Understanding the leading causes of car accidents in the United States may allow you to better understand the safety precautions to take when behind the wheel. Continue reading to learn the top five most common causes of car accidents. Plus, learn the steps you should take following a car accident that will set you up for a successful personal injury claim.
What are the top 5 most common causes of car accidents?
The top five most common causes of car accidents in the United States are as follows:
- Distracted driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Reckless driving
What steps should I take following a car accident?
If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to have a plan in mind. Though the scene of your accident will of course be stressful and overwhelming, it is important that you take the following steps while still at the scene to protect yourself:
- Call 911. The police will bring an ambulance and conduct a police report to document the incident.
- While you wait for the ambulance to arrive, if you can, take photos and videos of the scene of your accident including any hazards that played a part in your accident.
- Take photos of your injuries.
- Collect the other party’s insurance information in a short and polite conversation. Avoid admitting any fault in the accident during this conversation.
- Collect any witnesses’ contact information including their name, number, and email address.
- Once the ambulance arrives, seek medical treatment immediately.
- Collect all medical documentation relating to your treatment.
- Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof. Your attorney may also be able to obtain further evidence to support your claim including surveillance footage of your accident as it happened.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally two years in Pennsylvania. This is important to understand because this means that you will have two years from the date of your accident to take legal action. The sooner you bring attention to your claim, the better. Failure to file your claim within the allotted time may result in you being permanently time-barred from suing. To learn more about this process and to get started as soon as possible, give our experienced personal injury attorney a call today. We will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you require to heal.
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