Over 2.2 million people are injured in motor vehicle accidents every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2012, there were 1,310 fatalities on Pennsylvania roadways, a two percent increase from the previous year, reports CBS Philly.
When victims suffer serious or fatal injuries in car accidents, they or their families may be able to recover damages from the responsible party if negligence was involved.
Damages are Far-Reaching
Damages after a serious collision are far more than medical bills. When you suffer severe injuries, it can impact your entire world, from your livelihood to your relationship.
If someone else acted carelessly or negligently and it contributed to your accident, you can file a claim or lawsuit against that party and pursue damages including:
- emergency room and ambulance services;
- hospital bills and surgeries;
- treatments and medications;
- transportation costs;
- rehabilitation and physical therapy;
- lost time at work;
- loss of earning capacity;
- disability and disfigurement;
- mental anguish; and
- pain and suffering.
Whether you can pursue noneconomic damages like pain and suffering and mental anguish depends on your type of insurance coverage and the severity of your injuries, though.
If you have full tort coverage on your policy, you are not limited in your right to pursue noneconomic damages. If you have limited tort, you may only pursue noneconomic damages in cases of serious injury and certain other circumstances, such as if the at-fault driver is driving a vehicle registered in another state or was driving under the influence.
Building a Car Accident Case in Pennsylvania
Secure representation from an attorney in Stroudsburg, Palmerton or Bethlehem to help you compile evidence to present a thorough and convincing case. You’ll need to be able to demonstrate the extent of your injuries, as well as prove the other party’s fault in the crash. Some cases can get complicated because fault might be arguable, or because it might be difficult to obtain sufficient evidence to demonstrate your case.
Your attorney can work to build a case by gathering as much evidence as possible, including:
- witness testimonies;
- traffic video footage of the accident;
- expert witness testimonies;
- your injury journal (ask your attorney about how to create one);
- medical and mental health reports;
- income records; and
- applicable case studies.
Your Next Steps in Pursuing Financial Restitution
The first thing you’ll want to do is speak to a local attorney who handles car accident cases similar to yours. Then, you’ll want to begin collecting as much evidence and information as you can to share with your attorney.
Keep every bill, every doctor’s report, and every injury-related receipt, down to the gas receipts for traveling to and from your medical appointments. Start an accident file, stash all your paperwork in it, and share it with your attorney to help expedite your claim.
Our car accident attorneys at ARM Lawyers have over 75 years of combined experience; we are adept at settling serious accident cases, and know how to pursue maximum compensation for our clients. We have offices in Stroudsburg, Palmerton, and Bethlehem for your convenience.