Car accidents can be life-altering events. Accident victims frequently suffer from severe physical wounds and intense psychological trauma. These injuries are often enormously expensive to treat, and can rack up medical bills that last for months, years, or even a lifetime — all at time when those very same injuries prevent the accident victim from working and earning income to pay for his or her healthcare.
If you were hurt in an accident for which you were not at fault, the party who was at fault may be liable for the damages you have suffered. Car accidents are frequently caused by careless or reckless driving, as well as by faulty and hazardous road environments that should have been better maintained. When an accident wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t be stuck with the huge bills that result. The attorneys of Reiff & Bily can help you fight for justice. To schedule your free legal consultation, call right away at (215) 274-0072.
Reiff & Bily: Lehigh County Car Accident Attorneys
At Reiff & Bily, we understand how absolutely devastating auto accidents can be. There is nothing just or fair about being forced to live with physical, emotional, and financial hardship because of another party’s inaction or misconduct. You’ve been placed in a terrible situation, but you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Insurance companies are notoriously stubborn and evasive, and collecting fair compensation after an accident can seem all but impossible. You need a tough and aggressive legal team with a history of success on your side. Reiff & Bily has been practicing personal injury and wrongful death litigation for over 34 years, and we will use our decades of knowledge and experience to build you the strongest case possible. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars for multiple clients — let us help you make a recovery.
Lehigh County Crash Statistics
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), in 2010 nearly 4% of all Pennsylvania traffic crashes happened in Lehigh County. The same year, Lehigh County experienced:
- 2,164 crashes resulting in injury
- 21 crashes resulting in death
- 2,239 crashes resulting in property damage
- 4,424 total crashes
In 2010, Lehigh County ranked seventh for most auto accidents in the state of Pennsylvania.
Most serious traffic accidents take place on highways and other high-speed roadways, such as:
- US 22
- US 222
- PA 29
- PA 309
- PA 863
Who is Liable for My Accident?
Negligent Property Maintenance
Auto accident liability varies from one case to the next. If a car crash occurs due to an overgrown property blocking visibility, for example, it could be a matter of premises liability. Owners and operators are responsible for ensuring that their properties do not pose any hazards to the general public, so when a property owner fails to address a known danger, it is possible that he or she could be held financially liable for any ensuing damages.
Other negligent property maintenance factors in traffic crashes may include roadways that are damaged (cracks, holes, etc.) or hazards around a road, such as dead trees and unstable utility poles.
Just as property owners can be negligent, so can drivers. Motorists are responsible for machines that weigh thousands of pounds and travel at very high speeds, and reasonable care must be taken to ensure road safety for everyone. A driver could be considered negligent if he or she was speeding recklessly, distracted by text messages, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or engaging in other unsafe practices.
Common Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Under Pennsylvania’s no-fault insurance option, injuries must be categorized as “serious” in order for a lawsuit to move forward. Generally speaking, this refers to injuries which result in impairment and/or disfigurement. Common injuries caused by car accidents include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Head/Neck Injuries
- Multiple Fractures
- Organ Damage
- Internal Bleeding
If you or one of your loved ones was hurt in a crash, the Lehigh County car accident lawyers of Reiff & Bily may be able to help you recover significant compensation. To schedule your free, confidential legal consultation, call our law offices at (215) 274-0072, or contact us online. You only have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury claim after an accident, so don’t wait until it’s too late — let’s start exploring your legal options today.