Gettysburg Car Accident Lawyers, Adams County, PA
Strong advocacy for car occupants, pedestrians, and bicyclists injured in a Pennsylvania car crash
Gettysburg is a national attraction because of its remarkable history. The city attracts people from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, York, Lancaster, Hanover, and the rest of the nation. The main road is US Route 30. Many locals use the roads for work, shopping, enjoying the scenery, and local pleasures. The joy of using Gettysburg’s highways, routes, streets, roads can change in an instant when a car rear-ends you, hits your car head-on, or causes a car crash in any way.
When a car accident happens, you need seasoned personal injury lawyers on your side. You need lawyers who have the experience and resources to fight for you against the insurance companies. At KBG Injury Law, our Gettysburg car accident lawyers are recognized in the community for our ability to settle car accident claims with adjusters and try cases before a jury. Our lawyers calmly guide victims and families through each stage of the claims process. We fight to hold the drivers and all other responsible parties liable for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, and property damage.
How can we help?
- What types of injuries do our Gettysburg car accident lawyers handle?
- How do Gettysburg car accidents happen?
- Why do car crashes occur in Gettysburg?
- How does Pennsylvania’s tort requirement affect my right to file a Gettysburg accident claim?
- Who is liable for a Gettysburg car accident?
- What steps should you take when a car accident happens in Gettysburg?
- What is the value of my Gettysburg car accident case?
- How long do I have to file my car accident claim?
- Is there a Gettysburg car accident lawyer near me?
What types of injuries do our Gettysburg car accident lawyers handle?
Car accidents happen all too often. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in 2020, 12 accidents occurred on Pennsylvania roads every hour. One person died in a vehicle accident every 8 hours. 168 people suffered injuries in a vehicle accident every day.
At KBG Injury Law, we represent victims who have suffered any type of injury. Some injuries are catastrophic – they directly affect the ability of the victim to function and enjoy life. Many injuries are permanent. Even injuries that heal often require extensive medical care. Many car accident victims live with chronic pain.
Many victims require surgery. Most victims need to work with specialists, physical therapists, other types of therapists, and psychologists – for months or years.
Some of the types of injuries our Gettysburg car accident lawyers handle include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage and paralysis
- Burn injuries
- Loss of limb/amputation
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
- Hearing and vision loss
- Internal organ damage
- Bruises and lacerations
- Back injuries
- Shoulder or neck injuries
In the most tragic cases, a spouse, parent, child, or another relative dies. Head-on crashes and broadside accidents are especially deadly. When a loved one dies on a Gettysburg road, we file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the family members.
How do Gettysburg car accidents happen?
It is important to know how an accident occurred in order to determine who is responsible for the accident. How an accident happened is a strong indicator of why a defendant acted negligently, and why you suffered the injuries you’re coping with. Our Gettysburg car crash lawyers work with investigators who examine the accident site, the damage to the vehicles, and speak with witnesses. Our lawyers submit numerous written and oral questions to everyone involved and demand that all relevant information be produced.
We handle all types of car accident claims. These are the most common types:
- Head-on crashes. These accidents normally happen because a driver is in the wrong lane or entered an intersection improperly. Drunk drivers and drivers who are distracted cause many head-on crashes. High-speed head-on crashes are often deadly.
- Rear-end crashes. These car accidents happen when a distracted driver or a speeding driver slams into the back of your car. The driver who struck you is almost always liable. Common injuries include whiplash and soft-tissue injuries.
- Broadside car accidents. This crash type occurs when the front side of a driver strikes the side of your car. These accidents are common in intersections, and when cars are turning.
- Here, the driver side of one car and the passenger side of another car collide. Common causes are improper passing and improper merges.
- Chain reaction car accidents. These accidents happen when cars near the initial crash collide with each other and the cars that were already damaged.
- Hit-and-run accidents. Drivers in Gettysburg must stop and render aid in the event of an accident. Drivers who hit you and drive off deserve to be held accountable for their unconscionable conduct.
Our Gettysburg car accident attorneys also represent victims of single-car accidents, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, buggy accidents, motorcycle accidents, and collisions in Uber and Lyft vehicles.
Why do car crashes occur in Gettysburg?
There’s no excuse for car accidents. Someone wasn’t paying attention or wasn’t driving responsibly. Our Gettysburg car accident lawyers hold drivers responsible for the following types of negligence:
- Violating traffic laws. Illegal driving includes speeding, failing to yield properly, and running through stop signs.
- Driving while distracted. We hold drivers accountable when they text while driving, use a cellphone, eat, drink, look at a GPS system – or do anything that takes their eyes off the road, hands off the steering wheel, and mind off of traffic.
- Drunk driving. Driving while intoxicated causes drivers to lose control of their vehicle and prevents responsible drivers from knowing how to steer away from drunk drivers. We work with the police and prosecution to show a driver was intoxicated.
- Driving too fast for conditions. Drivers need to slow down and take other safety measures when the weather is bad, or when traffic is congested.
- Driver fatigue. Tired drivers have a duty to look for the nearest exit where they can rest or sleep until they are refreshed enough to drive.
How does Pennsylvania’s tort requirements affect my right to file a Gettysburg accident claim?
In Pennsylvania, you can file a claim for full damages - if you have tort coverage on your own car policy, or if you suffer a serious injury (or death). A serious injury normally requires showing that a victim is disfigured or disabled. Full damages include economic losses (medical bills, lost income, and property damage) and non-economic losses (pain and suffering and loss of consortium). Victims who cannot file a full tort claim can file a limited tort claim. Limited tort claims include economic damages but do not include non-economic damages.
There are other insurance issues that our seasoned Gettysburg car accident lawyers will explain. These issues include:
- The right to first-party or personal injury protection (PIP) benefits – regardless of fault.
- The right to seek uninsured/underinsured damages (UM/UIM damages).
- The right collision damages to cover the cost to fix or replace your car.
- The right of victims who do not have car insurance to file a claim.
Who is liable for a Gettysburg car accident?
Our personal injury lawyers file claims against all responsible defendants. At KBG Injury Law, we file car accident claims against:
- The driver.
- The owner of the vehicle if different than the driver – such as parents who own a car driven by a teenager.
- A manufacturer of a defective auto part that caused the car crash.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation or any other state or Adams County entities who failed to properly design or maintain the roads.
- An entity such as a hotel or bar that sells alcohol to someone who is visibly drunk (or a minor) – if the accident was caused by the intoxication.
In multi-vehicle accidents, multiple drivers may be liable.
What steps should you take when a car accident happens in Gettysburg?
In most car accidents the top priorities are seeking medical help for anyone who is injured and contacting the police. Drivers and accident victims (if they are able) should:
- Check on the health of everyone involved in the crash.
- Call the police.
- Exchange driver, insurance, and contact information.
- Use their smartphone to take pictures or videos of the accident scene.
- Go to the nearest emergency room – some victims may need emergency transport assistance.
- Contact a skilled Gettysburg accident lawyer who will answer all your questions.
Car owners also need to contact their own insurance company. Victims should never discuss fault with anyone other than their lawyer.
What is the value of my Gettysburg car accident case?
As we discussed, every car accident case is composed of economic damages and non-economic damages. We work with you, your doctors, and your family to fully understand how your injuries are affecting every part of your life. We demand compensation, if you qualify, for:
- Medical bills including surgeries, specialist care, family doctor care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, other types of therapy, assistive devices, and medications.
- Income loss including wage loss, business loss, lost benefits – for as long as you cannot work.
- Pain and suffering including all your aches, pains, stresses, worries, and the loss of function of any body part.
- Scarring and disfigurement damages that affect your confidence and self-esteem.
- Loss of consortium due to the ways the injuries affect a marital relationship.
- Property damage to your vehicle.
- Wrongful death damages if a loved one is killed in a car accident.
In egregious cases such as drunk driving accidents, we demand punitive damages.
How long do I have to file my car accident claim?
In Pennsylvania, accident victims generally have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. Victims should never wait. They should speak with a skilled car accident lawyer as soon as possible. There are very short notice requirements for notifying a state entity or agency when an accident is the fault of a government worker or agency.
Is there a Gettysburg car accident lawyer near me?
Our Gettysburg law office is located at 37 West Middle St., a few blocks from the Lincoln Highway.
Talk to a respected Gettysburg car accident lawyer today
At KBG Injury Law, our lawyers have a strong record of success negotiating personal injury claims for the insurance policy limits and arguing cases before juries. In several cases, we obtained more than one million dollars for our clients. We anticipate the arguments insurance companies and defense lawyers make to try to deny or reduce your claim.
Our Gettysburg car accident lawyers will guide you through each step of your claim. We handle car accident claims on a contingency fee basis. Call us at 717-848-3838 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We have offices in Gettysburg, York, Lancaster, Harrisburg, and Hanover. We proudly serve individuals and families throughout South Central Pennsylvania.