Motor Vehicle Accidents

Pittsburgh Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers

Pittsburgh AttorneysThe destruction of a motor vehicle accident extends beyond property damage, medical costs, lost wages, and the economic toll a serious injury can take on a family. For those who suffer a serious injury caused by a car accident, damages can be lifelong and enduring. You may not be able to work again, need long term care, or suffer the untimely death of a loved one.

When your family suffers the enduring physical and emotional costs of a car accident or any kind of motor vehicle accident, our attorneys can help restore your financial security to begin managing your life. Contact Martin & Lerda for an immediate consultation or case evaluation.
Our firm handles motor vehicle accident claims involving:

  • Car accidents: highway accidents, rear-end collisions, head on collisions, drunk-driving accidents
  • Truck accidents: semi-trucks, delivery trucks, improper loading, negligent truck drivers, tractor-trailer wrecks
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Serious injury: paralysis, rotator cuff injuries, herniated discs, neck and head injuries, broken bones, burns, disfigurement
  • Wrongful death

Extensive Experience In Serious Injuries And Wrongful Death

We have extensive experience in complex litigation involving serious personal injuries and wrongful death caused by motor vehicle accidents. Our attorneys will begin an immediate investigation to collect and preserve all necessary evidence in your case. We will send an investigator to the accident scene as soon as possible and collect witness statements, medical documentation, police reports and physical evidence, including pictures of the vehicle and the accident site. While we will look for the most efficient and timely resolution in your case, we are prepared to take any case to trial if it is in your best interests.

Contact Martin & Lerda for a free initial consultation or case evaluation with an experienced Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, personal injury lawyer. We offer accommodating service and a flexible appointment schedule. Call now to protect your rights and claims.

Pittsburgh Insurance Claim Attorneys

When you have been injured in a car accident, in addition to the physical and emotional challenges associated with your injuries, you are confronted with the financial strain associated with the accident and your injuries.

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Concerns about paying for medical bills can be overwhelming — especially when your finances are already stretched as a result of your time away from work for medical treatment and recovery from your injuries.
If you have been injured in a Pittsburgh car accident, our insurance claim attorneys can help you understand your rights and pursue the full benefits and compensation to which you are entitled. It is important to review your own car insurance policy, as well as the responsible party for your injuries, to determine every available source of money damages on your claim. Contact Martin & Lerda for a free initial consultation with an experienced and reputable personal injury lawyer.

Pennsylvania Medical Coverage Lawyers

Pennsylvania requires all drivers to have car insurance. Many people fail to comprehend the significance of their own auto insurance policy until it is too late. It is important to understand that many of the insurance coverage options that people commonly select will protect you and other members of your household in the event of a car crash. In many cases, these are the only protections that will be available to you following a car accident, particularly if you are responsible for the accident or if you are involved in a hit-and-run accident.
The following are important considerations when selecting car insurance coverage and pursuing compensation following a motor vehicle accident:

  • Medical benefit expenses are covered by your own car insurance policy, regardless of fault, up to the policy limits you have selected. Pennsylvania requires a minimum coverage of $5,000 medical expense benefits.
  • Lost wages/lost earnings, and other expenses may be recovered by the at-fault driver’s auto insurance policy up to policy limits of liability coverage. Pennsylvania does not require wage loss coverage.
  • Uninsured motorist (UM)/underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage, when selected, protects you, other drivers covered under the policy, and family members in your household in the event of a car accident involving a driver who does not have insurance or who has inadequate liability insurance to provide full compensation to you for your injuries and money damages. In these situations, your own UM/UIM coverage provides additional compensation up to policy limits. Selecting UM/UIM policy limits equal to that of your bodily injury policy limits is a good practice when selecting your car insurance.
  • Bodily Injury Liability coverage, protects your financial interests to pay money damages to any person who makes a claim against you involving a car accident. Pennsylvania requires a minimum of $15,000 per person bodily injury liability coverage.

Pennsylvania Limited Tort And Full Tort Options: Are You Protected?

Pennsylvania legislature enacted a limited tort insurance option with the intention to provide lower cost of car insurance to consumers. However, many people don’t understand that the limited tort option limits your own ability to recover money damages if you are injured in a car accident, even when you are not at fault.

  • Limited tort option: If your injuries are not classified as serious impairment of bodily function (i.e., permanent disabling injuries, loss of limb or death), you will not be able to seek money damages for pain and suffering, or other noneconomic damages, such as lost opportunities or loss of enjoyment of life’s pleasures.
  • Full tort option: Full tort coverage protects you and your rights if you are hurt in a car accident. While full tort coverage will result in slightly higher insurance costs, you are entitled to seek full compensation for medical expenses, out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering, and other noneconomic damages, regardless of the classification of your injuries.

Insurance companies are in the business of making money. At Martin & Lerda, our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to providing the aggressive advocacy you need to recover money damages after an accident.
With fine print, waivers, and excessive forms, insurance companies know that consumers frequently purchase coverage without fully understanding what their policy entails. Insurance companies also know that when it comes to accepting a settlement offer following a serious car accident, individuals are unlikely to understand the full value of their case. They use this knowledge to take advantage of you, at a time when you may not know the full extent of your injuries and money damages, to limit their payment of settlement money to you. Our car accident insurance claim attorneys provide the aggressive advocacy necessary to ensure your rights are fully protected and that you get the money you deserve.

Dedication ∙ Integrity ∙ Results

If you or a family member have suffered serious injuries in a car accident, contact Martin & Lerda, in Pittsburgh or North Apollo, for bold representation and a record of results that you can trust.