Bethlehem Car Accident Attorney
Though safety standards and technology improve with each passing year, both passenger and commercial motor vehicles — cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other types — continue to pose a significant injury risk to others on the road. In their 2016 Crash Facts and Statistics report, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation revealed that there were 129,395 reportable traffic crashes leading to 1,188 fatal injuries and 82,971 non-fatal injuries overall.
In some cases, motor vehicle accidents in Bethlehem and elsewhere throughout the state are entirely unexpected and uncontrollable, and no party can be deemed at-fault for resulting injuries. For example, suppose that you’re driving on the highway when the tire blows out on a nearby car. Subsequently, the car loses control and collides with your vehicle, causing you injuries. It could be a situation in which neither the defendant-driver nor the car/tire manufacturer acted negligently. The tires could have been built in accordance with consistent industry standards, but perhaps a sharp object had found its way onto the road and punctured the tire, setting the injury-causing chain of events in motion.
In most motor vehicle accident cases, however, some party is responsible for the accident and injuries at-issue. For example, suppose that you are stopped at a red light. A speeding car is approaching you from behind, and attempts a stop at the last second. The speeding car cannot stop in time, however, and it collides with yours. You are injured as a result. In your injury claim against the defendant-driver, you could reasonably assert that the defendant’s negligent driving led to your injuries.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to the fault of another party — perhaps a driver’s negligent control of their vehicle or a manufacturer’s design defect — then you may be entitled to recover damages under Pennsylvania law. Call Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC at 888-777-7098 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Bethlehem car accident attorney today.
Automobile Accident Negligence
Motor vehicle claims often involve multiple defendants, each having contributed to the accident in unique ways. For example, if you are injured in an accident by a reckless driver in Bethlehem, you may not only have a claim against the reckless driver, but also against your car manufacturer (if your seatbelt was defective or your airbag failed to deploy). As such, motor vehicle accident causes vary significantly depending on the circumstances of the case.
Driver negligence is the most common form of negligence in motor vehicle accidents. Examples of driver negligence include, but are not necessarily limited, to:
- Reckless driving
- Excessive speeding
- Failure to adhere to road rules
- Road rage antics
- Fatigue and/or lack of sleep
- Driver is unlicensed
- Failure to use turn signals
- Failure to use prescription glasses required for driving
Accidents involving Bethlehem employee-drivers (i.e., commercial truckers, delivery drivers, etc.) may expose the employer to personal injury claims under a theory of vicarious liability, but also to separate claims such as negligent hiring and supervision. Examples of employer negligence in the motor vehicle context include, but are not necessarily limited, to:
- Inadequate training of drivers
- Negligent scheduling of drivers such that drivers are sleep-deprived
- Inadequate supervision of drivers to ensure that there is no drug abuse
- Improper loading of cargo, leading to tipping/rollover accidents
- Failure to adequately inspect and maintain vehicles to ensure that the they are in a reasonably safe condition
Some Bethlehem motor vehicle accidents are caused — at least in part — by the negligence of those who are responsible for designing, installing, inspecting, and maintaining the roadways, whether the relevant party is private or public (i.e., the City). Examples of their negligence in the motor vehicle context include, but are not necessarily limited, to:
- Negligent design of roadways
- Creation of a pedestrian trap
- Dangerous conditions of property
- Failure to adequately inspect roadways
- Failure to install necessary traffic signals
- Failure to correct hazards, despite extensive prior accident history on the relevant roadway
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Bethlehem Car Accident Attorney Right Away
Motor vehicle accidents can be complicated by numerous factors as litigation proceeds, from the introduction of aggressive corporate defendants (such as vehicle manufacturers), to conflicts with public defendants on matters such as inadequate traffic signals, among other things. To succeed in motor vehicle accident litigation, you’ll want to consult with a skilled Bethlehem motor vehicle accident attorney who has a track record of success in helping clients secure compensation for their injuries. Call in today at 888-777-7098 to schedule a free consultation with one of the experienced attorneys here at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC.
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