Montgomery County Car Accident Lawyer
After a serious car accident, you need a serious car accident attorney. The car accident attorneys at Wilk Law provide legal representation personalized to meet and exceed your legal goals and expectations.
Wilk Law’s car accident attorneys are:
- Aggressive and determined to secure maximum compensation for your car accident injuries;
- Proven, with a track record of success in car accident claims and litigation;
- Client-focused and driven to win for you and your family; and
- Understanding and compassionate of car accident victims’ needs.
Wilk Law will listen to the facts of your accident and advise you of any available legal options at no cost to you. We want to answer any questions you might have and set your mind at ease. Contact our office today to schedule your confidential, no-obligation consultation.
How Our Montgomery County Car Accident Attorneys Can Help
Victims of serious car accidents are often overwhelmed and unsure where to turn after their crash. They can face physical, mental, and emotional injuries, multiple doctor visits, mounting medical bills, and lost wages. It is often tempting to speak with the insurance company and take a settlement offer right away.
That is what the insurance company hopes you will do. Insurance companies use your situation against you and offer disparagingly low settlement amounts. This is especially the case when no attorney is on your side to protect you.
Insurance companies have teams of adjusters and attorneys working to preserve and defend their best interests, and you should too. At Wilk Law, we use our experience, resources, and knowledge of car accident law and the insurance industry to pursue a fair and just settlement. If no settlement is forthcoming, we will take your case to trial.
Wilk Law does the following, and more, for you:
- Handle all insurance company and creditor communications;
- File any needed legal forms;
- Investigate your accident;
- Determine liability for your accident;
- Pursue all routes of compensation available;
- Advise you on the law and keep you informed of your claim progress;
- Move your claim along promptly; and
- Ensure your claim demand will cover both current and future accident-related needs.
Regardless of your stage in the claims process, Wilk Law can help. Contact our car accident attorneys in Lower Merion now to tell us about your accident so we can build your legal strategy.
Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents are the most common type of personal injury claim and one of the most deadly. Despite the constant installation and invention of advanced safety equipment for cars, more than two million people die or are hurt in car accidents annually.
Distracted driving is the most common cause of car accidents in the United States. Distracted driving is driving without focusing on the activity of driving. Distracted driving includes, but is not limited to, driving while:
- Talking on the phone or to a passenger;
- Using the GPS; and
- Disciplining children.
Distracted driving is not the only cause of car accidents. Other causes for car crashes include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Drowsy driving;
- Poor vehicle maintenance;
- Driver inexperience;
- Aggressive driving; and
- Driving inappropriately for weather conditions.
Types of Car Accidents
Car accidents take many forms. The most common car accident is the rear-end collision. The most common cause of rear-end collisions is distracted driving.
Other types of car accidents include:
- T-bone, or side-impact crashes;
- Single-vehicle crashes; and
- Sideswipe crashes.
T-bone crashes happen at intersections where two cars are traveling in different directions. One car fails to stop and crashes into the other vehicle’s side, forming a “T” shape. T-bone crashes are known for their deadly injuries and fatalities.
Single-vehicle crashes are the most deadly car accident. These accidents often occur at high speeds and result in a driver colliding with an object like a tree, building, or overpass.
Sideswipe collisions are the least deadly accident and cause the fewest injuries. One driver will swerve into the lane of the other, causing the two cars to graze horizontally. Unless there is a total loss of control by one of the drivers, the accident is containable.
Car Accident Injuries
Car accident injuries range from minor cuts and bruises to catastrophic and life-threatening. The worst accidents are deadly.
While every car accident is different, common car accident personal injuries can include:
- Head and brain injuries, including traumatic brain injuries;
- Broken bones;
- Neck and back injuries;
- Bone fractures;
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis;
- Cuts and abrasions;
- Internal organ damage; and
- Emotional trauma.
Always seek medical care immediately following a car accident and attend any recommended follow-up appointments.
Damages and Comparative Negligence in a Montgomery County Car Accident
The party responsible for a Pennsylvania car accident may be responsible for paying the victim’s:
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wages;
- Loss of earning potential;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental and emotional trauma;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- Wrongful death expenses; and
- Other viable costs.
Pennsylvania is a comparative negligence state. This means to collect damages for a car accident; the victim must not be more than 50 percent at fault for that accident. If the court finds the victim more than 50 percent at fault, the victim gets nothing.
However, if the victim is less than 50 percent at fault, that percentage is deducted from the damage award. If the victim is not at fault, there is no deduction from the damage award.
Pennsylvania’s Time Limit for Filing a Car Accident Claim
Pennsylvania does limit the amount of time a car accident victim has to file a claim for damages. This is called a statute of limitations. Pennsylvania’s time limit is two years from the date of the accident.
Contact a Montgomery County Car Accident Attorney Today
If you would like to know more about how comparative negligence or Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations applies to your car accident claim, call the experienced car accident attorneys at Wilk Law. All claims are different, so it is essential to get advice specific to your case’s facts.
Wilk Law’s Lower Merion car accident attorneys will meet with you for free and answer your most pressing legal questions about your injuries, holding any negligent parties responsible for your pain and suffering, the types of compensation available to you, and any other matters you feel are important. This is your car accident claim, and we want to meet your goals and expectations. Call Wilk Law today, or contact us online.