Our Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers Have the Experience You Need and Deserve

With car accidents occurring every minute of every day, you can probably imagine how many people suffer serious injuries or die as a result of collisions. From front-end crashes to rear-end collisions or side-impact accidents and rollovers, auto accidents take Close Up of Two Cars After a Rear-End Collisionplace daily at intersections on busy city streets as well as on congested highways or rural roads.

Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents occur suddenly and often have a lasting and devastating effect on the individuals involved in the wreck. While some car accidents are caused by poor road conditions, most car crashes are a combination of driver error and other human factors.

Common Factors Contributing to Car Crashes

Some of the most common causes of auto accidents include:

  • Distracted driving. Many drivers take their hands off the wheel, eyes off the road, and mind off of driving—even if it’s for a matter of seconds—to send and read text messages. While texting and driving is one of the biggest forms of distracted driving, talking on cell phones—even hands-free cell phones—talking to passengers, and eating and drinking while driving are also considered distracted driving habits that lead to collisions.

  • Speed and aggressive driving. Drivers who drive well over the posted speed limit, tailgate, or behave dangerously behind the wheel have a higher chance of running a red light or losing control of their vehicles and crashing. When drivers do any one of these things, it is considered a deliberate and calculated behavior where the driver knows the risk but ignores the danger.

  • Drowsy driving. Many drivers don’t get adequate sleep prior to driving to work or school, or they drive late at night or too many hours before taking rest breaks. Consequently, they feel tired and have a higher chance of being in crashes due to their slower reactions and thoughts. 

  • Drunk or drugged driving. When drivers get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs—both illegal and prescription drugs—their judgment is altered, reflexes are slowed, and their overall ability to drive safely is impaired.

  • Defects. Car manufacturers are required to design and engineer vehicles that meet minimum safety standards; however, many car manufacturers, as well as manufacturers of tires and other car parts, have been guilty of putting unsafe products on the market that have caused collisions and injuries. Some examples include defective airbags, defective steering, and defective tires, to name a few.

All of these factors listed above involve negligence on the part of an individual or company. When auto accidents are caused by the negligence of another, innocent motorists often suffer serious injuries.

Common Types of Injuries Victims of Car Crashes Suffer

  • Broken bones. When the force of a crash is too great, people often suffer from broken arms, broken legs, broken shoulders, broken hips, and other broken bones. The different types of fractures include compound fractures, traverse fractures, oblique fractures, and comminuted fractures.

  • Burn injuries. Sometimes car accidents lead to vehicles catching on fire and causing victims to suffer serious second or third degree burns. When burn injuries occur, injured motorists may either die from their injuries or suffer scars and disfigurement that may lead to years of expensive medical procedures.

  • Head trauma. Drivers and passengers often times hit their heads during wrecks. When people strike their heads, they can suffer facial injuries, concussions, and even traumatic brain injuries. Unfortunately, a serious brain injury can alter someone’s life for the long-term—causing behavioral issues, communication difficulties, and problems thinking and reasoning.

  • Spinal cord injury. When occupants hit their heads, necks, and backs in crashes, they often suffer spinal cord damage—especially in rollover accidents. Sometimes the spinal cord is damaged due to the force of the crash or due to a seat back collapse or seatbelt failure. When the spinal cord is torn, paralysis can be the result.

  • Fatal injuries. Sadly, innocent people often lose their lives in severe car crashes. Families who have lost their loved ones need to know that when negligence is involved, they have a valid wrongful death claim on their hands and should hold the wrongdoer accountable under the law.

Suffering any type of injury can be painful physically, emotionally, and financially. This is why victims of car crashes need to learn all they can about pursuing personal injury claims in order to collect the financial compensation they need and deserve.

Types of Damages Car Accident Victims Are Entitled To

When people suffer injuries in auto accidents, they often need financial compensation to cover their expenses related to their medical care. This is why innocent victims of car crashes are entitled to certain damages through personal injury claims. Some of the damages include:

  • Medical bills. Expenses from car accident injuries can be costly to say the least. From a trip to the emergency room to surgery and physical therapy, medical bills quickly add up. Victims of auto accidents should have all their medical bills covered that are related to the wreck.

  • Lost income. When car crashes cause victims to miss work and miss earning a living, the victims deserve to collect compensation for lost wages and future lost income and benefits, if applicable.

  • Pain and suffering. When auto accidents cause victims to suffer scarring, disfigurement, and any physical pain or emotional trauma, they should be compensated for such suffering. Additionally, pain and suffering damages can include embarrassment, loss of the enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and the loss of previous abilities.

What Victims Should Know About Handling Personal Injury Claims

While car accident victims deserve to be compensated to the fullest for their injuries and losses, insurance companies often use tactics to get accident victims to accept smaller settlements. Some of the tactics used by insurance adjusters include the delay in handling a claim or denying a victim was hurt in the accident. This is why injured motorists need experienced car accident attorneys on their side to get insurance companies to pay them what they deserve.

Depending on the specific facts of the accident, those injured in a motor vehicle accident in Bucks County and Chester County may have claims against multiple defendants. This includes the driver that caused the accident, the state, city, or township in which the accident happened, the manufacturer of motor vehicles, and many other parties. Additionally, the injured motorist may also have claims against his or her own insurance company for medical payments, income loss benefits, uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits, funeral expenses, and much more.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for past, present and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more. At Gibbons Legal, it is our goal not just to secure compensation for your immediate needs, but to ensure that your future needs are protected as well. We are dedicated to getting our clients full and fair financial recoveries for the injustice they suffered. Give us a call and get answers to your questions in a free legal consultation with an experienced car accident attorney at 215-569-1455.