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Looking For a Car Accident Lawyer in Pittsburgh?

The experienced Pittsburgh car 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 how difficult and confusing it can be to try to negotiate a case with an insurance company after an accident, in an attempt to receive the compensation you deserve. Chaffin Luhana offers dedicated legal representation for injured victims and their families and we will handle your case from the initial stage up through trial, if necessary.

If you or someone you love were injured in an auto accident, we may be able to help you. To learn more, schedule a free no-obligation consultation or call us now at 1-888-316-2311.

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What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

After an auto accident, you’re likely to feel shaken and stressed, which could cause you to do or say some things that could hurt your case in a car accident lawsuit down the road. To protect yourself, always take the following steps:

Make sure everyone is okay

If anyone (including yourself or your passengers) needs medical attention, be sure to call for emergency help immediately.

Call the police

Some drivers make the mistake of dealing directly with the other driver(s) in an accident, but that can hurt your case later one. Even if you think the accident was minor or it is clearly the other driver’s fault, it’s always best to contact the police so you have a police report on record.

Take pictures

Take pictures of everything, including your car damage, damage to the other vehicles, positioning of the other vehicles, road signs, road conditions, skid marks, broken glass—anything that could be potentially important to your case.

Document what you remember

While your memory is fresh, jot down notes about what you remember about the accident. Describe what happened? Using your cell phone or a notebook, write or record everything that occurred. Memories fade with time, and these notes may be important later.

Don't apologize

Even if you think the accident was your fault, don’t apologize for it. A car accident attorney will investigate the case, and may find other factors that you are unaware of. If you apologize, you could assume responsibility, and that could reduce your chances of receiving compensation.

Wait a little while before contacting your insurance company

You may feel compelled to contact your insurance company immediately, but give yourself a few hours to calm down first. If you give the insurance company a statement that implies you were at all at fault, you could be hurting your case. Wait until you’re in a refreshed state of mind, or better yet, contact your car wreck attorney for advice first, before calling your insurance company.

Go see the doctor

You may not feel like you’re injured, but that doesn’t mean that you weren’t. Having a medical record after the accident sets you up for success with any subsequent injury claims. Often times it can be hours or days for injuries to become apparent.

Don't sign anything

Insurance adjusters may encourage you to settle your claim quickly, and you may want it to be over, but think twice before signing any papers. Make sure you know exactly what you’re signing. It’s best to run any legal paper by your auto accident lawyer.

Call an experienced car accident attorney

You'll want to work with an attorney who has years of experience with personal injury and auto accident cases. The attorneys and legal team at Chaffin Luhana with guide you through the entire process with care and compassion. If you've been injured in an accident, contact us today.

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Do I Have a Case for my Auto Accident?

It can be very difficult to determine on your own if you can pursue a car accident lawsuit. As noted above, sometimes there are factors involved that you may not have thought about, such as a defective guardrail or a defective vehicle.

In other cases, it could be that the intersection was poorly designed, or the city did not take the proper precautions in making sure that important road signs were visible.

Meanwhile, if you or a loved one were injured, you will have enough to deal with addressing those injuries and the financial difficulty they may present.

It can be extremely difficult and complicated to try to deal with your insurance company at the same time you are dealing with the physical, mental, and financial impact of an accident, such that it is hard to even figure out if they are offering your family a fair settlement.

There are some benchmarks, though, that you can use to determine if you should contact a car accident attorney.


  • Were you or a passenger in your vehicle hurt seriously enough to have to go to the hospital, or to have to undergo surgery due to the accident?
  • Are you dealing with a dispute as to who was at fault in the car accident?
  • Do you agree with the police report, or do you feel that they didn’t get the facts right, and incorrectly faulted you for the accident?
  • Has the insurance company involved their adjusters or lawyers on your case?
  • Did the car accident lead to a death of a passenger or loved one?
  • Was the accident complicated—involving multiple vehicles, a semi-truck, or others such as motorcyclists or pedestrians?
  • Did the accident occur in a construction area?
  • Did you not have insurance at the time of the accident, or is the insurance company saying you didn’t have insurance when you were sure you did?
  • Did something go wrong with your car or seem off, contributing to the accident such as a failed airbag or a blown tire?

If you answered “YES” to even one of these questions, you may be eligible to file an auto accident lawsuit and should contact an auto accident lawyer at Chaffin Luhana.

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How Much Will My Case Cost?

As a plaintiff in a car accident lawsuit working with Chaffin Luhana, you will not owe any money up front. We work on a contingency fee, which means that we don’t receive payment for our work unless you receive a recovery.

If you are awarded compensation in a settlement agreement or in an actual trial, your attorney will get a percentage of that award to pay for its attorney’s fees, as well as receive their out-of-pocket costs.

During your initial free consultation with one of our experienced injury lawyers, he or she will help explain the fees, so you can understand exactly how much of the potential recovery you may receive.

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Why Choose Chaffin Luhana For Your Car Accident Needs

At Chaffin Luhana LLP, our compassionate, knowledgeable legal team will work closely with you to determine the best strategy for achieving your specific goals and needs. Our firm’s mission is Doing Good by Doing Right. Every Day. In Everything We Do.

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With over 50 years of combined courtroom experience, our ranks include former large defense firm lawyers, former state and federal prosecutors, former law clerks to federal and state court judges, and social workers. The diverse backgrounds of our team allow us to provide the highest level of legal representation possible to clients like you.

We practice nationwide with offices in Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and New York. We know plaintiffs’ personal injury law inside out because that’s all we do. We know how insurance companies work, understand the tactics they employ and know how to overcome those tactics to get you the compensation you deserve. All of our efforts are focused on helping people like you who have suffered damage to their lives because of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing.

We can usually get you a substantial settlement without your ever having to go to court. The insurance companies know that they will face an expensive and often damaging trial unless they come up with a reasonable settlement offer. They know that first and foremost we are trial lawyers. From the moment you retain us to handle your case, we begin the process of investigation, documentation, and detailed preparation of a persuasive case to present to a jury if it should become necessary.

If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury because of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, we can help. You may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. It is our goal to make this process as painless as possible.

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Questions You Should Expect to be Asked by Your Car Accident Attorney

When you meet with your attorney, you should 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?

In addition to documenting the accident, as described above, it’s also important for you to keep track of any medical documents given to you by your doctor as well as any receipts for prescriptions or other medical care.

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. And remember—before giving a statement to any insurance company, it’s always best to have legal representation.

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according to eric t. chaffin

“My father was a union witness at an arbitration in a steel mill. After the hearing, my father, dressed in blue jeans and a sweatshirt, stuck out his hand to shake hands with the company’s lawyer. The lawyer refused. The lawyer was not upset because my dad got the best of him but because he frowned upon working class people. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. My dad used this story to remind me to respect others, to remember where I came from and as an example of how not to conduct myself as a lawyer.”

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