Car accidents in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania occur at an alarming rate. From the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia, to Route 202 in Chester County, car accidents occur on virtually every street, intersection, highway and turnpike in Pennsylvania.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident or truck accident, contact the Chester County car accident attorneys at HoeyLegal.
COMMON CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS IN PENNSYLVANIA
Many different situations can lead to a car accident, most of which are avoidable and preventable. However, the vast majority of car accidents occur because of careless and negligent drivers. Examples of negligent driving behavior that can lead to a severe, sometimes deadly, car accident include the following:
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that one-third of all car accidents involve speeding. Drivers who rush, run late, or simply lack patience may choose to speed when they get behind the wheel. Speeding makes it more likely that a driver will lose control of his or her vehicle and makes it more difficult to react to road hazards and other vehicles. Speeding also increases the impact of a car accident and makes it far less likely that a negligent driver may maintain control of his vehicle sufficient to prevent a collision. High speed car accidents make it far more likely that those involved will suffer severe injuries or death.
Driving without enough sleep is commonplace for many in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and across the nation. Truck drivers, shift workers, and those with sleep disorders are most vulnerable to causing an accident because they are drowsy or fatigued. Not having enough rest slows down reaction time and impairs the senses. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) claims that eighteen (18) hours without sleep impairs a driver to the same extent as someone who has a 0.08 blood or breath alcohol concentration after consuming alcohol.
Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence typically refers to alcohol use, but drug use can also impair drivers and cause severe car accidents. In either situation, enjoying cocktails at happy hour, celebrating with drugs or alcohol, drinking too much wine for dinner and unwinding after a long week at work results in too many motorists driving under the influence. Controlled substances impact each person differently, making it common for someone to misjudge his or her level of impairment. These poor judgments can lead to severe and sometimes fatal car accidents.
Pennsylvania defines distracted driving as “an activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” Drivers have to focus on driving, so they can react to the information on the road, such as road conditions, hazards and other drivers. Distracted drivers do not react appropriately and thus put others at risk for severe injury or death. Examples of distractions, besides using cell phones and texting, include drinking, eating, adjusting the radio, adjusting climate controls, adjusting seats, combing hair, putting on make-up, daydreaming, reaching for dropped items, engaging in heavy conversations, and focusing on events outside of the car.
How can HoeyLegal help you?
After a serious car accident in Pennsylvania, your first priority is your recovery. Your health and future are of paramount importance and should remain your primary focus throughout any legal proceedings. However, to reach maximum medical improvement or recovery, you will need compensation. After all, medical treatments are expensive and can result in significant financial losses. Even worse, car accident injuries can prevent you from working and bringing home a paycheck. This can have a serious impact on your ability to pay rent, utilities and even put food on the table.
At HoeyLegal, our car accident lawyers have represented individuals with the following injuries:
- Head Injuries
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Orthopedic Fractures
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Severe Burns
- Neurological Injuries
WHY CHOOSE HOEYLEGAL AS YOUR CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY?
At HoeyLegal, our attorneys have forged excellent relationships with the finest accident investigators, motor vehicle accident reconstruction experts, engineers, human factor experts and motor vehicle industry experts. Each of the experts we retain have excellent reputations within the Court system and accident reconstruction circles. These expert witnesses will promptly retrieve the data collected at your accident scene, cellular telephones, and motor vehicle data recorders in an effort to gather evidence to establish how your accident took place.
Insurance companies will stop at nothing to reduce their obligation to compensate you for your loss. You should expect a full and vigorous defense from any automobile insurance carrier and their counsel representing the at-fault driver. You must retain counsel who has the experience and ability to deal with an aggressive insurance adjuster and insurance defense attorney. At HoeyLegal, we are trial lawyers. We are prepared to investigate and develop your claim to maximize your financial recovery at trial.
The car accident attorneys at HoeyLegal anticipate the tactics that insurance companies and insurance defense attorneys will deploy in your case. HoeyLegal has the investigators, experts, resources and experience to fight the insurance industry and obtain significant compensation for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, or truck accident, contact the attorneys at HoeyLegal for your free consultation. You should anticipate aggressive and thorough representation until you are fairly and fully compensated for your injuries. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your case. At Hoeylegal, expect the best!