The elements of a car accident claim are similar across all states. There must be a duty of care owed that was breached through the negligent acts of another, leading to injuries. However, each state has its own rules regarding personal injury claims.
Understanding the Pennsylvania laws that could affect your car accident claim will help you know what to expect in the entire process. Here is what you need to know.
Comparative negligence rules
Your contribution to the accident will diminish the compensation you can recover. For instance, you can only recover 60% of the damages awarded if you were 40% to blame for the crash. However, if your contribution to the accident exceeds the other party’s, you cannot recover any compensation for any damages.
Statutes of limitations
One of the most important laws to be aware of is the statute of limitations. This law sets a deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Pennsylvania. If you miss this deadline, you will be barred from seeking compensation for your injuries. The statute of limitations for car accident claims in Pennsylvania is two years from the date of the injury.
Pennsylvania laws limit the compensation you can recover after a car accident if your claim is against the state or local government. You cannot be compensated beyond the damage caps, no matter the harm or losses from the accident.
Protect your rights and interests after a car crash
You may have to deal with a lot before your car accident claim is settled, from investigations to negotiations and a possible lawsuit. On top of that are the various regulations that may come into play. It can get overwhelming.
Therefore, it is worth getting informed guidance on how things work to ensure you make the most of your claim and avoid any mistakes.