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CAR CRASHES ABOUND ON PENNSYLVANIA ROADS AND HIGHWAYS, AND THE COSTS ARE HIGH.

How We Can Help

manimgWe know the law, and we evaluate when you are denied payment you may deserve. At Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann, we do our best to make sure that our clients are treated fairly and that the compensation they receive reflects the harm that has occurred to them.

Our clients are not just numbers; they are people whose lives have been upended by a bad driver. We believe that you should never carry the burden placed on you by someone else’s mistakes. We get to know you and the damages you are facing. Then we get to work on the business of your case.

If you want a firm with a great deal of experience and success, together with a reputation for hard work, contact Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our team.

Types of Serious Injuries in Pennsylvania Car Accidents

One single crash can cause several serious, debilitating injuries to a vehicle occupant. The number of injuries and the potential combination of these injuries is endless. However, there are a few common injuries that our clients have suffered in these accidents, including:

  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Extensive soft tissue damage
  • Fractured bones – hips, knees, wrists, ankles
  • Internal injuries or organ damage.

If your injuries are costly and painful and were due to the mistakes of a careless driver, you should consider your legal options. You deserve compensation for the costs of your injury. Contact Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann today to talk to us about your case.

The Devastation of a Serious Car Accident

According to AAA, the average cost of an injury crash in the United States in 2009 was more than $125,000, while the average cost of a fatal accident was closer to $6 million. Add to this the devastating effect on people’s lives from serious injuries that can main, disfigure, and cause pain and suffering that may last a lifetime, and it is no wonder that victims of car crashes seek compensation.

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE WAS INJURED OR SOMEONE HAS DIED IN A CAR CRASH, MOTORCYCLE, OR TRUCK ACCIDENT ON A PENNSYLVANIA HIGHWAY, ROAD OR STREET, YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN EXPERIENCED PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER REGARDING YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS.

If another party’s negligence or responsibility was involved in the accident, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, property loss, and pain and suffering. However, your case must be handled correctly and competently, or you may never collect the compensation you are entitled to.

Clifford A. Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann knows the courts and the system and what you need to do to increase your chances of winning a good settlement.

Our seasoned Williamsport car accident attorneys have helped hundreds of people file successful personal injury lawsuits. With decades of experience with many types of auto crashes and an excellent reputation in the legal community, we are well positioned to handle even the most difficult cases. Our lawyers have successfully represented clients in car and truck accident cases of all kinds, including:

  • Collisions on Routes 80, 81 (the northeast extension), 180, 15, 220, 287 and 44 involving local and out-of-state drivers who file suit in state and federal court
  • Accidents involving speeding or reckless drivers
  • Crashes involving drivers who run red lights or stop signs, make illegal turns or commit other moving violations
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Distracted driving accidents involving texting, talking or surfing on cellphones or mobile devices.

We offer a free consultation to carefully examine the individual facts in your case and determine the best way to handle it. Contact us for a free consultation with a highly experienced Williamsport car accident lawyer or call 800-326-9259 to set up your free consultation.

Pennsylvania Car Accident Laws

Cliff Rieders has written one of the leading books on cases involving vehicle collisions, the Financial Responsibility Law. That law regulates how most insurance issues and questions are addressed when there is a collision or crash.

The following are some laws regarding vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania:

  • Pennsylvania’s Hybrid System — Pennsylvania has a hybrid insurance system. First party benefits, those pertaining to medical and hospitalizations, are paid on a no-fault basis from your own insurance. However, Pennsylvania gives purchasers of car insurance the option of selecting “full tort” and “limited tort” coverage. If your insurance is “limited tort” you are prohibited from suing unless the accident resulted in “serious injury.” If you are able to go beyond the no-fault limitation or if you have “full tort” coverage, you can seek compensation for pain and suffering and other non-economic damages.
  • Under and uninsurance –People may have the availability of both under and uninsurance motorist coverage. This is coverage you purchase yourself. In essence, your insurance company stands in the place of the wrongdoer. This can be very complex. Many people sign-down the under and uninsurance they are entitled to. Sometimes we can overcome those sign-downs to obtain more coverage for clients. This is a very complex and difficult area of the law, and you need to have someone who is experienced.
  • Statute of limitations – This is the deadline by which you must file a car crash lawsuit. In Pennsylvania, the statute is two years after the accident for filing a personal injury or property damage lawsuit. If you miss the two-year lawsuit filing deadline, the court will probably throw out your case. For an injury case, the date the clock starts running is the date of the accident. If a death is involved, this is figured from the date the victim died. The statute of limitations for filing a claim against the insurance company, either for bad faith or for under or uninsured motorist coverage, is different than for tort claims against the wrongdoer.
  • Comparative fault — Pennsylvania has a “modified comparative fault” rule. This means your total damages award is reduced by whatever percentage of the fault of the accident the courts determine is yours. If you are found to be more than 50% at fault, you would receive no
  • Damage caps — state laws limit or “cap” the amount of compensation you can recover when the defendant is a local or state government entity, such as a school district. This does not apply in civil rights cases. Sometimes one could bring a civil rights case even in connection with a vehicle crash or collision. For example, where a state trooper speeds excessively to catch a driver and causes a serious collision, this may lead to a situation where a civil rights claim could be filed. These are unusual and unique cases which should not be taken lightly. The facts have to be very explicit to bring such a claim.

What Does Compensation Cover?

In Pennsylvania, compensated costs and losses fall into two categories: economic damages, and non-economic damages.

  1. Economic damages – expenses which can be objectively calculated, such as medical, therapy, and rehabilitation costs, costs of equipment such as wheelchairs, lost income, property damage, and funeral and burial costs if a death is involved.
  2. Non-economic damages –may include pain and suffering, disfigurement, the loss of enjoyment of life, loss of life’s pleasures, and the loss of a marital relationship (consortium) such as society and services and sexual relations.

What to Do In Case of a Crash

If involved in a vehicle crash, you should follow these rules:

  • Get legal representation.
  • Provide any necessary help to other motorists, passengers or pedestrians that may have been injured.
  • Notify 911 to report any injuries and call for medical assistance.
  • Inform police if the accident resulted in injuries, death or property damage.
  • Submit a Driver’s Accident Report within 5 days of an accident, if the accident was not investigated by the police or the accident resulted in death, injury or severe damage to any vehicle.

It pays to speak to an experienced Williamsport car accident lawyer before you talk to an insurance company, to protect your rights and maximize the compensation you receive. Insurance companies will try tactics such as trying to shift responsibility or getting you to accept the lowest settlement, and our Williamsport car accident attorneys have the skills and experience to help ensure you get the best settlement possible.

The Value of Your Claim

Every crash is different. From the perspective of an attorney, there is no way of knowing how much you should seek in a claim without knowing the details of your case. These claims can range from thousands to millions of dollars. The value of your claim depends on the costs of your medical care, how a crash impacted your ability to do your job and several other factors.

At Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann, we know how important it is to accurately determine the damages you have experienced. We know that “non-economic” damages are just as important as the financial consequences of your crash and that these two categories are more closely linked than many people understand.

If you want a clearer idea of what your claim is worth, you should speak with our team so we can learn more about the details of your case. You are under no obligation to move forward with a claim if you do not feel comfortable doing so.

Contact Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann to schedule your free consultation.

What to Expect in the Process of a Car Accident Claim

If the at-fault party and their insurance company make an offer that meets your needs, then a settlement is reached and the matter is resolved without the need for a trial. In some situations, a settlement offer is inadequate and the case is taken to trial where we make your case in front of a jury.

The process can take several weeks, several months or even longer, depending on the circumstances and complexities of your case. It is always best to begin the work of your case as soon as possible, which is why we encourage you to contact us to speak with our team.

Dealing with Insurance Companies

In general, you should cooperate with your own insurance company and avoid contact with another driver’s insurance company. However, if your own insurance company makes you an offer that does not reflect the costs you have faced, you DO NOT have to accept it.

If you are contacted by another driver’s insurance company, you should know that they will likely want you to make a statement, which they will use against you to lessen the payment they offer. If you are contacted by someone else’s insurance company, do not speak to them at length. The only thing you should say to these representatives is to contact your attorney.

At Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann, we have a reputation of dealing firmly with insurance companies. We have been handling car accident cases in Pennsylvania for decades, and we know the tactics they use to deny or lessen payments to injured people.

Let us deal with the insurance companies on your behalf. Contact Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann to schedule a free consultation with our team.

Wrongful Death in Pennsylvania Car Accidents

If you have lost your loved one due to the actions of a negligent driver, you might be able to file a wrongful death claim to get payment for the costs you have faced. In Pennsylvania, spouses, children and parents of the deceased can file wrongful death claims to receive compensation for burial fees, funeral costs, pending medical bills or funds that would have been generated by the deceased to support surviving family members.

The Pennsylvania car accident attorneys at Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann have years of experience handling wrongful death claims. If the death of your loved one was caused by a negligent driver, you do not have to carry the financial costs of their reckless behavior.

Achieving Results When it Counts

If you or a loved one is involved in a car crash, you should get legal assistance to help prove that your case qualifies for exemption from no-fault, and to protect your rights at every stage of your liability claim.

Experienced Williamsport car accident lawyer Clifford A. Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann has spent decades honing his skills and successfully representing Pennsylvania families who have suffered an injury or loss due to someone else’s negligence. We offer personal attention and loyalty to every client, aggressively fighting for their right to compensation. Whether in settlement negotiations or pursuing a favorable trial verdict, we are thoroughly prepared and committed to achieving a just outcome. With our experienced staff, we offer strength in numbers while providing top-notch personal service.

We have years of experience dealing with the harm that results from vehicle crashes. As a result, we have been successful in securing substantial recoveries for legitimate claims.

Cliff Rieders is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. Rieders has won numerous awards and recognition from the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and he received the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority recognition award. Cliff has received the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, as well as the Milton D. Rosenberg Award from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. Rieders is on committees and organizations that write the law in many fields of practice, including the Mcare Act, which governs medical liability actions in Pennsylvania, and he wrote the book on medical malpractice that lawyers use in the state. Cliff Rieders is admitted in state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. The attorney has written many textbooks, including on the Financial Responsibility Law which governs truck and automobile accidents in Pennsylvania.

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If you or your loved one has suffered harm from someone else’s negligence or incompetence in a car crash, your next step should be to consult Williamsport car accident attorney Cliff Rieders by calling 800-326-9259, or by using our online contact form. Based in Williamsport, we serve clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania, offering a free consultation on all personal injury matters. More than that, we offer you experience, knowledge, compassion, and a long history of results.

Bad Faith in Pennsylvania

Bad Faith in Pennsylvania by Cliff Rieders is focused on many aspects of bad faith claims. In the book, Rieders provides a definition of bad faith, discusses who may be able to file a claim, burden of proof, damages and exceptions to bad faith claims, among other related subjects. It contains an up to date discussion of relevant case law concerning insurance bad faith in Pennsylvania.

In this excerpt, you’ll learn exactly what the term “bad faith” means. This includes how bad faith relates to underinsured or uninsured motorist claims, insurer misrepresentations, investigative practices and settlement factors.