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How an Auto Accident Attorney at WPH Law Can Help You

A car accident attorney plays a crucial role in assisting victims by providing legal representation and advocating for their rights throughout the aftermath of an accident. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, here are some ways an attorney at WPH Law can assist you:

  • Investigation and evidence gathering. Our firm will thoroughly investigate the accident to gather evidence, including police reports, witness statements, photographs, videos, medical records, and expert opinions. This evidence is crucial in establishing liability and building a strong car accident case for maximum compensation.
  • Determining liability. A car accident attorney at WPH Law will analyze the circumstances of the accident, review evidence, and identify potentially liable parties, such as negligent drivers, vehicle manufacturers, or government entities responsible for road maintenance.
  • Negotiating with insurance companies. We handle all communications and negotiations with insurance companies so you can focus on your physical well-being and recovery. 
  • Legal guidance and advice. We’ll provide legal guidance and advice regarding your rights, options, and the legal process throughout your case. We help victims understand their legal rights and obligations and the steps they need to take to pursue compensation for their injuries and damages.
  • Litigation representation. If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, our car accident attorneys are prepared to take your case to court. We will present evidence, arguments, and legal defenses in court to seek maximum compensation on your behalf.
  • Managing legal proceedings. We handle all legal procedures and paperwork associated with the case, including filing claims, drafting legal documents, and complying with court deadlines and procedures. This dedication to each step of their case allows our clients to focus on their recovery while their attorney handles the legal aspects of their case.
  • Maximizing compensation. Our car accident attorneys work tirelessly to maximize clients' compensation. They assess the full extent of their client's damages, including current and future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses. They seek appropriate compensation to ensure their clients receive the financial support they need to recover.
  • Providing support and advocacy. In addition to the legal aspects, our team will provide the emotional support and advocacy you need. Our attorneys listen to their clients' concerns, address their questions and worries, and advocate for their best interests every step of the way.

Why Hire WPH Law to Handle Your Car Accident Claim

When seeking an attorney after an automobile accident, you have many options. How will you know you’ve made the right choice? At WPH Law, we make it simple. With our extensive experience and steadfast commitment to our clients, we will work tirelessly to help you reclaim your life and secure your future after an accident.

Decades of Experience. Substantial experience does not happen overnight. It is earned over time and can make all the difference in your car accident case. Our team has decades of experience representing clients and helping them recover the maximum compensation they’re entitled to by law. We know insurance companies’ tactics to minimize your claim. We will face them on your behalf, working tirelessly to ensure that they cover your medical bills, repairs, time off work, and other economic damages.

We Regularly Represent Clients Throughout PA and NJ. Our car accident attorneys have served clients across Pennsylvania and New Jersey, securing them maximum compensation for their injuries, damages, lost wages, and other losses while holding the at-fault party accountable for their collision. We know how distressing the aftermath of a car accident is for our clients mentally, physically, and financially, which is why we vow to protect and defend their rights while they focus on recovery.

Reputation and Reviews. Check out our reviews and references from our former clients. We strive to provide each client with the highest-quality legal representation and the best possible outcome. Our clients’ positive reviews and feedback are testaments to our dedication to their cases.

Free, No-Obligation Consultation & No-Fee Unless We Recover Money for You. Initial consultations with our car accident attorneys are always free. Legal fees should be the last of your worries while you recover from an accident, so you pay nothing as we work on your case. We won’t get paid until you do.

A car accident can turn your life upside down in an instant.

Our goal is to win the maximum compensation to help you recover from medical bills, ongoing care, lost wages, and future potential earnings. Talk to us about your case at no cost or commitment.
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What to Do After a Car Crash

Experiencing a car accident can be a stressful and disorienting situation, but it's essential to stay calm and take appropriate steps to ensure your safety and protect your legal rights. Here's what you should do after a car accident:

  1. Check for injuries. First and foremost, check yourself and others involved in the car accident for injuries. If anyone is injured, call emergency services immediately.
  2. Move to a safe location. If possible, and if it's safe, move your vehicle to the side of the road to avoid obstructing traffic. Turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers.
  3. Call the police. Regardless of the accident's severity, it's essential to report it to the police. They will document the scene, gather information from involved parties and witnesses, and create an official report, which can be crucial for insurance claims and legal proceedings.
  4. Exchange information. Exchange information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident, including names, contact information, driver's license numbers, license plate numbers, insurance information, and vehicle details.
  5. Document the scene. Take photos or videos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, skid marks, road conditions, and visible injuries. This documentation can serve as valuable evidence later on.
  6. Notify your insurance company. Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Provide them with accurate and detailed information about the incident. Follow their instructions for filing a claim.
  7. Seek medical attention. Even if you don't feel hurt immediately after the accident, it's important to seek medical attention. Some injuries, such as whiplash or internal injuries, may not manifest symptoms right away. Keep records of all medical evaluations, treatments, and expenses related to the accident.
  8. Avoid admitting fault. At the accident scene, do not admit fault, say you’re sorry, or make any liability statements. Stick to factual information when speaking with the police, other drivers, and insurance representatives.
  9. Contact an attorney. Consider consulting with a personal injury attorney, especially if you sustained injuries or significant property damage in the accident. An attorney can provide valuable legal guidance, protect your rights, and help you pursue compensation for your losses.
  10. Follow up. Track the progress of your insurance claim, attend medical appointments, and follow your healthcare provider's treatment recommendations. Stay organized and document any expenses or losses related to the accident.

Following these steps after a car accident can ensure your safety, protect your legal rights, and facilitate recovering compensation for any damages or injuries you may have sustained.

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What Are Your Rights in Pennsylvania as a Car Accident Victim?

As a car accident victim, you have several rights to protect your interests and ensure you receive fair treatment throughout the legal process. Some of the fundamental rights you have as a car accident victim include:

  • Right to Compensation. You have the right to seek compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses from the car accident. This compensation may include medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs related to the car accident.
  • Right to Legal Representation. You have the right to retain legal representation to advocate on your behalf and protect your rights throughout the claims process. An experienced car accident attorney can provide invaluable guidance, negotiate with insurance companies, and help you pursue the maximum compensation for your injuries that you’re entitled to by law.
  • Right to Medical Treatment. You have the right to receive necessary medical treatment for your injuries resulting from the car accident. This includes emergency medical care, follow-up treatment, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical care to aid recovery.
  • Right to File a Claim. You have the right to file a claim with the at-fault party's insurance company or your own insurance company, depending on the circumstances of the accident and the insurance coverage available. If necessary, you also have the right to pursue legal action through a personal injury lawsuit.
  • Right to Fair Treatment. You have the right to be treated fairly and respectfully by insurance companies, legal professionals, and other parties involved in the claims process. This includes timely responses to your inquiries, fair evaluation of your claim, and adherence to legal and ethical standards.
  • Right to Privacy. You have the right to privacy regarding your personal and medical information related to the car accident. Your attorney can help protect your privacy rights and ensure that sensitive information is handled appropriately during the claims process.
  • Right to Appeal. If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your car accident claim, you have the right to appeal the decision or pursue additional legal options to seek a fair resolution. Your attorney can advise you on the best course of action based on your case's circumstances.
  • Right to Compensation for Future Damages. You have the right to seek compensation for future damages and losses resulting from the car accident, including ongoing medical treatment, future lost wages, and long-term disability or impairment.

Understanding your rights as a car accident victim and taking proactive steps to protect yourself is essential. Consulting with a knowledgeable car accident attorney can help ensure your rights are upheld and you receive the compensation and justice you deserve for your injuries and damages.

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Filing a PA Car Accident Claim With the Help of a WPH Law Attorney

Filing a car accident claim with the help of an attorney from WPH Law can significantly improve your chances of obtaining fair compensation for your injuries and damages. Here are some key points to know about the process:

Initial Consultation. The process typically begins with an initial consultation with the auto accident attorney. During this meeting, you'll discuss the details of the accident, your injuries, and any other relevant information. The attorney will evaluate the strength of your case and explain your legal options.

Investigation. After you hire an attorney, they will thoroughly investigate the accident. This may involve gathering evidence such as police reports, witness statements, photographs, videos, medical records, and expert opinions. The goal is to establish liability and build a strong case for compensation.

Insurance Claims. Your auto accident attorney will handle all communications and negotiations with the insurance companies involved. They will submit the necessary paperwork, documents, and evidence to support your claim and negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf. 

Litigation. If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, your auto accident attorney may advise you to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation through litigation. They will represent you in court, present evidence, and argue your case to seek maximum compensation. 

Maximizing Compensation. Your attorney's goal is to maximize your compensation for your injuries and damages. They will assess the full extent of your losses, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages, and seek appropriate compensation to cover them. 

Communication and Updates. Throughout the process, your attorney will keep you informed about the progress of your case and any developments. They will address your questions and concerns promptly and provide guidance and support every step of the way.

Working with an experienced car accident attorney can help you navigate the legal process more effectively and increase your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.

Statute of Limitations for Filing a Car Accident Claim in Pennsylvania

It is essential to know that the statute of limitations for filing a car accident claim varies depending on your state. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including car accident cases, is generally two years from the accident date. Failure to file a lawsuit within this timeframe may forfeit your right to seek compensation for the crash. An experienced lawyer from WPH Law can help ensure that all deadlines are met and that your claim is filed promptly.

How Your Car Accident Attorney Will Calculate Damages

Calculating damages and recovering losses from a car accident with the help of your lawyer involves several steps to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages. Here's how the process typically works:

  • Assessment of damages. Your car accident lawyer will begin by assessing the damages resulting from the accident. This includes both economic and non-economic damages:
  • Economic Damages: These are tangible losses that can be easily quantified, such as medical expenses, property damage (vehicle repair or replacement costs), lost wages, and future medical care or lost earning capacity.
  • Non-Economic Damages: These are intangible losses that are more subjective and may include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium (damages for the impact on relationships with family members).
  • Gathering documentation. Your lawyer will gather documentation to support your claim for damages. This may include medical bills and records, repair estimates or invoices for vehicle damage, documentation of lost wages, and any other relevant evidence of your losses.
  • Medical assessment. If you sustained injuries in the accident, your lawyer may consult medical experts to assess the extent of your injuries, your prognosis for recovery, and the long-term impact on your health and well-being. This information is crucial for determining the value of your claim.
  • Calculating future damages. In cases involving long-term or permanent injuries, your lawyer will calculate future damages, including anticipated medical expenses, ongoing treatment costs, and projected lost earnings if you cannot work at full capacity or return to your previous occupation.
  • Negotiation with insurance companies. Your car accident lawyer will negotiate with the insurance companies to seek a fair settlement for your damages. They will present evidence of your losses, advocate, and work to achieve a settlement that adequately compensates you for your injuries and damages.
  • Litigation. If negotiations fail to reach a fair settlement, your lawyer may advise you to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation through litigation. They will represent you in court, present evidence of your damages to a judge or jury, and argue for maximum compensation on your behalf.
  • Contingency fee arrangement. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if you receive compensation. Their fee is typically a percentage of the amount recovered, which is agreed upon upfront between you and the lawyer.

By working closely with your car accident lawyer and providing them with thorough documentation of your losses, you can ensure that your damages are accurately calculated and that you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages resulting from the accident.

The Difference Between Full Tort and Limited Tort

When purchasing car insurance in Pennsylvania, drivers have the option to choose between limited or full tort coverage. Limited tort coverage limits your ability to sue for damages unless you have sustained a severe injury. On the other hand, full tort coverage grants you the ability to sue for both economic and non-economic damages, no matter how severe your injuries are. Our firm is well-versed in PA car insurance law and can help you understand the implications of your policy on your ability to seek compensation.

Types of Auto Accidents Our Personal Injury Attorneys Handle

Our personal injury attorneys handle cases involving various types of collisions. Some common types of accidents that our firm handles include:

Car Accidents: Car accidents are among the most common accidents handled by accident attorneys. They include collisions between cars, trucks, motorcycles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Car accident cases may involve issues such as distracted driving, drunk driving, speeding, or other forms of negligence.

Truck Accidents: Accidents involving commercial trucks, such as tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, and delivery vehicles, can result in serious injuries and damages due to the size and weight disparity between trucks and other vehicles. Truck accident cases often involve complex liability issues and require expertise in federal and state trucking laws and regulations.

Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcycle accidents can result in severe injuries for riders due to the lack of protection afforded by motorcycles compared to cars. Car accident lawyers help motorcycle accident victims pursue compensation for their injuries, medical expenses, and other losses.

Pedestrian Accidents: Pedestrian accidents occur when vehicles strike pedestrians while walking or crossing the street. These accidents can result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities, and accident attorneys assist victims in seeking compensation from negligent drivers or other parties responsible for the accident.

Bicycle Accidents: Bicycle accidents involve collisions between bicycles and motor vehicles or pedestrians. Bicycle accident victims may suffer serious injuries, including head injuries, fractures, and internal injuries. Accident attorneys help cyclists recover compensation for their injuries and damages.

Wrongful Death: Wrongful death claims arise when individuals are killed due to the negligence or wrongful actions of others, such as in car accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, or workplace accidents. Accident attorneys assist surviving family members in pursuing compensation for their losses, including funeral expenses, lost income, and loss of companionship.

These are just a few examples of the types of accidents handled by accident attorneys. Regardless of the accident, accident attorneys help injured individuals navigate the legal process, protect their rights, and pursue fair compensation for their injuries and damages.

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Pennsylvania Car Accident Statistics

The tables below compare accident statistics in Pennsylvania between 2021 and 2022. According to the 2022 PennDOT Crash Facts and Statistics Report, accidents, injuries, and fatalities all declined in 2022.  Initial reports of the unreleased 2023 Crash Facts and Statistics report are showing an increase in fatalities for last year.

Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics

ACCIDENT STATS 2021 2022 Change
Reported Crashes 117,899 115,938
Total Injuries 69,599 67,012
Serious Injuries 5,122 4,751
Minor Injuries 35,412 34,894
Total Fatalities 1,230 1,179

Pennsylvania Accidents by Type

FATALITIES 2021 2022 Change
Pedestrian 182 184
Motorcyclist 226 217
Bicyclist 24 15
Commercial Truck 156 164
Alcohol-Related 311 320
Speed-Related 285 268
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How a Car Accident Lawyer Determines Fault

Personal injury lawyers employ various methods and strategies to prove fault in car accident cases. Proving fault involves demonstrating that another party was negligent or responsible for causing the car crash and resulting injuries. Here are some common approaches car accident lawyers use to establish fault:

  • Police reports. Car accident lawyers often rely on police reports as a primary source of evidence. These reports typically contain essential details about the accident, including the officer's assessment of fault based on witness statements, vehicle damage, skid marks, and other evidence gathered at the scene.
  • Eyewitness testimony. Witness statements can provide valuable insight into how the accident occurred and who was at fault. Car accident lawyers may interview eyewitnesses to obtain their accounts of the accident and use their testimony to support their client's version of events.
  • Car accident reconstruction. In cases where fault is disputed or unclear, car accident lawyers may work with accident reconstruction experts to recreate the accident scene and determine how it occurred. Accident reconstruction involves analyzing physical evidence, vehicle damage, road conditions, and other factors to establish the events leading up to the accident.
  • Photographic and video evidence. Photographs and videos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and surrounding conditions can be powerful evidence in proving fault. Car accident lawyers may collect and present this visual evidence to demonstrate key aspects of the accident, such as traffic violations, road hazards, or the position of vehicles at the time of the collision.
  • Driver statements and depositions. Car accident lawyers may obtain statements from drivers involved in the accident and depose them under oath to gather additional information about the circumstances leading up to the accident. These statements can help corroborate or challenge the accounts of other parties involved.
  • Traffic laws and regulations. Car accident lawyers are knowledgeable about traffic laws and regulations governing the operation of motor vehicles. They may use evidence of traffic violations, such as speeding, running red lights, or failure to yield, to establish the other driver's negligence and fault.
  • Cell phone records and electronic data. In cases involving distracted driving, car accident lawyers may subpoena cell phone records or other electronic data to determine whether the other driver was using their phone or engaging in other distracting activities at the time of the accident.
  • Expert testimony. Car accident lawyers may enlist the help of expert witnesses, such as medical professionals, accident reconstructionists, or engineers, to provide testimony supporting their client's position on fault and liability.

By utilizing these methods and evidence-gathering techniques, car accident lawyers work to establish fault and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions. Proving fault in an auto accident is essential for recovering compensation for their client's injuries, damages, and losses resulting from the collision.

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