Vehicle Accident Lawyers
Our nation’s roads and highways are dangerous places. In 2014, a total of 32,675 people died on U.S. roadways, and another 2.3 million were injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Distracted driving was blamed for 10 percent of those fatalities, while speeding was blamed for 28 percent. In Pennsylvania, there were a total of 1,195 fatalities, according to NHTSA accident statistics.
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. For instance, the wreckage of your vehicle, which can provide crucial evidence in your case, could end up being sent to a junkyard and disassembled for parts.
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 you or your spouse for such things as 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 they don’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.
Also, don’t talk to claims adjusters from your insurance company or theirs about settling your case. Contrary to the feel-good advertising you see on TV, you’re not “in good hands” and their only interest is in settling your case for as little as possible. Our advice is don’t talk to any insurance company representatives and don’t sign anything. Hire an experienced car accident attorney and let your lawyer do the talking.
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 TODAY for a FREE evaluation of your case. Remember, you don’t pay any fees unless we win.