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It does not matter who you are, you run the risk of encountering reckless drivers when you hit the road. Pittsburgh Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith and her husband learned that last week when they were in an accident at Wabash Street and Greentree Road.
According to reports, the accident happened at around 7:55 p.m. when the driver of an SUV ran into the couple’s vehicle. Police said that the couple “did not sustain major or life-threatening injuries.”
The Councilwoman is following her doctor’s orders and recovering at home from the injuries she sustained.
At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we know that Pittsburgh drivers encounter many dangerous situations. Do you know what to do if you are injured in a vehicle accident that is caused by someone else’s negligence?
When you need a Pittsburgh auto accident attorney, you can count on our team to get to work in securing the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses.
According to the latest report from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 128,188 vehicle accidents in the state last year. Out of those:
- There were 80,612 injuries
- There were 1,137 fatalities
- Around one person dies every eight hours on our roadways
- 1 out of every 44 people in the state are in a crash each year
Many vehicle accidents result in serious injuries that send people to the hospital for extended periods of time.
Regardless of how minor or major accident injuries are, they come with medical expenses that can be overwhelming for Pittsburgh families. This is even more so if the victim is unable to work and they lose income.
When it comes to driver error, the DOT has put together the top causes of accidents for the state last year:
- Distracted driving
- Improper turning
- Drunk driving
- Proceeding without clearance
- Tailgating (following too closely)
- Drowsy drivers
Looking at that list, we can see that many accidents are preventable, but drivers are making irresponsible choices. Drinking and driving have always been a concern and last year impaired drivers were responsible for 26 percent of all traffic-related fatalities.
We also know that distracted drivers are an increasing concern. How many times have you seen a fellow driver looking at their phone instead of the roadway?
What You Can Do?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle accident that was caused by someone else’s carelessness or reckless behavior, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. We know that the aftermath of an accident can be confusing, so let us help. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we will get to work on securing the compensation you need. This can include:
- Coverage for your medical expenses
- Recovery of lost income if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages