The injuries sustained by victims of motor vehicle accidents can be very serious, sometimes impeding their ability to work or provide for themselves or their families. Injuries from a car accident can result in high medical bills and other costs for rehabilitation, for example. If the injured party decided to engage in a lawsuit, the legal process that follows can be overwhelming. If you are injured in an automobile accident, you should consult with an experienced attorney to help you understand your rights and proceed with appropriate legal claims. Friedman Schuman has over 30 years of experience providing strong legal representation to clients who were injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence. Contact our firm to discuss your legal matter.
Driver negligence can result in a serious car accident. While drivers have a responsibility and an obligation to remain alert while on the road, the unfortunate reality is that many people are distracted by devices, their surroundings, or other drivers on the road. Distracted driving can lead to a devastating accident, causing one or more people to suffer serious injury or death. However, distracted driving is not the only form of driver negligence that may cause an accident. Driving recklessly, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, bad weather, or sometimes bad luck, can result in a car accident crash. If you are injured in a car accident, you may be facing the overwhelming cost of medical bills, rehabilitation, and lose wages because of your injuries.
After a car accident
When involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is imperative that the parties remain at the scene until law enforcement arrives. If you are hurt, you should call 9-1-1 and request medical attention immediately. If you are able, you may also want to exchange information with the other individuals involved in the accident.
No-fault law in Pennsylvania
When an individual is injured in a car accident in Pennsylvania, they are covered under the state’s no-fault laws. However, Pennsylvania is a “choice no-fault” or a “limited tort” state. This means that drivers have the option to decide whether their insurance is going to be a modified no-fault plan or a traditional no-fault plan.
Limited vs full tort plans
Drivers in Pennsylvania have 45 days from the time they renew their car insurance to determine whether they want limited or full tort insurance, also called a “tort plan.” Under a limited plan, drivers may seek damages for all economic expenses related to the accident. These may include medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and other financial burdens caused by the accident. However, with this plan, injured drivers cannot seek damages for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, unless they meet the serious injury threshold. Under a full tort policy, injured drivers can seek financial compensation for both economic and noneconomic damages after an accident caused by another driver. Noneconomic damages can include loss of enjoyment of life and/or pain and suffering.
Contact an experienced car accident attorney
If you were injured in an accident, it is important to have an experienced legal team on your side. The attorneys at Friedman Schuman have over 30 years of experience representing clients who have been injured in accidents. We are prepared to take on your case, look for evidence, speak with witnesses, and help you recover compensation necessary to mitigate some of the costs related to your accident. If you require strong legal representation, contact Friedman Schuman today for a consultation.