The Clock Is Ticking On Your Claim
The laws for each state put a time limit on when you can file a claim in court known as the Statute Of Limitations. If you do not file a claim before your state’s deadline, you will lose your right to sue and recover money damages for your injuries and any future complications arising from your injury.
If you’re hurt in any type of accident in the Philadelphia area, it’s in your best interest to consult with a personal injury lawyer about your accident as soon as possible. In Pennsylvania, a personal injury action must be filed within two years of the date when the injury occurred. In Pennsylvania, personal injury actions include medical malpractice and products liability claims. Pennsylvania does, however, have a “discovery rule,” which, in limited cases, extends the time for filing a personal injury action. Under this rule, the statute of limitations will begin to run at the time the plaintiff knows, or should have known, that he or she was injured and that the injury was caused by another’s conduct.
The statute of limitations affects your case a great deal. Once you allow your case to expire without filing a lawsuit, you lose all rights to file any claim for any type of vehicle accidents you became a victim. When you are faced with the reality of having to file a lawsuit, you must learn that there are deadlines that might prevent you from starting one. Like any other personal injury claim, there are always important deadlines to be met. Every year, many people failed to get the compensation for damages they deserve because they have put off contacting a lawyer too long.
When you are involved in an accident with another vehicle, whether it was also moving or if it was empty and stationary, you are required to stop. Under the law, you must exchange information with the other driver, or attempt to contact the owner of an empty vehicle. If someone is injured, you are required to provide reasonable assistance and contact emergency authorities.
The penalties for a hit & run depend largely on the severity of the accident. If the accident resulted in only property damage, you could face a 3rd degree misdemeanor charge which carries up to one year in prison and fines reaching $2,500. If, however, the accident resulted in injury or death of another person, the penalty is far more severe. Leaving the scene of an accident where injury results is considered a 3rd degree felony, carrying a mandatory minimum 90 day jail sentence and up to 7 years in prison, along with a minimum $1,000 fine. Leaving the scene of an accident where the victim dies is also considered a 3rd degree felony, and carries a mandatory minimum of 1 year in prison, with a maximum of 7 years. It also requires a minimum fine of $2,500. These mandatory minimum sentences cannot be reduced or suspended.
For more information or to schedule a free consultation with a local attorney contact the Philadelphia Attorney Network at (215) 650-7406 or visit http://www.autoaccidentlawyerphiladelphia.org