Pennsylvania – February 6, 2021

Members of the Pittsburgh Fire Department, Police Department and Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to an accident scene on Saw Mill Boulevard on Saturday night.  The driver and a female passenger suffered injury after hitting a utility pole, one victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition and the other, a 26-year-old woman died at the scene.  The crash is being investigated to determine its cause.  Car accident lawyers understand the necessity of securing a financial court award, or insurance settlement that will fully cover the negative impacts to an accident victim’s life, or wrongful death harms to family members who suffered catastrophic loss after a fatal injury.   No-fault insurance can be utilized to pay for more immediate expenses, including funeral and burial expenses, while an accident case is being initiated.

Pennsylvania State negligence laws. 

A personal injury lawyer, utilizing supporting state-specific accident laws, can sue for damage compensation on behalf of car accident victims, based on the assignment of fault for proven claims of negligence associated with car accidents. A car accident attorney can explain the state-specific nuances of negligence laws that are directly related to a client’s case. In Pennsylvania, the law requires a report  made to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Safety within five days from the accident after collisions resulting in significant property damage, injury, or death.

Types of damages.

A car accident attorney will review the damage valuation determinations for auto insurance claims, to determine the payment of:

  • Compensatory damages for actual economic losses, injury, and property damage, not including punitive damages, for lost wages, medical bills, medical care, and treatment, plus household expenses; and non-economic damages, including pain and suffering, loss of consortium, or companionship.
  • Punitive damages are meant to punish the individual who caused harm, or injury and loss to the victim.
  • Caps on damages for monetary awards in Pennsylvania have no cap on most damages, but there is a cap of $500,000 against local government claims, and a $250,000 limit on claims against the State.

Wrongful death claims.

A wrongful death legal action can be brought by loved ones when a person dies because of the negligent, reckless, or deliberate act of another.  Damages in these lawsuits can include:

  • Medical bills and burial expenses
  • Compensation for lost wages
  • Compensation for the pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages may be awarded on a case-by-case basis.

Hire an attorney.

An accident victim in Pennsylvania can take steps to minimize additional stress by hiring competent legal counsel at Scanlon & Wojton, who can objectively speak on their behalf in a courtroom, or against an insurance company’s legal team, yielding a swift and fair monetary settlement, especially when wrongful death necessitates expenses that require immediate payment.

Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law

The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Suite 510
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

Phone:  (412) 918-1241

Fax: (412) 235-7275

Sources.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/pittsburgh-ems-respond-to-fatal-car-crash-on-saw-mill-blvd/ar-BB1dtdwI

https://www.dot.state.pa.us/Public/DVSPubsForms/BMV/BMV%20Forms/AA-600.pdf

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/42/00.085.053.000..HTM

 

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