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Category: Auto Accidents

The Most Dangerous Roads in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, with its rich history and vibrant culture, is a city that never sleeps. However, as with any urban center, its charm is not without its challenges. This is especially true when it comes to the perilous network of roads that crisscross the city. PennDOT, Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation, reports that, in Philadelphia County alone (population 1,584,064), there were 10,108 vehicle accidents in 2020. That's an average of 28 crashes every day, or more than one per hour! Of these crashes: 154 resulted in fatalities 6,202 included non-fatal[...]

The Dangers of Driving on Black Ice

More than 70% of our nation’s roadways are located in snowy regions, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). Any type of moisture on the road, whether it’s rain, snow, or ice, can decrease friction between vehicle tires and the roadway, limiting maneuverability and increasing braking times and distances. If you travel in or near Philadelphia or anywhere that experiences snow or winter-time precipitation, it’s important to understand the dangers of driving on black ice. What Is Black Ice? Also known as clear ice, black ice is a[...]

What Happens When Someone Dies in a Car Accident?

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PDoT), there were 115,938 reported crashes on Pennsylvania roads in 2022, resulting in 1,179 fatalities. The aftermath of a car accident can be traumatic and devastating, regardless of how serious a crash it is. And when someone dies during an accident or due to their injuries suffered because of it, the situation often becomes much more difficult and confusing. This is where our compassionate team at Shrager, Sachs, & Blanco can help you. We have decades of experience handling cases just[...]

Is Pennsylvania a No-Fault Accident State?

Auto insurance coverage limits and the handling of claims if someone gets hurt or has a vehicle that sustains damage in a crash varies from state to state. Here in Pennsylvania, we're only one of a dozen no-fault accident states. Every other state follows an at-fault system as far as filing claims for damages is concerned. If this at-fault and no-fault language sounds confusing, do not despair. We'll explain what the no-fault doctrine applicable in Pennsylvania means to you if you've been hurt or if your vehicle has[...]

Determining Fault in Lane Change Incidents

Each day, motorists take to Philadelphia's busy streets with a sense of worry about different types of accidents they may have the misfortune of becoming involved in. One such crash is a lane-change accident. While new technology that comes equipped on many newer vehicles nowadays has put a dent in the incidence rate of these lane-change crashes, also known as sideswipe accidents, not all cars have this software. Even in some situations where they do, drivers don't always pay as close attention to it as they should because[...]

Can a Passenger Claim Compensation in a Car Accident?

You weren’t driving the car when the accident happened. Maybe you were riding in the front passenger seat or somewhere in the back, and now you’re dealing with the aftermath of a crash that you played no role in. So what are your rights in this situation? Can a passenger claim compensation in a car accident? The easy answer to this question is “Yes.” Under the right circumstances, a passenger who was injured in a crash has the right to claim compensation. The more complicated answer, however, is[...]

How Long After a Car Accident Can You Claim Injury?

You were on your way home one night when a drunk driver swerved into your lane and crashed into your vehicle. In that split second, your life changed completely. The next few months were a blur of medical treatments, doctor’s visits, and rehabilitative care. After some time, you were able to regain some of your mobility and begin physical therapy. You were out of work for months, and you’re not sure if you’ll ever be able to return to your old position. Your vehicle was totaled in the[...]

How to Talk to an Insurance Claims Adjuster

When you are injured in a car accident due to the negligent or reckless actions of another driver, you deserve to be fully and fairly compensated for your damages. In a car accident claim, damages refer to the financial and non-financial losses you have suffered, including lost wages, medical bills, mental anguish, and more. To secure this compensation, you will need to file a car accident claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. During this process, you will speak with an insurance claims adjuster. This is the person[...]

Record Traffic Fatalities Raise Questions About Reckless Driving

Shrager, Sachs, & Blanco’ own managing partner Robert L. Sachs, Jr. recently made a poignant observation about a critical issue impacting our neighborhoods, city, and nation as a whole: “Almost every day when I am driving, I see someone make an illegal, bad, and dangerous choice on the roads. It has become routine to see people running traffic lights, running stop signs, and swerving across the double yellow line to overtake traffic on busy secondary streets. This needs to stop. And those who engage in such behaviors must[...]

What Is an Unsafe Lane Change?

Almost every motorist has found themselves, at one time or another, driving down the road, minding their business, when they suddenly encounter another driver in an adjacent lane wanting to merge in front of them.  It can be stressful not knowing how to handle the situation. You may wonder if you should slow down, change lanes yourself, or something else. A motorist looking to change lanes is also likely a bit tense, wondering if they have enough time and space to merge in safely. Situations like these may[...]

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