A man died after a head-on collision in White Oak last month, despite life-saving measures that were undertaken after removing him from his 2011 Nissan Sentra at the scene in Allegheny County.  The 59-year-old-man was trapped after a box truck crossed lanes and drove head on into his vehicle.   Police determined that a 27-year-old woman was driving the box truck east on Jacks Run Road when she tried to avoid hitting a different vehicle that was making a left turn in front of her and she swerved into the man’s path.  Roadway fatalities continue to increase in Pennsylvania, revealing a 4.7% increase from 2017 to 2018.

Wrongful death legal action.

 If wrongful death legal action is entertained by members of the deceased’s family, there will be multiple factors that need to be investigated before litigation can go forward. If there were witnesses at the scene, they may need to be interviewed, and insurance responsibility must be determined for named parties.

Fault determination.

 Since Pennsylvania is a choice no fault state, in accordance with the type of coverages each driver has, fault may still have some bearing for claims of the parties involved. Determining the percentage of fault is a matter for those who have reviewed police reports, witness reports, car damages, roadway marks and other factors present at the time of the accident.

Compensation for loss.

Compensation for any loss sustained as a result of a car accident injury, due to partial or full negligence of another party, is in a victim’s reach to assist in payment of the significant medical expenses, loss of wages, funeral expenses, or other life-altering events that can negatively affect an individual, or surviving family’s livelihood in the case of wrongful death claims that may not be fully covered by insurance companies.

Pennsylvania insurance laws.

The State of Pennsylvania uses both a “no-fault” system and a 3rd party liability system. Under Pennsylvania’s no-fault system, after a car accident, a driver may turn to his or her own insurance company for compensation for injuries up to the personal injury protection limit regardless of fault. Drivers also have the right to circumvent Pennsylvania’s no-fault law and proceed directly against the at-fault driver under certain circumstances.

Hire experienced counsel.

Scanlon & Wojton, LLC, prides themselves on personal relationships between clients, as they exercise best legal practices to reduce negative impacts created by an accidental loss to families.  If you or someone you love has been negatively affected by the death of a loved because of a car accident near Pittsburgh, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Scanlon & Wojton for direction.

 

Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law

The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Suite 510
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

Phone:  (412) 918-1241

Fax: (412) 235-7275

Sources:

https://www.penndot.gov/TravelInPA/Safety/Documents/2018_CFB_linked.pdf

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/42/00.071.002.000..HTM

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