The dedicated legal team of Caputo & Mariotti
Wilkes Barre Car Accident Lawyer
Wilkes Barre Auto Accident Lawyer
The feelings that often follow auto accidents involve a combination of terror, shock, numbness, pain, anger, and loss. Even worse, the experience of chasing an insurance claim after a car wreck further deepens the crisis for the victims. Most personal injuries suffered from auto accidents can cause immediate injuries or other forms of incapacitation which may manifest days after the collision. Once in a position to make a call, it is advisable to contact an experienced Wilkes Barre car accident lawyer to fight for the compensation you deserve.
How Common Are Car Crashes in Pennsylvania?
The only thing that’s certain in life is that we’re going to have to deal with accidents. Whether it’s directly related to our actions or the actions of others is a different story. Unfortunately, car crashes are common in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. According to PennDOT, over 128,420 car crashes occurred in 2018.
Fortunately, the majority of car crashes are property damage only related accidents. However, nearly 45% of all accidents result in some sort of injury or death. On the bright side, Pennsylvania experienced the lowest amount of fatalities in over 91 years.
What Causes Car Crashes?
Due to the area we live in, there are all sorts of reasons why someone may end up getting into a car crash. With a wide variety of people from other areas of the country, they drive the way they were taught there. Additionally, here are some other common causes of car accidents:
Human Error Related Crashes
As humans, we are bound to make mistakes. It’s in our nature to do so. However, human error plays a significant role in accidents. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) did a study in 2015 about the most common reasons crashes occur. Of the nearly 2.19 million accidents studied between 2005-2007, about 2.05 million crashes can be blamed on the drivers.
The study found that recognition based errors (driver not paying attention, distractions, & “inadequate surveillance caused 41% of 2.05 million crashes. Decision errors (speeding, misjudged timing, going too fast for the curve) caused 33% of those as well.
Weather Related Crashes
The weather in NEPA can get quite frightful. With winters that could rival those of the Arctic, the roads are quickly easily affected by winter weather. Additionally, it gets difficult for PennDOT to constantly keep the roads safe to travel. In some areas locally, massive rain can lead to flooding of local rivers making road travel difficult. Downed trees due to wind also can affect roads around here as well. Mother nature does not make it easier to drive around here. Of the 52,000 crashes attributed to these reasons, here are some of the more common causes:
- Icy, sludgy roads
- Glare from the roads
- Obstructed views of the road
- Foggy, Snowy, & rainy conditions
- The design of the road itself.
- Signs and signals on the road.
Northeastern Pennsylvania is a beautiful area of the country people come from all over the place to live in. It’s great to see this kind of diversity in the local community. However, the lifestyle of certain areas brings about different driving habits. This is absolutely understandable since one drives differently in New York City as they would in the remote sections of Susquehanna County. As you can see, this can lead to an increase in accidents.
Much like the people that drive them, cars on the road aren’t always perfect either. Even when they’re brand new off the lot, sometimes cars have serious safety issues. Additionally, the cost of buying a car gets more and more expensive as income stays stagnant. As you can see, according to market research firm IHS Markit, the average age of a vehicle in the US is 11.8 years old.
These numbers put the average car past most industry standard car warranties of 5 years and 60,000 miles. Also, when you factor in just how much it costs to prepare crucial items on your vehicle, it’s fair to say many vehicles barely pass inspection. Now it’s a little easier to see why about 44,000 car accidents per year happen due to issues related to the vehicle.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Wilkes Barre?
- If in stable condition, obviously dial 911 to report the accident.
- Seek medical attention, and report every injury or area of pain.
- Give a full account of what happened to the cops once they arrive - the smallest of details matter.
- Get a copy of the police report.
- Do not give any statements to anyone else, especially the opposing driver’s insurance agent.
- Take pictures of the scene, the other vehicle and your injuries.
- Get the contact information for the driver and any potential witnesses.
How Soon Should I Hire An Attorney?
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations states that car accident lawsuits must be reported within two years. The law restricts the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit against another party. After the two years, you can no longer file a claim to recover compensation for your injuries - a bad thing if your injuries show afterward.
As usual, the at-fault party’s insurance company will try to contact you right away for a statement claiming that they have your best interest at heart. The insurance company is a for-profit organization, and it’s really not looking out for your best interests. They do everything to under-compensate you to increase their profits. Therefore, it’s always advisable to consult with an experienced Wilkes Barre car accident lawyer before giving your statement. This will help you maximize your financial recovery and protect you from an unfair insurance settlement.
Trust Our Powerful Wilkes Barre Car Accident Lawyers
The Law Offices of Caputo & Mariotti has helped many car accident victims obtain the compensation they are entitled too. Our decades of experience have helped us to get an understanding of how to get the best result for you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys to tell us about your case.