Monthly Archives: July 2013

Jul 31, 2013 - Wrongful Death


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Those Pennsylvanians who live in the Philadelphia area may travel to neighboring states from time to time, and therefore may take interest in a recent story about a bus driver from a nearby state who is now being charged in connection with a baby’s death. The baby died in a fatal accident in which the bus driver struck a streetlight, causing the light to fall; tragically, a stroller with a baby in it was under the light, and the light fell on top of the stroller, killing the child. Meanwhile, the bus driver proceeded to hit a tree, another light and then a car that was parked. The parked car was pushed in to three other cars. In addition to the child, who later died from her injuries, six other people had to be treated at the hospital. Police believe the driver was using his mobile phone at the time of the accident and have announced that the bus driver will face charges of “reckless driving” and “death by auto”. In addition to such criminal charges, any driver whose negligence leads to a fatal accident may face a civil suit for wrongful death. If the surviving family members of an accident victim are able to establish that a driver’s negligence caused the death of their loved one, even though the driver certainly didn’t intend to do so, the driver may be ordered […]

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Jul 26, 2013 - Truck Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Truck Accidents on Friday, July 26, 2013. Trucks of various sizes can be seen traveling on the roadways in Pennsylvania and other states across the nation. Whether it is a pick-up truck or an 18-wheeler, an incident on the road involving a truck or multiple trucks could involve serious injuries and severe damages to the vehicles and road. Although any accident could result in tragedy, atruck accident is likely to cause a large accident site, injuries and road closures. Pennsylvania State Police recently responded to a collision that involved a pick-up truck and a tractor-trailer. According to preliminary reports, the accident occurred on Interstate 70 at around 9:45 a.m. The two vehicles collided when the driver of the tractor-trailer moved into the left lane of the Interstate to pass the pick-up truck. It was alleged that the driver of the pick-up truck slowed down in order to move into the left lane so he could make an illegal U-turn in a turnaround on the highway, which is marked for emergency vehicles only. While carrying out this maneuver, the front bumper of the tractor-trailer struck the pick-up truck, which resulted in the vehicle traveling forward and coming to a rest with the vehicle partially in the median. This also caused the driver of the tractor-trailer to swerve his vehicle to the right, which caused the two trucks to collide. The driver of the tractor-trailer attempted to correct the vehicle and […]

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Jul 23, 2013 - Wrongful Death


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Residents of Pennsylvania are aware that pedestrians not only utilize walkways near the road, but some rely on them to get to their destinations. Some sidewalks are near busy roadways, which requires pedestrians and cyclists to cross high traffic areas at crosswalks. Dangers and risks are often associated when a person crosses a road. If a driver fails to see the pedestrian or if they are traveling at a high speed, a pedestrian accident could occur. Two men have been arrested and charged following a fatal pedestrian accident. The accident occurred when a mother and her sons were crossing a busy 12-lane road where a grassy median divided a section of the roadway. Although there were no traffic lights or a crosswalk at this point, the mother and her four young sons crossed the Roosevelt Boulevard. This area is frequented by pedestrians, but also has a reputation for being very dangerous and the source of numerous fatal accidents. While crossing the roadway, all of them were struck by a vehicle. The mother and three of her sons were killed in the collision, while the woman’s oldest son, who is five-years-old, survived the accident with bumps and bruises. The two men arrested in connection with the fatal accident were presumed to be drag racing. Investigation of the accident is ongoing. In addition to facing criminal charges, the men presumed to be at fault […]

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Jul 19, 2013 - Car Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, July 19, 2013. When an incident happens on the roadway, it could affect multiple people. Not only could a car accident involve multiple vehicles but it could also include numerous victims. Pennsylvania drivers know that driving carefully not only prevents accidents but also lessens the chances of becoming involved in a car accident that occurs near or ahead of the driver. Defensive driving is important and could reduce the chances of an automobile crash. Pennsylvania State Police responded to a multi-vehicle crash in Mercer County. When police arrived at the scene of the accident, three vehicles were indicated to be involved. Preliminary investigation indicated that the collision occurred when a 21-year-old driver exited off of Interstate 79 and attempted to turn left onto Route 358 and collided with an SUV. The SUV then stuck another vehicle. When emergency crews arrived they assessed all victims involved. Four persons were injured in the first vehicle that was attempting to make a left turn. The driver and two passengers received moderate injuries and one passenger suffered major injuries. The drivers of the other two vehicles suffered minor injuries. Police cited the first driver with failure to stop at a stop sign. A driver or passenger that suffers an injury in an accident can file a personal injury suit if another driver was negligent. Financial burdens often arise when a driver or passenger is injured in an accident. Compensation […]

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Jul 17, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Residents in Pennsylvania understand the risks on the roadway. Not only are drivers and passengers at risk, but those traveling near the roadway are also in danger. Pedestrians and bicyclists traveling near roadways or crossing the roads should be attentive to traffic on the roadways. Moreover, drivers should remain attentive of those near the road as well as on the road. A simple distraction such as looking at a cell phone or changing the radio station could be enough to cause an accident. Police recently responded to a fatal accident in Columbia. The accident affected two persons in a vehicle and a pedestrian. According to preliminary reports, police officers in Lancaster County arrived to the scene around 6:00 a.m. A vehicle struck a pedestrian and a pole. The collision resulted in the death of the 66-year-old pedestrian. In addition, the 70-year-old male driver was killed and the 66-year-old passenger suffered injuries. The injured party was transported to the hospital for treatment. This pedestrian accident is still under investigation and the cause of the crash has not been determined. If the deceased driver is found liable for the incident, the loved ones of the deceased pedestrian could file a wrongful death claim. Compensation could be rewarded to the family through the estate of the deceased driver. The award could go towards medical bills, funeral costs, damages and pain and suffering. Whether traveling on the […]

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Jul 12, 2013 - Motorcycle Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Friday, July 12, 2013. As warm summertime weather comes around again here in Pennsylvania, residents are getting out to enjoy it while it lasts. Of course, motorcycle enthusiasts are hitting the roads and highways, whether it be on the commute to work, running errands around Doylestown or Levittown or just going for a leisurely ride. A recent fatal accident in the news, however, serves as a reminder that motorcycle accidents can prove deadly, and that victims and their families need to understand their rights when tragedy strikes. The accident occurred several hours southeast of Bucks at around noon on a Sunday. A 66-year-old cyclist was biking down Route 20. Suddenly a truck pulled out of a hardware store parking lot directly in front of him. The motorcyclist was unable to avoid a collision with the truck. He was rushed to a trauma center but was pronounced dead less than an hour after the accident, reportedly of chest trauma. There is a common misconception that if a driver is driving a vehicle, and another vehicle hits it, that the accident is not the first driver’s fault. Allow our personal injury blog to disabuse readers of this notion. If, for example, a driver has the right of way and another vehicle cuts off that driver, violating the driver’s right of way and making it impossible to avoid a collision, the second driver may be at fault for the accident. […]

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Jul 10, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Driving at night can be dangerous. Because it is more difficult for drivers to see hazards up ahead, especially pedestrians walking near roads or crossing the street, a tragic pedestrian accident can often result if a driver is not exercising adequate caution. Unfortunately, a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian – particularly if the driver is speeding – will frequently be fatal to the pedestrian. Emergency crews in Pennsylvania recently responded to one recent accident involving an SUV and a pedestrian. Reports indicated that two 16-year-old boys were driving on West Union Street when they struck the pedestrian, crashed into a parked car and ended up in an empty lot. The crash occurred around 2 a.m. The pedestrian that was killed in the wreck was a 59-year-old man from Nanticoke. The fatal accident is still under investigation, although neighbors have expressed concerns about speeding on that particular stretch of road. Some have even taken to erecting homemade signs urging drivers to slow down on the recently repaved road. Authorities are still questioning the driver and passenger and have not determined if the driver will be charged. In addition to potential criminal liability, any driver in a scenario like this could face civil liability. The loved ones of a deceased pedestrian could file a wrongful death suit seeking compensation for expenses such as funeral bills, lost wages, damages and pain and suffering. Drivers […]

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Jul 5, 2013 - Wrongful Death


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Certain fads never go out of style. Kids and adults of all ages still enjoy strolls outside or a nice bike ride. With the growing trend of Pennsylvania residents utilizing their bicycles to commute from home to their destination, bike safety is a huge concern. It is not only stressed that bike riders take the necessary precautions while they ride, but drivers of vehicles must also be aware of bike riders during both the day and night. If collisions were to occur between an automobile and a bicyclist, the likely outcome is either serious injuries or a wrongful death. To avoid adverse outcomes, both bike riders and drivers should be on the lookout for one another and follow the rules of the road. A Pennsylvania man struck a teen while driving a truck. The 13-year-old boy was on his bicycle en route from a friend’s house to his home during the evening. At around 8:39 p.m., a truck driver collided with the boy, throwing him off of his bike and causing him to land on a walking trail. It was reported that the driver of the truck fled the scene shortly after the crash. Emergency crews responded to the accident and transported the young boy in critical condition to the hospital, but he did not survive his serious injuries. The driver of the truck was located by a volunteer firefighter shortly after […]

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Jul 5, 2013 - Car Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, July 5, 2013. Pennsylvania residents are aware that people in numerous ways use the roadways. Various motorized and un-motorized vehicles can be seen on the roadways, and whether it is a truck, automobile, bike or buggy, an accident could happen at any time. No matter the type of vehicle, a serious collision could result in serious injuries and severe damage. Authorities recently responded to a collision in Lancaster involving a SUV and a horse-and-buggy. The car accident occurred around 8:20 p.m. when the buggy was pulling out of a driveway. The SUV, which was traveling eastbound, struck the buggy, ejecting the four occupants from the buggy. Emergency crews arrived at the scene of the accident and assessed those involved in the accident. An infant, two 3-year-olds, a 2-year-old and the 27-year-old driver were injured. All were transported to the hospital to be treated for the injuries they suffered. In contrast, the driver of the SUV was not injured. The buggy was completely destroyed from the automobile collision. The accident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time. The cause of the accident has not been determined, but if the driver of the SUV is found to be at cause, they could be liable for the resulting injuries and damages. A person injured in an accident like this could file a personal injury claim. This could result in compensation that could help […]

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Jul 3, 2013 - Wrongful Death


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Pennsylvania residents often run their errands on the weekend. This might require driving all over town and making multiple stops. Weekends are often when the roads and stores are busy, so those shopping tend to be in a rush to get their errands done so they can enjoy the rest of their weekend. When drivers are in a rush, errors happen. Local authorities were called to an incident involving a pickup truck and a motorcycle. The accident occurred around noon on Route 20 in North East. The two vehicles collided in front of a hardware store when the truck was pulling out of the business. It was determined that the driver of the pickup truck pulled into the path of the motorcycle, causing the two to crash. When emergency crews arrived at the scene, the motorcyclist was transported to the trauma center for his critical injuries. The man died shortly after arriving to the hospital. No injuries were reported to the truck driver and the accident remains under investigation. No citations have been issued at this time. When a person is killed in an accident, it is often determined whom or what was the cause of the accident. When a person is negligent and another person is killed or injured because of their negligence, the negligent person could be liable for any damages that resulted. The loved ones of a person killed […]

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