Car Accidents

Scranton, Pennsylvania Car Accident Attorneys

Every 11 seconds, another person is injured in a car accident in the United States. Auto accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injury, not to mention they are one of the most frightening and stressful events in most peoples’ lifetime. The effects of a car crash can be permanent, with many ending in death.

Injured survivors and families of deceased victims must contend with the resulting medical bills and mental stress. They may also have to manage permanent or temporary physical disabilities, frequently resulting in lost work hours. Rehabilitation, which can be very costly, is often necessary to help a victim regain the quality of life he or she had before the accident. Car accidents can change the lives of victims and their families forever.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in an Pennsylvania car accident, the experienced attorneys at Caputo & Mariotti can help you gain the compensation you deserve. We have been successfully representing clients for over 20 years in locations all over Pennsylvania.

You are welcome to read all of the information below, but, if you’d like a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, please call us at 570-342-9999, or fill out our online contact form.

Causes of Pennsylvania Car Accidents

Many different factors can cause a car accident, including:

  • Bad weather
  • Fatigued drivers
  • Drunk driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Faulty traffic lights
  • Blocked traffic signs
  • Driving far above or below the speed limit
  • Drivers distracted by their passenger, phone, radio, texting or cell phone use.
  • Driver failure to obey common traffic laws

Many factors beyond these can cause auto accidents. The most common reason, however, is driver negligence. Many drivers frequently pay more attention to their surrounding than their own driving. By doing this, these drivers increase the likelihood that they will cause an accident and possibly significant physical injury to other drivers.

Common injuries resulting from car accidents include:

  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Neck injury
  • Back injury
  • Head injury
  • Knee injury
  • Shoulder injury
  • Elbow injury
  • Wrist injury
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Sciatic injuries
  • Ligament, tendon, and muscle tears

A person’s movements become significantly limited and can be very painful. It is clear that many auto accident injuries can have a significant impact on a victim’s ability to work and make a living. Injuries can often harm victims’ relationships with friends and family, and inhibit their ability to engage in activities they used to enjoy. Car accidents can also leave victims without transportation.

Even a minor accident can trigger painful soft-tissue injuries. Although soft-tissue injuries may not appear immediately after the accident, swelling, inflammation, and pain can appear  afterwards. These soft-tissue injuries can create a vicious cycle of pain limiting a victim’s ability to fully participate in daily life.

Caputo & Mariotti understand all the negative consequences car accidents can have on victims and their loved ones. We know how insurance companies work and all the requirements of law. Many factual and legal issues can result from car accident cases. Insurers may also dispute injury claims and whether those injuries reduce the capacity of a victim to earn a living. If you have been injured in an auto accident, you can rely on Caputo & Mariotti to help you get what you deserve!

You are welcome to read all of the information below, but, if you’d like a free, legal auto accident consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, please call us at 570-342-9999, or fill out our online contact form.

Auto Accident Fatalities

According to recent statistics, someone dies in a car accident every 12 minutes! The effects of an auto accident can be shocking, especially if they are caused by another’s negligence. Surviving family members are left with legal and financial consequences, while also having to endure the grief of losing a loved one. If you are dealing with the consequences of a fatal car crash, you could use the help of Caputo and Mariotti!

Our attorneys are fully committed to helping our clients successfully manage this process. We have successfully represented many surviving family members during these difficult times. We will use our best efforts to gain the maximum compensation for our clients. We understand the importance of a family’s desire to have justice delivered.

It is never easy to recover full damages from an insurance company. Attorneys who are not fully knowledgeable about auto accident law can get overwhelmed. It is important you find someone to help immediately after the accident. Our personal injury attorneys have the required experience to help you develop the most effective legal strategy for you situation.

You are welcome to continue reading all of the information below, but, if you’d like a free, legal auto accident consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, please call us at 570-342-9999, or fill out our  online contact form.

What Happens after the Car Accident?

Timing can make a huge difference in any auto accident case. This makes it important to talk to an auto accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident. If you consult our firm quickly, you’ll remember the facts of the case clearly and it will help to preserve the most physical evidence possible. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help, and the more favorable your outcome will be.

While you recover from the crash, Caputo & Mariotti’s team will help you secure the medical support and benefits you are legally entitled to. We will thoroughly investigate every aspect of your case. This data will help us create an estimated value of your damages. We can also help you locate the appropriate health care providers for treating your injuries.

You can always rest assured that a member of our legal team will be available to talk with you. Here is the basic outline of our process:

  • We investigate the unique circumstances of your case
  • We identify all defendants
  • We establish liability
  • We find all available insurance coverage and notify companies we are legally representing you
  • We discuss all damages you and your family may be able to receive

Our Moosic, PA law firm has successfully represented hundreds of clients. We have the resources and necessary experience to advocate for your rights and pursue any course of legal action needed. Although most personal injury cases are settled prior to trial, we will gladly take your case to trial if the offending party does not offer a fair settlement.

For a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, please call us at 570-342-9999, or fill out our online contact form.

Negligent and Aggressive Drivers Cause Car Accidents

You may know whom to blame for an auto accident, however, the legal definition of fault may differ. If the other driver was at fault, you may have to demonstrate that driver’s actions caused your damages.

The attorneys at Caputo and Mariotti can help you wade through these complex legal issues. Many different information sources can provide details of what actually happened in the accident.

Some sources include:

  • Eyewitnesses
  • Witness statements
  • Vehicle conditions after the accident
  • Other physical evidence
  • Police reports
  • Road conditions
  • Investigation procedures
  • Medical expert witnesses
  • Computer-aided accident reconstruction

Aggressive drivers pose a serious threat to everyone else. Driving too fast and taking unnecessary risks are also major contributors to auto accidents, and can increase the intensity of resulting injuries. You should always avoid confrontation with such drivers.

Here are some tips for dealing with aggressive drivers:

  • Get out of the way
  • Don’t make eye contact
  • Don’t make or return obscene gestures
  • Don’t challenge the aggressive driver
  • Report the driver to authorities – stop on the side of the road and use your cell phone if needed

Drunk Driving

Someone in the United States dies as the result of an alcohol-related auto accident every 30 minutes. A drunk driver can face criminal charges and a lawsuit. Pennsylvania law also holds the business that sold alcohol to the driver, if he or she was under 21, to be held liable. Social hosts can also face liability in similar situations, but in either case, the drunk driver holds his or her share of liability.

The drunk driving accident attorneys at Caputo & Mariotti have years of success obtaining jury verdicts and settlements against restaurants, bars, and other establishments that sold alcohol to drunk drivers causing injuries to others. If you or a loved one have been injured as the result of drunk driving accident, contact one of our experienced attorneys at 570-342-9999, or fill out our online contact form.

Car Accidents Not Caused by Drivers

Products Liability & Defective Roads

In certain situations, all drivers are acting responsibly, but an accident still happens. Manufacturing defects or flawed designs could have caused the accident. If your airbag didn’t go off as needed or if your steering or brakes failed, you could be entitled to compensation.

Products liability actions related to automobiles can involve many types of evidence, including the admissibility of similar prior accidents, prior lawsuits over the vehicle and its components, and manufacturer’s compliance with industry safety standards, among many others. Evidentiary matters become increasingly difficult because vehicle damage can be caused by attempts to remove victims from the car or by towing done at the scene. It is important to determine the damage caused during the collision and what happened afterwards.

If your injuries were caused by your car’s design, you may be able to get damages from the designer, manufacturer, and/or distributor. Mechanics can be held liable if they improperly repair your car and that repair causes the accident. The attorneys at Caputo & Mariotti can investigate all the facts of your case and determine its viability in court. Call us today for a free consultation at 570-342-9999, or fill out our online contact form.

Other factors that can contribute to or cause an accident:

  • Poorly maintained roads
  • Poor roadway lighting
  • Confusing construction areas
  • Improperly protected or marked construction areas
  • Confusing signs
  • Roads with improper or inoperable lighting

Most often, a government entity is responsible for the design, construction, and ongoing maintenance for streets, roads, and highways. Although “sovereign immunity” protects government entities from lawsuits, it is still possible to recover damages under special circumstances. Our experienced auto accident attorneys can help you with all the details. For a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, please call us at 570-342-9999, or fill out our online contact form.

Damages: Compensation for Your Losses

Victims of a Northeastern Pennsylvania car crash could collect compensation for their injuries, including any other expenses related to those injuries. These expenses are called “damages,” and may include a variety of physical injuries.

Types of damages include:

  • Past, present, and future medical expenses resulting from the accident
  • Lost past and future earnings
  • Compensation for damage to personal property
  • Rehabilitative services
  • Prosthetics
  • A wheel-chair ramp placed at your home
  • Modified transportation
  • Medical bills

It is much easier to calculate a dollar value for these damages than it is to value a victim’s pain and suffering, lower quality of life, and permanent impairment or disfigurement.

Monetary compensation may still be available even if the injured person had already suffered a previous injury. Legally, a new injury can be considered to aggravate a prior condition, and it can be treated as a separate matter from the previous one. We recommend you keep a diary regarding the details about your physical and emotional pain resulting from the accident. This documentation can help to establish the effects of the accident.

Spouse’s Damages: Loss of Consortium

“Loss of consortium” is the legal term that describes damages an accident causes a victim’s spouse. Because marital relationships provide companionship, assistance, affection, comfort, and sexual relations, a car accident victim’s spouse may be entitled to compensation for loss of consortium resulting from the negligent motorist’s driving.

Amount of Financial Recovery or Compensation

Many legal issues affect the total compensation a victim, spouse, and surviving family members can recover. That amount depends on Pennsylvania law, type and extent of injury, damage to vehicles involved, ability to prove admissibility facts, past and future medical treatments, impact injuries have on a person’s ability to make a living, and the injured person’s actions.

Aggressive Advocacy at Your Side

Our Northeastern Pennsylvania car accident attorneys know even minor car crashes can cause significant injuries. Seemingly minor injuries can require extensive medical care and the full extent of the injury may not be experienced until well after the accident.

Many other law firms may not even pursue claims for minor injuries resulting from auto accidents. However, our personal injury lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve. We will thoroughly investigate your case to determine its viability in court.

Many motorists mistakenly believe insurance coverage is sufficient to provide protection in the event of an accident. However, many drivers disobey state insurance laws and carry no coverage at all. Even with the required minimum, they may not have enough to cover your damages.

In most cases, an insurance company pays compensation to auto accident victims or surviving family members. The insurance company’s self-interest drives it to make the minimum offer, regardless of the facts of the accident. They frequently don’t even cover all medical bills and funeral expenses. Usually, the insurance company makes contact soon after the accident to obtain information and secure a favorable settlement for itself. It may be easier to accept, however, you will probably recover less than you can legally recover if you had the assistance of a skilled attorney. A quick settlement may not account for future medical costs, and it might not even cover short-term medical expenses.

The experienced attorneys at Caputo and Mariotti know how to negotiate with insurance companies Please call us at 570-342-9999, or fill out our online contact form.

Questionable tactics insurance companies may use include:

  • Offering advice and acting as your friend in order to get information from you.
  • Advising you do not hire an attorney and having you sign a release as part of payment. If you cash a check, this typically means you cannot legally pursue any further legal action.
  • Suggesting your entire claim is a fake so they can totally deny payment, regardless of evidence.
  • Conducting surveillance on your family in order to make your injuries appear less severe.
  • Taking a statement at the accident scene or shortly afterwards.
  • Writing policies in a confusing way in order to limit or deny your benefits.
  • Misrepresenting policy benefits, coverage, and effective dates.
  • Prolonging claim payment to coerce you into unfavorably low settlements.
  • Prolonging payment to elderly victims until that victim dies in an attempt to avoid payment altogether.

We strongly recommend you do not talk to any insurance company representatives without first talking to one of our experienced attorneys.

Have You Been Seriously Injured in an Northeastern Pennsylvania Auto Accident?

If you have, then it is important that you know your options. What should you do if one of your loved ones needlessly suffers injuries from a car crash? Don’t face the gigantic insurance companies alone. If you or your loved one has been injured in a car accident, it is vital you hire a competent and aggressive attorney to ensure you receive full compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Caputo & Mariotti has a track record of success helping victims of auto accidents. If you’d like a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, please call us at 570-342-9999, or fill out our online contact form.