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.

Car accidents occur more often than you may realize. In fact, about 16,438 car accidents occur in the United States every day. Because accidents are so common, it is important to know how these accidents occur and what to do in the event of an injury. Read on to learn more about car accidents in Pennsylvania.

How do Car Accidents Occur?

Car accidents can occur for any number of reasons. Some accidents are due to faulty car parts, poor road conditions, or inclement weather. But, the majority of car accidents are due to driver negligence. In fact, in the United States, distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that texting while driving is six times more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol. Some other common examples of negligence include:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Drowsy driving
  • Eating/drinking/smoking while driving
  • Failing to follow the rules of the road
  • Ignoring traffic lights, signs, etc.

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may wish to take legal action in order to recover the compensation you deserve. But, to do this, you will have to provide proof that your injury was a result of another party’s negligence. To prove that this negligence occurred, there are a few important steps to take:

  1. Call 911
  2. Take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident
  3. Obtain the contact information of anyone who saw the accident occur
  4. Seek medical attention immediately after the accident
  5. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be suffering physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. Our firm is here to help you recover the compensation you deserve for these burdens. Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.


We understand that going through the legal system alone can be both confusing and highly stressful. That is why it is our job to help you through every step of the process ahead. For years, we have been helping clients throughout Lancaster County and its surrounding areas through a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury cases, criminal defense matters, family law issues, estate planning law matters, and more. If you need legal assistance, we are here to help. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.