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

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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.

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.

Click here to download the Automobile Accident Data Sheet.

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.