Last week, one person was seriously injured in a multi-vehicle collision on the Liberty Bridge. The accident happened in the early morning hours last Saturday when a driver ran a red light after driving through the inbound tunnels. Two vehicles that were turning left off of PJ McArdle Roadway slammed into the vehicle. The only person injured was the driver who ran the red light, but this incident could have been much worse.
At the SMA Law Group, we know that there are many ways that people can get hurt when they set out in their vehicles each day. We are here to help when that happens. If you need a Pittsburgh car accident attorney, we are here for you.
When we dig into the latest report for Pennsylvania, we see that the DOT gives us some startling numbers for 2017:
- There were 128,188 accidents reported
- 80,612 people were injured
- 1,137 people were killed
We recognize that most vehicle accidents result in only property damage, but there are many others that cause people major harm. It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries due to a vehicle accident:
- Catastrophic spinal cord or brain injuries
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe internal organ damage
- Lacerations or amputations
Not only do these injuries require major medical procedures, but they can end up costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. If long-term care is needed, or if a person suffers from a permanent disability, the lifelong cost of care can be tremendous. We also want to point out that even minor injuries can lead to major medical bills.
Do you know if your insurance will cover all of these expenses?
What happens if you are not able to work while you recover? Will you still be able to afford regular household bills? Many people do not think about the hidden costs associated with these injuries.
How They Happen
We know that many accidents occur due to the negligence of other drivers on the roadway. Let’s take a look at the top four driver causes of accidents in Pennsylvania:
- 31,051 speeding-related
- 15,614 distracted driver
- 14,004 improper turning
- 9,143 drunk driver
Not only does this type of behavior have the potential to impact other vehicle passengers, but it also puts pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists at risk. Those three groups are particularly vulnerable to injuries.
What You Can Do Next
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car crash that was caused by another person’s negligence, consider seeking legal assistance immediately. At the SMA Law Group, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to secure the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include:
- Coverage for medical bills
- Lost wage compensation
- Pain and suffering damages
- And more