You may have seen this story on the news recently. The other day, two men died after falling from an overpass. They had stopped to help another motorist when the incident happened.
While we do not know all of the details, the Pennsylvania State Police say that both drivers were outside of their vehicles when one of those cars was struck by another motorist. This sent the two men over the side of the overpass, 30 feet down from Parkway East onto Second Avenue. There, they were struck by another vehicle.
The disabled vehicle that the two men had stopped to help had a woman and a child inside, both of whom were unharmed in the incident.
At SMT Legal, this accident shows just how unpredictable car accidents can be. They are not all the same and injuries can occur when you least expect it. When you need a Pittsburgh car accident attorney, call us today so we can get to work on securing the compensation you deserve.
Yes, Accidents Are Common
If we go right to the government agency responsible for keeping track of accidents, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, we can get a better picture of what happens. For the latest reporting year, there were 128,188 vehicle accidents across Pennsylvania. As a result of those accidents:
- There were 80,612 injuries
- There were 1,137 fatalities
Around one out of every 44 people in Pennsylvania are in a crash each year and many of those crashes result in injuries. Both minor and major injuries can lead to major medical bills that the average person has no way to afford unless insurance covers the tab. Unfortunately, if a person has to miss work because of an injury, they will lose out on valuable income they need to support themselves and their families.
Will your insurance cover these expenses?
The DOT stats tell us that the top causes of accidents for the latest year were related to driver error:
- Distracted driving
- Improper turning
- Drunk driving
- Proceeding without clearance
- Tailgating (following too closely)
- Drowsy drivers
If someone else’s negligence causes someone harm, they need to be held responsible for their actions. There is no reason a person should be in financial jeopardy after an accident they did not cause.
What Happens Now?
In the aftermath of a crash that causes injuries, things can be chaotic. While you may just want the nightmare to be over with, please do not rush to speak with insurance companies, especially if someone else was at fault. At SMT Legal, we will walk you through this process and work to secure the compensation you deserve for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include coverage for your medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering damages. If you need a Pittsburgh car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 412-765-3345.