Driving is a dangerous activity during any month or season. However, statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (“PennDOT”) make it clear that some months are much more dangerous than others. Certain months see a significantly higher percentage of reported crashes. There are many different factors as to why this may be the case, but regardless of the reasons, car accidents are serious and potentially life-changing events. The injuries sustained in these types of accidents can often prevent an individual from being able to work, which places an undue financial and emotional hardship on their lives.
The Philadelphia car accident injury attorneys of The Reiff Law Firm understand this and are committed to representing those who have been injured. For more than three decades, our personal injury lawyers have stood up for the rights of car accident victims in Pennsylvania. We may be able to fight for you, to help you win compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call (215) 246-9000 today for a free consultation and to learn what your car accident case might be worth.
Common Months for Car Accidents in Pennsylvania
According to PennDOT, January consistently ranks as the month with the most reported car crashes. Next in line are November and February. Looking at the other high-ranking months (December and October), it would appear that late fall and winter are overwhelmingly the seasons with the most car accidents in Pennsylvania.
One might be tempted to assume that these crashes occur more frequently in winter due to snow and low visibility, but interestingly enough, the vast majority (over 78 percent) of crashes occur when there are no adverse conditions. Snow, sleet and freezing rain do account for about 10 percent of accidents, but they don’t come close to the biggest contributor. The most commonly reported cause of car crashes in almost every state (Pennsylvania included) is driver distraction. It’s not entirely known why more crashes seem to occur in winter, but it is useful information to have to encourage drivers to be extra attentive during these months.
Types of Car Accident Injuries in Pennsylvania
Car accident injuries can range from mild to severe to fatal. No matter the extent of your injuries, you should seek advice from an experienced attorney to determine the best course of action for your case. Some of the most common car accident injuries include:
- Whiplash – Whiplash is caused when a sudden force causes the muscles in the neck to hyper-extend, which is caused by a sudden strain and overextension of the neck, and back muscles. While these injuries are fairly common in a car accident, they can be severe and make it difficult or impossible to work. Whiplash injuries can range from minor aches and to severe nerve damage and debilitating headaches, numbness, and tingling. It’s important to keep in mind that these injuries might not appear immediately and it can take time for an individual to become aware of the condition.
- Traumatic brain injury – Traumatic brain injuries or TBI’s have become more prevalent recently, partially due to the medical communities growing understanding of these injuries and their impact. When there is an injury to the brain changes to personality can occur, it can be more difficult to focus, communication can be impacted and daily activities may become difficult or impossible.
- Spinal column/cord injuries – The spine and the vertebrae contain many important nerves and fragile bones that can be injured as a result of a blunt force impact from an accident. Since the spinal cord is an essential part of mobility, any damage to this area of the body can result in paralysis, which can severely limit your ability to work and negatively affect your quality of life, causing severe pain and suffering.
- Fractured or broken bones – Violent car injuries often result in broken or fractured bones, which can range in severity from minor fractures to compound breaks that require surgery.
This list is, of course, not exhaustive and there are many other types of injuries that can occur as a result of car accidents.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive from a Car Accident in Pennsylvania?
An experienced personal injury attorney can provide guidance as to what types of relief you are entitled to for your injuries. If you have spent time in the hospital or been unable to work work, it is likely that you may be able to collect the following:
- Lost Wages – If you are may able to work due to your injuries, or are temporarily without a car and unable to make it to your job site, you may be able to recover for your lost wages.
- Medical Bills –If you are injured as a result of car accident, you may incur a lot of medical bills. Fortunately, you may be able to recover a large portion or all of your medical bills.
- Pain and Suffering –Accident victims often suffer anxiety, depression, or even a long-lasting fear of getting behind the wheel. When you have resulting pain and suffering as a result of a car accident, you may be able to recover for pain and suffering depending on the facts of your case.
Depending on your insurance and other particular facts of your case, you may be entitled to additional forms of damages as well.
Work with an Experienced Pennsylvania Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Philadelphia car accident attorney. At The Reiff Law Firm, we are committed to seeking justice for those who have been hurt due to the negligence of others. We understand the physical pain, financial burdens and emotional suffering you are experiencing. Our attorneys have the experience and compassion to seek the compensation you deserve and hold the responsible parties accountable. Call (215) 246-9000 today for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys to learn what your case might be worth.