Motor vehicle accidents can be quite serious, leaving behind life-altering injuries and disabilities. In Pennsylvania, the law limits the amount of time available for accident victims to file claims for compensation. That is why it is vital to seek out the services of a competent motor vehicle accident attorney right away if you are involved in a(n):
Car accident: According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), 61,248 people were injured in traffic crashes across the Commonwealth in 2020. Of those injured, 1,129 people lost their lives on Pennsylvania’s streets, highways and interstates.
Commercial truck accident: Commercial trucks on Pennsylvania’s roadways are involved in some of the most horrific and violent accidents imaginable.
DUI accident: DUI crashes accounted for around 7 percent of the overall total of crashes in 2020, but alcohol was a factor in 26 percent of all fatal crashes.
Motorcycle accident: A total of 3,491 motorcycle crashes in Pennsylvania in 2020 underscores the dangers of operating a motorcycle in the Commonwealth.
Compensation in Motor Vehicle Accident Cases
Most motor vehicle accident claims seek four different classifications of damage for the injured party. These include:
Medical costs: Medical expenses (both current and future) are taken into consideration when filing a claim for fair and just compensation following a motor vehicle accident. This includes payment for all medical treatment rendered as a result of the accident and future medical costs.
Lost wages: Any income lost as a result of the claimant being unable to work due to his injuries is also factored into a motor vehicle accident claim. In the event that a permanent disability is created by the accident, the diminished capacity of the claimant to earn a living may also factor into any award received.
Pain and suffering/mental anguish: Emotional and physical trauma suffered because of the accident and the process of recuperation may be recovered by the claimant.
Punitive awards: Although rare in motor vehicle accidents, punitive damages are sometimes awarded to claimants when the defendant in the case exhibited particularly heinous or reprehensible conduct that resulted in the crash. For instance, someone who caused a horrific accident by driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
An Advocate for Motor Vehicle Accident Victims
Being injured in a car wreck can change your life forever. In the aftermath of serious car accidents, victims are left physically unable to work and financially unable to care for their families. This makes getting the best legal help possible a vital part of being made whole again and getting on with your life. Solomon, Sherman, Gabay, Briskin & Sherman, and its team of motor vehicle accident attorneys serve as aggressive and compassionate advocates for accident victims. Let us fight for the compensation that you deserve. You can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 215-665-1100.