Pennsylvania State Police Reports Independence Day Weekend Crashes

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Independence Day is a time where families and friends come together to celebrate with cookouts, backyard games, and fireworks. However, it is important to also be aware of the dangers that come with this holiday.

Unfortunately, Independence Day has a high rate of traffic fatalities, with 19% more deaths than the average holiday. This is due to a variety of factors, including drunk driving and increased traffic.

Pennsylvania Crash Report: 2023 Fourth of July Weekend

According to Pennsylvania State Police statistics, this year's Independence Day weekend resulted in an increase in crashes as well as a higher number of injured individuals compared to the previous year's four-day weekend.

Recently, Pennsylvania State Police reported 668 vehicle crashes during the five-day holiday travel period, which ran from June 30-July 4, 2023 resulting in three fatalities and 194 injuries – alcohol was a factor in 59 of the non-fatal crashes.

Troopers reported 505 arrests for driving under the influence and issued 23,738 total traffic citations. This included 845 individuals who were caught not wearing seat belts and 210 people who failed to properly secure children in safety seats.

What to Do After a Car Accident

In light of these recent reports, it’s important to exercise safe driving habits and to know what to do in car crashes. If you have been involved in a car crash, it can be an overwhelming experience, both emotionally and physically. However, it’s important to be aware of what to do after a car accident.

Steps to take after a car accident include:

  1. Remain calm and check yourself and passengers for injury.
  2. If possible, move the vehicle to the shoulder of the road.
  3. Seek medical attention and call the police.
  4. Report the crash to your insurance provider.
  5. Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver.
  6. Document the scene by taking photos and videos.
  7. Contact a car accident attorney.

Being involved in a car accident is a stressful experience, but it's important to stay calm and follow these steps for your safety and to help gather evidence to aid in the resolution of the accident.

Contact Our Car Accident Attorneys

If you’ve been involved in a car accident due to someone’s negligence, it can be a traumatic and frustrating experience. After seeking medical treatment and notifying your insurance, it's crucial to also seek the help of an experienced car accident attorney.

Here at Metzger Wickersham, we understand the complexities of these cases and are ready to guide you through the process. Our team can help identify the compensation you're entitled to, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We'll handle the legal matters so you can focus on healing and moving forward. Let us fight for your rights and get you the justice you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact our attorneys today at (888) 286-2850 or fill out our form online.

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