There are too many scary scenarios to think about while on the road. Our Philadelphia Car Accident Attorneys at Dan Doyle Law Group have almost seen them all. We have worked with clients who are dealing with a spectrum of injuries. Each has a different story with unique details. The one thing they all have in common is that they knew to seek an attorney.
People who have never been in a car accident are hesitant to believe that attorneys are good people. Like any profession, you are going to experience some bad apples. Most, however, do their job because they truly believe that justice should prevail for clients who have been injured. Part of our job as your Philadelphia car accident lawyers are to educate our clients on what to do after a car accident. The information we provide is best received directly after an accident has occurred. Here are 4 things to keep in mind after you have gotten into a car accident:
Statute of limitations: Under 42 Pennsylvania Code Section 5524, the statute of limitations for a car accident is two years from the actual accident. This means that any driver, passenger, pedestrian, bicyclist, or other vehicle occupants can file a suit against another driver within two years of when the accident actually occurred. Two years is a long time for people to forget the detail and for police reports to become muddied with missing details. Don’t wait until the very end of the year to file a suit. Seeking our Philadelphia Car Accident Attorneys directly after a car accident will increase your success greatly.
It Gets Complicated: Because Pennsylvania is a “no-fault” state, you must first consult with your insurance company about getting the bills covered before you are able to sue the at-fault driver. However, there are certain scenarios in which a driver can sue an at-fault driver. For example, if your injuries are severe you can file a suit or if your injuries exceed the limit of the at-fault driver’s insurance.
Pay Attention: Just because the police are writing a report does not mean you shouldn’t be making your own detailed notes. As mentioned, two years can be a long time to file a claim. If you are in an accident and able to move then start to take your own notes. Take pictures and ask people for their information for future contact if necessary.
Remain Calm: We understand that this time in your life is traumatic and enraging. However, nothing can be done if you are arrested for assaulting the driver. Remain calm and wait for the police to arrive. Remember, our Philadelphia Car Accident Attorneys are here for you and ready to receive your call.