Representing Pennsylvanians Injured in York County and Beyond
If you have ever been in a car accident, you understand just how frightening the moments prior to impact are. While you know that you will be in an accident, you don’t yet realize quite how severe it may be. Thankfully automobile safety advances including crumple zones, unit-body construction, and shatter-proof glass have helped many more people walk away safely from a car accident. However, even in these ‘success stories’ injury can occur.
While we hope that your injury is not serious or long-lasting, in many instances it unfortunately is. If you have been seriously injured in a car, truck or SUV accident you can rely on the experienced legal guidance of Reiff & Bily.
Attorneys Describe Typical Car Accident Injury Types
With more than 34 years of legal experience in representing accident victims in Pennsylvania, we have identified certain injuries common to vehicle collisions. Some of these common injuries include:
- Back and neck injuries – Injuries to the back and neck are extremely common in car accidents. Herniated or slipped vertebrae disks can be extremely painful and require extensive therapy and surgery to correct. In some cases, the injury can even be permanent.
- Whiplash – Whiplash is a back and neck injury and also perhaps the most common injury sustained in a car accident. Whiplash occurs due to the rapid acceleration and deceleration involved in a collision and the resulting hyperextension that occurs. While most people consider whiplash limited to aches and pains in one’s neck, whiplash can even impact cognitive functions. It can cause problems with concentration and mood swings.
- Broken or fractured bones – Many times occupants of the vehicle will strike their arms or hands against the steering wheel or dashboard resulting in broken or fractured bones. Additionally, while seatbelts have saved many lives by preventing vehicle ejection, broken ribs are not uncommon.
- Traumatic brain injury – Traumatic brain injuries are especially serious because damage to the brain can affect how we act, communicate, and even our ability to function on a daily basis. Those with TBIs often report difficulty with focus, mood swings, difficulty expressing oneself and additional physical problems.
Whether you suffered one of the above injuries or something else, the attorneys at Reiff & Bily handle your claim professionally and strategically.
Experienced Attorneys Explain Pennsylvania’s No-Fault Liability Insurance
In an effort to reduce insurance premiums, Pennsylvania has developed a no-fault liability insurance system. As one of 12 states with such a system, Pennsylvania’s is unique in that it permits its citizens to choose between participation in the no-fault system and under a traditional insurance regime.
If a Pennsylvanian decided to subscribe to a no-fault insurance policy, they will be unable to sue most personal injuries. They will only be permitted to go forward with a suit if the injury is ‘serious’, as defined by Pennsylvania law. To qualify, there must be an injury that caused serious impairment of a bodily function or disfigurement. In contrast if one selects the traditional insurance regime, one may sue for any injury but one is also open to claims if one was at fault for the accident.
We Support You Throughout Your Auto Accident Lawsuit
With more than 34 years of experience representing injured people in York, Reading, Red Lion and beyond, we guide you through your case each step of the way. For your free consultation contact us online or call us at (215) 274-0072.