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Will I have to go to court for my Pennsylvania auto accident case?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Every auto accident case is different. Some require that you go to court. Some don’t. The factors which determine whether you go to court or not are whether there is a liability dispute or whether they are not offering fair value for your claim. If they’re not offering fair value for your claim, then,… Read More »

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What should I look for in hiring an attorney to represent me in my Pennsylvania auto accident case?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

When looking for an attorney, you need to make sure that, number one, you’re comfortable with the attorney. They need to have the right experience, the right resources, the right staff, and the necessary means to be able to represent you in a fashion that you feel is right, but also maximizes your case’s… Read More »

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What should I do if the insurance company offers me a check right away?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

The short answer? Do not take it. Insurance companies will try to settle claims directly with you if they know you are not represented by a lawyer. Typically, they will not offer you full compensation for the claim. Once you accept the check and sign a release, there is no further compensation you can… Read More »

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What is the statute of limitations to bring a Pennsylvania auto accident case?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

The statutes of limitations is two years from the date of the accident. You have two years to file suit against any responsible parties. If you fail to do so at that time, you will be barred from seeking compensation against the at-fault driver. That’s why it’s important to seek a lawyer like us… Read More »

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What is negligence?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Negligence in the context of an auto accident case is failing to use the reasonable and ordinary care that one would expect, like maybe following too closely to another vehicle, running a red light or a stop sign, or driving too fast for the conditions of the roadway.

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What information should I obtain after my Pennsylvania car accident?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

If you’re in an auto accident, there are a few pieces of information that are crucial. One is the driver’s identity. You should take a picture of their driver’s license or at least get their name and address. Two, you should get their license plate number so you can identify the vehicle they were… Read More »

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What if the driver who hit me in Pennsylvania was drinking?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

If the driver that hit you was intoxicated, the police will come to the scene. The police may or may not arrest him depending on what signs he is showing of intoxication. If he is arrested, you may be asked to come to court if that driver is prosecuted for a DUI. With regards… Read More »

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What if I did not leave the scene of my Pennsylvania car accident in an ambulance? Can I go to the hospital on my own the next day?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Absolutely. Many times you won’t start feeling pain from an auto accident until the next day. It’s important when you go to the hospital the next day to tell the doctors and nurses in the emergency room that you were in an accident, when the accident was, how it happened, and what parts of… Read More »

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What happens if the other driver involved in the accident is not insured or has minimal coverage?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

If the other driver involved in the crash either has minimal coverage or no coverage at all, you have two options. One, if they have no coverage, you could look to your own insurance company, which is called an uninsured motorist claim. If they have minimal coverage and you settle for the amount of… Read More »

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What evidence of injury is necessary to recover damages in a Pennsylvania auto accident case?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

First, medical records. At our firm, we get your emergency room records, your treatment records, your treating physicians records. That is the first thing that we get. Also, what’s important the evidence is objective tests, MRIs, x-rays, EMGs. These are all tests that determine the extent of your injuries. Additionally, we look to see… Read More »

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