Monthly Archives: October 2013

Oct 30, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Whether walking on the sidewalk, crossing the street or entering or exiting a vehicle in a parking lot, pedestrians are commonly seen throughout Pennsylvania. In most cases, when a person is a pedestrian, they are walking near traffic. Whether or not the traffic is heavy or fast moving, standing or walking near traffic is dangerous. Even when safeguards such as reduced speed limits, crosswalks and traffic signals are put in place, pedestrian accidents still occur. Pennsylvania State Police were recently called to respond to a fatal accident in Tatamy. The incident involved a pedestrian and a vehicle, and the collision occurred just before 6 a.m. The accident took place on Eighth Street near Commerce Lane. Emergency crews arrived to the scene and the county coroner was called to the scene. Officers stated that they were covering a fatal accident and the body of the pedestrian remained under a sheet at the scene of the accident. It is not clear at this time what caused the collision or where or what the pedestrian was doing at the time of the crash, but it was reported that the vehicle involved had impact damage to the windshield and passenger side. The investigation is still ongoing, and once it is complete, authorities will be able to determine cause and liability. A person liable for a pedestrian accident could face both criminal and civil liabilities. The loved ones […]

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Oct 25, 2013 - Wrongful Death

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Friday, October 25, 2013. Roadways are used on a daily basis and are tremendously important to assist with commerce, getting people to and from their destinations and providing safe routes for various types of vehicles. Although extremely beneficial, roadways are also the stage for tragic accidents. Although safety laws and features have been implemented in order to reduce risks and dangers on the roads, accidents do happen. This unfortunately could result in a serious accidents to people, including serious injuries and even fatalities. Authorities in Waynesboro recently confirmed that five Pennsylvania residents were killed in an accident that involved two motorcycles and an SUV. The collision occurred near the Maryland state line when the SUV that was traveling northbound crossed the centerline. This resulted in the SUV striking a motorcycle, causing the SUV to spin around and strike a second motorcyclist. Emergency crews responded to the three-vehicle collision. The fatal accident killed both motorcyclists, as well as their passengers and a passenger in the SUV. Investigation is still ongoing and the exact cause has yet to be determined. The driver of the SUV has not been cited at this time. Following a police investigation of the accident, cause and liability could be determined and applied. If a driver is negligent and caused a motorcycle crash, they could be responsible for the resulting injuries, damages and deaths. In this case, the loved ones of the deceased could […]

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Oct 23, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. There are various forms of transportations, and dependent on the destination, residents and visitors in Pennsylvania utilize different forms. There is one thing that is common to all types of transportation and that is the fact that when getting into and out of a vehicle, bus or train, each person is considered a pedestrian. Even when a person is walking to their car in a parking lot, there are risks and dangers for pedestrians. A small distraction could cause a pedestrian accident and could seriously injure or even kill the person struck by the vehicle. Authorities in Vernon recently responded to a crash that involved one vehicle and a 20-year-old man. According to preliminary reports, the young man was crossing the road at the intersection of Route 83 and Sunset Terrace when a car traveling on Route 83 struck him. The driver of the vehicle stopped and called the police. When emergency crews arrived, they transported the pedestrian to the hospital where he later died. Investigation is still ongoing and it is not clear at this time what caused the fatal auto-pedestrian crash. Following investigation, authorities should be able to determine if the pedestrian had the right of way and if the driver made a traffic violation when they struck the pedestrian. When a negligent driver hits and kills a pedestrian, the loved ones of the deceased could file a wrongful death suit. […]

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Oct 18, 2013 - Truck Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Truck Accidents on Friday, October 18, 2013. The initial investigation after an incident is not only important for those involved but is also crucial for the loved ones of those affected and the local authorities. Following a truck accident, it needs to be understood what caused the incident and whether or not a driver was at fault. The condition of the roads can play a major role in the accident whether it is the weather conditions, the speed limit or the design of the roadways. Pennsylvania lawmakers are currently debating the speed limit on the turnpike. State representatives were seeking to introduce a bill to raise the speed limit from 65 miles-per-hour to 70 mph. Because most states allow for maximum speeds over 65 mph, they believed that by increasing the speeds would improve the delivery of goods through the state and the traffic flow. Traffic safety and trucking industry experts are seeking to put a halt to this plan to raise the speed limit on the turnpike. It was noted that increasing speeds increases fuel consumption and costs. Moreover, increasing speeds creates a greater chance for accidents to occur, especially when distractions and using cellphone while driving is an increasing problem. Lastly, semi-trucks and tractor-trailers might not be able to handle the speed increase. Even if it is determined that these massive vehicles can handle the speed increase, increasing might cause vehicles to travel at speeds well above […]

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Oct 16, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Pennsylvania residents consistently witness pedestrians near the roadways. It is not uncommon for locals to utilize the sidewalks and crosswalks to get from the parking lot to their destination. Although safety precautions — such as signals and signs — are placed in these areas, pedestrian accidents could occur. When drivers are speeding or inattentive, they might not notice a pedestrian crossing the road. Similarly, if a pedestrian is not crossing the street when it is safe or permitted, a vehicle might not be able to stop in time and a collision could ensue. A vehicle recently struck a man from Canonsburg when he was attempting to cross four lanes of traffic on Route 19. The accident occurred in North Strabane Township around 3:30 p.m. The man was on his way to attend a wedding and proceeded to cross the southbound lanes of Route 19. The man stopped on the median briefly and during his attempt to cross the northbound lanes, a car struck him. Emergency crews responded to the crash and transported the man via helicopter to the hospital. The man did not survive his serious injuries and died shortly after the accident at the hospital. Authorities are still investigating the fatal auto-pedestrian accident. Following investigation, police will be able to determine cause and fault in the accident. If the driver was at fault, the loved ones of the deceased pedestrian could file […]

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Oct 11, 2013 - Wrongful Death


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Friday, October 11, 2013. It is often heard that people wish that people wished they had more hours in the day. Those traveling on the roadways are often in a rush, attempting to use their time effectively. This often causes drivers to multi-task, which could cause some distraction. Furthermore, drivers who are late to work, or in a rush to run an errand will often speed. This could make it more difficult to stop their vehicle in time if a hazard on the road occurred. Pennsylvania police are still investigating an accident they describe as being a mystery crash. The fatal accident happened in the afternoon and involved three vehicles including a car, a pickup truck and a mack truck. According to preliminary reports, the accident occurred when the car rear-ended the pickup truck ahead of them as they were turning into a driveway. This caused the car to crash into the oncoming mack truck. Emergency crews responded to the multi-vehicle collision. The driver of the automobile was pronounced dead at the scene. It wasn’t clear whether the other two drivers suffered any injuries at the time of this report. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause and who was at fault. When fault is determined, liabilities could be associated. If the pickup truck driver did not signal their turn, or stopped abruptly, they could be found negligent and liable for the wrongful death of […]

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Oct 9, 2013 - Motorcycle Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. Pennsylvania residents understand that accidents happen; and when one occurs, emergency vehicles will rush to respond to the call. Locals and drivers notice emergency vehicle traveling on the roadways at high speeds with their lights and sirens. Drivers on the roadway will attempt to move out of the way so the emergency vehicles can pass by. These quick maneuvers could cause other vehicles to collide, or even cause the emergency vehicle to become involved in an accident. A serious motorcycle accident occurred recently in Pittsburgh. The collision involved a motorcyclist and an ambulance and occurred during the night. It is not clear how the crash occurred, but the accident resulted in three people suffering injuries. It was not reported whether the ambulance was in route to a call, rushing to the hospital, or traveling on the road when the accident occurred, but after the collision happened, emergency crews needed to respond to the accident. It was reported that two EMT’s suffered injuries in the crash and one was reported to be pregnant. The motorcyclist was reported to be in critical condition and was transported to the hospital for treatment. Authorities are still investigating the motorcycle collision, and have not determined the cause of the crash at this time. When someone is seriously injured in a crash, they have the option to file a personal injury suit. This could result in compensation being awarded […]

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Oct 4, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Friday, October 4, 2013. It is not uncommon for residents and tourist in Pennsylvania to enjoy the end of summer and early fall weather. This often means taking strolls around the block in residential areas or enjoying a walk in the city. No matter where a pedestrian chooses to walk, there are dangers associated with walking in the area where vehicles frequent. A distracted or negligent driver could be the cause of a serious or fatalpedestrian accident, so it is important that both drivers and pedestrians pay attention and are aware of one another. Authorities were recently called to an accident site in Larksville. Officers arrived to the scene around 8:15 p.m. where a pedestrian was struck. The accident occurred on Route 11 near Chestnut Street. According to preliminary reports, the woman that was struck by a vehicle was attempting to cross the street at the time of the collision. Emergency crews were called to the scene to treat the woman and transport her to the hospital. It isn’t clear at this time what her status is, but medical attention was necessary. Authorities are still investigating this crash. It wasn’t clear whether the driver that struck the female pedestrian remained at the scene or fled after the incident. Following investigation, officers will be able to determine who was at fault in this accident. If the driver was negligent and caused the crash, then the driver could face […]

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Oct 2, 2013 - Wrongful Death


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. Whether on the way to work or at work, an incident could occur and seriously injure a person. Motor vehicles are often the cause of serious and fatal accidents. Often times, drivers can be distracted, which means they are not properly paying attention on the road ahead of them. Even when a driver is lost and trying to focus on upcoming signs, because their attention isn’t maintained on the road ahead of them, they could collide with an object or person ahead of the vehicle. Officers in Archbald, Pennsylvania recently responded to a fatal accident that took the life of a construction worker. According to preliminary reports, the 63-year-old worker was struck and killed by a vehicle. It is presumed that the 82-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle and went off the road. This resulted in the vehicle traveling into the parking lot that was under construction and colliding with the construction worker. Emergency crews responded to this incident and pronounced the construction worker dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was found to be in critical condition and was transported to the hospital, where he died later. The investigation of this fatal accident is still under way. It was reported that several people witnessed the collision and authorities hope to determine the cause of the accident. Once cause and liability is determined, the loved ones of the killed […]

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