Easton Car Accident Lawyer
Have you been injured in an automobile accident in Easton that is the result of another person’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional conduct? You may be entitled to damages as compensation for your injuries. Call 610-258-9493 to get connected with an Easton car accident lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC today. We look forward to speaking with you.
What Your Easton Car Accident Lawyer Will Have to Prove
Motor vehicle accident litigation can vary substantially, depending on the circumstances of the accident. As a result, it’s important to hire an experienced Easton car accident lawyer to ensure that you have the best evidence for your claim.
Nature of the Defendant
Though it is an uncontrollable feature of litigation, the nature of the defendant can significantly influence your legal strategy. For example, if the defendant is an uninsured motorist, then you will have to file a claim with your insurer (on the basis of your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage), or alternatively, you’ll have to identify potentially negligent third-party who you can sue for damages. If the defendant is an employee, then your Easton car accident lawyer may be able to argue that the employer vicariously liable for the damages you suffered.
Damages can be affected by the circumstances of the case, too. In the large majority of motor vehicle accident lawsuits in Pennsylvania, the plaintiff is only entitled to recover economic and non-economic damages to compensate them for their various losses. In some cases, however, where the defendant has acted egregiously or maliciously, then the court may award punitive damages, which multiply the compensatory damages and can lead to multi-million dollar payouts. When you contact an Easton car accident lawyer at our firm, we’ll be prepared to fight for your maximum compensation.
The Insurance Challenges for Pennsylvania and New Jersey Car Accidents
Living and working in and around Easton means enjoying all that the Delaware River has to offer. But did you know that driving over the Free Bridge into Phillipsburg could have a detrimental effect on your car insurance? If you are a Pennsylvania resident that has automobile insurance with a company that writes insurance in New Jersey, then you may be limited in your ability to recover for all of your damages, losses and harms, should you be involved in a car, truck or motorcycle accident in New Jersey.
New Jersey has what is called a “deemer statute” which “deems” or defaults you into having selected a “limitation on lawsuit option” which is also referred to as the “verbal threshold”. If your own auto insurance carrier does business in New Jersey, you could be bound by this limitation, even though you selected “full tort” on your Pennsylvania automobile insurance policy. This limitation on lawsuit requirement imposes an obligation on you to show that you sustained a “permanent injury”, due to someone else’s negligence, in order for you to recover compensation for the injuries you suffered.
While this may sound like a challenging hurdle, the law team at Drake, Hileman & Davis have the knowledge and skill to determine if any exception to the deemer statute applies, or if your injuries, as applied to the law, rise to the level which would enable you to receive full and fair compensation for all of your injuries sustained in a car crash. Call our Easton office at (610) 258-9493 or message us online to have a skilled car accident lawyer look over your case.
Easton, a Common Place for Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are among the most common types of personal injury lawsuits in Pennsylvania, in part due to their surprising prevalence, and in part due to the substantial damages that can result from a collision. According to a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 1,200 motor vehicle fatalities in Pennsylvania in 2016 alone. Across the country, the statistics are rather dire. In a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 there were over 35,000 motor vehicle fatalities and over 2.4 million motor vehicle injuries throughout the United States.
Easton and the Lehigh Valley have some challenging roadways for drivers. Cemetery Curve on Route 22 has been a particularly dangerous ever since Route 22 was opened as the Lehigh Valley Thruway. Route 611 both below and above Easton has been challenging for drivers as well, especially in the area of Three Church Hill and along the curve near Terry’s Italian Restaurant. Given the amount of traffic on Interstate 78 and the Route 33 Corridor, including large trucks transporting goods from the big-box warehouses to New Jersey and New York, these roadways are also a challenge for drivers. Hardly a day goes by when there is not an accident on Route 22 or Interstate 78 causing traffic to come to halt.
Stop-and-go traffic can be particularly problematic for drivers on Route 78 and Route 22. As personal injury attorneys serving clients who have been injured on these roadways, some of the most common causes for accidents have been the failure of others to pay attention to the flow of traffic. This makes driving behind an SUV or large vehicle more difficulty. It always remains best practice to allow sufficient space between your car and the car in front of you, so that you might stop quickly should the flow of traffic stop. However, we have also seen accidents happen when other drivers perceive this “safe distance” as an opportunity to change lanes and cut in on other vehicles. Additionally, in the case of larger trucks, we have been involved in accidents where the brakes were inadequate or the tires were bad causing stop-and-go traffic to end in an accident.
If you are involved in a car accident in Easton or in the surrounding Lehigh Valley, an Easton car accident lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis is prepared to handle all aspects of your case. From proving liability to ensuring that your medical bills are paid; from working through wage losses to maximizing your recovery, you need an attorney who can maximize your car crash recovery.
Let an Easton Car Accident Lawyer Look Out For Your Interests
When you are involved in a car crash, you can’t control the type of injuries you sustain nor the amount of insurance coverage available to you. Our team of attorneys at Drake, Hileman & Davis cannot cause your physical injures to be any less severe, but we can navigate through the hoops of the insurance industry, in order to maximize the insurance coverages available to compensate you fully and fairly for your loss. You always need to remember that the insurance company for the party that caused your collision is not looking out for your best interests. It is trying to close its file as quickly as possible and protect the interest of its insured. If you are involved in a motor vehicle collision in Easton or throughout the Lehigh Valley you need to have a personal injury law firm, familiar with the area, the courthouse and insurance “system”. For over thirty years the Easton car accident lawyers at Drake, Hileman & Davis have been successfully helping their clients obtain recoveries for all of the losses and harms caused by negligent drivers.
While results are important, we have found over the years that how our clients are treated by lawyers and by the legal system is almost as equally important. We frequently receive calls from clients who are dissatisfied with their current attorney and are looking to make a switch. One our favorite comments from a client, was that our personal injury accident attorney was “the opposite of what gives attorneys a bad name.” While everyone wants their attorney to be a zealous advocate, they also want to know that their attorney hears them and is responsive to their needs.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an Easton-area car accident, contact us at 610-433-3910 or complete the contact information to the right of your screen. We understand that accidents can happen at all times of the day and as such we have a 24-hour answering service. Once we have spoken to you, and determined that you have a case, we will set-up a free consultation meeting where we will answer any additional questions you have. In representing you, there is never a fee or charge for our service until we receive a recovery or award for you. We have been helping your neighbors for 30 years. An Easton car accident lawyer is ready to help you.