2023 Year In Review: Key Information for Car Accident Victims and Their Families
Each year, we cover lots of important topics for accident victims and families on our blog. This year was no exception. We published numerous articles in 2023 that provide important insights for injured drivers, passengers and family members in Pennsylvania. Here are some of the highlights:
1. Filing a Claim After a Drunk Driving Accident
The police arrest more than 40,000 drunk drivers in Pennsylvania each year. Unfortunately, some of these arrests don’t come until it is too late. There are more than 9,000 drunk driving accidents statewide annually, and many of these accidents change victims’ lives forever.
Victims of drunk driving accidents in Pennsylvania have clear legal rights. To learn about these rights, you can read: What Are Your Legal Rights After a Drunk Driving Accident in Pennsylvania?
2. Filing a Claim After a Hit-and-Run Accident
Hit-and-run accidents are also a major issue in Pennsylvania. If you are involved in a car accident and the other driver flees the scene, this can leave you feeling helpless about what to do next.
But you have options available. Thanks to modern technology, it is often possible to locate hit-and-run drivers. Just as important, if you can’t locate the driver who hit you, you may still have options for recovering the financial compensation you deserve. Learn more: How Can You Identify a Hit-and-Run Driver?
3. Filing a Claim After a Multi-Vehicle Accident
Multi-vehicle accidents can present some unique challenges as well. To recover the financial compensation you deserve, you need to know which driver (or drivers) caused the collision. While this is often easier said than done, here too, there are options available.
A prompt on-scene investigation is key. But, in many cases, this won’t be the only step you (or your law firm) needs to take to determine what claim (or claims) you should file. To learn more about protecting your legal rights in this scenario, you can read: Determining Liability for a Multi-Vehicle Accident in Pennsylvania.
4. Determining Fault in Common Car Accident Scenarios
Most car accidents only involve two vehicles. So, let’s go back to some of the more common accident scenarios. In 2023, we wrote multiple articles focused on specific types of collisions. In each of these articles, we discussed not only the factors that are typically involved but also how you prove which of these factors is to blame for your accident-related injuries and losses:
- How Do You Prove Fault After a Car Accident at an Intersection in Pennsylvania?
- How Do You Prove Failure to Yield After a Car Accident in Pennsylvania?
- How Do You Prove Fault in a Chain Reaction Accident in Pennsylvania?
5. Protecting Your Rights if the Driver Who Hit You is Uninsured
All drivers are required to have auto insurance under Pennsylvania law. Unfortunately, not all drivers follow the law. If you find yourself dealing with an uninsured driver, it is important to know what you should do next.
In addition to discussing the steps you should take to protect yourself, we also discussed the process of filing an uninsured/underinsured motorist (UIM) claim with your insurance company. In some cases, this will be your best option for recovering the financial and non-financial costs of your injuries. If you find yourself in this situation and you have UIM coverage under your policy, here’s what you will want to know: How Do You File an Uninsured Motorist Claim in Pennsylvania?
6. Calculating the Long-Term Costs of a Car Accident
When you are dealing with the aftermath of a car accident, it is important to know how much you are entitled to recover. If you don’t know, you won’t be able to make informed decisions about when (and if) to settle with the insurance companies. Most accident victims’ total losses are far greater than they realize—particularly when taking into account their long-term costs.
When you have a car accident claim, your losses are unique to you. To learn about the process of calculating just compensation for your losses, you can read: How Much Can You Recover for a Car Accident in Pennsylvania?
7. Documenting the Long-Term Costs of a Car Accident
In addition to calculating the costs of your car accident, you also need to document them. If you don’t have proof of how much you are entitled to recover, the insurance companies aren’t going to pay. For some tips on proving the financial and non-financial costs of your (or your loved one’s) car accident injuries, you can read: 7 Tips for Documenting the Costs of Serious Accident-Related Injuries.
8. Know Your Rights After an Accident Involving Snow or Ice
As the holiday season approached, we wrote a few articles on winter-related topics. One of these was an article discussing your rights after an accident involving snow or ice. Even if your car slipped off the road, you could still have a claim for compensation. Learn more: Know Your Rights After an Accident Involving Snow or Ice in Pennsylvania.
9. Know Your Rights After an Accident Involving a Delivery Truck
Sticking with our winter theme, we also wrote an article discussing your rights after an accident involving a delivery truck. If you find yourself dealing with the aftermath of an accident involving a delivery truck during the holidays (or any time of year), here’s what you need to know: Filing a Claim for a Delivery Truck Accident in Pennsylvania.
10. What Can (and Should) You Expect from Your Lawyer?
When you or someone you love suffers injuries in a car accident, hiring a lawyer is a key first step on the road to recovery. While many people are apprehensive about contacting a lawyer, working with an experienced personal injury lawyer is a straightforward process. To learn more, you can read: What Can (and Should) You Expect from Your Personal Injury Lawyer?
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