Every motor vehicle accident is like a puzzle. Some of them are easier to put together than others, but they all require a willingness to investigate possibilities. Most important is persistence in attempts to solve these issues — and we pride ourselves in our persistence.
At QuatriniRafferty, our attorneys are very thorough in our approach to car accident cases. We are also very effective.
We represent families and individuals in Western Pennsylvania who have been involved in fatal car accidents or automobile crashes. We work with experts, investigators, and doctors to piece together the facts and identify the responsible parties.
Pennsylvania Insurance Law Basics
Pennsylvania gives you two options in your choice of auto insurance:
- Limited tort is cheaper but severely limits the circumstances under which you can sue for pain and suffering; however, you can still recover economic losses.
- Full tort allows you to retain the right to sue for all damages: both economic, and pain and suffering.
Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage must be offered to you by your insurance carrier. This coverage is optional, but it is essential to protect you and your family if someone else is not insured properly.
If you have more than one policy with UM/UIM coverage, or have multiple cars on one policy, you can stack your coverage to claim the maximum amount available under each policy and for each vehicle.
Even a minor fender bender may ultimately result in a “whiplash” neck injury or require back surgery. Do not wait to get experienced legal representation.
If you are hurt by a driver with little or no insurance, the consequences can be devastating as outlined in a recent newsletter article “Coverage Tragedies: Prevent this from happening to you!” Also, see how a “Monroeville woman finds power to forgive driver who struck her vehicle.”
Fighting For Your Interests
Whatever it takes, our firm is committed to fighting for your best interests. We’ll battle the insurance companies and their policy exclusions. We will identify third parties who share the responsibility for your accident. We have the experience and skills needed to achieve the compensation you deserve.
All Fees Are On A Contingent Basis. We Advance All Costs. If We Don’t Win, You Pay Nothing.
To speak with an experienced Pennsylvania fatal car accident lawyer about your accident, contact the Greensburg law firm of QuatriniRafferty via email or call us at 724-837-0080 in Greensburg or toll-free at 888-534-6016 to discuss your legal rights and options.
Related Articles On Pennsylvania Auto Insurance And Auto Accidents:
- Making Sense of Your Auto Policy
- Limited Tort — A Bad Deal
- Beware — All Registered Vehicles Must Be Insured
- Required Auto Coverage
- Flexible Insurance Coverage
QR represented the mother of a 17-year-old high school student who was killed in a motor vehicle accident in which the driver of a commercial tractor trailer failed to observe the van’s turn signal and struck it from behind. This caused the death of her son 3 days later due to blunt force trauma to the head. QR first established that the driver of the tractor trailer was searching and reaching for a sandwich in the cab of his truck. As a result, our office brought actions against the truck driver and his employer for both wrongful death and economic losses. Additionally, with the assistance of a medical doctor, we established that our client’s son suffered conscious pain and suffering prior to his death as a result of his injuries.
Our client was a 32-year-old teacher traveling to work at 7 a.m. on State Route 66. She was a front-seat passenger carpooling with a co-worker. A vehicle coming the opposite direction struck a tractor-trailer on the road ahead of the vehicle our client occupied. After impacting the rear of the tractor-trailer, the oncoming car continued to cross the center line and strike our client’s vehicle head-on. Our client had to be cut from the wreckage after being trapped for nearly 40 minutes. She had emergency surgery at a Pittsburgh hospital for extensive internal injuries, including lacerations of her liver and a perforated small intestine. She also suffered multiple other injuries, including trauma to her knee that resulted in chondromalacia. Months after her initial hospitalization, she had additional abdominal surgery to repair an umbilical hernia. She also had surgery to repair her Achilles tendon after that tendon ruptured due to the trauma of the accident, which reduced the blood supply to that tendon. After months of rehabilitation, she was able to return to work. After filing a lawsuit, the attorneys at Quatrini Rafferty fought to get her a substantial settlement prior to trial.
Our client was traveling on Lloyd Avenue Extension in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and attempted to merge onto Lloyd Avenue. As she was waiting for a break in traffic, another vehicle failed to stop and collided with the rear-end of our client’s vehicle. The impact caused our client’s knee to hit the dashboard, resulting in a tear to her medial meniscus. This injury required our client to undergo three surgeries — two arthroscopic surgeries in which the surgeon performed a partial medial meniscectomy, partial lateral meniscectomy, and chondral shaving. These procedures did not alleviate her pain. Therefore, she underwent a third procedure, a total knee arthroplasty (knee replacement). Throughout this process, our client also received physical therapy and chiropractic treatment. The personal injury attorneys at Quatrini Rafferty met with the client’s doctors to make sure that we had a thorough understanding of the client’s medical condition. A lawsuit was filed in Westmoreland County and the attorneys guided the client through a mediation process and obtained a substantial settlement before a trial began.
The personal injury attorneys at Quatrini Rafferty represented a woman who was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on Radebaugh Road in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. Another vehicle attempted to pass the one in which our client was traveling, and our client’s driver went off the road. The vehicle overturned and our client was life-flighted to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our client’s injuries included a right mandibular fracture, a large right lower jaw laceration that was so deep her muscle was exposed, a right upper quadrant abdominal wall laceration, and other serious injuries. She required surgical intervention to repair the fracture and laceration. The personal injury attorneys obtained the maximum limits of bodily injury liability insurance from both drivers.
We traveled to our client’s home to meet with her because she was confined to a hospital bed due to her serious injuries. This collision occurred because a driver going the opposite direction in a pickup truck lost control of his vehicle and crashed through the median barrier before hitting our client’s vehicle head-on. She was on her way home from a college class; she was studying to obtain her degree as a registered nurse.
Our client suffered a concussion, fractured ribs, punctured lung, an open tibial shaft comminuted fracture and a closed patella fracture of one leg and a distal femur comminuted fracture of her other leg. She was admitted to a Pittsburgh hospital for over three weeks. When she was discharged, she was not permitted to bear weight on her feet for weeks. She underwent multiple surgeries after her discharge from her initial hospital admission. Also, she lost her job as a result of her injuries. We obtained the full amount of liability coverage from the pickup truck driver as well as our client’s underinsured motorist coverage.
Our office assisted her in a Social Security Disability claim as her injuries will keep her from working for over one year.