If the careless, reckless, or downright negligent conduct of another motorist harmed you in a motor vehicle crash or trucking wreck, you may be entitled to compensation under Pennsylvania law. At Silver & Silver, our knowledgeable auto accident lawyers in Philadelphia can help you recover that compensation for lost wages, growing medical bills, and agonizing pain and suffering that you deserve. We have over four decades of experience handling motor vehicle accident cases against some of the largest insurance carriers, trucking companies, and most-reputable defense law firms throughout the state and the country.
No one plans to be injured in a motor vehicle crash. Unfortunately, over 80,000 people are injured and another 1,100 are killed in Pennsylvania auto accidents. The only thing worse is that insurance companies undervalue and even deny valid claims for victims and their families. Insurance adjusters can also make the claims process confusing or frustrating, creating artificial hoops for victims to jump through just to get the compensation they are entitled to. But in these times of great uncertainty after a car wreck, you can rely on the skill and advocacy of Silver & Silver’s auto accident attorneys in Philadelphia, PA to recover compensation for your personal injuries.
Personal Injuries from a Motor Vehicle Wreck
While most people are fortunate enough to suffer little harm in a collision, other individuals involved in serious car wrecks are not always as fortunate. Sometimes the personal injuries are life-changing or even life-threatening. Some of the most common and catastrophic injuries that Silver & Silver can handle for you include the following:
- Traumatic brain injures (TBIs)
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage or other nerve injuries, including brachial plexus injuries
- Loss of vision (partial or total blindness)
- Loss of hearing
- Back injuries including disc herniations, annular tears, cord compression)
- Neck injuries including herniations slipped discs and impingement
- Spinal cord injuries such as quadriplegia, paraplegia, or other types of paralysis
- Lung, liver, kidney, heart, or other organ damage
- Disfigurement or permanent scarring
- TMJ or other jaw, mouth, or tooth injuries, and
- Any other injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash.
Fatal Crashes in Pennsylvania
Sadly, far too many victims of vehicle collisions are wrongfully killed. This is the most severe type of personal injury. The wrongful death of a person not only impacts the individual whose life was sadly cut short but their entire family. When a victim dies as the result of a motor vehicle accident, it is vital for the victim’s family to reach out to Silver & Silver’s car accident attorneys in Philadelphia to ensure the family’s rights are being protected.
Causes of Pennsylvania Car Wrecks
There are many reasons car accidents may occur. Unfortunately, most of these reasons are due to reckless or careless conduct that could have been prevented. While not all car accidents are avoidable, a vast majority of collisions and damages could be prevented if a motorist exercised reasonable care in driving a motor vehicle. A defendant who fails to act reasonably and causes a car crash is likely negligent.
Some of the most common causes of auto collisions that are often due to the negligence of a motorist include the following:
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Speeding or driving too fast for the weather conditions
- Improper lane changes or merges
- Aggressive driving or road rage
- Distracted driving (i.e., texting, eating, putting on makeup, using a tablet computer, programming GPS, changing the radio station, etc.)
- Following too closely or tailgating
- Failure to make a proper left turn
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Failing to stop at a red light or stop sign
- Mechanical defects, and
- Any other conduct that was unreasonable and caused harm to another.
These are just a few of the many ways that reckless driving can lead to auto wrecks that our experienced car accident lawyers at Silver & Silver could handle for you.
Partial Fault for a Car Accident
If you believe that you may be partially at fault for a car crash that caused your injuries, you may still be entitled to recover compensation under the law. This is because Pennsylvania is a comparative fault state. This means that a victim of a personal injury accident may still recover compensation for his or her injuries, minus the percentage of comparative fault for the accident.
For example, if an individual recovers $100,000 in a court verdict but is 10% at fault for the crash, he may only recover $90,000.
It is important to note that a person cannot have a greater amount of comparative fault than a defendant. That means if a court finds that a victim is 51% or more at fault for an auto crash, compensation is usually barred.
Silver & Silver Can Help Auto Accident Victims Like You
Here at Silver & Silver, we have built our firm by representing victims of personal injury accidents like car crashes and trucking wrecks. Our compassionate team has developed a recipe for success in establishing liability and proving damages in some of the most horrific and devastating crashes. We also have the medical and anatomical knowledge to help a court or jury fully understand your injuries and what your future needs may be. If you or a loved one were injured in any type of motor vehicle collision, call our experienced auto accident attorneys in Philadelphia, PA for a FREE consultation by dialing (610) 658-0500. You can also send us a message using our “contact us” box available on our website here.