Pittsburgh Car Accident Lawyer
Personal Injury Attorney Representing Victims of Car Accidents Throughout Western Pennsylvania
Despite improvements to safety technology in motor vehicles, car accidents continue to occur with stunning frequency. A study performed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation revealed that, in 2014, there were 121,317 reportable traffic crashes in the state, and from those incidents, there were 1,195 were killed and another 79,758 were injured. Intoxicated driving, speeding, and distracted driving — among many other factors — all play a role in contributing to the occurrence of car accidents that result in fatalities and/or serious injuries.
Car accidents may seem straightforward initially, but litigation can very rapidly become complicated, especially in situations involving multiple defendants. Successfully litigating a car accident case requires a skilled and experienced attorney who knows how to respond to the difficulties of car accident litigation and aggressively pursue recovery. To set up a free consultation, contact The Law Office of Mark A. Smith by filling out our online contact form or by calling (412) 567-9598 to get started on your claim.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents can be caused by any number of factors, but in order to hold the defendant liable (and therefore recover damages for your injuries), you will have to show that the defendant acted negligently, recklessly or intentionally, and by doing so has caused the extent of your injuries.
Common driver-related causes of car accidents may include:
- Intoxicated driving (alcohol, drugs, prescription meds, etc.)
- Distracted driving (i.e., cell phone use)
- Inattentive driving
- Illegal turns
- Aggressive driving
- Driver fatigue
- Failure to yield at intersections or while changing lanes
Common causes of car accidents related to property owners may include:
- Inadequate maintenance of roadways
- Poor lighting of roadway
- Negligent design of roadway
- Inadequate or improper signage
- Failure to warn of inherent dangers
Avoid Speaking With the Insurer or Insurance Company
The insurance company will generally begin their investigation immediately following the occurrence of the accident. In fact, the insurance company may even send their lawyers to the crash site while the accident is still being investigated and as ambulances are arriving on the scene.
It is important to remember that you should avoid speaking with your insurer until you have consulted with an attorney. Oftentimes, the first phone call a driver makes is to their insurance company, but the reality is that the insurance company does not have your best interests in mind. They are looking to minimize their liabilities, and as such, any statements you make may be used against you in the future. With the guidance of your attorney, however, such adverse communications with your insurer can be avoided.
Contact The Law Office of Mark A. Smith Today for Personalized Legal Representation You Can Trust
Attorney Mark A. Smith has over 23 years of legal experience, and has, over the course of his career, successfully litigated many car accident injury claims to completion.
To speak with Attorney Smith and setup a free initial consultation, please call (412) 567-9598 or fill out our online contact form. Attorney Smith makes it a point to always take his time with clients and listen to their concerns. He prides himself on being a true champion for his clients, both in and out of the courtroom — from the very beginning of the litigation process, right up to its completion, he is available to resolve any issues you might have regarding your case.
Personalized Service. Maximum Results.
The Law Office of Mark A. Smith looks forward to helping you obtain full compensation for your injuries. Contact us today to find out more.