According to the National Safety Council, approximately 4.5 million people were seriously injured in car crashes in the US in 2018. 25% of accidents are the result of some kind of cell phone use, whether texting or talking. Cell phones divide drivers’ attention between the road and their text or conversation. Unable to process all of the information from both activities, drivers are more likely to lose control of their vehicles. If you have been the victim of a car crash caused by another driver, call Casale & Bonner, PC, in Williamsport, PA, at 570-326-7044. We can help you gain the compensation you deserve.
Personal Injury Lawyer
People in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas are getting hurt. Drivers, passengers, and pedestrians can all be injured or killed by drivers who are acting irresponsibly. Causes of accidents include drunk driving, texting or talking on the phone, distracted driving, teen drivers, driver fatigue, speeding, and more. Be sure you’re driving safely so you’re not the cause of an accident.
Pennsylvania Is a No-Fault Car Insurance State
In Pennsylvania, after most traffic accidents, an injured person’s own insurance company will provide coverage for medical expenses and lost income regardless of who or what caused the accident.
The other driver involved in the accident cannot be held liable unless the accident meets a “serious injury” threshold. If you meet this threshold you can file a claim against the other driver to be compensated for pain and suffering. There is a debate over the exact meaning, but Pennsylvania law states that “serious injury” is “[a] personal injury resulting in death, serious impairment of body function or permanent serious disfigurement.” Several factors are considered in determining whether an injury meets the criteria. Consult one of our lawyers to find out more.
What to Do if You Are in a Car Accident
If you are in a car accident, there are steps you can follow to make the following days easier.
- Never drive away from the scene of an accident! First, move to a safe area, such as the side of the road. This will keep you safe from other vehicles.
- Stop your vehicle and get out if you are able. Turn on your hazard lights so that other vehicles can see you, especially at night.
- Check to see how others are doing, including your passengers, the other driver, and their passengers. Call 911. Even if it seems to be a minor accident, a police report can be valuable later when filing an insurance company and/or the other driver.
- Gather information, including, names of those involved in the accident, license plate numbers, insurance info, and makes and models of the vehicles.
- Seek medical attention even if you have only the most minor of symptoms. Sometimes injuries appear well after an accident occurs.
Call Casale & Bonner P.C.570-326-7044 to ensure a lawyer is informed and is available to protect your rights and help you obtain any compensation that you deserve.