Memorial Day Weekend is one of both celebration and reflection. Unfortunately, it is also, on average, the holiday weekend with the most auto accident fatalities (at around 312, according to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System). Please read on and reach out to our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to learn more about Memorial Day Weekend accidents and how we can help you fight for compensation if you have been wrongly injured in one.
What should I do after a car accident?
If you are injured in an auto accident, you should take several steps to bolster your chances of winning a future personal injury claim. Some of those steps are as follows:
- First, call the police. They will document the incident upon arrival, and they will also send an ambulance to transport you to a hospital.
- From here, you should ask the driver for his or her insurance information. While you should be polite, you should keep conversation to a minimum and never say “sorry” or anything to that effect.
- Next, you should ask anyone who saw your accident for their name, phone number, email, and any other means by which you may contact them so they can corroborate your claim at a later date.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident, including any damage to your car, the other motorist’s vehicle, and any property involved in the accident.
- Once treated at the hospital, ask your doctor for all medical documentation pertaining to your injuries, as you may use this to further prove your personal injury claim.
- Retain the services of a knowledgeable Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who has what it takes to satisfy the burden of proof.
How long do I have to sue after being injured in a car accident?
After sustaining an injury, many people decide to wait to see if their injuries heal on their own before taking legal action against the party responsible. Though this is clearly understandable, we cannot advise you to do so, as there is a statute of limitations in place that dictates the amount of time you will have to sue. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania is, generally, two years, you will, generally, have two years from the date of your car accident to pursue a lawsuit against the motorist responsible. If you wait any longer than two years, there is a very good chance you will be barred from suing. Do not let this happen–we are ready to guide you through every step of the claims process–all you have to do is ask.
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