When we get on the roads, we expect that everyone else on the road with us will drive with the same care and skill that we expect of ourselves. Unfortunately, some drivers may operate their vehicles in a negligent or reckless manner, sometimes only for just a few seconds. However, those few seconds can lead to a catastrophic motor vehicle accident that leaves victims with significant injuries and serious damages.
After you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you need an attorney who will fight to ensure you receive the financial compensation and justice that you deserve from those responsible for your accident. Attorney Mark A. Smith of The Law Office of Mark A. Smith is ready to provide you and your family with the compassionate, dedicated legal representation you need as you go through the difficult process of trying to recover from the physical and emotional trauma you’ve suffered in your motor vehicle accident.
When you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident through no fault of your own in Pittsburgh, contact The Law Office of Mark A. Smith for a free consultation to speak with Attorney Mark A. Smith and discuss how he can help you and your family secure the full and fair compensation that you deserve from those responsible for your accident.
A motor vehicle accident can involve any kind of motorized vehicle; depending on the vehicle involved, an accident can fall into a subcategory such as a car accident, truck accident, bus accident, motorcycle accident, moped accident, bicycle accident, or pedestrian accident.
A motor vehicle accident usually occurs due to the negligence of one or more motorists on the road. Common causes of accidents in Pittsburgh include:
In addition, motor vehicle accidents can occur due to external factors such as bad weather, low lighting, or poor road conditions.
Following your motor vehicle accident, you may have suffered serious injuries that may take you weeks, months, or even years to recover from. If you’ve suffered especially catastrophic injuries like neck and back injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, or traumatic brain injuries, you may never fully recover from your accident. You deserve to be fully compensated for the damages you have incurred and will incur as a result of your injuries, including for:
Attorney Mark A. Smith is prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages, including thoroughly investigating the circumstances of your accident to identify those at fault for the collision, filing claims with all available insurance coverage to make sure you have access to the full compensation you may be entitled to, and aggressively negotiating for a settlement of your claim that provides you with full and fair compensation as efficiently and effectively as possible.
If you or a loved one have been the victims of a motor vehicle accident in Pittsburgh that wasn’t your fault, you need compassionate, dedicated legal representation that will work tirelessly to get you the financial recovery you need and deserve to help you get your life back to normal following your accident. Contact The Law Office of Mark A. Smith today to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with our experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer Attorney Mark A. Smith to discuss the details of your case and to learn more about your legal rights and options following your accident.
Under Pennsylvania law, a person who is injured in a motor vehicle accident has two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit for financial compensation for his or her injuries or damages. If you don’t file your lawsuit within two years of your accident, the court may permanently dismiss your case and you can lose your right to seek compensation for your injuries and damages. The court may decide to extend this two-year period in limited circumstances; for example, if you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident and it takes you some time to discover the identity of the at-fault driver.
Potentially yes. Pennsylvania uses a contributory negligence system. Under this system, an injured party is not barred from recovering compensation for his or her damages, so long as the injured party’s share of fault is not greater than the combined share fault of all other at-fault parties; in other words, you cannot be more than 50 percent at fault for your accident. Provided you are not more than 50 percent responsible for the accident, your compensation will be reduced to reflect your share of fault. For example, if you suffer $100,000 in damages and are 25 percent at fault for the accident, your recovery will be reduced by $25,000 to reflect your 25 percent share of responsibility for your damages.