On Average in Pennsylvania:
- Each day, 351 reported traffic crashes occur (about 15 crashes every hour).
- Each day, 3 persons are fatally injured in reported traffic crashes (one fatality every 8 hours).
- Each day, 221 persons are injured in reported crashes (about 9 injuries every hour).
Based on Pennsylvania’s 2017 population (12,805,537 people):
- 1 out of every 44 people was involved in a reportable traffic crash.
- 1 out of every 11,263 people was fatally injured in a reportable traffic crash.
- 1 out of every 159 people was injured in a reportable traffic crash.
The representation you choose matters! Our partners handle multi-million dollar cases every year yet they follow up on every single case – no matter how large or small.
If you have been involved in a serious accident, you are likely overwhelmed and unsure of what to do or where to turn.
At Frischman & Rizza, we understand this is a stressful time for you and your family. The medical bills are piling up, you may be unable to work or even perform your normal daily activities.
Because we have handled many cases just like yours, we understand the process and know how to help. Let us handle the legal issues while you concentrate on what is important – GETTING BETTER!
We will work to make certain that those responsible for harming you are held accountable and that you receive fair and just compensation. The call is free, the consultation is free, and we don’t charge a penny unless we win your case.
THINGS TO DO AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN A CAR CRASH
Most drivers and passengers do not know what to do after being involved in a car crash. What you do after a car crash potentially can have a significant impact on your claim. Here is a list of several key things a driver or passenger should do after being involved in a car crash.
CALL FOR HELP – The first thing you should do is call 911 so that the police and medical help are summoned to the scene.
ASSESS FOR INJURIES – First assess for injuries in your car and offer assistance, as required and possible. After you have assessed the occupants in your vehicle, offer assistance to others involved in the crash.
COLLECT INFORMATION – The following information should be gathered for every driver and car involved in the crash:
- Name, address, phone numbers and Driver’s License Number of the other drivers.
- Vehicle make, model and year of the other cars.
- License plate number of the other cars.
- Insurance carrier and policy number of the other cars.
[This information can be easily obtained and preserved with your cell phone camera.]
IDENTIFY WITNESSES – Obtain the name, address, phone numbers and email addresses for all witnesses to the crash.
OBTAIN PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE SCENE – Take photographs of your car and any other car involved in the crash. If possible, take photographs of the cars in their resting positions after the crash and before they are moved. Take photographs of skid marks, debris on the road and damage done to the utility poles, fences etc. If possible, take photographs from different directions and angles.
REPORT THE ACCIDENT TO YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY – It is important for you to contact your insurance company and report the crash. When doing so, explain exactly how the crash occurred, the damage to your car and the other cars. Also describe the extent of your injuries.
TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OF YOUR INJURIES – A picture can be worth a thousand words. As time passes, bruises will fade, cuts will heal, and other injuries will resolve. One of the best ways to document your injuries and how long they took to heal is by taking photographs.
SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENT – If you were injured in the crash, you should immediately seek medical treatment. Tell your medical providers how the crash happened and let them know where you are experiencing pain. It is also important that you follow through with your doctor’s medical recommendations.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER – Handling a car crash can be confusing. Consult an experienced car crash lawyer and let him or her handle the legal aspects of your claim while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
THINGS NOT TO DO AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN A CAR CRASH
Just as important as those things a driver or passenger should do after a car crash are those things which they should not do. Unfortunately, mistakes made by drivers and passengers injured in a car crash can hurt their claim. The following is a list of those things that a driver and passenger should not do after being involved in a car crash.
DO NOT GIVE A RECORDED STATEMENT TO THE OTHER DRIVER’S INSURANCE COMPANY – while you must cooperate fully with your insurance company, you have no obligation to provide a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company. No matter how nice the adjuster might be, it is important to remember that they are not there to help you. Instead, their goal is to obtain information to help their insured, the driver of the other car involved in the crash. Statements you make during a recorded conversation, no matter how innocent or unintended, can result in you receiving less compensation.
DO NOT SIGN A RELEASE – no matter how tempting, you should not sign a release with other driver’s insurance company until you have spoken to an experienced car crash lawyer. It is very likely that a settlement offer from the other driver’s insurance company shortly after the crash occurred will be for much less money than the actual value of your claim. The initial call to most law firms, like our firm, is free. As a result, make sure you consult an experienced car crash lawyer before signing away your rights.
WAITING TO SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENT – a number of injury victims wait to seek medical treatment, hoping their pain will go away. If you delay in seeking medical treatment, it will permit the other driver’s insurance company to argue that you were not injured seriously since you did not seek immediate medical care.
NOT FOLLOWING YOUR DOCTOR’S ADVICE – it is essential for you to follow through with your doctor’s recommendations for treatment. One of the biggest mistakes accident victims make is to ignore their doctor’s recommendations for treatment.
DO NOT POST ANYTHING ON SOCIAL MEDIA – if you have already posted information about the crash or your injuries, do not remove the post. However, if you have not yet posted anything, DO NOT DO SO. It is important for you to remember that your claim is no one else’s business. You should assume that anything you post on social media will ultimately become available to the other side. Similarly, you should be very cautious about discussing any aspect of your claim with anyone other than close family members, your insurance company, your healthcare professionals and your lawyer.
DO NOT FAIL TO OBTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION – as indicated in the list of things “TO DO” after being involved in a car crash, make sure you obtain information about the other drivers and cars involved in the crash. The information needs to include the other driver’s name, address, Driver’s License Number and insurance information.
NEVER ADMIT FAULT – even if you believe that you had some fault for causing the crash, you should never admit responsibility. Fault can be a complicated issue that depends upon the physical evidence, scientific principles, and what other witnesses saw. This is not something that you should attempt to figure out by yourself, especially right after the crash occurred, when you are understandably shaken up.
NEVER LEAVE THE SCENE – if you are involved in a car crash, do not leave the scene before the police arrive.
~The outcome of an individual case depends solely on the particulars of that case.~
Our law firm understands that recovering from an accident that was not your fault is a long process. Physical injuries must heal, emotional scars must heal, even mental anguish must heal before you or a loved one can experience a full life again. We see beyond the settlement to what it means – a way to regain independence.