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Getting into a car accident can be a life-changing experience.

Besides handling the trauma of the incident and dealing with the property damage, recovering from an injury can take a lot of time and a lot of money. When the insurance company rejects your claim or offers you a settlement less than what your claim is worth, what is already a stressful process can easily become a nightmare.

Don’t you wish someone can fight for your rights?

At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, our Pennsylvania car accident lawyers understand the stress and frustration you are going through. We know that all you want is to pay your bills, get healthy, and put this terrible situation behind you. That’s why we work hard to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. With years of experience in car accident litigation, our auto accident attorneys will determine who is liable for the accident, negotiate with the insurance company, and, if necessary, take the responsible parties to court.

The Major Causes of Car Accidents in Pennsylvania

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest numbers, car accidents continue to rise in the United States. The first nine months of 2017 found 27,650 fatal motor vehicle accidents, a marginal increase over 2016 numbers of that time period. In fact, the number of passenger vehicle occupant fatalities in 2016 is the highest number since 2008.

In Pennsylvania, there were 1,188 fatal car crashes in 2016. Most of those fatal crashes involved a single-vehicle – 54 percent. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in 2016 there is 355 reportable traffic crashes occurring each day. Out of those accidents, three people are fatally injured and 277 people are injured in reportable traffic crashes.

But what is causing all these fatalities? It all comes down to these major factors:

  • Human Error – Whether it’s driving while texting, driving under the influence of alcohol, or speeding, the majority of automobile crashes are the result of driver error.
  • Road Conditions – The condition of the roadway can play a major part in your car accident. An improperly maintained road can cause havoc on your car.
  • Weather – In Pennsylvania, winter time means icy, snowy weather accumulating on our roadways. This causes slippery driving conditions.
  • Mechanical Error — Not all accidents are caused by improper maintenance of your vehicle. Sometimes it can be a defect in your vehicle.

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What to Do After a Pennsylvania Car Accident?

You just got into a car accident. You're shaken up and you're injured. Do you know what you do?

There are certain steps you should follow afterward to make sure you not only follow state law, but you don't endanger any possible future lawsuit.

  • Make sure you and any passengers in your vehicle are ok. Take moment to take in the situation and do not panic.
  • Be aware of your surroundings -- if the scene is unsafe, move the car to a safe area. If you are uninjured, try to exit the car if you can.
  • Call 911. Let them know if medical assistance is necessary.
  • Exchange information with the drivers, passengers or pedestrians involved in the accident. Also, try to get the information of any witnesses of the accident.
  • Document the scene as best as you can. If you have a smartphone, take photos of the scene and the damage to your vehicle.
  • If you are taken to the hospital for injuries, make sure you document what injuries you have and what procedures are done. Keep a record of all doctor appointments or physical therapy sessions.
  • Contact your insurance company to submit a claim. Make sure you get the police report and any medical records needed for the claim.

The Complexity of Full and Limited Tort

Pennsylvania is a choice no-fault state. Unlike a no-fault state -- where the insurance company is liable to cover the insured's physical injuries no matter who is at fault - Pennsylvanians have the option of selections full tort or limited tort insurance.

Not many understand the difference between the two options Chances are you'll select limited tort since it's the cheaper option. However, by selecting limited tort, this prevents you from suing for pain and suffering. This is why you should choose the full tort option, you will have the ability to sue for all damages. Although it is more expensive, it will save you in the long term.

It's important to note that both full and limited tort coverage only applies in situations where the driver and/or passengers have been injured in a car accident that was not the driver's fault.

But what if you are seriously injured and have limited tort coverage? Is there anything you can do? Yes, there is! If your injuries are serious enough, as outlined by your insurance policy, then you may be able to sue pain and suffering. However, getting your claim approved can still be an uphill battle.

As you can see, tort law in Pennsylvania is extremely complex. It takes an experienced car accident lawyer to examine your policy, explain what the situation is, and present legal options that will work best for your situation.

Why Choose Fellerman & Ciarimboli?

The Pennsylvania car accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have spent their careers fighting for those injured in any type of auto accident. We understand that not all car accidents are the same - even the simplest claim has an extensive amount of paperwork involved. From our investigators to our expert witnesses, we have access to the most efficient team in making your claim. Not only do we have the experience, but we have the track record. With more than $15 million won in verdicts and settlements, we stand up for those who don't have a voice.

You have a choice in personal injury attorneys - don't choose incorrectly. If you or someone you loved has been involved in a car accident in Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, or anywhere in the Keystone State, don't delay. The Pennsylvania car accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli fight for the injured. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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