Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers
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If you or a family member is injured in a car accident, you may have the right to bring a claim for less-than-deadly results or other non-permanent injuries. Car crashes often result in both physical injuries and the loss of income or a decreased income of future earning potential. Even short periods of work loss following a serious injury can be financially devastating. Our experienced car accident attorneys in Philadelphia have won numerous cases and can help you earn fair compensation.
Whether you are the driver, passenger, or a pedestrian, our firm is committed to helping you ensure your medical bills are paid, there is recovery for fair compensation for your injuries, and consideration is given for any future loss of income/earning capacity or the need for future medical care. It is important to consult with an attorney soon after the collision to obtain sound advice regarding your legal rights. Valuable evidence and critical witness statements could be lost if you wait to seek legal counsel.
How Our Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers Can Help
At Ginsburg & Associates, our team of experienced car accident attorneys in Philadelphia understand how insurance companies defend claims, creating a level playing field for your case to reach a positive settlement or verdict.
If you have been injured in an accident, make sure to:
- Contact police and file a report of the accident, document the scene with pictures and/or video if possible
- See a physician immediately, documenting any and all injuries
- Contact Ginsburg & Associates to discuss your claim and compensation rights
The litigation of your motor vehicle case may be further complicated when the vehicle that struck you either does not have enough insurance or has no insurance at all. At Ginsburg & Associates, our car accident lawyers have the experience to quickly and thoroughly evaluate the situation in order to help you achieve a favorable outcome.
Some of our recent motor vehicle accidents victories include:
- $3,105,000.00 Settlement –High-speed police chase, which resulted in a bad crash. A pregnant passenger in the car that made a left in front of the cars involved in the chase went into premature labor and the child was born with cerebral palsy.
- $998,228.00 Settlement –Rear-end motor vehicle accident resulting in serious injuries.
- $750,000.00 Settlement –Single female drowned when the driver lost control and went into a canal. The accident occurred in California and settled for the policy limit.
- $400,000 Settlement –Pedestrian who was struck by police car while crossing the street suffered a broken leg.
- $320,000.00 Settlement –EMT injured in a collision while in the back of an ambulance resulting in a fracture to the thoracic spine.
- $2,625,000.00 Settlement –Pedestrian’s foot run over by a bus while crossing the street at a location marked no pedestrian crossing, resulting in below the knee amputation.
- $300,000.00 Verdict –Cervical spine injury resulting from a rear-end motor vehicle collision
- $261,000.00 Settlement –Bicyclist struck by a car.
- $701,250.00 Settlement –Bicyclist killed after colliding with a parked tractor-trailer on a highway.
- $300,000.00 Settlement –Pedestrian struck by an automobile.
- $225,000.00 Settlement –Driver injured when cut off by another vehicle causing a collision.
- $75,000 Verdict –Soft tissue injuries as a result of a police car running a red light.
The main reason for the increase in traffic accidents is that there are more cars on the road and more people today drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol. If anyone you know has been in an accident and suffered injuries, they have a right to fair compensation from the responsible party. Head injuries and broken bones pose a serious threat to your future and can result in damages worth millions of dollars that can be negotiated by auto injury attorneys. Our experienced car accident lawyers in Philadelphia can help you get the fair compensation you deserve.
Accidents or Crashes?
As mentioned in the New York Times, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not call motor vehicle accidents “accidents,” it calls them crashes. This is because an accident somehow suggests no cause as if it were divine will. A quick examination of NHTSA’s website shows “crashes” with every mouse click; “accidents” get short shrift.
When Philadelphia-area drivers suffer motor vehicle accidents or crashes, they usually provide no warning. Certainly, unlike in the movies, you hear no soundtrack of impending calamity. The crash itself is abrupt, sudden, terrifying, and sometimes life altering. When you suffer a motor vehicle accident, after getting medical care, get an attorney. Too much is at stake to do otherwise.
Reasons You Need an Attorney After a Car Accident
Motor vehicle accidents are sudden, frightening, and sometimes life altering. For anyone in a motor vehicle accident, an attorney can do much more than preserve and protect rights.
1. Assigning Blame
An attorney can help when local law authorities assign blame for the accident. If you are blamed, you need to contact Ginsburg Law & Associates. If the other driver is blamed, an attorney can help pursue justice and compensation for your injuries, loss of property, and more.
If law enforcement finds you at fault, your attorney can help shield you from life-altering consequences such as huge financial penalties, license revocation, or even incarceration.
If law enforcement finds the other driver responsible for the crash that affects you, an attorney can supplement the authorities’ investigations with private investigative services to determine exactly the extent of recklessness, or to unearth any history of driving problems. An attorney can even represent you in dealing with the other driver’s insurance company, looking out for your needs and financial challenges.
2. Protecting Finances
An attorney represents you not just for the pain and suffering experienced in the crash, but for all the possible financial risk a motor vehicle crash exposes you to, such as lost wages, continued car payments for a totaled wreck, medical expenses that may stretch far into the future, and increases in automobile insurance.
Immediately after a motor vehicle crash, your body is still coursing with adrenaline. You may feel fine, but the surge of the hormone can mask deep physical trauma. Sometimes pain, stiffness or incapacitation may not show up for months or even years. A lawyer can preserve your rights to compensation for unknown, future effects of motor vehicle accidents.
3. Protecting Families
Some car crashes bring the grimmest possible results. The NHTSA points to 36,120 lives lost in 2019 alone from vehicle crashes. Should motor vehicle accidents bring death to a member of your family, an attorney is invaluable in protecting your family from all that this finality can bring.
4. Resuming Normal Life
Without an attorney advocating for your rights, the consequences of a motor vehicle crash can unfold over years. Your attorney can bring pressure to insurance companies and the other driver to reach definitive conclusions and final settlements, whether in court or outside of the courtroom.
You need to get on with your life, protected financially and medically from the effects of the crash. Your family needs you back to a normal place among your loved ones. Your employer needs you back at work. A good attorney can take on most of the burden of fighting for, and preserve, your rights.
Philadelphia Car Accident Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How Much is My Car Accident Case Worth?
What Types of Damages Can I Recover?
Damages in Philadelphia car accident cases are generally divided into the following categories:
- Economic damages: Economic damages aim to provide compensation all out-of-pocket costs that the party responsible for your crash inflicts on the victim and his/her family. This includes compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages and other income, and lost earning potential.
- Non-economic damages: Non-economic damages provide additional compensation for harm that is less easily quantifiable. The most common type of non-economic damages is for "pain and suffering," which places a dollar amount on how much the victim and his/her family has suffered as a result of the collision. In tragic situations where a person is killed in a collision, additional non-economic damages may be awarded to the victim's family for things like loss of companionship, loss of consortium, and loss of life enjoyment.
- Punitive damages: While compensatory damages aim to make an accident victim whole, punitive damages, as their name suggests, are intended to punish the at-fault driver for their actions. In Pennsylvania, punitive damages are only awarded in situations where the at-fault driver's actions where extreme, intentional, or particularly egregious. Punitive damages are rare and reserved for only the worst behavior under Pennsylvania law.
How is Fault Determined in a Philadelphia Car Accident Case?
Most car accident cases in Pennsylvania are based on the concept of "negligence." In simple terms, this means that in order for a person or entity to be held financially responsible for a collision, it must be proven that they acted in a wrongful manner. To prove negligence under Pennsylvania law, you typically must be able to show that the at-fault party had a duty of care to act responsibly, this duty was breached, and that this breach of duty caused you to suffer real harm. Proving these elements typically involves gathering and analyzing independent evidence such as accident photos, eyewitness statements, cellphone records, video surveillance footage, driving records, and expert testimony.
Examples of negligent behavior used to determine fault include:
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while distracted
- Tailgating / following too closely
- Ignoring traffic signals and signs
- Driving erratically or aggressively
- Driving without a license
- Driving while drowsy
How Long Will it Take to Settle My Case?
How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim in Pennsylvania?
Will I Have to Ho to Court?
I am Partially to Blame for My Crash. Can I Still Be Compensated?
I was Issued a Ticket at the Scene of the Crash. Does this Mean I am at Fault?
Do I Really Need to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
- You or a passenger was seriously injured
- Someone was killed in the collision
- Your injuries required you to miss work
- The insurance company is disputing your claim
- The driver that hit you did not have insurance
- You were a victim of a hit and run
- You were hit by a drunk driver
- You do not feel comfortable handling your claim on your own
Several studies have shown that hiring a car accident attorney increases your chances of securing a higher financial award than what you would be able to receive settling your claim on your own. Likewise, since many car accident attorneys accept cases on a contingency fee basis and offer free consultations, you have nothing to lose. If you or a member of your family has suffered from a motor vehicle accident, you need the services of a good lawyer.
Contact us at Ginsburg & Associates to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our lawyers experienced in representing clients involved in motor vehicle accidents.
7 Important Things to Do After a Motor Vehicle Accident
When you are involved in any type of motor vehicle accident, there are several important steps that you need to take to make sure you are able to recover the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to. How you handle your accident can substantially impact your insurance or injury claim, which is why we want to explain 7 steps that you should take after a motor vehicle accident.
#1: Check for Injuries
After an accident, you need to make sure you and your passengers don’t have any major injuries. Once you have assessed the people in your vehicle and determined their injuries, exit the vehicle. Make sure you have accounted for everyone in your vehicle before getting out to check on the other vehicle involved in the accident. If you feel discomfort after the accident, immediately go to the ER. Also inform any police that arrive on the scene about your discomfort and pain, even if you decide to go home. Make sure to let them know you were wearing your seatbelt as well.
#2: Warn Other Drivers
Motor vehicle accidents are chaotic and extremely stressful for everyone involved. This chaos and stress increases when other vehicles continue to move through the scene of the accident. Flash your hazard lights so that other drivers approaching the accident know to slow down and be cautious. Road flares and traffic cones can also be used to mark off the accident scene and keep the area clear of traffic.
#3: Exchange Information with Other Drivers
Make sure you talk to the other driver and get their name, phone number, and home address. Get the same information from anyone else involved in the accident, especially anyone who witnessed the events leading up to the collision. Make sure you also get the other driver’s insurance company, policy number, and driver’s license information. It is crucial for you to collect all of this information if you want to file an accident claim that will allow you to collect the compensation you deserve.
#4: Take Pictures
It is possible to determine who is liable immediately after an accident, which is why you should start taking photos of the accident and any injuries as soon as you can. You need to have quality pictures of the damage your vehicle sustained in the accident in order to build a strong claim. Pictures are one of the best forms of evidence because they can be referenced when you have to explain your perspective of the accident events. When you take pictures, be sure to capture the position of the cars right after the crash and the license plate on the other vehicle. This is important because sometimes the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident will leave the scene.
#5: Don’t Apologize
Many people automatically assume they have to apologize to everyone involved in an accident, however, don’t let yourself feel obligated to do this. Apologizing for an accident can hurt your claim and might make you liable for the accident.
#6: Ask for a Police Report
Like pictures, police reports serve as excellent evidence when it comes time to file your accident or injury claims. Call 911 after you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident and ask the responding officers to give you a completed accident report before you leave the scene.
#7: Talk to a Lawyer
A car accident can be caused by another car, van, bus or tractor trailer. Successfully filing an accident claim and proving liability can be a frustrating and complex task. If you want to recover your accident damages, you need an experienced attorney on your side who can review your case and create a strong legal strategy.
Our attorneys are here to give you advice and guide you through every aspect of your case. If a supervisor comes to the accident scene, don’t give a statement or sign any documents. If an adjuster or investigator calls you after the crash, get their name, phone number and claim number, but don’t give a statement or sign anything.
Pain is not always felt at the scene of an accident, but can be felt that night or the next day. If you did not go to the ER after the accident, consider going when you feel pain or tell your primary doctor at your initial evaluation. A crash can cause not only physical injuries, but loss of income as well, which can hurt you and your family.
Baby in Delay of C Section $15,000,000
Medical Malpractice $8,000,000
Police Negligence $3,200,000
Bus Accident $3,105,000
Pedestrian Injury $2,625,000
Medical Malpractice $2,000,000
Premises Liability $1,890,000
Dental Malpractice $1,550,220
Civil Rights Violation $1,200,000
Tractor Trailer Accident $1,100,000
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