Most people experience car accidents during their lifetime. While we hope nobody ever has to go through a major injury, we know that there are times when other people’s negligence causes harm. If we look at the latest report from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, we can see that there is cause for concern. During the latest reporting year, there were:
- 128,188 total crashes
- 1,137 fatalities
- 80,612 injuries
Out of those injuries, 4,227 were suspected as serious injuries, ones that cause lasting and catastrophic damage. This can include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain damage, major bone damage, and more.
There are many causes of vehicle accidents and not all of them are due to driver negligence. However, many are caused by:
- Drunk drivers
- Those who speed
- Distracted drivers
Today, we want to go over some things to remember if you are involved in a vehicle accident that is caused by another person. If you need a Philadelphia car accident attorney, you can count on the professionals at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmuskin, P.C. to be by your side.
Steps You Can Take
- Always seek medical treatment if you suspect an injury, even if it is minor. When an accident happens, your adrenaline is going and you may not realize the extent to which you are actually hurt. Even if you go to the doctor or ER later, the insurance company will use this lapse in time from the accident to treatment to claim you were not really injured.
- Get photographic evidence of all the damage and from the accident scene. If you cannot take photos yourself, ask someone else to do so for you. After the scene is cleaned up, so is the evidence that the other person was at fault.
- Follow the doctor’s orders for any and all follow-up treatment. It is important to show that you are doing exactly what the doctor has prescribed for your injuries to maximize your settlement.
- Get copies of all reports that related to the accident. This includes all police reports as well as all medical paperwork.
Please remember that insurance companies are not necessarily on your side. Their job is to ensure they pay out as little as possible in a settlement. They will almost always record your statements and use them against you. You should always speak with an attorney before you speak to the insurance company.
Moving Forward From Here
The aftermath of an accident can be confusing, especially if you or a loved one are injured. At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmuskin, P.C., we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. When you need a car accident attorney in Philadelphia, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 215-543-7220. Our qualified and experienced team will work to secure coverage of your medical bills and other hidden costs of an accident.