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Drinking and driving often lead to devastating crashes and catastrophic injuries. A recent crash in nearby Lawrence County shows just how serious these incidents can be. A woman is facing charges in a crash that seriously injured two sisters at the end of August. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, our Pittsburgh DUI accident lawyers are ready to help if you or a loved one are injured due to the actions of a drunk driver. Let us secure the compensation you deserve.
What happened in this DUI crash?
On Aug. 30, in Scott Township, two teenage sisters were struck by a vehicle driven by Leah Piccione. The crash was so severe that both sisters were flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment of their injuries. Police say that they smelled alcohol on Piccione’s breath while she was in the ambulance being treated for her injuries.
Nearly a month after the crash, they charged Piccione with aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI and reckless endangerment.
DUI accidents often lead to devastating injuries
While most people understand that drinking and driving can lead to serious injuries, these incidents still happen all too often. During the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, the DOT says that there were more than 128,000 total traffic crashes. Out of those incidents:
- More than 80,000 people were injured
- 1,127 people lost their lives
When we look closer at these numbers, we can see that there were 10,346 total injuries caused by alcohol-related crashes. Overall, 26% of the total traffic fatalities in PA’s latest reporting year were the result of drunk driving.
Drunk drivers often operate at high speeds and, in many cases, fail to slow down before they impact another vehicle. Because of this, it is not uncommon for our Pittsburgh DUI accident attorneys to help clients with the following injuries:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Loss of or damage to a bodily organ
- Dismemberment or amputation
- Significant disfigurement
- Other injuries that inhibit a person’s daily activities
Victims of these crashes are often left with tremendous medical bills and need ongoing care. In cases of disability, they may not be able to return to work and could lose the income they need to support themselves and their families.
How can we get your case moving forward?
If you or a loved one have been injured in a crash that was caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to significant compensation. The team at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman is ready to step in and help you get through this. We will thoroughly investigate what happened as we work to secure compensation for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include:
- Coverage of your medical bills (current and future)
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Mental anguish damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the drunk driver