Upper Darby Car Accident Lawyer

You just had a wreck with someone, and now you’re all out of sorts. You know that you’re seriously hurt. You’re already thinking about your future, wondering how you’re going to handle your everyday obligations. You’re worried about how you’re going to make it financially when you’re undoubtedly going to have to take some time off work to rehab if you’re even able to return to your job at all.

Or perhaps you’ve just learned that a member of your household has just died in an auto collision. You’re devastated at the thought of not being in each other’s presence anymore. Plus, to add insult to injury, you relied on them to keep your family financially afloat and now that breadwinner is gone far too soon, all because of a reckless driver’s actions.

First of all, our legal team at Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan wants to share our sympathies for the tailspin your life seems to be taking right now. While we can’t reverse fate and take away what happened, a Philadelphia car accident lawyer in our office can help you seek justice in the form of monetary compensation for your losses.

Filing an insurance claim or a civil lawsuit isn’t going to be necessary to ultimately recover a settlement. Meeting with one of our injury attorneys for a complimentary initial consultation is the first step in that process. Contact us to speak with someone at our law office right now.

Philadelphia Auto Collision Statistics

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) publishes an annual report detailing wrecks that occurred statewide for the year. Its latest 2022 Pennsylvania Crash Facts & Statistics report highlights the following regarding crashes in our area:

  • The counties that comprise the Philadelphia metro area saw some of the highest rates of reported accidents statewide, with rates at the following percentages: Philadelphia County 7.5%, Bucks County 4.8%, Delaware County 4.2%, Chester County 3.8%, and Montgomery County 7%.
  • Of all our state’s counties, Philadelphia County saw the most 12.1% saw the highest amount of fatal auto accidents. Other counties in the area also made it on the top ten list for this at the following percentages: Bucks County, 4.4%, and Montgomery County, 4.3%.

Common Types of Car Accidents

The above list is just a brief overview of some of the wrecks that we handle here at Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan. The truth is that we represent clients who’ve been seriously injured due to the intentional acts or recklessness of others in many different ways. So, if you’ve been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, you should certainly reach out to our Philadelphia injury law firm to see what legal avenues you may be able to pursue to recover compensation for your losses.

As you’re likely aware, Pennsylvania motorists may be involved in many different types of motor vehicle crashes. Some of the most common types of passenger car collisions our Philadelphia accident attorneys handle include:

  • Distracted driving accidents
  • Head-on crashes
  • Rollovers or overturn accidents
  • Drowsy driving crashes
  • T-bone collisions
  • Drunk driving crashes
  • Rear-end Accidents
  • Hit and runs
  • Road rage accidents
  • Multi-car pileups
  • High-speed crashes
  • Parking lot collisions
  • Road construction zone accidents
  • School zone crashes
  • Ridesharing accidents

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Where Philly Car Crashes Happen Most Often

Auto accidents can happen virtually anywhere. However, when combing through news stories regarding car crashes in Center City, PA and Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and Bucks counties in general, the names of certain roadways, including the following, repeatedly pop up for these types of incidents:

  • Street Road (in general)
  • Roosevelt Boulevard (especially at Red Lion Road)
  • Lincoln Highway
  • Route 611 (which encompasses Old York Road, Easton Road, and Broad Street)
  • Schuylkill Expressway
  • Lehigh Avenue
  • Interstates 78, 79, 80, 81, 83, and 95 (the Delaware Expressway)

What To Do After an Auto Accident in Philadelphia

In the aftermath of a wreck, it’s not uncommon for those involved to be confused, in shock, or otherwise unable to think straight. After all, as the word “accident” suggests, they didn’t plan on the crash occurring, sidetracking their day and potentially upending their life. Thus, if you’re looking for directions as to what steps to take after your crash, here are some steps you may want to take:

  • Check for injuries
  • Call 911 to report the accident
  • Take pictures and videos of the scene
  • Report your crash to your auto insurance company
  • Preserve all records and bills related to your crash
  • Reach out to a Philadelphia car accident attorney

As for the latter point, we believe it’s important to point out that at Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan, we don’t charge for your initial consultation with an attorney. Nor do we charge to represent you if you have a viable legal claim unless we recover compensation for your losses.

How Our Philadelphia Car Accident Injury Lawyers Will Help You

A crash causing serious injuries or one that suddenly takes the life of a close family member can seriously throw your life off track.

Your own personal physical impairments and also your mental anguish can make it where you’re constantly in and out of surgery, doctors’ visits, or therapy sessions. All of this may make it so that you’re unable to work, meaning you cannot pay your essential bills. And, if a parent, spouse, or another close relative senselessly died in a crash, it may mean that you’ve been deprived of that person whom you counted on to cover your household finances and whom you looked to for counsel and companionship.

While no amount of compensation is likely to help you forget about what happened to you and certainly won’t take away the pain you endured and perhaps continue to do so, it is what our legal system in Pennsylvania allows car accident victims or their surviving loved ones to recover when they sustain losses.

Thus, when working with a Philadelphia car accident attorney, you can expect us to help you in the following ways:

  • Take time to listen to what happened to you
  • Thoroughly investigate your case to determine if you have a valid car crash claim
  • Compile any evidence necessary to prove your case
  • Bring in auto accident reconstructionists, medical experts, actuaries, and others, as needed, to better understand causation and losses
  • Identify all potential liable parties and all sources of compensation
  • Craft a demand letter chronicling how your accident occurred, your losses, and the settlement award you’re requesting
  • Negotiate with insurance adjusters if and when they make an offer to ensure you receive maximum compensation
  • File your lawsuit and litigate your case in court if an insurance company’s settlement offer is unjust

Results That Matter

  • $1 million

    A car accident resulting in serious personal injuries to the plaintiff

  • $2 million

    A tragic case where a man suffered serious permanent injuries when a tree fell onto his car while he was driving along a public road in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

  • $4.4 million

    A car crash where the motor vehicle accident resulted in two passengers being killed and another injured, after a restaurant served too much alcohol to the driver of their vehicle

  • $478,650 settlement

    For a 67-year-old New Jersey man who suffered serious injury in a motor vehicle accident on the Atlantic City Expressway

  • $9 million

    A car crash resulting in a passenger suffering permanent quadriplegic injuries

Understanding How Liability Works in Wreck Cases

Pennsylvania is one of a few no-fault insurance states. This generally would mean that you’d need to file a claim with your own insurer to recover compensation if you were hurt in a crash. However, if you’ve suffered serious injuries or someone close to you has died, it’s likely that your losses exceed your own policy limits. You can likely hold that other party who struck you financially liable for your losses.

There is one more aspect regarding liability that you should be aware of as someone who had a wreck in the City of Brotherly Love, which is that we have a modified comparative fault system in place. What impact does that have on you as a car crash victim? It prevents you from recovering compensation if you’re deemed 51% or more at fault for the collision. This is often why attorneys will advise their clients to watch what they say and do after a wreck. It can impact their ability to recover compensation.

Who You Can Hold Responsible for Your Auto Collision

There are many different people and entities you may be able to sue if you’ve been involved in an accident in Philly. These include some of the following:

  • Another driver
  • A vehicle manufacturer
  • A property owner
  • A mechanic
  • An aftermarket auto parts company
  • A government agency
  • A bar or nightclub

The options for pursuing liability are endless, and responsibility for a wreck may rest on multiple parties’ shoulders, which is why you’ll want to connect with us at Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan for a free consultation to learn more about who you may be able to hold accountable for what happened to you.

Damages Recoverable by Car Wreck Victims in Pennsylvania

At Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan, we’re generally able to recover compensation for accident-related losses, such as the following, through the filing of an insurance claim or injury lawsuit:

  • Medical expenses: This may include surgical bills, physical therapy costs, follow-up doctors’ visits, prescription medications, assistive devices, etc.
  • Lost wages: Included in this category may include pay you’ve already missed because you were unable to work as well as any compensation you may not make in the future if you have to switch to a different, lower-paying career, work less, or can’t remain employed at all and also if the car crash claimed your loved one’s life.
  • Noneconomic losses: This is a catchall category of sorts for the often unseen harm individuals suffer in crashes that victims endure behind closed doors. This may include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of companionship, scarring, etc.

Additionally, you may be entitled to recover compensation to pay for property damage if your vehicle was damaged. Punitive damages may also be available in rare cases if the negligent acts that caused you to get hurt or your relative to lose their life were particularly reckless or ill-intentioned.

Determining the Value of Your Car Accident Claim

While no Philadelphia car accident lawyer can give you a definitive value for your case, some factors that may influence your settlement include:

  • Your age and overall health
  • Where you were in life when you became involved in that crash (i.e., whether you had your own family, had a successful career, etc.)
  • Who is at fault (and at what percentage) for the collision
  • How significant of injuries the accident caused
  • Efforts and costs it will take to build your case (i.e., securing evidence and hiring crash reconstructionists)
  • How much in insurance coverage is available for you to tap into
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Why You Should Contact Our Car Accident Lawyers

When you have been hurt or lost a family member, you don’t need any more stressful situations to deal with. This is why you want to have an experienced car accident attorney representing you who’s well-experienced in handling complex cases and knows when negotiating with insurers to secure a fair settlement is an effort in futility, and litigation is the best option. This is what you can count on when you work with Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan.

Each Philadelphia car accident lawyer on our team will stick with you as their client from start to finish, treating your case as if it were a family member’s and aggressively fighting for your rights every step of the way. We’ll also maintain regular communication so that you’re clear about the work that we’re doing on your behalf.

If competent legal counsel and a zealous advocate are what you’re seeking, you’ve found your match. Contact our law firm for a free, no-risk, no-obligation case review. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work for you as soon as today.

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