Allentown may be Pennsylvania’s third largest city, but it is also the state’s fastest growing city. While Allentown has long been overshadowed by Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and even nearby Bethlehem the city is positioned to expand and develop more extensively due to its access not only to regional roads, but also its numerous local roads linking the city to these throughways and expressways. Mayor roads linking Allentown with commercial centers includes I-78 linking the city with Harrisburg and New York City, US 22 running from Cincinnati to Newark, PA 390 allows travel to and from Philly and the Poconos, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike allows travel to Plymouth Meeting & Clarks Summit. Major roads linking Allentown to these expressways includes:
- Hamilton Blvd.
- Airport Rd.
- Fullerton Ave.
- PA 145
- Lehigh St.
- Union Blvd
While most trips on these highways and connecting roads are completed without complication or other events, an accident always remains a possibility. If you have been involved in a life-altering car crash that inflicted catastrophic injuries, the personal injury attorneys of The Reiff Law Firm may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free consultation, call (215) 246-9000 or contact us online.
What are common Factors behind Car Crashes in Allentown?
The reasons behind a car accident are numerous and multifarious. Furthermore, few accidents are the product of a sole reason or sole cause. More commonly multiple factors combine to create the circumstances where a collision becomes imminent. Factors that can commonly work alone or in concert to make the occurrence of an accident more likely include:
- Distracted drivers – Distractions have always been something that a driver has had to contend with. Wither the distraction took the form of the chrome dash adornments of the 1950s and 1960s that used to reflect light into the driver’s eyes or a cellphone, drivers should not have their attention unnecessarily diverted from the road. A distracted driver is a driver who cannot perceive or react to potential hazards or dangers.
- Poor road conditions – Bad road conditions can require drivers to allow more following distance due to decreased visibility or slippery conditions. While bad road conditions increases the accident risk, drivers who do not adjust their driving behavior face an even greater risk of collision and injury.
- Defective vehicle – Vehicle defects like the GM ignition switch defect and the Toyota unintended acceleration problems can lead to an unexpected loss of vehicle control. Problems like fuel tanks that are prone to explosion on impact found on some Jeeps and the defective Takata airbags can make the resultant injuries more severe or fatal.
- Failure to follow traffic laws – Drivers who speed, change lanes unexpectedly, fail to signal, brake suddenly, and tailgate are not only violating motor vehicle regulations, they are also placing themselves and other drivers at greater risk of severe injury. Drivers are expected to follow the rules of the road to avoid unnecessarily increasing one’s accident risk.
What Types of Injuries Commonly Follow Car Accidents?
The exact injuries that occur are a product of the characteristics of individual in the vehicle, the class of vehicle, the speeds involved, the location of the initial impact and many other factors. Some more commonly occurring injuries include:
- Bone fractures – Broken or fractured bones are extremely serious and can take months or years to recover from. Injuries of this type can limit your mobility and ability to handle tasks of daily living. Surgery and therapy are often required as part of the recovery process.
- TBIs – Traumatic brain injuries can be inflicted by blunt-force that acts on the closed skull or penetrating forces that can pass through the skull. Regardless of whether the injury is closed or penetrating in nature, the type of problems experienced is related to the structures of the brain that suffered damage.
- Whiplash – Whiplash injuries are extremely common. However, despite their commonality injuries of this type can be severe. Whiplash injuries can lead to problems with balance, coordination, motor skills, and other problems.
The foregoing captures some of the more commonly occurring injury types, but it is far from a comprehensive accounting of all possible injuries. If you have been severely injured or if a loved one has been killed due to a reckless or negligent driver, the personal injury attorneys of The Reiff Law Firm may be able to help. To schedule a free and confidential auto accident consultation, call (215) 246-9000 or contact us online today.