Your Rights as a Car Accident Victim

“I’ve been injured in a car accident and my car has been damaged too. I know I have rights, but I don’t know what they are. Can someone help me?”

If you’re like many people who have been victims in a car accident, you probably know that you have rights, you just don’t know what they are. As a result, your lack of knowledge often leads to inaction, which can be devastating to your car accident case.

You do have rights and those rights should be protected. The best way to ensure that happens is to talk with a Pennsylvania car accident lawyer. However there are certain things you’re entitled to if you’ve been in a car accident even before you speak with a lawyer about your case.

Your Right to Medical Treatment

Many people who are victims in car accidents fail to get the medical treatment they need because they don’t have the money to pay for it. They might have high deductibles on their insurance, or they might not have health insurance at all. As a result, they assume they should just treat their own injuries at home and make the best of it. As a victim in a car accident case, you absolutely have the right to obtain medical treatment, even if you don’t have insurance. Please don’t worry that your local emergency room will not treat you. They are legally bound to provide you with medical treatment in an emergency situation, regardless of your ability to pay for it upfront. Once you get the bill, you can present it to your lawyer for payment by the other driver’s insurance company. It’s the first thing you should do following an accident.

Your Right to an Estimate

One of the problems many car accident victims face is when the other driver’s insurance company tries to dictate where they can get estimates for their damages. The insurance company might try to recommend a certain garage for you to take it to, and they may even tell you that they will refuse to pay for the repairs if you choose another garage. This is absolutely false information. You have the right to take your car wherever you’d like to take it, and you can certainly use the mechanic you feel most comfortable using. Perhaps you have a certain mechanic in your town or city who knows you and knows your car well, and you’re well within your rights to use whomever you wish.

Your Right to an Attorney

Finally, you have the right to consult a Pennsylvania car accident attorney regarding your case. Sometimes car insurance companies will contact victims in an attempt to work out a deal in instances when it’s clear that their client was at fault in the accident. It’s perfectly fine for you to decline speaking with them about the accident, and you should. Contacting a Pennsylvania car accident lawyer to represent you provides you with the legal protection you need for your case. He will be able to explain more of your rights in greater detail and he’ll also go to work for you immediately to help you get the settlement money you deserve. Do no’t listen to accusations that your refusal to work with car insurance companies is noncompliance or uncooperative. You’ll be amazed at the lengths some insurers will go to in order to protect their investors.

Your Right to a Settlement

When you have been in a serious car accident that wasn’t your fault, you have the right to collect a settlement from the other driver’s insurance company. Your attorney will be able to tell you approximately how much you can expect to get, and it’s going to be different for every case because each accident is different. Even so, you should expect to be compensated for your injuries, your medical bills, your damages and your lost wages from your job.

Hopefully, you’ve found this information to be helpful to you when it comes to knowing what your rights are after you’ve been a victim in a car accident in Pennsylvania. Knowing your rights gives you the ability to understand what you can expect and what you’re entitled to. If you need to talk with a Pennsylvania car accident lawyer, contact us.

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