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Auto Accidents

No driver ever intends to get into an accident when he or she takes to the road in Pennsylvania, but many motorists are powerless to avoid crashes when other drivers act negligently. The experience of being in an automobile accident is not only frightening to go through but extremely confusing and stressful in the weeks and months that follow.

When crashes are particularly serious in nature, people may suffer devastating injuries that have long-term consequences. In some unfortunate cases, victims can die in these accidents.

West Chester Auto Accident Lawyer

If you sustained catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Pennsylvania, you should seek the help of Ciccarelli Law Offices. Our experienced auto accident attorneys work as a team and provide legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning that the people we serve never us pay a dime unless we recover a monetary award for them.

While insurance agents often act as though they are concerned and claim to want to help you receive fair compensation for your injuries or your loved one's death, the settlements they offer usually fail to account for your future needs. Ciccarelli Law Offices will fight to get every last dollar for you and your family, and we will handle all dealings with insurance companies so you can focus on your recovery.

Our firm represents clients all over Chester County, Montgomery County, Lancaster County, Delaware County, and Philadelphia County. We can review your case and answer all of your questions when you call (610) 719-3190 today to schedule a free consultation.

Pennsylvania Auto Accidents Information Center

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Types of Auto Accidents in Chester County

Our lawyers have helped countless residents of the Commonwealth with many different kinds of crashes. The types of vehicles, negligence, and other factors involved in an accident can substantially impact how these cases are handled.

Some of the categories of crashes we handle include:

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Common Causes of Pennsylvania Auto Accidents

Every car crash is different, but they may involve common forms of negligence that determine how investigations will unfold. It is not uncommon for some negligent drivers to have engaged in a variety of unsafe behaviors that contributed to the accident.

Some of the reasons that crashes occur may include, but are not limited to:

  • Distracted Driving
  • Defective or Malfunctioning Auto Parts
  • Driver Error
  • Driver Fatigue
  • Drunk Driving
  • Failure to Stop or Yield
  • Reckless Driving
  • Road Rage
  • Speeding
  • Unsafe Roadways

The size of the other vehicle often makes a difference in the extent of injuries involved, as well. A large pick-up truck, like an F-150 or Dodge Ram, can often cause more damage than a small car. Regardless, if the other party was negligent, they are responsible for damages caused.

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Injuries in West Chester Auto Accidents

A person who is hurt in a motor vehicle crash in Pennsylvania could have his or her life dramatically altered. In some cases, victims suffer injuries that are so severe that they are unable to ever recover to the full capabilities they once had.

We help people who have suffered such injuries as:

  • Amputation
  • Back Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Burn Injuries
  • Disfigurement
  • Eye Injuries
  • Herniated Discs
  • Internal Organ Injuries
  • Neck Injury
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Severe Fractures 
  • Severe Lacerations
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Coma
  • Death

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Chester County Auto Accident Compensation

People who sustained injuries in an automobile crash caused by another party’s negligence may be entitled to compensatory damages. There are two different forms of this compensation: Economic and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are actual out-of-pocket financial losses that can be calculated or estimated, such as past and future medical expenses, lost wages, or property damage. Noneconomic damages are much more subjective and may include emotional distress or pain and suffering.

Damages for pain and suffering may be limited by Pennsylvania's limited tort laws. Many people opt for limited tort coverage, since it results in cheaper monthly premiums. As accident victims, they may be unable to recover for pain and suffering. There are exceptions under the law, however, that allow victims with limited tort coverage to recover as though they had full tort coverage:

  • If the victim was a passenger in a commercial vehicle;
  • If the responsible driver is convicted, pleads guilty to or is placed in ARD for driving under the influence (DUI);
  • If the victim is a pedestrian or bicycle rider;
  • If the responsible driver was in a vehicle registered out of state; or
  • If the responsible driver does not carry car insurance.

If you have limited tort coverage and do not believe you meet an exception, that does not necessarily mean you will not be able to pursue damages for pain and suffering. If you suffered a "serious injury" - which can be argued - you may recover. Additionally, faulty documents when you sign your policy could lead to these limitations being invalidated.

In certain cases involving especially reckless conduct, a victim may also be awarded punitive damages which are intended to punish wrongdoers and discourage similar conduct in the future. Unlike economic and noneconomic damages (which have no limits), punitive damages are capped at 200 percent of compensatory damages. However, punitive damages are fairly rare in motor vehicle accidents.

If a family loses a loved one in an automobile crash, then the victim’s spouse, children, parents, or personal representative may be able to file a wrongful death or survival action claim. These types of legal actions help the families of victims recover such compensation as funeral expenses, loss of consortium, or loss of support.

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Pennsylvania Resources for Auto Accidents

Chester County Court of Common Pleas — You can find judicial and legal calendars for the general jurisdiction trial court in West Chester on this website. There are also forms, fee schedules, and local rules of the court.

313 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 344-6000

Chester County Transportation Accidents — This website provides a report about traffic accidents in Chester County. Information includes history, probability, and vulnerability or maximum threats.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) — The website of the United States Department of Transportation has information about drunk driving, distracted driving, and pedestrian safety. You can also find research, data, and federal laws and regulations.

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Ciccarelli Law Offices - A Car Accident Lawyer in West Chester, PA

Did you suffer serious injuries in a motor vehicle crash that was caused by another party’s negligence. You only have a limited amount of time to take legal action, so you should not delay in contacting a skilled auto accident attorney.

Ciccarelli Law Offices helps clients all over Chester County, including West Chester, Plymouth Square, Malvern, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Kennett Square, and Radnor. Call (610) 719-3190 right now to set up a free consultation that will let our firm review your case and see how we can help.