The statute of limitations for a car accident or any personal injury case in Philadelphia is 2 years, with exceptions. If any type of government entity or quasi-government entity was involved, there will be a Notice of Claim requirement which is extremely short, and if a Notice of Claim is not sent, you will be barred from pursuing a claim against the entity.
Vehicles today weigh thousands of pounds, and there are a lot of things that can go wrong on any given commute, Sunday drive, or pleasure cruise. Understanding common car accidents and how to avoid them keeps you safer on the road. You may also want to know what to do in the event of a crash, to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
Car Crash Statistics
Car crashes kill an estimated 40,000 people every single year in the United States. Fox News equates that number to a major airliner crashing and killing everyone on board every single day. Crashes may occur during a lane departure or at an intersection. Collisions may also occur with a deer, pedestrian, or bicyclist.
You may assume that most car crashes occur between two cars, but that's not the case. Many crashes occur between a car and an inanimate object, such as a tree. In addition, you might think that more car crashes happen during the weekday when many people are on the road on their commute.
In fact, more car crashes occur on weekends than happen on weekdays. These statistics mean that it's just as important to pay attention on the roads during a morning commute as it is on the weekend during a fun family drive to a nearby park.
Avoiding Common Crashes
There are so many different types of crashes that it may seem as though the only way to avoid an accident is through total avoidance of the road. However, there's no need to go that far with automobile safety.
Remember the following simple rules of the road whenever you get in your car or are a passenger in another person's vehicle.
- Stay alert. Never take your eyes off the road to eat or text. Don't drive if you can't pay full attention to vehicle operation.
- Wear seatbelts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that seat belts save an estimated 12,174 lives each year.
When an Accident Occurs
The first priority after an accident is to make sure that everyone in the vehicle (or vehicles) is okay. Lifesaving measures may be required, and CPR certification may save a life after an accident.
Secondly, it's important to make sure everyone is out of the way of oncoming traffic. Sometimes a vehicle will be disabled to the point where vehicle removal is impossible, so getting everyone off the road is essential. In addition, some injuries might not be readily apparent. Calling the police to the scene just in case is imperative.
Make sure that the police agree to come to the scene even if there aren't any life-threatening injuries. A police report is an essential tool when you speak with your Philadelphia car accident lawyer about the incident.
Documenting the Crash
It's important to take pictures of the accident scene and all angles of the vehicles, as well as everyone (or thing) involved in the crash. Memories can get clouded after an incident, so it's important to document as much as possible.
Try to write everything down so as to remember the sequence of events. If your smartphone has a video setting, create a short video of the scene as well as your recollection of the crash.
You never want to give a recorded statement to your insurance company or any other insurance companies. Let your lawyer do it. Never try to resolve a case directly with an insurance company, as you may sabotage your good claim.