Car accidents happen daily and reach into the millions every year. Being a cautious and alert driver can help you avoid accidents when traveling, but it is also important to understand that some types of accidents can occur through no fault of your own. Therefore, you should know your rights when you’ve been involved in a Bucks County car accident. Lawyer John Cordisco wants to help you understand your rights to pursuing compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Types of Car Accidents in Bucks County
There are various types of automobile accidents that can occur in Bristol such as:
- Intersection accidents: These accidents occur at junctures where roads meet or cross and include rear-end crashes, side impacts or angled impacts. Know that rear-end crashes are almost always the fault of the driver who hit the other driver from the rear. Right and left turns also may present opportunity for accidents, especially if a driver who is turning left does so unsafely. In many cases, the driver turning is responsible for left-turn accidents.
- Lane departure accidents: When a vehicle leaves the lane in which it is traveling and collides with another vehicle or object, a lane departure accident occurs. Head-on crashes are included in this category, as are single-vehicle run-off-road accidents.
- Hit-and-run accidents: It is illegal in Pennsylvania to leave the scene of a car accident. In such cases, injured drivers may recover compensation from their no-fault coverage but may be unable to file a liability claim or lawsuit against the other driver unless he or she is located.
- Drunk driver accidents: Drivers who are intoxicated and cause accidents face not only criminal charges, but could face civil liability for damages as well. Evidence of the driver’s intoxication may help establish his or her liability, even if the driver is not convicted.
What should I do if I was involved in a Bucks County car accident?
When involved in an automobile accident, it’s important to contact the police if there are injuries or significant property damage or if another driver left the scene. You should report the accident, regardless of whether the police visit the scene. Photos, witness statements and damaged vehicles can be admitted as evidence if you file an accident claim.
But now that you’ve left the scene, follow these steps:
- Seek medical attention. If you didn’t require it at the scene or did not visit the emergency department, see your doctor for an exam. Inform him or her you were in an accident. Some injuries may not be readily evident.
- Report the accident to your insurer and check your auto policy. If you have full tort, you may file a liability claim against an at-fault driver for pain and suffering. If you have limited tort, you may do so if you are seriously injured. Also check for other coverage on your policy, like collision coverage, uninsured motorist (which can help in hit-and-run cases) and more.
- Secure evidence. Contact witnesses for statements, organize doctor and hospital bills, collect evidence of lost wages like previous pay stubs, organize your photographs from the scene, and get car repair estimates.
- Have your case evaluated by a Bucks County car accident lawyer. An attorney can help injured parties explore their legal options and pursue avenues to recover compensation for damages. Your attorney can evaluate your policy and help file a third-party liability claim or lawsuit against an at-fault driver.
Speak with a Bucks County Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been in an accident and don’t know if you need legal representation, Cordisco & Saile LLC offers a free, no obligation case evaluation. Call us now at 215-642-2335 to schedule your appointment. We want to hear about your case and review with you your options for seeking compensation.