Whenever you drive on the road you run the risk of being in an accident. While most accidents are thankfully minor, other accidents can be serious. Car accidents can cause serious injuries, pain, and suffering, and leave you with mountains of medical bills. When you are involved in a serious car accident, you are generally stunned and traumatized.
When you have been injured in a car accident, you do not have the wherewithal to handle everything by yourself. You need someone who can answer your questions and explain your legal options. You need a qualified Delaware County Car Accident Lawyer who understands the intricacies of Pennsylvania auto insurance, is experienced with accident reconstruction, and can prove that the responsible party is liable.
As Pennsylvania’s fifth most populous county, Delaware County has its fair share of accidents. In 2012, there were 21,202 motor vehicle accidents in the county, resulting in 116 deaths and the injury of 7,705 people. These accidents resulted in an economic loss of more than $485 million.
Major Roadways in Delaware County
There are sixteen major roads and highways in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and while these roads range in the amount of traffic and congestion, they are frequently in the news because these are the roads that accidents are more likely to occur on. Some of the major roads in Delaware County are:
- US 1
- US 13
- US 30
- US 202
- US 322
- PA 3
- PA 252
- PA 352
- PA 452
- PA 320
- PA 420
- PA 291
- PA 491
- PA 261
Accidents on these roads are common, and as opposed to accidents that happen on local and community roads, when there is an accident on any one of these roads there is a much greater likelihood that there are going to be injuries. Accidents can happen for a number of reasons, and it only takes a second for an inattentive driver to run into someone who has stopped for traffic or to drift into another person’s lane. Additionally, these major roads are often under construction, which causes both an inconvenience and also raises the potential that there is going to be an accident. In addition, drivers are increasingly becoming more distracted when they are driving. Cell phones, GPS systems, and even dashboard televisions have all lead to drivers being distracted and causing an accident. However, it does not matter what the reason is if a driver is negligent and causes an accident there is likely going to be injuries and damages.
Car accidents are a major source of injuries. Because there are so many major roadways in Delaware County you will be sharing the road with all types of drivers and vehicles such as passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles. While no two accidents are the same and no two injuries are the same, in our experience there are several common injuries that we see as a result of a car accident.
- Traumatic brain injury – The brain plays an essential role in our daily lives, and any injury to this important organ can be devastating. Damage or abnormalities in the brain can cause trouble with focus, alter your personality, cause increased aggression, make communication difficult, and cause issues with focus and attention.
- Fractured bones – When there is an accident bone fractures are some of the most common injuries. Fractures can range in severity from a minor break that will heal in a few weeks to a major and compound break that requires immediate medical attention and possibly surgery.
- Neck and Back Injuries – Neck and back injuries are very common injuries in car and truck accidents. The neck is very susceptible to injury and when it is exposed to a sudden jarring force from an accident it is very likely that the bones, muscles, or tendons can become damaged. Often people experience a form of injury known as whiplash, which can lead to broken bones, pinched nerves, and even paralysis.
- Whiplash – Whiplash injuries are a very frequent injury when there is a car accident of any type, however, are often underreported. Whiplash injuries can cause shearing of muscle and nerve tissue resulting in nausea, headaches and problems with memory. While many whiplash injuries go unreported they can greatly impact your life and affect your ability to work.
If you have suffered one of the above injuries in an accident or simply do not feel quite right, see a doctor or go to the emergency room immediately. Recovery from your injuries can often be greater if you receive treatment early and often.
Contact our Experienced Delaware County Car Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one was involved in an accident, you need a lawyer who can provide the high-quality legal support you deserve—and who can ensure that you will be properly compensated. The Delaware County Car Accident Lawyers at The Reiff Law Firm have the expertise to make sure that all responsible parties, including vehicle manufacturers, are held accountable. Call us today at (215) 246-9000 for a free consultation.