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Causes of Car Accidents in Pittsburgh

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Common causes of car accidents in Pittsburgh include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted driving, drowsy/fatigued driving, speeding, reckless driving, ignoring traffic control signs and signals, and underage driving, as well as driving without the experience or licensing required to operate a motor vehicle. These are all examples of driver negligence. Other causes of car accidents include unclear road markings, missing or defective signs and signals, the actions or mistakes of other drivers, poor weather, poor vehicle maintenance, slippery surfaces, damaged roads, road debris, and poor road design.

Depending on how your accident occurred, you may be able to hold another driver, a vehicle owner or operator (such as the owner or operator of a commercial truck), a vehicle service/maintenance team, a road service/maintenance team, a product manufacturer, or a government entity at-fault for your accident. Contact Goodrich & Geist, P.C. to investigate your case. Our qualified attorneys will identify the cause of your accident in Pittsburgh and will walk you through every step of the claims process.

The Leading Causes Of Car Accidents Take Thousands Of Lives Every Year

Roughly 30,000 people lose their lives every year in motor vehicle accidents. Millions more suffer serious, long-term injuries that can cost tens of thousands of dollars to treat. The medical treatment costs, lost business productivity, lost income, pain, suffering, and vehicle/property damage that these accidents cause run in the hundreds of billions of dollars every year.

The leading causes of car accidents include:

These factors can lead to every conceivable type of motor vehicle accident, including:

The car accident lawyers at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. will help you handle these and similar accidents you may have suffered.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of new spinal cord injury cases every year. Spinal cord injuries can be prohibitively expensive to treat and may require life-long care and physiotherapy.

Other injuries commonly seen in car accident cases include head injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, cuts, bruises, and paralysis.

In addition to physical injuries, other losses and damages that you may have to deal with after a car accident include:

Contact the Qualified Pittsburgh Car Accident Attorneys at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. For a Free Case Evaluation

Many of the causes of car accidents discussed above are different types of driver negligence. However, because of Pennsylvania’s no-fault laws, you and any at-fault drivers can recover compensation for some of your damages using your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. In some cases, you may even be able to use your uninsured or underinsured motorist policy, as will apply if you suffered an accident that was caused by or involved an uninsured, underinsured, or unidentified driver, as would be the case if you were involved in a hit-and-run. You typically cannot sue for damages unless you suffered long-term, life-changing, permanent, or fatal injuries in an accident. Contact our team for a free and confidential, no-obligation case evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Causes Of Car Accidents

FAQ: Can you sue the government for an accident?

Local, state, and federal agencies tasked with road repairs and maintenance often absolve themselves of immunity in car accident cases and allow themselves to be sued if their actions (or inaction) led to an accident. Therefore, you can hold a local, state, or federal agency that was responsible for road repairs or upkeep at fault for your accident if you can show that road issues that are the responsibility of a specific office or agency caused or contributed to your accident.

FAQ: Can my insurer refuse compensation?

Yes. Your insurer can refuse to pay you compensation for several reasons. If you miss your filing deadline, do not gather sufficient proof, or do not demand a fair compensation figure in your claim, you may be denied. If they issue you a denial, you can take your case to court to ask for a legal determination regarding your dispute. If you have an attorney at your side, your insurer will be less likely to take your case lightly and you can leverage the expertise of your attorney to understand what you need to do to win compensation and to navigate the complexities of the filing process.

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