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Who's liable for a multi-car collision?
Determining fault for a car accident is usually relatively straightforward. However, in cases involving the collision of three or more vehicles, liability issues can become much more complex.
Multiple vehicle collisions—also known as multi-car collisions, chain-reaction crashes, or vehicle pile-ups—are particularly common in high-speed areas, such as highways.
These crashes are often caused by following too closely, and a common multi-car accident scenario involves a car that stops suddenly and is rear-ended by the vehicle driving behind it. This can, in turn, cause a chain reaction of rear-end accidents.
Multi-car crashes are often deemed to be the fault of the driver who caused the initial collision, though poor visibility and inclement road and weather conditions can also play a role. Additionally, in a state like Pennsylvania that follows comparative negligence laws, it's possible for several drivers to share fault for an accident.
In addition, Pennsylvania's comparative negligence laws indicate that being partially at fault for a crash doesn't necessary preclude an accident victim from collecting compensation for injuries and other damages. As long as the victim was less at fault than the other drivers, he or she may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.
Ultimately, the amount of fault for each involved driver is determined by the law enforcement officer who responds to the accident and writes the police report. In some instances, fault may also be negotiated by insurance adjusters.
Consult an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
If you were involved in a multi-car vehicle collision, you may be facing serious injuries, significant property damage, and a deluge of unexpected medical bills.
Fortunately, if you weren't at fault for the accident—or were deemed less at fault than other involved drivers—you may be entitled to compensation for a wide range of economic and non-economic damages. Having a knowledgeable and experienced car accident attorney represent you throughout the process helps ensure you and your claim are treated fairly.
Contact the Accident and Injury Law Group today to schedule an appointment for a free, no-obligation initial case analysis.
If I violated a traffic regulation and was partially at fault for my bicycle accident, can I still recover damages?
Pennsylvania law requires bicycles and motor vehicles to share the road safely. Unfortunately, that isn't always the reality. In 2017 alone, bicycle accidents resulted in 1,127 injuries and 21 bicyclist fatalities, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
It's no secret that, in accidents involving bicycles and motor vehicles, it's the bicyclist who often bears the brunt of the injuries. Individuals fortunate enough to survive the collision may be seriously injured and require significant medical care.
Although that care may be covered by the bicyclist's own auto or health insurance policies, these policies usually don't address other losses incurred in an accident. These additional losses may include:
- Wages the bicyclist lost while out of work healing
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Loss of earning potential if injuries permanently prevent future employment
Bicycle accident victims often pursue personal injury lawsuits in an effort to recover damages from the driver who caused the crash. However, this process becomes more complicated in cases where the victim was partially responsible for the accident and their injuries. Still, it's important to note that violating a traffic regulation doesn't necessarily prevent victims from collecting damages.
Pennsylvania is a comparative negligence state, which means that personal injury victims can usually recover damages—even if they were partially responsible for the accident—as long as they aren't more at fault than the other party.
Were You Involved in a Serious Bicycle Accident?
If you were severely injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation even if you were partially responsible for the accident.
Don't let concerns about partial fault stop you from fighting for the damages you need and deserve. Contact the knowledgeable bicycle accident attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.
Is the doctor or hospital accountable for my child's birth injury?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children born in the United States each year is just shy of 4 million. While the vast majority of these infants are delivered safely, approximately 28,000 sustain birth injuries.
Not all birth injuries can be avoided, but many are preventable and the result of negligence on the part of a doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist, hospital, or other medical provider or facility.
When a doctor or another health care worker causes a birth injury, filing a medical malpractice birth injury lawsuit can help hold the responsible party accountable. In some cases, negligent medical professionals and the health care facilities that employee them or grant them privileges may share in liability.
Nurses, doctors and other medical staff tasked with caring for the mother and child during pregnancy, labor and delivery may potentially be held liable for birth injuries caused by:
- Use of excessive force
- Incorrect use of forceps and vacuum extractors
- Administration of dangerous medications
- Administration of incorrect medication dosages
- Lack of oxygen
- Failing to recognize and address fetal distress
- Delayed cesarean section procedure
A hospital or other health care facility may share liability for birth injuries if it failed to confirm a medical professional's training and credentials before hiring him or granting him privileges to practice at the facility. A facility could also be liable if it failed to ensure that a sufficient number of doctors and other health care providers are present to ensure the best patient care.
Consult an Experienced Birth Injury Lawyer
If your loved one suffered an injury while giving birth or during delivery, he or she may be entitled to compensation from negligent medical providers, as well as the facility where they work. Contact the knowledgeable birth injury lawyers with the Accident and Injury Group today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.
What if I'm injured by an inexperienced driver?
Pedestrian accidents are on the rise all across the country, and Pennsylvania is no exception. These accidents injure or kill thousands of people each year.
In fact, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, accidents involving pedestrians account for 14.5 percent of traffic crash fatalities, despite representing just 3.2 percent of reported accidents.
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident caused by an inexperienced driver, you're not alone.
Inexperienced drivers are a leading cause of pedestrian accidents, as novice drivers are often younger, more prone to distraction, less adept at maneuvering a vehicle, and less likely to know where to look for pedestrians.
Lacking any type of significant protection, pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to injury in the event of an accident. Common pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Broken or crushed bones
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Psychological injuries
- Brain or spinal cord injuries
Treatment costs for such catastrophes can quickly spiral out of control. Fortunately, if you were hurt by an inexperienced driver, you may not have to bear these financial burdens on your own.
Pedestrian accident victims injured by the negligence of inexperienced drivers can file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for injuries and other losses. You may be entitled to compensation for accident-related damages such as, but not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and give you the information you need to make sound decisions about your case.
Do You Need a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a driver's inexperience, you need a personal injury attorney with the expertise to handle these cases. The skilled attorneys and legal staff with the Accident and Injury Law Group are committed to protecting the rights of injured pedestrians. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free, no-obligation initial case review.
If I wasn't wearing a helmet when injured in a bicycle accident, can I still recover damages?
Bicycle helmets may have a reputation for being hot, cumbersome, and uncomfortable, but wearing one dramatically reduces a cyclist's odds of head injuries or death in the event of an accident.
Statisticians from the University of New South Wales in Australia conducted a major study of worldwide bicycle helmet use. The results concluded that wearing a helmet reduces a cyclist's risk of serious head injuries by nearly 70 percent, and fatal head injuries by 65 percent.
Some states have universal helmet laws which require all bicyclists and passengers to wear a helmet, regardless of age. However, despite their proven ability to prevent head injuries and save lives, not all states mandate helmet use. For example, in Pennsylvania, the law only requires cyclists and passengers under the age of 12 to wear a helmet.
If you're over age 12 and hurt in a bicycle accident in the Keystone State, you probably weren't wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and may be wondering how your lack of helmet use might affect a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit.
Fortunately, it shouldn't affect your claim at all. Not only is bicycle helmet use not mandated for cyclists and passengers 12 and older, but Pennsylvania Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3510(b) specifically prohibits helmet use from being used as evidence of contributory negligence in a personal injury case. This means bicyclists can still recover damages, even if they weren't wearing helmets.
Consult a Knowledgeable Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you were injured in a bicycle accident caused by someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to collect compensation for damages such as accident-related medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, mental anguish, scarring or disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life. Failing to wear a helmet has no impact on your ability to recover the compensation you deserve.
Do you have questions about an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit for a bicycle accident? Contact the bicycle accident attorneys at Accident and Injury Law Group today to schedule an appointment for a complimentary, no-obligation initial consultation.
How do I know what my construction claim is worth and what I can recover?
What a construction worker is able to recover following an on-the-job accident depends largely on which avenue of compensation pursued.
In Pennsylvania, injured construction workers are often entitled to benefits through the state's workers' compensation system. This no-fault system covers the cost of related authorized medical care, compensates for lost wages, and provides partial or total disability benefits—even if the construction worker was partially or fully responsible for the accident resulting in injuries.
While there are obvious advantages to collecting workers' compensation after a construction site accident—such as not having to prove negligence in order to receive benefits—for workers with severe injuries, these benefits may not provide the full range of compensation they need and deserve.
However, construction crew members injured by a worker from another company may have grounds for a third-party construction accident claim, which allows them to seek a much broader array of damages.
In addition to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and loss of earning potential, plaintiffs in a third-party construction accident case can also attempt to recover damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, scarring or disfigurement, reduced quality of life, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Third-party personal injury claims are filed far more often than most people realize. They're especially common in the construction industry, as jobsites are bustling and inherently hazardous places where employees from numerous companies work side-by-side to complete an overall project.
Do You Have a Third-Party Construction Accident Case?
If you were injured in a construction site accident and think you may have grounds for a third-party personal injury claim, it's important to understand all of your legal rights and options before making decisions that could affect your case.
The experienced workers' compensation attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group can review the facts of your construction accident case and offer our advice on how best to proceed. Contact the Accident and Injury Law Group today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case analysis.
What if I am injured while giving birth?
Nearly 4 million babies are born each year in the United States. However, though pregnancy, labor, and delivery are extremely routine, they're not without risk.
In fact, approximately 700 women die due to pregnancy or delivery complications annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many more suffer serious injuries.
While some pregnancy or delivery injuries and complications are unavoidable, others were preventable with the proper prenatal and childbirth care.
When doctors, nurses, and other medical providers make serious errors or fail to take appropriate actions, the consequences to both the mother and child can be devastating.
Examples of birth injuries to mothers that may be caused by negligent health care workers include:
- Preeclampsia. If undiagnosed or untreated, high blood pressure during pregnancy can lead to a condition known as preeclampsia, which might cause seizures, cognitive problems, or the death of the mother and/or child.
- C-section complications. Delayed C-sections or improperly-performed surgical births can result in broken pelvic bones, injuries to the uterus or bladder, or subsequent infections.
- Episiotomy complications. Making a small incision in the vaginal tissue during childbirth may aid in delivery, but if performed or sutured incorrectly, episiotomies may cause excessive bleeding or nerve damage, or lead to infection.
- Anesthesia complications. Many women opt for spinal epidurals, narcotics, or other anesthesia options to ease the pain of childbirth. While under the effects of these treatments, vitals such as heart rate, oxygen levels, and blood pressure must be closely monitored to prevent injury.
Mothers who've sustained a serious birth injury due to a medical provider's negligence may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit, and be entitled to compensation for injuries and other losses.
Consult an Experienced Birth Injury Attorney
If you experienced an injury during pregnancy, labor, or delivery that you believe was caused by a medical provider's error or inaction, it's important to understand your legal rights and options.
The knowledgeable birth injury attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group can review your case and answer your questions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case analysis.
How do I prove a motorist drove recklessly when my injury occurred?
Pedestrian crashes are a growing problem in our state. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, they account for just 3.2 percent of reported traffic accidents, but 14.5 percent of all crash-related fatalities.
State law allows pedestrians hurt in accidents caused by negligent motorists the right to take legal action to seek compensation for their injuries, which are often serious and costly.
While it may seem obvious to the injured pedestrian that the at-fault motorist was driving recklessly at the time of the accident, the law may not see it quite the same way. This is because Pennsylvania is one of the few states that defines careless and reckless driving as separate offenses.
Under Pennsylvania law, dangerous driving behaviors such as speeding, drowsy driving, or distracted driving may be classified as “careless driving.” The term “reckless driving” is reserved for instances when the dangerous actions were deliberate, such as street racing, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
For the most part, the different classifications don't affect an injured pedestrian's ability to seek compensation for damages.
However, a reckless driving citation issued to the at-fault driver may enable the injured pedestrian to pursue a rarely-awarded category of compensation known as punitive damages, which are intended to punish defendants for particularly heinous conduct.
Other evidence that can help build a strong personal injury case against careless or reckless drivers includes:
- Police accident reports—although inadmissible in court, accident reports can provide personal injury attorneys with valuable information
- Dashcam or area surveillance video footage
- Statements from people who witnessed the accident
Contact a Knowledgeable Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you're a pedestrian seriously injured in an accident caused by a careless or reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. It's important to thoroughly understand your legal rights and options before making any decisions about your case.
Contact the pedestrian accident attorneys at Accident and Injury Law Group today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case.
What should I do after a motorcycle accident?
Motorcycle accidents can leave riders with serious injuries that temporarily—or even permanently—affect their ability to work and care for themselves.
What motorcyclists do in the moments, days, and weeks following a crash can have a significant impact on their ability to collect compensation for their injuries and other losses.
If you're involved in a motorcycle accident, these steps can help you avoid mistakes that could harm a subsequent insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit:
- Take photos or video of injuries, property damages and the accident scene.
- Collect contact information from drivers and passengers in involved vehicles, as well as witnesses to the accident.
- Don't place or accept blame for the accident. When speaking with the police, keep answers honest, factual, and concise.
- Seek immediate medical attention, even if your injuries appear minor. Make sure the treating physician documents your injuries as having been sustained in a motorcycle crash.
- Don't provide a recorded statement for an insurance company—yours or the other party's. No matter how friendly the adjuster may be, the company might not have your best interests in mind, and what you say in the recording could be misconstrued and used against you.
- Don't give the other party's insurance company authorization to view your medical records.
- Consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A personal injury attorney with experience handling motorcycle accident cases can help you understand your legal rights and options, and advise you on how and what to say when talking to insurance companies.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation
If you were injured in a Pennsylvania motorcycle wreck, contact the motorcycle accident attorneys atAccident and Injury Law Group today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation. Our knowledgeable attorneys will go over the details of your motorcycle accident case and offer advice for how to best handle your claim.
After my motorcycle accident, should I give a recorded statement to the insurance company?
After being involved in a motorcycle crash, accident victims often field numerous calls from insurance companies—both their own and the other driver's—asking for recorded statements about the crash, the resulting injuries, and property damage.
Usually these calls are made by friendly-sounding insurance adjusters who imply that providing a recorded statement is necessary to resolve the claim. This is not the case.
Giving a recorded statement to an insurance company without first consulting with motorcycle accident attorneys can seriously harm a personal injury insurance claim or subsequent personal injury lawsuit.
In addition to complying with legal requirements, motorcyclists purchase insurance to protect themselves financially in the event of an accident. However, insurance companies are businesses and like most, their ultimate loyalties are to the company's bottom line, not an accident victim's wellbeing.
To that end, insurance companies and adjusters look for ways to minimize their financial obligations after an accident. Misspeaking during a recorded phone call with the insurance company can help them achieve that goal.
Unfortunately, these types of calls can be difficult for injured motorcyclists to avoid. That's why consulting an attorney before providing a recorded statement to an insurance company is absolutely essential. Experienced personal injury attorneys can help motorcycle accident victims protect their rights by advising them on what to say during a recorded statement, as well as how to phrase their answers to avoid misunderstandings.
Consult a Knowledgeable Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident that wasn't your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries, property damages, and other losses. Consulting a personal injury attorney before giving a recorded statement can help ensure your right to recover damages is protected.
Don't wait until it's too late. Contact the Accident and Injury Law Group today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation.