Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer
Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident in Philadelphia, PA? If so, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries and suffering. The experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC will fight to help you recover all of the money you need and deserve.
Contact our Philadelphia injury law office to schedule a free, no-obligation case assessment. There’s no risk in asking for our help, so give us a quick call today.
- 1 Philadelphia, PA Car Accident Statistics
- 2 How Will a Philadelphia Car Accident Attorney Help Me After a Crash?
- 3 Where Do Most Car Accidents in Philadelphia Happen?
- 4 Who’s Responsible For My Injuries After a Car Accident?
- 5 Common Causes of Car Accidents in Philadelphia
- 6 Can I Get Money If I’m Blamed For a Car Accident?
- 7 How Will Pennsylvania’s No-Fault Insurance Rules Affect My Case?
- 8 We Handle All Car Accident Cases
- 9 What Should I Do After a Car Accident in Philadelphia?
- 10 When Do I Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit in Pennsylvania?
- 11 Call Our Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers For Help
Philadelphia, PA Car Accident Statistics
Every day, there are dozens of traffic accidents in and around Philadelphia. In 2014, there were 10,627 accidents reported in all of Philadelphia County.
Just two years later, the number of accidents rose to 12,198, an increase of more than 14 percent. While the total number of crashes decreased slightly between 2016 and 2017, accidents in the city are still happening more frequently than they used to.
How Serious Are Car Accidents in Philadelphia?
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, no county in the reported more fatal crashes in 2017 than Philadelphia County.
DOT statistics reveal that 8.3 percent of fatal Pennsylvania car accidents happened in Philadelphia County. Allegheny County came in a distant second, reporting 5.9 percent of the state’s fatal crashes.
Just how serious are car accidents that happen in Philadelphia? In 2017, there were 11,160 reported car accidents. Of these:
- 7,977 caused an injury
- 91 were fatal, and
- 3,092 only resulted in property damage.
Nearly three-quarters of all Philadelphia car accidents result in an injury of some sort. More than 7 people are killed in Philadelphia car accidents every day. Despite efforts to make Philadelphia roads safer, these numbers haven’t varied by much over the past few years.
How Will a Philadelphia Car Accident Attorney Help Me After a Crash?
When you get hurt, one of the most important things you’ll do is seek compensation for your injuries. However, it can be challenging to actually get the money you deserve. Car accident cases can be complicated. Insurance companies will fight you every step of the way. Others involved in your crash will try to blame you for your injuries. This is all happening while you’re trying to recover from your injuries.
Fortunately, you don’t have to fight for compensation on your own. You can benefit tremendously by hiring an attorney to handle your personal injury case. When you trust the experienced car accident lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, you’ll give yourself the time you need to focus on getting better. You’ll also increase the likelihood of getting the money you desperately need and deserve.
Here’s why you should call our Philadelphia law firm if you’ve been involved in a car accident. We will:
- Stand up for you when insurance companies will try to drive down the value of your claim and trick you into accepting less than you deserve.
- Carefully investigate your accident to determine why it happened and who is to blame.
- Seek damages from anyone who played even the slightest role in allowing you to get hurt.
- Protect you when insurers or at-fault parties try to blame you for your injuries.
- Work closely with accident experts in Philadelphia to determine what your case is really worth.
Here’s our promise to you. We’re a family business. We understand what you’re going through after an accident. We’ll be your fiercest advocates and fight tirelessly to get you the money you need after your Philadelphia auto accident. You’ll get nothing short of our very best.
Give us a quick call to discuss your car accident injury case and learn more today.
Where Do Most Car Accidents in Philadelphia Happen?
When you drive in and around Philadelphia, there’s no guarantee that you won’t get into an accident. That’s true, even if you’re being as careful as you possibly can. However, you might be able to increase the odds of staying safe by knowing where traffic accidents in Philadelphia tend to happen most frequently.
According to crash data, more accidents happen on these roads and intersections in Philadelphia than anywhere else in the city:
- Street Road
- Bustleton Ave
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial Hwy & I-95/Wanamaker Ave Co
- Delaware Expressway
- Roosevelt Blvd
- Schuylkill Expressway, and
- Broad Street.
Any road that intersects with one of these highways can be incredibly dangerous. For example, there’s an 11-mile stretch of Roosevelt Blvd that ranks as the most dangerous place to drive in Pennsylvania. Why? In the two-year period between 2015 and 2017, there were 26 crashes resulting in 30 deaths on this stretch of highway. No other road in the state came close.
Who’s Responsible For My Injuries After a Car Accident?
Car accidents happen every day in Philadelphia. It’s no surprise, given how congested city roads and highways tend to be. When a motor vehicle accident happens, whether you’re on I-76 or Chestnut Street, it’s probably because someone was negligent. In Pennsylvania, anyone who is negligent can be financially responsible for resulting injuries and damages.
You might have a legitimate claim against a:
- Driver of another passenger vehicle
- Bus driver
- Negligent party’s employer
- Government agency responsible for road maintenance
- Company that sold a defective vehicle or piece of equipment.
You deserve to know who caused you to get hurt. That’s why our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys will thoroughly analyze the circumstances surrounding your accident. We’ll do our best to figure out the cause(s) and identify everyone who is liable for your injuries.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Philadelphia
Collisions and crashes can happen for a lot of different reasons. Leading causes of car accidents in Philadelphia include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Fatigued driving
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Tailgating and other aggressive driving behaviors
- Making unsafe or illegal turns
- Hazardous road or weather conditions, and
- Defective vehicles or equipment.
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident and share little-to-none of the blame, you might be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys can help you fight to maximize your award. Call our office to learn more today.
Can I Get Money If I’m Blamed For a Car Accident?
It depends. Anyone who contributes to an accident can be liable for resulting damages. This also includes victims like you who got hurt in the crash. Can you still recover compensation if you’re partly to blame? Possibly. Pennsylvania, like many others, is a comparative fault state.
Under Pennsylvania General Assembly Statute Section 7102, you’re not automatically barred from recovering compensation just because you played a role in causing your accident. You can seek compensation as long as you’re no more than 50 percent to blame. In other words, someone else (or several other people) have to be primarily responsible for your car accident.
If you do share fault, it will affect the amount of money you can ultimately recover. Your damages will be reduced by however much fault is allocated to you. For example, your damages would be reduced by 50 percent if you were allocated 50 percent of the blame.
Insurance companies and others involved in your accident will try to shift as much of the blame for the crash to you as possible. Don’t let them. If their tactics are successful, it could significantly reduce the amount of money you’re able to get. It could even prevent you from getting money, at all, if they can persuade a court to believe that you’re primarily at fault.
For more than three decades, our attorneys have been handling complex car crash cases. We know what steps must be taken to protect you and your ability to get the money you need. Call us for immediate assistance after a crash.
How Will Pennsylvania’s No-Fault Insurance Rules Affect My Case?
Pennsylvania is a “no-fault” state when it comes to accidents. Anyone who owns a motor vehicle in the state has to purchase minimum amounts of car insurance. When you’re in an accident, this coverage will be the primary source of compensation if you get hurt. Under the state’s no-fault rules, you have to look to your own insurer for compensation, regardless of who’s at fault for the accident.
Your insurance provider will only pay up to your policy limits. If you’ve purchased the minimum required by the state, this means you only have $15,000 in coverage for bodily injury and $5,000 in coverage for property damage. The average cost of a car accident, without any debilitating or catastrophic injuries, is much greater.
Full Tort vs. Limited Tort
So, what happens when your injuries and damages exceed what your car insurance company will pay? Under Pennsylvania law, it depends on whether you chose the “full tort” or “limited tort” option when you bought your car insurance policy.
If you opted for “full tort,” there are no restrictions on filing a lawsuit against a negligent party to recover additional compensation. All damages, including those for pain and suffering, would be available.
If you chose the less-expensive “limited tort” option, you could only file a lawsuit if you’ve suffered severe impairment of function, a permanent disability, disfigurement, or death. Even then, you wouldn’t be entitled to damages for certain non-economic damages, including those for emotional distress or chronic pain.
We understand that you’ve got a lot on your plate right now. You’re dealing with a painful injury and trying to make ends meet. The added stress of trying to figure out how to get money for your injuries can make things worse. Let the attorneys at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC help. We’ll assess your situation and do everything we can to get you maximum compensation.
We Handle All Car Accident Cases
Our attorneys understand that any car accident injury can be devastating. That’s why we’ll help you demand money for all of your injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Crushing injury
- Chest injury
- Eye injury
- Sprains, strains, bruises, and other soft tissue damage
- Neck injury
- Back injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Wrongful death, and more.
Contact our personal injury law firm to schedule your free consultation. We understand if you can’t make it into the office to talk to us about your case. If this happens, we’ll come to you. Our attorneys can come ot your home, place of work, or even the hospital while you recover. We’re here to help. All you have to do is give us a quick call. It’s that simple.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident in Philadelphia?
Getting into an accident can be very jarring. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the steps you take immediately following a crash can be critical to your health and your ability to recover compensation. Here’s what you need to know.
Move to Safety. If you’re not severely injured, be sure to move to safety as soon as you can after an accident. If you can’t move your car because it’s not driveable, just leave it where it is. The important thing is that you move somewhere safe. Oncoming drivers might not see the wreck ahead of them and, in turn, slam into your car. You don’t want to be anywhere nearby if and when that happens.
Call the Police. Do not leave the scene of the accident before you’ve called the police to report your accident. Ask to have an officer sent out to write up a police report. That report could play a very important role in any future legal claims you decide to pursue. Officers will document details that might be forgotten or lost over time, such as traffic or weather conditions. The officer might even write down a preliminary assessment of fault. Your attorney can rely on this report when they conduct a thorough investigation into your crash down the line.
See a Doctor. Don’t skip a trip to the doctor. You might have sustained internal injuries that could pose a serious threat to your health. Even if you haven’t, you’ll want to make sure that all of your injuries are documented as soon as possible. This can make it easier to prove a causal link between your accident and injuries, which might be vital to a financial recovery.
Resist the Urge to Talk About the Accident. The only person with whom you should discuss your accident is your attorney. Don’t talk to insurance companies. Don’t talk to anyone else who’s involved. They might take what you say, manipulate it, and use it to their advantage. It could hurt your ability to get the money you deserve.
Direct All Communication to Your Lawyer. Insurers might try to reach out to you shortly after an accident with a settlement offer. This is particularly true if they think that their insured client is at fault. However, this offer is almost certainly for much less money than your case is worth. Accepting it could do more harm than good. The best thing you can do is direct any communication to your Philadelphia personal injury lawyer.
When Do I Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit in Pennsylvania?
We know things are tough right now. It can take a while to get back your feet after an unexpected crash. Even then, you might still feel the effects of your accident. However, we urge you to assert your right to get compensation as soon as you can. You risk losing out on valuable money if you wait too long.
Insurance providers in Pennsylvania reserve the right to deny your claim if you don’t:
- Notify them shortly after you get hurt, AND
- Submit a personal injury claim for damages within a “reasonable” amount of time after your accident.
Each company is different, so it’s best to act quickly. An experienced attorney can help guide you through the process and negotiate the claim on your behalf.
If you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit, you must do so before the applicable statute of limitations expires. In Pennsylvania, you’ll have to file your claim within two years of the date of your accident.
Not sure how long you have to ask for the money you need and deserve? The attorneys at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC are here to help. All you have to do is give us a call after your accident. It’s that easy.
Call Our Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers For Help
Car accidents happen every day in Philadelphia. If you get hurt because someone else was in a rush or not paying attention, you might be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC have more than 30 years of experience helping injured car accident victims in and around Philadelphia.
Contact our law office to find out how we can help you, too. Your first consultation is free, so call to schedule yours today.