Pennsylvania – January 5, 2021

Distracted driving.

Distracted driving may have been the reason one man was taken to the hospital after an accident with a garbage truck on Interstate 79 near Pittsburgh.  The two vehicle crash happened around 11 a.m. in the northbound lane near mile marker 80, which is near the Cranberry Township exit.  Police say a 68-year-old man became distracted and rear ended a garbage truck.  He was taken to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Cranberry for his injuries, although police did not say how severe the injuries were. His vehicle was significantly damaged. An accident attorney can be helpful with insurance claims and legal action when necessary.

Pennsylvania insurance rules.

An auto accident attorney can explain Pennsylvania’s  “modified comparative negligence” rule, where an individual can still recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit, but the amount of compensation will be reduced by an amount that is equal to their percentage of fault, but a plaintiff can only seek damages from the defendant if they are less than 51 percent at fault. The state also has a “no-fault” component where victims can access payment from their own insurance companies to cover certain expenses related to the accident.  Distracted driving is a ticketed violation in Pennsylvania so fault may be more than 51% in this case.  An experienced accident attorney can assist victims with questions in pursuit of property damage and personal injury compensation.

Personal injury.

Car accidents are often the result of the action, or inaction of another, and a victim may recover compensation if fault and/or liability is proven. Accident reports, witness testimony and medical reports are important documentation for a personal injury attorney to prove negligence after a car accident.  An experienced car accident attorney has years of personal injury experience dealing with automobile accident claims, providing strong case actions in court that support higher monetary award requests. They can utilize expert testimony by accident scene re-constructionists, financial professionals, and medical professionals who can convey the need for higher  awards based on catastrophic injury  requiring lifelong medical treatment, prolonged pain and suffering, and continued negative impacts to financial stability caused by diminished, or lost present and future earnings.

Hire legal counsel.

Call an accident attorney in the Pittsburgh area to assist in the determination of  “fault” and move forward with insurance settlements, or a legal proceeding. An experienced accident lawyer at Scanlon & Wojton will fight for accident victim’s rights to compensation.

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.penndot.gov/TravelInPA/Safety/TrafficSafetyAndDriverTopics/Pages/Distracted-

Driving.aspx

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

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/42/00.071.002.000..HTM

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/42/00.055.024.000..HTM

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