Being in any sort of car accident can be a very traumatic experience for you, your passengers, and any other driver who is involved. The sights and sounds of crunching steel, shattering glass, deploying airbags, and screaming passengers are terrifying. In addition to facing the emotional impact of a car accident, often car accidents include injuries which can range from minor bumps and bruises to major and significant injuries, or even death. Auto accidents frequently cause can leave their victims disabled, disfigured, or subject to chronic pain for the rest of their lives. As a result of a car accident, in many instances, victims of car accidents are left temporarily or even permanently unable to work. Sadly, the combination of massive medical bills, psychological scarring, and physical pain can alter accident victims’ lives for the worse. In the worst-case scenario, car accidents can even cause death.
Montgomery County Car Accident Statistics
Montgomery County has a population of approximately 808,500 residents, making it the third largest county in Pennsylvania after Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties. Because Montgomery County packs over 1,650 people into every square mile, is ranked among the top 10 Pennsylvania counties with the most road mileage, and is located close to the bustling urban center of Philadelphia, driving in Montgomery County traffic can be highly dangerous.
Major roads and highways which pass through Montgomery County include:
- US 30
- US 1
- US 422
- US 202
- PA 611
- PA 29
- PA 309
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), statewide in 2010, there were:
- 121,312 total crashes
- 1,208 fatal crashes
- 1,324 fatalities
- 62,666 crashes resulting in injury
- 87,949 injuries, including 3,555 major injuries
PennDOT reports that in 2010, Montgomery County accounted for:
- 8,284 total crashes
- 8% of all traffic crashes in Pennsylvania
- 30 fatal crashes
- 4,155 crashes resulting in injury
- 11 crash deaths related to alcohol
These statistics point to a scary trend, that nearly 50 percent of drivers who are involved in an accident in Montgomery County are injured.
These statistics also point to another scary number, according to the reports nearly one in three fatal crashes in Montgomery County are caused by drunk drivers. Drivers who have consumed alcohol before driving not only put themselves in danger, but everyone else who has to share the road with them face the possibility of being injured because of a car accident. When drivers get behind the wheel with alcohol in their system — especially on highways and other major roads, which are densely packed with vehicles moving at very high speeds — they endanger both themselves, and the hundreds or thousands of people they pass while in transit.
In Pennsylvania, the legal limit for non-commercial drivers, who are over the age of 21 is 0.08%. If a driver is travelling with a Blood Alcohol Content or BAC which meets or exceeds the 0.08% threshold, then are effectively breaking the law and driving while under the influence. DUI charges are serious offenses, and when a person is involved in an accident because of a DUI, the consequences become even more severe. Some Pennsylvania DUI occurrences which hurt or kill others become classified as felonies.
Common Car Accident Injuries
There are many factors that go in to car accident injuries, from the weight and size of the car, to the speed, to the road conditions, even time of day. Many people assume that the larger the car the more likely they are to be ok in the event of an accident. However, even a comparatively “small” and “lightweight” economy cars can weigh several thousand pounds, which means in the event of an accident your body will have to bear the brunt of that force. However many cars weigh more than this, and in 2010, the average American car weighed a staggering 4,009 pounds. To put that number into perspective, the average grizzly bear only weighs around 500 pounds. Even a horse weighs around 1,300 pounds, meaning it takes several horses to balance the weight of a single American car. Meanwhile, the average big rig weighs tens of thousands of pounds.
Some common injuries suffered by victims of auto accidents include:
- Broken Bones – Broken bones are a common injury after a car accident. Any of the bones in the body can break as the result of a traumatic force. A broken bone is something that a medical professional should examine as it may require a victim to wear a cast or even undergo surgery.
- Spinal Cord Injuries – the spinal cord is essential to the body’s central nervous system. Any injury to the numerous bones that make up the spine, or to any of the delicate nerves that run through the spine can result in paralysis, chronic pain, and even death.
- Neck Injuries – the neck is another area of the body that is particularly susceptible to injuries. Whiplash is one of the most prevalent injuries after a car accident. However, while some neck injuries are relatively minor, others are so severe that they can result in full paralysis or even death.
- Internal Bleeding – internal bleeding is a particularly deadly injury that is common in car accidents. While medical professionals on the scene can see if you are bleeding externally, they cannot see if you are bleeding on the inside without conducting extensive tests, which are usually only available at a hospital emergency room
- Traumatic Brain Injury – Traumatic brain injuries are one of the most deadly injuries that a person can sustain.
In addition, there are countless other injuries that you can sustain if you have been in a car accident.
Why Choose a Montgomery County Car Accident Attorney at The Reiff Law Firm?
If you have sustained injuries because of someone else’s negligence then you may be able to recover for your injuries. If you or someone you love has been hurt by a car accident in Montgomery County, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim and recover financial damages to cover your medical costs. While money cannot erase your emotional suffering, many victims find solace in the fact that the culpable party is being held accountable by the law, which helps them to move forward in their lives with new-found peace of mind.
At the law offices of The Reiff Law Firm, our auto accident attorneys have more than 34 years of experience representing Pennsylvania citizens and people all across Montgomery County. A Montgomery County car accident attorney from The Reiff Law Firm can protect your legal rights and help you obtain financial compensation. Our auto accident lawyers have represented cases involving a wide range of vehicles not limited to cars, including:
- Commercial Vehicles
Victims of car accidents may require amputations, skin grafts, full body casts, and other treatments which are both costly and physically and mentally devastating.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident in Pennsylvania, you may be eligible to seek financial restitution from the liable party. To discuss your case for free with an experienced Montgomery County car accident lawyer, call the law offices of The Reiff Law Firm at (215) 274-0072, or contact us online.