Monthly Archives: November 2013

Nov 29, 2013 - Motorcycle Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Friday, November 29, 2013. The roadways at night are often more dangerous than they are in the daytime. Although there tends to be more traffic during the day, at night there could be hazards such as troubled night vision, difficulty seeing people or animals crossing the road, intoxicated drivers and fatigued driving. All of these could present serious dangers and could result in an accident. In addition, some vehicles might be more difficult to see at night, such as a motorcycle. If a driver fails to check and even double-check their blind spots, they could collide with a biker and cause amotorcycle crash. Pennsylvania authorities are investigating a motorcycle accident that recently took place west of the Doylestown area. According to reports, a two-vehicle accident occurred around 2 a.m. The accident involved a motorcycle and a car. According to preliminary reports, the 26-year-old motorcyclist lost control of the motorcycle he was operating. This resulted in the biker colliding with a car driven by a 22-year-old. Emergency crews arrived to the scene and the motorcyclist was flown to the hospital for treatment of his serious injuries. He was reported to be in critical condition. The accident still remains under investigation, and authorities are still trying to determine what caused the motorcyclist to lose control of the bike and if the other driver had any role in the accident. Police are seeking witnesses that can help determine the cause […]

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Nov 27, 2013 - Car Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. Drivers in Pennsylvania understand that incidents could happen while they are on their way to their destination. When a car collision occurs, drivers do not only experience traffic and delays but they also witness emergency vehicles rushing to and from the accident site. Although it is important for emergency crews to tend to accident victims, traffic and high speeds could lead to a crash resulting in additional personal injuries and damages. An ambulance was involved in a recent car accident in East Norriton. According to preliminary reports, the ambulance was transporting a patient when it collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of New Hope Street and East Johnson Highway at around 11:30 p.m. The crash caused the pickup truck to collide with a utility pole. Emergency crews arrived at the scene to assess injuries to those involved in the ambulance accident. It was reported that the patient being transported in the ambulance was injured as well as two others. The report indicated that none of the injuries are life-threatening. The crash remains under investigation and further details have not been given at this time. Following the accident investigation, the cause and fault could be determined. If a driver is at fault, they could be liable for the resulting injuries and damages. An injured party could file a personal injury claim in order to recover compensation for expenses such as medical […]

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Nov 22, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Friday, November 22, 2013. These days, it is not uncommon to see pedestrians and cyclists on or near the roadways. Whether a person is using the sidewalk to get to their destination, crossing the street or is tending to their vehicle on the side of the road, pedestrians are often very close to moving vehicles. This makes it especially important for motorists to remain attentive, watch their speed and avoid texting while driving. Even the slightest distraction could cause a serious accident to ensue. While Pennsylvania state troopers were tending to a car accident, a second collision perhaps took these officers off guard. A pedestrian accident occurred while troopers were at this earlier accident scene of that had occurred on an exit ramp off of Interstate 78. While an officer was interviewing a witness of the crash, a vehicle struck the officer and at least one other person at the scene. The accident occurred around 8:30 a.m., and following the crash, both the struck officer and the other person were transported to the hospital for treatment of the injuries they suffered. At this time, there were no reports as to what injuries were suffered or as to the victims’ current conditions. The crash is still being investigated, and no charges have been filed at this time. When a driver is found negligent or at fault for a crash, however, that driver could be held liable for the […]

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Nov 20, 2013 - Car Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. An automobile is a very important and necessary object for most residents in Pennsylvania. Whether they are used for individual use, car-pooling or mass transportation, vehicles cover the roadways every day. Although getting from one destination to another can usually be done very timely and safely, this does not always occur. Even when a driver is driving safely, he or she could encounter a negligent driver and suffer injuries and damages. Authorities in northwest Pennsylvania responded to a fatal car collision recently. The accident involved an off-road vehicle and a car. The off-road vehicle was traveling down Route 8 just outside of Hydetown when it attempted to pass another vehicle. During this maneuver, the vehicle collided head-on with the car. This resulted in the death of two men riding the off-road vehicle. The 70-year-old man in the car was transported to the hospital for the injuries he suffered. According to preliminary reports, it is illegal to drive the type of off-road vehicle involved in this accident on public highways. In addition, neither man in the off-road vehicle was wearing a seatbelt. An investigation is ongoing for this crash. Following the investigation, fault and liability could be determined. When the negligence of a driver causes a car accident, the negligent driver could be liable for the resulting injuries and damages. Even if the driver at fault does not survive the crash, the injured […]

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Nov 15, 2013 - Car Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, November 15, 2013. It is not uncommon to see various types of vehicles on the roadways. Furthermore, in addition to motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians are frequently seen. Although not common in all areas across the nation, in some towns, it is very common to travel by a horse and buggy. No matter what type of vehicle a person is driving on the road, they should be cautious and continence of others around them even if they are not in an automobile. Even a small distraction could result in a car accident with serious injuries and damages. Pennsylvania State Police recently responded to a late night collision between an SUV and a horse and buggy. That accident happened around 11:00 p.m. in Lurgan Township. According to preliminary reports, it was suspected that the horse and buggy that was occupied by three teenage girls pulled in front of the SUV that was traveling west of Paxton Run Road. This resulted in the two colliding. Medical crews responded to the crash and reported that all three females in the buggy and the 21-year-old driver of the SUV were all injured. Authorities are still investigating the crash and no citations have been issued at this time. Following investigation, both cause and fault could be determined. Whether in a motor vehicle or a horse-drawn buggy, the rules of the road need to be abided by. A person who causes an […]

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Nov 13, 2013 - Wrongful Death


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Whether a driver passes by an accident on the roadway or hears about it on the news, tragedy often takes place on the roads. Although safety precautions and initiatives are taken, a negligent driver could easily cause an automobile collision resulting in serious injuries and even death. This is often caused when a driver is traveling too fast or is distracted by using their cellphone while they are driving. Pennsylvania State Police were called to a two-vehicle accident recently in Fayette County. According to preliminary reports, the accident happened around 7 p.m. in Springhill Township when a Chevy Silverado that was traveling southbound on New Geneva Road crossed the centerline. This resulted in the truck colliding head-on with a GMC Sonoma. Emergency crews were called to the scene. The county coroner pronounced the driver of the Sonoma dead at the scene. The driver of the Silverado and his 13-year-old passenger were both transported to the hospital for the injuries they suffered as a result of the crash. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the driver of the Silverado to cross the centerline. Following investigation, authorities should be able to determine cause and any liabilities. When a driver is negligent and causes a crash, they could face civil liabilities. The loved ones of the deceased could file a wrongful death suit. This could result in compensation that could be used to […]

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Nov 8, 2013 - Truck Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Truck Accidents on Friday, November 8, 2013. Pennsylvania residents understand that a lot of responsibilities come with owning and operating a vehicle. Not only are drivers required to follow the rules of the road and safety protocols, drivers must also maintain and repair their vehicles. Whether it is a gas leak, missed oil change, flat tire or loose part, drivers are responsible for the maintenance of their vehicle and should ensure that they are safe to travel on the roadway. When a driver is negligent and fails to maintain their vehicle, an accident could ensue and could result in serious injuries and damages. A truck accident was recently reported in Pennsylvania. Police responded to an accident that occurred on Route 22 and involved a Honda CRV and a tractor-trailer. According to reports, the woman traveling in the Honda was injured when a tire flew off of a tractor-trailer that was driving in the opposite direction on the roadway. The tractor-trailer was traveling westbound and the tires on the driver’s side presumably came lose from the vehicle and detached. This resulted in the tires bouncing into the eastbound traffic and hitting the Honda. It was reported that the woman suffered moderate injuries. Investigation was conducted and the truck driver was charged with a violation of a vehicle code. A failure to maintain a vehicle could result in serious affects. A person injured could file a personal injury suit in order […]

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Nov 6, 2013 - Wrongful Death


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Drivers who frequently travel on the major roads in Pennsylvania have most likely witnessed a multi-vehicle collision or serious crash on the roads. When a driver is negligent, they could put the lives of others at risk. Whether a driver is speeding, not following traffic signs or signals, failing to signal a turn or lane change or is under the influence of a substance, these dangerous actions could cause a serious or even fatal accident. A woman from northwestern Pennsylvania was recently arrested for a crash she allegedly caused on Labor Day weekend. According to reports, the woman was traveling on Route 219 in her SUV when it crossed the centerline, causing the SUV to collide with an oncoming car. Emergency crews responded to the crash. Six lives were claimed in the two-vehicle collision. The woman’s 12-year-old daughter and 6-year-old nephew were in the SUV and did not survive the crash. Four adults in the other vehicle were killed in the crash as well. Following an investigation and the woman’s recovery from her own injuries, the woman was charged with six counts of homicide by vehicle. Preliminary reports indicate that blood tests indicated that the woman had levels of clonazepam several times greater than the dosage she was prescribed. In addition to facing criminal charges, a negligent driver who causes a fatal crash could face civil liabilities. The loved ones of those […]

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Nov 1, 2013 - Wrongful Death


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Friday, November 1, 2013. Pennsylvania drivers are aware that the roadways can be the stage for tragedy. Although most drivers seek to drive safely and abide by the rules, a simple distraction could lead to a fatal collision. Moreover, a negligent driver could affect more than other vehicles on the road. The driver could collide with pedestrians, cyclists or property. This could result in a severe fatal accident. A bus crash occurred last month in Pottstown, and the bus driver is now facing charges for striking and killing an elderly woman. According to reports, the 78-year-old woman was struck by a school bus while it was making a right-hand turn. Following investigation, authorities determined that there was noting obstructing the vision of the driver; therefore, the driver should have seen the pedestrian crossing the street. This resulted in the driver being charged for involuntary manslaughter and careless driving. In addition to facing criminal penalties, the driver could also endure civil liabilities. Likewise, the bus company where the driver worked could also be liable for civil damages. Following a fatal pedestrian accident, the loved ones of the deceased can file a wrongful death suit. This could result in the loved ones recovering compensation that could cover medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and damages. The loss of a love one can mean dealing with intense emotions as well as financial burdens. Even if liability is determined, loved […]

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