Hundreds of thousands of people drive on roads throughout Pennsylvania every day. Car wrecks happen, some of them resulting in life-altering injuries. If the accident occurred because of a driver’s negligence, it might be possible for the victim to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover the cost of medical care, property damage, lost wages, and more. If you or someone close to you was injured in a car wreck while driving on a Pennsylvania road, get in touch with a car wreck lawyer immediately to discuss your options regarding a lawsuit.
The Reiff Law Firm is available to provide clients with legal representation as they pursue personal injury lawsuits. Whether it’s gathering evidence, corresponding with insurance companies, or filing the necessary paperwork, the Pennsylvania car wreck lawyers from The Reiff Law Firm are available to perform the required tasks to file a personal injury lawsuit successfully. You can schedule a free consultation to discuss your case by calling (215) 709-6940 today.
Common Causes of Car Wrecks in Pennsylvania
Car wrecks can happen for a variety of reasons. The circumstances of the accident play a significant role in victims’ subsequent injuries. The following are common causes of car wrecks in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.
Engaging in other activities while driving—texting, having deep conversation with passengers, changing music stations, eating, drinking, and grooming—is tempting for many people. But drivers must resist the urge to perform other tasks while driving if they want to ensure the safety of themselves and the drivers with whom they share the road. Safe driving requires the full, undivided attention of all drivers on the road.
In Pennsylvania, the maximum speed limit is 70 miles per hour, although the speed limit on most highways is between 60 and 65 miles per hour. Driving above the speed limit is dangerous because it gives the speeding driver less control over their vehicle while decreasing their ability to brake if needed. Speeding also gives other drivers on the road less time to react to a speeding vehicle. It’s dangerous for drivers to speed on any type of road, although it is most dangerous on residential roads since they are less suited for high speeds.
When one driver follows the driver in front of them closely, with little space between the two cars, it is known as tailgating. It’s dangerous because the rear driver has a short time to react to the lead driver, creating a high risk of a rear-end collision, which commonly results in whiplash and back injuries for the drivers involved.
Alcohol can impair a driver’s vision, cause delayed responses, and generally prevent them from being able to drive safely. To prevent serious car wrecks, drivers should never, under any circumstances, drive a car after they’ve consumed alcohol.
Reckless driving and road rage is cathartic for some drivers. Yet it can impair a driver’s ability to make good decisions and can make drivers more likely to exhibit dangerous driving behaviors such as speeding, tailgating, and ignoring traffic laws.
A high number of car wrecks happen when drivers make entirely preventable mistakes. Failing to stop at stop signs and red lights, yield, use turn signals, or check mirrors are simple actions that can have enormous consequences for both the driver and the other drivers and pedestrians around them. Drivers can prevent accidents by simply being attentive and following traffic laws.
Determining Fault in a Pennsylvania Car Wreck
To receive compensation through a personal injury lawsuit, you and your lawyer will have to prove who was at fault in the car wreck that caused your injuries. If the driver that was at fault committed a traffic violation, was driving while drunk and made another major mistake while driving, that is usually enough to show to the court and be able to win your case. If the wreck involved more than two cars, the court might assign partial blame to all at-fault parties. When a percentage of fault is assigned to multiple parties, each party will be responsible for their share of damages.
In some car accidents, fault belongs to a company (such as a trucking company, taxi company, or another type of transportation company). In these cases, the company is held responsible for the actions of the drivers they employ. A transportation company may also be held responsible for a car accident if they hired a dangerous driver or failed to maintain their vehicles.
What to Do After a Car Wreck in Pennsylvania
Seek medical attention immediately after a car wreck, even if you don’t think you’ve been injured. The medical records from your treatment after the crash will be useful when you file a personal injury lawsuit later. Then, call the police. They will write a police report, which will also be helpful for your lawsuit. Next, collect evidence, if you’re able to do so. Take photos of the conditions of the road and the damage to property. Speak with witnesses if they’re around. Continue to retain documentation relevant to your injury as time goes on, especially medical records.
Call Our Pennsylvania Car Wreck Lawyer for a Free Consultation
The car wreck lawyers from The Reiff Law Firm might be able to assist you if you suffered from injuries while driving in Pennsylvania. We can represent you as your personal injury lawsuit goes through the legal system, To learn more about your legal options regarding your personal injury case or to schedule a free consultation, get in touch with the Pennsylvania car wreck lawyers from The Reiff Law Firm by calling (215) 709-6940.