Philadelphia Auto Accident Attorney
Safety features such as anti-lock brakes and air bags have prevented many car accidents and minimized the risk of injury for drivers. But even though cars may be safer than they’ve ever been, crashes happen every day – and usually, driver error is a contributing factor.
New drivers may make mistakes behind the wheel, simply because they lack driving experience. In general, though, many driving errors can be traced to inattention, recklessness, and dangerous behaviors like driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
People who drive in a dangerous or irresponsible manner could be found liable, should they cause an accident that injures other people. If you’ve been injured in a car accident and believe another driver is to blame, we may be able to help. Call us today for a no-obligation consultation, at (800) 529-6600.
Car Accident Injuries
Costs associated with a car crash can be significant. Aside from vehicle damage, there may be other types of property loss. In 2015, there were several instances of Pennsylvania drivers’ crashing into a house, and on at least one occasion, a home’s resident was injured as a result.
Some car accidents don’t cause injury, or cause only minor scrapes. But some car crash injuries can be severe and require emergency medical treatment, surgery, or long-term care. Those injuries include:
- Whiplash – This neck injury occurs when the head is suddenly thrust forward and back, and it occurs primarily in rear-end collisions. Whiplash may cause neck pain, headaches, dizziness, stiffness – and in extreme cases, it may cause memory loss, depression, and sleep disturbances.
- Head injuries – The motion that causes whiplash can also cause head injuries, when the brain suddenly shifts position. Commonly, these injuries cause concussion, which is characterized by confusion, agitation, and slight memory loss. More severe injuries can occur when a person’s head hits a window or dashboard. A car accident brain injury could cause loss of consciousness, seizures, coma, long-term cognitive impairment, and a change in – or loss of – the ability to smell and taste.
- Chest injuries – Drivers may experience chest injuries if a crash propels their body forward into the steering wheel. The impact can cause broken ribs and internal bleeding.
- Back injuries – Back pain is common after a car crash, and minor causes include sprains or strains. Severe pain that becomes worse with movement could be indicative of a spinal fracture, which may require surgery, extensive time off work, and rehabilitation.
A broken arm and a bleeding wound are obvious signs that a person needs medical treatment. But with whiplash and other internal injuries, the extent of damage may not be immediately known. The adrenaline that accompanies a frightening car crash may lessen pain, and people may assume they don’t need medical treatment.
Even if you consider a car accident to be minor and don’t think you’re injured, you should see a doctor for a medical evaluation as soon as possible. And if you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Find out if you have a case. Call us today at (800) 529-6200.
Pennsylvania Car Crash Trends
Pennsylvania has been collecting crash information since 1935, and data indicates the roads have gotten safer over time. In 2014, the number of reported crashes was the fourth lowest since 1950, and the crash fatality rate was the second lowest ever recorded. Alcohol-related crashes have decreased over time; however, even though they accounted for just 9 percent of crashes in 2014, they caused 28 percent of crash fatalities. Among drivers ages 21 through 25, 43 percent of fatalities were drivers who had been drinking.
Alcohol-related crashes result in about $114.3 billion in damages in the United States every year, with about $62.3 billion of that amount attributable to loss of life. It’s clear that despite the known dangers of drinking and driving, many people do it anyway, putting themselves, their passengers, and other motorists at risk.
In July 2015, a Philadelphia man was indicted for negligent manslaughter because he had been under the influence of alcohol when he crashed into a tree in Maryland, killing a woman and injuring her two children – all passengers in his car.
Protecting Your Rights
It’s difficult to put a price tag on a family’s pain and suffering, or the loss of a loved one, but the law at least allows families to hold drunk drivers accountable for their actions.
If you or a family member has suffered an injury because of an irresponsible driver, don’t wait to get help. Contact Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller today for a free consultation. Complete our online form or call us at (800) 529-6600.