Car accidents are common occurrences, something you can’t avoid even when you’re a great driver. When 1 out of 50 people in Pennsylvania is in a car accident every year, you’re likely to be in one once in your life.
When something can happen at any time and happen so often, the state has terms to define them. This helps victims of car accidents in PA describe what happened to the police, attorneys, and insurance companies. These descriptions and details can mean the difference between payouts and legal consequences.
When you know what to say to the police about a car accident in PA, they put it in writing and on the record. This goes to insurance and your attorneys, who present it to the courts as trustworthy proof, should you need to sue for damages. Official paperwork is some of the most powerful records in the U.S. court of law, and these are the terms that are used in them.
Some terms are specific to certain aspects of car crashes, such as crash severity, person type, and more, alongside general key terms. If you’re in a car accident, these are terms you may come across.
These terms don’t apply to any specific part of an accident and are relevant to any type of car accident overall.
These three terms distinguish the severity of car accidents.
These terms are how people in car accidents are described and reported.
It’s important to denote what type of road the accident happened on, as certain roads are controlled and policed by the state, while others fall under the local municipality.
One car accident is enough to change someone’s future forever. If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident or has suffered significant property damage, you shouldn’t be the one paying for it. The first thing you should do–after making sure you are physically alright and being treated for injuries–is prepare your police statement. Even if you or a loved one is taken to a hospital, a serious accident may necessitate police follow-up, and the language they use will affect your receiving damages and insurance payouts.
Making sure you are prepared for the off-chance you’re in a car accident can be the difference between affording your recovery and not. What kind of accident you’re in can affect an insurance payout and the severity of a damages payout. Make sure you help yourself as much as possible.
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Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr., a shareholder and managing partner at Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., brings 37 years of litigation experience. He is a renowned trial lawyer in Pennsylvania, specializing in medical malpractice, personal injury, and criminal defense. Peter's notable achievements include securing multi-million-dollar verdicts and serving as District Attorney and Judge. He is committed to community involvement and is actively engaged in various legal associations.
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