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Pennsylvania Attorneys for Accidents with Uninsured Motorists
Being involved in an auto accident is a traumatic experience that can leave you with many questions about your future. When the other driver does not have insurance or sufficient insurance to cover your damages, it makes the process more difficult. This is when you need to consider filing and an underinsured or uninsured motorist claim with your own auto insurance company. Unfortunately, insurance companies do not always properly evaluate their own policyholders’ claims sufficiently to provide just compensation for their injuries and damages.
At the law firm of Tom Crenney & Associates, we can provide the advice and representation necessary for our injured clients to pursue those underinsured, uninsured and bad faith motorist claims in Pennsylvania. Before you accept a settlement or even negotiate with your insurance company about your injuries you should talk with a lawyer who has more than two decades of experience representing bad faith insurance claim victims in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.
Underinsured and Uninsured Motorists in Western Pennsylvania
When you purchase your insurance coverage, you have the expectation that your insurance company will live up to their obligations outlined in the policy. Unfortunately, that does not always happen because insurance companies especially your own do not want to pay claims especially in large cases. As an injured motorist or pedestrian is it important to understand your rights when dealing with the insurance companies so you do not lose them by signing them away or discussing your claim with the wrong adjuster. Insurance companies, including your own want to settle case quickly but you should be aware of the tactics used below:
- Attempt to pay claimants less than the value of the claim. In some cases, insurers have threatened to refuse to pay anything on a claim unless the claimants gave up their rights to full compensation. This is an illegal practice in Pennsylvania.
- Fail to offer uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage, or offer coverage that is less than the policy’s liability limits.
- Fail to reasonably investigate claims or to treat the claimant’s interests with importance.
- Attempt to have the insured provide a statement that is against your interests before you are represented by an attorney.
Recently, in Pennsylvania, insurance companies have started to write policies that force claimants to resolve disputes in a jury trial, instead of mediation or other alternative forms of resolution. Since jury trials are often much more expensive and time consuming, they act to dissuade many claimants from pursuing denied or insufficient claims.
Contact Tom Crenney & Associates About Your Accident
If you have been involved in an automobile accident with an uninsured motorist and need to file an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim with your own insurance company, it is important that you know your rights. Contact the personal injury law firm of Tom Crenney & Associates and let us provide the assistance and representation necessary to help you get the compensation that you deserve.
Contact us to speak with an uninsured motorist lawyer in a free initial consultation. Call us in Pittsburgh at 412.644.5545 or toll free at 888.644.5545.