Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable in Central Pennsylvania
Strong advocacy for drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicycle riders injured by negligent drivers
Your life can change in an instant if a negligent driver crashes into your car. Whether you're on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Interstate 83, or any of the other highways roads and streets of Central Pennsylvania; you have the right to expect that drivers of trucks, cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles well drive safely. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in 2019:
- 343 traffic accidents were reported in Pennsylvania every day – about 14 accidents every hour
- 3 people died due to traffic accidents each day
- 209 people were injured each day – about 9 injuries every hour
At the Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter, we work to hold negligent drivers liable for the accidents they cause. We fight for just compensation for you for your:
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Lost income
- Hospital, physician, and therapy bills
- All other medical bills including medications and medical devices
- Property damage to your vehicle
- Scarring and disfigurement
- The loss of consortium of a spouse
If a loved one tragically dies due to another driver’s negligence, we will file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the family of the deceased accident victim.
What are the common ways drivers are negligent in Central Pennsylvania?
Our legal team works to determine how the accident happened. This work includes reviewing the police accident report, having investigators review the accident site, and speaking with witnesses. We conduct extensive discovery of the negligent driver and anyone else who may be responsible. This discovery includes written questions, oral depositions, and requests for documentation. In some cases, if necessary, we work with traffic reconstruction experts.
Some of the common ways in which drivers are negligent include:
- Driver distraction. Drivers should never text while driving. They should not talk on their cell phone while driving. Drivers who drink or eat while driving are a danger to other drivers. Drivers who do anything in the car that takes their eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel, and their mind off of the traffic around them are a danger to other drivers, pedestrians, and bicycle riders. Even looking at your GPS system while driving is irresponsible. You should plan your route before you drive.
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of narcotics. There's no excuse for any driver getting into a car while he or she has had a few drinks or has used any narcotics or medications that may affect their ability to control their vehicle. Sadly, there are too many drunk driving accidents in Pennsylvania that cause fatalities and catastrophic injuries. We work with the police and, if criminal charges arise, the prosecution to confirm that the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We demand compensation for all your damages including requesting that the driver pay punitive damages for irresponsible behavior.
- Speeding. Many drivers exceed the speed limit. Truck drivers, car drivers, and other drivers who exceed the speed limit or drive too fast for conditions often are unable to handle emergencies such as the need to brake quickly.
- Improper lane departures. Drivers need to understand how to pass properly and how to merge properly. Failure to leave safe distances and failure to respect the right of way of other vehicles on the road will likely be considered negligent.
- Tiredness. Truck drivers are obligated to comply with federal rules which regulate how many hours they can drive on the road without sleeping or without taking rests. Even absent regulations, any driver of any vehicle who drives while fatigued can easily cause an accident. Tired drivers should get off the road as soon as possible so they can rest and resume driving when they are refreshed.
What type of car accidents do negligent drivers cause?
Negligent drivers cause different types of accidents including the following:
- Rear-end collisions. These accidents usually happen because the driver was speeding or was distracted. Victims can suffer whiplash, soft tissue injuries, and back injuries.
- Broadside crashes. These accidents, also called T-bone accidents, involve the front of one car striking the side of another car. These accidents can be fatal or cause catastrophic injuries, especially if the collision occurs at a high rate of speed.
- Single vehicle accidents. Drivers who lose control of their vehicle for any reason such as speeding or driver intoxication are liable to any passengers in the vehicle for any injuries the passengers suffer.
- Sideswipes. This type of crash involves the side of one car striking the side of another car.
- Multi-vehicle accident. Any truck driver or car driver that is negligent may cause a chain reaction accident – as other vehicles try to avoid the first collision or as vehicles strike an initial car that strikes other cars.
- Head-on crashes. These types of crashes are usually due to one vehicle going in the wrong direction. They occur when the fronts of two vehicles strike each other. Drivers who are in the wrong lane or strike the front of another vehicle should be held liable for any deaths or injuries they cause.
Who is responsible for drive negligence in Pennsylvania?
Drivers are responsible for their own negligence. In addition, if the driver of a car or truck was operating a vehicle owned by another person or company, that person or company may be liable for the driver’s negligence.
A tavern, business, or business that serves someone who is visibly intoxicated may be liable if the drunk driver causes an accident.
Speak with a seasoned Central Pennsylvania car accident lawyer today
At the Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter, we hold drivers accountable for their negligence. To speak with an experienced Harrisburg wrongful death and personal injury lawyer, call us for a consultation at: (717) 537-0928 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We handle accident claims on a contingency fee basis
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