Erie Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents are frightening and traumatic experiences. They often cause serious injuries such as broken bones, lacerations, burns, concussions, and spinal cord injuries. There are almost always one or more parties at fault for car accidents. It may not be the person you expect. Car accidents are complex events that can involve more than one at-fault party. The City of Erie, a vehicle part manufacturer, the other driver, or a company all could share fault in a single crash. To get the most out of your vehicle accident claim in Erie, Pennsylvania, talk to an Erie car accident lawyer at Dallas W. Hartman P.C.
About Erie’s Road Network
The Interstate Highways System has six exits in Erie, Pennsylvania, along I-90. I-90 is a major cross-country highway that runs from Boston to Seattle. There are several major thoroughfares in the city itself, including 12th Street, 26th Street, 38th Street, and Peach Street. Pennsylvania Route 5 and U.S. Route 20 also run through Erie. The city is bustling with heavy traffic, commercial trucks, company cars, taxis, rideshare vehicles, public transportation systems, bicyclists, and pedestrians. It’s no surprise hundreds of traffic accidents occur in Erie every year.
In 2014 (the most recent year data are available), there were nine fatal accidents in Erie. This was an increase by one death from the year before. One of these fatal accidents involved a drunk driver. Three of the deaths were pedestrians. Not all car crashes in Erie result in death. Many cause injuries that require hospital stays and expensive medical treatment. Almost all result in costly property damage to one or more vehicles. Consulting with a lawyer can help you learn whether you can recover these damages from the at-fault party.
How Many Motor Vehicle Accidents Happen in Erie County Each Year?
Back in 2007, the population of Erie County was 279,092. In 2017 the population was 274,541 in the year 2017. This is actually a population decrease of 1.63%. Looking back since the year 2007, how many car wrecks have occurred in or around Erie? Based on statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the following is a breakdown of the reported totals of injury-related collisions as well as total collisions in the county:
How Many Deaths Resulted From Car Accidents in Erie?
2011: 31 Fatalities
2012: 26 Fatalities
2013: 35 Fatalities
2014: 29 Fatalities
2015: 28 Fatalities
2016: 27 Fatalities
2017: 25 Fatalities
What Causes Car Accidents in Erie?
Our law firm has represented clients with injuries from all types of motor vehicle accidents. We’ve handled truck, car, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian collisions in and around Erie – many with record-breaking verdicts and results. In our almost 25 years of experience, we’ve learned that there are a few common factors often involved in car accidents in Erie. They include:
- Driver distraction or inattention
- Incompetent drivers
- Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Speeding or other traffic violation
- Faulty/defective vehicle parts
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Hazardous roadway condition
It is always worthwhile to consult with an attorney after an accident that caused injuries, property damage, or the death of a loved one in Erie. A personal injury lawsuit will almost always result in more compensation than just a car insurance claim. In a complimentary case evaluation, you can learn whether your case has merit and what it could be worth with help from a lawyer. We work hard to secure maximum compensation for our clients because we know just how devastating a motor vehicle accident can be.
Erie Car Accident Lawyer – Free Consultations!
Get the Most for Your Claim with Dallas W. Hartman P.C. At Dallas W. Hartman P.C., our motor vehicle accident attorneys settle most claims successfully during negotiations with insurance companies. Our lawyers are experienced in the courtroom and prepared if a trial is necessary to fight for just compensation. We’re ready to do whatever is necessary for our clients’ well being. Learn more about your specific car accident case when you contact us to schedule a free consultation with our car accident attorneys in Erie. Call today! (814) 461-8844