Whether you are resident of Montgomery County or just visiting on route to elsewhere, you can encounter dangerous traffic conditions at any time. Driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike or I-76 to visit Valley Forge, navigating the interchange of I-476 and I-276, and traveling in more suburban areas all bring the risk of being involved in a car accident with catastrophic results.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident in Montgomery County, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses and damages. Consult with a Montgomery County car accident lawyer who has extensive litigation experience and can guide you through the legal process while you focus on recovery.
Most Dangerous Montgomery County Roads and Intersections
Some locations are more heavily traveled or poorly designed than others, resulting in more frequent collisions. The following is a list of the most dangerous intersections across Montgomery County:
North Gulf Road and North Warner Road in King of Prussia
Lancaster Avenue and Haverford Station Road in Haverford
Freeman School Road and Salfordville Road in Lower Salford Township
Welsh Road and Darden Drive in Ambler
Blue Bell Pike and Stenton Avenue in Blue Bell
Intersections are not the only dangerous parts of roadways. There are certain locations along a road that also have high accident rates:
935 Bethlehem Pike in Colmar
102 Alan Wood Road in Conshohocken
What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
There are a few important steps that a person should take after being involved in a car accident, including:
Seek immediate medical attention. It is critical to contact emergency responders or seek immediate medical assistance on your own after being injured in a car accident.
Call the police. It is important that law enforcement officers take statements from all parties involved, and to request a copy of all reports at a later date.
Get contact information. Obtain important information from all parties involved in the car accident, including their names, phone numbers, addresses, and insurance information. This also includes contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
Take photographs. If possible, take pictures of the scene of the accident, including any damage to vehicles, skid markings, signs of weather conditions, and physical injuries.
Save copies of all medical records related to your injuries. This evidence will make it easier to establish not only the severity of the injury and the expenses involved in treatment but also its cause.
Contact an experiencedcar accident lawyer as soon as possible.
While it is possible to face a car accident case without legal representation, it is not advisable. The legal process after a serious car accident can be complex, and insurance companies often look out for their best interests. A skilled Montgomery County car accident lawyer will look out for yours, while navigating any complicated circumstances effectively and ensuring that you obtain the fair compensation you need.
How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim?
A car accident victim has two years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit under 42 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute § 5524. The court will not hear any action filed after the statute of limitations has expired unless a very narrow exception applies.
How Much is My Car Accident Case Worth?
A serious injury from a car accident can be financially debilitating. When another party is responsible, you have the right to pursue damages your financial and personal losses.
Pennsylvania does not have a cap on the amount of damages you can claim in a car accident lawsuit unless the case is against a government agency. A Montgomery County car accident lawyer can calculate an estimate of how much your case is worth based on the following factors:
Aggravating circumstances such as driving under the influence or texting while driving.
Current and future lost income if unable to work.
Diminished earning capacity if the injury prevents you from earning the same level of income level as before the car accident happened.
Expected length of medical treatment and recovery.
Impact of your pain and suffering.
Need for potential ongoing medical care, adaptive equipment, or home modifications.
Strength of evidence against the at-fault driver.
The at-fault party’s insurance policy limits.
The severity of your physical injuries
Compensation that you can recover after being injured in a car accident include both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are compensation for verifiable financial losses, such as:
Non-economic damages are compensation for subjective, non-monetary losses, including:
Pain And Suffering
Loss of Consortium: This is meant to compensate a car accident victim’s family for the loss of the decedent’s companionship, caring for children, assistance with household chores, love and affection, and guidance and support.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
Pennsylvania’s Choice No-Fault Insurance
Pennsylvania is one of three states that allows drivers to choose no-fault insurance at the time they enroll for coverage. “No-fault insurance” is sometimes called “personal injury protection (PIP) insurance.” It pays out damages for medical care and lost income for a covered accident up to the limits of the policyholder’s plan and minus the deductible, regardless of responsibility assigned to any of the parties involved.
With the no-fault insurance selection, as long as the accident is covered within the terms of the policy, PIP coverage pays for medical bills, lost wages, and other related expenses incurred after the deductible and up to the covered limit. Remembering that Pennsylvania is a contributory negligence state, this adds yet another factor in determining payouts from an accident.
While an injured person may be compensated quickly for medical costs and lost wages, the cost of damages to the vehicle or any other property involved in the accident may be waiting on a crash investigation, and compensation will be determined by the amount of responsibility of each party involved. Every accident is going to have a negative impact on the lives of the drivers, even without injuries to those involved. To help people recuperate, a lawyer can take advantage of existing protections in Pennsylvania law to help the victim with their case.
What are Common Injuries From Car Accidents?
There are many factors that determine the severity of a car accident injury, such as:
The speeds the involved vehicles were traveling at the time of impact.
The use of seat belts or restraints.
Whether or not the car had airbags and if they deployed on impact or were defective.
Placement of passengers in the car. Some types of car accidents have greater impact on the people in certain locations of the car.
Direction car passengers were facing at the time of the collision. Small children riding forward in car seats face different challenges than those facing the rear.
The most common injuries resulting from car crashes include:
Arm and Leg Injuries
Scrapes and Cuts
Soft Tissue Damage
It is crucial for anyone who is involved in a car accident to seek medical attention as soon as possible. They should also pay attention to their injuries because certain conditions can worsen over time.
What are Common Causes of Car Accidents?
Despite the various causes of car accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 94 percent of all serious car accidents are caused by driver error. Certain driving behaviors can increase the likelihood of a car crash. Typical causes of car accidents are listed below.
Distracted driving is leading cause of car accidents, particularly for teen drivers who are often attached to their phones. It is imperative that drivers not text or use your phone while driving. It is helpful to keep firm rules in place, such as putting phones on “do not disturb” and keeping them somewhere out of reach to ensure all drivers in the family stay alert and focused on the road.
Speeding is the leading cause of car accidents and a common reckless driving behavior often found to be the underpinning reason for many devastating car crashes. This is especially the case for car accidents involving newer or teen drivers. Speeding significantly increases the chance of a car accident because of the driver’s reduced reaction time to hazards or changes in the roadway.
“Lane departure” refers to traveling into another lane without proper signaling or awareness for traffic patterns. When it is done accidentally, it is often referred to as drifting. Many times, it is likely the result of other bad driving behaviors, such as speeding, distracted driving, driving while fatigued, and driving under the influence.
Impaired drivers drive while under the influence of an intoxicating substance and pose risk to themselves, other motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and anyone else sharing the road. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can lead to devastating consequences that go beyond traffic penalties.
Single-Vehicle Car Crashes
Single vehicles running off the road can be the result of many bad driving behaviors, including driving while under the influence, distracted driving, or speeding. While there is no impact from a collision with another car in a single-vehicle accident, these types of car accidents still involve massive force and often result in severe or fatal injuries. Some vehicles may hit the side rail and stop, and while others might rollover and land off the road in a ditch. Drivers who hit a utility pole or other fixed object in a single-vehicle car crash can suffer traumatic injuries.
Some drivers use the terms “aggressive driving” and “road rage” interchangeably, but road rage is considered an escalation of aggressive driving.
Overtired drivers are far more likely to get into accidents. Driving while fatigued is frequently listed as a main cause of serious truck accidents because truck drivers are often working under a tight time frame to deliver goods. Commercial truck drivers’ strict schedules cause pressure and require long hours behind the wheel to achieve. Drowsy drivers also have the reflexes and reactions of a person who is legally intoxicated, so it is important to get enough sleep, take breaks during long drives, and refrain from driving while impaired.
one’s mind to wander from the road, is the leading cause of distracted driving car crashes, according to a study done by TeenSafe in 2018.
Checking on passengers is also a common distraction. This can often cause the driver to steer out of the lane lines without even knowing that it is happening.
Eating and drinking while driving. Given that so many restaurants offer drive-through services, it makes sense that a lot of drivers are eating and drinking when two hands are supposed to be on the steering wheel. This is particularly a problem when the food or drink spills.
Personal grooming. People also get dressed in their cars, shave, apply makeup, or brush their hair while they are driving. All of these actions are distracting, which can lead to a severe collision.
It is human nature to want to get other tasks done while sitting fairly still in the car, but changing conditions and the behaviors of other drivers will demand full attention from every motorist. Keeping eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel are the best ways to make sure everyone is safe.
This means moving into another lane without proper signaling and adjusting for traffic patterns. When it is done accidentally, it is often referred to as drifting. It is not often discussed, and it is not part of a public outreach campaign. Many times, it is likely the result of other bad driving behaviors, such as speeding, distracted driving, and impaired driving.
To reduce this problem, auto manufacturers have installed detection systems that warn motorists when they are leaving the lane, but this requires the driver to react to the warning, which is often a vibration and lights on the side mirrors. Since drivers that are under the influence or drowsy may not react to it or react slowly, there are limitations to the system, but this technology has likely stopped many accidents before they had a chance to start.
This refers to those driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance. The popularity and conveniency of rideshare services has created a fairly inexpensive alternative to cab fare for those who may have had a few drinks and should not get behind the wheel of a car. Alcohol manufacturers, road safety groups, government agencies, and stiffened legal penalties for those who are caught driving under the influence are all factors changing the public outlook on driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance.
Single vehicles running off the road might be the result of impaired driving, distracted driving, or speeding. While this does not involve the force of another vehicle colliding, it could quickly result in massive, serious injuries and/or fatalities. Some cars may hit the side rail and just stop, and some vehicles may go over the side rail. A car driver hitting a utility pole or another fixed object can wind up with traumatic injuries.
This is a very common driver error, which is often found to be the underpinning reason for many accidents involving newer drivers, particularly teenage motorists. Speeding increases the chance of a crash significantly as it takes time for the car and driver to react to changes in the roadway. Since a car moves fast, it is likely to cover more ground in the seconds that the motorist is reacting, making the driver’s reactions too slow.
Many people refer to aggressive driving and road rage interchangeably, but road rage behavior is aggressive driving at its worst. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) defines aggressive driving as:
Racing to red lights or ignoring stop signs
Frequent lane changes
Failing to yield to oncoming vehicles
Most of the behaviors listed by the PennDOT are ones a driver will see daily on the road. However, the problems increase when the driver is angry and loses focus on the other motorists, pedestrians, and changing conditions on the road, or simply does not care about safety. All of these actions can be the start of road rage.
There is no public outreach or active campaign to stop this, but overtired drivers are far more likely to get into accidents. Drowsy driving is frequently listed as the main cause of truck accidents as well because truck drivers are often working under a tight time frame to deliver goods and require long hours behind the wheel to do so. Drowsy drivers have the reflexes and reactions of a person who is legally intoxicated, so it is best to get at least eight hours of sleep a day and take breaks for long drives.
Montgomery County Car Accident Lawyer Anthony C. Gagliano III, P.C. Represents Injured Collision Victims
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