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Bensalem Car Accident Lawyer

You could be entitled to a substantial monetary award if you’ve recently been hurt in a car accident. However, insurance companies will work hard to stand between you and the money you deserve. The experienced Bensalem car accident lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC are ready to fight to get you a maximum financial recovery.

For years, our law firm has been a passionate advocate for injured victims and families in Bucks County and Philadephia. Our award-winning trial attorneys have decades of experience and a reputation for going above and beyond for our clients.

This page has been written and edited by a team of experienced legal writers . This page was approved by Managing Partner, Michael Saile who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

This page has been written and edited by a team of experienced legal writers . This page was approved by Managing Partner, Michael Saile who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

How can a lawyer help me after being injured in a car accident?

The consequences of an unexpected traffic accident can be immediate and long-lasting. Medical expenses can add up quickly, while a sudden loss of income makes a tough situation worse. Fortunately, you may have the right to recover compensation. But car accident cases can be challenging, especially when you’re going up against a powerful insurance company.

Hiring an experienced Bensalem car accident attorney can make all the difference in the world.

At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we are nationally recognized, award-winning trial attorneys with a reputation for getting top results for our clients. We’re ready to put decades of experience behind your case and fight to secure the best possible outcome in your case.

You take the time you need to recover and move forward with your life. Our legal team will take care of your fight for damages from start to finish.

  • Investigate the crash to determine causation and liability.
  • Enlist the help of qualified and respected car accident experts.
  • Gather evidence that will help to prove your claim and secure a full financial recovery.
  • Prepare to defend against any efforts to “blame the victim,” which can hurt your ability to get the compensation you deserve.
  • Negotiate with insurance adjusters and at-fault parties on your behalf.
  • Prepare your case as if it’s going to trial in case you aren’t offered a fair settlement.

Our Bensalem personal injury attorneys are here to help you win your case and maximize your financial award. Give our law office a call to set up a time to discuss the specifics of your car accident case today.

What are the common causes of car accidents in Bensalem?

There are thousands of motor vehicle accidents reported in Bensalem and throughout Bucks County every year. Before the pandemic, there were an average of 16-17 car accidents reported every single day.

In truth, most of these accidents are entirely avoidable. Everyone driving in Bensalem has a duty to use caution and follow state and local traffic laws.

When car accidents do happen, it’s usually due to negligence. Negligence is essentially the failure to use reasonable care under the circumstances which, in turn, causes someone to get hurt.

Negligence can manifest in a lot of different ways, but some of the most common examples include:

  • Speeding
  • Driving too fast for road conditions in bad weather
  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Road rage
  • Tailgating
  • Unsafe turns
  • Illegal turns
  • Improper passing
  • Driving in a vehicle’s blind spot
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Dangerous road design
  • Road defects

Other factors, such as limited visibility or vehicle defects, may also contribute to crashes in Bensalem.

What if I am at-fault for the accident?

No matter the circumstances of your accident, you have rights. We can help you take advantage of those rights. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our focus is on steering your case to its best possible outcome.

Just because the police report says you were at fault does not mean you are ineligible for compensation. There are several circumstances where you can win damages, even as the at-fault party. For instance:

  • Another driver in the accident also broke a traffic law or demonstrated negligence;
  • Your car or one of its parts had a defect that caused or contributed to the crash;
  • There was a flaw in the road design that led to the collision, such as a missing guard rail or excessive pothole;
  • A traffic control device—like a red light signal—malfunctioned; or
  • A stop sign, yield sign, or other road sign was missing or obscured.

This list is not exhaustive. Dozens of potential scenarios exist where you can be the at-fault party in a crash but also be eligible to recover damages from someone else. Even if you were partially at fault for your crash, under the state’s modified comparative negligence laws, you can still recover some damages.

We can help you determine your level of fault and the maximum amount of compensation you may recover.

How much money is my car accident claim worth?

Every car accident case will be different. The amount of money you may be able to get all depend on many different factors.

  • What types of injuries have you suffered?
  • Are you able to continue working?
  • Will you experience a disability or permanent impairment?
  • What is the extent of your pain and suffering?
  • Do you have full tort or limited tort car insurance?
  • Did the collision aggravate any pre-existing medical conditions?
  • How old were you at the time of the collision?
  • Do you share responsibility?

While there are no standard settlements for car accident cases, the National Safety Council does calculate the average costs of crashes. In 2020, the average comprehensive cost of a car accident resulting in an “evident” injury was $345,000. A crash causing a “disabling” injury was calculated to cost, on average, $1.252 million.

Your choice of attorney will also affect how much money you can get after a car accident. When you choose Cordisco & Saile LLC, you’ll benefit from a team that’s won multiple million-dollar results for crash victims like you.

This includes:

  • $2.47 million for a client rear-ended by an armored vehicle
  • $1.377 million for a client rear-ended by a teenager who was texting and driving
  • $1 million for a client who was rear-ended at a traffic light

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our legal team in Bensalem to discuss the specifics of your car accident case. We’re standing by to take your call today.

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What damages can I recover in a car accident lawsuit?

Typically, car accident victims in Pennsylvania can seek damages for for the financial costs related to an accident as well as the distress they’ve experienced. These compensatory awards are known as economic and non-economic damages, respectively.

This can include money for:

  • Present and future medical bills
  • Lost wages and income
  • Lost benefits
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Rehabilitation
  • Chronic physical pain
  • Embarrassment

Our accident attorneys will carefully analyze your case and work closely with experts throughout the process. Our detailed analysis of your case and expert insight can help us move into negotiations armed with the kind of arguments and evidence we’ll need to secure maximum compensation on your behalf.

Understanding Pennsylvania’s Car Accident Laws

Pennsylvania has several laws in place that can have an impact on your ability to recover compensation after getting into a car accident.

Here’s what you need to know.

Full Tort vs. Limited Tort

You’re required by Pennsylvania state law to carry minimum amounts of car insurance coverage. When you buy a policy, you’ll have to choose between “full tort” and “limited tort” coverage. The option you choose will affect your rights after a crash.

Full tort coverage allows you to seek all damages – both economic and non-economic – after your accident. These policies are more expensive but offer greater benefits.

Limited tort coverage generally limits you to a recovery for monetary damages after a car accident. In other words, in exchange for a less expensive policy, you give up the right to seek and recover non-economic damages for things like pain and suffering.

No matter what type of car insurance coverage you have, our experienced car accident lawyers will be able to help you seek the best possible outcome.

Shared Fault and Liability

What happens if you get blamed or share responsibility for your car accident in Bensalem? It depends on how much fault you share. Pennsylvania has a modified comparative negligence statute with a 51 percent bar.

Under the law, you can recover compensation as long as you’re less than 51 percent responsible for your crash. Your damages will, however, be reduced based on your negligence. If you’re assigned 15 percent fault, then the damages in your case will be reduced by 15 percent.

If you’re assigned more than half of the blame for a crash, you lose the right to seek damages in a third-party action.

Statute of Limitations For Car Accident Lawsuits

You’ll have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit after a crash in Bensalem, PA. The statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of your accident or a victim’s death.

There are exceptions, such as cases involving government negligence or when a victim is a minor. However, this could mean having more or less time to act. Child victims may have until they’re 20 to file a lawsuit, but a government claim must be filed within six months of a collision.

The bottom line is that you lose the right to file a claim and demand accountability if you miss the deadline that applies to your specific situation.

We’ll Help You Seek Compensation For All of Your Car Accident Injuries

At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys represent clients who, after being in a Bucks County car accident, have suffered:

Seek medical treatment as soon as possible after your accident. Getting to the doctor will limit the chances of complications. It will also help to document a clear link between the crash and your injuries, creating an important piece of evidence for your car accident case.

Our Bensalem Car Accident Lawyers Are Ready to Fight For You

Did you recently suffer injuries in a rear-end collision, rollover accident, head-on crash, or another type of car accident in Philadelphia or Bucks county? Don’t hesitate to contact Cordisco & Saile LLC for help. Our car accident lawyers are ready to invest whatever time and resources are needed to help you recover maximum compensation from those responsible.

We offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation and work on contingency. This means there’s absolutely no cost to hire our law firm unless we win your case. No win, no fee. That’s our promise to you. Get in touch to arrange your free initial consultation today.

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