The untimely death of a loved one is always a deeply painful and shocking event. When the death was caused by the careless, irresponsible actions of another person, it is even more difficult for the victim’s surviving family members to cope. After learning a child, parent, spouse, or other loved one has been killed in a Philadelphia car accident, the survivors are left wondering why it happened, how it happened, and what they can do.
Contact a Philadelphia fatal car accident attorney with extensive experience representing the surviving family of fatal auto accident victims. The Wieand Law Firm, LLC provides compassionate, caring assistance to your family if you wish to pursue a claim or lawsuit. For a free consultation concerning your legal options, contact us at (215) 666-7777.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in Philadelphia and other parts of Pennsylvania. Crashes can happen on any type of road, from quiet suburban streets to busy interstate highways like I-95 and I-76 (the Schuylkill Expressway).
All types of crashes can result in fatal injury to passengers, drivers, cyclists, joggers, and pedestrians, and a thorough investigation is necessary to discover how and why the collision occurred. The Wieand Law Firm, LLC is selective in the cases we accept, enabling us to devote extensive resources to investigating each accident and aggressively pursuing the maximum compensation. We handle auto accident claims and wrongful death lawsuits involving many different types of fatal accidents in Philadelphia, including:
Accidents caused by drivers who were under the influence of marijuana, prescription pills, or other drugs
Accidents caused by text messaging or other types of distracted driving
Drunk driving accidents
Fatal hit and run accidents
Fatal motorcycle crashes
Fatal SEPTA accidents
Fatal taxi accidents
Fatal truck accidents
Lane change accidents
Left turn accidents
Parking garage and parking lot accidents
Side-impact collisions (“T-bone” accidents)
The personal injury lawyers at the Wieand Law Firm have worked on cases involving numerous types of fatal injuries. We understand which details to search for and emphasize when presenting a case or negotiating toward a settlement agreement. Fatal injuries that frequently result from vehicle accidents in Philadelphia include:
Amputation and loss of limb
Chest and lung injuries
Head and brain injuries, such as skull fractures or fatal concussions
Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
Unlike most states, Pennsylvania is a no-fault state with regard to auto accidents. As a result, the first step for spouses and family members will generally be to file “first-party” claims with their own insurer. Benefits are available through Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, regardless of who was at fault for the fatal car crash. PIP coverage will pay a minimum of $5,000 toward medical bills in the event of injury or death.
If, as is often the case, accident-related expenses exceed the PIP coverage limits, the survivors may then wish to pursue additional compensation from the negligent party.
A car accident lawyer can help even the playing field when negotiating with an auto insurance company. These negotiations may take months or possibly years, depending on the complexity of the accident, the amount being sought, the insurance company’s willingness to extend a reasonable settlement offer, and other factors. Increasingly often, insurance companies are denying valid claims and making “low ball” offers which do not fairly compensate the injured party. For this reason, we begin preparing your case for trial from day one. If the insurance company doesn’t negotiate in good faith, we won’t hesitate to try your case in front of a jury.
Unlike full tort insurance, limited tort insurance precludes claimants from seeking certain “damages” (compensation) in cases of minor injury. However, the death of a driver or passenger meets Pennsylvania’s serious injury threshold, enabling the claimant to pursue compensation for pain and suffering. In addition, compensation may also be recoverable for:
Funeral and Burial Expenses
Loss of Consortium (Marital Relationship)
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
If you lost a loved one in a fatal vehicle accident that was caused by another driver’s actions, an automotive defect, or a defect in the road, traffic signs, or traffic lights, you may have grounds to pursue legal action against the negligent party. Though filing a wrongful death claim or lawsuit cannot undo what has already occurred, the resulting compensation can make it significantly easier to pay for medical bills, funeral bills, and other expenses. Perhaps even more significantly, taking legal action can help to give you and your loved ones a stronger sense of closure and a greater ability to heal.
We understand that wrongful death cases are deeply painful for the people involved, and will handle your case with sensitivity, compassion, and care. We know that you are probably going through a chaotic and disorienting time right now, and can travel to your location in order to make the process easier on you. Whenever you are ready, we will be there to answer your questions and provide assistance.
To learn more about filing a lawsuit or claim for the death of your spouse or family member, call the Wieand Law Firm, LLC at (215) 666-7777.
*Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes. It is not legal advice and should not be used as legal advice. The Wieand Law Firm, LLC is based in Philadelphia, PA, and proud to serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.*