Negligent Car Crashes and Compensation for Victims
Although Pennsylvania is a no fault insurance state, a person can still go outside the no fault system to file a claim against an at fault driver, if the plaintiff has suffered injuries or damages. This is true in cases of negligent driving.
A knowledgeable auto accident attorney can make a difference in recovering
adequate compensation for victims of auto accidents resulting from negligence.
Typical forms of negligent driving include:
– distracted driving
– reckless driving
– disobeying traffic laws
– driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
– driving on the wrong side of the road
The law requires drivers to be careful when encountering anyone they meet on the road — passengers, persons in other vehicles, and pedestrians. This is called the duty of reasonable care. Under the law, a driver’s behavior is compared with that of a reasonable and prudent person. Examples of reasonable driver behavior would include actions such as the following:
- stopping at a red light
- watching for crossing pedestrians
- following the vehicle in front at a safe distance
- observing local speed limits
In those cases where the defendant is clearly negligent, the plaintiff must still show evidence of his or her injuries and other monetary losses to be compensated. An experienced personal injury attorney can assess if there is sufficient cause to file a lawsuit.
An attorney can also manage the documentation, provide access to investigators and deal with insurance companies. Having an attorney will also help, should the victim develop a Post Traumatic injury. Finally, a seasoned attorney has the knowledge and experience to advise clients on choosing trial or out of court settlement.
If you have been involved in an auto accident in the greater Pittsburgh area or throughout the Western Pennsylvania area, contact the skilled and experienced attorneys at Rudberg Law Offices, LLC at 1-866-306-2667 for assistance or complete our quick contact web form.