Car Accidents Information You Need To Know!

by Samuel Fishman on Jun. 23, 2020

Accident & Injury Accident & Injury  Personal Injury Accident & Injury  Car Accident 

Summary: If you believe you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may have a personal injury case.

Car Accidents Information You Need To Know!

Car accidents are some of the most common accidents that occur, sometimes resulting in
devastating injuries. This is why recovering money after an accident may be critical.
Fortunately, through quick response time and careful action, you may be able to recover
compensation for your suffering.

A specialized attorney can assist.

Again, if you are hurt because of someone else’s actions or inactions, you may be entitled to
substantial money. At the very least, you may be able to recover adequate compensation
for your injuries. Many accidents are the direct result of negligent drivers.

Speeding, running red lights, and driving distracted are all causes of vehicle accidents.

If you are involved in an accident, you should immediately call the police and an ambulance,
if possible. Once you have received medical treatment, you can call an attorney. An attorney
can help you in numerous ways.

A good lawyer can help you file paperwork, gather evidence, deal with insurance adjusters,
settle your case, and go to an arbitration or court with a lawsuit, if necessary.

If you believe you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you
may have a personal injury case.

Following such an accident, there are four things that you may inquire about:

1. What should you do after a car accident?
2. What are the two common damages linked to auto accidents?
3. What can you expect in a car accident case?
4. Why is calling the police so important after an accident?

Knowing the answers to the above-mentioned questions can make your life easier.

1. What should you do after a car accident?

It is normal to feel shaken up and confused following a car accident. Unfortunately, taking a
single wrong step can cause you more trouble in the future. This is why it’s important that
you do your best to collect yourself.

What you do immediately after is critical.

Victims who suffer head injuries may feel concussed, and people with other physical trauma
may bleed profusely. Some injured parties face medical shock and acute stress. In these
situations, taking the right steps can be a matter of life and death.

The following steps are highly important following an accident.

● Call 911 so that an ambulance could come and you could inform the police. 
● If doing so is safe and you are able to, move yourself and others to a safer place.
Ensure you don’t stay in the middle of the road while waiting for medical help. 
● If you are in a condition to drive a car, park the vehicle aside. If you can’t move your
car, get outside the car and wait in a safe place. 
● If it is a hit-and-run case, try to get photographic or video evidence for later.
● Do not risk your life by trying to detain the negligent driver. Simply record important
details that can help you identify them later. These may be pictures, video, notes, contact
details of eye witnesses, vehicle damage details, etc.
● Make sure see a doctor
● Mention every detail to the police.

Taking the right steps after an accident is essential. Failure to act accordingly may result in
more serious injuries and prevent you from eventually obtaining fair compensation.

2. What are the two common types of compensatory damages linked to car accidents?

When surviving a car accident, the losses can be devastating for the victim as well as his/her
family members. Fortunately, recovering compensation for damages can provide much-
needed relief. For this reason, it is crucial to identify the type and extent of the losses. 

There are mainly two categories of compensatory damages that any car accident victim can
recover. They are:
● Actual Damages: these include lost wages, medical expenses, property damage,
future income loss, etc. In other words, these damages are meant to provide funds to
replace what was lost. 
● General damages: these are more difficult to measure, and include things like pain
and suffering, loss of life enjoyment, loss of companionship, mental anguish, and certain
other ones.

You may have also heard of punitive damages.
These damages are typically available only when the at-fault party behaved with gross
negligence or acted intentionally, and / or the conduct was particularly outrageous. These
damages are not designed to compensate the victim for losses, but rather to punish the at-
fault party and send a message to others for the future.

Punitive damages in Pennsylvania, however, are limited to specific types of cases, involving
specific product liability cases (such that involve pharmaceutical liability, for example),
medical malpractices case, as well as cases involving DUI, and certain dog bites cases where
the owner was outrageously negligent and / or willfully allowed his or her dog to bite an
innocent person.

3. What can you expect in a car accident case?

It is helpful if you have a reputed car accident attorney by your side who has handled
relevant cases in the past. Top injury lawyers can assist clients throughout the legal process,

and provide resources that are invaluable. Hurt and stressed, many accident victims find
legal assistance to be absolutely vital.

If you file a personal injury lawsuit, you may expect your injury attorney to do the following:

● Thoroughly prepare before filing a complaint. This can include doing all the
necessary research required to identify the causes and circumstances of the injury. Such
research also typically identifies the client’s damages and who is responsible for them.
● Talking to other parties to gather additional information about the accident.
● Drafting a well-researched pretrial motion. If needed, this is used to request the
court to rule on essential facts of the case before beginning the trial.
● Representing a client before a judge or jury, if going to court is necessary.

At the Law Offices of Samuel Fishman, our team analyzes every single loss suffered by the
accident victim. This helps our attorneys pursue fair compensation for many of our clients.

4. Why is calling the police so important after an accident?

In some states, calling the police after an accident is legally required. Even if it isn’t, it’s
typically a smart idea. There are many benefits to involving the police in this initial stage.

Alerting law enforcement is important because:

● Police officials can discover who was involved in your accident. They will talk to
eyewitnesses and ask for more details.
● They can identify if anyone has violated any law. 
● If laws were broken, the negligent person/driver may get citations from police.
● The police may also conduct sobriety tests on individuals suspected to be under the
influence. If found intoxicated, these individuals may be arrested.
● The police may write a detailed report about all the essential facts of the accident
(although as a general rule, in PA a police report is inadmissible hearsay).


When becoming a party to an auto accident, having an experienced Philadelphia car accident attorney
may be crucial. Auto accident lawyers typically have experience with different kinds of
accidents, and related injuries. These professionals can help formulate a legal strategy
moving forward.

If you suffered a personal injury in a car accident, or believe another party is negligent, feel
free to call the Law Offices of Samuel Fishman today.

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