With more and more vehicles on the roads of Allegheny County and Pennsylvania each year, the risks of car accidents continue to increase. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in 2017, there were 128,188 reported traffic crashes across Pennsylvania. Of these crashes, 93.3 percent of crashes involved a passenger car, van, SUV, or light truck, with passenger cars representing the majority of all traffic crashes across the Commonwealth at 55.1 percent. Allegheny County alone experienced 12,470 crashes in 2017, representing 9.7 percent of crashes in Pennsylvania. There are many reasons why car accidents occur. Distracted driving, speeding, failure to observe traffic laws and driving under the influence are common causes of car accidents that result in serious and fatal injuries for the occupants of vehicles involved in these crashes.
A legal claim arising from a car accident may seem straightforward at first blush. However, litigation over car accident claims can quickly become complex, especially when multiple parties are involved and where there is a dispute over who was at fault for the accident. That is why it is important if you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, to have a dedicated, seasoned attorney who knows what to do when the complexities of a car accident claim arise. The Law Office of Mark A. Smith can provide the experienced, vigorous representation you need to successfully obtain the compensation necessary for your recovery.
Car accidents can occur due to any number of causes. Many times, car accidents occur due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional behavior of other motorists on the road. In some cases, accidents can occur due to defective vehicle conditions or as a result of the road itself.
Some common driver-related causes of car accidents include:
Other common causes of car accidents include:
No matter the circumstances of your car accident, Attorney Mark A. Smith can help you understand your legal rights and your options for compensation.
Many car accident claims involve the insurance companies of the motorists involved in the accident. The insurance companies will immediately begin their investigation as soon as they are informed of the accident. In some cases, insurers will send adjusters or attorneys to the scene of the accident before it is even cleaned up and before injured persons are taken to the hospital for treatment. It is important to remember that insurance companies are always looking to minimize the amount of money they have to pay out for a car accident. That is why it is critical that you have the assistance of a car accident attorney to fight back against the tactics of insurance companies. Attorney Mark A. Smith aggressively fights on behalf of drivers and passengers who are injured in car accidents, ensuring that they receive the full amount of compensation they are entitled to. He recognizes that the insurance company’s first offer is rarely its best offer, and will vigorously advocate to obtain maximum financial recovery for his clients.
When you’ve been involved in a car accident in Homestead or elsewhere in Allegheny County, you don’t have to face the insurance companies and defense lawyers alone in trying to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact The Law Office of Mark A. Smith today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case and to learn more about how Attorney Mark A. Smith will fight to get you the maximum compensation you are entitled to under the law.
Homestead is a borough in Allegheny County, located in the Monongahela River valley across the river from the Pittsburgh city line, approximately seven miles southeast of downtown Pittsburgh. The region where present-day Homestead now lies was initially settled by European settlers in the 1770s. Homestead was chartered about a hundred years later after the land was purchased and laid out in lots. Homestead quickly began a period of prosperity, with railroad, glass, and steel mills being opened in the town. In 1892, Homestead was the site of one of the most famous events in labor history, the Homestead Strike, which was a violent encounter between locked-out steelworkers and Pinkerton guards hired to secure the Homestead Steel Works. Homestead’s steel industry declined in the 1980s, with the mill closing in 1986. Homestead began experiencing a period of economic revitalization beginning in the early 2000s.
FAQ: The police report says I was partially at fault for my car accident. Do I still have a viable legal claim? Maybe. Pennsylvania is a comparative fault state. This means that, under the law, you may still be entitled to seek compensation for your losses, so long as you were not more than 50 percent at fault for your accident. Your damages will be reduced by the percentage of your share of fault for the accident. Finally, it should be noted that a police report, while highly influential, is not a final determination of fault in a legal claim arising from a car accident.
FAQ: Can I pursue a claim for damages if I have “limited tort” auto insurance? If you are covered under a “limited tort” auto policy, that means you are limited to seeking compensation for your economic damages arising from your car accident, including medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage. You generally cannot seek compensation for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering or loss of quality and enjoyment of life, unless your injuries are determined to be “serious injuries.” A serious injury is one that results in death, permanent disfigurement, or serious impairment of a bodily function. Under certain limited circumstances, you may be able to recover non-economic damages despite having a limited tort auto policy; a car accident attorney can help you to understand whether those exceptions apply in your case.