Inside a car, a man in the driver's seat is using a smartphone while driving with one hand, and a woman sits in the passenger seat. The image taken from the backseat shows a highway stretching ahead as the sun sets, highlighting reasons to have uninsured underinsured motorist coverage.

Many people are on the road driving cars on a daily basis. It is unfortunate that sometimes, driving can result in an accident. Certain things factor into how a car accident happens, as well as the results of the accident. The outcome of an accident may depend on a few things: the size of the cars involved, the speeds they were going, and the point of impact. While sometimes a car accident may just be a fender-bender, other times accidents can be catastrophic. In some accidents, individuals may sustain minor injuries while others may cause serious injuries or even death. Car accidents can change lives forever and cause immense physical and financial hardships.

Common Causes

Every driver should pay attention and be fully aware when they get behind the wheel of a car. Even still, there are many ways a car accident can happen. They may sometimes be a result of outside influences or an individual’s poor driving decisions (the driver themselves or another surrounding driver). Some dangerous factors that may lead to car accidents include:

  • Texting while driving
  • Using other electronic devices while driving
  • Disregarding traffic signs/signals
  • Drunk/drugged driving
  • Excessive speeding/reckless driving
  • Driving distracted
  • Driving tired

What to Do After an Accident

After a car accident, it is important to stay at the scene of the accident and contact the police. If it is physically possible, an individual should take pictures of the crash before any vehicles move. When the authorities arrive on the scene, they will conduct a police report of the accident. If there are any injuries on the scene, medical attention should be sought immediately.

In the state of Pennsylvania, it is important to know that the financial aftermath of the accident may not have a serious impact depending on your insurance coverage. Drivers may opt out of no-fault insurance, giving them the options of limited tort and full tort coverage. Limited allows drivers to pursue compensation for accident finances that are economic, but not noneconomic damages. Full tort insurance allows the individual to pursue both.

Burden of Proof

In all personal injury cases, it is required that the injured party provides what is known as the “burden of proof.” In order to find another party responsible for an injury, an individual must provide evidence of negligence. In order to do so, they must prove that the accident and the injuries that were sustained occurred because of negligence. Accidents can happen due to the fault of another driver or poor road conditions. Evidence that may help your case could include the police report, medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the accident, or any witnesses that saw it occur.

Contact our Firm

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a car accident and seek legal representation, contact the Law Offices of Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.

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