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What to do if you have been in a truck accident in the Philadelphia Area
1. Seek medical attention immediately. Make sure to document your injuries and keep all related medical records.
2. Take photos of the accident scene, including relevant road signs or conditions that have contributed to the crash.
3. Speak with a truck accident lawyer in Philadelphia as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected.
At Kats, Jamison and Associates, we will review your case with you in detail and provide personalized legal advice on how to proceed. We can help determine if you have a valid claim and advise you on the most effective path to take in order to get the best possible outcome for your situation. Contact us today for a free consultation. We know that truck accidents can be devastating and traumatic events, and we are committed to helping you get the compensation you deserve. Let us fight for your rights and help you get the justice you need. Contact Kats, Jamison and Associates today to get started.
What does a Truck Accident Attorney do for you?
At Kats, Jamison and Associates, we pride ourselves on providing comprehensive legal representation that is tailored to your individual needs. We will be there every step of the way to answer questions and make sure you get the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us today for a free consultation. We look forward to working with you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to pay to speak with an attorney?
Philly Lawyers offers free case reviews so that you can better understand your legal options. This means you pay nothing for your first consultation. Additionally, Kats, Jamison & Associates works on a contingency fee basis meaning that if you do choose to hire us, you pay us nothing unless and until we win your case.
What causes truck accidents?
Semi truck driver error is the leading cause of accidents involving commercial trucks. Some examples of truck driver negligence that leads to serious accidents include the following:
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Driving while fatigued or violating FMCSA Hours of Service regulations
Unlawfully driving with a serious medical condition, such as a heart condition or epilepsy
Engaging in distractions, such as using a handheld mobile device, eating, grooming, and more
Failing to complete all required pre-trip inspections
Aggressive driving, including speeding, following too closely, improper passing, or intimidating other motorists
Taking turns too quickly
Failing to adequately pay attention to blind spots
Driving a commercial vehicle without the proper license or training
De-powering the brakes in the front of the truck
Otherwise violating traffic laws or FMCSA regulations
What is a jackknife accident?
Semi-trucks belong to a class of vehicles known as “articulated vehicles,” which are vehicles that are made up of various segments linked by movable joints. This construction allows these vehicles to be more maneuverable than they would be if they were made up of a single unit, but also makes them vulnerable to certain types of accidents to which non-articulated vehicles are not. Jackknife accidents are one of these types of accident that are unique to articulated vehicles and occur when the trailer of a truck swings out from behind the vehicle, resembling the action of a pocket knife.
Should I settle my truck accident claim?
Whether you should settle your truck accident claim will depend on a number of factors. Individuals involved in auto accidents tend to sustain much more serious and devastating injuries when trucks are involved in those accidents. More often than not, small passenger vehicles hardly stand a chance against large trucks and as a result, sustain more damage. If you or a loved one were involved in a truck accident, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.
What should I do immediately after I’ve been involved in a car accident?
Call the police and make sure an ambulance is sent as soon as possible. Make sure everyone involved in the accident is conscious and responsive. Stay at the scene even if the accident isn’t serious, the police should be called regardless and a police report should be filed. It is important when speaking to the police that you stick to the facts, do not speculate, and most importantly do not admit any fault. Make sure you take as many pictures as you can with your cell phone. Also, we suggest taking a picture of the other person’s license plate, their drivers license, and insurance information. The pictures should document any damage that is caused by both vehicles. Seek medical attention as soon as possible if injured, even if you do not feel any pain, you may be in a state of shock and could experience medical issues later on.
What should I do before leaving the scene of an accident?
After a car accident, it is important to collect as much information as possible. Document the names, addresses, license plates of any other vehicle involved in the accident. Either document the weather conditions at the time of the accident or take pictures of the scene surrounding the accident. If you believe that road maintenance or lack thereof was a factor in the accident – it is important to document this as well. After your immediate medical injuries have been taken into account, it is then time to speak with a lawyer immediately. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the more time you will have to successfully prepare a personal injury case. The team at Kats, Jamison & Associates will analyze your car/motorcycle accident and determine whether or not you have a claim. Through this process we will make sure to protect your rights and guard you from predatory insurance company practices.
How do I know if I have a personal injury case regarding a car accident?
If you are experiencing pain, injury, or financial damages as a result of someone else’s negligence. You may have a personal injury case. If the other driver was at fault or failed to follow the legal rules of the road – our car accident attorneys may be able to prove that the other party is liable for those damages. For example, if you were rear-ended in a car accident, typically the other driver is responsible for that accident and the insurance company could be liable for any damages
What should I expect the first few days following a car accident?
Within the first few days, you will receive communications from both your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company. You may be contacted by your health insurance company, doctors, and even attorneys. The other driver’s insurance company may request that you sign medical authorizations so they can retrieve your medical records. Before you speak to any of these people or sign any documents, it is important that you seek legal counsel.
How do I pay for medical expenses while my case is pending?
You may have a difficult time paying for your medical expenses, even if you have health insurance. Make sure to bill any treatment as you normally would through your healthcare provider. Additionally, you may have medical payment coverage under your car insurance plan. This could be used to cover your co-pays and other medical expenses that your health insurance company may not cover initially.
What type of compensation should I expect to receive for my car accident case?
This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on many factors. If we are successful in proving that the other party is liable for your injuries and damages, you could be compensated for medical bills and any other hospital costs, lost wages, costs of rehabilitation and physical therapy, disability or disfigurement, pain and suffering, wrongful death, including loss of financial support and any other out of pocket expense that was related to your accident.
How long will it take to complete my case?
Depending on the severity of your injuries and the length of time you need to heal from your injuries will determine the length of your claim. We also have to factor in the willingness of the other party to settle as they make their initial offer. If unreasonable offers are made, your claim may proceed to trial, which will increase the length of your claim.
What are the fees for representing me in a car accident case?
At Kats, Jamison & Associates all personal injury accident cases are handled on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that we will never charge you upfront for any cost and we will advance all costs and expenses. You will not have to reimburse our Firm for any costs unless we are successful. You will pay absolutely nothing for lawyers’ fees unless we win a monetary sum in your case.