Philadelphia Car Accident Attorneys
Serving clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey
The Philadelphia auto accident attorneys at Lowenthal & Abrams have been handling car accident cases since 1975. We know that even a small crash can cause substantial physical pain and emotional suffering, while a serious crash will cause life-changing injuries or even death.
We understand that you are turning to us in your moment of need. We will fight to get you the highest possible compensation for your injuries.
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How Common are Auto Crashes in Pennsylvania?
Every year, PennDot provides auto accident statistics. In 2013, there were over 124,000 car crashes reported – over 1,200 people died and an additional 83,000 were injured. In Pennsylvania, there are 340 crashes every day, or 14 every hour. As a result of those accidents, 228 people are hurt and 3 people are killed, every single day.
Your chances of being in a car crash are quite high. 1 out of every 45 people are involved in a car accident every year in Pennsylvania. Your chances of being injured are also extremely high. 1 out of 154 people will be injured in a Pennsylvania car crash every single year. Of those, 1 out of every 10,574 people are killed.
Most Common Car Accident Injuries
Head injuries are dangerous and are the most common type of auto injuries. These injuries can be anywhere from a concussion to a loss of teeth. A head injury during an accident has potential to damage the brain and lead to even more severe problems that can cause eyesight and memory problems. That’s why it is very important to go see a medical professional even if you don’t have any scars.
Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when someone’s head snaps backward then forward in an instance. This happens a lot in fender benders when people are rear-ended in traffic. Whiplash neck injuries can cause several problems that not only affects the neck damaging ligaments but the spinal cord as well that can cause paralysis.
Back injuries are dangerous and common in auto accidents and crashes. Back injuries can become chronic and can lead to problems that last a very long time due to the impact that may happen in an accident. Not only can lower and back problems happen but also spinal injuries and can too.
After Your Motor Vehicle Accident: A Self-Care Check List
In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, you should be prepared to take appropriate action to protect yourself and your loved ones from further harm and potential liability. While there are some differences in legal requirements between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, here are some basic principles to guide you through.
- After the accident, make a preliminary check of your medical status and the status of others. If anyone’s in need of emergency treatment, call 911.
- Under Philadelphia policy, you do not need to request police assistance if the incident constitutes a “fender bender.” However, you are still required to file a written report after the accident. (If you are unsure if police or other responders are needed, again, call 911.)
- If possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road out of the way of traffic. Make sure this area is safe and publicly visible. Turn on your hazard lights. Place flares or other traffic warning indicators nearby.
- Exchange relevant information with the other party to the accident. In Philadelphia, you are required to exchange the following:
- name, address, and telephone number
- driver’s license number
- car registration number
- vehicle make, model, color, license plate number and Vehicle Identification Number (located on the bottom of the driver’s side of the windshield)
- auto insurance company name and policy number
- Do not discuss the facts of the accident with the other drivers, and do not admit to anyone you are at fault. Even if you think you’re to blame. Resist the temptation to assign fault, because there may be hidden factors that caused the accident that you aren’t aware of.
If police arrive, or when you’re filing a report (with the police or the insurance), explain what happened, as accurately as you can. Just stick to the facts, and then let the professional investigators decide who is responsible.
- Use your cell phone camera and/or a notebook to record the circumstances of the accident in detail. If possible, take photos of the vehicles to document their exact position and the extent of the damage. Take photos of yourself, any other parties involved and the location of eyewitnesses. Make a simple diagram of the accident scene.
- If police are called to the accident, get their names and badge numbers. Ask where you can obtain a copy of their official accident report.
- Call your insurance company and report the accident.
- Call your spouse, other family members or a close friend if you need a ride or other assistance.
- Whenever in doubt, contact 911 and wait for police to arrive. Another party may have requested police dispatch, even if you did not. Leaving the scene of an accident could expose you to felony prosecution and undermine a potential liability claim.
- Always see a doctor after an accident. If you are in need of emergency medical care, of course, go to a hospital or urgent care center. But even if you don’t seem to have any apparent injuries, you should still get checked out, as soon as possible, and have a doctor monitor you, as needed. Symptoms of trauma don’t always show up immediately, and delay of treatment can worsen their effects. If you have any of the following, go straight to a medical provider—while not a complete list, these are common signs of a concussion:
- Blurred vision
- Diminished response time
- Disorientation or dizziness
- Increased irritation
- Loss of equilibrium
- Marked changes in eating or sleeping habits
- Mood swings
- Sensitivity to bright lights and loud noises
- After the accident, if you haven’t already, submit the appropriate report to the police, and follow-up with the insurance company to submit their report, photos, etc.
- Remember: Other state laws and rules may apply outside of Philadelphia. For example, under New York law, if the property damage appears to exceed $1,000, all involved drivers are required by the NY State Vehicle and Traffic Law to file a Report of Motor Vehicle Accident (MV-104) no more than 10 days after the accident. The DMV can suspend your driver license if you fail to report an accident. In New Jersey, the damage standard is $500 or more.
In all of these jurisdictions, if you hit and damaged a parked car, you are required to notify police of the incident and to make a good faith effort to contact the other vehicle owner.
Why Hire a Car Accident Lawyer
You should hire a Car accident lawyer if you were hurt in an auto accident and needed medical attention. These kinds of accidents can cost you a lot in medical bills and cost you to lose money if you have to take time off work. In some cases, insurance companies will not be willing to pay what you need for repairs and bills. That’s is when you should hire a car accident lawyer to fight for you and get the money that you are owed.
Why You Need Our Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers
Many people think they can settle their car accident claims by themselves. The problem is, they begin the negotiation process, only to find out that the insurance company isn’t being fair. Of course, it isn’t. Insurance companies are in business to make money, not to hand it out. Many people who don’t have an auto accident attorney right from the start unintentionally reveal information that is harmful to their claims.
Your chances of settling your claim for the right amount of money without an experienced, knowledgeable attorney are quite low. In most cases a good car accident lawyer will get you far more than the attorney fee will cost you. We know the law, we know how to negotiate, and insurance companies, after decades of dealing with us, know we will take every case to trial if they don’t provide the right offer to our clients. This makes a huge difference in how they negotiate with us.
Call Us Today for Help
When you are hurt in an accident, don’t try to deal with the auto insurance company on your own. Trust in our Philadelphia car accident lawyers and attorneys and Contact Lowenthal & Abrams today. We will fight for your rights.