The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported more than 1,000 fatalities and 80,000 injuries on Pennsylvania roads in its most recent annual accident report. Venango County reportedly saw 6 of those fatalities and 216 of those injuries on its roadways. Car accident lawyers know that accident injuries and damages can be anywhere from disruptive and costly to physically and financially devastating and regardless of where you fall on the damages spectrum, you need an experienced car accident attorney to see that you receive the compensation that you deserve.
Types of car accidents
The types of car accidents that motor vehicle accident attorneys at SMT Legal frequently see in their offices include the following:
- Single vehicle accidents
Single vehicle accidents are often caused by a dangerous road condition such an unexpected obstruction or they may happen when a vehicle is run off of the road by another vehicle. In these circumstances, the other driver or the person or entity responsible for the dangerous condition would be at fault.
- Two vehicle accidents
Two vehicle accidents involve two motor vehicles and depending on the facts, liability may be clear or the drivers and their respective insurance companies may disagree about who was at fault. Injury and damage compensation may then be an issue, especially when the at-fault party’s insurance company is being unreasonable during settlement negotiations.
- Multiple vehicle accident and third party liability
Sometimes more than two vehicles are involved in an accident, which is often the result of a chain reaction such a vehicle slamming on his or her brakes and then a second vehicle rear ends the first vehicle, and then a third vehicle strikes the second vehicle, etc. Slippery roads can have the same result when cars keep hitting the same patch of ice and slide into an already existing pile up the accident as they are driving on the road.
- Rideshare accidents
Rideshare accidents have their own unique set of difficulties, especially when it comes to determining liability and insurance policy coverage.
Pennsylvania no fault law
Pennsylvania is a no fault insurance state and drivers are required to carry no fault insurance. People who sustain injuries and damages in a motor vehicle accident first turn to their own insurance for compensation, but when injuries and damages exceed their own insurance limits, they will typically turn to the at fault party and their insurance company for compensation.
Car accident attorney
When a car accident victim’s damages exceed their own insurance coverage, the at fault driver’s insurance company will frequently contact the injured victim right after the accident with an urgent settlement offer and arbitrary deadline. They do this because they know attorneys will generally achieve a higher settlement agreement amount than an injured victim with no attorney. Attorneys are experienced with injury and damages claims and they know how to determine a case’s actual value, which typically involves more than compensation for medical bills and property damage. Attorneys will also look to compensation for future medical care, lost earnings, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering.