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Even if you are an aware driver who follows the rules of the road and takes
safety precautions such as wearing your seat belt, a car accident can
happen in a shocking instant, leaving you hurt, traumatized and confused
about what to do next. When this occurs, it is important to remember that
you are not alone. In 2012, there were more than 5.6 million car accidents
across the United States, leaving 2.3 million people injured and killing
more than 33,000.
If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident that was the result
of another driver's negligence, our Philadelphia class action lawyers
at Golomb & Honik, P.C. can help you understand your legal rights.
You may be able to pursue financial compensation for related injuries
and damages, so call us at (215) 278-4449 immediately to evaluate your case.
Types of Car Accidents
Our car accident lawyers have successfully represented car accident victims
in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and throughout the United States who have
been injured in:
- Head on Collisions
- Rear end Accidents
- Side impact Crashes
- Rollover accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
- Defective car accidents
- Product liability car accidents
- Single vehicle car crashes
- Multiple vehicle car accidents
- Car accident with uninsured driver
- Hit and run car crash
- Car accident with government entity
- Business related car accident
- Car accident with drunk driver
Common Car Accident Injuries
Even car accidents that occur at low speeds can cause significant injuries
in the blink of an eye. Even with prompt medical treatment, some car accident
injuries are stubborn and can cause significant long-term impairment,
leading to a decreased quality of life and limited mobility. Some of the
more common injuries that occur during a car accident include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Lacerations and scrapes
- Secondary wound infections
- Road rash
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
Benefits of Working with a Car Accident Attorney
Why? Insurance companies will attempt to minimize their payouts following a
car accident, and they frequently offer less to injured victims than the
corresponding injuries, medical expenses and vehicular damage actually
require. An experienced car accident attorney can fight aggressively to
ensure that you and your family receive the money you need to fully recover.
Lawyers simply don’t back down-and insurance companies know this.
As such, never accept a settlement with an insurance company without first
speaking to your attorney.
Golomb & Honik, P.C. has
more than three decades of experience assisting car accident victims and their families recover fair compensation
and justice. Our attorneys have the experience and resources to work with
investigators, accident reconstruction specialists, physicians and other
experts necessary to support your claim.
While you focus on your recovery, our attorneys will be hard at work building
a solid case against the negligent driver and negotiating a settlement
that will cover all of your needs. If your case does proceed to trial,
you can rest assured knowing that you are represented by attorneys with
extensive litigation experience and the resources to handle even the toughest
Compensation in Car Accident Cases
The negligent driver or drivers who caused a car accident may be held responsible
for compensation including:
- Medical expenses
- Damage expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Future medical needs
- Wrongful death/burial expenses
What to Do after a Car Accident
car accident is one of the most traumatic experiences you’re likely to face in
everyday life. According to the National Safety Council, an estimated
10 million accidents occur each year in the United States, and insurance
industry leaders report that most Americans will file a
car accident claim, on average, about every 18 years. Since it's not so much a
question as if but when, it pays to know what to do if you've been
involved in a crash.
The best way to learn about your rights and options if you've been
injured in a car accident is to speak with the lawyers at Golomb &
Honik, P.C. in person. We can guide you through this complex process.
Please call (215) 278-4449 to arrange your complimentary consultation
at our Philadelphia office.
Steps to Take Immediately Following the Accident
In the seconds immediately following a car accident, you may be disoriented
or in shock. So it's worth spending some time to review the procedures
you should follow in the wake of the accident, both to ensure the safety
of you and your passengers, and also to ensure that evidence is preserved
for your auto accident claim:
- Check yourself and your passengers for injuries, and call 911 if you need
emergency services. Don't attempt to move someone who is unconscious
or has neck pain. Leave that to the medical professionals.
- Turn on your vehicle's hazard lights and get out of traffic. If you're
involved in a minor accident, move your car off the road and out of the
way of oncoming traffic to avoid further accidents. Before moving the
cars, take a photo of the accident if you can. Photographic evidence may
be useful in building your case later.
- Call the police. If there is noticeable property damage or if anyone has
sustained a serious injury, then call the police as soon as you can do
so safely. You'll want to file a police report, and be sure to request
the officers' names and badge numbers.
- DO NOT admit fault, apologize, or otherwise imply in any way that you are
responsible for the accident. But DO exchange information with the other
driver or drivers. At a minimum, request and provide the following: name,
phone number, address, license plate number, driver's license number,
and insurance information
- Gather details. If you're safe and able to, gather as much evidence
as you can. Smart phones offer convenient options for recording witness
statements, photographing the scene, and noting important names and addresses.
Steps to Take After Leaving the Accident Scene
There are still several important things to take care of once you leave
the accident scene:
Seek medical treatment as soon as possible, even if you don’t think
you’re injured. Sometimes it can take days or even weeks for injury
symptoms to arise, especially if you suffer a
brain injury. You want to make sure you get prompt treatment and document that your
injuries were caused by the car accident.
- Call your insurance company and report the accident. This is required by
law. Don’t admit fault and don’t sign any waivers or releases
without consulting an experienced car accident lawyer first.
- If you’ve suffered an injury, call our experienced car accident attorneys
at Golomb & Honik, P.C. at once. The sooner we can start gathering
evidence and building your case, the better the chances of a successful outcome.
Consider keeping a checklist in your car's glove box: When you've
just been hit, it might be hard to remember everything you need to do.
But if you remember nothing else, remember that priority number one is
your safety and that of your passengers.
To Contact Our Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers, Call (215) 278-4449
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, it is important
to review your case with an experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyer.
Time is of the essence in personal injury cases-and a lawyer can help
ensure that you do not miss any critical deadlines that would bar you
from filing a claim. To learn more about your rights and legal options,
call Golomb & Honik, P.C. today.
Our experienced injury lawyers have represented injured car accident victims
and their families in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and across the United
States in their quest for justice. We believe in holding negligent and
irresponsible drivers accountable for their actions and fight aggressively
for all our injured clients. To learn more about your legal options or
to schedule a free consultation call our Philadelphia car accident lawyers
at (215) 278-4449 or fill out a free and confidential
contact form on our website.