Vehicle accidents that cause fatalities will leave family members and friends with many questions. Unfortunately, finding the answers is not always easy. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, our team is standing by when you need a Pittsburgh car accident attorney. If the careless or negligent actions of another driver caused the death of your loved one, our compassionate and experienced team is ready to conduct a complete investigation into the crash. Our goal is to determine liability and help ensure that you and your family receive the closure and compensation you deserve.
According to data available from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 1,059 total fatalities caused by motor vehicle crashes across the Commonwealth during the latest reporting year. Most of these fatalities involved crashes between traditional passenger vehicles. However, the DOT states that there were also:
In many cases, fatal vehicle accidents are the result of careless driving behavior. However, when our attorneys investigate fatal vehicle accidents on behalf of family members, we often discover that another driver’s gross negligence is a contributing factor. During the latest reporting year across Pennsylvania, there were 299 total fatalities caused by drunk drivers. Additionally, 264 fatalities were caused by speeding. Distracted driving was cited as a contributing factor in 56 of these fatalities, though this number is likely higher, as distracted driving crashes often get labeled as having another cause.
Family members who are seeking compensation from a negligent party for the death of a loved one have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit. In Pennsylvania, the wrongful death statute of limitations is two years from the date of the deceased person’s death. This means that the family members of a person wrongfully killed have a two-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent party. Failing to file a claim within this time frame will result in the family being unable to recover the compensation they may be entitled to.
Please note that this two-year statute of limitations does not apply to any deadlines put in place by insurance carriers. Most vehicle accident cases, including fatal crashes, are resolved through a settlement with insurance carriers.
If you have lost a loved one in a vehicle crash caused by the careless or negligent actions of another driver, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, our team has experience handling complex wrongful death cases, and we provide compassionate and patient assistance to you and your family. Our goal is to ensure that you receive the closure and compensation you deserve, including: