A car accident can result in devastating injuries, such as whiplash, a concussion, broken bones, organ damage, and paralysis. If you were hurt in a collision at or near a red light, you might have been treated in a hospital and are now recovering at home or in a rehabilitation facility.
You may need months of chiropractic care or physical therapy before you can return to work. You may never make a full recovery and only be able to work part-time. The crash may have caused injuries so severe that you will have to look for employment in another field.
Right now, the medical bills may be piling up, on top of bills for your regular living expenses, such as your mortgage and utilities. You may be feeling anxious, helpless, and depressed. You and your spouse may be struggling to figure out how you will make ends meet, and the stress may be taking a toll on your family.
An Erie red light accident lawyer may be able to help. Berger and Green has been representing clients in Pennsylvania and across the United States for more than 40 years. We may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person who hit you. Call our office today at (412) 661-1400 to discuss your case with a member of our staff.
How a Red Light Collision Can Occur
Drivers are supposed to stop at red lights, but in many cases, people are impatient. Instead of slowing down and coming to a stop, they may try to speed through an intersection before the light changes from yellow to red.
If a driver tries to make it through an intersection before the light turns red, but their timing is off, the vehicle may collide with another car in the intersection. The driver in the car that is hit may lose control. The struck vehicle may collide with another car, a sign, or a guardrail, or it might be forced off the road.
A driver who attempts to beat a red light may also cause a rear-end collision. A person who sees that a light is about to turn red might expect the driver in front to speed up. If the driver in back accelerates, but the driver in front slows down, this could result in a rear-end crash.
Distracted driving is a serious problem in Pennsylvania and across the United States. A motorist may not see that a light is about to turn red or has already turned red because they are distracted by a cellphone, a radio, a conversation with a passenger, or something else. A driver may continue into an intersection traveling at or above the speed limit and crash into another vehicle in that scenario.
Impaired driving is another frequent cause of accidents. A person under the influence of alcohol or drugs may struggle to focus on the road and may not react quickly enough if a light turns red.
Some prescription medication causes side effects, such as drowsiness and blurred vision, which can interfere with a person’s driving ability. An individual who has taken such medication could cause a collision.
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How an Erie Red Light Accident Lawyer May Be Able to Help You
The team at Berger and Green can investigate your accident to figure out what happened and who was responsible. The police report may provide valuable information, such as whether the other driver was given a ticket for a traffic violation. We can also interview you, anyone who was riding in your car with you at the time of the crash, and any independent witnesses who were in the area and saw what happened.
Many busy intersections have cameras set up to catch people who run red lights or violate other laws. We can find out if there was a camera at the intersection where the accident occurred. If so, it might provide evidence that could help us establish what occurred and who was liable for the collision.
Businesses and private residences frequently have surveillance cameras intended to record and deter crime. In some cases, those cameras also capture footage of car accidents. We can find out if a security camera nearby recorded the crash.
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You May Be Able to Seek a Financial Award
If we uncover evidence that the other driver was liable for the accident, we may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against that individual, depending on the type of insurance coverage you have. Pennsylvania is a choice no-fault state.
Drivers can choose to have their own personal injury protection insurance coverage cover medical bills after an accident, or they may pay higher premiums for “full tort” coverage that allow them to collect more compensation after a collision. If you have no-fault coverage, you will only be able to sue for compensation if your injuries are serious, as defined by Pennsylvania Statutes Title 75, § 1705.
If you are eligible for a financial award, we might be able to file a lawsuit on your behalf. We could seek compensation for costs related to the medical treatment you have already received, anticipated expenses for future care, lost income, and pain and suffering.
An attorney representing the other driver might argue you were partly liable for the crash. For instance, the other motorist may have run a red light, but you may have failed to hit the brakes because you were texting instead of paying attention to the road.
If that is true, you may nevertheless be entitled to compensation under Pennsylvania’s comparative negligence law, 42 PA Cons Stat § 7102, as long as your amount of negligence is not greater than that of the other driver. A financial award that you would have been entitled to could be reduced to reflect your amount of liability. Call Berger and Green today at (412) 661-1400 to learn more about how we may be able to assist you.
Contact an Erie Red Light Accident Lawyer
If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, the team at Berger and Green might be able to help you pursue justice. Do not let concerns about legal fees stop you from seeking the compensation you deserve. Our firm operates on a contingency basis. If you ask us to help you with a personal injury case, we will not charge you any upfront fees. We will only get paid if we obtain a financial award on your behalf by negotiating a settlement or by winning at trial.
Under 42 PA Cons Stat § 5524, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is just two years. Call Berger and Green today at (412) 661-1400 so that our team can begin working on your case as soon as possible.