What to do After a Car Accident: Tips for new drivers to know before an accident

Since the rise of ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft, there has been a significant increase in the number of accidents involving these vehicles. Since many people use their personal car for work purposes, it’s important to know what to do if you get into an accident while using one of these services. Here is some information about what steps you should take after your accident and how we can help.

First, alert the proper authorities. Just like any accident, you should notify the local police so that the accident report can be filed and an accident investigation can begin. It will also be important to notify uber or lyft so that they can also begin their investigation.

Next, if it can be done safely and without furthering any potential injuries, try to document whatever is possible. Use your cell phone to take as many photos as possible so that they can be used as evidence during the investigation process. Once these photos are taken, ensure they are backed up by emailing them to yourself.

Then, be sure to be checked out by a medical professional. Often, injuries and pain are not evident until the following day after an accident. A medical professional will be able to assess common injuries based on what type of accident you were in.

After any potential injuries are documented, be sure to contact an injury lawyer. Beyond potentially being compensated for your injuries, your attorney can also act as a layer of protection between you and other professionals that have been hired.

Finally, do not speak to insurance companies or the driver’s attorneys without your attorney present. Remember that everyone else’s attorneys are working to protect their interests, not yours. Saying the wrong terminology can hurt the ongoing investigation and not be in your favor.

Above all, try your hardest to remain calm. Accidents can be devastating, especially when you’ve put your trust into a service and another driver. When our emotions get the best of us, we make irrational decisions that don’t serve us well in the long run. In the end, it’s best to make sure you document as much as possible on the scene, with a medical professional and with your attorney. If you have questions about an accident involving Uber or Lyft in the Philadelphia area, feel free to get in touch with our office.

What to do After a Car Accident: Tips for new drivers to know before an accident

Car accidents are unfortunately a part of life. They can happen at any time, anywhere, and to anyone. No one is immune. If you’ve been involved in an accident, it’s important to know what to do afterwards so that you can begin your recovery (if you’ve been injured). With the help of these tips for new drivers after a car accident, you’ll feel more prepared in case something happens in the future.

Tip 1: Keep Yourself Safe

Most importantly, be sure to make sure you are out of harm’s way. If there is traffic actively still using the road you are on, be sure to be off to the side so that no further potential injuries occur.

Tip 2: Call the police immediately

If you’ve been in a car accident, you should always call the police immediately. It’s important to make sure everyone is safe and accounted for before anything else starts happening. This way there is a record of the accident and an investigation can get under way immediately.

Tip 3: Safely document as much as you can

If you have a camera on your phone, use it to photograph the scene of the accident. Record any damage that may already be visible and take photos of other cars involved as well as drivers. This will help show exactly what happened in case there is later disagreement over who was at fault for an accident or if another driver tries to cover up damage they’ve done.

Tip 4: Make sure you’re receiving medical attention

If your injuries are serious, make sure to go to the hospital immediately or call an ambulance for help. If you are not seriously injured but need some bandages or medication, it may still be in your best interest to be checked out by a medical professional. A lot of times, an X-Ray or physical exam can uncover injuries that you may not be feeling because of adrenaline and shock.

Tip 5: Contact a Car Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a car accident, it’s important that you contact an attorney right away. You can receive compensation from the at-fault party to help cover your medical expenses and lost wages due to being unable to work because of injuries. It’s also possible for victims of accidents caused by negligent drivers or faulty vehicles/roadside items to receive a settlement for pain and suffering experienced. This can help cover your emotional distress as well as the physical injuries you have sustained.

Car accidents are never pleasant experiences. If one does happen it’s important to know what to do so that panic does not cause you to make irrational decisions.

It may be in your best interest to review this post a couple times and commit the steps to memory.

If you are revisiting this post because you have been in a car accident in the Philadelphia/Bucks County/Montgomery County area, contact us at 215-396-9001.

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.

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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Tips From a Philadelphia DUI Lawyer

The tendency of everyone when they see the flashing lights of a police car in their rear view mirror is panic. Unfortunately when someone panics they start to act irrationally. You should always have a plan of action when the police stop you in whatever offense you may be concerned about. Most often it is a DUI offense and that’s when your memory and your actions become crucial. You are not required to volunteer any information and should just listen to what the police officer requests of you. Before they arrest you or request a sobriety test, they have to have a probable cause, meaning the offense has to occur before the stop. Do not act argumentatively. All you’re required to provide is your drivers license, owners cards and insurance. Do not answer any questions or make any statements. If the police have probable cause and suspect that you are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol they may act to perform a sobriety test. A Philadelphia DUI lawyer would advise you not to panic.

If you do not pass the test the police officer will ask you to take a blood or breathalyzer test. Again do not panic. The number one rule is, under no circumstances: DO NOT sign the refusal of the test. If you sign the refusal of the test, you may have your drivers license automatically suspended for a year. There is very little that an attorney can do to help you at this point.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, get the best Philadelphia DUI lawyer to protect your rights. Call Philly Lawyers today: 215-396-9901.

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A Misconception About Limited Tort Cases: What is the meaning of serious or permanent injury?

Our firm recently obtained a six-figure settlement for a limited tort case, in which a woman was injured as a result of a car accident. The firm’s philosophy is not always to accept limited tort cases because it is very difficult to say at the initial interview whether the individual’s injury will overcome the presumption of the limited tort. The injured individual should not be afraid to call us or any other lawyers, as the initial consultation is free and our firm is representing the client on a contingent fee basis. Meaning that there will never be a charge to the client unless we achieve the recovery and receive money for the client.

 
Our firm will do everything possible to make sure the client gets the recovery they deserve in a limited tort case. We listen to our clients to represent them diligently. We obtain, at no upfront cost to the client, all the medical bills and reports. We have an extensive discussion with the client on how the accident affected their life and try to develop a comprehensive picture of how the client is suffering as a result of the accident.
It is a big misconception that many people are told that you need to have fractured bones in order to overcome a limited tort presumption. It is simply not true.

 
In order to overcome a limited tort case, what that statute says you have to have is a serious or permanent injury. There is no definition in that statute of the meaning of serious or permanent. Therefore is it between a client and lawyer to see if a case could be developed into something that should be pursued in court or settled with the insurance company. Or perhaps the lawyer will tell the client where there is no chance of victory. Our firm has a weekly meeting where we have that discussion amongst our selves as to the viability of the clients case. If we decide to take the case to trial, our firm is usually successful in securing a win for our client. Of course there is no guarantees and any past results are not a reflection of what could happen in the future. But I encourage everyone who has a car accident to call us whether they have a limited tort or full tort.