Car accidents happen everywhere, at anytime of the day or night, and when least expected. While most car accidents result in only minor bumps and bruises, more serious accidents can cause catastrophic and even fatal injuries. The consequences of these types of crashes extend beyond the initial pain experienced by car accident victims. Catastrophic injuries can result in extensive medical expenses, lost wages and loss of future earning ability, and a lifetime of pain and suffering. Such losses have the potential to affect the lives and financial future of the victim’s entire family.
At Williams Cuker Berezofsky, we have over 100 years of collective experience helping clients injured by the negligence of another. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an automobile accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced team of personal injury lawyers in Pennsylvania is dedicated to helping clients claim the maximum amount of compensation available under the law.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over six million car accidents were reported across the United States in 2015, with over 35,000 people fatally injured in those crashes. Driver error is the single most common cause of all car accidents reported. Sadly, most if not all, of these accidents could have been prevented if drivers practiced safe driving skills.
Driver error includes any unsafe behavior, such as failing to yield to traffic lights, stop signs, and road signs. Speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and drowsy driving are also considered preventable driver errors. Moreover, officials at the NHTSA have named distracted driving as the single most common cause of all car accidents. As many as one quarter of all car accidents are reportedly caused by distracted drivers.
Recent studies indicate that the most common cause of distracted driving is cell phone usage, but drivers face many other distractions as well. As more cars become equipped with on-board navigation and entertainment systems, driver distraction includes more than just texting and talking on the phone. Even drivers that eat behind the wheel can become distracted. A person operating a vehicle while trying to navigate a map, adjust a sophisticated audio system, or use social media while driving is likely to take their eyes off the road for longer than they might realize. Even a split second distraction can result in a serious crash.
Some car accidents are not the result of driver error, yet they are no less preventable. Poor road conditions, inclement weather conditions, dangerous curves, broken road signs, potholes, and mechanical failure caused by defective auto parts also cause many car accidents. Ice and snow as well as rain and sleet can occur without warning, leaving drivers at risk for sliding or crashing into roadway barriers. Commercial vehicles sharing the road with passenger vehicles can also cause serious truck accidents due to poor visibility and load shifting. Drivers that encounter dangerous road conditions have a responsibility to adjust their driving behavior accordingly.
For individuals involved in a car accident in Pennsylvania, legal options depend on the level of injuries sustained in the crash. Pennsylvania is a no-fault state, meaning that car accidents that occur without serious injury are settled by the driver’s insurance company, regardless of who was responsible for the crash. Drivers injured in a car accident in Pennsylvania will collect compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and damages from their own insurance company. Victims who have sustained only minor injuries are barred from filing a personal injury claim against the other driver.
When serious injuries result from a car accident, the victim can sue the driver responsible in a negligence lawsuit. The injured victim must prove that the driver at fault for the collision acted negligently and that their injuries were a direct result of the driver’s careless or reckless behavior. Victims and their families are strongly advised to consult a qualified car accident lawyer with experience handling car accident claims in Pennsylvania.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured or killed in a car accident, call the experienced team of Pennsylvania car accident lawyers at Williams Cuker Berezofsky at 215-557-0099, or contact us online to schedule a consultation today. We will ensure that your legal rights are protected and help you claim the justice and compensation you deserve. Our offices are located in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, allowing us to represent clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and throughout the nation.