There are many roads and highways that wind across and throughout the state of Pennsylvania. When these roads become busy, drives do not always go as planned and accidents can happen. Sometimes, a car will receive the most damage and a driver will be able to walk away with little to no injuries sustained. Other times, a car accident can result in very serious injuries and even death. Severe accidents have the power to physically, financially, and emotionally hurt people and families. If you have been injured at the fault of another driver in a car accident, an experienced attorney in Montgomery County can help your case.
Types of Accidents
There are many ways that accidents can happen while people are driving on the road. Some common types of accidents may include:
- Rear-end accidents
- Side-impact collisions
- Multi-car pile-ups
- Taxi accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Rollover accidents
Common Causes of Accidents
All people who get behind the wheel of a car should drive safely and follow the strict rules of the road to ensure the safety of them and other drivers. Unfortunately, not all drivers do so and sometimes cause accidents due to poor driving decisions. Some dangerous ways a car accident may happen can include:
- Texting while driving
- Using other electronic devices while driving
- Disregarding traffic signs/signals
- Excessive speeding/reckless driving
- Driving distracted
- Driving tired
- Drunk/drugged driving
When an individual is injured at the fault of another party, they must prove that the party was negligent in order to hold them responsible for the injury. In doing so, the injured must provide what is called the “burden of proof.” This requires evidence that shows the other party was negligent. This evidence must prove the accident and the injuries sustained happened because of the party’s negligence. Evidence that may help a case may include a police report of the accident, any medical documentation of the injuries, pictures or videos of the accident, and any witnesses who saw the accident happen.
No-Fault Law in Pennsylvania
The state of Pennsylvania is a “no-fault” state. This means that no matter who is at fault for the accident, both parties involved may receive compensation for bills and lost wages as a result of the accident. The state offers “choice no-fault” or “limited tort.” These options give drivers a choice between a modified no-fault plan or a traditional no-fault plan.
With a limited tort plan, a driver may seek compensation for any economic expenses as a result of the accident. This may include medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and other financial concerns. However, drivers may not seek compensation for any non-economic expenses, such as pain and suffering. With a full tort policy, injured drivers may seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages as a result of a negligent driver.
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If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by negligence, contact Friedman Schuman Attorneys at Law today.
Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. We proudly serve clients facing a wide range of legal matters. If you require the services of an effective attorney, please contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.