Auto Accident Lawyers Pittsburgh, PA
Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers Fight for Clients Injured in Auto Accidents in Pittsburgh and Throughout Allegheny County
An auto accident can change your life before you even have time to react and hit the brakes. In fact, auto accidents are one of the leading causes of significant injury—and even fatalities—in the state of Pennsylvania each year. While most of these accidents could have been prevented by exercising safer driving habits, the fact that hindsight is 20/20 does not change the fact that if someone else’s negligence caused an accident and injuries, you may need to pursue a claim for financial compensation to protect both your physical and financial health.
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., we have a vested interest in doing our part to keep the roadways of Western Pennsylvania safe—because, as members of the community, we use the same roads and are subject to the same dangers as you. This is just one of the reasons why we advocate so vigorously for our clients’ right to receive every dime of compensation to which they are justly entitled when another person’s dangerous driving caused them to sustain injuries in an auto accident. With more than 50 years’ collective experience successfully helping hundreds of clients get the compensation they need to move forward with their lives after an auto accident, we have developed the legal skills and resources necessary to get the compensation you deserve.
Helping Clients Injured in Pittsburgh-Area Auto Accidents for Over 50 Years
Our experienced personal injury lawyers handle all types of auto accident cases, regardless of how the accident was caused. We have successfully helped clients who have been injured in accidents caused by:
- Car accidents
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving accidents
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Hit-and-run incidents
- Uber accidents
- Texting while driving
- Fatigued driving
- Traffic violations
- Adverse weather conditions
In the end, any auto accident can result in severe and lasting injuries regardless of how the accident itself was caused. The injuries sustained can be equally important to the cause in your overall case, because they will influence the amount of compensation available. We have experience representing clients who have walked away from an auto accident with fairly minor injuries, and we can also help if your auto accident caused severe injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Loss of limbs
- Neck and back injuries
- Severely broken bones
Skilled Lawyers Goodrich & Geist Tenaciously Advocate for Maximum Compensation for Pittsburgh Auto Accident Victims
Our skilled auto accident lawyers at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. carefully assess and research every case we take on—both in analyzing the evidence that is readily available, such as the police and medical reports, and in conducting our own independent investigation. We advocate for your right to full compensation throughout the entire legal process, including by:
- Identifying all potentially responsible parties and insurance companies,
- Locating and analyzing evidence that can be used to prove another driver was at-fault,
- Working closely with your physician and medical experts to evaluate your likely recovery time and how the injuries may impact your future,
- Building a claims package that accounts for all available compensation, including compensation related to all medical and rehabilitative care, loss of earnings and pain and suffering,
- Getting to know you personally so that we can understand your goals, preferences and how the injuries have impacted your ability to live your life to the fullest,
- Negotiating with the insurance company to reach an agreement that is fair and accounts for all current and future suffering,
- Using our substantial experience and proven track record of providing exceptional legal representation to fight for your rights in court if necessary.
Contact Our Trusted Personal Injury Lawyers to Discuss Your Allegheny County Auto Accident Case Today
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., we know how intimidating it can be to attempt settlement negotiations with a large insurance company that can afford to pour unimaginable resources into their efforts to deny or minimize your claim for compensation following an auto accident. Our experienced auto accident lawyers are here to even the score and put our substantial resources to work in negotiating a full and fair compensation package in your case. To schedule a free, risk-free consultation to tell us what happened in your auto accident, call our office or fill out this online contact form today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Auto Accident Claims in Allegheny County and Elsewhere in Western Pennsylvania
Auto accidents are one of the most common causes of injuries in Western Pennsylvania. Most auto accident victims leave the scene with any number of questions about what to do to protect their legal rights.
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our Pittsburgh accident lawyers have over 50 years’ collective experience protecting injured clients’ right to fair compensation. Below, we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about auto accident claims in Western Pennsylvania. For more detailed advice, call us for a free case review today.
You should see a doctor as soon as possible. Getting medical treatment immediately will not only ensure that you recover as quickly as possible, but it will also create a record of the injury caused by your accident. You should also gather evidence and document your injury, by:
– Taking photos and videos of the accident scene,
– Speaking to witnesses and keeping track of their contact information,
– Filing a formal police report to document aspects of the accident that can be useful later,
– Writing down everything you can about the accident, your injury, your treatment plan and how you feel from day-to-day,
– Keeping all documentation that your doctor gives you,
– Following your doctor’s recommendations strictly.
You should also speak with a reputable accident lawyer who can go to work immediately to protect your right to compensation. In the days and weeks following your accident, we will help you obtain copies of any relevant documentation, including police reports and medical records, that can help establish your right to fair compensation.
You should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. In some cases, injuries caused by auto accidents are not immediately apparent. You should also contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Waiting to seek medical care after an auto accident can cause complications, but you still may have the right to compensation if your injury was caused by the accident.
Yes. Avoid signing any documents given to you by the insurance company or the at-fault driver. You should also refrain from making statements to the insurance company generally without speaking to a qualified injury lawyer. Importantly, avoid posting on social media. This includes all social media posts, which can be found and used by the insurance company even if you think your privacy settings make your posts private.
The short answer is that you should always at least consult with an experienced auto accident lawyer if you sustained injuries in the crash. While property damage claims may be more straightforward, when you’re dealing with your health you need to make sure you can afford the best care possible, both currently and potentially well into the future if your injuries were significant. While most auto accident cases won’t result in the need for formal litigation because we can usually get a fair settlement through the negotiation process, having a lawyer by your side can both ensure that the insurance company takes you seriously and that you have help in evaluating all potential compensation that you may be entitled to receive.
Many auto accident victims eventually realize that they will incur significant out-of-pocket costs even if they have both car insurance and health insurance. These policies are extremely valuable and will be your first resort in getting compensation, but you will likely be required to pay co-pays and meet certain deductibles before coverage even kicks in. Even if your deductible is reached quickly—as it likely will be if your auto accident resulted in serious injury—you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, loss of earning potential or enjoyment of life, pain and suffering and for medical expenses, such as rehabilitation, that may simply not be covered entirely by insurance.
The value of your auto accident claim depends upon a number of factors, including:
-The extent of your medical bills,
-Whether (and for how long) you are required to miss work to recover,
-How serious your injuries were (and how painful),
-How the injury impacted your life,
-Whether future ongoing care will be required,
-The nature of the at-fault driver’s actions that caused the accident.
Limited tort insurance is a lower cost insurance option in Pennsylvania. The insurance premium cost is reduced because you are limited in the types of compensation you can recover. Unless an exception exists, you can generally only recover compensation for property damage, medical bills and other out-of-pocket costs. Damages like pain and suffering are generally unavailable.
You may be able to seek compensation for damages like pain and suffering in an auto accident claim with limited tort insurance if an exception applies. Some of those exceptions include:
-You were severely or permanently injured,
-The at-fault driver was found guilty of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (or if the driver enters the Pennsylvania Accelerated –Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program),
-The at-fault driver was driving an out-of-state vehicle,
-The at-fault driver intentionally caused the accident,
-You were a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle,
-You were a passenger in a commercial vehicle.
Our injury lawyers can provide more information and evaluate your case to determine whether an exception may apply in your case.
In a recorded statement, the insurance company will ask you questions about the accident and your injuries to get the information “on the record”. You should speak with an experienced accident lawyer before consenting to a recorded statement. In general, you don’t have a duty to immediately consent to the at-fault driver’s insurance company requests. We can help you understand your rights prior to giving a recorded statement.
Your own insurance policy may provide uninsured motorist insurance. We can also evaluate whether it may be appropriate to pursue a personal injury lawsuit based on the facts of your case.
It depends upon the circumstances and the nature of your injuries. Generally, it is necessary to wait until we have a full picture of your medical condition or until your medical treatment is finished to settle a claim. We have to learn the extent of medical treatment that will be necessary to get a fair assessment of the compensation you should receive, both in terms of reimbursement for expenses and your pain and suffering.
Call Our Experienced Pittsburgh Auto Accident Lawyers for a Free Case Review Today
If you would like to discuss your case further and get answers specific to your auto accident claim, our Pittsburgh injury lawyers provide a free case review so that you can tell us what happened. To schedule your free consultation, call our office or contact us online today.