Two people are in a car on a highway, seen from the rear interior with the front seats and dashboard visible. The driver is texting and driving, looking at a smartphone. The sun is setting on the horizon, casting a warm glow through the car’s sunroof—what you need to know to avoid being injured in an accident.

2020 saw a major decrease in road traffic, as stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions kept many off the road. Surprisingly, the increase in the rate of 2020 motor vehicle deaths in the U.S. was the largest since 1924, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). The NSC estimates that 42,060 people have died in U.S. car accidents in 2020. With so many accidents occurring, it is important to know how these accidents occur, what to avoid, and what to do in the event of an injury. Read on for more information about Pennsylvania car accidents.

Most Common Causes of Car Accidents

Car accidents can be caused by poor road conditions, inclement weather, faulty car parts, and more. But, the majority of accidents are caused by driver negligence. Some of the most common types of negligence include:

  • Texting or talking on a cell phone
  • Ignoring traffic signals
  • Paying more attention to something inside the vehicle than to the road
  • Drunk driving
  • Reckless driving and speeding
  • Swerving through traffic
  • General disregard for traffic laws

What to Do After an Accident Occurs?

If you are injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred. If possible, it is important to take the following steps:

  1. Call 911. The police will call an ambulance for you, file an accident report, conduct chemical tests, and more.
  2. Document the scene. Take photos and videos of any damage done to all vehicles and property involved.
  3. Obtain witness statements. If someone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events.
  4. Go to the hospital. It is important that you seek medical attention, even if you do not feel you have been seriously injured. It is possible to sustain an injury without realizing it. Going to the hospital will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Make sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact our firm today to discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated attorney.


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