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Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents often occur due to reckless or negligent drivers, dangerous road conditions, product default, or hazardous weather conditions. These accidents can cause serious injuries and damage to vehicles.
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident which resulted in serious injury, it is important to contact an attorney quickly. These accidents often include dealing with insurance agents who may try to get you to admit fault or agree to a settlement quickly. Medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering claims may not be taken into consideration if a claim is settled too quickly. Consulting with an attorney can help ensure that you are getting compensated fairly for your losses.
Car accidents often result in injury to drivers and passengers. Some accidents may result in minor injuries, such as bruising, scraps, and minor cuts. Other accidents may cause more serious injuries such as broken bones, scarring, joint injuries, paralysis, amputation, brain injury, or death. Ambulance rides, emergency treatment, hospitalization, and rehab treatment costs can add up quickly. If an injury leaves you unable to work, it may be hard to pay medical bills.
Accidents involving trucks can have devastating results due to their size, length, and weight. Truck accidents can happen for a variety of reasons including driver error, driver fatigue, overloaded trucks, and unsecured loads. Some accidents may be partially the fault of the truck company such as if inadequate training was required or drivers were required to drive too many hours without a break.
After an accident involving a tractor trailer representatives from the trucking company or insurance company may attempt to contact you. They will want to settle quickly, and for the lowest possible amount. An attorney can assist you with negotiating your settlement and make sure that you are fully compensated for your losses. By contacting an attorney quickly there is a better chance to preserve evidence of the accident.
Motorcycles can be an exhilarating way to get around. However, due to their comparative size and lack of protection for riders, motorcycle accidents result in devastating effects. Weather conditions can affect motorcyclists due to their low weight and cause them to crash. Dangerous road conditions, such as potholes, while annoying to car drivers can cause a motorcyclist to lose control. Distracted drivers can miss a motorcyclist on the road and hit them. Severe injuries are more likely to occur to motorcyclists involved in crashes which include head injuries, spinal cord injuries, severe road rash, disfigurement, death, and among others. These injuries can be costly to treat and take a long time to fully recover from. When filing a lawsuit regarding a motorcycle accident it is important to include all applicable claims ranging from wrongful death, medical bills, lost wages, and more. Depending on the severity of the injury, disability claims may arise from the accident. An attorney can help you determine what claims are appropriate for your case and assist you in dealing with insurance companies who may try to settle your case cheaply.
As a pedestrians, you should be proactive about your safety. By obeying all traffic laws, crossing only in designated crosswalks, using sidewalks, and being aware of traffic you should be able to reasonably assume that you will be safe. Unfortunately, not all drivers are as aware of pedestrians as they should be. Failure to yield to pedestrians, checking a phone, and weather conditions can create instances where a driver is not aware of a pedestrian. Accidents involving pedestrians can cause severe damage or death to the pedestrian; in the battle of man vs. vehicle, the vehicle will always come out victorious.
If you have been injured as a pedestrian you may be entitled to be reimbursed for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and potentially more. By contacting an attorney you can be sure that your interests are being represented in a settlement or trial. Some insurance companies may try to shift some of the blame onto the accident; an attorney can help you defend against these accusations and make sure your voice is heard.
Bicyclists can be injured quite easily. There is little protection from a car when you are riding a bike so if you are hit you are likely to be injured seriously. Additionally, hitting an unexpected pothole could cause a bike rider to flip over the handlebars causing serious injury.
With bike accidents, it fairly easy to assign liability to a driver. They have a duty to be aware of their surroundings and ensure that they do not hit a bike rider. However, in certain situations there may be the possibility to hold someone else liable as well. Poorly marked or maintained roads can result in municipal liability. By holding all those liable accountable, the victim can be confident that they are being fully compensated for their injuries. Consulting with an attorney will help you be confident that you are pursing all available venues for compensation.
All-terrain vehicles (ATV) are used for work and recreation. As they have become increasingly popular, the number of accidents associated with them has risen. These accidents can be caused by a negligent ATV operator, product liability, or inadequate supervision by an adult. If used for work the accident may be part of a workers compensation claim. Regardless of how or where the accident occurred, consulting with an attorney will let you know what your legal options are. You may be able to bring claims against liable parties to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Accidents involving buses can get complicated quickly. There may be liability on the part of the bus driver, another driver, or the municipality if dangerous roads were the cause of the accident. There are potentially multiple victims in a bus accident suffering from a variety of injuries. Dealing with insurance companies who want to settle each claim as quickly and cheaply as possible can lead to a victim signing a settlement agreement soon after the accident that they will later regret. An attorney can be your advocate in a situation like this. They will make sure that you are considering all aspects of your case to ensure that you get fully compensated.
Boating is a fun recreational activity, and with the three rivers in Pittsburgh as well as other local lakes it is one which is easily accessible to many. However, accidents related to boating can be devastating due to the speed in which boats travel and simply involving water. Talking with an attorney will make you aware of your options following a boat accident, jet ski accident, boat or jet ski collision, drowning, barge accidents, or water skiing accidents.
Railroad crossings can be a dangerous place for pedestrians and cars. While they don’t happen every day, when they do occur train accidents often have catastrophic results including serious injuries and death. These injuries may be the result of a train and automobile collision, unguarded crossings, light rail accidents (“The T”), or a train crash. Lawsuits regarding train accidents can be complex so it is important to consult with an attorney right after the accident occurs.
If you are an injured railroad worker, you will need to file a claim under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Under this act, the worker must show that the railroad company was negligent. This varies from workers’ compensation which is a no-fault insurance system. If a railroad worker can win their FELA claim they are eligible to collect compensation for past and future wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and partial or permanent disability.
After a plane crash, there are many questions left unanswered. Did the pilot execute poor judgment during the flight? Was all the equipment working correctly? Was the equipment properly inspected and maintained? Did the aircraft crash due to a design defect? These questions often have complex, technical answers. An attorney can help you or your family put together the picture of what happened on the flight through the use of experts and investigators.
Accidents involving motor vehicles are often blamed on driver error. Sometimes the accident could have been avoided if the road was properly maintained. By talking with an attorney you can determine if the accident was caused in part or whole by a defective road design, failure to maintain roads, improper drop off, water drainage issues, dangerous intersections, improperly marked construction zones, and other dangerous highway conditions. If the road you were travelling on was inherently dangerous, you should bring a claim against the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles, the liable municipality, city, or township for their role in the accident.
Drunk drivers cause some of the worst accidents. While you still need to be able to show that the other driver was negligent in their driving, this standard is easier to meet if the other driver has failed a breathalyzer or blood test (or refused one). It may be possible to bring a claim against a bar owner who over served the driver. By consulting with an attorney, you can be sure that those responsible for the accident pay.
Texting and Driving
For whatever reason, people are insistent on multitasking while driving. While it is nice to think that sending a quick text during a drive doesn’t really affect the ability of the driver, they are distracted from the road for an average of 5 seconds. Those 5 seconds can take away crucial time to react to road conditions and other vehicles. Using cellphones is now banned for Pennsylvania drivers and yet people continue to gamble their – and others – safety to maintain constant communication. If you were in a car accident due to someone using a mobile device, consult with an attorney to figure out what claims you can pursue against the other driver.
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