FAQ

“I’ve recently been in a car accident and I have so many questions. Where can I find the answers I need?”

Getting into a car accident changes your life in ways that you never could have imagined possible. You’re feeling confused about what your next steps should be, you’re nervous about what the future holds for you, and you want to know if a Pennsylvania car accident lawyer can help you in any way. The fact that you’ve found that site should put your mind at ease. You’re in the right place, and we’re happy to provide you with answers to your questions.

We’ve set aside this section of our site for our FAQs. Here, you’ll find many of the answers to your questions as you go through this difficult time.

If I’m injured in a car accident, should I go to the hospital even if my injuries are minor?

Even if your accident was a minor one, it’s still a good idea to get checked out by a doctor. You might feel fine, but some injuries don’t show up right away. You might have internal damage, a neck injury or a back injury that isn’t readily apparent. This is very common in car accident cases, and if you’re injured at all, it’s best to be checked out to make sure you’re OK. Your doctor will recommend any medical treatments you might need so that you can be treated right away.

If my car is totaled in a car accident, will it be completely replaced?

If you were in an accident that wasn’t your fault and your car was totaled, your car should be replaced as a part of your car accident settlement. However, please keep in mind that this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll receive a brand new car. The amount you’re awarded will be based on what your car is worth, and the value will be calculated by the other driver’s insurance company.

Will my settlement money cover my medical bills?

Your settlement amount is going to depend on how much at-fault you were in the accident. That will be decided either through agreement with your attorney or by a jury. If it is decided that the accident wasn’t your fault at all, your settlement will completely cover your medical bills. Of course, this will be determined by what decision is made on the percentage of fault you share in the accident, if any.

Will my settlement money cover my lost wages?

Just like your medical bills, your lost wages reimbursement will also be determined by the amount of fault you share in the accident.

What does contributory negligence mean?

Contributory negligence means that in the State of Pennsylvania, it is assumed that both drivers probably share in the fault when an accident takes place. It must be determined how much of the fault lies with each person involved before any settlement decisions are made. Once it’s determined how much of the accident was your fault (if any) your settlement will be calculated accordingly.

What if both of us had no-fault insurance at the time of the accident?

If both of you had no-fault insurance when your accident took place, then you will approach your own insurance company for payment of your claims, up to a certain limit. The Personal Injury Protection clause is in effect to cover your insurance company and prevent them from paying too much on an accident that wasn’t caused by you. Once that limit is reached, the other insurance should cover the remainder, based on the outcome of your case.

How long can I wait before filing a car accident claim?

The statute of limitations in the State of Pennsylvania is two years. If you wait longer than that, you will not be able to file a claim for your case.

Can I handle my own case or should I hire a lawyer?

Whenever you are in a car accident, you should absolutely hire a Pennsylvania car accident lawyer to represent you. Pennsylvania car accident laws can be difficult to navigate, and your lawyer will know how to proceed in order to get you the best possible outcome for your case.

If you’d like to get in touch with a Pennsylvania car accident lawyer, we’d love to help you. Please contact us.

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