Auto Accident Claims in Pittsburgh, PA
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. Examples of negligence include:
- Drunk driving
- Driving while under the influence of drugs
- Reckless driving such as weaving in and out of traffic
- Excessive speeding
- Running a red light or not stopping at a stop sign
- Not paying attention to traffic laws
- Distracted driving, like talking on a cell phone
- Messing with the radio or CD player
- Looking at a map or an electronic navigation system
- Eating while driving
- Putting on makeup while driving
- Driving too close to the car in front (tailgating)
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.
Filing an Auto Accident Lawsuit
If you are involved in a car accident, you must be able to prove that another person or company is at fault for the accident. You must also be able to prove that your injuries resulted from the accident. In order to prove your injuries were caused by the accident, you must seek medical attention immediately.
Even if your injuries seem minor at the time, you should get checked out so you will have documentation of your visit. Often times, people are so shaken up after a vehicle crash, they just want to go home. They may go home with a minor back ache or a headache without realizing they’ve suffered a spinal cord injury or brain injury.
It is also important to contact an experienced auto accident attorney as soon as possible so he or she can get started on your case right away. Over time, evidence may disappear and memories of what happened may begin to fade. In order to determine exactly what happened and why, your attorney will need to start the investigation as soon as possible.
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.
Find Out If You Qualify to File a Claim
The most important thing you can do after you receive medical treatment is to contact an attorney. An 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 team of 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.