Car accidents can result in minor bumps and bruises, they can have disabling injuries, and can also have deadly consequences. Far too often, when a crash happens, there is a loss of life. Fatal motor vehicle crashes are truly an epidemic in the United States. And even though there are advancements in the design and safety technologies that are used in modern cars, along with strategic road safety plans in place by local governments, crashes still happen at an alarming rate.

If you live in Pennsylvania and you were in a car accident, you may not know what your rights are for obtaining compensation for the financial losses that you suffered. Whether it be missed wages from staying home from work to recover from your injuries, all the medical costs you may have incurred, to even the physical pain and suffering you are experiencing, your losses may be compensable through filing a personal injury claim. For more information on the value of your claim and what must be done to move forward with one, the  car accident lawyers at O’Donnell Law Offices can help.

Tips to Reduce the Chances of Being in a Fatal Car Accident

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that every day in the country there are 90 people who will die in a fatal car accident. Considering that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that driver error is responsible for 94% of all accidents, these are 90 lives that could have otherwise been preserved if drivers were responsible while behind the wheel.

You cannot control what another driver is going to do on the road, you can only look out for drivers that appear to be erratic or aggressive and keep your distance. However, you can control what you do while you are driving. The following tips may help you stay safer and reduce the chances of death in a crash:

  • Always wear your seatbelt. It does matter how short or long your trip is, making a habit of putting your seatbelt on every time you drive will make this action become natural.
  • Encourage all of your passengers to also wear their seat belts.
  • Make sure any children are sitting in their correct safety seat and that they are buckled in properly.
  • Never drive when under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or other substances.
  • Do not speed. Speed limits are posted specifically for your safety and that of others.
  • Keep the distractions to a minimum if not work to alleviate them completely. That means, keep the phone down until your car is parked and you are done driving.

Speak to a Wilkes-Barre Personal Injury Attorney Today

After a crash, you may be able to secure compensation, and depending on your damages and the details of your case, your compensation could be substantial.

To learn more, please schedule a free initial consultation with the Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at the O’Donnell Law Offices serving clients in Kingston, Wilkes Barre, Hazleton, and Pittston at 570-821-5717 or online today. There is no fee or cost until we win your case.


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