Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers

Pennsylvania car accidents are common. Even the safest drivers risk getting into a vehicle accident. According to the Pennsylvania Transportation Department (PennDOT), in 2018, there were 128,420 reported car crashes with 78,219 people injured. According to the statistics, 1,190 people died in vehicle crashes in 2018. There is some good news, however. PennDOT statistics reflect that 2018 had the fourteenth lowest total of accidents since 1950. The 2018 fatality rate of 1.17 deaths per hundred million miles traveled is the second-lowest since PennDOT started keeping records in 1935.

Even with lower accident rates, Pennsylvania drivers are still at risk of an accident. If you or someone you love have been involved in an automobile crash, reach out to MyPhillyLawyer. Every driver involved in a collision needs to be aware they can contact a car accident lawyer at MyPhillyLawyer to help them get fair compensation for their injuries and damages.

Car Accident Statistics

According to statistics from PennDOT:

  • Approximately 15 crashes occur every hour
  • There is one fatality every 7 hours
  • 214 people are injured every day in car accidents
  • One in 44 people were involved in a car crash
  • One out of 164 were injured in a collision
  • One out of 10,762 were killed in a wreck

Types of Car Crashes

Different types of car crashes occur on Pennsylvania roads. However, some types of car accidents are more common. Passenger vehicles were involved in more wrecks than any other kind of vehicle. Passenger vehicle accidents, when linked with SUVs, light trucks and vans, made up the vast majority of fatalities as a result of crashes. Overall, more accidents involve a single vehicle hitting an object than other types of collisions.

PennDOT list the following vehicles crashes, from highest number to lowest, as the most common in the state:

TypeNumber of Crashes
Collision with fixed object39,261
Angle34,346
Rear-end27,958
Sideswipe8,138
Head on5,089
Other5,037
Hit pedestrian4,045

The frequency of car accidents in Pennsylvania can be attributed to many different factors. Automobile collisions can be caused by factors like time of day, weather conditions and driver age.

Weather and road conditions cause many crashes. Adverse weather conditions negatively affect vehicle handling and visibility. Statistics from PennDOT show that:

  • 96,317 crashes occurred in not adverse weather conditions
  • 20,213 accidents occurred in rain or rain and fog
  • 9,802 crashes occurred in snow, sleet or freezing rain

Driver age is another factor that impacts the number of vehicle collisions across Pennsylvania. Overall male drivers are involved in more wrecks than female drivers. Of those drivers, those aged 21-25 were involved in more crashes than drivers in any other age group for both sexes.

Another major factor contributing to Pennsylvania automobile accidents is the day of the week and time of day. According to PennDOT:

  • In 2018 most crashes occurred on Thursdays and Fridays
  • Saturday and Sundays had the most fatalities
  • A total of 220 fatalities happened on Saturdays
  • A total of 191 deaths happened on Sundays
  • Some hours of the day are more deadly than others
  • Peak traffic times see more crashes and fatalities
  • 9,528 crashes, the highest number reported, occurred at 5:00 p.m. with 71 deaths

Types of Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents are often serious. Frequently a car crash will result in severe injuries, damages and even death. The severity of injuries will depend on many factors that contribute to the accident like the speed of the vehicles, size of the vehicles, weather conditions, etc. Here is a list of the most common car accident injuries.

Pennsylvania’s No-Fault System and Determining Fault in Car Accidents

Pennsylvania is a no-fault state and also a choice no-fault state. No-fault insurance means that each party in an accident, no matter who was at fault, is usually able to obtain compensation for injuries and other losses from their own insurance company. The choice to have fault or no-fault auto insurance must be made when a driver buys insurance.

Fault and choice no-fault insurance is also referred to as full tort and limited tort. Limited tort means the driver is not likely to be able to file a lawsuit to get compensation for injuries. They must file a claim with their own insurance company. Limited tort is fairly popular because the premiums are less expensive. While it is an option Pennsylvania drivers can choose, experts suggest limited tort coverage is not advisable because it limits drivers from being fully compensated for injuries in the aftermath of a car accident.

The other auto insurance option is full tort, offering fewer limitations. If a full tort insured driver is involved in an accident, they can file a claim against the insured driver to get compensation, and the driver deemed to be at-fault pays the lost wages and medical bills. While full tort insurance is expensive, it offers more protection in the event of an accident.

Those with limited tort car insurance can only sue the at-fault party for medical expenses. Limited tort does not allow drivers to sue the at-fault party for pain and suffering, which is usually 95 percent of the issue after a car accident.

Some exceptions can apply. Most commonly, full tort coverage will apply when: a drunk driver hit the policyholder; a pedestrian was hit by a car; the defendant’s car is registered out of state; the plaintiff was traveling in a commercial vehicle; the plaintiff was riding with a spouse or relative with full tort coverage and the plaintiff was an injured passenger; the defendant does not have auto insurance and if the accident was fatal, resulted in disfigurement or permanent impairment of bodily function.

Our Record of Success: Verdicts & Settlements

These are just examples of the injury cases we successfully handle every year. Our Philadelphia law firm recovers millions of dollars annually for clients.

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Brain injury causing brain damage

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Brain injury from ATV accident

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Tractor Trailer collision resulting in death

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Tractor Trailer accident resulting in death

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Shattered hip - high impact car crash

Motor Vehicle Accidents in Pennsylvania

Each day, 225 people are injured in reportable crashes in PA, which is about nine injuries every hour.

Experienced Philly Car Accidents Attorneys

How to Hire a Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer

Our Philadelphia car accident attorneys have handled thousands of serious and fatal motor vehicle accident cases, including:

We understand how to challenge insurance companies’ reluctance to give full and fair compensation by building strong cases that clearly show why financial damages are necessary. We tell our clients’ stories in a compelling and persuasive manner, emphasizing medical reports and projected financial loss over their lifetime. Our approach has helped us recover millions of dollars in compensation for auto accident victims suffering from head injuries, spinal cord injuries and other serious injuries.

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Debra Barr

I was never involved in an auto accident. I was very nervous. You and your office staff always took the time to answer my questions. It was very comforting to know that you were my lawyer.

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Suzanna Klipach

You agreed to represent me for my automobile accident when other attorneys turned the case down. I was thrilled with the settlement you negotiated. I will tell all my family and friends about you.

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Tatiana Bardina

My friend told me that [MyPhillyLawyer] was a very reliable company and that they take care of everything. Attorney Dean I. Weitzman was always on top of everything. He was very efficient and he made me really comfortable. I didn't know what to do and how it all works. He was very helpful. I did not have to worry about anything. They did it all very professionally. There were no problems whatsoever.

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Lillie R. Daniels

What impressed me most is that I called him [Dean I. Weitzman] and told him I wanted to come and see him. He said "No, you were in an accident and I will come and see you." He came the next day. We've been friends ever since. I call him if I have a problem, and he calls me back. I tell him you are like my son. I never had to go anywhere on my own. He always said "I will pick you up and take you there." That's what I love about him.

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Lillie R. Daniels

They are a law firm that cares. They are loving. They are compassionate. They are honest and anything they can do for you they will do. They will go the extra mile.

Aggressively Analyzing Your Motor Vehicle Accident Case

The first step in a Philadelphia car accident or other motor vehicle crashes is to determine how and why the accident occurred. MyPhillyLawyer aggressively pursues the answers to these questions. We gather and preserve evidence right away so we can build the strongest case possible on your behalf. When necessary, we will consult accident and medical experts to help us understand your case and the extent of your serious injuries. Additionally, we prepare all our cases as if going to trial. That way, if an insurance company does not give us what we want through negotiations, we can easily seek what you deserve in court.

Analyze

Determine the causes of the accident

Gather Evidence

Gather and preserve all relevant evidence

Build Your Case

Use all means available to build the best case

Stay Trial Ready

We are always prepared for trial, in all cases

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