunately, a frequent occurrence and often result in serious injuries. Crashes involving cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, and pedestrians, even when minor, can result in costly medical bills, lost wages due to time out of work, and extensive pain. Victims of such car accidents are often initially disoriented and in need of serious medical attention.
At Kwartler Manus, LLC, we offer client-focused and results-driven representation to the injured victims of car accidents. Our firm is determined to build a strong case on your behalf and to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions. Let our car accident attorneys in Philadelphia fight for you.
Call (267) 214-8608 now to schedule your free consultation today.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in PA
Car accidents happen every day across the country and right here in Philadelphia. Mistakes are an unfortunate reality of life, but negligence is inexcusable.
Car accidents are often caused by:
- Negligent driving, such as eating or adjusting the radio while driving
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Drunk driving
- Faulty vehicles or vehicle components
- Dangerous road conditions
If someone else’s mistake or inaction was to blame for your recent accident, you should not have to pay the price. By filing a personal injury claim with help from our Philadelphia car accident lawyers, you may be able to recover the compensation you need and deserve to pay for the effects of the responsible party’s negligence.
What to Do after a Car Accident in Philadelphia
After suffering an injury in a car accident, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself, your rights, and your ability to file a personal injury claim.
At Kwartler Manus, LLC, we recommend that you:
- Seek medical attention ASAP: After a car crash, our bodies react with a surge of adrenaline to keep us going. This may mask any pain or awareness of an injury. That’s why it’s important to visit a doctor regardless of how you feel. A medical professional can determine whether you sustained any injuries with long-term effects such as whiplash or internal organ damage.
- Collect information from the scene: Be sure to take pictures of the scene if possible and write down the names, numbers, and license plates of other vehicles involved in the crash.
- Do not admit wrongdoing: It may feel strange but expressing you are “sorry” can be used against you as proof that you admitted the accident was your fault, even if that is not what you were intending to communicate.
Personal Injury Statute of Limitations in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s statute of limitation states that an individual has two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. If you fail to take legal action within that time frame, it’s very likely that the state will refuse to hear your case in court, thus losing your right to compensation for your injuries and damages.
After the accident, it’s imperative that you gather the necessary documents that will be valuable to your case. At Kwartler Manus, LLC will work tirelessly to ensure that we build the best possible case on your behalf.
Pennsylvania’s No-Fault Laws
In car accident cases, Pennsylvania uses a “no-fault” system, which means that after most car accidents, coverage for medical expenses, property damage, and lost income will be provided by the injured person’s own insurance provider.
There’s a chance, however, that you will be able to pursue legal action outside of the no-fault system if your case meets the threshold for what is considered a serious injury. Our Philadelphia car accident attorneys at Kwartler Manus, LLC can assess your situation and determine how you should proceed.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Do I need a lawyer after a car accident?
A: If your collision was minor and did not result in any injuries, your insurance may be enough to cover the resulting damages. Retaining legal representation is generally recommended if you have suffered any sort of injury, as it can be an uphill battle to receive compensation for medical treatments, lost wages, and other losses on your own. Statistically, people who hire a lawyer after a car accident tend to recover far higher compensation than those who choose to represent themselves. As such, while you may not absolutely need a lawyer, having one by your side can ensure you receive everything you are owed after a collision.
Q: How much does a car accident lawyer cost?
A: Most car accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you will be charged nothing until your attorney is successful in your case. In a contingency fee arrangement, your attorney will work on your case for free upfront and instead receive a standard portion of your final settlement or verdict. This way, everyone has access to quality legal representation and will not be barred from seeking justice due to cost. You have nothing to lose by speaking to an attorney after a crash.
Q: What types of damages can I be reimbursed for after a crash?
A: An attorney can help you pursue compensation for a wide range of damages, including medical expenses, vehicle repair costs, lost wages from missed work, physical therapy costs, pain and suffering, reduced quality of life, and more. You may also be able to recover compensation for wrongful death if a loved one was killed in a collision.
Q: Who decides where my vehicle is repaired?
A: Your insurance company will ultimately dictate where your vehicle will be repaired. While some insurance policies allow you to choose, others may require you to have your vehicle fixed by one of their preferred shops.
Q: I am partially at fault for the crash. Do I still have a case?
A: Possibly. Pennsylvania is a comparative negligence state, meaning that drivers may still recover compensation for damages as long as they are less than 50% or less at fault for the accident. Insurance companies know this and may attempt to place a greater share of blame on your for the crash to avoid liability. An attorney can protect you against mistreatment and help you seek the full compensation you deserve.
Q: The driver who hit me did not have insurance. What do I do?
A: If you were hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver, you or your attorney will need to turn to your own insurance company for compensation under your UM coverage, if you have it. This same coverage will help to pay for damages in the event that you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident.
Q: The insurance company has already made me a settlement offer. Can I still hire an attorney?
A: Yes. As long as you have not accepted the offer verbally or by signing settlement release papers, you may still hire an attorney for your car accident case. It is usually best to consult with an attorney immediately after a crash, before a settlement offer is made.
Consult with Kwartler Manus, LLC Today
Our firm provides experienced and highly knowledgeable representation for each of our clients. Our goal is to handle your case in a time-efficient manner because we understand how exhausting this process can be for the victims.
We consistently work hard to obtain positive results for our clients. Our team has successfully recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims of car accidents in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.
You owe us nothing unless we win your case. Call us at (267) 214-8608 today for a free consultation.
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