Car Accident Lawyers in Pennsylvania
Are you looking for car accident lawyers in Pennsylvania? The lawyers at Kitay Law Offices have represented thousands of drivers who have been in a car accident. We handle several types of car accident cases, some of which include:
- Head-on collision
- Caused by texting or cell phone usage
- Truck accidents
- Hit and run
- Involving a drunk driver
- Multi-vehicle and single-vehicle crash
- T-Bone accident
First, see a doctor or go to the hospital emergency room if you have been injured in a car accident. Next, you should contact an experienced car accident lawyer in Pennsylvania at Kitay Law Offices.
Car Accidents in Pennsylvania
While car accidents include collisions that involve a car, they also can include motor vehicles such as a tractor trailer, 18-wheeler, motorcycle, train, bus, boat, or ATV. In fact, most of us will experience an accident during our lives and may suffer an injury like a broken leg or whiplash. As a result, you’ll want to have an experienced car accident lawyer in Pennsylvania. For example, determining who is at fault for an car accident usually requires the investigation and determination of damages by a professional. Sometimes, a car accident may be caused by a negligent driver, a defect in the car, bad weather conditions, a missing or defective street sign, faulty maintenance, or a number of other factors.
What is the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law?
You should be aware that in Pennsylvania, the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law requires insurance companies to give the insured the option of selecting “Limited Tort” or “Full Tort,” with the full tort option being only slightly more expensive than the limited tort option. If you select limited tort, you are usually unable to sue for pain and suffering unless you sustain a serious injury, which has been defined as “death, serious impairment of body function or permanent serious disfigurement.”
What are Full Tort vs. Limited Tort insurance policies?
You can read our full article on full tort vs. limited tort insurance policies here. In the meantime, here is a quick summary:
Although auto-insurance companies market limited tort policies as a way for you to reduce auto-insurance premiums, the limited tort option severely reduces your ability to receive compensation for your injuries while only marginally reducing the premium expense. Therefore, it’s very important that you choose the “full tort” option on your car insurance. And if you are not sure whether you have it, call your insurance company and ask.
In some situations, you can receive compensation for pain and suffering even if you have the limited tort option selected on your car insurance policy. You can download a full copy of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Responsibility Law for your reference. In addition, some examples where you can get money for pain and suffering even if you have the limited tort option on your policy include:
- Your accident was caused by a drunk driver who is convicted of a DUI offense
- The at-fault driver was operative a car that is registered in another state besides Pennsylvania
- You were a passenger in a commercial vehicle, like a bus or a taxi
- At the time of the accident, you were a pedestrian
Have you or someone you know been injured or incurred financial damages as the result of a car accident? Call Kitay Law Offices at 1-888-KITAY-LAW for a free consultation with our experienced car accident lawyers in Pennsylvania.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents can have many causes, from a distracted driver who just got their license, to an experienced driver who just got lazy following the rules of the road. Car accidents are also caused by failure to exercise caution during bad weather conditions and other problems like poor road design and maintenance. Additionally, the PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) provides a helpful mapping system for the entire state of Pennsylvania. You can check this map prior to a drive for things like bad weather road conditions, closures, and construction. You can find the mapping system here: https://www.511pa.com.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, it is important to know exactly what happened so you can understand the cause and your rights. Furthermore, you will want to speak with a car accident lawyer in Pennsylvania to make sense of it all.
Was a car accident the driver’s fault?
The driver is to blame for many car accidents. For instance, such errors or mistakes might be caused by the driver:
- Being high on drugs or drunk on alcohol
- Texting and driving
- Taking their eyes off of the road to change the radio station
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Speeding or driving too fast in bad weather
- Blowing through red lights and stop signs
- Disregarding traffic signs and signals
As a result, it’s important to always follow the rules of the road. Therefore, limit distractions and take a break if you are too tired to concentrate. Remember, one mistake can change lives forever.
Did a problem on the road cause the car accident?
If the driver is not at fault, the road itself might have caused the accident. Problems with the road can include:
- Signs or signals hidden by trees, snow, or ice
- Slippery roads caused by ice, rain, oil, snow or trash
- Missing, broken, or poorly placed signs or signals
- Bad road design
- Poor road maintenance
- Cracks and potholes
- Road or lane construction
City, state, and county government agencies are responsible for designing roads as well as maintaining the roads so they are safe. Therefore, if your accident results from one the these problems you might be able to sue.
However, these kinds of car accident cases are complicated. You can’t just sue the government because a big pothole caused an accident. Your car accident lawyer will have to complete a detailed investigation. Further, special rules apply when suing a government agency. Therefore, ensure your attorney has experience in these types of accidents.
For most cases, you have two years to sue for your injuries in Pennsylvania. This is the official statute of limitations for car accidents in Pennsylvania. Yes, that may sound like a long time, but it goes by quickly after an accident occurs. So, don’t wait to have your case evaluated. Call Kitay Law Offices today for a free consultation at 888-KITAYLAW.
What is the timeline to resolve a car accident case in Pennsylvania?
Many car accident cases follow the personal injury timeline, but if your case goes to court then it will follow the personal injury litigation timeline instead. Please note, however, the timeline may differ for any given case.
You should always contact an attorney if you have questions about your case, the timeline, or any of the related logistics. Car accident cases are complex and often require long negotiations (and sometimes litigation) before reaching a resolution.
Finally, you can read this article to learn more about what qualifies as a personal injury in Pennsylvania.