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    DANGEROUS DRIVERS ARE EVERYWHERE, AND IF YOU AND YOUR VEHICLE COME IN CONTACT WITH THEM, YOU COULD SUFFER INJURIES THAT CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER.

    Even if you are the most careful of drivers, you can wind up in a crash caused by a negligent, intoxicated, reckless, or distracted driver. Vehicle accidents in Williamsport and Lycoming County are a major cause of property damage, injury, and death each year, in spite of some improvements in vehicle safety features, road design, bicycle and pedestrian corridors, and traffic signs.

    Interstate 180, U.S. Routes 15 and 220, and Pennsylvania Routes 14, 43, 44, 54, 87, 118, 184, 239,284, 287, 405, 414, 442, 554, 654, 664, 864, 880 and 973 all cross Lycoming County. In 2008, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported a total of 1,244 motor vehicle crashes on these and other Lycoming County roads, resulting in 12 fatalities and 570 injuries.

    If you or a loved one was involved in a vehicle accident due to someone’s negligence or irresponsibility, you may be entitled to financial compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, property loss, and pain and suffering.

    The seasoned vehicle accident attorneys of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann have helped hundreds of people file successful personal injury lawsuits. We have handled collisions on routes 80, 81 (the northeast extension), 180, 15, 220, 287 and 44, involving local and out-of-state drivers. We can file suit in state or federal court, depending on the case. With decades of experience involving many types of auto accidents and an excellent reputation in the legal community, we are well positioned to handle even the most difficult cases. We offer a free consultation to examine the facts of your case and find the best approach to getting you the compensation you deserve.

    How Bad Are Accidents in the Williamsport Area?

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1,286 people died in Pennsylvania car crashes in 2011 alone. In Williamsport, your chances of getting into a fatal accident are even worse than in the rest of Pennsylvania — according to http://www.city-data.com/accidents/acc-Williamsport-Pennsylvania.html#ixzz4V0n3jLNn, Williamsport has a higher percentage of traffic accidents per 100,000 population than the rest of Pennsylvania.

    In 2014 in Williamsport, there were three fatal accidents and four vehicles involved in fatal accidents. Fatal accidents occurred in these locations:

    • March 22, 2014, on W. Fourth Street, involving one vehicle and a drunken driver
    • January 12, 2014, on Third and Railway Streets, involving two vehicles
    • December 27, 2014, on Sr-2014 Fourth Street, involving one vehicle and a drunken driver.

    In 2016, in Lycoming County, two men were killed by a car while changing a flat tire on route 220, and a husband and wife were killed and their son injured in a single-vehicle crash into a tree off Dewey Ave.

    Common Causes of Accidents

    Our lawyers have successfully represented clients in car and truck accident cases of all kinds. The most common causes include:

    • Accidents involving road rage, and drivers who speed, tailgate, drive recklessly or carelessly
    • Crashes involving drivers who run red lights or stop signs, make illegal turns or unsafe lane changes, or commit other moving violations
    • Drunk and drugged driving accidents.

    What to Do if Injured in a Vehicle Accident?

    When an accident happens in Lycoming County, you should immediately do the following:

    • Remain at the crash scene.
    • Check on the condition of all people involved in the crash.
    • Call the police.
    • Exchange information with other drivers.
    • Get contact information from witnesses.
    • Inform your insurance company and request a claim number. In Pennsylvania, your own insurance company pays your medical and prescription expenses up to the limit of your policy, usually $5,000 or $10,000. Your health insurance is then responsible for additional medical expenses.
    • Get appropriate medical treatment, and keep track of the details – doctors visited, dates, diagnosis, etc.
    • Take photos of vehicle damage and injuries.

    Dealing with doctors, repair shops, car rental companies, police, and insurance companies is overwhelming, especially when someone is seriously injured. At this point, a personal injury attorney can handle the details and paperwork to ensure that they are done correctly and in a timely manner, so that you can focus on recovery.

    Contact Us For Help and a Free Consultation

    If you or your loved ones have been in a serious crash, help is available from the experienced and compassionate Williamsport personal injury attorneys at Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann. We understand the local regulations and legal standards, know how insurance policies work, and can handle all aspects of an insurance claim. If a death is involved, we will launch seek financial restitution for the family members left behind.

    The attorneys of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann have spent decades honing their skills and successfully representing Pennsylvania families who have suffered an injury or loss due to someone else’s negligence. We offer personal attention and loyalty to every client, aggressively fighting for their right to compensation. Our deep sense of loyalty to each client drives us to pursue each claim vigorously. Whether in settlement negotiations or pursuing a favorable trial verdict, we are thoroughly prepared and committed to achieving a just outcome.

    If you have been in an accident, time is of the essence, so do not delay. We offer a free consultation, so call (570) 323-8711 or by using our online contact form. Based in Williamsport, we serve clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania, offering a free consultation on all injury matters. More than that, we offer you experience, knowledge, compassion, and a long history of results.

    Attorney Cliff Rieders

    Attorney Cliff RiedersCliff Rieders is a Nationally Board Certified Trial Lawyer practicing personal injury law. A large part of his practice involves multi-district litigation, including cases related to pharmaceuticals, vitamin supplements and medical devices. He is admitted in several state and federal courts, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. Rieders is the past regional president of the Federal Bar Association and is a life member of the distinguished American Law Institute, which promulgates proposed rules adopted by many state courts. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. As a founder of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, he served on the Board for 15 years.

    Not only has Rieders held many highly esteemed, leadership positions, he authored legislation related to the Patient Safety Authority and the Mcare Act, which governs medical and hospital liability actions in Pennsylvania. He authored texts upon which both practitioners and judges rely, including Pennsylvania Malpractice Laws and Forms, and Financial Responsibility Law Issues in Pennsylvania, the latter governing auto and truck collisions in Pennsylvania. In addition, he wrote several books on the practice of law in Pennsylvania regarding wrongful death and survivor actions, insurance bad faith, legal malpractice claims and worker rights, among others. Rieders also serves as a resource to practitioners as a regular speaker for Celesq, an arm of the world’s largest legal publisher, Thomson Reuters West Publishing.

    As recognition of his wide range of contribution to his profession and of his dedication to protecting the rights of his clients, he received numerous awards, among them the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, the Milton D. Rosenberg Award, the B’nai B’rith Justice Award, and awards of recognition from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. [ Attorney Bio ]

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