Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents in Pennsylvania occur every day, oftentimes injuring or killing those involved. Anyone who is involved in a car accident should call an attorney as soon as possible after the accident so mistakes are not made. A competent Philadelphia auto accident lawyer will assess your injuries, deal with the insurance companies, and get you compensation for your injuries.
Car accidents can be caused by many behaviors, but most commonly because of drowsy driving, drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, weather conditions, automotive defects, and aggressive driving or road rage.
Drowsy driving is an extremely dangerous driving behavior and is very frequently unrecognized by drivers. Studies continue to show that drowsy driving is as dangerous as driving drunk. A person is more likely to cause a car accident due to drowsiness if they slept less than six hours the night before driving, are sleep deprived, work more than 60 hours a week, take sedative medications, or work in the transportation industry.
Drunk driving has been a notable cause of car accidents ever since the invention of the automobile. Drunk driving has been sharply increasing in the past six years despite harsh laws and the public’s understanding of the seriousness of the crime.
The invention of the cell phone and other technologies has made distracted driving so common that it causes more car accident fatalities each year than speeding and drunk driving. Distracted driving includes driving a car while using a cell phone, texting and driving, using a GPS or other in-vehicle technology, eating, drinking, talking to passengers, reading, or even grooming.
Speeding costs society an estimated $40 billion each year and contributes to about one-third of car accident fatalities. A person who is speeding has less control over their vehicle and has less time to react or stop their car when necessary.
Poor weather conditions such as snow, sleet, rain, ice, wind, or fog can all cause car accidents. Changes in weather can lead to drivers reacting improperly, the inability to see the road, and loss of control of the driver’s vehicle.
Defects in a motor vehicle can cause car accidents to occur when the car breaks down, stalls, or goes out of control. Seatbelts and airbags can also be defective and fail to protect someone involved in a car accident. Motor vehicle defects are particularly scary and dangerous because the driver generally has no idea a defect exists and has no warning.
Aggressive Driving/Road Rage
Road rage and aggressive driving can lead not only to physical altercations but also to car accidents. Angry drivers are more likely to make mistakes while driving and may behave in such a way that invites an accident to occur.
Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Patrick G. Geckle, LLC Help Victims of Car Accidents Pursue Compensation for Their Injuries
If you, a loved one or someone you know has been injured or killed in a car accident, call our team of seasoned Philadelphia car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Patrick G. Geckle, LLC. We represent victims throughout Philadelphia County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Bucks County, and Chester County. Call us at 215-735-3326 to go over the facts of your case with someone at our offices or contact us online.