Car accidents are the leading cause of personal injuries in Quakertown and around the country. Anytime you get into a vehicle, you are at the mercy of reckless drivers. Another motorist’s poor decisions can cause an accident that results in severe and permanent injuries. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in an accident caused by a negligent party, talk to our skilled personal injury lawyers in Quakertown about your legal options.
At Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers, we have won thousands of car accident cases, many with multi-million dollar awards. For example, Founding Partner Jon Ostroff, Managing Partner Rich Godshall, and their team won a settlement of over $4 million for multiple passengers who suffered injuries in a vehicle collision on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Additionally, we won over $6 million in total settlements on behalf of seven individuals who were injured in a rural highway crash. Our Quakertown car accident lawyers can help you fight for the compensation you deserve after a crash.
Proving Liability in an Auto Accident Case
When a driver gets behind the wheel of a car, they owe a duty to follow the “rules of the road” in PA. Motorists must follow the rules of the road and refrain from negligent and reckless behavior. If a driver violates this responsibility and directly causes an accident, they are liable for any damages they cause to those they harm.
Proving that another driver was responsible for a crash is the core of any car accident case. This requires gathering evidence and placing that evidence within the framework of the law. Our attorneys in Quakertown can determine how best to prove fault in your car wreck case.
Can an Injured Person Be Partially at Fault?
According to 42 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes § 7102, courts must evaluate the actions of everyone involved in an accident and assign blame accordingly. If you share a portion of the responsibility for the crash, the court must reduce your award at trial by your percentage of fault. If your portion of fault is 50% or more, the jury must reach a verdict in favor of the other party. A top-notch lawyer can help you minimize and overcome a finding of partial fault and seek maximum compensation.
Recovering Damages After a Vehicle Collision in Pennsylvania
Once you have established the other party’s fault, you will be entitled to “damages.” In personal injury law, “damages” refers to the payment you receive from the at-fault party in a legal claim. After a car accident, you can obtain several types of economic and non-economic damages.
One of the main types of damages in a vehicle collision case is medical expenses. If you own an insured car, then your insurance company will be your first source of payment of your crash related medical bills. If you do not own an insured car, then the insurance policy covering the vehicle you were in will be responsible for your medical bills. Once this insurance is exhausted, You are entitled to reimbursement for any non-covered medical bills, including bills from your emergency room visit, follow-up appointments, surgeries, hospitalization, prescription medication, rehabilitative care, and more. Other types of economic damages include loss of income if you were disabled from your job or from loss of business opportunities, as well as property damage to your vehicle.
Non-economic damages refer to the physical, emotional, or social harm you suffered as a result of your accident. You might suffer from emotional trauma, nightmares, or flashbacks from your accident. Additionally, your injuries may prevent you from participating in the activities you love. A seasoned lawyer can help you assess your losses to ensure you obtain a reasonable amount of compensation for your auto accident.
Consult a Quakertown Car Accident Attorney Today
The aftermath of a car accident can leave you frustrated and confused. You may want to take legal action but have no idea where to begin. If you or a loved one is in this situation, reach out to Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers right away. Jon Ostroff and our Quakertown car accident lawyers can help you fight for your rights in a lawsuit. Call us today to set up a free case review.