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Car and Truck Accident Lawyers in Lansdowne PA
Personal Injury Law Firm Handling Car and Truck Accident Claims For Clients Throughout Pennsylvania
When you’re suffering from a preventable injury, Larry Pitt & Associates are the experienced car and truck accident lawyers in Lansdowne that you need. We have the experience, toughness, and resources to help vehicle accident victims get justice. We have obtained numerous large settlements and verdicts on behalf of Delaware County residents. We work with investigators, reconstruction experts, engineers, financial professionals, and your doctors to prove another driver caused your accident and that you are entitled to a significant damage award for physical pain, emotional suffering, extensive medical bills, and lost income. We also bring wrongful death claims on behalf of the immediate family members if a loved one was killed.
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Dealing with the after-effects of a collision is hard; choosing the right lawyer for your needs shouldn’t be. Larry Pitt & Associates offers comprehensive and aggressive representation to car and truck crash victims in Pennsylvania. Please call 888-PITT-LAW or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Philadelphia traffic accident lawyer today. We are proud to serve clients throughout:
Fighting for Injured Drivers, Passengers, and Pedestrians in Delaware County
Statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for 2016 confirm that close to 83,000 people were injured and close to 1,200 people were killed in Pennsylvania highway accidents. Car and truck accidents are often due to a driver speeding, being tired, being distracted, or being intoxicated. Victims who survive car crashes and truck wrecks suffer serious injuries, such as spinal cord damage, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and muscle damage.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Why an accident happened determines who is at fault. Car accidents can occur for any of the following reasons:
- Driving while distracted by a text message, a cell phone call, the radio, looking at a GPS system, or for many other reasons
- Drunk driving
- Operating the car without due regard for the traffic conditions, including the weather
- Speeding, passing improperly, or violating a Pennsylvania traffic law
Car parts that are defective can also cause injuries and fatalities. Manufacturers and any business involved in the sale of the defective car part can be held strictly liable (no need to prove fault) if the defect existed and caused the injuries or fatalities.
Taverns, hotels, and any business or individual that serves someone who is visibly drunk can be held liable for any accidents that driver causes. Delaware County and Pennsylvania may be liable if road designs were done improperly, or they failed to properly maintain their roads.
Types of Car Accidents
The way an accident happened can also indicate who was at fault. The manner of an accident can also indicate which injuries are most likely to result. For example, death is likely when cars are involved in head-on collisions. Whiplash and soft tissue injury are likely if one car rear-ends another.
Our Lansdowne car accident lawyers handle all accidents, including those that involve:
- Head-on crashes. These accidents normally occur if a car is going the wrong way.
- Multiple-car pileups. We work to show which cars crashed into the other cars and why.
- Rear-end collisions. These crashes can happen when one driver is following another too closely or fails to apply the brakes in time.
- Sideswipes. These accidents usually happen when two cars fail to merge correctly or one car passes improperly.
- Single-car accidents. Normally, in this scenario, a passenger sues the driver for losing control of the car.
- Two cars colliding. Many serious car accidents involve two cars crashing into each other.
Accidents occur on Interstate 476; U.S Routes 1, 13, and 322, Pennsylvania Routes 3 and 291; and many other highways and roads. No matter where your accident occurred, we can help you determine the cause and who was at fault.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Our Lansdowne truck accident attorneys handle cases caused by semi-rigs, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and any type of commercial truck. Trucks can jackknife, roll over, spill their cargo, cause multi-vehicle pileups, or collide with each in the same way that cars collide. Underride accidents are also common and often deadly. Truck accidents often result in someone dying or someone suffering catastrophic or serious injuries because smaller vehicles are simply no match for the size and weight of a commercial truck.
Truck accidents can be due to defective truck parts. We seek to hold drivers and the trucking companies that hire them responsible when negligence is due to:
- Driver fatigue
- Drunk driving
- Failing to comply with commercial driving laws that require that drivers keep logs
- Failing to comply with federal and state laws that regulate how big trucks can be
- Failing to properly inspect the trucks
- Not obeying the rules of the road
- Overloading the cargo or not securing it properly
- Pressuring truck drivers to meet unreasonable time demands
Trucking companies should educate their drivers on the safe ways to operate their truck.
What Our Clients Say
Philadelphia Car & Truck Accident FAQs
When you live in a city like Philadelphia, you’re surrounded by cars and people at all times. As far as the law is concerned, the leading cause of a serious car accident is “negligence.”
In a car accident case, you will have to prove that your injuries are the result of the negligent behavior of another driver or another person or entity, such as a manufacturer.
A car accident can happen any time – day or night – and for any number of reasons. Philadelphia car accidents are often the result of:
- Driving aggressively (road rage)
- Failing to obey traffic signals
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving e.g. using a mobile device (texting, talking, emailing)
- Adjusting the radio or GPS/Maps
- Grooming such as shaving or applying makeup
- Adjusting the radio or other music device
- Watching videos
- Interacting with other passengers
- Looking for an object in the vehicle while driving
- Reading or writing
- Drunk driving or driving under the influence (DUI)
- Driver cutting other drivers off
- Drivers are unable to see around blind spots, like double-parked cars or delivery trucks
- Drivers ignoring the laws for crosswalks
- Out-of-staters not knowing the rules of the road
- People cutting into bike lanes
- Stop-and-go traffic patterns
- Trying to “beat” the light, either on the straight-away or around corners
- Wrong-way collisions on one-way roads
- Driving at night
- Driving without a license
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Unsafe or illegal turns
- Defect of your vehicle or another’s vehicle
- Negligent maintenance
- Hazardous or dangerous roadway
While this is a fairly comprehensive list, there may be another reason for a car or truck accident. If you have been injured by or while in a vehicle, you may have a car accident claim. Have an experienced Philadelphia car accident attorney evaluate your case.
In any case where the other driver was negligent, you are entitled to recover damages. There are numerous types of car accidents that can occur on the roadways of Philadelphia, however, the common ones are:
- Head-on collision
- Side impact or T-bone crash
- Rear-end collision
- Rollover accident
- Intersection crash
In any of the above crashes, a person may sustain serious injury or even death. There may be economic damages such as medical expenses and lost wages or non-economic damages like emotional distress or pain and suffering.
Your Philadelphia car accident attorneys will evaluate your case, where and how it occurred, and advise you on how to build the strongest case and recover money for your serious injuries.
As an accident victim, you may have suffered severe or even catastrophic injuries leading to economic claims (lost wages, medical bills) or non-economic damages (emotional distress). These are injuries for which you can recover damages including but not limited to:
- Broken bones – Fractures are common in the legs and arms
- Brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries – Rear-end collisions may result in a herniated or ruptured disc
- Broken bones
- Sprain, strains and soft tissue damage
- Mental or emotional anguish – The severe physical pain from a motor vehicle accident can cause long-lasting emotional harm.
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Wrongful death
A Philadelphia car accident attorney will be best able to evaluate your case and determine, based on the facts and circumstances, what kind of car accident claim you may have under Pennsylvania law for your physical pain, medical bills, medical treatment, and non-economic damages.
There is no simple answer to this question. Each case has to be evaluated by an experienced car accident attorney in order to determine the potential amount of damages an injured person can recover.
Initially, your Philadelphia car accident lawyer will weigh how severe your injuries were; your age and health at the time of the accident; whether you have a job or not and if you were the sole provider for the family, and how many members you supported; whether you had any fault in the accident; and the amount and type of insurance you have.
In a car accident case, you may be able to recover economic, noneconomic, and punitive damages.
In Pennsylvania, there are two main types of damages: compensatory damages and punitive damages:
- Compensatory damages are designed to make you whole after an accident. You may suffer both economic and non-economic damages.
- Economic damages will compensate you for financial costs incurred as a result of the accident. The idea is to “make you whole” or in other words, put you back in the financial place you were in before the crash. Such damages would include:
- Present and future medical expenses which include ambulance fees, hospitalization, surgery, medication, medical equipment, surgeries, and doctor visits
- Physical therapy and other necessary and related rehabilitation treatment and costs
- The cost of replacing or repairing damaged property
- Lost Income and wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Temporary or permanent disability
These types of damages are relatively straightforward. So long as they are related to the accident, they are proven by the medical bills and expenses incurred.
Non-economic damages by their nature are more difficult to calculate. This is where pain and suffering and emotional distress are covered. These damages include:
- Loss of ability to work
- Loss of future earnings
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium (deprivation of family relationship including affection or personal physical reactions)
- Emotional pain and distress
These damages require a different level of proof than the economic damages as there are no bills to prove the amount. This does not mean the damages are any less real. They require the experience and knowledge of a car accident lawyer. An attorney will have knowledge of how the insurance company may weigh a personal injury claim for these non-economic damages and be able to evaluate what kind of demand they may make and/or argue for in a settlement conference or at a trial.
Punitive damages are designed to punish a person for intentional conduct. This means their conduct that led to your injuries was more than negligent. While punitive damages may not be appropriate in a car accident case, that does not mean your Philadelphia car accident lawyer won’t consider them depending on the facts of your case.
If the person who causes your accident and injuries was operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, drove recklessly, engaged in grossly negligent behavior, or had a willful disregard for the safety of other parties, punitive damages may be awarded. This will be determined by your Philadelphia car accident lawyer and by the court.
When seeking an accident lawyer in Philadelphia or surrounding areas, make certain that this personal injury lawyer has experience in these types of car accident cases. We’ve been handling them for more than 40 years, and we’ve helped countless people by:
- Working with the doctors. We review your medical records, communicate with your doctors, and make sure all of your information is collected for the purpose of building a case.
- Investigating the accident. We’ll speak to witnesses, schedule and take depositions, and review the police records. We’ll also review any footage available, whether that comes from people posting videos on social media, or from traffic and security cameras at local storefronts.
- Look into potential defects. If the truck had, say, defective air brakes or the car was on the recall list, but the part wasn’t available yet from the manufacturer, you may have grounds for a Philadelphia car accident claim against that manufacturer.
- Dealing with the insurance company. Your insurance company doesn’t want to pay you. They want to keep their money. As such, most insurers offer lowball offers hoping you will take it before you have a lawyer. We don’t back down when it comes to negotiating a fair settlement offer. We also don’t force you to take an offer you don’t want, because we are prepared to fight to make you whole.
- Prepare every case for trial. A lot of our clients want to avoid jury trials, but sometimes, that’s the only way to get the insurance companies or other negligent parties to play fair. Because we’re willing to go to trial, our clients often get better settlement offers right from the start. When they don’t, we put our considerable skills to use in a trial setting.
Truck collisions can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering. They can also leave you with extensive medical bills and the inability to work. We make sure you’re protected at every step. Your job is to recover. Our job is to recover money for the injuries you sustained.
The first thing anyone should do if involved in a car crash is to seek medical treatment. Your health and well-being are paramount.
If you or a family member or other person on your behalf is able, you should follow these general guidelines. It will protect you, make your case stronger and enable your Philadelphia car accident lawyers to better evaluate your case:
- Obtain copies of the police report and ambulance report
- Collect the names of all parties involved
- Collect the names of witnesses
- Call your car insurance company
- Obtain a copy of your medical records
- Journal all facts and details you remember about the accident
- Journal your medical treatment and condition
- Keep all doctor appointments and follow doctor’s orders for recovery and treatment
- Do not speak to the other party’s insurance adjusters
- Do not give a recorded statement to an adjuster or car insurance company
- Do not admit fault to any parties, witnesses, insurance adjusters, or others
- Stay off social media (no comments, photos, or updates on your status)
- Do not repair your vehicle until advised to do so by your personal injury attorney
- Do not sign any documents until you understand them and consulted with an attorney
- Hire an experienced car accident lawyer
Finally, contact Larry Pitt & Associates. An experienced Philadelphia car accident attorney can evaluate your case and ensure that you receive the appropriate compensation for pain, suffering, medical expenses, lost income or wages, loss of enjoyment of life activities and more. Our Philadelphia car accident lawyers know the law, so let us put our knowledge to work for you. Contact us today and schedule a free consultation.
We will review the facts of your case, explain the process, discuss the legal options available to you, and answer any questions or concerns that you may have. You don’t have to go through this process alone. Our experienced car accident lawyers are here to help. We understand the complexities of the car accident system, and we will do our best to fight for you and protect your rights. Contact us today. Let us get started on helping you make things right.
The most common types of truck accidents include rear-ending collisions, side-swipe crashes, jackknife accidents, rollover accidents, underride collisions, and head-on collisions.
You should hire a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after a car crash. Your car accident lawyer knows Pennsylvania law and can help you understand your legal rights, assess the value of any car accident claims you may have against the other driver, and help you obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other costs related to the accident.
Legal representation will be critical immediately after the accident and moving forward and it’s unlikely you will have the Philadelphia car accident resources personal injury lawyers have.
The top qualities of a car accident lawyer include:
- Knowledge and experience in the field of personal injury law including the rights you have to collect for medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation long term care.
- Excellent communication skills to negotiate with insurance adjusters, judges, and other lawyers.
- Analytical thinking skills to assess liability, evidence, and damages resulting from an accident.
- Strong organizational and research abilities to build a strong case. This is critical when negotiating with insurance companies or at trial.
- Compassion for clients to provide support during difficult times.
- Diligence for timely filing of documents and attending court proceedings as needed.
- Ability to work long hours as many cases require extensive preparation and follow-up work