Motor Vehicle Accidents
Although being able to drive a car is one of the most convenient aspects of our everyday lives, it’s also one of the most dangerous things that we do on a daily basis. In fact, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for people under the age of 34, and it’s estimated that auto accidents cost the country around $230 billion per year in medical costs, insurance costs, and lost wages.
In Pennsylvania alone, there were 82,971 injuries caused by vehicles.
If you have experienced an injury in a motor vehicle accident, whether it be as the driver, a passenger, a pedestrian, a cyclist, or a motorcyclist, you have several options to recover the money for your pain and suffering and for money that you lost on medical bills, missed time at work, and any other losses that you may have experienced.
One of your best courses of action is filing a personal injury lawsuit against the party who injured you. However, you have other options as well. Let’s look at how this can play out.
Steps After a Car Accident
Shortly following your car accident, it’s likely that your emotions are running pretty high. You’re angry about your injury and having your car ruined, but it’s important that you don’t act on these feelings. If the other driver in the accident has insurance, it’s possible that you will be able to settle the matter without ever even going to court.
With that said, it’s important that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible following the accident. Take photographs of the cars involved and the accident scene including possible skid marks. Also, if possible, get contact information of any witnesses. Your lawyer will then reach out to the driver’s insurance company to begin the negotiation process. If it’s clear that the other party is at fault (witnesses, video, etc.), the insurance company may come to the table hoping to settle as soon as possible to avoid an expensive lawsuit.