Guidance From an Auto Accident Attorney
Nobody gets behind the wheel or into the passenger’s seat of a car expecting to be involved in an accident with another vehicle. If it happens, the resulting severe injury or death of a loved one can create unbearable turmoil in your life. If the unthinkable happens, D’Amico Law Offices, LLC can help you seek relief and monetary compensation. You need the guidance of an experienced auto accident attorney. Our family-run personal injury litigation firm has a track record of helping Pittsburgh individuals and families put their lives back together after a serious injury or wrongful death.
Our Auto Accident Lawyers Seek Fair Compensation for You
Our firm has extensive experience representing individuals and families in personal injury litigation involving motor vehicle accident cases, including the following:
- Automobile accidents
- Drunk driver accidents
- Passenger injury claims against the driver
- Accidents caused by uninsured or underinsured drivers
- Semi-truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
When you hire us, you get more than an auto accident attorney; you’ll be working with a family who will advocate on behalf of your family.
How to Prove Fault After an Accident
Driver fault is clear in many common car accident scenarios. T-bone, rear-end, and lane-changing accidents often seem relatively straightforward. For a successful personal injury claim, you must be able to prove that the other driver was at fault.
Fault can be established in a number of ways. Our team will consider the following:
- The preponderance of evidence: Most people are aware of the phrase “beyond a reasonable doubt.” In criminal cases, you must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime occurred to obtain a conviction. In civil cases, such as car accident claims, the burden of proof is lighter and is known as a preponderance of evidence. To be successful, you must show that the other driver was most likely at fault.
- The content of the police report: When the report supports our argument that the other driver was at fault in your crash, we can use it to support your case.
- Citations issued: In some accident situations, one driver is issued a citation for failing to follow traffic laws. If the driver who hit you was cited for running a red light, failing to signal, or committing another infraction, it could help bolster your case.
- Witness testimony: Bystanders who saw the accident happen may issue statements that help support your case. Our team knows how to find possible witnesses and determine whether their testimony may be reliable enough for your claim.
What Damages Can I Collect in a Personal Injury Case?
When considering a personal injury claim after a severe accident, you may be wondering what type of compensation is available from those settlements. Count on our firm to provide the information you need to make the best decisions for you. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to recover damages for any of the following:
- Medical expenses related to your accident: This includes ambulance costs, cognitive or physical therapy, permanent disability, hospital and doctor visits and treatment, and future medical expenses for injuries that require ongoing treatment. Seek medical attention and follow the recommendations of your doctor. Save all medical records and receipts to improve your chances of receiving compensation.
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity: Sometimes, a car accident leaves a victim unable to work for a period of time. Your injuries may be severe enough that you cannot perform your previous job duties or cannot work at all. In these cases, you can seek compensation for lost wages and lost earning capacity.
- Loss of companionship: When an injury is severe enough to affect the victim’s relationship with his or her spouse, compensation may be available for loss of companionship. For example, if an accident has diminished your ability to be affectionate with your spouse, you may be able to seek damages.
- Pain and suffering: This type of damage may be issued when a victim suffered mental and emotional pain due to the accident. Pain and suffering damages can only be collected in certain situations. Our attorneys can review your situation and explain whether they may be available to you.
You Were Involved in an Accident—Now What?
Being involved in a car accident is disorienting and chaotic. A crash can be very frightening, especially when you or a loved one has sustained injuries. However, the time during the aftermath of a collision is crucial when you want to pursue compensation for your injuries. Take the following steps immediately after an auto accident occurs:
- Stay at the scene and call the police. Leaving the scene of an accident could expose you to criminal charges. If you can, make sure everyone involved is okay, but do not admit fault. If someone was injured, you should also call an ambulance.
- Seek medical attention. When you are injured in an accident, get the medical attention you need. This is very important. If you do not seek care after your accident, we will not have a record of your injuries to support a personal injury claim. If you decide to file a claim, you should continue to visit your doctor throughout the duration of your claim. This will help establish records of your injuries and show that they have not healed.
- Document any property damage. If your vehicle sustained serious damage in the car accident, document it as well as you can by taking pictures and keeping records of any repair work.
- Do not accept a settlement from your insurance company. Despite what they may say, insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind. They are more concerned about their own bottom line than making sure you get a fair settlement. It is important to talk to an attorney before you start working with an insurance company about a settlement.
- Call a lawyer. The best way to make sure you are protected after an accident is to work with an experienced law firm like D’Amico Law Offices, LLC. We have extensive experience working with insurance companies to ensure you get a fair deal. If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, we will not hesitate to fight for you in court.
We handle all motor vehicle accident litigation cases on a contingency fee basis. You pay nothing if we do not help you recover financial damages. We proudly represent clients in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. We are available to meet at our offices in Pittsburgh, or at your home or hospital room. Contact us today to consult with our team about your auto accident claim. Call us at 412-906-8180 to arrange a free consultation.