Pittsburgh Auto Accident Attorney
The Pittsburgh accident lawyers at Chaffin Luhana represent individuals who are injured in auto accidents throughout the Ohio Valley in West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. We understand that serious injuries can affect our clients’ lives forever, and as a result, we offer dedicated legal representation for injured persons and their families. If you or someone you love is injured in an auto accident, we may be able to help you. To learn more, schedule a free no-obligation consultation today.
Auto Accidents Caused by Negligence
When an auto accident is caused by another person’s negligence, the injured parties can seek compensation for their injuries and suffering. Examples of negligence include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving (e.g. texting or talking on a hand held cell phone, messing with the radio or CD player or using an electronic navigation system while driving)
- Reckless driving (e.g. swerving in an out of lanes at reckless speeds)
- Running a red light, not paying attention to traffic signals and traffic laws
- Excessive tailgating or driving too close to the car ahead
- Changing lanes without looking or signaling
At Chaffin Luhana, we also represent individuals who are injured in auto accidents caused by defective auto parts such as defective tires and faulty brakes. We also represent people who suffer severe injuries as a result of defective safety equipment such as defective seatbelts and airbags that fail to deploy.
Our attorneys are skilled investigators who dig deep beneath the surface to find out what happened and why. In many cases, the cause of the accident is different from what it seems. For example, it may appear that a car accident was caused by a person’s failure to stop at a red light. But, in reality, maybe the person tried to stop but couldn’t because the brakes were defective and failed to work properly.
Auto Collisions in Pennsylvania 2012 By Injury Severity
Crashes involving deaths and major injuries are always devastating to the family and friends of the victims. Thankfully, the vast majority of crashes are not fatal. Most crashes, however, do cause varying types of injuries. Of the total people involved in crashes in Pennsylvania in 2012, most were not injured, and those who were injured suffered mostly minor injuries. The 1,310 deaths in 2012 represent the third lowest number of fatalities in Pennsylvania motor vehicle crashes over the last 68 years. Here are some pie charts that represent and highlight the number, percentage, and severity of Pennsylvania auto collisions in the year 2012:
- Fatal Crash – A crash in which one or more of the involved persons died within 30 days of the crash and the death(s) are attributable to the crash.
- Injury Crash – A crash in which none of the involved persons were killed, but at least one was injured.
- Property Damage Only (PDO) – A reportable crash where no one was killed or injured, but damage occurred to a vehicle requiring towing.
- Death – As used in this booklet, any injury which causes death within 30 days of a crash and that death is attributable to the crash.
- Major Injury – Any injury, other than fatal, which by its severity requires immediate emergency transport, such as an ambulance, to a hospital or clinic for medical treatment and /or hospitalization. Major injuries would include amputation of limb(s), severe burns, etc.
- Moderate Injury – Any injury which may require some form of medical treatment, but is not life threatening or incapacitating. These injuries should be visible. Moderate injuries would include a cut which requires several stitches, or a broken finger or toe.
- Minor Injury – Any injury which can be treated by first aid application, whether at the scene of the crash or in a medical facility. Complaints of injuries which are not visible, and do not appear to be of any major or moderate nature, should be considered as minor injuries.
Auto Accident Claims
Chaffin Luhana handles auto accident claims for people who are injured in car crashes throughout Pittsburgh, PA. Our Pittsburgh accident claim attorneys handle a large number of auto accident claims including those involving the most catastrophic injuries such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputation injuries and wrongful death. We recognize that these types of injuries change our clients’ lives forever; as a result, we fight tirelessly to recover the maximum amount of compensation for our injured clients and their families.
Who Qualifies to File an Auto Accident Claim?
Anyone who is injured in an auto accident caused by another person’s negligence or reckless behavior will likely qualify to file a claim.
Auto accident claims can also be filed on behalf of people who are injured due to defective auto parts such as faulty brakes, tire blowouts or problematic electrical systems. If a person is involved in an auto accident and his or her airbags fail to deploy or his or her seatbelt comes unfastened, increasing the severity of the injuries, he or she will also have grounds to file a lawsuit against the company who manufacturers the safety equipment and the car manufacturer.
What to Expect
When you visit with your attorney, be prepared to answer questions such as:
- When did the accident occur?
- How many cars were involved in the accident?
- What happened?
- Were you treated at a hospital?
- When were you treated?
- What injuries are you suffering from?
- Did your injuries prevent you from working?
- If yes, how long were you out of work?
- Are you still suffering from symptoms?
- Have your injuries interrupted your normal everyday life?
It is important to document everything, starting with the scene of the accident. If you are involved in an accident you should document the scene by taking pictures and/or video with your phone and writing down the names and numbers of anyone involved as well as anyone who was a witness to the accident.
Keep track of any medical documents given to you by your doctor as well as any receipts for prescriptions. If you contact your insurance company before calling an attorney, you should document the date and time of your conversation as well as the name of the person you speak with. Before giving a statement to any insurance company you should have legal representation.
In order to have a valid auto accident claim, you must be able to prove that someone else is liable for the accident, whether it is another driver or an auto parts manufacturing company. At Chaffin Luhana, we will closely evaluate the evidence in your case to determine who is liable for your injuries.
Serious collisions can result in debilitating and disfiguring injuries that can change a person’s life forever. We serve as advocates for people who suffer the most catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, lacerations and burns, lost limbs and more. We also represent the surviving family members of people who are wrongfully killed in auto accidents in the Ohio Valley in West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.
Contact an Auto Accident Lawyer in The Ohio Valley
The most important thing you can do after you receive medical treatment is to contact an experienced auto accident lawyer in Pittsburgh, PA. Your Pittsburgh, PA car accident attorney will help you recover the money you need to obtain the best medical care and to achieve the highest quality of life. To find out if you qualify to file an auto accident claim, contact our Pittsburgh personal injury attorneys at Chaffin Luhana, LLP. We represent individuals in auto accidents in West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. We also handle product liability cases nationwide.
If you or a loved one is seriously injured in or if someone you love is killed in a car accident, you can seek experienced, compassionate and dedicated legal representation by contacting Chaffin Luhana. To schedule a consultation, contact us today.