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Since 2012, car crashes have caused more than 1.5 million injuries and 30,000 deaths each year in the United States.

 

Car accidents are too often catastrophic

 

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens.

  • Per miles driven, teen drivers aged 16-19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.

  • In 2018, there was an alcohol-impaired traffic fatality every 50 minutes in the United States.

  • Around 2 million drivers in car accidents experience permanent injuries every year.

Car accidents can be overwhelming

 

Auto accidents can change the life of an individual or family overnight. In addition to the damaged vehicle, insurance questions, and paperwork, many people have serious injuries that require medical treatment and time to heal.

​Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo will hold accountable any potentially liable parties including:

  • A driver who failed to follow the traffic rules

  • An inattentive driver, including someone texting or talking on the phone while driving

  • A drunk driver

  • Commercial truck drivers and their employers

  • Car and car parts manufacturers

  • Bars, social hosts, clubs and restaurants that serve intoxicated drivers

  • Local governments who fail to provide safe intersections and streets

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo protects victims of car accidents

Over more than five decades of combined experience in car accident cases, we have won many significant awards and settlements for our clients, including:

 

  • $3.75 million settlement for a 53-year-old man who suffered a brain injury and severe fractures to his left hip and pelvis requiring multiple surgeries as a result of a car accident.

  • $1 million settlement for a 49-year-old pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle and suffered fractures to his pelvis, left arm and lower back.

  • $1. 66 million settlement for the Estate of a woman who was killed as a result of a car accident.

  • $1.25 million settlement for a 56-year-old man who suffered severe fractures to his neck, bleeding on the brain, internal injuries, and traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident.

  • $1.12 million arbitration award for a 22-year-old woman who suffered two lumbar herniated discs as a result of a car accident with an underinsured motorist.

 

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo obtains relief

 

With our vast experience, we guide clients through the medical, insurance, and financial minefields after an auto accident, and pursue a legal case so they obtain the compensation they deserve.

 

Victims of an auto accident may be entitled to compensation for:

 

  • Past and future medical bills

  • Lost wages

  • Loss of future earning capacity

  • Pain and suffering

  • Mental distress

  • Embarrassment and humiliation

  • Physical impairment

  • Physical disfigurement

 

Documenting the incident

 

  • After an accident, the people involved could be injured, upset, and disorientated. To the extent possible under the circumstances, take the following steps: Seek medical attention for all injuries, large or small.

  • Think before speaking.

  • Call police.

  • Take photos of the scene and any damage to all vehicles.

  • Take photos of your visible injuries.

  • Find someone who witnessed the accident.

  • Get contact information for any witnesses.

  • Write down details about the accident and what happened.

  • Contact an experienced attorney immediately.

  • Report the accident to your insurance company but do not provide any details or sign any documents before consulting an attorney.

 

Car accident cases need experienced attorneys

 

Over our more than 50 years of combined experience, we have recovered many thousands of awards and settlements for our motor vehicle accident clients, including numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients who have been seriously injured or lost loved ones in a car, motorcycle or trucking accident.

 

Our firm is experienced in handling these cases from the very beginning all the way through a jury trial where we are prepared to present and win your case with accident reconstructionists, economists, doctors, and other experts.

 

We fight for a maximum settlement to compensate our clients for all aspects of their injuries.

 

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo offers free consultations to individuals who have been injured in a car accident. We pride ourselves on fighting for each client’s rights, handling each case with dedication and care.

 

Contact us today to discuss any injuries that were caused by a car accident. Let us give you the help you deserve.

 

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 does it mean if my car was totaled?

If your car is “totaled” after an accident, it means that either your car cannot be repaired or it would cost more than it is worth to repair your car. 

 

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.

 

Do I have a claim if I was not wearing my seatbelt?

Pennsylvania law requires you to wear your seat belt. If you are injured in an accident while not wearing a seatbelt, and an investigation shows that your injuries would not have been as severe, your recovery could be reduced or your claim denied.  

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