No one ever leaves home intending to be involved in a car accident, but accidents happen in the blink of an eye. The aftermath of a car accident can be a confusing time. You are left with injuries—often significant ones—at a time when you are not able to work and earn a living. Bills pile up, insurance companies are calling trying to lowball any sort of settlement, and you may be tempted to take whatever they offer just to get it over and done with. SMA Law Group urges you not to speak with the insurance company in your case until you speak with our Westmoreland County car accident attorney.
Recovering From Your Accident
The road to recovery from a car accident can be difficult. Injuries may be severe and long-lasting, or even take a while to present with symptoms. Medical bills can stack up, and you may be unable to work during your recovery. You should not be punished for a car accident injury that was not your fault. The sooner you reach out to our team of car accident attorneys, the sooner you can set your financial worries aside and focus on the important part of the aftermath of your accident – recovery.
Statistics on Pennsylvania Car Accidents
The most recent data on car accidents in Pennsylvania is from 2017, and are courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
- Compared to the rest of the U.S., Pennsylvania has an average of one to two fewer car accident fatalities per 100,000 people.
- Compared with previous years’ statistics, Pennsylvania saw a 1.0% increase in accidents, but a 4.3% decrease in fatalities and 2.8% decrease in injuries.
- Crashes are most often caused by speeding, distracted driving, improper turns, and driving under the influence.
- Male drivers were involved in more accidents than female drivers in most age groups.
- Approximately 15 crashes per hour were reported, with at least three people dying every day as a result of car accidents.
Compensation in Your Car Accident Claim
Pennsylvania is a “choice” no-fault state, which means that if you choose to have no-fault coverage at the time of your accident, you will need to file a claim under your own personal injury protection coverage to receive compensation for your medical bills and other losses, whether someone else was responsible for the crash or you caused it yourself. Your injury claim must meet certain prerequisites before you can step outside of no-fault and file a claim against an at-fault driver. In this situation, you will need an experienced, knowledgeable lawyer to help you with your case.
There is a two-year statute of limitations for filing your case, so don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of car accident lawyers ASAP.