You may be wondering why you should get in touch with a car accident attorney.
There are several reasons why it is in your best interest to do so, and if you are unsure about what to do, you should still call and talk to an attorney.
We provide free consultations so that we can determine what the right option is for you.
Philadelphia is a large and busy city, with many different roadways running through it carrying thousands of travelers every day. As the second largest city based on population along the East Coast, Philadelphia is full of people commuting to and from work, going shopping, visiting friends, sightseeing, and traveling in and out of the city.
This means that there are hundreds, even thousands, of cars on the roads at all hours of the day. Unfortunately, this means that the chances of getting into a car accident in the Philadelphia area are statistically very high, as is the case in most large metropolitan areas.
Philadelphia has many different large roadways that travel through it and around it, including the heavily populated I-95 and I-76 as well as a busy downtown area. I-95 runs all the way up and down the east coast, meaning that it experiences traffic twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
The traffic consists of everything from truckers making their trips to tourists seeing the sights along the coast to people trying to attend sporting events for the Eagles, the Phillies, and the 76ers, and drivers can often get stuck in slow moving traffic or trying to dodge cars that are flying down the interstate. I-76 (also known as the Schuylkill Expressway) can be just as busy as I-95. It runs north and south and can get clogged with traffic.
Furthermore, the busy downtown streets are full of cars, trucks, bikes, and buses as well as pedestrians trying to get around the city. This can be a recipe for traffic accidents which unfortunately can happen more often than we would like -- in fact, most drivers are involved in some kind of accident at some point during their lives.
Because of the heavy traffic along Philadelphia roadways, it is not always the safest place to drive, as is the case in many large cities. Between the people who are lost in the big city and the impatient drivers on their daily commutes, people often make mistakes behind the wheel on Philadelphia roads. This can lead to dangerous and severe car accidents that can leave people injured and cars damaged.
If you or a loved one has been involved in such an accident, you need to call a Philadelphia car accident lawyer right away.
Below are some of the most important reasons to speak to a car accident attorney
You may know exactly who caused the accident in the first place, but after some time, the details can get fuzzy. Furthermore, as soon as the person who did cause the accident realizes that they will have to be held responsible for the accident and face the consequences such as traffic violations or higher insurance rates, they often tell a very different story about what happened. You cannot count on the other driver to be honest and admit their guilt.
Your car accident attorney will fight for you if the other driver does not tell the truth about the accident, especially if they change the story and you get blamed for the accident.
Hopefully, your insurance company will be helpful and friendly throughout the claims process and will not keep you waiting long. But unfortunately, insurance companies are still companies that seek to make a profit. This means that they will not always treat you fairly when it comes time for the adjuster to settle your claim, often offering you much less than you deserve to receive.
Although the amount may seem generous to you, in reality it is probably not enough to cover all of your costs, especially medical bills and car repair or replacement bills which can pile up. An experienced lawyer will know how much you should receive in compensation depending on your case and will work to make sure that you get it.
In some cases, your injuries may seem relatively minor at first -- just a headache or a few cuts and bruises. But any accident that puts your head, neck, or spine in danger means that you could have injuries that could show up later or could turn out to be much worse.
Your headache could mean a concussion, your cuts could be infected, and you could even be suffering from internal organ issues that you are not initially aware of or equipped to plan for. This means that you need to be prepared, both mentally and financially, for a prolonged recovery process and a period of time where you probably cannot work.
An experienced personal injury lawyer will know based on your symptoms and diagnosis what kind of outcome you can expect and how much you need from the insurance company to cover the costs. You may be aware that you can receive compensation for your medical bills and for your car repair or replacement, but you may not know that you can also receive compensation for your pain and suffering caused by the accident.
The aftermath of a car accident usually will end up costing you more than simply your medical bills and car expenses, and your lawyer will carefully evaluate what you deserve to cover the costs associated with your pain and the struggles it caused after the accident.
If you are worried about the cost of working with one of our Philadelphia car accident lawyers, dont be -- car accident lawyers often charge on something called a contingency basis, which means you dont owe us a dime until we secure your full settlement with the insurance company.
We recognize that this is a stressful time financially for you and want to help you as much as possible without putting an additional strain on your finances. Before meeting with your lawyer for your free initial consultation, try to have any relevant documentation available that could help us with your case.
This can include any pictures from the scene of the accident, medical bills and records, any correspondence you have had with the other driver or with their insurance company as well as with your insurance company, and a list of any witnesses that your lawyer can contact on your behalf. By doing this, and by calling us as soon as you are physically capable, we can provide you with the best legal assistance possible to help you get past this accident.