Monthly Archives: June 2013

Jun 28, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Friday, June 28, 2013. When a car accident occurs most people are concerned with the occupants of the vehicle. In addition to the drivers and passengers involved in the accident, there are other concerns. Significant damage can occur at the accident site while also those around the accident site could be affected. This means that other vehicles nearby could subsequently be involved in the collision. Unfortunately, people such as pedestrians and cyclists can become involved in an accident that occurs in a residential or shopping district. Altoona police recently responded to a tragic pedestrian accident. A pedestrian was killed following an automobile crash that occurred after a car ran a red light and collided with another vehicle in the intersection. The force of the collision caused one of the vehicles to spin and strike a pedestrian that had just exited a bus at a stop. When emergency crews arrived to the scene, the pedestrian was found unresponsive and pronounced dead. The male driver that ran the red light suffered some minor injuries while the female driver struck by the male driver appeared to be unhurt. Investigation of the incident is still ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time. The driver who was purported to have run a red light may be found liable for the accident. The loved ones of the deceased pedestrian could file a wrongful death claim. This could help recover expenses […]

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Jun 25, 2013 - Wrongful Death


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Even before attaining the age to legally drive a car, residents of Pennsylvania and states across the country often have the desire to drive fast. Movies that highlight racing and driving fast can have unfortunate results. Viewers idolize the hobby and desire to take their chances on the road among friends and acquaintances. This risky behavior can lead to the tragic result of a fatal accident. An investigation of a recent car collision that resulted in three fatalities has authorities suspecting that drag racing was the cause. The drivers of the two vehicles knew one another and it was determined that both vehicles were traveling at high speeds at the time of the accident. Although the two vehicles did not strike one another, the cars crashed as a result of the alleged drag racing. The driver of one vehicle and their two passengers died as a result of the collision. The driver of the other vehicle suffered injuries and was transported to the hospital. At this time, no citations have been issued to the surviving driver. Police are working on reconstructing the accident and waiting for toxicology test results. Accidents caused from racing vehicles could lead to a driver being charged with negligence. The liability could be full or partial, and the driver could owe some compensation for any personal injuries, wrongful death or damages that ensued. The family of a person […]

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Jun 21, 2013 - Car Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, June 21, 2013. Pennsylvania residents who have to travel during peak traffic times understand the usefulness of some roadways. Especially when time and distance are of importance, major roads — such as the freeway and turnpikes — are significant to the commute to work in the morning and late afternoon. When drivers are in a rush or are distracted on the roadway, often a car accident ensues. This not only leads to heightened traffic and road closures, but it also causes serious injuries, severe damage and even fatalities. Police officers were recently called to respond to a multi-vehicle collision on the Susquehanna River Bridge located in Dauphin County. The crash happened at around 9:25 a.m. and initiated when a car was traveling in the wrong direction on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The automobile was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes when it collided head-on with a tractor-trailer. This caused the truck to burst into flames and both people within the vehicle to be thrown out of the car. Another vehicle was involved in the collision and police reported that both people in the car traveling in the wrong direction were injured. One was seriously injured and flown to the hospital, while the other was transported to the hospital via ambulance. In addition, two others were injured and taken to the hospital as well, although it wasn’t reported what vehicle they were from. The investigation into this […]

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Jun 18, 2013 - Wrongful Death


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The warm summer months bring fun and exciting activities. Pennsylvania residents anticipate the weekends or holiday trips that take them to beautiful and exciting destinations. These getaways often mean heavy traffic for residents on the roadway, crowded airports, jammed packed busses and busy train stations. For others it means loading up the vehicle, hitching a camper to the back and hitting the road on the way to a campsite. No matter where or how a person, couple or family decides to travel, dangers and risks are present during peak vacation times. Pennsylvania State Police were recently called to the scene of an accident at the Tompkins Campground located at Cowanesque Lake. The accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. and involved a 77-year-old woman and a camper trailer. The trailer ran over the elderly woman and resulted in her death. The camper trailer was being hauled by a couple, and while they were working on the breaks at the rear of their truck, the breaks dislodged and subsequently caused the trailer to move forward. Police stated that the trailer traveled towards the woman and she was not able to get out of the way. She was then struck by the trailer, ran over and killed. The accident still remains under investigation and authorities still need to determine if any negligence or liability should be attributed. The death of a loved one in an accident […]

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Jun 14, 2013 - Truck Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Truck Accidents on Friday, June 14, 2013. Pennsylvania residents understand that they can encounter several risks when they get behind the wheel and drive on the roadways. Whether it is day or night, hazards can occur on the road. These hazards in turn create situations where accidents can occur. Large trucks frequent major roadways, which make truck accidents likely to occur between various vehicles traveling down the roadway. A collision with these massive vehicles commonly results in the destruction of the smaller vehicle and causes the driver to suffer serious injuries. In some cases, the crash is so severe that it ends in fatalities. A fatal tractor-trailer accident occurred recently in Jonestown going southbound on Interstate 81. The accident occurred shortly after the driver of a Chevy sedan struck a deer in the right hand lane of the Interstate. The vehicle remained disabled in the lane following the collision with the deer when a tractor-trailer in the right hand lane struck the rear of the disabled vehicle. This caused the Chevy to spin around and travel off of the road and into an embankment. At the time of the incident, the female driver of the Chevy was not wearing her seatbelt, and when emergency crews arrived at the scene, the woman was pronounced dead. No injures were reported to the truck driver, but the truck sustained serious damages. The crash is still under investigation and no citations have been […]

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Jun 12, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Whether a driver or a pedestrian, Pennsylvania residents understand that there are risks present when someone is on or near the roadway. In certain areas, drivers can expect to reduce their speeds and stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. Likewise, pedestrians assume the responsibility to make sure it is safe to cross the road. Although precautions are taken, pedestrian accidents can still occur. The results of these collisions are often tragic resulting in serious injuries, severe damages and even fatalities. While crossing the street in a marked crosswalk, a vehicle recently struck a 17-year-old girl. The collision occurred at around 7:15 a.m. when the Waynesboro man failed to yield to a pedestrian at the intersection of West Main Street and Fairview Avenue. Reports indicate that the young girl was crossing the streets near a rapid flashing beacon that was recently installed in the area. Emergency crews responded to the crash and transported the girl to the hospital for treatment of her serious injuries. No injuries were reported to the driver. Following this incident, town members met about relocating a utility pole and removing three trees in order to provide better visibility for drivers when they near the crosswalk. Although it has been indicated that adjustments for this crosswalk need to be made, the beacon was rapidly flashing at the time of this accident, which resulted in the driver being charged with failure to yield […]

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Jun 7, 2013 - Car Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, June 7, 2013. Once people attain a certain age — 16-years-old in most states — they are able to take on the responsibility to drive a vehicle upon passing the needed tests. Pennsylvania residents witness new drivers hitting the road, and with all the new technological advances, these drivers encounter more distractions than previous drivers ever did. Distracted driving is often the cause of a car accident, especially those that result in the death of a driver or passenger. Fatal car crashes often occur when a driver is not paying attention to the road. Whether it is to change the radio station, answer a phone call or return a text, drivers should understand the dangers associated with these distracting actions. A recent accident on Smithbridge Road in Concord claimed the life of a 17-year-old lacrosse player. Preliminary investigation revealed that the young driver was in the westbound lane of the roadway and collided with another car when his vehicle swerved into the eastbound lane. His vehicle struck the passenger side of the other vehicle, which was driven by a 17-year-old girl. She suffered minor injuries in the accident. The accident is still under investigation and it was pointed out that seven accidents have occurred in the same stretch of road during the time between 2008 and 2012. The cause of the accident is still being determined and negligence and liability has not been designated at […]

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