5 Most Common FAQs About Getting In A Fender Bender

Here at Westmoreland Injury Lawyers, one of the biggest things we do better for our Western PA neighbors is help them recover from auto accidents of all types and circumstances. This includes even the most minor fender bender situations, which can still cause extensive pain and suffering—much more frequently than many people even imagine.

Today’s post here on the blog is dedicated to answering some on the essential FAQs (frequently asked questions) we hear from prospective clients and their loved ones about so-called fender benders or minor vehicle accidents. And while these questions may seem somewhat basic on the surface, the right answers are anything but simple in many cases.

Luckily, experienced personal injury attorneys like us are here to guide you through auto accidents involving anything from distracted driving to poor road design that creates dangerous conditions for drivers. Read on for answers to your most pressing fender bender FAQs, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for a comprehensive review of your car accident details.

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5 Big Tips for Filing a Car Accident Insurance Claim the Right Way

As we shared in the Your Complete Guide to Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer chapter on auto injury settlements, the settlement and claims process begins at the accident scene, even before you file your car accident insurance claim.

There are many actions you need to make sure you take following an auto accident—and one big thing you need to make sure you don’t do—to set the stage for a better claims experience, whether you’ve been seriously injured or not. Today’s post offers a few tips on those actions.

Of course, sometimes, insurance companies aren’t cooperative, especially in cases where injuries are involved. They often try to close claims much too quickly, and accident victims are left with insufficient compensation for their injuries. This is why it is imperative to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer when you’re hurt in a vehicle accident.

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Seeking Chiropractic Care for Auto Accident Injuries

The main reason to make sure you have adequate bodily injury liability limits set up on your auto insurance policy is to allow you to visit all the medical specialists—from life-saving surgeons to chiropractors and other therapists—who can aid your recovery from an auto accident injury.

After all, even minor fender benders can cause chronic aches and pains associated with neck trauma and whiplash injuries. And believe it or not, your seatbelt doing its job of restraining you in a collision can cause shoulder problems, which are a top complaint that chiropractic care treats for car accident victims. Deploying airbags, designed to save your life in serious crashes, can cause physical pain issues, as well.

As experienced personal injury lawyers right here in Greensburg, we can often get the best personal injury case results and most compensation following an auto injury for those who seek medical treatment promptly and who follow up with specialists, as needed.

With that in mind, today’s post gives you some insight on working with chiropractors, who have unique training to help accident victims move past their musculoskeletal pain and more on the road to recovery.  

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$1 Million Award for Drunken Driver Victim

At our Westmoreland Injury Lawyers law office, there are a number of things that we do better as a law firm dedicated to serving our neighbors right here in Greensburg. While we’re a small  law firm, our experienced and caring personal injury attorneys have the knowledge in a variety of specialties required to win cases and get justice for clients just like you.

Have you been hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault? You’ll take a particular interest in today’s post.

This success story illustrates how our lawyers closely collaborated to get a drunk driving accident victim over $1 million for their injuries by leveraging workers’ compensation benefits, traditional personal injury law focused on auto accidents, and more.

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What to Know About Auto Injury Settlements

Your Complete Guide to Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer – CHAPTER 2

Car accidents, even when they seem minor, can cause all sorts of pain and suffering for victims. And insurance companies are infamous for treating injuries as less serious than they are. How can you be sure that the steps you’re taking to resolve your accident—beginning just moments after it has occurred—are the right ones that will help you get the compensation you need and deserve?

As part of our ongoing post series, your complete guide to hiring a personal injury attorney is right here on our blog to make your search for the best personal injury lawyers easy and worry-free. Today we’re taking a closer look at auto injury settlements and how you can prevent an auto accident from ruining your life.

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Our Top Tips for Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

Your Complete Guide to Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer – CHAPTER 1

Finding an experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyer who can fight for your rights when you’ve been hurt on the job, in an auto accident, or as the result of a medical mistake may seem like an intimidating or overwhelming task. However, with a little preparation and knowing the right questions to ask during an initial consultation, it doesn’t have to be.

As part of our ongoing post series, your complete guide to hiring a personal injury attorney is right here on our blog to make your search for the best personal injury lawyers easy and worry-free. Today we’re bringing you our top tips and questions to ask before and during a consultation with a prospective legal partner so you can get the most out of this conversation and ultimately hire the lawyer that’s right for you and your unique case. Here are your “must-dos.” Continue reading “Our Top Tips for Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer”

How You Can Prepare Yourself for Uninsured Drivers

Imagine this nightmare scenario: you’re seriously injured in an auto accident, and the person who hit you doesn’t have any insurance. True, they are driving illegally in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as our state’s laws require all motorists to be insured. Unfortunately, that scofflaw’s actions will not help you pay your medical bills or recover your lost wages when you can’t work due to your injuries. Suing the at-fault driver may not do much good either since they probably have nothing to give you. They were likely driving uninsured because they could not afford to pay even the modest premiums associated with minimum coverage policies. This is the case for millions across the United States. So what happens now?

If you only have minimum coverage yourself, your insurance will only pay up to $15,000 for bodily injury per person per accident (with a limit of $30,000 per incident), and we all know that doesn’t add up to much in modern American medicine. Uninsured (UM) and underinsured (UIM) motorist coverage is available for purchase with all policies, but since it’s not required in our state, many drivers skip it, and minimum coverage policies definitely do not include it. Obviously, our Pennsylvania minimum insurance requirements are designed to save drivers money on premiums, which is important, but the downside is this budget coverage may actually prove quite costly.

Let’s look at how you can protect yourself from the uninsured and underinsured drivers who are on the roads with you and assure that you have all the coverage you need to avoid the misery of financial problems following an accident. Continue reading “How You Can Prepare Yourself for Uninsured Drivers”

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