Getting into a car accident can be a life-changing experience. Besides handling the trauma of the incident and dealing with the property damage, recovering from an injury can take a lot of time and a lot of money. When the insurance company rejects your claim or offers you a settlement less than what your claim is worth, what is already a stressful process can easily become a nightmare.
Don’t you wish someone can fight for your rights?
At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, our Pennsylvania car accident lawyers understand the stress and frustration you are going through. We know that all you want is to pay your bills, get healthy, and put this terrible situation behind you. That’s why we work hard to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. With years of experience in car accident litigation, our car accident injury attorneys will determine who is liable for the accident, negotiate with the insurance company, and, if necessary, take the responsible parties to court.
The Major Causes of Auto Accidents in Pennsylvania
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest numbers, car accidents continue to rise in the United States. The first nine months of 2017 found 27,650 fatal motor vehicle accidents, a marginal increase over 2016 numbers of that time period. In fact, the number of passenger vehicle occupant fatalities in 2016 is the highest number since 2008.
In Pennsylvania, there were 1,188 fatal car crashes in 2016. Most of those fatal crashes involved a single-vehicle – 54 percent. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in 2016 there is 355 reportable traffic crashes occurring each day. Out of those accidents, three people are fatally injured and 277 people are injured in reportable traffic crashes.
But what is causing all these fatalities? It all comes down to these major factors:
- Human Error – Whether it’s driving while texting, driving under the influence of alcohol, or speeding, the majority of automobile crashes are the result of driver error.
- Road Conditions – The condition of the roadway can play a major part in your car accident. An improperly maintained road can cause havoc on your car.
- Weather – In Pennsylvania, wintertime means icy, snowy weather accumulating on our roadways. This causes slippery driving conditions.
- Mechanical Error — Not all accidents are caused by improper maintenance of your vehicle. Sometimes it can be a defect in your vehicle.