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Pennsylvania lawyers assist surviving family after a crash causes fatal injury.

Pennsylvania –  December 27, 2021

Multiple fatalities were the result of a motor vehicle crash on Routh 28 Northbound near Pittsburgh according to police reports.  An additional victim was taken to the hospital for medical screening.  The vehicle that was heading north on Route 28 swerved to miss a car that was parked on the shoulder of the roadway and lost control, subsequently hitting a box truck that was on the shoulder of the highway.  Poor weather conditions and speed were factors that may have caused the catastrophic accident.  When injury or death are the result of a motor vehicle crash, the law provides for compensation, or indemnity when an injured party was not at fault, or shared fault with another party in a motor vehicle crash.  Experienced injury attorneys will facilitate productive communication with insurance companies, and strive to achieve larger court awards that address the wide-ranging losses associated with wrongful death actions.

Wrongful death.

A wrongful death legal action is a particular type of lawsuit that is brought by loved ones of someone who dies because of the negligent, reckless, or deliberate act of someone.  Damages in these lawsuits can include:

  • Medical bills from the time of injury until death,
  • Funeral and burial expenses,
  • Compensation for lost wages a loved one would have earned had he lived to his normal life expectancy,
  • Compensation for the pain and suffering endured by the surviving family members due to their loved one’s absence,
  • Punitive damages that are intended to punish the person who caused the death,
  • Estate administration expenses.

Accident victims, or loved ones of those who have been fatally injured, should consult with an experienced accident attorney at Scanlon & Wojton Law Firm in Pittsburgh to discuss their options for damage compensation and timely insurance fund access to pay for burial and funeral expenses.

Long lasting negative impacts.

Wrongful death and catastrophic injury can alter every facet of a person’s life, so it is best to have an experienced lawyer answer all of your questions regarding future negative health and economic impacts to you because of the accident, and to discuss all avenues available for comprehensive damage recovery to address life post-accident.  Negligence will need to be proven by a skilled accident lawyer, and fault could be placed on a driver, a manufacturer of a motor vehicle part for mechanical error, other drivers, or municipalities for roadway dangers.

Damage capitations.

Monetary awards in Pennsylvania have no cap on most damages, but there is a cap of $500,000 against local government claims, and a $250,000 limit on claims against the State.  Accident lawyers can be of assistance for a variety of legal actions toward fiscal recovery after any type of  motor vehicle accident results in bodily harm, property damage, or death.

Accident reporting.

 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 and how it will affect damage recovery.

Hire an attorney.

An experienced accident attorney can guide individuals on the actions that need to be undertaken after bodily injury, property damage, or accidental death occur in a motor vehicle accident.   Scanlon & Wojton can assist surviving family members with insurance claims and accidental death benefit compensation when it is available if an accident results in untimely death.

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

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

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/LEGIS/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=42&div=00.&chpt=083.&sctn=001.&subSctn=000.

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

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