Automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries and deaths in Philadelphia. There are three primary reasons for car crashes; defects in the road, negligent drivers and/or defects with the vehicle. The main cause of injuries from automobile accidents is due to negligent drivers and can include injuries to drivers and passengers as well as pedestrians. If you were injured in an automobile accident as a result of another drivers negligence, there is a possibility that your medical bills will not be covered by either your insurance company or the negligent driver. Hiring a personal injury lawyer is an assurance that someone will fight for your right to compensation for your injuries.
Documentation Pertaining to the Accident
When you are injured due to the negligence of another driver it can often take a couple years to receive compensation for your injuries, but there are several things you can do that may help to lessen the time it takes for reimbursement of your injuries. First and foremost, the first thing to do following an accident is to get medical attention and call a personal injury attorney. Your attorney will need as much information as you can provide in regards to the accident including:
· Your personal information, including your full name, drivers license and automobile insurance information
· The date and time of the automobile accident
· The location where the accident occurred
· Weather conditions at the time of the accident (for example, snowing, raining or sunny)
· All information you have for the other driver, including name, drivers license number, insurance information and the information for any passengers in the other vehicle
· A copy of the police report as well as any other accident reports that were filed
· A copy of all traffic tickets issued at the time of the accident
· Information specific to the accident, such as if the other driver was driving under the influence
Details About Your Injuries
The information about your injuries will be extremely beneficial for your personal injury lawyer to represent you and the more information you are able to provide, the less time it will take for your attorney to gather the necessary medical records. You should let the ER doctor know you were involved in an automobile accident in order to ensure you receive the correct assessment. For example, you should have images of the injured areas and if you had any previous injuries in the same area make sure you give your attorney a copy of the images for both the before and the current injuries. To help expedite things, you can pick up a copy of all documents and information pertaining to the injuries, such as medical bills, physicians report, expenses for current, ongoing and future treatments, the number of days and amount of wages lost from work as a result of the accident and all correspondence between your insurance company and yourself pertaining to the accident.
One of the most common concerns people have when searching for a personal injury attorney to represent their claim for compensation is the cost of representation. Fortunately, the majority of personal injury attorneys will provide their services on a contingency. Contingency fees mean that if they win your case, they will take a percentage of the amount of the settlement from the insurance company. Our firm only deducts a small 29% fee, and an even lower 25% for wrongful death and 25% for minors.
When you meet with your Philadelphia car accident lawyer for the initial consultation, it is important to be prepared by having as much documentation and information about the accident as possible. It is also important to be completely honest with your attorney regarding your claim.