In a society that uses motor vehicles as its primary mode of transportation, accidents are bound to happen. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) explains that there were an average of 14 crashes every hour in the state, and one traffic death every 8 hours, in 2019. The causes of accidents may vary from vehicle defects to egregious driver misconduct, and a Butler car accident lawyer will consider the facts surrounding your accident. We can recommend a course of action for compensation after a collision causing injury or death.
Call Berger and Green today at (412) 661-1400 for a free consultation about how we may help after a car accident in Butler, PA.
Negligent Drivers Can Cause Accidents
When it comes to vehicle accidents, it is likely that one or more drivers involved did something to contribute to the collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that drivers are responsible for causing approximately 94% of motor vehicle accidents.
It is possible that another cause, such as a vehicle defect, could have caused your accident—it is just far less likely than a motorist being the culprit. There are many ways that a motorist may contribute to or directly cause a collision, including:
- Driving too closely behind other vehicles
- Failing to stay in their lane
- Driving on parts of the road where it is illegal
- Being intoxicated
- Being under the influence of drugs
- Failing to yield to red lights, stop signs, or yield signs
- Being distracted while driving
Motorists may also be at fault for actions they do or do not take before they even get in the car. A motorist could be responsible for an accident in which a tire that they failed to check the pressure of causes a collision. They could also be responsible for any objects that fall off of their vehicle into the roadway, causing a collision as a result.
The speed and weight of motor vehicles means that car drivers have an immense responsibility to ensure their vehicles are safe, and to operate their vehicles with great care. Failure to do these things may be the root cause of injuries to you or a loved one and could entitle you to collect compensation for your losses.
Standards for Liability in a Car Accident
Though a motorist may be the most likely party at fault for your accident, they may not be liable, or may not be the only liable party. The American Bar Association (ABA) explains that strict liability could be a standard for fault when an accident occurs due to a manufacturer defect. Strict liability means a manufacturing company may be responsible for injuries even if this party was not negligent.
It may make vehicle and parts manufacturers liable when their products do not function as intended, and you are the victim of the defect.
Negligence could also be a standard for liability in your case. Your lawyer may aim to prove the negligence of one or more parties by:
- Showing that the defendant owed you a duty of care, which generally means that they must operate their vehicle in a reasonable (safe) manner
- Proving that the defendant breached their duty of care in some way
- Establishing a causal link between the defendant’s breach of duty of care and your accident
- Showing that your accident has caused you to suffer losses
The losses from every individual car accident may be different. Your Butler car accident lawyer will evaluate the losses that you or your loved one has suffered and seek fair compensation to cover your damages.
Call Berger and Green today at (412) 661-1400 for more details about how we assist clients after a car accident.
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How Berger and Green Can Help You
If you were injured in a car accident or lost a loved one because of a car accident, then Berger and Green can provide assistance. You may be unable to work and limited by injuries, and the team at Berger and Green may handle your case for compensation so that you may avoid any additional stress.
We will review the facts of your case and recommend to you a plan for seeking compensation. This may include filing an insurance claim or filing a lawsuit.
Your Lawyer Can Handle Your Insurance Claim
The coverage that insurance may provide could be sufficient as compensation for your accident-related losses. If this is the case, then we can file your claim and handle all other duties necessary to resolve the claims process.
We may assist with your claim by:
- Conducting communications with the insurance companies
- Protecting you from potential rights violations
- Documenting your losses
- Negotiating an insurance settlement
You may file a lawsuit if filing an insurance claim does not result in a fair settlement. We can handle this process as well.
Your Lawyer Can Deal with Your Lawsuit
The team at Berger and Green is prepared to handle your car accident lawsuit if insurance is not sufficient to cover your losses. We may help with your lawsuit by:
- Collecting evidence and witness accounts
- Documenting your injuries
- Calculating the cost of your losses
- Hiring experts
- Drafting and filing paperwork
- Negotiating a settlement
If a trial is necessary to resolve your case, then we will fight for you at trial. You may be entitled to compensation covering medical costs, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and any other losses from your accident.
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A Butler car accident lawyer could be the advisor and advocate that you deserve after a collision causing harm to you or a loved one. Call Berger and Green today at (412) 661-1400 for a free consultation about accident-related representation.
Do not wait to call, as there may be time restrictions on your ability to pursue compensation.