Car Accident Lawyer
Although a car accident is over in seconds, the stress, pain, and lost wages can affect you and your family for a lifetime.
If a negligent driver has caused you injury, the car accident attorneys of the Foley Law Firm will fight for the compensation you deserve.
Why hire our loyal and compassionate personal injury lawyers serving Scranton, Stroudsburg, and Wilkes-Barre, PA?
Catastrophic Injuries Result in Long-term Consequences
A serious injury can impact your family's lives in so many ways. Living with long-term disability or disfigurement can affect a person's ability to earn a living, engage in social interactions, and experience important milestones such as getting married or having children.
At Foley Law Firm, we understand the full extent of trauma that a car accident can cause for families. We are committed to righting wrongs, holding the negligent party accountable, and helping our clients piece their lives back together so they can take care of themselves and their family with dignity.
What to Do after an Accident
To Protect Your Rights and Obtain Justice
Speak to An Attorney
Attorneys Kevin P. Foley, Michael J. Foley, Thomas J. Foley, Jr., and Thomas J. Foley, III have all received prestigious awards and positions in the legal field, illustrating their high level of skill and commitment to serving their neighbors in Scranton, Stroudsburg, Wilkes-Barre, and surrounding communities. For more than four decades, our collaborative approach has allowed us to build effective legal strategies for our clients.
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Pursuing Justice after a Car Accident
After an auto accident, our attorneys can help you collect compensation in one of two ways:
1. File an Insurance Claim
Generally, the first step after an accident is to file a claim with your insurance company or the other driver's insurance company. However, some companies will try to settle quickly at an amount far below what you need and deserve. Our team can assess any offers and determine if they are fair based on your injuries, property damage, and other losses.
2. File a Lawsuit
If an insurance company refuses to pay a fair amount or the amount of damages exceeds policy limits, you can file a lawsuit to pursue compensation. During a free consultation at our Scranton or Stroudsburg offices, or at a location more convenient for you, our lawyers can investigate the details of your case to determine the best way to collect.
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Should I File a Lawsuit?
Am I At Fault?
While you can file a lawsuit even if you were partially at fault, it is a good idea to be certain that the majority of fault lies with the other party. Otherwise, a lawsuit may not be worth the time and resources.
Extent of Injuries and Damages
Our attorneys typically only recommend a lawsuit for clients whose case is worth significantly more than what the insurer is offering. For smaller damages, negotiating with the insurance company may be a better choice.
Possibility of Going to Court
There is a possibility that we will need to go to court to argue your case before a jury, so you should be willing to take that step if needed. However, we try to settle most of our cases outside of the courtroom.
Why Choose Our Practice?
You Can Focus on Healing
Dealing with the aftermath of an accident can be incredibly stressful. Hiring an attorney can allow you and your family to focus on healing and moving forward with your lives while an advocate takes care of collecting what you deserve. We offer home and hospital visits to make the process as easy as possible for you.
We Are Focused on a Fair Compensation
Our team can negotiate with the insurance company to make sure you are treated fairly. If they refuse to pay you a fair settlement or your damages exceed the amount you can collect through insurance, we can file a lawsuit to help you start your path to recovery.
We have been serving the communities of Scranton, Stroudsburg, Wilkes-Barre, and beyond for more than 40 years. Our team is made up of dedicated professionals with the commitment, resources, and ethical standards necessary to handle even the most complex and challenging litigation.
History of Success
At Foley Law Firm, we are dedicated to providing superior legal representation to individuals and families that have suffered losses due to the negligent or wrongful actions of others. We have obtained millions of dollars in restitution for victims of automobile accidents.
Four of our lawyers have been named “Pennsylvania Super Lawyers” by Philadelphia Magazine. Foley Law Firm is proud to be one of the few personal injury firms outside of Philadelphia to receive this honor.
We Are Local
Instead of hiring a law firm out of Philadelphia, many of our clients choose us because our lawyers have been handling car accident cases in Northeastern Pennsylvania for decades. We also understand how some of the most dangerous roads in Lackawanna and Monroe counties contribute to auto accidents.
Justice for an Innocent Victim
We obtained a $10.78 million award for a man who suffered traumatic brain injuries in an auto accident.
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Pennsylvania's Growing Population and Busy Roads
Since 1990, Pennsylvania's population has grown by about 900,000 residents. Meanwhile, there are many development and infrastructure projects in place. For example, ongoing roadwork by PennDOT on Interstate 80, Interstate 81, and Interstate 84 in Monroe and Lackawanna counties involves bridgework, concrete slab replacement, milling, paving, deck repairs, joint sealing, and more. Some of these projects are expected to continue until 2023. While the roadwork is intended to make the roadways safer, construction work can increase the risk of auto accidents due to lane closures, lane restrictions, new traffic patterns, and the presence of construction equipment and workers on these busy roadways.
Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics in Pennsylvania
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Contact our car accident lawyers today to get immediate help and legal guidance. We offer free consultations, and there are no upfront costs or obligations because we work on a contingency fee basis. We are also available 24/7 and offer remote representation because we understand you are going through a difficult time. Contact us online or call our offices in Scranton and Stroudsburg at:
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Driver Actions that Contribute to Accidents in Pennsylvania
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|Proceeded w/o Clearance||8,895||40|
Failure to Yield: A Common Cause of Improper Turning-Related Accidents
A driver making a left turn and failing to yield to the oncoming vehicle that had the right of way.
When a driver fails to yield and allow the driver with the right of way to safely pass, it can result in a serious car crash. Drivers who commit improper turning-related infractions are more likely to cause an accident.
Failure to yield accidents may occur when a driver makes a left turn at an intersection, as illustrated in this image. The driver turning left is almost always at fault for the accident unless they can prove the driver going straight was speeding or failed to follow the rules of the road.
These accidents can also occur when a driver makes a right turn on a red light, merges into another traffic lane, or enters or exits a driveway or parking lot. They can also happen when a driver fails to stop when cross-traffic has the right of way at a stop sign, there is a flashing traffic light, or a pedestrian or cyclist is in a crosswalk.
Improper Lane Changes: A Common Result of Distraction, Impairment, and Speeding
Typically, the driver that moved into another lane is considered at fault for automobile accidents caused by improper lane changes. When a driver merges, it is his or her responsibility to turn on the vehicle's turn signal and make sure it is safe to change lanes.
However, a number of factors can contribute to an improper lane change and resulting accident. The speed of the merging and oncoming vehicles, along with the distance between them, plays a role. In addition, failure to use blinkers or check blind spots, driver distraction, or negligent and reckless driving can contribute to improper lane changes.
Having a lawyer on your side that can review the circumstances of your case and establish the other driver's liability is critical to obtaining a good outcome in your case.
A Closer Look At Three Common Causes of Accidents
Speed-related infractions were the most common driver actions that contributed to auto accidents in Pennsylvania in 2018. They also caused the greatest number of fatalities because speeding results in higher-impact collisions. Speeding can also increase the risk of other drivers losing control of their vehicle.
Distracted driving was the second most common driver infraction that contributed to car crashes in the state in 2018. Distracted driving includes behaviors such as talking or texting on a cell phone, using car navigation systems, changing music settings, eating, and talking to other passengers in the vehicle.
Drunk driving was the fifth most common driver behavior that contributed to auto accidents; it was also the second most common cause of fatal crashes. Drunk driving reduces driver reaction times, results in poor decision making, and causes more erratic and reckless driving, increasing the risk of an accident.
Most Common Crash Types in Pennsylvania
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How Common Collision Types Occur
When cars heading in opposite directions crash at their front ends, the direct impact can result in catastrophic injuries and death. Head-on car crashes often occur due to wrong-way driving, crossing the divider line, speeding around a curve, or passing when it's not safe to do so.
T-bone accidents occur when the front end of one vehicle hits the side of another vehicle. They are also called intersection or angle accidents because they often occur at intersections or when drivers are making an illegal turn. These were the second most common type of collision in the state in 2018.
Sideswipe accidents are collisions in which both drivers are going in the same direction and the side of one vehicle hits the side of another vehicle. This type of accident most commonly occurs when a driver is engaging in improper passing or merging in an unsafe manner.
Crashes with Fixed Objects
Crashes with fixed objects were the most common type of auto accident in Pennsylvania in 2018. These crashes occur when a car hits a tree, guard rail, utility pole, traffic barrier, or another object. The accidents can be caused by vehicle defects, another driver, or poor road conditions.
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Helping Grieving Loved Ones Obtain Justice
Our dedicated legal advocates negotiated a $4 million settlement for the widow of a man who died in a highway work zone case.
Counties and Cities That We Serve
The population of Lackawanna County actually decreased from 219,000 in 1990 to less than 210,000 in 2019. Still, despite making up just 1.6 percent of the state's population, the county accounts for 2.5 percent of the state's fatal crashes.
- Population: 209,674 (1.6% of statewide total)
- Fatal Injury Crashes: 28 (2.5% of statewide total)
- Pedestrian Fatalities: 4 (2% of statewide total)
- Alcohol-related Fatalities: 6 (1.8% of statewide total)
- Injury Crashes: 1,197 (1.5% of statewide total)
- PDO: 1,462 (2.1% of statewide total)
- Total Crashes: 2,687 (2.1% of statewide total)
Factors that May Increase Auto Accident Risks
Ongoing roadwork: Interstate 80, Interstate 81, and Interstate 84
Major events: Lackawanna County Heritage Fair, weekly farmer's markets
The population of Monroe County increased from almost 97,000 in 1990 to over 170,000 in 2019. Despite making up just 1.3% percent of the state's population, the county accounts for 2.1% percent of the state's fatal alcohol-related crashes.
- Population: 170,271 (1.3%)
- Fatal Injury Crashes: 18 (1.6%)
- Pedestrian Fatalities: 3 (1.5%)
- Alcohol-related Fatalities: 7 (2.1%)
- Injury Crashes: 1,044 (1.8%)
- PDO: 1,399 (2.0%)
- Total Crashes: 2,461 (1.9%)
Factors that May Increase Auto Accident RisksOngoing roadwork: Interstate 80, Interstate 81, and Interstate 84
Major events: Two NASCAR events each year at Pocono Raceway
Scranton was designated as the county seat in 1878 when Lackawanna County was established. Today, the city has a population of just over 77,000 people. It is the site of the Lackawanna County Courthouse and five colleges and universities: The University of Scranton, The Commonwealth Medical College, Johnson College, Lackawanna College, and Marywood University. Some of the biggest events in Scranton include La Festa Italiana, a three-day Italian festival during Labor Day weekend in the courthouse square.
With its steady population and the influx of visitors to Scranton, the risk of car crashes increases. Drivers should be particularly cautious on Route 307 between Scranton and Newton Township, where six fatalities occurred along a 5.1 mile stretch between 2007 and 2017.
Located in the heart of the Poconos Mountains, Stroudsburg attracts visitors from throughout the northeast. The charming Main Street and downtown areas have museums, galleries, music venues, wineries, restaurants, shops, and more. In addition, there are many hiking and biking paths for those that enjoy outdoor activities. Stroudsburg also hosts several popular events on Main Street each year, including Halloween, a St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Winterfest, and StroudFest. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is also a popular event, as are the concerts and shows put on at Sherman Theater.
While many residents and visitors safely enjoy all that Stroudsburg has to offer, auto accidents do occur. The risk can increase when high numbers of tourists come to town and alcohol is involved. Our car accident lawyers have an office here in Stroudsburg, conveniently located near the Monroe County Courthouse, so we can handle car accident claims for both residents and visitors to the area.
The Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area has a population of more than a half-million residents. Wilkes-Barre has nearly 41,000 residents and it is the county seat and site of the Luzerne County Courthouse.
There are several attractions and events that bring visitors to the area, including minor-league Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games and the Railriders baseball team at PNC Field. In addition, the city puts on a Third Friday Artwalk and Fine Arts Fiesta.
Residents and visitors who have been injured in a car crash in Wilkes-Barre can contact our car accident lawyers for a free consultation and legal guidance.
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You Have Two Years To File a Claim
Personal Injury Statutes of Limitations
In Pennsylvania, personal injury lawsuits have a two-year statute of limitations, meaning you have two years after your accident to file. If you were injured, the "clock" starts running on the date of the accident.
Wrongful Death Statutes of Limitations
However, if you lost a loved one in an accident and wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit, the date that matters is the date of the victim's death, which may be different from the date of the accident.
It is very important to consult a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident to ensure that you have enough time to file. Once your two-year limit expires, you can no longer pursue compensation against those who may be responsible for your accident.
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Once the two-year statute of limitations expires, you can no longer pursue compensation against those who may be responsible for your accident.
Pennsylvania Laws Pertaining to Liability and Insurance
When both parties are found to share the blame for an automobile accident, Pennsylvania operates under the rule of "modified comparative fault." Under comparative negligence rules, the total dollar amount you can collect depends on what percentage of fault the courts decide you share. For example, if the court rules that you share 20 percent of the fault for an accident and you suffered $10,000 worth of damages, you would only receive $8,000. Our personal injury lawyers will work to limit your liability as much as possible.
No-fault Car Insurance
Pennsylvania is one of the few states that provides the option to choose no-fault car insurance. This provides limited options when it comes to filing suit against a third party. For example, a no-fault insurance carrier can pursue actual damages that exceed a certain amount, but collecting compensation for pain and suffering is only permissible under very specific circumstances, such as the other motorist driving under the influence or driving a car registered in another state. Either way, our personal injury lawyers are here to help you collect maximum damages.
We have obtained millions of dollars in automobile accident settlements for our clients, including a record $14,750,000 settlement that was the largest involving a car and truck accident in Lackawanna County.
Book a Free Case Review with Our Attorneys Today
Don't hesitate to contact our car accident attorneys to schedule your free consultation and case review. You can get the legal advice you need at our Scranton or Stroudsburg offices serving Wilkes-Barre and surrounding communities, or arrange for us to meet you elsewhere. Contact us online or call us at (800) 523-6539.
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Contact our car accident attorneys to find out how we can help you obtain maximum compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost earning capacity, and emotional suffering. Our firm is dedicated to helping victims in Wilkes-Barre and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania Contact us online or call us at (800) 523-6539.
It is important that accident victims and their loved ones take the right steps to ensure that their case is handled in a proper and timely manner. We want to help you prevent technicalities with insurance companies or administrative red tape from affecting the outcome.
Can I Afford to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
We offer free, no-obligation consultations so you can get the legal advice you need and find out if you should proceed with filing a motor vehicle accident lawsuit.
At Foley Law Firm, we handle all of our personal injury cases on contingency. Taking a case on contingency means we do not collect fees unless we win your case.
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Types of Evidence That Can Help Your Case
We offer free consultations so you can get the legal advice you need, and we handle all of our personal injury cases on a contingency basis. That means we do not collect fees unless we win your case.
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Car Accident FAQs
What should I do if I'm in an auto accident in Pennsylvania?
Contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
What if the other driver flees the scene of the motor vehicle accident?
Make sure a police report has been filed and contact an attorney.
Should I see a doctor if I don't think I'm injured after my motor vehicle accident?
Yes, some injuries aren't immediately apparent.
Should I notify my insurer if I'm in an auto accident?
Yes, but do not admit fault or say you aren't injured.
Should I accept an offer from an auto insurance company for my car accident?
Insurance companies often offer lowball settlements early in the case. Talk to an attorney before accepting an offer.
Can I file a motor vehicle accident lawsuit to obtain more money for my accident?
In some cases, yes. Our lawyers offer free no-obligation consultations so we can review your case and advise you of your options.
What if the driver who caused my auto accident has no insurance?
A lawyer can talk to you about your options, which may include filing a claim against your insurer if you have uninsured or underinsured coverage, or filing suit against another responsible person or party.
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