Although Pennsylvania offers drivers some of the most scenic and beautiful landscape along its many highways and bi-ways, the truth is that the roads here can be quite dangerous. During 2016, there were around 15 crashes in Pennsylvania every hour, which is roughly 355 car accidents per day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Around 227 people were injured in car crashes within our state each day in 2016, with one fatality occurring every seven hours. If you have been involved in a car accident in Bensalem or surrounding areas, reach out to the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin and our Bensalem car accident attorney to discuss your legal options.
Causes of Car Accidents in Pennsylvania
An array of causes can lead to danger on Pennsylvania’s roadways. The harsh winters marked by snow, sleet and ice can result in dangerous driving conditions that put all drivers at risk. In addition, our state is not immune to the barrage of drivers impaired by drugs and/or alcohol who put the safety of themselves and everyone they meet on the road in jeopardy with their poor judgement and reckless and wanton actions. In some car accidents, driver distraction, fueled by the prevalent use of cell phones and text messaging, can be traced as the source of the problem. In many incidences, simple human error comes into play, leading to devastating car accidents and significant injuries. Moreover, it is not unusual for a mechanical problem, such as braking system or tire failure, to cause drivers to lose control, resulting in injurious car accidents.
Car accidents can literally occur in the blink of an eye, disrupting one’s life and altering its course forever. While some accidents are thankfully minor fender-bender type accidents that are easily worked out with the exchange of insurance information by the involved parties, others are much more serious, necessitating the negotiating and litigating skills of an experienced car accident attorney. Damages incurred in car accidents can easily accumulate, and when that happens, you can hold the at-fault party and their insurer accountable to pay your:
- Medical bills
- Future medical costs
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses
- Lost wages
- Future lost income
- Pain and suffering
Depending on the severity of the injuries you sustain during your car accident, you may also be able to collect punitive damages. This type of monetary award is the Pennsylvania courts’ way of punishing those who cause accidents and deterring similar actions in the future.
If your loved one died as a result of the injuries he/she sustained in a car accident, you may be able to hold the responsible party financially accountable. The goal of a wrongful death claim is to restore a decedent’s survivors to the financial state they would have been in had the decedent lived. This includes monetary compensation for the loss of income and loss of services the decedent would have contributed to his household had his life not been cut short. It may also encompass loss of consortium and community that family will experience as a result of the death.
Car accident claims can be complex, especially when there are major injuries involved. Contact the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin and our Bensalem car accident attorney now to schedule your no-cost case review.