We are learning about an accident in Duquesne that involved a tractor trailer and a car that has left one woman in serious condition. Police say that the driver of the car, a 24-year-old female, was speeding when she lost control of her vehicle, crossed the center line, and slammed head-on into the large truck.
The driver of the car was taken to a Pittsburgh trauma center with critical injuries. The 55-year-old truck driver was not injured in the crash.
At the SMT Legal, we know that you do what you can to be safe when you are on the roadways, but there are times when other people’s negligent or reckless behavior causes us harm. In this case, the only person injured was the person at fault, but what if she had slammed into a regular passenger vehicle instead of a tractor trailer?
If you need a car accident attorney in Pittsburgh, you can count on us to be there for you, working to get the compensation you deserve.
The State Statistics
We need to look at the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania to get a complete picture of what we are talking about. The vehicle accident numbers were as follows:
- 128,188 total crashes
- 80,612 people injured in crashes
- 1,137 people killed in crashes
You may be tempted to focus on the serious injuries and fatalities, but we want you to remember that even minor injuries can result in major medical bills. Just simple tests often cost thousands of dollars.
For more serious injuries (spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, and more), the costs can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. For anyone facing rehabilitation or a permanent disability as a result of a crash, they may need care for years to come.
The problem is that insurance settlements may not pay for all of these expenses.
We know that almost all crashes are the result of driver error. The Pennsylvania DOT tells us that the top causes of driver-error crashes in the state are:
- Distracted driving
- Improper turns
- Drunk driving
- Proceeding without clearance
- Driving too closely
- Careless passing
- Drowsy driving
Looking at that list, we can see just how easily preventable many accidents are if people would just drive responsibly. If a driver’s negligent behavior causes another person harm, they should be held accountable for their actions.
What Are Your Options?
Do not hesitate to seek legal assistance if you have been involved in a vehicle accident that was caused by another person’s negligence. Insurance companies will swoop in quickly and try to reach the lowest settlement possible when you may be entitled to much more.
At the SMT Legal, we will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of an accident. When you need a Pittsburgh car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 412-765-3345.