Pennsylvania & New Jersey Car & Truck Accident Law Library
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Car and Truck Accident Law Articles
- Philadelphia Intersection & Left Turn Car Accidents – A Look at Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Laws (November 10, 2017) Intersection car accidents in Philadelphia are very common. Our Philly car accident lawyers look at intersection and left turn vehicle code laws and how injured parties prove fault.
- Serious Injury After a Car Accident in Philadelphia? 3 Tips to Protect Your Legal Rights (August 14, 2017) 3 tips to protect your legal rights if you’ve been injured in a Philadelphia car accident. Should you talk to the other party’s insurance co.? What happens if you fail to follow medical advice? Should you take pictures of your injuries?
- Left Hand Turn Car Accidents in Pennsylvania, Vehicle Code Laws and Fault (July 17, 2017) Left turn accidents in Pennsylvania are often caused by the carelessness of the driver who is turning left. But not always.Our car accident lawyers in PA take a look at 3 traffic laws in intersection left turn accident cases.
- Does Pennsylvania Limited Tort Law Apply to Bike & Pedestrian Accident Lawsuits or UIM/UM Claims? (June 15, 2017) Does limited tort apply to pedestrians or bike riders in Pennsylvania? PA limited tort law only applies when the person making the injury claim was riding in a car as either a driver or a passenger. What about a UIM/UM claim? Does limited tort law apply to a
- I’m a New Jersey resident and was in a car accident in Philadelphia. I have limitation on lawsuit on my NJ auto policy. Can I still sue the other driver for my injuries? (May 16, 2017) I’m a New Jersey resident and was in a car accident in Philadelphia. I have limitation on lawsuit on my NJ auto policy. Can I still sue the other driver for my injuries? In most cases, a defendant (at-fault driver) can raise the specific defense – that the plaintiff has limitation on lawsuit – but ...
- Pennsylvania Minimum Auto Insurance Coverage Limits (April 26, 2017) Pennsylvania auto insurance coverage limits. What is bodily injury coverage, UIM/UM and PIP? What are the minimum limits?
- April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month (April 4, 2017) Fatal car accidents and fatal pedestrian accidents are on the rise. Distracted driving is partly to blame. Our Pennsylvania car accident lawyers see these types of accidents all too often.
- What to Do After a Philadelphia Car Accident (March 1, 2017) Philadelphia car accident lawyer discusses what you should do after a car accident in Philadelphia, PA.
- Claims for Lost Wages After a Car Accident in Philadelphia (January 17, 2017) All about lost wages claims (AKA: income loss) after an auto accident in Philadelphia. These claims are subject to a 5 day waiting period and are capped at 80% of the gross income. The coverage limits vary.
- Can You Sue with Limited Tort in Pennsylvania or Limitation on Lawsuit in New Jersey? (Part 2) (January 3, 2017) Limited tort in Pennsylvania or limitation on lawsuit in NJ can negatively affect your ability to get full compensation for auto accident injuries. Learn more about how limited tort law affects PA residents when driving in New Jersey.
- Can You Sue with Limited Tort in Pennsylvania or Limitation on Lawsuit in New Jersey? (Part 1) (December 29, 2016) Can you sue if you have limited tort or verbal threshold in Pennsylvania or New Jersey? How does limited tort or verbal threshold affect your ability to get full compensation?
- Pennsylvania Auto Insurance – Limited Tort Versus Full Tort (November 15, 2016) What’s the difference between limited tort and full tort for Pennsylvania car insurance? The tort election affects your ability to get compensation from a negligent driver when an auto accident occurs, such as a pedestrian or truck accident.
- Limited Tort & Rear End Auto Accidents in Pennsylvania – Are the Injuries Serious Enough to Get Compensated? (October 26, 2016) How does limited tort affect a rear end car accident in Pennsylvania? In most instances, the injuries will need to be considered serious under PA auto injury law. This means proving a serious impairment of a body function.
- Spine Injuries in PA Limited Tort Auto Cases (September 26, 2016) Can you recover for neck, back injuries with limited tort on your car insurance policy? Back and neck injuries are often compensable under Pennsylvania’s limited tort law.
- Philadelphia, PA Car Accidents – Understanding Your Auto Insurance Policy (August 17, 2016) Many Philadelphia, PA drivers do not understand their auto insurance policy. Unfortunately, they realize they may not enough coverage until they are in a car accident. This free legal article discusses some of the covearges in auto insurance polices that many drivers do not understand.
- Philadelphia, PA Car Accidents – What is a Loss of Consortium Claim? (August 12, 2016) What is a loss of consortium claim in the context of a Philadelphia car accident lawsuit? Learn more about this claim from our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers.
- Philadelphia, PA Car Accidents – Distracted Driving on the Rise in PA (July 8, 2016) Despite PA’s law prohibiting drivers from texting and driving and engaging in other distractions, a recent report shows that distracted driving is on the rise in PA. Get the latest here.
- Philadelphia Car Accident Law – Limited Tort and UIM/UM Claims (Part II) (June 17, 2016) One of the most confusing issues for many drivers PA is limited tort, which limits their ability to sue for non-economic damages. However, there are exceptions. In part 2 of this article, our Phila. car accident lawyer discusses how limited tort exceptions affect UIM/UM claims.
- Philadelphia Car Accident Law – Limited Tort and UIM/UM Claims (June 17, 2016) PA car accident and insurance laws are very confusing. One of the most confusing issues for many drivers is limited tort. In this article, our Philadelphia car accident lawyer discusses limited tort and its relation to UIM/UM claims.
- Philadelphia Multi-Vehicle Accidents and Limited Tort – By a Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer (May 23, 2016) What does limited tort have to do with Philadelphia multi-vehicle car accidents? It may affect a victim’s ability to sue for pain and suffering damages. There are exceptions to this rule. Learn about the exceptions in this article.
- Fault in Philadelphia Winter Car Accidents, Explained by a Philly Car Accident Lawyer (February 15, 2016) Winter weather conditions do cause accidents, but does that mean no one is at fault? Not necessarily. Pennsylvania drivers still have the duty to operate their vehicles carefully in response to inclement weather to avoid causing car accidents.
- Are You a Philadelphia Driver Injured in a NJ Car Accident? What to Know About NJ’s Deemer Statute (January 25, 2016) Many PA residents travel to New Jersey, and it is not uncommon that they may be in a car accident in New Jersey. This article discusses what PA drivers need to know about their legal rights if they are in a NJ car accident.
- Drunk Driving & Buzzed Driving Car Accidents During the Holidays – By a Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer (December 27, 2015) Many people think that buzzed driving is safe. Unfortunately, that is not the case. A Philadelphia car accident DUI lawyer talks about buzzed driving and drunk driving accidents this holiday season.
- Social Hosts May Be Liable for Philadelphia DUI Car Accidents Caused by Guests (December 27, 2015) Around the holidays, there are many parties. Guests are often served alcohol. Some may get intoxicated and cause a DUI accident after leaving the party. Hosts of these parties may be liable for the injuries to others caused by the guest’s negligence, i.e., drunk driving.
- Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer Discusses Misconceptions About Limited Tort (December 7, 2015) PA car accident victims often do not know what limited tort is, and many are misinformed. This article, by a Philadelphia car accident injury lawyer, addresses the common misconceptions of limited tort law in PA.
Car and Truck Accident Law FAQs
- A driver turned left into my lane of travel and hit me in Philadelphia. Can I sue for my injuries? I was in a car accident in Philadelphia. Another driver tried to turn left in front of me. Can I bring a claim against her for my injuries?
- I have limited tort and hurt my back in a car accident in Pennsylvania. Will I be able to get financial compensation? I have limited tort and hurt my back in a car accident in Pennsylvania. Can I get financial compensation? Look for factors such as decreased range of motion, permanent injuries, or nerve pain.
- Philadelphia Car Accidents – Does Limited Tort Affect Those Injured in Motorcycle Accidents? Does your limited tort status affect your ability to recover for pain and suffering damages if you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania? See answer here
- Philadelphia Car Accident Law – Does Limited Tort Apply to UIM/UM Claims? Limited tort affects a Phila. injured driver’s ability to sue for pain and suffering damages. Does limited tort affect UIM/UM claims? See discussion here.
- PA Car Accident Law – Does Limited Tort Apply to Pedestrians in a Philadelphia Car Accident? Does limited tort apply to insured motorists who are injured as pedestrians? See answer by a Philadelphia car accident lawyer.
- PA Car Accident Law – Limited Tort Exceptions and Serious Injuries PA car accident law regarding limited tort can be very confusing. Drivers who have limited tort may be deemed to have full tort if an exception applies. Philadelphia car accident lawyer answers a question regarding limited tort exceptions.
- Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident – Who Pays for Medical Bills? Question: My 13 year old son was hit by a car in Philadelphia while walking home from school. He broke his right arm and his right leg as a result. Who pays for his medical bills? Answer: There are 2 possible scenarios as to who pays for his medical bills in this situation. First, if you own ...
- Philadelphia, PA Car Accidents & Underinsured Motorist (UIM) Claims Question: My 18 year old son was seriously injured in a head-on accident in Philadelphia. The other driver’s insurance company called to find out about the accident and told me that there was minimal coverage. What does that mean? Does the other driver still pay for my son’s medical expenses? Can my son still recover ...
- I was hurt in a hit and run truck accident near Philadelphia. Can I make any claims for my injuries? Below are the two most common types of claims made in a hit and run car or truck accident case in Pennsylvania: 1. PIP/Personal Injury Protection Claim – Medical Bills & Lost Wages Under Pennsylvania car and truck accident law, a driver injured in a hit and run accident case will be able to make a PIP ...
- I was hit by a truck in Philadelphia. Is the truck company liable for my injuries and bills? Under Pennsylvania accident law, an employer is liable for the injuries caused by an employee so long as the employee was acting in the course and scope of his or her employment. Therefore, in a truck accident case in Philadelphia, if the truck driver was on duty at the time of the accident, his employer ...
- I was hurt in a truck accident in Pennsylvania. Does the truck company pay my medical bills? Generally, a Pennsylvania driver who is injured in a truck accident will make a claim for medical bills on their own car insurance policy, not under the truck company’s car insurance policy. This is how Pennsylvania’s no-fault system works. Even though an accident is another driver’s fault, medical bills are paid by the injured person’s ...
- Are truck companies liable for a truck driver’s negligence? In general, when truck drivers are acting in the course and scope of their employment, their employers will be held liable for truck accidents. This is known as the respondeat superior doctrine, which literally means “let the master answer.” This doctrine applies to the employee’s acts of negligence. Therefore, in the vast majority of truck ...
- Who pays medical bills after a car accident in Pennsylvania? First Level of Payment – The Injured Party’s Own Car Insurance Company Pennsylvania is a no-fault state. Many people who get into car or truck accidents misunderstand this concept. No-fault means that when a person incurs medical bills in a car, truck or pedestrian accident, their own car insurance policy kicks in and pays for medical ...
- Can a punitive damage claim be made in a Pennsylvania car accident case? It is possible to make a punitive damage claim in situations when the other driver who caused the accident engaged in certain kinds of egregious acts. Mere acts of negligence, such as running a red light or speeding will not suffice. Instead, the acts must show a conscious disregard for the safety of others. Acts ...
- What is the difference between bodily injury coverage and UIM coverage in PA? A: The main differences between bodily injury coverage and UIM coverage are 1. who is making the claim and 2. the nature of the claim. Bodily injury coverage protects an insured driver from another person’s negligence claim. So in other words, bodily injury coverage applies when you cause a car accident and get sued for ...
- I was hit by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel. Is he liable for the accident? A: In most situations, falling asleep at the wheel will subject the driver to liability. Usually, a driver who falls asleep at the wheel and hits another car or pedestrian will be liable for the accident. However, liability is not so clear if a driver falls asleep at the wheel due to an unforeseen reaction ...
- How can I make an underinsured claim in Pennsylvania? A: Underinsured claims can only be made against your car insurance company, and you should always be sure to consult with a car accident lawyer in Pennsylvania before making an underinsured or uninsured claim because these kinds of claims are complex and if not properly preserved, you might lose the ability to make them. Read ...
- What is a UIM claim? Post last reviewed and updated: April 24, 2017 A: Many people injured in car or truck accidents often ask what UIM claims are and whether they are eligible to make them. The answer always depends on the circumstances of the accident, whether the injured driver has UIM coverage and the insurance coverage available to the driver ...
- My son drove my car and got into an accident in Philadelphia and was seriously injured. Can we make a UIM claim on my policy? A: Making a UIM claim in a car accident case is probably one of the most complex types of auto insurance claims in Pennsylvania. There are many issues which pertain to these kinds of claims. Each case is unique and you should be sure to have your case evaluated by a car accident lawyer in ...
- How do I prove a truck driver was texting when he caused a truck accident? A: Absent an admission of guilt or eyewitness testimony that the truck driver was texting on a cellphone or other device, proving that a driver was texting immediately before the accident can be difficult. Therefore, proving a truck driver was texting and driving often requires careful investigation. Successfully proving that a truck driver’s texting caused an ...
Car and Truck Accident Law Blogposts
- Top Causes of Auto Crashes in PA (2014 Data), A Discussion by a Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyer Our Philly car accident lawyers discuss recent (2014) statistics from PennDOT regarding the top causes of auto accidents. The data may surprise you.
Car and Truck Accident Law Latest News
- PA Drunk Driving & Car Accident News – PA Ranks 5th in Highest Number of Car Accident Fatalities A Philadelphia, PA car accident lawyer discusses recent report released by NCSA regarding car accident fatalities and drunk driving fatalities.
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