Car accidents are a difficult reality that many people have to deal with at some point. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), over 120,000 people experience a car accident annually. Car accidents can be both costly and dangerous affairs. PennDOT estimates that car accidents costs Pennsylvania residents over $17,000,000 per year. In 2016 alone, car accidents costed every Pennsylvania resident nearly $1,400. As far as injuries are concerned, the latest available data from PennDOT found that over 80,000 people were injured in car accidents. No matter the severity, car accidents can have serious repercussions.
If you or a loved one were recently involved in a car accident, you are probably navigating personal, professional, and medical repercussions. Often, car accidents are caused by negligent driving behaviors or maintenance practices. If you suspect negligence was involved in your car accident, you should contact an Erie car accident attorney as soon as possible. Attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman have a wealth of experience—over 170 years combined—to draw from. The legal team uses the experience to develop a understanding bound with clients in pursuit of compensation.
There are a variety of types and causes of car accidents in Pennsylvania. Some common car accident types in Pennsylvania include collisions, commercial vehicle accidents, and single car accidents.
Common forms of collisions include head-on collisions, rear end collisions, and side impact collisions. Collisions are some of the most deadly forms of car accidents and are frequently caused by negligent driving behaviors.
Commercial vehicle accidents do not occur as frequently as collisions, but they especially dangerous for passengers of other vehicles. Over 80 percent of commercial vehicle accident fatalities occur to passengers of other vehicles. With so much responsibility, commercial vehicle drivers should be held at higher standards than regular drivers.
It is a common misconception that drivers are immediately at fault in single car accidents. Single car accidents, especially rollover accidents, can commonly be caused or worsened by vehicle malfunctions and highway defects.
Whether it is a collision, single vehicle, or commercial vehicle accident, negligent driving behavior can be to blame. There are many forms of negligent driving behavior: driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while distracted by a device, or failing to adhere to traffic laws. Other forms of negligence that can cause accidents companies or entities failing to maintain roadways or vehicle manufacturers putting out defective products.
After any car accident, you should seek medical attention. Due to shock, adrenaline, and the internal nature of injuries, your injuries can worsen or be prolonged over time. When your injuries are addressed, you should consider contacting an Erie car accident attorney. Attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman have experience in virtually every form of car accident. Our legal team keep your best interests in mind and are willing to stand by your side no matter how long the legal process takes. For a free consultation with Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, follow this link or call us anytime at 888-98-89467.