It was a scary time for two children and a driver when a vehicle slammed into the van they were in last week in Pittsburgh’s North Side. Police say that Nitoya Steward was operating without a license when she crashed into an ABS Transit van taking children to a nearby charter school.
Two children, both 9-years-old, were taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital. One had a minor injury and the other a moderate leg injury. The driver of the van was also taken to the hospital for minor injuries. Steward was arrested for causing an accident with injuries while not licensed to drive.
At the SMA Law Group, we know that this is just another example of the dangers that people in and around Pittsburgh face each day when they hit the streets. If you need a Pittsburgh car accident attorney, you can count on us to recover the compensation you deserve.
What Can Happen?
There is no arguing with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation statistics. For the latest reporting year, there were 128,188 total vehicle accidents. Looking closer at the numbers, we see that there were:
- 80,612 injuries
- 1,137 fatalities
What we find even scarier is the number of serious injuries reported in those numbers – over 4,000. These include catastrophic events that are potentially life-changing:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Head and brain trauma
- Severe lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Whiplash injuries
Looking at those injuries, we know that they require immediate and long-term care that can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Will your insurance cover all of these expenses? How about the hidden costs people usually do not think about like lost wages if the accident victim cannot make it to work?
How They Happen
Most vehicle accidents occur due to some kind of driver error. It is the gross negligence that causes the most harm. Specifically, we are concerned about the continuing problem of drivers who operate while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
We also see a growing number of drivers who are busy looking at their phone screens sending text messages or watching videos. Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
In Pennsylvania’s latest reporting year, there were 31,051 speed-related car crashes, making them the number one cause of accidents in the state. Out of those, there were 441 fatalities.
When a driver’s negligent actions cause people harm, they need to be held accountable.
What You Can Do Now
We know that dealing with an accident that causes injuries can be difficult. That is why we want to help. At the SMA Law Group, our knowledgeable and experienced team will work to secure the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages