Car Accident Resources
Car Accident Resources
What You Need To Know
You have questions. We have answers.
A car accident can leave you injured, overwhelmed, or unsure what to do next. We help clients with car accidents every day. Keep reading for answers to the most commonly asked questions about car accidents.
Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents
When should you hire an attorney for a car accident?
You should consult with an attorney as soon as you can after a car accident. The insurance process after an accident can be confusing and exhausting, especially when you are also dealing with injuries and medical treatment. The earlier that you consult with and retain an attorney, the earlier that you will understand your rights, feel comfortable with your options, and have the information to make the best decisions moving forward. Consultations with Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo for car accidents are always free with no obligation.
What is a typical settlement range for car accident cases?
Every accident and every person and their injuries are different, and there is no typical range of recovery in a car accident case. A settlement range depends on many factors, including how the accident happened, the injuries you suffered, the treatment you need, the effect on your ability to perform daily activities and your job, permanence of injury, and problems you will face in the future. We make sure that we obtain the best evidence of our clients’ injuries and damages so that they receive the highest offers possible from the insurance companies.
How much do you get for pain and suffering in a motor vehicle accident?
There is no typical amount for pain and suffering recovery in a motor vehicle accident case, since it will depend upon the specifics such as the injuries, treatment, severity and length of symptoms, and amount of disruption in the victim’s life. Our job is to make sure that the evidence showing our clients’ pain and suffering, both past and future, is fully developed and submitted in the case, so that they receive the highest possible recovery for pain and suffering.
How can I settle a car accident claim?
Settling your car accident claim by yourself can be difficult and risky. Without an attorney, you may end up settling for less than the real value, and you may not realize the legal technicalities that could hurt your ability to recover or recover full damages. Insurance companies often try to rush you. They know that over time you are more likely to realize that your injuries and damages are serious, and get an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you and get you full compensation.
What is full tort vs. limited tort insurance coverage in Pennsylvania?
Every Pennsylvania resident must choose whether to carry either the full tort or limited tort option on their automobile insurance policy when they purchase coverage. If injured in an accident, having full tort allows you to pursue claims for all of your injuries without any limitation. If you choose limited tort, however, you generally waive your right to recover pain and suffering and other non-economic damages, unless the injury is considered “serious” or your case falls under a number of other limited exceptions. Making sure that you carry the full tort option is one of the most important decisions you can make when getting auto insurance coverage.
What if I’ve been hurt in a car accident?
After you are hurt in a car accident, you should seek medical treatment promptly and follow the health care providers’ recommendations for continuing treatment and diagnosis. You should also consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to learn about your rights, coverages and options. Consultations with Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo for car accidents are always free with no obligation.
What if I was involved in an Uber or Lyft accident?
If you are the customer in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, and are injured in an accident, you still have the right to seek recovery against the responsible parties. Likewise, if you are the driver of an Uber or Lyft accident, and were hurt through no fault of your own, you have the right to pursue a claim for your injuries and damages. Our attorneys at Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo are experienced in investigating to find the proper defendants and insurance companies responsible for the accident.
What if I have been injured by a drunk driver?
The harm caused by drunk drivers in our communities is tremendous. The drunk driver is liable for the harm caused to your or your loved ones, as may be any person who allowed the drunk driver to operate their vehicle. There are often criminal charges against the drunk driver after the crash, which may provide valuable evidence and information in pursuing your personal injury claim. Also, depending on who provided the alcohol and the circumstances in which it was provided, you may have a claim against the bar or person who served the alcohol. Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo has decades of experience in representing victims of drunk driving accidents.
What if a vehicle crash results in a wrongful death?
Cases in which a vehicle crash or other negligence results in the victim’s death are among the most challenging and complex. It is important to get and preserve evidence showing who was at fault for the crash, and often experts and accident reconstructionists provide evidence of fault. For every wrongful death there is a grieving family left behind, and it is important to have a personal injury law firm experienced in investigating, litigating and pursuing wrongful death cases. Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo has successfully litigated numerous wrongful death and survival cases, always keeping in mind the loved one who has been lost and the needs of the family left behind.
What issues will I face in making a claim for my injuries sustained in a car accident?
As a car accident victim, you often face an overwhelming situation. You have physical injuries, need medical treatment, are in pain, and are losing time from work. You are not sure who is supposed to pay for what. You have to report to your insurance company and do not know the coverages or how they work. On top of that you may be getting calls from the other driver’s insurance company asking for information or even a statement. You don’t want to harm your right to recovery but don’t know the next step to take. Our job at Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo is to take these burdens off of you, allowing you to get the medical treatment while we provide the information and gather the evidence needed to secure you the best recovery possible.
Who determines who is responsible for a traffic accident?
We often think of the investigating police officer as the person who determines fault for a traffic accident. But in personal injury cases, it is up to the jury to decide who is liable or responsible for causing a traffic accident. At Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo, we will get the evidence to show who is responsible for the accident. We do this by viewing the scene, taking photographs, obtaining the police investigation, and often hiring experts such as accident reconstructionists. We make sure we leave no stone unturned in proving liability of the other driver.
Can I sue for negligence if I was hit by someone who was texting while driving?
Someone causing an accident while texting and driving has not only violated the law, but they did this while knowing that they were putting others at great risk of harm. They are subject to claims not only for negligence, but also for recklessness in their actions. Such conduct subjects them to claims for additional damages.
What can I do if the insurance company is not offering me enough for my car?
You can negotiate with the insurance company for more on your car. To understand the value, you could bring it to a mechanic you trust for your own estimate, or get it from sources such as Kelly Blue Book or other car valuation tools. Ultimately if you could not agree you could litigate the issue.