An Overview Of Pennsylvania Traffic Accidents
With 67 counties, approximately 2,500 municipalities, and only one true town which is the Town of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania is the fifth-most populated state in the United States as of 2020. The state is home to more than 13 million residents. As a very populated state, one would expect that the number of traffic accidents would also be higher than the majority of the country and this would be right. In 2020, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the state of Pennsylvania was included in the top 10 states for most fatal traffic incidents. With 1,129 total traffic deaths that year, Pennsylvania had a 6.6% increase in fatal crashes from the year before in 2019.
If you were hurt in a car accident in Pennsylvania or if you lost a loved one in a fatal crash, then you may be entitled to compensation for the losses and harm that you had to endure. For help working through the Pennsylvania personal injury claim process, the car accident attorneys at O’Donnell Law Offices can help.
Car Accidents in Pennsylvania
The state of Pennsylvania has more than 120,000 miles of roads and highways. When a crash happens the Pennsylvania State Police and local municipal police departments typically will investigate these incidents and report the crashes that take place each year across the state. Not only do the police reports help the state keep track of road safety statistics, but the police report could also be a valuable piece of information that may help you with your car accident claim.
There were 104,475 traffic accidents in Pennsylvania in 2020 that resulted in the loss of over 1,100 lives and 61,248 injuries. Drivers traveling throughout the state drove just under 103 billion vehicle miles and the fatality rate was 1.10 fatalities per hundred million vehicle miles.
Every day in 2020, there were 286 reportable collisions in Pennsylvania which come out to about 12 traffic crashes every hour. There were three deaths that took place on a daily basis from the reportable traffic accidents which equal about one death every eight hours. As for injuries, there were168 people who suffered physical bodily harm which means that every hour seven people were injured.
The aftermath of a crash can be life-altering if catastrophic physical harm is sustained. If death results, loved ones left behind can be significantly impacted not only emotionally but financially as well. It is important that victims are able to get the most from their personal injury claims.
Meet with a Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney Today
After a car accident, you may have the right to file a claim for compensation. Under Pennsylvania’s modified contributory negligence system, however, there are limits to who is able to file a claim which is why it can be advantageous to work with an attorney in these situations.
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.