A bad rollover crash involving a Jefferson Hills Police Officer resulted in roadway detours on Wednesday morning near Pittsburgh.  Jefferson Hills Police Chief Gene Roach reported that the officer was traveling Northbound and the other driver was driving Southbound. The two hit head-on and both drivers were initially entrapped in their vehicles, but were rescued and flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital.  A reconstruction team was sent out to the scene to review the crash details. Pennsylvania State Police are still investigating the accident. Crash updates on June 5 from the Jefferson Hills Police Department note the other driver is still hospitalized, and the JHPD Officer Dale Provins’ condition continues to be critical; however, he has stabilized over the past two days.

Liability.

Determining liability after a head-on vehicle crash is difficult and specialists are usually sent to the scene to identify any conditions that will give insight as to the reason behind the crash.  Insurance adjusters may try to reduce settlements for driver violations, once there is some determination of fault assigned to each driver.  Driver distraction is a common driving offense, and is serious in the State of Pennsylvania, but a determination needs to be made before insurance settlements will reflect driver negligence.  An experienced personal injury attorney can be of assistance when dealing with insurance companies, calculating medical expenses and future losses that will make up the total award after an accident that results in injuries.   The actions of the drivers will be considered when settlements are estimated.

Damages.

Insurance compensation for any loss sustained as a result of a vehicle accident may be possible in the State of Pennsylvania.  Call an accident attorney who can help support negligence by assigning  “fault” in a legal proceeding that addresses property damage, physical injuries, and wrongful death.  Damages that may be recovered include:

  • Medical bills
  • Current and future compensation losses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of care, companionship
  • Estate administration expenses
  • Funeral expenses if a wrongful death occurs

Hybrid insurance fault state.

Under Pennsylvania’s hybrid insurance fault system, a driver may turn to his or her own insurance company for compensation for injuries up to the personal injury protection, or “PIP”  limit, regardless of fault. Drivers also have the right to circumvent Pennsylvania’s no-fault law and proceed directly against an at-fault driver under certain circumstances. An experienced attorney at Scanlon & Wojton, LLC, can be instrumental in reviewing reconstruction team accident reports, medical reports, financial documents and other reports that will put a dollar amount on damages caused by the car accident.

Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law

The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Suite 510
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

Phone:  (412) 918-1241

Fax: (412) 235-7275

Sources:

https://www.dmv.pa.gov/VEHICLE-SERVICES/Insurance/Insurance%20Overview/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/42/00.071.002.000..HTM