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What You Should Know about Fatal Accidents

Marcus & Mack - Pennsylvania wrongful death attorneys fighting for car accident victims

Auto accidents in Pennsylvania kill thousands of people every single year. Pennsylvania car accident attorneys Marcus & Mack know that any death on a road can ripple throughout a community in Johnstown, Altoona, State College or any town in Western and Central Pennsylvania. Each person who died in a Pennsylvania car crash had family, friends and co-workers who will no doubt be affected in many ways by the loss.

That's why we work so hard on every single fatal car accident case we handle at Marcus & Mack. We understand the serious and heartbreaking impact of deadly car accidents in Pennsylvania. We know that every accident affects families financially and emotionally for the rest of their lives. After all, helping injured people is what we do. In fact, it's all we do.

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How can Marcus & Mack help my family with the loss of a loved one?

Fatal car accidents can have a far reaching impact on the victims' families. Insurance companies may focus on the short-term impact of the loss. An adjuster may offer compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses and other recent accident-related costs.

This approach only scratches the surface of the true cost of a fatal accident. If your husband or wife died during the prime of their lives, your family will be without that person's income for the rest of your life. Without that income, you could lose your house, your retirement savings or even be unable to afford to send your children to college.

Don't let insurance companies dictate what happens to you. They want to keep payments to a minimum, which is why they may be focusing on the short-term costs. They might even argue your loved one was at fault and try to deny the claim or offer an unreasonably low settlement. Our aggressive attorneys will fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve if a loved one died in a car accident. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Call (800) 488-0338.

Frequently asked questions about fatal car accidents

We often field questions from grieving family members after a fatal auto accident. We understand how the aftermath of a Pennsylvania car wreck can be frustrating and overwhelming. We hope the following FAQs can help. Call us now if you need legal advice or have other questions:

Are funeral expenses for fatal car accidents covered by auto insurance?

In most cases, yes. But there's no guarantee that your family will automatically be compensated for funeral expenses, especially if your loved one had specific instructions about how and where they wanted to be buried.

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What other expenses do insurance companies normally pay for?

Along with funeral expenses, the insurance company should cover the following:

    • Medical expenses
    • Cost of replacing damaged vehicle
    • Lost income
    • Lost future income

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Should I accept an offer from an insurance company for my fatal car accident?

The first offer is almost never the best offer. Always be skeptical if an insurance company makes an offer soon after an accident. While the offer might seem reasonable, it's a good idea to consult with a legal professional who has experience negotiating with insurance companies. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses. To boost the "bottom line," most of them will look for ways to pay injury victims and their families as little as possible, and a low-ball initial offer is a common tactic. Contact one of our lawyers. We know what's fair. This is all we do.

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What if the insurance company refuses to pay for certain expenses?

Don't simply accept an insurance company's initial offer, especially if it fails to cover all the expenses associated with your loved one's fatal car accident. An aggressive Pennsylvania fatal car accident attorney can negotiate directly with the insurance company on your family's behalf.

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Can I ask for more money from the insurance company?

Yes, but the adjuster might blow a lot of smoke your way, citing confusing legal language or obscure regulations. That's one of the big reasons why you should contact us as soon as possible after your loved one's fatal motor vehicle accident. Your family deserves to be compensated for your loss. We are familiar with the insurance company's tactics and know how to cut through the confusion.

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Do I need a lawyer to deal with the insurance company?

If you lost a loved one in an accident, it's highly advisable to talk to one of our lawyers at Marcus & Mack before dealing with the insurance company. Wrongful death claims can become complex. Insurance companies typically have attorneys working behind the scenes to protect the company. Why wouldn't you want to level the playing field by having your own Pennsylvania wrongful death lawyer on your side? If an insurance company refuses to compensate your family, you can file a lawsuit and demand more money. Filing a fatal car accident lawsuit can be a complicated and confusing process.  It's also just one of many legal options available to your family. Contact Marcus & Mack find out exactly what we can do for you.

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