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Who is responsible for commuter injuries when a bridge collapses in Pittsburgh?

Pennsylvania – January 28, 2022

A bridge collapsed this morning endangering drivers and pedestrians who could have been walking on the trail directly beneath the faulty structure.  Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said on CNN there were no reported fatalities but some injuries. He noted that traffic was lighter this morning because schools were on a two-hour delay. President Joe Biden is heading to Pittsburgh to tout his Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which is set to provide $1.63 billion to Pennsylvania in federal funding for bridges, the third highest figure for any state. The bridge program will provide $27 billion across the country.  Pennsylvania has 3,353 bridges in poor condition, the second most after Iowa, according to federal data.  The Biden administration has repeatedly said it is up to local officials to determine which bridges receive how much money.  If you have been injured due to unsafe roadways and bridge infrastructures in Pittsburgh, it may be wise to hire a Pennsylvania accident attorney to determine responsibility for damage compensation.

Liability.

Determining liability after an accident on a public roadway or bridge is difficult and specialists are usually sent to the scene to identify any conditions that will give insight as to the reason behind the crash.  Insurance adjusters may try to reduce settlements for driver violations, once there is some determination of fault assigned to each driver, or entity that could have caused the accident to occur.  An experienced personal injury attorney can be of assistance when dealing with insurance companies, calculating medical expenses and future losses that will make up the total award after an accident results in injuries.   The actions of the drivers and those charged with maintaining local and state roadways will be considered when settlements are estimated.

Damages.

Insurance compensation for any loss sustained as a result of a vehicle accident may be possible in the State of Pennsylvania.  Call an accident attorney who can help support negligence by assigning  “fault” in a legal proceeding that addresses property damage, physical injuries, and wrongful death.  Damages that may be recovered include:

  • Medical bills
  • Current and future compensation losses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of care, companionship
  • Estate administration expenses
  • Funeral expenses if a wrongful death occurs

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 motor vehicle, personal injury, premises liability, medical malpractice, or  worker’s on-the-job accidental injury.

Talk to a lawyer about hybrid insurance fault state.

Under Pennsylvania’s hybrid insurance fault system, a driver may turn to his or her own insurance company for compensation for injuries up to the personal injury protection, or “PIP”  limit, regardless of fault. Drivers also have the right to circumvent Pennsylvania’s no-fault law and proceed directly against the at-fault party under certain circumstances. An experienced attorney at Scanlon & Wojton, LLC, can be instrumental in reviewing insurance policies and adapting fault concerns against state or local entities who are in charge of roadway maintenance.

 

Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law

The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Second Floor
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

Phone:  (412) 918-1241

Fax: (412) 235-7275

Sources:

Bridge collapses in Pittsburgh, injuries reported (msn.com)

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=0&chpt=83&sctn=1&subsctn=0

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