Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyer
Law Offices of Patrick G. Geckle LLC
In many ways our roadways have never been safer. Advances in anti-collision technology and campaigns which have raised awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and drunk driving have combined to decrease traffic fatalities in recent years. For those who are mourning the loss of a loved one from an automobile accident; however, the statistics provide little comfort. Fortunately, compensation is available for these family members – as well as for victims left injured by a crash – when the accident was caused by another driver’s negligence.
If you or a family member has been involved in any of the following types of automobile accidents, contact Philadelphia auto accident lawyer, Patrick G. Geckle LLC. Attorney Geckle will vigorously pursue whoever was responsible for causing your injuries.
Bicycle accidents: Bicyclists are vulnerable whenever they share the road, given the size and weight differential between a bicycle and a vehicle. Accordingly, motorists have a legal duty to exercise reasonable care when traveling alongside bicyclists. Failure to abide by that standard can result in legal action.
Bus accidents: According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCA) the majority – 41% – of bus accidents from 2002 to 2012 involved a school bus, followed closely by transit buses and, lastly, intercity buses. Over that same decade, bus accidents decreased overall by eight percent. School bus drivers in Pennsylvania must – among several other requirements – attend a minimum of 20 hours of instruction and complete a physical before they are issued a special license to operate a bus.
Car accidents: The most common type of traffic accident, a car accident occurs nearly every second in the U.S. In Pennsylvania, more than 1,200 residents lost their lives in fatal car accidents in 2013, and an American dies in a crash every 15 minutes. Accidents caused by poor decision-making – including a disregard of deteriorating road conditions, speeding, driving under the influence or texting while driving – can prove costly for the negligent party in court.
Motorcycle accidents: Campaigns to raise awareness of motorcycles on our roadways have been less effective than as was hoped for, with statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showing that motorcycle fatalities have fluctuated in Pennsylvania in recent years. Motorcyclists are often regarded with hostility by the operators of motor vehicles, even though motorcycles enjoy the same right to the road as automobiles and other modes of transportation.
Multi-Vehicle accidents: Occurring whenever more than one vehicle is involved in an accident, multi-vehicle accidents often result from chain-reaction crashes. Determining damages in a multi-vehicle accident can be difficult, as liability will often need to be apportioned based upon a driver’s level of fault.
Pedestrian accidents: According to the NHTSA, 147 Pennsylvanians died in 2013 after being struck by a vehicle, and pedestrian accidents claim the lives of an American every two hours. Pedestrians who are injured or killed while obeying the law – such as using a crosswalk, standing adjacent to a roadway or walking on a sidewalk – may be entitled to compensation.
Train accidents: The vast majority of accidents involving a train and a motor vehicle will occur at a railroad crossing, with half occurring within five miles of a motorist’s home, the NHTSA maintains. Due to the dramatic weight and size disparity between an automobile and a train, a motorist is nearly 20 times more likely to die in a crash with a train as opposed to a crash with another automobile.
Truck accidents: The commercial trucking industry is closely regulated by both state and federal government for good reason: large trucks cause accidents every day, and those accidents often result in fatalities. Issues of driver fatigue, functionality of safety features and speed must all be determined when pursuing a claim against a truck driver and his employer.
Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyer, Patrick G. Geckle LLC Fights for Auto Accident Victims and Their Families
Philadelphia auto accident lawyer, Patrick G. Geckle LLC is well-versed in all facets of automobile accident law. With an attention to detail and unrivaled devotion to our clients, we successfully litigate personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Philadelphia, Bucks County, Chester County, Montgomery County and Delaware County. Contact us online or call 215-735-3326 or toll-free at 800-555-7780 to schedule an appointment at our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania offices today.