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Sep 27, 2013 - Wrongful Death

OFF-DUTY COP INVOLVED IN FATAL PHILADELPHIA CRASH

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Friday, September 27, 2013. Following a fatal accident, investigators will attempt to uncover the cause. This not only indicates the liable party but it also helps the family and friends understand how and why a loved one died. In the end, this could also help with the coping process because dealing with the death of a loved one is often a difficult event. Although a lengthy investigation process could cause hardships and emotional breakdowns for the loved ones, it could lead to a cause of action against the liable party. A fatal accident in Philadelphia is currently under investigation. According to reports, a Philadelphia police officer was involved in the collision that occurred a week after the death of his ex-wife. The accident happened around 11:30 p.m. on State Road. The two vehicles collided at an intersection with flashing lights. Reports indicated that the lights were flashing yellow when the off-duty officer was approaching the intersection while the lights were flashing red when a van reached the intersection. The collision of the two vehicles ended tragically. The 55-year-old male driver of the van did not survive the crash and the off-duty officer suffered injuries that were treated at the hospital. The collision is still under investigation and authorities reported that the off-duty officer had just left a restaurant that served alcohol right before the collision. It is not clear at this time if the officer was […]

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Sep 25, 2013 - Car Accidents

PENNSYLVANIA OFFICERS ENSURE SAFETY OF KIDS BY CHECKING CAR SEATS

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Residents in Pennsylvania understand that safety is crucial no matter what activity is being done. Drivers know that there are numerous things they can do to ensure their safety on the roadways. Not only are they concerned for their own safety, but the safety of their passengers. Even when a driver practices safe driving habits, this does not protect them from the potential car accidents that other drivers could cause. This means that even when a driver watches their speeds, checks their blind spots and follows posted traffic signs and signals, a negligent driver could still collide with them. Because an automobile collision could occur at anytime or anywhere, it is especially important for drivers and passengers to properly secure themselves in the vehicle. This means wearing a seatbelt as directed and have children sit in car seats. When a child is not properly placed in their car seat or the car seat is not properly secured, serious injuries or even death could result following a car crash. Pennsylvania State police officers offered free car seat checks recently in order to reduce the dangers and risks for children traveling in a vehicle. Officers stated that if they are not properly installed, this could put the child in great danger. When a driver does not place a child in an age appropriate car seat or properly secures them in a vehicle with a […]

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Sep 20, 2013 - Car Accidents

MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH KILLS YOUNG GIRL AND INJURES FOUR

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, September 20, 2013. Whether it is due to speed, traffic, weather or distractions, accidents unfortunately frequently occur on the roadway. They can range from a fender bender to a major collision. The impact from the crash can result in severe damages, serious injuries and even death. When multiple vehicles and victims are involved, the investigation of the wreck can take some time, but if fault is determined, those affected might have a cause of action against the party responsible for causing the accident. A tragic multi-vehicle collision occurred in Potter County recently. Pennsylvania State Police responded to the car accident that involved three vehicles. According to preliminary reports, the accident happened on Route 6 at around 4:20 p.m., when an eastbound driver allegedly lost control of her vehicle. This caused her vehicle to enter the westbound lanes and crash into two vehicles. Emergency crews arrived at the scene and found that a four-year-old girl had been killed in the crash. The young girl was a passenger in the eastbound vehicle that traveled into the westbound lanes. The vehicle also carried a three-year-old boy and a 27-year-old woman. The 23-year-old driver, young boy and 27-year-old woman were all injured in the vehicle. A driver of a struck vehicle was also injured and the driver of the third vehicle was not injured in the collision. Investigation of the crash is ongoing and authorities have yet to confirm […]

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Sep 17, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES FOR HIT-AND-RUN PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. When a serious accident occurs, those involved and their loved ones will seek to understand what happened and if it could have been avoided. When the incident was a hit-and-run collision, this can cause many questions to go unanswered while the investigation continues on. In some cases, a motorist may not stop, following a pedestrian accident, because it was late at night and they were unsure what they collided with. Even if a driver believes that they struck an animal on or near the roadway they should stop to ensure the scene is safe to leave. Authorities in Pennsylvania are currently investigating a hit-and-run that resulted in serious injuries. State Police in Towanda reported that a pedestrian was recently struck in Canton Township. The accident occurred around 1:30 a.m. on North Center Street. According to reports, the 18-year-old man was walking along the roadside. They suspect that a vehicle stuck the man, and authorities believe a side mirror of a vehicle hit the pedestrian. Emergency crews responded to the accident and indicated that the young man suffered major injuries from the collision. An investigation is ongoing and authorities are attempting to locate the vehicle that struck the man. If the driver in the hit-and-run is apprehended they could face serious criminal and civil penalties. The injured pedestrian could file a personal injury claim for the pain and suffering that resulted from the accident. […]

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Sep 13, 2013 - Car Accidents

TWO-VEHICLE PENNSYLVANIA CRASH KILLS THREE

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, September 13, 2013. The roadways are a place where people witness various events. Driver often experience the stress of driving in traffic, traveling in construction zones or experiencing delays due to accidents. A serious car crash could cause traffic to be redirected and partial road closures. A negligent driver could cause a serious or fatal car crash. These accidents will often affect those involved, their loved ones and other drivers on the road. Authorities in Deer Creek Township recently responded to a car crash that involved two vehicles. The two-car crash occurred on State Highway 79 around 5:40 p.m. According to preliminary reports, the accident occurred when a car traveling south on the roadway crossed the median and collided with a vehicle traveling north on the road. Emergency crews responded to the crash and assessed everyone involved. It was reported that three people were killed in the wreck. The drivers of both cars and the passenger in the car traveling northbound died as a result of the crash. Officers are still investigating the fatal automobile collision. Authorities have speculated the driver traveling southbound caused of the accident. If it is determined that he was at fault, the loved ones of the deceased driver and passenger in the other vehicle could have a cause of action. A wrongful death claim could be filed against the estate of the negligent driver. This could help recover costs associated […]

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Sep 11, 2013 - Wrongful Death

WOMAN DIES IN STORE DURING DEMOLITION OF NEARBY BUILDING

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. Certain activities and jobs are known to be dangerous and risky. In turn, they could result in serious injuries or even death. In contrast, occupations and activities known to be safe will not often put a person on alert for hazards. Although it is nearly impossible to be cautious in everything a person does, it is important to realize that an accident can happen anytime or anywhere. These unexpected incidents could take the life away from a victim and could alter the lives of many. A tragic and unexpected fatal accident took the life of a recent art school graduate in Philadelphia. The incident occurred when the student was shopping at a Salvation Army store. According to reports, an adjacent building to the store was left unsupported during a building demolition. This resulted in the building collapsing onto the thrift store, trapping around 19 shoppers inside. This incident resulted in the death of six individuals, including the 24-year-old graduate. The family members of the deceased have filed a wrongful death suit blaming several parties for the death of their daughter. The owners of the buildings involved, the demolition contractors and others have been named in the suit. When a person is killed or injured because of the negligence of another party or several parties, those at fault could face civil liabilities. In the case of a wrongful death suit, compensation could result […]

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Sep 6, 2013 - Motorcycle Accidents

PENNSYLVANIA OFFICER KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Friday, September 6, 2013. Riding a motorcycle is often thought of as being exciting. Drivers and passengers enjoy traveling at high speeds and feeling the wind against their face. Whether riding them for pure enjoyment or utilizing the vehicle to get to a particular destination, it is important that both bikers take necessary precautions. This often means wearing a helmet and other protective gear. Other vehicles traveling on the roadways should also be aware of these small vehicles on the road because they can easily go unnoticed. Drivers should double check and even triple check their mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes in order to avoid a motorcycle crash resulting in serious injuries and even death. A recent report indicates that a Pennsylvania police officer died in a motorcycle crash. The officer was riding on his bike when a pick-up truck pulled out onto the roadway in front of him. To avoid the pick-up truck, the officer swerved his motorcycle, resulting in him losing control of the bike and rolling several times before being thrown off of the bike. Emergency crews responded to the incident and rushed the officer to the hospital where he later died. The driver of the truck has not been cited or charged at this time, but the accident is investigation is ongoing. If a driver is at fault for a fatal motorcycle collision, the driver could be liable for any resulting deaths, […]

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Sep 4, 2013 - Wrongful Death

PENNSYLVANIA WRECK KILLS SIX AND INJURES TWO

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Pennsylvania drivers understand the importance of safe driving. This does not only mean abiding by the rules of the road but also making good and proper judgments. To that effect, drivers should avoid distracting activities such as texting while driving. When a driver is distracted, speeding or under the influence, numerous lives are put at risk. Even when a driver momentarily takes their eyes off the road, they increase their chances of being involved in a fatal collision. Take, for instance, a recent two-car crash that affected numerous residents. Pennsylvania authorities responded to a collision between an SUV and an automobile. According to preliminary reports, the SUV crossed the centerline for unknown reasons, resulting in a head-on collision with an oncoming vehicle in the opposite lane. The driver of the SUV was traveling with his 12-year-old daughter, 10-year-old son and 6-year-old nephew at the time of the collision with the automobile driver who had three passengers. The driver of the SUV and his son were injured in the accident while his daughter and nephew did not survive the crash. In addition, the other driver and all three of his passengers were killed. Authorities are still investigating the accident but they suspect that the SUV driver caused the collision. The negligent driver could face liabilities following the investigation. The loved ones of those killed in the accident could file a wrongful death claim […]

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