Our nation’s roads and highways can be dangerous places. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2014, nearly 33,000 people died on U.S. roadways and another 2.3 million were injured. Over 1,100 of those fatalities occurred in Pennsylvania. 38% of all national vehicle fatalities were blamed on reckless or distracted driving. The statistics are staggering.
If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a vehicle accident involving a car, motorcycle, tractor trailer, bus, all-terrain vehicle or other type of motor vehicle, you should contact an attorney at Powell Law as soon as possible. It’s extremely important in any personal injury case, but especially in vehicle accidents, to hire an attorney as soon as possible before evidence disappears and witness’ memories fade.
In a vehicle accident case, you can sue for economic damages, such as past and future wage loss, and past and future medical bills, as well as non-economic damages, commonly known as pain and suffering. Those damages compensate your family for emotional suffering, loss of life’s pleasures, and loss of consortium. In certain cases, where the defendant showed a “reckless disregard” for your safety, you may be entitled to seek punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant, deter future reckless conduct and keep others safe from harm.
Whether you have grounds for filing a vehicle accident lawsuit depends on many factors. The experienced attorneys at Powell Law will meet with you and evaluate your case for free, even if the firm doesn’t end up filing a lawsuit on your behalf. Don’t delay talking to a lawyer. In addition to preservation of evidence, vehicle accident lawsuits are subject to a two-year time limitation from the date of the accident, known as a statute of limitations. The clock starts ticking on the date of the accident, and after it runs out, you forfeit your right to sue.
Remember not to discuss your situation with claims adjusters from any insurance company including your own. Their only interest is in settling your case for as little as possible.
While you can choose to pay your attorney on an hourly basis, most vehicle accidents are handled on a contingent fee basis, which means that any fees are paid only after the case ends in a jury verdict or out-of-court settlement. If you don’t win, you don’t pay anything. Most of our clients choose the contingent fee arrangement. Your attorney at Powell Law will explain the details and answer any questions you may have when you come in for an evaluation of your case.
If you or a family member has been injured in a vehicle accident, contact us for a FREE evaluation of your case. Remember, you don’t pay any fees unless we win.