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Bristol Car Accident Lawyer

Car accidents are often preventable, and negligent drivers can cause devastating and life-altering injuries to victims. A Bristol car accident lawyer can help you maximize your compensation if you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle collision. With decades of experience, Cordisco & Saile LLC is dedicated to helping accident victims rebuild their lives through personalized legal representation.

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.

A car accident is a stressful occurrence. It can also be costly. Medical bills pile up quickly, especially if you require emergency treatment or a hospital stay. Then you have car repair costs or — if the crash totaled your vehicle — the expense of a replacement car. Without compensation from the responsible party or the insurance company, meeting these costs on your own can be difficult or impossible. That is why you need a personal injury attorney as committed as you are to getting you paid.

Come talk to the team at Cordisco & Saile LLC. We offer free consultations to get to know each other and ensure it is a good fit. Our Bristol car accident lawyers will listen to your story, outline your legal options, and help you make an informed decision about your next steps.

Why Choose the Bristol Car Accident Lawyers at Cordisco & Saile?

At Cordisco & Saile, we have represented injured people in Bristol and beyond for over 30 years. We’ve recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, with notable verdicts and settlements in Bristol-area car accident cases, including:

  • $1,377,000 for a man rear-ended by a distracted driver in a Bucks County car accident
  • $2,470,000 for a Bristol man rear-ended by an armored car
  • $865,000 for a Bucks County driver and passenger struck by a driver who failed to yield

Our testimonials further speak to our commitment to excellence in personal injury representation. Clients praise our ability to understand their unique needs, fight for justice on their behalf, and never settle for less-than-fair compensation.

We are also proud to be recognized by esteemed organizations and publications such as National Trial Lawyers, the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Martindale-Hubbell, Attorney and Practice Magazine, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

Our car accident lawyers in Bristol understand your challenges, from arranging alternative transportation to meeting medical bills and other expenses. We can handle all of the legal aspects of your case, from gathering evidence to dealing with insurance companies and seeking full compensation for your losses. We’ll draw on our experience to guide you through this difficult process and get you one step closer to putting it behind you.

The ultimate goal of our accident attorneys is to secure maximum compensation for you. Insurance companies employ a variety of tactics to minimize your settlement, but we don’t let them get away with these practices. We’ve seen it all and won’t back down when the insurers push for a low settlement. 

We’ll confidently approach the negotiation process backed by solid evidence and strong legal arguments. Most cases successfully settle out of court with this strategy, but we’ll bring your case to trial if the insurance company refuses to make a fair settlement offer. 

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Bristol Car Accident Statistics

With its proximity to I-95, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and other major highways, Bristol is a busy traffic corridor for Greater Philadelphia. Thus, it is susceptible to congestion and reckless driving behaviors. Unfortunately, this means accidents are far too common. 

In 2022, 520 motor vehicle accidents occurred in Bristol Borough and Township combined. Eight of those resulted in fatalities, while 20 resulted in suspected serious injuries. Another 215 accidents resulted in minor injuries, possible injuries, or injuries of unknown severity. 

The most common type of accident in Bristol in 2022 was an angle collision, which occurs when the front of a vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle. These are also known as t-bone crashes. 

The next most common accident type involved a driver hitting a fixed object, closely followed by rear-end crashes. Other common accidents in Bristol include sideswipes, head-on collisions, and pedestrian accidents. 

What Should You Do After a Bristol Car Accident?

The steps you take immediately after being involved in a Bristol car accident can significantly impact your ability to recover compensation. If you have been in a car accident, be sure to do the following:

  • Call 911: Request both police and emergency medical services. The responding police officer will create an official report that can help provide key evidence for your case, while medical personnel can provide all involved parties with prompt medical attention if necessary.
  • Seek medical attention: Even if you do not think you are injured, get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. Delayed symptoms are common in car accident cases, and seeking medical attention soon after an accident can demonstrate a link between it and your injuries.
  • Document everything: Take pictures of the accident scene and any visible injuries, exchange contact information with the other parties involved and any witnesses, and keep records of all medical treatment you receive.
  • Notify your insurance company: Contact your insurer soon after the accident to report the accident and open a claim. Be sure to follow their instructions for filing a claim. However, avoid making any statements that could be used against you later.
  • Reach out to an attorney: This is the best way to protect your interests. A qualified Bristol car accident attorney can advise you on your next steps.

Once you’ve consulted with our attorneys, we’ll take it from there. If we mutually agree to move forward with legal action, our team will get to work on your case. We will conduct a thorough investigation, gather evidence, calculate your losses, assess liability, negotiate with insurance companies, and—if necessary—take your case to court.

What Damages Can You Receive After a Car Accident in Bristol?

Many car accident victims focus on the cost of their medical bills, but those are not the only damages you might be eligible for. At Cordisco & Saile, we fight for every dollar your crash has cost you.

Medical Costs

Your medical bills from a car accident could include hospital stays, surgery, rehabilitation, physical therapy, medical devices like crutches or wheelchairs, disability accommodations to your home like wheelchair ramps, and prescription medication. You might require long-term medical care for severe injuries, such as brain injuries, potentially for the rest of your life. We fight for the entire cost of your current and future medical bills.

Lost Wages and Reduced Earning Capacity

You might have to miss work as you recover from your injury. If so, we will pursue the responsible party and the insurance company for compensation to make up for your lost income. If your injuries are severe enough to reduce your capacity to work and earn a living, we seek damages to replace what you would otherwise earn.

Vehicle Repair and Replacement

We make sure the responsible party pays for the cost of repairing your vehicle. If it is beyond repair, we seek compensation to replace it.

Property Damage

If you lost other personal property of value in the accident, such as electronic equipment, jewelry, furniture, or other goods, we can go after the responsible party or the insurance company to compensate you for their value.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering are difficult to quantify in dollar terms. Moreover, in Pennsylvania, not having full tort coverage as part of your insurance policy can make it tough to get the compensation you deserve for the pain you have suffered due to your accident. The insurance company might deny you compensation for pain and suffering.

Without full tort coverage, we must prove you have a serious injury to win damages for pain and suffering. While this can be a subjective argument, the Bristol car accident attorneys at Cordisco & Saile have a successful track record of fighting for pain and suffering compensation, regardless of whether you have full or limited tort coverage.

Punitive Damages

On top of all other compensation for which you are eligible, we may fight for punitive damages if your case warrants it. These damages punish the responsible party if they acted maliciously or showed reckless disregard for your safety.

Who Can You Hold Responsible for Your Damages?

When we take your car accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident case, one of the first things we do is investigate the circumstances. We do this to identify all responsible parties, giving us opinions for pursuing damages. Even if the police report says you are at fault, there could still be other parties who bear liability.

Another Driver

Drivers in Pennsylvania have a duty of care to others on the road. Violating this duty constitutes negligence and can cause a driver to be liable in an accident. Examples of negligence behind the wheel include:

  • Speeding
  • Disregarding a traffic control device or sign
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Driving while distracted
  • Following too closely
  • Reckless driving
  • Drag racing

Vehicle or Parts Manufacturers

We can hold the manufacturer liable if an automotive defect caused or contributed to the accident. For instance, if a faulty tire blows out and causes you to lose control of the vehicle, the tire manufacturer is liable for your damages.

If a defect made your injuries worse than they would have been, we can also hold the manufacturer responsible. For example, if your airbag fails to deploy, causing your head to slam into the steering wheel, the manufacturer may be liable for your injuries.

The Insurance Company

Chances are, it is not the responsible party who will provide compensation but their insurance company. This is good because insurance companies generally have greater financial resources than the average driver. However, they use various tactics to pay as little as possible.

Our team knows how to fight the insurance companies to ensure you win the most compensation. We’ll strive to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company and won’t back down if they try to take advantage of you. We are also prepared to bring them to trial if they refuse to offer you a fair settlement.

Call Cordisco & Saile – Your Bristol Car Accident Lawyers

Don’t wait too long to act. Pennsylvania has a statute of limitations for car accident claims, giving you only two years from the date of your crash to file a lawsuit.

If you were injured in a car accident and need legal assistance, call Cordisco & Saile at 215-883-9516 today or complete our online form to schedule a free case evaluation. We’re ready to put our experience and knowledge to work for you. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid when we secure compensation on your behalf, and there are no upfront fees.

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