Pennsylvania Highway Accident Lawyers
Pennsylvania Highway Accidents Take Thousands Of Lives Every Year. Goodrich & Geist Can Help You Recover Compensation After An Accident.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death and injury in the United States. Every year, roughly 30,000 people lose their lives and millions more suffer a wide range of injuries and damages in vehicle accidents. These accidents cost society tens of billions of dollars in the form of medical treatment expenses, lost income, insurance overheads, and lost business productivity. After an accident, you will likely have physical injuries to contend with, not to mention vehicle damage and potentially lost income or even the loss of a loved one. Goodrich & Geist, P.C.’s Pennsylvania Highway Accident Lawyers can help you recover compensation for your accident-related damages.
Our passionate personal injury and auto accident lawyers understand the laws, regulations, and insurance formalities that apply to motor vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania. We will vigorously argue your case with insurance adjusters or with the court – as applicable – so that you can get your life back on track after an accident. Contact us today to get started with a free case evaluation.
Our Pennsylvania Highway Accident Lawyers Can Help You Understand And File Claims For Common Vehicle Collisions
The factors that can lead to a vehicle accident are typically categorized as driver-related, vehicle-related, or environment-related. For example, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, driving recklessly or aggressively, driving while fatigued, driving while distracted, or driving without the requisite training or licensing required to operate a vehicle of a specific type are all examples of driver negligence.
Poor or inadequate maintenance, faulty brakes, malfunctioning brake lights, tire blowouts, parts breakdowns, and other vehicle malfunctions can also lead to an accident. NHTSA studies suggest that the shape of your vehicle can also play a role in causing a crash, as is clear for high, top-heavy vehicles such as SUVs that are more prone to a rollover than lower vehicles.
Finally, environmental factors such as slick or slippery roads, dangerous weather, inadequate lighting, damaged roads, road debris, issues with traffic control signs or signals, and dangerous curves can all cause or contribute to a crash.
Determining how your crash was caused is important because you can only sue for damages if you can prove that the actions of another party harmed you to the extent that you suffered compensable damages. We discuss fault, liability, and filing a lawsuit for damages further down this post.
We Will Investigate Your Accident And Quantify Your Losses And Damages
Our team is prepared to investigate the cause of your accident to determine who was at fault for the crash. We will also quantify your losses so that you file for the full and fair compensation that you are entitled to.
Common losses and damages seen in vehicle accidents include:
- Vehicle repair and maintenance costs
- Lost income and lost earning potential
- Medical treatment expenses
- Pain, suffering, and emotional trauma
- Incidental crash-related overheads such as care or home service expenses
Medical treatment expenses usually make up the largest portion of accident-related costs. Injuries commonly seen in car accidents include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Head, neck, and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Bruises and contusions
- Internal organ damage
- Facial injuries
- Eye, ear, and/or dental injuries
- Varying degrees of paralysis
- Wrongful death
Insurance companies and the courts categorize damages as either economic or non-economic damages. Economic damages are those that are straightforward to quantify, and they are sometimes called special or compensatory damages. Vehicle repair costs, lost income, and medical expenses which can all be proven using repair shop receipts, wage slips, salary statements, and hospital bills are examples of economic damages.
On the other hand, non-economic damages, which are sometimes called general damages, are harder to quantify and include non-physical losses. Pain, suffering, emotional trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are examples of non-economic damages.
Your claim can include non-economic damages, but to win such a claim, you must provide testimony from an expert that corroborates your claim that your non-physical losses are linked to physical injuries and that those injuries were caused by the accident in question. Our Pennsylvania Highway Accident Lawyers can obtain the testimony of medical professionals and economics experts to include in your claim.
Understanding Liability and Fault For Pennsylvania Highway Accidents
Pennsylvania requires no-fault insurance. After an accident, you must file a claim with your insurer, but you can sue for accident-related damages that are not covered by basic insurance if those damages meet a certain threshold. Our Pennsylvania Highway Accident Lawyers can help you determine if this may be the case, and we will also identify at-fault parties whom you may be able to sue for damages.
Contact The Pennsylvania Highway Accident Lawyers Team With Goodrich & Geist, P.C. Today For A Free Case Evaluation
We understand how traumatizing an accident can be, so rest assured that we will do everything we can to make the claims process as smooth and hassle-free for you as possible. Contact the Pennsylvania Highway Accident Lawyers at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. today for a free case evaluation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pennsylvania Highway Accidents
A driver is usually at fault for negligence such as driving while intoxicated or distracted and for breaking basic driving rules. A town or municipality may be at fault if damaged roads or traffic control device issues caused your accident. For vehicle issues such as blown tires, loose cargo, or worn brakes, the vehicle driver, a vehicle service team, a trucking company, or a vehicle owner may be liable for damages.
We can help you with every type of motor vehicle accident. We handle cases involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians, and we also handle rollovers, frontal crashes, rear-end accidents, T-bone/intersection accidents, guardrail accidents, drunk driving accidents, distracted driving accidents, and more. If you suffered losses or injuries of any type in any kind of vehicle accident, give us a call for legal guidance and representation.