You may not know this, but the warmer weather also brings about a rise in traffic accidents and tickets. An article written by Insurance Hotline reported that almost 27% of tickets and 27% of car accidents occur during July, August, and September. Many people believe this rise in ticketing is due to summer travel and tourism, which is coupled with increased road construction in the summer. It is also likely that people are less cautious when driving in the summer, because the roads are generally clear and dry. No matter the cause, these statistics are reason enough to be extra cautious when you are driving around with your family this spring and summer.
However, despite our best efforts, sometimes an accident is unavoidable. If an accident does occur, it's important to know that Pennsylvania is a comparative negligence state. Comparative negligence simply means that if your negligence contributed to the accident, your damages will then be reduced by the amount of your negligence. So please take every precaution to decrease the chances of contributing to an accident, and properly prepare your vehicle, your family, and yourself for the conditions ahead. If you are injured in a vehicle accident, please allow Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr to review your claim by calling our Altoona, PA law firm at 814-946-4100.