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Car Accidents

Approximately three million people are injured in car accidents in the United States each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Sadly, many of these car accidents are the avoidable result of someone’s negligence. If you were injured, or you lost a loved one in such a car accident, the Philadelphia accident lawyers at The Igwe Firm can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Car accidents may be caused by unavoidable circumstances, such as sudden inclement weather. However, they are more often the result of human error.

Some common causes of car accidents include:

  • Distracted driving: This includes anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the road, such as talking or texting on the phone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 1,000 people are injured and nine are killed in distracted driving accidents in the United States each day.
  • Drunk driving: Alcohol can decrease alertness, reaction time, and other skills necessary for driving. The CDC reports that 29 people in the U.S. die each day in drunk driving accidents.
  • Drowsy driving: According to the NHTSA, at least 100,000 car accidents per year in the U.S. are caused by drowsy driving. Drowsy driving presents some of the same risks as drunk driving, and can therefore be just as dangerous.
  • Unsafe roads: Improperly-maintained roadways may cause or contribute to car accidents. Roads may also be unsafe due to potholes, or weather conditions such as rain, ice, or snow.

Common Car Accident Injuries

Injuries from car accidents vary, depending on the circumstances of each case. These can include what type of collision it was, whether the occupants were wearing seatbelts, and how fast the drivers were going.

Some common types of injuries include:

  • Amputations
  • Arm and leg injuries
  • Burns
  • Chest injuries
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Fatal injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)

The Pennsylvania Modified Comparative Rule

Pennsylvania follows the modified comparative negligence rule, which states that plaintiffs may only recover damages if they were less than 51 percent at fault for the accident. If a judge determines that they are more than 50 percent at fault for the accident, they will not be eligible to recover.

Plaintiffs who are less than 51 percent at fault are eligible for damages. However, their recovery amount will be reduced by an amount that is equal to their percentage of fault.

Therefore, a plaintiff who is entitled to receive $100,000, but is found to be 40 percent to blame for the car accident, will only be able to recover $60,000.

Compensation for Car Accident Injuries

Those who are injured in car accidents may be eligible to recover economic and/or non-economic damages from at-fault parties.

Economic damages are those that are quantifiable, such as medical expenses or lost wages from missed days of work. Non-economic damages are those that are not easily quantifiable, such as pain and suffering.

However, depending on whether they select a full tort or limited tort liability policy when purchasing insurance, Pennsylvania drivers may be limited as to the type of damages they may recover. Those who select a limited tort policy will only be able to recover economic damages; whereas those who select a full tort policy will be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages for their injuries.

Philadelphia Accident Lawyers at The Igwe Firm Help Car Accident Victims Obtain Compensation for Their Injuries

If you were injured in a car accident, contact a Philadelphia accident lawyer at The Igwe Firm. We can help you determine who should be held responsible so you can obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. We represent clients throughout Pennsylvania from our office conveniently located in Philadelphia. For a free consultation, please fill out our online contact form or call us at 215-278-9898.