2020 was one of the worst years in recent history for numbers of traffic-related fatalities in Philadelphia, despite the fact that it was a year that saw reduced driving in the city and across the country at large. This has caused some experts to call the number of traffic accidents in Philadelphia a “public health crisis”.
The lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt have years of experience successfully filing claims for victims of car accidents in Philadelphia, and understand how devastating these accidents can be for individuals and their families. If you or your loved one were injured in a car accident in Philadelphia, our team is ready to assist you in fully investigating your claim, so that you can move on with your life and begin the process of recovery.
Top Causes of Car Accidents in Philadelphia
In 2016, Philadelphia launched Vision Zero, a plan to reduce traffic deaths in Philadelphia. This organization has identified that 80% of traffic deaths and severe injuries occur on just 12% of streets in Philadelphia. These are mainly large arterial streets with mostly unrestricted traffic flow, such as Kelly Drive or Roosevelt Boulevard.
Beyond these dangerous streets, other common causes of accidents in Philadelphia include:
- Aggressive driving: Aggressive driving, such as failure to yield or speeding, causes around 36% of traffic-related deaths in Philadelphia
- Speeding: Speed is the number one contributing factor that determines if an accident will be fatal, and is especially lethal if the victim is a pedestrian or a cyclist
- Drunk driving: In Philadelphia, there were 28 alcohol-related fatalities in 2019, and drunk driving remains one of the leading causes of deaths in traffic accidents nationwide
- Distracted driving: While drunk driving causes more fatalities, distracted driving causes a larger number of accidents. In Pennsylvania, distracted driving, such as texting, caused nearly 14,000 accidents in 2019
Is Philadelphia Pennsylvania No-Fault for Car Accidents?
Pennsylvania is one of 12 states in the country that has “no-fault” laws regarding car accidents. Under no-fault, your own car insurance will pay for your financial losses and medical bills up to your coverage limits, regardless of who was at fault for the accident.
Pennsylvania does allow drivers to choose cheaper “limited tort” coverage, rather than “full tort” coverage when purchasing car insurance. Choosing full tort allows you to sue for pain and suffering after an accident; choosing limited tort removes this right. However, it is still possible to sue for pain and suffering under limited tort, as long as your injuries are considered a “serious bodily injury” such as death, significant deformity, or impairment of body function. The lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt can help you understand what legal avenues are available to you based on your type of insurance.
Comparative Negligence in Philadelphia PA Car Accidents
Pennsylvania is a comparative negligence state. This means that you can still claim damages against the other party, even if you were partially at fault for your car accident, as long as you are found to be less than 50% responsible. This law also states that your compensation will be reduced depending on how much you are found to be at fault by the court. For example, if you are found to be 10% responsible for the accident, your payment will be reduced by 10%.
What Is the Average Settlement for a Car Accident in Philadelphia?
The amount of compensation you will receive for your car accident will be specific to your unique case. There are multiple factors that can determine how much your case is worth, including:
- Medical bills, both current and future
- The amount of fault you are responsible for
- Current and future lost wages
- Effects on quality of life such as work, family and lifestyle
The first thing to do after any car accident is to seek medical attention. Even if the accident was minor, there may be injuries that you may not notice until days, or even months, later. Getting a medical evaluation, along with a police report, will be a key piece of information that you will need to successfully file a claim.
The next step will be to contact a car accident lawyer in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. The attorneys at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt can help you gather the evidence you need to get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation at 1-866-333-7715 or reach out online by filling out our form.