What Do I Do If I’m Involved in a Car Accident And the Other Driver Leaves the Scene of the Accident?

Millions of car accidents take place every year, and they can be extremely frustrating and jarring experiences. There are situations where a car accident can change your entire life. So what do you do if you are in Philadelphia or one of the adjacent counties, i.e., Bucks, Chester, Delaware or Montgomery County, and you notice that the other driver has decided to leave the scene of the accident?

This is illegal, but it still takes place more often than you might think in the greater Philadelphia area, to include Montgomery and Bucks counties and many other counties throughout the United States. First and foremost, it is important to remain calm and make sure that every passenger in your car is safe. Once you have established this fact, it is then time to document everything that you can. Are there any injuries? Who was injured and how severe are the injuries?

The next step is simple: start trying to document as much information as possible. For example, try to remember the license plate of the car that drove away. You should also write down any relevant information while it is still fresh in your mind, such as the color, make, and model of the vehicle. Some cars may have more defining characteristics to note, such as tinted windows, bumper stickers, or custom rims. If you remember any other information that could help identify the driver, write it down or document it in some way as soon as possible.

After this step, you should contact the authorities (whether it is Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia County, the best thing to do is dial 911 and explain the situation.) Police officers may still be able to locate the fleeing party. Although that is not a guarantee, any information that you provide the police will be extremely helpful in that regard. A police report will prove useful later when you consult with your car accident attorney and also when you are filing a claim. Remember that your insurance company requires a report from a proper authority within 30 days from the date of the accident in order for you to be able to collect for any injuries under the uninsured portion of your insurance policy.  Your personal injury attorney will be able to advise you on all of the potential options to receive a payment as a result of your MVA.  It’s important to remember to remain calm and cooperate with police.

Lastly, you should speak to all potential witnesses so that your side of the story can be verified. At this point, you should consult with a car accident attorney as soon as possible to review your options.

5 Safety Tips for Fall and Winter Driving

Winter driving in Philadelphia can be a challenge even to experienced drivers. A mild rain can soon turn to snow or a blizzard and the roads can get treacherous. Ideally, as the roads begin to get covered in sheets of ice in Philadelphia, Bucks County, or Montgomery County, you should stay indoors. But for those who have no other option but to drive, here are 5 safety tips for fall and winter driving in Philadelphia to avoid a car accident.

5 Safety Tips for Winter Driving in Philadelphia

Get your car checked  

Before it gets too late, get your car thoroughly serviced. Ask your mechanic to check your vehicle’s fluid and antifreeze levels, tire-pressure, battery, and wipers. They should also examine the brakes to see if they are functioning properly.

Go slow

No matter where you are headed, no matter how tempting it may get, always go slow on icy roads to avoid a car accident. This is especially true when you are accelerating on decelerating. Remember that with ice, it takes longer to come to a halt. Watch out for frozen roads that may look wet, often called ‘black ice.’ 

Beware of wet leaves

Wet leaves are as slippery as ice. With a lot of wooded areas, this means more roads for drivers to slow down and be cautious.

Watch out for animals

Food becomes scarce for animals during winter and they start exploring more. Inadvertently this may lead them to roads. Poor visibility adds to the problem, and therefore, drivers should be cautious, especially around wooded areas.

Stock up

Your tank should be at least half-full, and your mobile phone must be fully charged. You should also carry extra blankets and gloves.

As the days get shorter, there should be added precautions while driving at night. And if you meet with an accident, make sure you call your personal injury attorney at the earliest.

Why is it Important to Hire an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney to Represent You?

One of the first questions people charged with a crime ask is if it’s necessary to hire a criminal defense attorney. Even though an experienced criminal defense lawyer will be able to help you get the best possible outcome for your case, the cost of hiring a lawyer is often too intimidating.

If you’ve been convicted of a crime in Philadelphia, Bucks County, or Montgomery County, our criminal defense and DUI attorneys can help. Here’s how:

They Understand the Legal System

The legal system is often confusing and extremely difficult to navigate on your own. Our criminal defense attorneys have collective decades of experience moving through the inner workings of the criminal justice system. 

They Can Save You Money

If you’ve been charged with a crime, then chances are you’re worried about losing your job, your home, and your livelihood. By hiring an experienced defense attorney to fight for the best possible outcome, they can help you keep your job, your professional license, and even help you avoid a lengthy court trial that will result in lost income. 

They Can Examine Law Enforcement

Experienced criminal defense lawyers know the ins and outs of every step of criminal justice proceedings, including how evidence needs to be handled for it to be admissible in court. Our attorneys will examine your case to make sure your rights haven’t been infringed upon and will fight to have inadmissible evidence thrown out of your case. 

Whether you’re at risk of losing your professional license, you’ve been accused of domestic assault, or you’re facing a DUI charge, Kats, Jamison & Associates can help. Our team of experienced criminal defense and DUI attorneys will fight to ensure that you get the best possible outcome following your criminal charge, protecting your family and your future.

What to Do if you’ve been in a Car Accident

Six million automobile accidents occur each year in America. Fortunately, most of these accidents only involve damage to a vehicle. However, on an average 33% of those accidents result in personal injury.

If you are involved in a car accident, it is easy to panic and make irrational decisions. The purpose of this post and graphic is to help you know what to do in the event you find yourself involved in a car accident. 

What to do if you’ve been in a car accident:

  1. First, never leave the scene of an accident. This is the definition of a “Hit and Run” which is a crime. Regardless of inconvenience, it is important to remain present while evidence is gathered and witnesses are interviewed
  2. Keep yourself protected and safe. Being on a busy road presents safety challenges every time. Consider purchasing and using a roadside emergency kit including flares and road markings. Use flashlights in the dark. 
  3. Contact Law Enforcement. Whether the car accident is major or minor, it is a good idea to call in law enforcement for help. Law enforcement officers will gather all the initial information which they need to proceed with their investigation.The automobiles involved in the accident should remain at the same place, unless they are in a traffic area. 
  4. Cooperate with Law Enforcement Officials to gather all of the necessary information for their investigation. Tell them what you know about an accident and don’t hesitate to tell them that you don’t know certain things. 
  5. Make sure that you take pictures of the vehicles in case of visible damage. You should also take photographs of visible injuries. Pictures taken at the scene of the accident will help you in further investigation. 
  6. You should exchange basic information such as name, address and telephone number of all persons involved in the accident (drivers and passengers) as well as licence & insurance information should be documented. 
  7. Consider seeking medical attention, even if there are no outward signs of injury. Often, adrenaline masks injuries at the moment of the accident and underlying muscle injuries may not become apparent until the next day. 
  8. Document as much as possible, because evidence may disappear quickly. Keep all your accident-related documents and information in one place. 
  9. Contact a Personal injury attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights. The personal injury attorney can help with compensation for any medical expenses that may arise. 

Your attorney can advise you on major issues like compensation and medication, and they make sure you are getting the best medical treatment and full compensation. If you have been in an automobile accident and would like to speak with an attorney, please contact us as soon as possible so we can help you with your case.

How to maintain Social Distancing if you’ve been in a car accident

At the time of this blog post, our world is still in the middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and many of us have been societally isolated by government stay-at-home orders. However, despite these lock-downs, life must go on, and while we are venturing outside for groceries or commuting to our essential jobs, Car Accidents and Truck Accidents are a very real possibility.

 

What adds to that possibility is the fact that more Motorcycles and Bicycles are on the road as the weather has gotten warmer.  And with the Coronavirus being front and center in everyone’s mind, it’s probably fair to say that drivers are more distracted than ever.

 

Just yesterday, as I was driving to get my own blood work done, I saw the aftermath of two separate car accidents. The first accident involved a car and a truck, and the second was a three car collision.

 

Seeing the drivers at these accident scenes got me thinking about how distraught drivers must be today. Whether it’s dealing with the fear of what the “new normal” looks or worrying about a loved one that they haven’t seen in several months, drivers are distracted, and this can lead to pretty significant car accidents. 

What to do if you’ve been in a car accident during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

First, always be sure to wait for the responding officers. Gathering evidence at the scene in the event that you need a car accident attorney is still just as crucial now as it was before the coronavirus.  Even if there are no injuries immediately apparent, do not let fear of the Coronavirus force you to leave the scene of the accident prematurely.

 

Next, be sure to engage in proper Social Distancing practices at the scene.  Odds are that the responding police officers will be wearing face masks, so you should wear your face mask as well.

 

Be sure to cooperate and provide as many details as possible about the accident. Just like before the pandemic, details are important. Evidence tends to disappear, memories fade and stories change. And the fact that the other driver is probably wearing a mask can make identification and recognition more challenging later on.

 

One suggested tip is to ask the other driver to hold their documents in their hands while you take pictures of them with your cell phone. This would include their driver’s license, insurance information and auto registration, all of which will be necessary for you to report a claim. Be sure to extend the courtesy of doing the same for the other driver.

 

Finally, if you have been injured in a Car Accident or Motorcycle Accident, hospitals, medical facilities, doctor’s offices are open. It is important that you get a thorough examination to ensure there is no risk of delayed injuries, so call and schedule an appointment.

 

If you are injured or in paid, remember that suffering in silence will cause more damage to your health and your claim.

 

The Law Offices of Kats Jamison and Associates are here, even remotely, to help you if needed. You can call our office at 1-800-LAW-1917 to schedule a free consultation.

When to call an Attorney if you’ve been in a car accident

There are about 5.5 million car crashes in the USA each year (half of which result in an injury). And regardless of how careful and defensive you drive, there’s always a chance of being involved in an incident yourself because you cannot control the driving of other people. 

If you’ve recently been in a car crash, you may be wondering if you need a car accident lawyer or how long you should wait before finding an attorney. The truth of the matter is this:  if you’ve been injured or if the incident resulted in the filing of any insurance claims or the assignment of fault or responsibility, then it’s important that you speak to an attorney as soon as possible.

You’re not overreacting when you choose to speak to a lawyer after a car accident. You’re making the right choice to ensure that nothing gets lost or forgotten while the legal system processes your claim. 

Court proceedings can be a long and frustrating process, but they are necessary in order for you to get the justice you deserve, especially if you’ve been involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault and/or resulted in a personal injury. Simply resolving a filed insurance claim will require as many details as possible, regardless of whether the case goes to trial or not. Unfortunately, over time the details about what happened during your accident can become hazy. 

Finding a lawyer quickly after a car crash will ensure that:

  1. None of the evidence disappears. A lawyer will work with police, investigators, doctors, tow-truck companies and anyone else involved to ensure that all physical evidence is collected and dealt with properly.  That way it is available when the time comes for a judge’s review; and 

 

  1. Witnesses don’t forget what they saw. An attorney will find, speak to and gather the statements of every witness to your accident, and will furthermore know exactly how to organize and document the testimonial dates, images, and other aspects in a way that a judge and jury would understand. It’s important to get these statements as early as possible since time can minimize the accuracy and details of an event. 

The process begins while the facts are still fresh.  You’ve only got a short window of time for legal action after being involved in a car accident. Waiting too long to consult with a lawyer after the date of a collision risks you’re losing crucial physical evidence and witness testimony.  If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident in the Commonwealth of Philadelphia and need an injury attorney, don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of our team for a free consultation to find out what your next steps should be.

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Congratulations MARINA KATS for being selected to present the 2016 Edward J. Ross Memorial Lecture

Philadelphia, PA, March 24, 2016: Congratulations to MARINA KATS for being selected to present the 2016 Edward J. Ross Memorial Lecture in Litigation at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law on Thursday, March 24, 2016, in the Klein Hall Moot Court Room. The Ross Lecture was established in 2008 in memory of Edward J. Ross (Temple Class of 1969), a successful litigator who specialized in the area of adult survivors of early childhood sexual abuse.  This annual lecture has attracted outstanding speakers from the Philadelphia Legal community, and includes such past stellar trial attorney luminaries as Ronald Jay Cohen, Stephen Sheller, Roberta D. Liebenberg, Thomas R. Kline, and Joe Tucker.

Marina Kats received the Leonard barrack ’68 Alumni Achievement Award

At TLAA’s 100th Anniversary Diamond Gala

Philadelphia, PA, October 10, 2015: Congratulations to MARINA KATS for being selected as one of the top 3 distinguished Temple Law alums in recognition of the 100th year anniversary of the Temple Law Alumni Association (TLAA) and the 125th anniversary of Temple Law School.  In addition to receiving the Leonard Barrack ’68 Alumni Achievement Award from TLAA this past Saturday night, October 10, 2015 at The Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia (at TLAA’s 100th Anniversary Diamond Gala), Marina was also presented with a congratulatory proclamation from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack.