As the weather worsens, we can unfortunately expect more multi-vehicle accidents here in the state of Pennsylvania. The likelihood that you or someone you know will be involved in such an accident increases during the fall and winter months as slippery weather conditions, deer crossing the roadway, and holiday parties increase the risk. The resulting insurance claims and possible suits from these sorts of accidents can be complicated due to the multiple vehicles involved. Ask any accident attorney in Pennsylvania; the statistics speak for themselves.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in 2009, “on average in Pennsylvania:
- Each day 332 reportable traffic crashes occurred (about 14 crashes every hour).
- Each day 3 persons were killed in reportable traffic crashes (one death every 7 hours).
- Each day 239 persons were injured in reportable crashes (about 10 injuries every hour).
Based on Pennsylvania’s 2009 population (12,604,767 people):
- 1 out of every 44 people was involved in a reportable traffic crash.
- 1 out of every 10,036 people was killed in a reportable traffic crash.
- 1 out of every 145 people was injured in a reportable traffic crash.”
Last year in Pennsylvania, 53% or 64,184 crashes involved multiple vehicles.
Whenever multiple cars are involved in accidents, injury and fatality statistics rise. Accident victims can also expect paperwork and hassle with insurance companies.
If you or someone you know has become involved in a multi-vehicular accident involving cars, trucks, busses or motorcycles, you owe it to yourself to seek out and consult with an experience and qualified accident attorney in Pennsylvania who can help you establish fault /liability of the various vehicle operators in your case. Establishing the comparative negligence of each driver in a motor vehicle accident case is a crucial step before injuries or damages can even be presented to the insurance company. To prove liability, an investigation will have to performed which includes the taking of witness statements, and statements of the drivers. Scene investigation has to be done including photographs of the roadway involved from all angles, and of the vehicles involved. The investigation can and should be done relatively quickly before evidence disappears and while witnesses have a clear remembrance of what happened. Skid marks don’t stay on the roadway forever, and vehicles eventually get repaired.
There is no need to be simply a Pennsylvania statistic. Rather, do something to protect your rights, and to get compensated for your injuries.