There are nearly 253 million passenger vehicles on the road in the United States today and that number doesn’t include the millions of buses, commercial and shipping trucks, and motorcycles that are also used on a daily basis. Given the numbers, it’s hardly surprising that auto accidents happen, but shockingly, despite constant research into safety and preventative measures, accident numbers have continued to rise in recent years.
In 2015 alone, there were more than 4.4 million injuries sustained in auto accidents and nearly 40,000 people were killed. Tragically, in many cases, insurance simply wasn’t enough to cover the losses that were sustained and victims had to consult with an attorney to ensure that their needs were adequately met.
Can I File A Lawsuit After An Auto Accident?
Yes, it is possible that if you sustained a serious injury or if your loved one was killed in an auto accident, that you may be eligible for a personal injury lawsuit. The only way to be sure is to consult with one of our Pennsylvania and New Jersey personal injury attorneys. Our team will:
- investigate the accident
- determine who was at fault
- calculate the losses sustained
- explain all legal avenues that are available
How Much Is My Auto Accident Lawsuit Worth?
This question is often one of the first that a client asks and unfortunately, it is one that can’t be answered until after the case has been reviewed. You can rest assured, however, that our experienced and dedicated attorneys will fight to get the maximum compensation available. This might include coverage for:
- past and future medical expenses
- loss of income
- physical pain and suffering
- disfigurement or scarring
- emotional trauma
- burial expenses
- loss of companionship
In some cases, it might even be possible to obtain punitive damages. Punitive damages are not always available but when awarded, are intended to punish the party responsible for the accident because they acted with absolute disregard for the safety and lives of those around them.
Auto Accidents That Frequently Occur
Every auto accident is stressful and has the potential to cause serious damage not only to the vehicles involved but also to the drivers and passengers inside. The most commonly reported types of auto accidents include:
- Rear End Collision
- Head-On Collision
- High Speed
- Intersection Collision
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most auto accidents are caused by:
Texting & Driving
Technology hasn’t made changes to just automobiles – the cell phone has greatly changed since the large, clunky, numbers only devices of the past, transforming into sleek phones with texting and internet capabilities. But these new features distract thousands of drivers every day. On average, texting someone takes the driver’s eyes off of the road for 5 seconds, which, if the vehicle is traveling around 55 mph, means they go the entire length of a football field, blindly.
It’s no secret that alcohol consumption can cause slurred speech, vision changes, and delayed reaction times. While everyone of legal drinking age has the option of drinking as much as they please, getting behind the wheel of an automobile is illegal because of the physical changes alcohol causes. Yet every day, drunk drivers decide to drink and drive, putting everyone on the road at risk.
Anyone can become the victim of road rage. In fact, often the victim isn’t even aware that they have done something to upset the other driver until the aggressive reaction has caused an accident.
It is shockingly easy to fall asleep when overtired and behind the wheel. Although this isn’t an intentional accident, it is a highly dangerous one as the driver frequently doesn’t wake up until an impact occurs.
Speed limits are posted for a reason. The state Department of Transportation performs speed studies which take into account the condition of the road, the type of area it is in (rural / residential / city ), how many lanes are available, and the types of traffic that will be expected to travel on it. Using this, they determine a safe maximum speed. It’s easy to lose control of a car when that speed limit and broken, not to mention that the faster the vehicle is going the harder the impact.
Bald tires, bad brakes, and even worn down windshield wipes are all a recipe for disaster. That’s why PA and NJ require car owners to have inspections done, so that repairs can be made before an accident happens.
There are any number of defects that could cause an accident. One of the more highly publicized examples includes the issue which caused certain Toyota models to accelerate unexpectedly and drivers to lose control.
It’s not just car defects that can cause accidents – road defects that haven’t been addressed by the Department of Transportation can pop up unexpectedly.
It’s not just phones that can cause distracted driving issues – eating, applying makeup, talking to passengers, and reading are all forms of distracted driving, which is just as dangerous as texting.
Our Experienced Lawyers Can Help You
At Liss Law, we have helped thousands of auto accident victims get the maximum compensation for their losses. Through our open lines of communication, we make sure that our clients understand every option available to them and will answer every question that you have. Your first consultation is always free and we guarantee the most affordable fee available.
Can Liss Law Help If I Was Partially At Fault?
Yes! Both Pennsylvania and New Jersey allow for comparative negligence. But what does this mean?
In both states, the fact that the plaintiff contributed to the cause of the accident doesn’t necessary mean that they will be barred from seeking compensation. In cases like this, the court will assign a percentage to each party involved that represents how much of the accident was their fault. If the plaintiff is less than 50% at fault they may pursue legal action. Any amount that they obtain, however, will be reduced by the percentage assigned to them.
For example, if the plaintiff is found to be 10% at fault and they are awarded $10,000, the final amount they can obtain is $9,000.
Doesn’t Insurance Handle Getting Compensation?
While insurance may cover some of your losses, auto insurance only goes so far – only to the limits of the policy in fact. Additionally, insurance will only pay for property damage losses and some medical expenses. Coverage for physical pain and suffering or emotional trauma will never be offered.
It’s also no secret that insurance companies can be difficult to deal with. Typically, their adjusters are trained to ask specific questions which may result in an answer that would allow them to either deny a claim entirely or reduce the amount that is paid out. That’s why it is best to consult with our firm before you talk to the adjuster.