Hiring a Lawyer for Car Crashes in PA

Car crashes happen regularly in Pennsylvania. If it happens to you,  it’s important to contact a car crash attorney from Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. to represent you. We have years of experience getting our clients the compensation they deserve for their damages and injuries after a car wreck. Our car crash attorney team is always ready to help those who have been injured by negligent drivers. These cases can be complex, and hiring an attorney will only help the process.

What is the Personal Injury Statute of Limitations in Pennsylvania?

All states have imposed statutory limits on the amount of time you have to file a civil lawsuit after you have suffered harm from an accident. This deadline, called a Statute of Limitation, varies by State, but generally, in Pennsylvania it is two years from the date of the accident. However, there are some exceptions so it is important to consult with an attorney about the deadline that applies to you.

It's crucial to understand and abide by this rule. If you fail to file your lawsuit before the Statute of Limitations, you will be forever barred from bringing a claim for your personal injuries and losses. 

Pennsylvania Shared Fault Rules

In some personal injury cases, the person or business you're filing a claim against argues that you are actually to blame (at least partially) for the incident that led to your injuries. If you do share some degree of fault for the crash that led to your claim, you can still recover money damages for your injuries as long as you are not more than 50 percent at fault for the accident. However, your total compensation will be reduced by the percentage you are determined to be at fault. If you are greater than 50 percent at fault for the accident you are barred from any monetary recovery. 

Pennsylvania is a No-Fault Car Insurance State

Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states in the U.S. to use a “no-fault” system of recovery. Regardless of fault, your automobile insurance policy provides coverage for your medical bills and wage loss stemming from an accident. Experienced car crash attorneys, like those at Scartelli Olszewski PC, can explain the complexities of Pennsylvania’s  No-Fault Law.

Limited Tort/Full Tort  

Pennsylvania’s Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (MVFRL), allows drivers to choose insurance coverage based on limited tort or full tort coverage.  Choosing limited tort may limit or prevent you from recovering damages for your pain and suffering after a car crash. It is imperative that you know your rights when choosing insurance coverage. Any questions should be referred to an experienced Pennsylvania car crash attorney. 

Schedule a No-Cost Legal Consultation with a Car Crash Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident in Pennsylvania, a car crash lawyer can help you. At Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., we have decades of experience and immense knowledge of personal injury law to apply to our clients’ cases. We offer free legal consultations to potential clients. To learn more about our legal services and to schedule this no-cost consultation, contact us today.


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https://www.insurance.pa.gov/Coverage/Documents/Auto/AutomobileInsuranceGuide-WEB.pdf

https://www.coverage.com/insurance/auto/what-does-a-no-fault-state-mean-for-auto-insurance/

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