Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous epidemics on the road. It causes a staggering:
- 1.6 million accidents per year
- 330,000 injuries per year
- Nearly 25 percent of all accidents
and makes you 23 times more likely to crash. To make matters more serious, as many as 800,000 people can be driving while texting at any given time.* If you or someone close to you has suffered an auto accident, it is important that you are provided all compensation you need to recover. While this alarming trend shows little sign of slowing, the civil justice system provides the greatest mechanism for accountability.
That said, obtaining the needed compensation in the wake of an accident requires an experienced legal team.
Most common distracted driving accident injuries in Philadelphia
When we turn to data available from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, we can see that there were nearly 14,000 total crashes caused by “distracted drivers” during the latest reporting year across the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, many victims sustained severe injuries in these incidents. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our texting and driving accident lawyers regularly help clients who have sustained the following injuries in these crashes:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head wounds
- Spinal cord injuries with paralysis
- Other severe neck or back injuries
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
Proving liability after a texting and driving crash
It is critical that injury victims prove liability in the aftermath of a texting and driving accident. However, determining fault in these cases can be difficult for injury victims. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our distracted driving accident lawyers in Philadelphia have the resources necessary to obtain any evidence needed prove liability, including a photo or video surveillance, phone or data records, statements from eyewitnesses, accident reports, and more.
In most cases, a distracted driving accident victim will not have the resources or time to conduct a complete investigation into their case. An attorney ensures that the accident victim has an advocate on their side who can stand up to aggressive insurance carriers.
What type of compensation is available for victims in these cases?
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a Philadelphia texting and driving accident, there may be various types of compensation available for your claim. The distracted driving accident lawyers at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. are regularly able to help clients recover the following:
- Full compensation for medical expenses
- Lost income if a victim cannot work
- Any household out-of-pocket expenses a victim incurs
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
The total amount of compensation available for these cases will vary depending on the facts related to each specific collision. An attorney will work with financial experts to help determine how much money a victim needs to receive to make themselves “whole” and to make a full recovery.
How long do texting and driving accident victims have to file lawsuits?
The personal injury statute of limitations in Pennsylvania is two years from the date an injury occurs. This means that car accident victims have a two-year window with which to file a lawsuit against an alleged negligent driver. If a victim fails to file a lawsuit within this specified amount of time, they will lose the ability to recover any compensation for their claim.
However, it is important to understand that insurance claims need to be filed very soon after an accident occurs. If a Philadelphia texting and driving accident victim fails to report the case to their insurance carrier, the claim could be delayed or denied.
Contact an attorney for a free consultation of your case today
With more than 25 years of experience, our team of attorneys will bring its comprehensive knowledge and approach that has obtained millions of dollars to help you recover all the needed compensation you deserve if you have been injured in a texting while driving accident. As necessary, we are prepared to subpoena cellphone data logs to build the strongest possible case for court. If the insurance company will not settle for the compensation to which we believe you are entitled and deserve, we are ready to go to court in pursuit of justice and advocacy.
To schedule a free consultation where you can discuss your distracted driving accident injuries in Philadelphia, Allentown, New Jersey, and New York with one of our lawyers, please call 215-929-7216 or email Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. Phones are answered 24 hours a day.