Parties Typically Liable in Pennsylvania Car Accidents

Parties Typically Liable in Pennsylvania Car Accidents

Car accidents happen in the blink of an eye in Pennsylvania due to distracted driving, drunk driving, speeding, and many other reasons. After a car accident, one of the most important things that a person can do is to receive medical attention. Once you have received the medical attention that you need, it is up to you to gather the evidence that you need to bring a claim against another party. There are several parties who could be at fault for your collision.

Who is Liable for Your Accident? 

There are many different parties who could be at fault for your accident. These include some of the following:

A Driver: One of the main parties who could be liable for a crash is drivers. A driver who has caused an accident will be held liable under what is known as ‘negligence.’ This means that the driver did not do what an ordinary driver would do and acted in a reckless fashion. Some of the major types of negligence include speeding, distracted driving, intoxication, and drowsy driving. If you can show that another party is to blame for your accident, you can be successful as you move forward with your claim.

An Owner: Sometimes, the owner of a vehicle allows another party to drive their vehicle. If this other party caused an accident, you can hold the owner liable for the harm that they have caused you in the midst of your accident. This falls under a theory that is referred to as ‘negligent entrustment,’ such as when a teen driver is permitted to use their parent’s car and becomes involved in an accident. 

4/5 Parties Typically Liable in Pennsylvania Car AccidentsAn Employer: Under what is known as ‘vicarious liability,’ you could hold a company liable for the harm that one of their employees has caused you in the midst of an accident. An example of this is if you are struck by a delivery driver, you could hold the company liable for the harm that their driver caused you. Companies can be held liable under negligent supervision, negligent hiring, and negligent training theories. 

A Car Manufacturer: Sometimes, a defective part on a vehicle could lead to a car accident. For instance, a tire could blow out or the brakes could stop working on your vehicle while you are driving, which could cause a severe accident. This means that you could hold a manufacturer liable under product liability laws.

The Government: Lastly, an adverse road condition could lead to your car accident. If this occurs, you could hold a government entity liable for the harm that you have sustained in your accident. Government entities are supposed to maintain their roads, which means that you should be kept entirely safe from harm.

After You Have Been Hurt in a Car Accident

The aftermath of a Pennsylvania car accident can leave you in a challenging position that you are not entirely prepared to face on your own. It is normal to feel lost and confused after a crash that is not your fault. After a collision, you should be prepared to speak with a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who has your best interests in mind. If you have been hurt in an accident and you are unsure about where you can turn, our attorneys at Edelstein Martin & Nelson are here for you. Please contact an accident attorney in Pennsylvania at (215) 731-9900 for more information on how we can assist you.