Crawford County Car Accident Lawyer
Skilled Car Accident Lawyers Fight to Keep the Crawford County Roadways Safe
Although driving is clearly an everyday activity for most Crawford County residents, the fact remains that getting behind the wheel always carries significant risks. Keeping the roads safe for all area residents is the responsibility of every driver on the roadways—but, unfortunately, many drivers neglect this duty and create situations where accidents are much more likely to occur. Texting while driving, driving aggressively down the icy highways or failing to obey Crawford County’s traffic laws can all easily lead to circumstances where an everyday drive turns into a tragic accident.
At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., our car accident lawyers also share the area roadways with drivers, and we are passionate about doing all that we can to keep those roads safe. This is one of the reasons why we have a specific practice dedicated to recovering the maximum amount of compensation possible for car accident victims.
Protecting Your Rights After a Crawford County Car Accident
Many injured car accident victims and their loved ones may wonder what they should do after a car accident in Crawford County to help make sure their legal rights are protected. We recommend that car accident victims:
- Call the police to establish a formal record of the accident,
- Take photos and videos of the accident scene,
- Photograph the injuries sustained in the accident,
- Obtain the contact information of any witnesses in the area,
- Obtain the license, insurance and vehicle information of all other drivers involved in the crash,
- Promptly visit a doctor or hospital to get a complete medical checkup as soon as possible after the accident,
- Call an experienced car accident lawyer for help in evaluating all of the evidence gathered.
Purchase, George & Murphey Tenaciously Investigate to Establish Liability in Crawford County Car Accident Cases
Establishing liability after a Crawford County car accident that causes our client to sustain a personal injury can be complicated by any number of factors—not the least of which is when the at-fault party denies responsibility. Multi-vehicle car accidents present even greater complications in establishing and apportioning responsibility for the accident.
At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., we are steadfast in our research and investigation into every car accident case we accept. For example, we may be able to establish liability through examination of:
- Police records. If the police officer gave one party a traffic citation in connection with the accident, this fact can be useful in showing that person’s violation of traffic laws also caused the accident.
- Cell phone records. We can subpoena the other driver’s cell phone records to determine whether he or she was using a cell phone at the time the accident occurred—for example, to show that the driver was distracted by texting and caused the accident.
- Photos and videos. Nearly everyone carries a smartphone in this day and age, and it is very possible that an eyewitness caught the accident or aftermath on video or took photos. Surveillance cameras are also prevalent and can provide valuable evidence.
- Eyewitness testimony. Other drivers on the roadway may have noticed that the at-fault driver was speeding, weaving through traffic or driving aggressively, which can provide evidence to support our claim for compensation.
Every car accident case is different, but our car accident lawyers will work tirelessly to identify and evaluate all available evidence to establish liability in your case.
Contact Our Crawford County Car Accident Lawyers to Schedule a Free Initial Consultation to Discuss Your Right to Compensation Today
In severe accident cases, insurance coverage may not fully cover the costs of your injuries. The pain and suffering caused by a serious injury can be extensive, and you are also entitled to compensation for that suffering if the accident was not your fault. Call our experienced Crawford County car accident lawyers today, or use either our online contact form or chat feature, to schedule a no-cost initial consultation to discuss your rights after an accident.
About Crawford County, PA
Crawford County is located in the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania, adjacent to both Erie County and Mercer County. Because the public transportation system in Crawford County is not extensive, most of the approximately 85,063 area residents use private cars as their primary mode of transportation, and I-79 is the major highway that crosses through Crawford County. Crawford County is also home to many schools and universities that bring additional commuters to the area, including Allegheny College and the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville.
Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accident Cases in Crawford County, PA
The car insurance policies at issue in the case are important because Pennsylvania gives drivers several options that can limit their ability to pursue a lawsuit. For example, a full tort insurance policy may be more expensive, but it gives the injured party the ability to pursue compensation for all damages resulting from the accident against the at-fault party without restriction. Limited tort policies, on the other hand, restrict your ability to pursue a claim for pain and suffering unless you sustain a severe injury in the crash.
The term “severe” as it applies with respect to limited tort policies is extremely subjective. While some injuries—such as paralysis or loss of a limb—may be clearly severe, suffering from a broken leg can also require extensive future rehabilitative care and can cause significant pain and suffering. The insurance company, however, may be inclined to deny your right to pursue a claim for pain and suffering based on the idea that a broken bone is not “severe” enough. Our experienced car accident lawyers can evaluate all of the evidence in your case to build a compelling argument that your injury is sufficiently severe to cross the applicable threshold if necessary.