Pennsylvania – March 6, 2021

The Penn Hills police have identified the driver who was involved in a car accident and switched cars after the crash and left the scene.  Drivers who flee accident scenes in Pennsylvania could be charged with a felony, as well as civil legal action for damages.  Two people were transported to the hospital after the head-on crash close to Frankstown Road and Lime Hollow Road. The victim driver suffered minor injuries, but her passenger suffered a broken neck.  A Pennsylvania car accident attorney can be instrumental in legal action to recover necessary damages that address harmful losses.

Leaving the scene of an accident where injury occurs.

According to Pennsylvania law, individuals who leave the scene of an accident causing bodily harm can be fined, or imprisoned.  “If the victim suffers serious bodily injury, any person violating subsection (a) commits a felony of the third degree, and the sentencing court shall order the person to serve a minimum term of imprisonment of not less than 90 days and a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000, notwithstanding any other provision of law.”

Case building.

Car accidents in, and around Pittsburgh frequently occur because of driver error, driver distraction, mechanical failure, negligent acts, and roadway construction in Pennsylvania.  A car accident attorney in Pittsburgh can build a negligence case when physical injury, property damage, or death occur.  Financial compensation may be awarded to cover medical bills, lost wages, physical pain, changes in lifestyle, or wrongful death to a loved one caused by a car accident. Catastrophic injury can result in significant expense and negative life alterations requiring higher monetary damage awards compared to insurance settlements being offered.

Post-accident victim action.

 Certain post-accident actions taken by car accident victims can strengthen a personal injury case because of the collection of supporting documentation. They include:

  • Evaluate for injuries, call emergency personnel.
  • File accident report.
  • Gather evidence at the scene, pictures of the cars, tag numbers and surrounding location.
  • Collect witness contact information.
  • Collect insurance information.
  • Seek examination by a medical professional.
  • Contact insurance carriers.
  • Consult with an attorney.

Reporting and insurance.

In Pennsylvania, an accident report  must be filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Safety within five days from the mishap if collisions result in death, injury, or significant property damage.  An auto accident attorney can explain Pennsylvania’s  “modified comparative negligence” rule, where an individual can still recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit, but the amount of compensation will be reduced by an amount that is equal to their percentage of fault, but a plaintiff can only seek damages from the defendant if they are less than 51 percent at fault.

Seek legal counsel.

A legal professional may help to mediate settlement amounts with insurance companies for damages caused by negligence and reckless driving.  Catastrophic injury accidents are complex and often require involved research by legal professionals at Scanlon & Wojton Law Firm, including collecting and reviewing police reports, medical records, financial valuations related to present and future care for physical injury and home modification, and other financial documents relevant to living expenses to insure financial stability of accident victims.

Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law

Phone:  (412) 918-1241

Fax: (412) 235-7275

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

Sources:

https://www.dot.state.pa.us/Public/DVSPubsForms/BMV/BMV%20Forms/AA-600.pdf

https://triblive.com/local/penn-hills/penn-hills-police-2-people-hurt-including-1-with-broken-neck-from-head-on-crash-in-penn-hills/

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/75/00.037.042.000..HTM

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

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/42/00.085.053.000..HTM

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