Causes of Car Accidents
Bensalem PA Car Accident Injury Attorneys
Perhaps it was dark, or you were speeding, you failed to signal, you were distracted, or intoxicated–the other driver involved in your accident and his or her insurance company can produce a multitude of reasons to support their claim that you were responsible for causing a car accident in an attempt to avoid compensating you for your injuries. Fortunately, the scene of the accident, the damage to your vehicle, and a variety of other factors can provide indispensable insight into the actual cause of the crash. These indicators are the keys to identifying who is truly at fault and holding these parties accountable, but first, you must know what you’re looking for.
At Cohen and Riechelson, our attorneys have dedicated the last four decades to understanding and advocating for injured auto accident victims in Pennsylvania. As such, we have developed an extensive body of knowledge which guides our approach to successfully resolving these cases. Immediately upon entering a case, we deploy an early investigative team to the crash site, essentially, tasking a team of experts with discovering everything they can about the circumstances that preceded the accident and who or what may have been the cause. Armed with the resources and information that we need to develop a compelling case in your favor, we aggressively pursue the financial resources that you need to pay for medical expenses, rehabilitative treatment, and necessary future accommodations, as well as loss of income and the more nuanced assessment of your pain and suffering. With an experienced personal injury team on your side, the road ahead can be less arduous for you and your family. To speak with one of our seasoned attorneys about how CR can help you secure your future, contact our Bensalem offices anytime at (215) 337-4915. Consultations are always free of charge.
Causes of Car Accidents in Bucks County PA
Although car accidents in Pennsylvania can be caused by a myriad of factors, ranging from weather conditions to vehicle design defects, the primary causes of these crashes include:
- Distracted Driving: engaging in an activity other than vehicle operation, which places yourself and other drivers at risk.
- Examples include: talking on a cell phone, sending text messages, eating, applying makeup, reaching for an object inside the vehicle, observing an object or event occurring outside of the vehicle (often referred to as “rubber-necking”), interacting with a passenger, adjusting the radio, or operating a GPS.
- Speeding: speeding is among the most dangerous traffic violations and can significantly increase the likelihood of an accident, as it reduces the amount of reaction time within which the driver can respond to the behavior of other drivers or changing road conditions. Speeding accidents also tend to cause more traumatic injuries, as the velocity and force of the crash produces a greater impact on the vehicles involved.
- Reckless Driving: typically marked by failure to obey traffic laws, patterns, or signage, but may also involve what is known as “aggressive driving.”
- Examples include: running red lights, failure to signal, tailgating, and weaving between other vehicles.
- Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol: drivers who operate motor vehicles under the influence may be exposed to civil litigation in the form of a personal injury lawsuit, as well as additional motor vehicle charges for DWI or DUI. Enterprises that provide or sell alcohol to a driver when he or she is visibly intoxicated may also be sued for damages by injured victims under the state’s Dram Shop Laws.
- Fatigued Drivers: accidents caused by overly-tired drivers occur with astounding frequency, as fatigue has been shown to cause physiological effects similar to intoxication. Often, these accidents occur on highways late at night.
- Weather Conditions: including fog, sleet, snow, rain, wind, or other conditions that may impact the driver’s ability to perceive and navigate the roadway.
- Road-related Issues: includes safety concerns caused by poorly-maintained or ill-devised roads, unclear signage, or construction.
- Vehicle Design or Manufacturing Defects and Negligent Repairs: may involve deficiencies during the initial phases of vehicle design or manufacturing, such as defective tires, airbags, seat-belts, or gasoline tanks, or insufficient repairs made by a mechanic or auto-body shop.
Contact our Northeast Philadelphia Car Accident Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident which may have been caused by another party’s negligence, you have limited time to file a claim. Consulting with a knowledgeable group of personal injury attorneys can be the first step toward obtaining just compensation. To speak with one of our skilled lawyers free of charge, contact the Bucks County offices of Cohen and Riechelson at (215) 337-4915.