When you’re driving in King of Prussia, it’s important to drive cautiously. Many people often exhibit unsafe driving behaviors and endanger others on the road. For instance, drivers can still be glued to their phones if they’re texting, picking a new song on their playlist, or are depending on the navigation app. With their eyes off the road, they may not see upcoming construction zones, cars changing lanes, or traffic slowing down. As a driver, you need to remain alert to reduce the chances of an accident, but sometimes a negligent driver will cause a wreck that results in your injuries. When filing your claim, having a King of Prussia car accident lawyer will help you secure maximum compensation so you can recover with confidence about your future. The team at Shrager & Sachs is ready to protect your rights.
Car Accidents in Pennsylvania
In 2018, the nation had 33,654 fatal crashes. Pennsylvania traffic fatalities totaled 1,190 in the same year. On average, about three people sustaining fatal injuries in reportable crashes each day, or one fatality every seven hours. While there are efforts to minimize these accidents, some drivers still choose to disregard the law and road safety. Their negligence is often the main cause for auto accidents in Pennsylvania.
There are many types of car accidents that can occur. Let’s take a look at some of the most common:
- T-bone. This accident typically occurs at intersections. A car turns perpendicular to a lane, when a motorist in that lane strikes the broadside of the vehicle.
- Head-on. These are often the deadliest as the front of the cars collide and absorb the impact. If a drive or passenger isn’t wearing a seatbelt, these accidents can easily become fatal.
- Single Vehicle. If a driver is intoxicated or loses control of their vehicle, they could run off the road and strike a fixed object.
- Rollover. If a car hits an object in the road, it can bump the tire and cause a rollover accident. While these often are single-vehicle accidents, the driver has little to no control once the tires are off the ground. They could roll into traffic or hit others on the sidewalk.
- Sideswipe. When cars are traveling in the same direction, one may try to change lanes without seeing the other car is there. The sides of the car collide. While this may result in cosmetic damage, in serious cases the driver could overcorrect their steering and lose control of their vehicle.
- Multi-vehicle. These can happen on highways as well as stoplights. There’s often one initial crash that causes a chain of crashes that can affect many people. For example, a line of cars is stopped at a red light. Someone doesn’t see the stopped traffic and hits the end of the car that’s last in line. That car bumps into the car in front of it, and so on.
As our King of Prussia lawyers look into the type of accident, we’ll also investigate how the driver was negligent. Let’s take a look at how driver negligence leads to car wrecks.
Driver Negligence and Auto Accidents
Driver negligence can occur in a number of ways. Distracted driving is often a major cause of car wrecks because the driver isn’t looking at what’s happening in front of them and may have a hand off the wheel. But drivers can also speed, follow too closely, or fail to signal when they’re changing lanes or turning. All these driving behaviors either reduce the driver’s time to stop or turn out of the way, or the motorists around the negligent driver. If someone needs to brake suddenly, a speeding or tailgating driver will likely not have the reaction time or enough space to slow their car down to a stop. A driver that makes sudden movements without signaling to traffic behind them could cause an accident in seconds.
Drivers could also neglect taking care of their car. Getting regular maintenance to check the car’s systems and tires are important so the mechanic can fix the problem if they find one. If someone is driving with worn tires, they won’t be able to grip the road, which could make turning or slowing down dangerous maneuvers. A driver who takes a turn too quickly or slams on the brakes could lose control of their car and collide with other drivers.
A skilled car accident attorney will assess what happened during your accident. Our lawyers will consult with an accident reconstructionist, whose profession is to recreate crashes and get a clear picture of the accident events. Once our car accident lawyers in King of Prussia know who was negligent and how they were negligent, then we can move forward in your case.
What Happens After a Car Wreck?
After a car accident, you may be dealing with severe injuries. Common injuries after an auto wreck include head/brain injuries, broken bones, cuts, whiplash, and sprains or strains. You’ll need medical attention and may even need to stay in the hospital.
During this time, a lot of overwhelming thoughts may be going through your head. You’re thinking about how long your recovery will take, how soon you can get back to work, and how much this accident will cost you. But you don’t have to deal with these issues on your own. Our King of Prussia auto accident lawyers will start gathering evidence of your injuries. We’ll look at medical records, tests, and any photographs of your injuries. We can look at your past medical expenses as well as what you’ll need to afford future care. Missing work can result in lost wages, but you shouldn’t have to lose your pay because of injuries caused by someone else. We’ll also assess how many days of work you’ve missed and what those wages total.
When we’re advocating for your rights, you’ll know we’re keeping your best interests in mind. Our goal is to get you the compensation you need so you can recover financially, physically, and emotionally. You shouldn’t have to pick between getting the health care you need or putting food on the table. You deserve to recover in peace.
Shrager & Sachs Will Fight for Your Recovery
Our office in Philadelphia is ready to help those who were injured in King of Prussia. If you or a loved one were injured in a car crash because of a negligent driver, our firm is here for you. To get started with the legal process, contact our office today. We’ll set up an obligation-free consultation where we can review your case and help you find the option that will benefit you and your family.