Car Accident

Car Wreck Injury? Settle Your Own Claim, Step 1

The Slocum Firm’s attorneys are happy to present a new 10-part series, How to Settle Your Own Car Wreck Claim.  In this series, you’ll see how to settle your own injury claim from the perspective of an attorney. You’ll get to learn the process and become a pro by the end of the series!   First and foremost, it’s imperative that if you’re hurt you don’t try to tough it out.  You should call for emergency services immediately. You’ll want …
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Pennsylvania’s No Fault Insurance Laws

The majority of states in the U.S. are called “fault” states meaning that the driver who is at fault in an accident is legally responsible for paying the expenses that are incurred. This includes medical, personal injury, and property damage. However, Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states that is called a “no-fault” state. This means that each party, regardless of who is at fault, collects compensation such as lost wages and medical bills from their own, respective insurers. …
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Pennsylvania Auto Insurance Laws

Auto insurance laws vary from state to state. What may be allowed by law in one state may be illegal in another. More often, there are slight differences in the various laws regarding a driver’s financial responsibility for operating a motor vehicle. For instance, not every state requires that a motorist carry auto insurance. However, some form of financial provision is required in those states that don’t, such as an uninsured motorist fee. Pennsylvania does require that all vehicles on …
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How to Get an Accident Report in Scranton

In the wake of a motor vehicle accident, a police report can be a powerful leveraging tool when it comes to negotiating a settlement. It provides detailed information and personal witness statements about the accident itself as well as road conditions, the weather, and other factors. It can include photos and witness statements as well, but it may not be necessary to get a police report for every little fender bender. Pennsylvania law requires that the police be notified in …
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Uninsured Motorist Coverage in Pennsylvania

Most states in the U.S. require vehicle owners to carry auto insurance on their cars as a way to cover any financial liabilities that may be incurred in the event of an auto accident. In most cases, there is a requirement for a minimum liability insurance level that must be maintained. Nationwide, approximately 13% of drivers do not have auto insurance. This includes the states that do not require it and those that allow drivers to pay an uninsured motor …
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Headache After a Car Accident

Headaches are among the most common medical symptoms following car accidents. If you’ve been in an auto accident, you may have a headache even if you did not hit your head. During a crash, a vehicle — with you inside — quickly decelerates from a high rate of speed to zero. That force alone, even without a direct impact, can cause a headache and more serious problems. If you have a headache after an accident, it’s important to seek medical …
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Accident Reconstruction for Car Accident Cases

There are a number of factors that go into a car accident case, and one of them has to do with accident reconstruction. Recalling the facts of the case in their entirety can be difficult or impossible for the people involved in the collision, and witnesses to the accident may have conflicting memories of what actually took place. In order to reduce the chances of making a mistake as to who is at fault and what level of compensation the …
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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Just a few days after Christmas in 2016, a dump truck driver was driving down the highway when he had a blow-out and lost control of his rig. He drove head-on into a semi-truck, killing that driver instantly. The dump truck also ran into a pickup. The drivers of the pickup and dump truck were both airlifted to a hospital. The severity and nature of the injuries of the two men were not immediately known. This was just one of …
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Can I Still Sue if I Wasn’t Wearing a Seatbelt?

Sometimes, defining who was at-fault for an accident is not as clear. In the event that you were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of your accident, you may be wondering if you are still eligible to collect compensation. After all, you did not cause the accident, but you did suffer additional injuries due to your failure to wear proper safety restraints. Pennsylvania, like most states, allows you to seek compensation from an accident, even when you are partially …
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What Are the Safest Cars for Teenagers?

As a parent, you want your teen driver to be protected behind the wheel. But, how do you do that when you cannot be in the vehicle with them all of the time? Luckily, car manufacturers understand parents’ concerns about their young drivers – which is why they have taken great strides to create cars that are safer, and even designed for the erratic driving behaviors of teenagers. While there is no guarantee that these cars will protect them 100 …
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