The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has the 5th largest population of licensed drivers in the country with 8,369,575 drivers. According to statistics from 2009 Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics, there are 67 counties with approximately 2,500 municipalities and ten most populated counties in 2009 were:
|Philadelphia (12.3%)||Chester (4.0%)|
|Allegheny (9.7%)||Lancaster (4.0%)|
|Montgomery (6.2%)||York (3.4%)|
|Bucks (5.0%)||Berks (3.2%)|
|Delaware (4.4%)||Westmoreland (2.9%)|
The ten counties with the most reported traffic crashes were:
|Allegheny (9.6%)||York (3.8%)|
|Philadelphia (8.8%)||Berks (3.8%)|
|Montgomery (6.8%)||Chester (3.7%)|
|Bucks (5.4%)||Lehigh (3.7%)|
|Lancaster (4.4%)||Delaware (3.6%)|
The ten counties with the most traffic-related deaths were:
|Philadelphia (7.6%)||Westmoreland (3.7%)|
|Bucks (5.1%)||York (3.4%)|
|Allegheny (4.6%)||Montgomery (3.3%)|
|Berks (4.0%)||Luzerne (3.2%)|
|Lancaster (3.9%)||Lehigh (2.8%)|
To put this in better perspective, if you happen to be driving in Philadelphia County where there were over 10,000 accidents in 2009, you are ten times more likely to get into an auto accident than if you were driving in Potter County where there were about 100 accidents. It seems there is a distinct correlation between the population of the county and the number of crashes. You are also much more likely to have a fatal auto accident if you are driving in Philadelphia, Allegheny or Bucks counties than anywhere else in the state. As a Pennsylvania driver, you have less than a half of one percent chance of being in a fatal accident in any given year, no matter where you drive.
Any Philadelphia accident lawyer, or personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia, will approach a motor vehicle personal injury case in a similar way and generally by conducting an initial client interview and then performing the following actions:
- Investigate the accident by reading the police report, obtain and review witness statements, obtain photographs of the scene and other cars involved.
- Contact the insurance companies involved and communicate with them during the case.
- Analyze health and car insurance policies to see what coverage applies to the case.
- Review medical reports, bills, and records of lost wages.
- Thoroughly evaluate the case and attempt to negotiate an out of court settlement. If no settlement can be achieved, the lawyer must file the appropriate lawsuit.
Once suit has begun, the discovery process begins, in preparation for trial.
- The other driver’s attorney or insurance company may arrange and has the rights to a defense medical exam that you are obligated to attend.
- Your attorney will prepare written questions (interrogatories), answer interrogatories posed by the other side, and will take the deposition of the defendant and other witnesses. Your deposition will also be taken by the defense attorney, in your lawyer’s presence. Your deposition is your statement under oath about the accident and your injuries.
- Your attorney will produce to the defendant’s attorney all of the pertinent data for the claim, such as medical bills, medical records, wage loss records and tax returns. This helps to prove your case, and establish your claim for damages. Both sides exchange a variety of documents during the discovery process.
- Our firm prepares for trial from day one. That gives us an advantage at the settlement table and at trial.
- The case is tried once the trial date is set by the court, if it does not settle by agreement of the parties.
Understanding what your Philadelphia accident lawyer, or personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia will do once you contact them about your auto accident in the state of Pennsylvania is an important step toward receiving any compensation due.
For more information, you should visit our personal injury law articles page. There, you can find information on everything from car accidents to motorcycle accidents to trucking accidents.
Stuart A. Carpey, who has been practicing as an attorney since 1987, focuses his practice on complex civil litigation which includes representing injured individuals in a vast array of personal injury cases.