Car Accident Injuries and Causes
Car Accident Lawyer for Auto Crashes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Nationwide
Motor vehicle accidents can occur for many reasons. In rare cases a car accident is just that — an accident. However, most often they are caused by the negligence or willful misconduct of another party. For example, I-95, 476, 276 and other Philadelphia roads are busy, fast and dangerous under normal conditions. When careless drivers then enter these roadways, innocent lives are put at risk.
If you sustain car accident injuries due to a negligent driver, you may pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other hardships. However, the at-fault driver’s car insurance company may try to deny or minimize your claim. A Pennsylvania and New Jersey car accident lawyer from Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. can assist with your case and ensure that you get the settlement you deserve. We have experience standing up for victims of car accident injuries and a reputation for success. For instance, our attorneys obtained a verdict of $10.5 million in a car accident case involving wrongful death.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents?
The negligence that causes most motor vehicle accidents can take many forms. Sometimes drivers willfully disobey the law, putting those around them at risk. Other times, drivers may grow unintentionally complacent or distracted. However, these drivers are still responsible for any car accident injuries or deaths they cause. Some of the leading causes of car accidents include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving
- Drowsy driving
- Speeding and/or ignoring traffic lights and signs
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Driver inexperience
- Vehicle defects, including tire and airbag failure
- Road defects, including potholes
- Bad weather such a heavy rain, fog, ice and snow, especially if a driver neglects safety precautions for inclement weather
Some car accidents, such as those caused by a road defect or a defective auto part, are not the fault of either driver. In these cases, the automotive company, part manufacturer or even the city responsible for road maintenance may be liable for the car accident injuries and other damages. In handling car accident cases, our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys carefully investigate the circumstances leading to the crash. We use experts like car designers and reconstructionists to find out how the accident happened to identify the responsible parties.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
A car accident is a traumatic and chaotic experience. If anyone involved sustains serious car accident injuries, you first priority should be getting immediate medical help. However, if possible, taking the following steps after a car accident can significantly help your chances of successfully pursuing an insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit:
- Call the police to get an official report. Speak to the officer and give your side of the story, and always be honest.
- Gather all necessary information from the other driver, including name, contact information, driver’s license number and insurance information.
- Gather information about the other car(s), including make, model and VIN number.
- Identify witnesses and gather contact information from them.
- Take pictures or video of both of the cars and the accident scene.
- Seek medical attention. Even if your injuries are minor, or you feel perfectly fine, a visit to the emergency room or your own doctor soon after the accident is important. Some car accident injuries may not be obvious right away, and you need medical proof that the crash was the cause.
Knowing what not to do after a car accident can be just as important as knowing what to do. For example:
- DO NOT make any statements to an insurance company representative without first consulting with an experienced car accident lawyer. Let us deal with the insurance company and handle all the legal details on your behalf.
- DO NOT leave the scene, unless an ambulance is taking you to the hospital for emergency treatment.
- DO NOT admit fault. For many, it is natural to apologize, even if the other driver was clearly at fault. However, the insurance company will use these words against you.
Contact a Pennsylvania Car Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of another driver, we are here to help. Please call (215) 546-6636 or toll free (866) 569-3400 to arrange a consultation with an experienced car accident lawyer. You can also contact our law firm online. We have offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey for your convenience.
We offer free initial consultations and handle cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you will not have to pay us unless we get results for you.