Easton Motor Vehicle 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.
Have you been injured in a motor vehicle 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 (888) 777-7098 to get connected with an attorney at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC today. We look forward to speaking with you.
In Pennsylvania, as in all states, drivers have a responsibility to act in such a way as to avoid exposing others on the road (drivers, passengers, bicyclists, pedestrians, etc.) to an unreasonable risk of harm. They must exercise due care in operating their vehicle. Many Easton drivers violate their duty of due care towards others on the road, however, and may be held liable for damages caused as a result.
Considerations in Easton Motor Vehicle Crashes
Motor vehicle accident litigation can vary substantially, depending on the circumstances of the accident.
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 you may be able to hold 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.
Consult an Easton Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney Right Away
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to another’s fault, Pennsylvania law may entitle you to compensation for your injuries. Effective litigation of a motor vehicle accident claim requires a thorough investigation of the facts, cooperation with industry-leading experts, and a solid legal strategy built on years of motor vehicle litigation experience.
Here at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC, we have over three decades of experience successfully litigating motor vehicle accident claims, and the track record to prove it. Just recently, we secured an arbitration award of $1.78 million and a jury verdict of $1.5 million in two separate motor vehicle collision lawsuits. We have secured favorable, million dollar results for numerous clients with motor vehicle accident claims.
Call (888) 777-7098 today to setup a free consultation with an Easton motor vehicle accident attorney at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC.