Car Accident Attorneys Serving Western Pennsylvania
Standing by our clients in Beaver County for more than 40 years
An auto accident can happen at any time, causing serious injury and significant property damage. If you find yourself in this situation, call the lawyers at Bowers Fawcett & Hurst, LLC, immediately. We have more than four decades of experience representing victims of auto accidents. Our team of attorneys and staff can handle all aspects of your claim.
Examining an auto accident in Pennsylvania
Procedures in car accident cases vary depending on the circumstances. The first step of any auto accident case is to examine the accident itself and its cause. Interviewing witnesses and investigating the accident scene may be necessary to establish the cause of the accident. If there are no witnesses, we may be able to piece together evidence found at the scene to determine what actually happened. Important pieces of evidence include the point of collision on the vehicle, the amount of damage done to all vehicles involved in the crash and any skid marks on the road that could provide insight into what happened. Therefore, do not delay. Contact our office immediately.
In 2010, there were more than 121,000 car crashes in Pennsylvania. The most common causes of these accidents include:
- Poor road conditions. Potholes, bad weather and general lack of upkeep can make for dangerous roads, leading to a greater likelihood of accidents.
- DWI/DUI and distracted driving. Drunk and distracted drivers are hazards to passengers, other drivers and pedestrians alike. The use of cell phones and mobile devices while driving is extremely dangerous and an increasingly common cause of crashes.
- Malfunctioning vehicles. When automobiles do not perform as expected, everyone on the road is in danger. Defective auto parts may lead to a products liability claim, as well.
There are a variety of other considerations we must take into account beyond the events of the accident. These include issues related to insurance and if the crash was a fatal car accident. You may also have a claim for uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits as a result of your injuries. Failure to preserve these claims with your insurance company may cost you valuable compensation.
What should I do following a car accident?
Right after a car accident, there are several things you must do to protect your rights and give yourself the best chance at a successful claim:
- Document all damage. If you have a camera with you, take pictures of the damage to all of the vehicles involved in the accident as well as the scene of the accident and any defects observed. This provides crucial evidence and ensures that no party can falsify evidence. If you do not have a camera, write down a complete description of the accident and all damages, and make sure you identify all witnesses and obtain their address and phone number.
- Never accept blame. When you talk to the other people involved in the accident and the police, you should avoid accepting responsibility, as it could eliminate any leverage you have in future legal proceedings.
- Contact your insurance provider immediately. Your insurance company may have to be pressured into living up to its obligations to provide you with the full compensation guaranteed in your policy. Insurance companies have experienced claims representatives and attorneys representing its interests. You should too.
- Contact an attorney. Call our law firm immediately. Valuable evidence can be lost and compensation jeopardized if you fail to act promptly. An experienced attorney can help to get you the compensation you are entitled to.
Call an auto accident attorney at Bowers Fawcett & Hurst, LLC immediately
Don’t wait to take action after a car crash causes injury to you or a loved one. Work with the experienced auto accident lawyers at Bowers Fawcett & Hurst, LLC by calling 724-266-0290 or contacting us online. We offer free initial consultations and offer our personal injury services on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no attorney fees unless you obtain recovery. Our office is located just off State Rte. 65, about 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.