Pittsburgh Car Accident Lawyer
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of catastrophic injury in Pittsburgh. Tragically, many victims of these accidents are unsure about what to do, and subsequently suffer long after the initial injury is sustained due to inadequate settlements provided by insurance companies. To help ensure you are not cheated out of fair compensation, you need an experienced Pittsburgh car accident attorney on your side immediately following your injury.
Motor vehicle accidents can occur at any time. Busy city traffic, congested roadways, hazardous road conditions, negligent motorists and freak occurrences all set the stage for accidents causing severe injuries and fatalities. It’s important for you to know what steps to take following an auto accident so you’re not left footing the bill for a collision that wasn’t your fault.
The injuries you and your family members may have experienced are both a medical and legal emergency. Your first step after seeking medical attention should be to call our car accident lawyers in Pittsburgh at Hal Waldman & Associates. We are on your side, and your car crash matters to us. Our Pittsburgh accident lawyers have decades of experience and the dedication necessary to advocate vigorously on your behalf after a car-car accident, truck-car accident or pedestrian-car accident.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents can cause any number of injuries and some may not be immediately evident. No matter how minor your accident was it’s important to seek medical attention to rule out any unseen injuries. Car crash can cause minor to severe personal injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Back and neck injuries
- Paralysis: paraplegia or quadriplegia
- Spinal cord injury
- Head injury / traumatic brain injury
- Immediate or after-the-fact death
Our Pittsburgh car accident lawyers are particularly sensitive to the plight of people injured as a result of the negligence of other motorists under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Hal Waldman is a member of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and otherwise works to stay up-to-date on legal developments concerning drunk-driving accidents.
Our firm is prepared to devote focused attention to the cause of helping you and your family obtain the maximum available compensation you will need to deal with the injuries or losses you sustained from an impaired driver.
Distracted Driving Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 10% of fatal crashes, 18% of injury crashes and 16% of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2014 were reported as distraction-affected collisions.
- In 2014, there were 3,179 people killed and an estimated additional 431,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
- 10% of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of the crashes.
- And in 2014, there were 520 non-occupants killed in distraction-affected crashes.
- Over 800 lives were claimed by drowsy driving in 2016. It is estimated that 10-20 percent of crashes with a fatality or injury was caused by driving drowsy. 1 in 10 fatal driving drowsy accidents were caused by teens in 2016.
What to Do When You’re in a Car Accident
Statistically, most drivers will be involved in an accident at some point in their lives. According to auto insurance industry statistics, the average American files an insurance claim for an auto accident about every 18 years. When and if you do find yourself in an accident, knowing what to do immediately afterward can make all the difference for you and your family.
These steps will help you through the process of preparing for and dealing with a traffic accident:
- Prepare ahead of time. Doing a little bit of prep work can be tremendously helpful in the event you’re involved in a car accident. Here are a few things to do right now that may come in handy weeks, months or years from now:
- Keep emergency flares or warning triangles in your trunk. After an accident, if you’re able to, place these around the scene to alert oncoming traffic and prevent the accident from getting worse.
- Keep critical medical information readily accessible, especially if you or a family member suffers from a chronic condition or has severe allergies to certain medications.
- Enter the contact information for family members, trusted friends, your physicians and your car accident attorney into your mobile phone’s contacts.
- Stay calm after the accident. The moments immediately following an accident are likely to include shock, fear, anger and a whole host of other emotions. Try to remain calm and perform critical tasks methodically such as:
- Check yourself and your passengers for injuries, and seek medical help immediately if it is needed. Dial 911 to reach emergency responders.
- If you’re physically able to, move cars away from oncoming traffic, turn on your hazard lights and set out emergency flares or warning triangles.
- Call the police if you didn’t dial 911 earlier.
- Immediately contact your insurance agent and our Pittsburgh auto accident lawyers.
- Protect yourself. It’s important to look out for your best interests and avoid doing anything that might compromise your legal case including:
- Don’t admit any fault, and don’t admit to doing anything that could have contributed to the accident.
- Don’t sign anything unless asked to by the attending law enforcement officers.
- Exchange insurance information with the other driver.
- Take photos with your cell phone’s camera, and make notes of anything you think might help your case.
Teenagers are specifically more likely to be involved in car accidents, talking with your children about how to prevent teenage driver accidents may save them from collisions and resulting injuries in the future.
It’s easy to think that an auto accident is something that happens to someone else—until it happens to be you.
How to Recover Damages for Passenger Injuries
Passengers can sometimes suffer the most severe injuries in automobile accidents, ranging from whiplash to catastrophic injuries to wrongful death. When an accident involves a friend or relative who was driving, these claims can be personally difficult. Once your injuries have been evaluated and treated by a medical professional, call our Pittsburgh car accident attorneys to talk about your options for recovering compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Long-term care
- Loss of quality of life
Our firm will initiate an immediate investigation to determine the cause of the accident, identify all responsible parties and aggressively pursue compensation for the losses listed above and other physical, mental or financial anguish you’ve endured.
Many victims of accidents are reluctant to pursue compensation after an accident involving a friend or relative who was driving. It is important to remember that you are not filing a claim against the individual driver, but rather their insurance carrier and your own insurance carrier to ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses.
We understand the sensitive nature of these cases and know that they can be difficult for families. Our Pittsburgh car accident attorneys will handle your claim discreetly, compassionately and effectively, so that you can move forward after an accident or injury.
Our experienced Pittsburgh car accident attorneys have handled cases where passengers were injured in these situations and more:
- Car collisions
- Teenager car collisions
- Distracted drivers
- Drunk driving accidents
- Injuries to children
- Back seat accident victims
- Bus accident injuries
- Taxi cab injuries
- Insurance claims
How Our Pittsburgh Car Accident Lawyers Can Help
Hal Waldman & Associates know how to handle your case, especially when dealing with insurance adjusters and those trying to belittle your injuries. We have a proven success record and are known for our drive to make sure you receive all of the compensation you deserve for your injuries and the lasting impact they will have on your quality of life physically, financially and mentally.
Perhaps your car accident involved a school bus, a Pittsburgh city bus, a commuter train or a delivery truck. Our Pittsburgh car accident attorneys have extensive experience with these and a wide range of other motor vehicle accident circumstances.
When the unthinkable becomes a reality, trust an experienced Pittsburgh car accident attorney to help you recover what’s coming to you. We can help you through this difficult time and recover compensation for your injuries and any pain and suffering you’ve endured.