Pittsburgh Car Accident Attorney
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are more than 8 million licensed drivers in the state of Pennsylvania, more than 7.6 million in Ohio, and more than 1.2 million in West Virginia. With close to 17 million drivers in these three states alone, it is easy to see how more than 32,000 people die each year in car accidents. We fight for our clients’ rights to recover compensation from individuals or corporations whose carelessness caused their injuries or death.
The car accident lawyers at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman handle car wrecks including:
- Full tort
- Limited tort
- Uninsured drivers
- Underinsured drivers
- Hit and runs
- Drunk drivers
- Insurance bad faith
- Fatal accidents
Passenger Car Crashes-Five Year Trends
Total passenger car crashes in 2019 and fatal crashes in 2019 were the lowest in the last five years.
Fatal Injury Crashes
WHAT KIND OF SETTLEMENT CAN I GET FROM A CAR ACCIDENT LAWSUIT?
If you were injured in an accident caused by another driver, your settlement may include compensation for the following:
- Medical bills – Medical bills related to your car accident injuries include bills for past treatment, ongoing treatment, and anticipated medical costs for future treatments.
- Property loss – Property loss in your car accident includes damage to both your vehicle and any other property inside of your vehicle that was damaged in the accident.
- Lost wages – If you missed work because of your car accident injuries, you may be compensated for any lost earnings.
- Lost future wages – If you are not able to return to work or if your earning capacity is diminished as a result of your injuries, you may be compensated for those lost future earnings as well.
- Pain and suffering – Your car accident injuries may go well beyond your financial losses to include compensation for the pain and suffering you endured and may still be dealing with as a result of your injuries and damages.
- Loss of enjoyment of life – You may also be able to recover from car accident injuries that have detrimental impacts on your lifestyle and that cause you to lose the ability to enjoy or participate in activities and life pleasures.
- Punitive damages – Punitive damages may be awarded when it can be shown that the defendant’s behavior was so outrageous or willful that it rose beyond the level of gross negligence. Punitive damages are meant to serve as punishment to the defendant for his or her egregious conduct.
Claims for an auto accident causing the death of a loved one
In Pennsylvania, there are two civil claims that are frequently brought against a defendant who was at fault for the death of a person: wrongful death claim and survivor action. Wrongful death claims are made in an effort to compensate family members of the deceased for damages they suffered due to losing their loved one such as loss of emotional and financial support. Survivor actions are intended to recover for injuries sustained by the deceased between the time that the accident occurred and the time that he or she died such as pain and suffering and medical bills.
Our settlements and verdicts
Our attorneys have been securing financial recoveries for car accident victims for a combined total of over 170 years. Although many of our settlements are so large that major insurance companies have prevented us from sharing the settlement amounts, we are still able to share some of our settlement amounts. See below for some of our case settlements and verdict amounts:
Common causes of car accidents
For over 25 years we have been representing plaintiffs who have sustained injuries and damages in car accidents. There are a number of car accident causes that we repeatedly see in our accident cases that are described below.
- Distracted driving – With the technological advances of smartphone capabilities, we are continually seeing distracted driving cases. Our clients have sustained car accident injuries due to drivers’ using their smartphones while driving for things such as updating their facebook statuses, texting, checking email, and watching videos.
- Speeding – If there is one thing that our Pittsburgh car accident attorneys know, it is that speed really does kill. Speed is a common factor in our car accident cases that often result in serious injuries and death.
- Driving too fast – Even when a driver is not traveling over the speed limit, sometimes dangerous conditions such as snow, rain, and heavy traffic require drivers to operate their vehicles at a slower than typical pace for the safety of everyone on the road.
- Driving under the influence – Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a common cause of car accidents, especially in car accidents that occur late at night or in the early morning hours of the weekend.
- Human error – Sometimes accidents can only be blamed on human error due to simply making a mistake in driving. Types of human error may include things like failure to notice and yield to a stop sign, following another vehicle too closely, or failure to check blind spots before changing lanes.
Our Pittsburgh car accident attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman are victim advocates who want to see that our clients receive maximum recoveries for injuries and damages sustained in car accidents due to another driver’s negligence. We are not interested in fast case turnovers for quick settlements and we are skilled insurance negotiators. If insurance companies are not making reasonable offers to fairly compensate our clients, we take these cases to trial. If you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries or death in a car accident, contact our Pittsburgh car accident attorney to fight for you and your family.
Pittsburgh ranks among the worst U.S. cities in terms of the frequency of car accidents. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, our city came in at number 187 out of the nation’s 200 largest cities for driver safety.
The report revealed by the Allstate insurance company showed that Pittsburghers were 51.3 percent more likely to get into a car crash than the country’s drivers as a whole. “Yes, there are too many car accidents in our city,” says our Pittsburgh car accident attorney from Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman. “The risk of being involved in a motor vehicle collision is extremely high whenever you commute to or from work in Pittsburgh.”
Today, our best legal experts in Pennsylvania are going to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about car crashes in Pittsburgh.
What to Do After a Car Accident?
Although most motorists who get into car crashes cannot think straight at the scene of a car crash, there are certain things you should do in order to strengthen your personal injury case. If you fail to do any of these things, you risk getting your personal injury claim denied, which is why our experienced car accident lawyer in Pittsburgh recommends that you:
- Call the police to get a police report, which will serve as a priceless piece of evidence in your case.
- Get a medical evaluation even if you do not think that your injury is bad enough (the rush of adrenaline might be masking the symptoms).
- Collect evidence and relevant information at the scene such as the other party’s name, address, phone number, insurance information, and the names and contact information of any witnesses who saw what happened.
- Take pictures of the crash, especially the vehicle damage, skid marks, and road conditions.
- Be careful about what you say at the scene and refrain from admitting fault straight away.
- Contact a Pittsburgh car accident attorney to discuss your legal options.
Does Your Car Accident Injury Qualify for Financial Compensation?
In order to answer that question, different factors about your case must be taken into account, including but not limited to:
- The severity of your injury.
- Whether you were partially or fully at fault for the crash.
- Whether any other party was partially or fully at fault for the crash.
- Whether you have all the necessary pieces of evidence to demonstrate that the other party is liable.
- The type and amount of insurance coverage available.
- Whether you suffered any damages as a result of your injury (lost wages, loss of earning capacity, property damages, etc.).
- Whether you are represented by a skilled lawyer.
How Much is Your Car Accident Claim Worth in Pittsburgh?
That is an even trickier question to answer because each personal injury case is unique and there is no formula to calculate the value of your car accident claim without considering all relevant factors (we have mentioned some of these factors above).
Some of the most important factors when determining how much your car accident claim is worth are your type of insurance, the severity of your injury, how much coverage is available, the types of economic and non-economic damages that you suffered due to the car accident, etc.
In Pennsylvania, your insurance coverage will only cover $15,000 worth of damages, so anything beyond that will have to be covered by the other party’s insurance, which is also $15,000. If the other motorist’s insurance coverage is not enough to compensate for your damages and losses, filing a lawsuit with the help of a Pittsburgh car accident lawyer is the only option you have left.
Speak to our attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman to determine how much your car accident claim is worth and help you recover maximum compensation. Call our offices at 888-988-9467 for a free case evaluation.
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3 People Dead After A Car Crashes Into A Pittsburgh Building Housing A Plasma Center
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A car crashed into a building housing a plasma center in Pittsburgh, killing three people and injuring two others, authorities said.
Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich confirmed the fatalities Saturday and also said two other people were injured, one critically. A firefighter and a paramedic were also treated, he said.
Police, fire and emergency medical services responded after the crash into the Biomat USA Plasma Building in the Manchester neighborhood at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Fire crews extinguished a blaze that followed the crash, Hissrich said.
Hissrich said one of those killed was still inside the vehicle in the building; he said he couldn't say whether the other two people killed were in the vehicle and got out or were in the building and were struck. It's unclear how many people were inside at the time of the crash, he said.
Investigators were documenting the scene inside the car and workers were trying to stabilize the seriously damaged building so the vehicle and the victim could be removed, Hissrich said. Police were interviewing donors and workers who were inside, and counseling services are being provided to them.
Hissrich said authorities are reviewing video, talking to witnesses and trying to get background on the driver.
Crews Respond To Oakmont Senior Living Facility After Fire
By: KDKA-TV News Staff OAKMONT, Pa. (KDKA) – Emergency officials were on standby after crews responded to a fire at a senior living facility in Oakmont. Dispatchers say the Oakmont Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation on Ann Street had an electrical fire in the basement. (Photo: NewsChopper 2) No injuries were reported, and police say there were no evacuations.
ATV rider dead after being thrown off during collision with vehicle in Penn Hills
PENN HILLS, Pa. — A man is dead after he was thrown from an ATV he was riding in Penn Hills Sunday evening. According to police, at around 7:30 p.m., County 911 was notified of a vehicle versus ATV collision near the intersection of Rodi Road and Universal Road. First responders pronounced the man dead at the scene.
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Oakmont facility evacuated after small fire in basement
An Oakmont senior living facility was evacuated Monday evening after a small electrical fire sparked in its basement. Allegheny County dispatchers said the fire occurred shortly after 4 p.m. at the Oakmont Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation along Ann Street. Emergency responders evacuated people from building. No injuries were reported.
Motorcycle rider in critical condition after collision with Access bus in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH — A motorcycle rider was rushed to an area hospital after a collision with an Access bus in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood. According to police, the crash happened at around 1:10 p.m. at the intersection of Frankstown Avenue and Sterrett Street. First responders found the rider unconscious in the street...
Police: Motorcyclist Taken To Hospital In Critical Condition After Collision With Access Bus In Homewood
By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man riding a motorcycle in Homewood was transported to a local hospital in critical condition on Sunday, according to Pittsburgh Police. Police say the motorcycle and Access bus collided at the intersection of Frankstown Avenue and Sterrett Street a little after 1 p.m. The motorcycle rider was unconscious in the street, police say, when they arrived along with firefighters and medics. The Access bus driver stayed at the scene. No one else was injured, and police continue to investigate. Stay With KDKA.com For More Details
One Person Killed In ATV Crash In Penn Hills
PENN HILLS (KDKA) – One man is dead following an ATV crash in Penn Hills. According to Allegheny County Police, at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, they were alerted to a collision between a vehicle and an ATV in the 200 block of Universal Road. Once on the scene, first responders...
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Car crash in Penn Township leaves one dead, one injured
One person is dead and another injured following a crash that occurred just North of 34 Plum Creek Road Friday night in Penn Township. First responders were called to the scene around 10:30am Saturday for a vehicle down an embankment. Initial reports suggested the crash happened the night before. Investigating the incident, Pennsylvania State Police confirmed the crash happened at 11:35pm Friday.
State Police: Hit-And-Run Leads To 72-Year-Old Man’s Death In East Pittsburgh
EAST PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man is dead after a two-vehicle collision in East Pittsburgh Borough on Saturday, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Police say the victim was James Haberfield, 72, of Monroeville. Two vehicles were traveling along Braddock Avenue near Cable Avenue around 3:50 p.m. when one vehicle merged...
Man injured after crash involving motorcycle, Access bus in Homewood
PITTSBURGH — A man is in critical condition after a motorcycle versus bus collision in Homewood Sunday afternoon. Pittsburgh fire, EMS and police responded to the intersection of Frankstown Avenue and Sterrett Street around 1:10 p.m. for reports of a crash involving a motorcycle and an Access bus. First responders...
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Man dead after ATV crash in Penn Hills
PENN HILLS, Pa. — A man is dead after a crash involving a vehicle and an ATV in Penn Hills Sunday night. The Allegheny County 911 dispatch was notified of a vehicle versus ATV collision at the 200 block of Universal Road around 7:30 p.m. First responders on scene found...
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Hit-and-run crash in East Pittsburgh results in driver's death
A hit-and-run crash Saturday in East Pittsburgh left a Monroeville man dead, state police said. James Haberfield, 72, was pronounced dead at about 4:45 p.m. at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. The crash occurred shortly before 4 p.m. as Haberfield was driving south...
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No Injuries In Overnight Fire In Hampton Township
By: KDKA-TV News Staff HAMPTON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Firefighters had their hands full in Hampton Township early on Saturday morning. Just after 4:30 a.m., crews were called to a home on Marie Drive for a house fire. No injuries were reported but the home was occupied at the time of the fire. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.
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Monroeville man dies following hit-and-run crash in East Pittsburgh
A man died following a hit-and-run crash in East Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon, Pennsylvania State Police said. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as James Haberfield, 72, of Monroeville. At around 4 p.m. Saturday, Mr. Haberfield was traveling southbound in the left lane on Braddock Avenue when...
Man dies after ATV accident in Penn Hills
One man was killed Sunday evening in an ATV accident in Penn Hills. Around 7:30 p.m., county 911 was notified of an accident involving a vehicle and an all terrain vehicle in the 200 block of Universal Road. The man driving the ATV, whose identity has not yet been released,...
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Irish recipient of Purple Heart killed in Pittsburgh car crash
Paul Molloy, a native of Saltmils, Co Wexford in Ireland, tragically died in a car crash on September 1 in his adopted home of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Irish man was formerly a Sergeant with the US Army and the recipient of a Purple Heart.
Molloy, 51, was driving on Interstate 79 North near Fox Mine Road in Jackson Township when he lost control of his vehicle just before 7 am on September 1, according to police reports. It was raining heavily at the time of his accident.
An obituary for Molloy says that he was the “beloved son of Patrick Joseph ‘Joe’ and Eileen Mary Keane Molloy; brother of Mairéad Cullen (Brian), Elaine Finn (Larry), Dermot Molloy, Brian Molloy (Sandra); also survived by nieces and nephews. Paul will be greatly missed by his loved Susan Kozak, her son Christopher Kozak (Sarah), and grandson Cameron.”
"Paul was a proud Army Veteran and a purple heart recipient."
Molloy’s family has suggested donations be offered to the Tunnels to Towers Foundation in his memory.
While a funeral service is set to be held on Wednesday, September 8 in Pittsburgh, it is understood that Molloy’s remains will be repatriated to Ireland to be laid to rest in his native Co Wexford.
"To say we are heartbroken is an understatement," Molloy's brother Brian said in a public social media post.
According to the New Ross Standard, Molloy, who “loved America,” left Ireland after he won a scholarship to study chemistry at Mercyhurst College in Pittsburgh.
After joining the US military, Molloy served in Iraq in 2004. “He was prepared for war and went out to a country where he knew he could be shot at," his brother Brian told the New Ross Standard. "He worked on the bomb disposal squad on a Buffalo vehicle, clearing roads of mines when the army was transporting on the roads.”
Molloy, who returned to service after recovering from an injury caused by flying shrapnel, was awarded the Purple Heart for his bravery.
Brian said: “He fought for America and freedom and felt very strongly about his principles. He was so sensible and a rock to the family. He was so well versed on everything and knowledgeable.”
In recent years, Molloy returned to college to study nuclear science. He was most recently working as a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT), according to his social media.
Despite being in the US for more than 30 years, Molloy retained close links with his family back home in Co Wexford and, as his brother notes, “never lost his Irish accent."
"He had an Irish swagger about him and with his ability, he was able to do very well in America,” his brother said.
Molloy’s family in Ireland has acknowledged his partner Susan’s “amazing gift” of allowing him to be buried in Ireland.
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