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Car Accident FAQs

If you are involved in a car accident, you likely have many concerns. How will you recover from your injuries? Who will pay for the damaged vehicle or provide you a new one? Were you at fault in any way? All of these are valid concerns. That’s why you need the NEPA car accident attorneys of Fellerman & Ciarimboli.

DO I NEED TO CONTACT AN ATTORNEY AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?

Generally speaking, if you or your passengers were injured in a car accident, the answer is yes. You should especially contact an attorney if the accident resulted in a permanent injury, or if you have lost any time from work, school, or household duties. In these circumstances, an attorney can help represent you in a claim against another party who may be responsible for your injuries.

Even if you or your passengers have not been injured, a Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, or Scranton attorney may be able to help you win some compensation as the facts and circumstances surrounding each car accident are different. It is important to look at the degree of the car accident and use your best judgment.

WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS?

Collisions are life-changing occurrences. Do I need to contact an attorney after a car accident? The short answer is usually yes. You need someone who will personally and aggressively handle your case and give you the right advice. We won’t be pushed around by insurance companies looking to make a quick settlement. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

THE INSURANCE COMPANY SAYS I SHOULD SETTLE, SHOULD I?

The answer to that question is pretty simple, usually not. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, they aren’t going to go out of their way to look out for your best interests. 

That’s why it’s imperative to have an attorney by your side who will help you evaluate what your claim is truly worth.

WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS TO CONSIDER IN A CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT?

After an accident occurs, we often want to settle the issue as quickly as possible and move on. It is imperative that you be patient and allow adequate time to pass before you estimate the extent of your financial needs for compensation.

  • How your job and future wages/income will be affected
  • The effect on your personal life
  • The short-term and long-term treatment that may be necessary
  • The psychological toll

All of these factors will need to be considered, in order to adequately represent and recoup the financial compensation you deserve because of the accident and injury.

WHAT ARE THE COMMON CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS?

The most common causes of car accidents in the United States are:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Weather-related conditions
  • Mechanical failures

WHAT IF I WASN’T WEARING A SEATBELT WHEN I GOT INTO AN ACCIDENT?

If you were involved in a car accident and also displayed some form of negligence, your compensation will be altered to reflect the percentage of fault you had. However, not wearing a seatbelt does not contribute to negligence and will not alter your compensation.

Contact the Pennsylvania car accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli today for a free consultation. We serve clients in Philadelphia, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and throughout Pennsylvania.

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