Bucks County Car Accident Attorney

Bucks County Car Accident Lawyer

Nobody who drives in or around Feasterville expects to get into a serious auto accident. However, motor vehicle collisions occur much more often than you might expect. As a report from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (Penn DOT) explains, there are almost 120,000 miles of roads and highways in Philadelphia, and in 2014 alone more than 121,000 traffic crashes occurred in the state. In total, these accidents resulted in nearly 2,000 fatalities and nearly 80,000 serious personal injuries.

Many traffic collisions in Feasterville occur because another driver was negligent or reckless behind the wheel. If you got hurt in a serious car accident caused by another driver’s careless behavior, it is important to learn more about filing a claim for compensation. An aggressive auto accident attorney in Feasterville can get to work on your case today.

Getting the Facts About Pennsylvania Car Accidents

Do all car accidents result in severe and debilitating injuries? And are some types of motor vehicle crashes more common than others? The Penn DOT report cites some of the following statistics concerning motor vehicle collisions in Feasterville and throughout Pennsylvania:

  • Almost 32 percent of accidents involve a single-car crash in which a vehicle strikes a fixed object (like a guard rail or a tree);
  • About 22 percent of car accidents in Pennsylvania are rear-end accidents;
  • Around 7 percent of collisions are side-swipe accidents;
  • Just over 3 percent of auto accidents are head-on collisions;
  • A little more than 3 percent of collisions involve a vehicle striking a pedestrian;
  • Nearly 56 percent of crashes involve passenger cars, while around 37 percent involve light trucks, vans, or SUVs;
  • Nearly 80 percent of all accidents occur when there are no adverse weather conditions, while about 11 percent of accidents involve rain and/or fog and just over 8 percent involve snow, sleet, and/or freezing rain;
  • Majority of traffic collisions occur on non-interstate highways in Pennsylvania (79,250 in 2014), followed by local roads (30, 138), interstate highways (9.462), and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (2,455 crashes);
  • Almost 70 percent of crashes occur during daylight hours, while about 30 percent occur during nighttime hours;
  • Highest number of car accidents occur in January, while the highest number of traffic-related fatalities happen in August; and
  • Highest number of traffic collisions occur on Fridays, while the highest number of traffic-related deaths happen on Sundays.

Learning More About Injuries in Auto Accidents

Sometimes injuries in auto accidents are minor, yet car crashes often result in serious and life-threatening injuries. According to a fact sheet from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there were 1,102 fatal collisions in Pennsylvania in 2015 that resulted in a total of 1,200 deaths.

What are some of the most common types of car accident injuries? The Mayo Clinic discusses the prevalence of whiplash after motor vehicle collisions. It explains that whiplash is neck injury that is caused by “forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip.” Whiplash injuries occur most frequently in rear-end car accidents. Signs and symptoms of include neck pain, neck stiffness, and headaches. In addition to whiplash, other common car accident injuries include but are not limited to:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs);
  • Other forms of head trauma;
  • Spinal cord injuries (SCIs);
  • Other types of neck injuries;
  • Broken bones;
  • Scarring and disfigurement; and
  • Psychological or emotional injuries.

Sometimes signs of whiplash and other serious injuries do not appear for hours after a crash. As such, it is extremely important to seek medical attention when you are involved in a collision. You may have serious injuries that require treatment.

Common Causes of Feasterville, PA Motor Vehicle Crashes

What causes most car accidents in Feasterville, PA? A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests that there are numerous causes for motor vehicle crashes. Most often, the causes fit into the following categories:

  • Aggressive driving: aggressive driving can take many different forms, including speeding, running traffic lights or stop signs, following too closely or tailgating, weaving between traffic on the highway, and cutting off other vehicles. Aggressive driving is considered negligent, or careless, behavior.
  • Distracted driving: like aggressive driving, distracted driving can take many different forms. Most often, we think about distracted driving as something that is caused by cell phone use behind the wheel (including talking, texting, composing or reading emails, and using the Internet). Distracted driving can also occur without new technology, however. For instance, a driver can become distracted simply by taking his or her mind off of the task of driving, or by eating or grooming behind the wheel.
  • Drowsy driving: if a driver does not get enough sleep before getting on the road, fatigued driving can result in a serious accident. When another driver’s negligence on the road leads to a collision, you may be able to hold that driver liable by filing an auto accident claim.
  • Impaired driving: driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can lead to a serious crash. When a driver gets behind the wheel after drinking alcohol, for instance, an impaired driving crash can occur.

How Long Do I Have to File My Car Accident Lawsuit?

In Feasterville, plaintiffs who file car accident lawsuits must adhere to the statute of limitations. What is a statute of limitations? This term refers to the amount of time the law gives you to file your claim. Under Pennsylvania law, there is a two-year statute of limitations for car accident lawsuits. This means that you must file your auto accident lawsuit within two years from the date of the accident (and thus the date on which you sustained your injuries).

What happens if you do not file your lawsuit within two years? You may lose your right to seek compensation. Given the two-year statute of limitations, it is important to discuss your case with a Feasterville auto accident attorney as soon as possible. At The Levin Firm, we can analyze your case and can speak with you about your options.

Contact a Feasterville Auto Accident Attorney

If you or someone you love recently got hurt in a motor vehicle collision, an experienced Feasterville auto accident attorney can assist you. Contact The Levin Firm today to learn more about how we can help with your claim.

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