Pennsylvania – September 19, 2022
Pennsylvania State Police reported that a 20-year-old man driving a mail truck suffered a suspected minor injury when his vehicle crashed into a construction flatbed truck in Westmoreland County near Pittsburgh. The crash occurred when the mail truck was merging onto exit 53 westbound after exiting Interstate 70 in South Huntingdon Township when the mail truck operator saw the construction flatbed truck with its emergency lights activated. The second vehicle was legally parked and even though the mail truck driver tried to avoid a crash, he ended up hitting the second vehicle causing no injury to its passengers. A skilled personal injury lawyer can help sort out any claim for accident victim recoverable damages arising out of truck accident, whether it was a direct result of an impact crash, or other roadway danger.
Insurance and compensation.
The state of Pennsylvania requires all motor vehicle operators to carry liability insurance to address damage responsibility when accidents occur. Economic and non-economic damage awards are based on degrees of fault in the State of Pennsylvania and the 51% rule is utilized to determine how settlements will be determined. This means that a person who incurs property damage, or bodily injury can be up to 50% responsible for an accident and still collect damages in a Pennsylvania personal injury claim. Government agencies cap damage compensation for accidents, so it is best to hire an experienced Pittsburgh accident lawyer counsel who can explain limits and the Pennsylvania “modified comparative negligence” rule will impact a case.
Recoverable damage types.
Legal counsel will review the damage valuation determinations for auto insurance claims, and other accidents requiring the payment of:
- Compensatory damages for economic losses including lost wages, medical bills, medical care, and treatment, plus household expenses and non-economic losses that include pain and suffering, loss of consortium, or companionship.
- Punitive damages when a car accident lawyer can prove that a defendant deliberately, with reckless disregard, acted in a manner to cause harm to another person, punitive damages may be awarded based on the specifics of a case.
Monetary awards in Pennsylvania have a cap of $500,000 against local government claims, and a $250,000 limit on claims against the State. Accident lawyers can be of assistance for a variety of legal actions toward fiscal recovery after any motor vehicle accidental injury.
Hire a lawyer.
A legal professional may help to mediate settlement amounts with insurance companies for damages caused by negligence on the part of a Pennsylvania driver, or government agency. Sometimes litigation may be the only way to remedy any loss to a victim of a crash involving a government entity and may require complex research by legal professionals at Scanlon & Wojton Attorneys at Law who assist accident victims with potential insurance settlements and litigation for harm stemming from a mail truck crash.
Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law
Phone: (412) 918-1241
Fax: (412) 235-7275
The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Second Floor
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219
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