If you or your loved one have been injured in a car accident due to another driver’s error, you are entitled to financial compensation to cover your injuries and damages.
For more than 60 years, Munley Law’s personal injury lawyers have been Allentown’s best choice for driver error accident attorneys. Our team is experienced with cases like yours and will fight on your behalf until we recover what you are owed. You can schedule a free consultation with us to discuss your next steps.
Car accidents can be devastating and too often they are caused by the negligence of the other driver. Allentown is surrounded by Interstate 78, U.S. Route 22, Pennsylvania Route 33, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which all contribute to congestion and increased accidents. If you or your loved one are in an accident, you’ll need an experienced driver error accident lawyer to investigate your case and prove the liability of the negligent driver. You should not be left with financial hardships because of someone else’s actions. Munley Law is your best partner for justice.
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Driver Error Accidents in Allentown
In 2021, Lehigh County was one of Pennsylvania’s top ten counties that reported the most traffic accidents statewide, with 4,853 accidents. While not every accident is the result of driver error, the vast majority can be traced back to some kind of driver negligence.
The U.S. General Services Administration Office of Motor Vehicle Management states that 98 percent of car accidents are caused by human error. With 6,420,000 auto accidents a year, driver error accidents are the most common on the road.
With a collection of major highways and busy roads throughout Allentown and the Lehigh Valley, drivers must be more cautious than ever. Increased traffic and congestion paired with more and more distractions can lead to dangerous and even deadly consequences.
If you were involved in an accident resulting from a driver error, you should contact Munley Law’s Allentown car accident lawyers as soon as possible to discuss the next steps in claiming the compensation you deserve.
Hiring an Allentown Driver Error Accident Attorney
Hiring a personal injury lawyer can be daunting. Especially after a driver error accident, when you may be dealing with physical injuries, mental and emotional challenges, and trying to navigate insurance processes. It is important that you choose a lawyer and law firm that you can trust.
Munley Law has more than 60 years of experience with personal injury cases and our driver error accident attorneys are ready to serve Allentown’s residents. You can trust that when you put your case in our hands, you will receive compassionate and thorough support from beginning to end. We will work with insurance companies on your behalf, conduct an independent investigation into your claim, and call on expert witnesses where necessary to prove that you are not liable for your accident.
Understanding Fault in a Driver Error Accident in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania allows drivers to choose between full tort and limited tort auto insurance. Limited tort is the default and means that fault is not a determining factor in receiving an insurance settlement because it is your own insurance policy that pays.
If you have opted for a full tort policy—or if the accident is severe enough—you will be able to claim compensation from the liable party, once liability and negligence are proven. Navigating these policies and processes can be overwhelming, especially if you are dealing with injuries. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced Allentown driver error accident attorney to look after your legal rights.
Do I Still Need a Lawyer if It Wasn’t My Fault?
Hiring a lawyer is in no way an admission of liability. In fact, a lawyer may be your best chance for ensuring that you are not held responsible for an accident you didn’t cause.
Pennsylvania follows a 51 percent comparative negligence rule. This means that if you are less than 50 percent responsible for an accident, you can recover compensation. If you carry more fault than that, you cannot recover any compensation. This could lead some liable parties and their lawyers to try to pin more liability on you than is appropriate, in order to limit the compensation you can claim.
Pennsylvania has a two-year statute of limitations on personal injuries. You must file your claim within two years of the accident in order to recover compensation. Though this may seem like a long time, depending on the severity of your injuries, it may take that long to calculate the full financial impact of the accident.
Negligence and Causes of Driver Error Accidents
Driver error is the leading cause of car accidents in the U.S., with several negligent behaviors leading the way. Speeding, distracted driving, assumptions about other drivers, tailgating, and failure to check traffic or yield are some of the top causes of driver error accidents in Allentown.
If a driver is speeding or tailgating, his or her ability to stop, slow, or correct based on other vehicles is drastically impacted, while the severity of the crash is likely to increase.
Distracted driving likewise reduces the driver’s ability to make safe decisions on the road. Distracted driving can be anything from texting, eating, drinking, drowsiness, or even conversation. Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the road could cause a distracted driving accident.
Making assumptions about what other drivers will do is dangerous and causes accidents when a person misjudges or guesses wrongly.
Finally, failure to check traffic or yield where necessary forces other drivers to attempt to compensate for inappropriate driving.
If you or your loved one have been injured in a car accident because of another driver’s error, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. You should contact Munley Law’s Allentown driver error accident lawyers as soon as possible so they can begin investigating the case and proving negligence.
How is Negligence Proven?
To prove the other driver was negligent, you and your legal counsel must be able to show that the driver had a duty of care to behave in a certain way, that the duty of care was breached, that the breach caused injury and/or damage, and that you sustained the injury or damage.
To prove your case, your Munley Law driver error accident lawyer will conduct an independent investigation, speaking with witnesses where available, obtaining police reports and photo/video evidence, and consulting with experts to show that the other driver was liable for the accident and your damages.
Driver Error Accident Injuries
Car accidents cause a variety of injuries that can range in severity.
In minor accidents, you may only suffer from whiplash, cuts, scrapes, and bruises.
More severe accidents can cause broken bones, fractures, traumatic brain injuries including concussion, and internal injuries and bleeding.
Catastrophic car accidents could result in lost limbs, permanent disability, and even wrongful death.
You should seek medical attention as soon as possible after a car accident, even if you do not think it is severe. It can take time for injuries to manifest themselves and it is best to have a record of your care from the very beginning.
Claiming Compensation for Your Driver Error Accident Case
Calculating a value for your driver error accident case can be challenging. You are able to claim compensation for economic damages, such as medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and any other direct financial losses.
You can also claim compensation for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment, and other intangible impacts.
Your Munley Law driver error accident attorney will review your case and help you calculate the financial compensation you are owed.
Once your claim is filed, you may receive a settlement offer from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Although it is possible that the settlement offer will be fair, it is always in your best interest to have a personal injury lawyer review your case and the offer before making any decisions. Accepting an offer waives your right to seek more compensation if the settlement is not enough to cover your injuries and damages.
Our Allentown driver error accident lawyers will communicate with insurance companies and opposing lawyers on your behalf so that you can focus on your recovery. We work with your best interests in mind to recover the justice you deserve. You can contact us for a free case evaluation by either calling, emailing, or chatting with us.
Valuing Your Allentown Driver Error Accident Case
The value of your personal injury claim cannot be fully understood until the facts are clear and your injuries are fully noted. The severity of injuries, degree of property damage, your insurance policy, and any shared fault will all impact the value of your case.
Munley Law’s driver error accident lawyers will meet with you for a free case evaluation and take the first steps toward calculating a fair compensation value.
In 2018, fatal car accidents in Pennsylvania cost $1.79 billion, between medical expenses and lost work. This does not factor in the costs for non-fatal accidents.
While it’s difficult to calculate an average value of a driver error accident case, even minor injuries and property damage could value in the thousands of dollars. If you or your loved one have been injured, it is worthwhile to contact a Munley Law driver error accident lawyer to discuss your legal options.
Let Munley Law Pursue Justice for You
If you or your loved one have been injured in a driver error accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. At Munley Law, we know that often the last thing on your mind after an accident is filing a claim. That’s why we shoulder the legal burden on your behalf so that you can focus on recovery. Your driver error accident case is about more than holding the liable party responsible, it’s also about ensuring that you do not suffer further because of financial losses.
Our Allentown driver error accident attorneys are ready to investigate your case and help you take the first step toward justice today. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t take any payment until we make a recovery in your favor.
We have recovered millions of dollars for victims of driver error accidents, and we can do the same for you. Our lawyers are consistently recognized by the press and peers alike as top-tier lawyers. We consistently recover the highest settlements and verdicts for our clients, earning our lawyers membership to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an honor only 1 percent of lawyers achieve. Our legal team has the knowledge and experience to make a recovery in your favor, as well as the compassion and understanding to help you through.
Schedule your free consultation with an Allentown driver error accident lawyer today.