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When motorists drive the streets and highways of Philadelphia, they typically presume that other drivers will comply with traffic safety laws and otherwise engage in safe driving practices. However, Pennsylvania crash and injury data reveals that many motorists have a false sense of security. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports that the 67 counties of Pennsylvania were the site of 124,149 reportable auto accidents that caused the death of 1,208 people and injury to another 83,089 people during 2013. These accidents are the result of an almost unlimited variety of unsafe driving practices.
Philadelphia car accident lawyer Steven Chung provides effective legal representation and tenacious advocacy to individuals injured in auto collisions, motorcycle crashes, tractor-trailer accidents and other motor vehicle crashes. Because Mr. Chung is a former insurance defense lawyer and proven personal injury lawyer, he assists his clients in effectively navigating insurance company pitfalls and litigation traps. While the insurance adjuster for the other driver might seem amicable, injured motorists should always remember that insurance companies make enormous profits by denying and minimizing claims.
Mr. Chung represents individuals injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents caused by the full range of causes that include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving (DUI/DWI)
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Fatigued truck drivers
- Tailgating (following too close)
- Using a cell phone to text or talk
- Construction zones
- Unsafe roads
- Vehicle defects
- Poorly maintained vehicles
- Failure to observe right of way
- Unsafe turns or lane changes
- Failing to check blind spots
Car Accident Lawyer
While many people think they can negotiate directly with the at-fault driver’s insurance company after a collision, insurance companies are adept at avoiding or mitigating their financial responsibility to injury victims. Insurance companies often seek to shift the blame for causing the accident to the injury victim. If the insurance company can establish that the injury victim failed to exercise reasonable care for his own safety, this can result in less or no financial compensation.
Even in cases where the fault of the other driver seems clear, such as a rear-ender while you are stopped at a red light, the insurance company will still try to minimize your recovery. The other driver’s insurance company might closely scrutinize your medical records and claim that your injuries are related to a prior incident rather than the auto collision. Insurers might even scour your Facebook page and hire an investigator to follow you around and try to obtain pictures of you engaging in activity that seems inconsistent with your injuries.
Experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyer Steven Chung is a former insurance defense lawyer, so he is able to anticipate and neutralize these types of insurance company tactics. Mr. Chung advises that you collect evidence at the accident scene and seek prompt medical attention. It is never advisable to speak to the other driver’s insurance company or sign any paperwork before obtaining legal advice and representation. The insurance company is not concerned with you receiving a fair settlement. The insurer’s only interest is maximizing profits by minimizing the compensation you receive.
Motorcyclists face both an increased risk of being involved in a crash and the probability of more severe injuries when motorcycle accidents occur. Motorcycle riders must confront a higher risk of serious injury or wrongful death in a crash for a number of reason:
- The relatively diminutive size of motorcycles makes bikes less visible to other motorists.
- The two-wheel design of motorcycles provides less stability.
- The margin for error when reacting to other motorists and road hazards is much smaller.
- Motorcycles have none of the safety features of cars, such as seat belts, air bags and a protective steel enclosure.
While motor vehicle injuries have been declining in recent years, motorcycle crash injuries have been on the rise. During 2013, 93,000 riders of motorcycles were injured in crashes which represented a substantial increase from 81,000 just the year before according to the Insurance Information Institute (III). The III also reports that motorcycle enthusiasts are 26 times more likely to die in a collision than passenger car occupants per mile traveled.
When a motorcycle accident occurs, the high probability of serious injury experienced by motorcyclists also impacts law enforcement accident reports. Motorcyclists often are unconscious and taken to the hospital, so the accident report is often disproportionately influenced by the occupants of the other vehicle. Steven Chung understands the special factual and legal issues involved in motorcycle accident claims, which means he has the knowledge and expertise to pursue the best outcome in your motorcycle accident lawsuit.
Truck Accident Claims
When a fully loaded 80,000 pound tractor-trailer collides with another vehicle, the risk of catastrophic injury or wrongful death is extremely high because of the force of impact. Predictably, occupants of the other vehicle are those who usually suffer severe or even fatal injuries in trucking accidents. Because trucking collisions often cause severe injury, crash victims should retain a trucking lawyer familiar with catastrophic injury claims and wrongful death lawsuits.
Trucking accident lawyers also understand that lawsuits arising from collisions involving tractor-trailers are qualitatively different than other motor vehicle accidents. The trucking industry is closely regulated, so trucking accident lawyers must be well versed in trucking regulations, laws and industry practices. Liability in many trucking accident lawsuits turns on proving the trucking company and/or driver violated such regulations. Drivers of large trucks that cause crashes involving semi-trucks often violate the following regulations and traffic laws:
- Hours of service rules (HOS) regarding maximum driving shifts and minimum rest periods
- Inadequate pre-hiring investigation
- Neglecting required drug and alcohol screening of commercial drivers
- Failure to properly supervise and train drivers
- Excessive speed
- Lack of big-rig inspections and maintenance
- Drug or alcohol use by drivers
- Unsafe following distance
- Medically unfit drivers
- Distracted driving (e.g. sending text messages)
These are just a few of the types of negligent conduct that constitute a basis for imposing liability on trucking companies and/or their drivers. Trucking litigation also requires specialized knowledge because of special evidentiary issues. Trucking companies are notorious for altering or destroying evidence of liability or causation. This type of wrongful conduct referred to as “spoliation” of evidence requires prompt and decisive action. Steven Chung routinely sends a notice to trucking companies that they are not to alter the condition of the truck or black box data because the big-rig is the subject of litigation. If the trucking company does not comply, he might even file for an injunction to preserve key evidence.
Steven Chung – Obtaining Positive Results for Motor Vehicle Accident Victims
If you are involved in a motor vehicle collision, Philadelphia car truck motorcycle accident attorney Steven Chung carefully investigates the facts, constructs convincing liability claims and provides persuasive advocacy during negotiations and/or trial. Victims injured in crashes often experience intense pain and shock, which can impact their ability to make decisions. Mr. Chung offers a no obligation free consultation to evaluate your case and advise you of your rights and options. We can protect you from insurance company tactics designed to compromise your claim. Call Steven Chung at (215) 883-4100 to learn how we can help.