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Dec 31, 2013 - Car Accidents

MULTI-CAR CRASH IN SNOW STORM ON PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. It is common for Pennsylvania residents to experience bad driving conditions during the winter months. Icy and snow covered roads could be the stage of a multi-vehicle collision. If a vehicle is traveling too fast or the driver is not properly paying attention, a serious car accidentcould ensue. During inclement weather, it is important that resident avoid driving if possible, but if driving is required, they should take extra precaution. Authorities were recently called to multiple accidents on the Pennsylvania Turnpike caused by a sudden snowstorm that affected the area. Due to the accidents caused by the winter storm, Interstate 78 was closed between mile marker 35 and 40 going eastbound. The westbound side of the Interstate was shut down around mile marker 40 as well. Emergency crewmembers that arrived at the scene assessed everyone involved in the massive wreck. It was reported that 44 people were injured in the multi-vehicle crash. Of those injured, 25 were transported to the hospital for treatment. Details about the collisions and the causes were not immediately available. Although the winter weather played a huge role in the massive and multiple crashes, it is not clear whether a negligent driver caused the crash. Dangerous road conditions can often cause a car accident, but a driver who speeds or is not attentive could also cause a crash. If a driver is at fault, they could be liable […]

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Dec 28, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents

91-YEAR-OLD LADY STUCK AND KILLED BY DRIVER IN ALTOONA

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Saturday, December 28, 2013. The winter weather often means changing driving habits. Drivers in Pennsylvania often experience traffic and difficulty driving when the roads are covered in snow or ice. A driving who is traveling too fast for conditions or does not properly slow down in time for a stop sign or signal could collide with another vehicle or even a person. Because driving in winter weather poses many risks, residents will often travel by foot to avoid dangers. Although they seek to avoid an accident, pedestrians who travel near busy roads could be at risk if a driver is not driving safe for conditions. A tragic pedestrian accident recently occurred in Altoona. Authorities presume that the winter conditions and slippery roads contributed to the crash that took the life of a 91-year-old woman. According to preliminary reports, the elderly woman was struck on 17th Street near the intersection with Grant Street. At around 11:30 a.m. a pickup was traveling towards the pedestrian on 17th Street. When the driver saw the elderly woman, the driver attempted to slam on the brakes. This caused the truck to slide due to the wet conditions. This resulted in the truck colliding with the pedestrian. Emergency crews were called to the scene where they assessed everyone involved. The elderly woman was pronounced dead at the scene. No injuries were reported to the driver and no charges have been filed at this […]

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Dec 26, 2013 - Truck Accidents

MULTI-TRUCK CRASH ON PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE INJURES ONE

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Truck Accidents on Thursday, December 26, 2013. Driving at night or during the early morning hours is not uncommon for some drivers in Pennsylvania. This is especially true for truck drivers. During the holiday season these massive vehicles are utilized to make long distance shipments to deliver packages containing presents and other holiday shopping deals. This not only increases the amount of trucks on the road but the likelihood of being involved in a collision. The holiday season does not only mean sending a receiving gifts but also means winter weather. Snow and ice covered roads can make it very dangerous for any driver and a truck accident could result in very serious injuries and damage. Authorities in Bensalem recently reported a major multi-vehicle collision that shutdown traffic going eastbound on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for several hours. According to preliminary reports, the crash occurred around 6:00 a.m. just beyond the exit for Route 1. Three commercial trucks were involved in the accident and two cars in the vicinity of the crash were affected by it but were not part of the incident. The impact of the collision in the eastbound lanes caused one of the trucks to hit the Jersey barrier, which is used to separate the east and westbound lanes of traffic. This caused pieces of concrete to fly into the westbound lanes. Traffic had to be reduced to one lane to avoid additional accidents. Emergency crews arrived […]

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Dec 24, 2013 - Wrongful Death

MAN CHARGED IN CRASH THAT KILLED PENNSYLVANIA NEWLYWED COUPLE

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Saturday, December 14, 2013. A limousine driver was recently charged in that death of a newlywed couple from Pennsylvania who were killed this summer in a fatal car crash. The man is being charged in another state, where the deaths took place, for DWI and two felony counts of death by a motor vehicle. The couple, who had been married for three months, had both attended the University of Pennsylvania. The woman, who was pregnant, died at the scene and her husband died later at the hospital. The unexpected loss of a loved one may be the most difficult challenge a family has to face. Surviving family members may also face financial challenges following a fatal accident. A wrongful death cause of action may allow surviving family members to recover damages for funeral and medical expenses, loss of support and services, loss of companionship, pain and suffering and, in some situations, other types of damages as well. A wrongful death claim is brought against the negligent party pr parties that caused the accident by the personal representative of the lost loved one’s estate for the benefit of family members of the lost loved one who may be able to recover compensation for damages suffered. It may be possible, depending on the circumstances, for spouses, parents and children to bring a wrongful death cause of action after suffering the loss of a loved one. A wrongful death […]

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Dec 20, 2013 - Car Accidents

INFANT DELIVERED AFTER MOTHER KILLED IN PENNSYLVANIA CAR CRASH

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, December 20, 2013. Roadways are a vital way for Pennsylvania residents to get around and for long-distance shipments to be made timely. Although valuable for transportation, they can also be the stage for tragedy. Whether it is due to traffic, inclement weather or a negligent driver, a car crash can seriously affect numerous people on the roadway. One unfortunate accident took place recently in Lebanon County. Pennsylvania authorities responded to a two-car crash that involved a car and a pick-up truck. Emergency crews assessed those involved. The 19-year-old driver of the car was transported to the hospital. The young woman was pregnant and doctors were able to deliver her baby boy, but the woman did not survive the injuries she suffered in the crash. The accident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time. When a driver’s negligence causes an accident, that driver could be held liable for the resulting injuries, death and damages. Family members of deceased accident victims can file a wrongful death claim in order to cover costs associated with the accident such as medical bills, funeral costs and lost wages. In addition, in a case like the one above, the will need care with the tragic loss of his mother, and a wrongful death claim can also seek compensation for this type of situation. A tragic accident will seriously affect those involved and their loved ones. […]

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Dec 18, 2013 - Wrongful Death

SNOWY PENNSYLVANIA ROADS, DRIVER NEGLIGENCE CAUSE FATAL CRASH

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Drivers in Pennsylvania ought to understand that winter weather can create dangerous road conditions. Yet even when it is risky to travel on the roads, residents and visitors often do so when it is crucial that they get to their destinations. If a driving on snow covered roads cannot be avoided, drivers need to take appropriate precautions, as driving too fast or otherwise acting negligently could result in a serious or fatal collision. Police in Altoona recently responded to a fatal accident that involved two vehicles. According to reports, a SUV was traveling on a snow-covered road and the 53-year-old driver was going unreasonably fast given the weather conditions. This caused the driver of the vehicle to lose control and slide into the opposite lane of traffic. An oncoming pickup truck collided with the SUV that slid into its path. Emergency crews responded to the crash and assessed those involved. Authorities reported that the driver of the SUV and their passenger were pronounced dead. The 47-year-old driver of the pickup truck suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment. An investigation is still ongoing, but cause and liability could be determined once this investigation is completed. Any time a driver travels too fat for conditions or is otherwise negligent behind the wheel and causes an accident, that driver could be held liable for any resulting injuries and damages. Even […]

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Dec 12, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents

BUCKS’ COUNTY MAN FACES CHARGES IN FATAL PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Thursday, December 12, 2013. A Bucks’ County man was recently charged with homicide by vehicle following a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred earlier this year. The man is also facing several other charges in relation to the pedestrian accident that killed an 85-year old woman. The victim was crossing the road near her home when she was struck by the 33-year old man in his sports utility vehicle. The accident reconstruction and investigation revealed that the man needed a minimum of 140 of roadway to avoid a collision and that he had 400 feet of roadway to “see the pedestrian and avoid hitting her.” The police investigation concluded the failure to observe the victim crossing the road caused the accident. The man was also charged with accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed, involuntary manslaughter, offenses related to driving without a valid license, reckless endangerment, driving at an unsafe speed, reckless driving and careless driving. In general, any victim of a pedestrian accident that has been harmed by the negligence of another may have a claim for damages. Likewise, surviving family members of loved ones killed in a fatal pedestrian accident may have a claim for damages. A personal injury lawsuit for serious injuries suffered in a pedestrian accident, or a wrongful death lawsuit for a death that results from a fatal pedestrian accident, may be brought against the party at fault in the […]

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Dec 6, 2013 - Car Accidents

ONE INJURED FOLLOWING ACCIDENT ON PA. TURNPIKE

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, December 6, 2013. The Pennsylvania Turnpike is considered a useful route for drivers, but it is also a heavily traveled roadway for those making daily commutes to and from work and school. The numerous people that make long and short daily commutes on the turnpike understand that traffic and accidents commonly occur. Whether it is due to speeding or distractions, dangers and hazards exist and could cause a crash. A school van was recently in a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and authorities in Willow Grove responded to the automobile accident. The accident happened around 8 a.m. in the westbound lanes on the turnpike. Emergency crews responded to the crash and reported that one child was injured and another was transported to the hospital for evaluation for precautionary measures. The accident investigation is still ongoing and details about the crash were not reported. Preliminary reports indicated that the van sustained front-end damage, so it could have possibly been another vehicle that was rear-ended by the school van. Following the investigation, authorities should determine the factors that caused the crash and if a driver was at fault. A negligent driver could be liable for the injuries and damages caused by the accident. An injured party could file a personal injury suit in order to recover compensation. The monetary award could cover medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages. Being involved in a crash or having […]

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Dec 4, 2013 - Truck Accidents

TWO KILLED AND ONE INJURED IN TRUCK ACCIDENT WITH AMISH BUGGY

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Truck Accidents on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Various forms of transportation are available in Pennsylvania. Locals and tourists in the state know that vehicles other than automobiles are sometimes on the roads. In some areas, horse-drawn buggies and bicycles are commonly used. In addition, many will also travel by foot. Although motor vehicles are not commonly used in Amish communities, vehicles do travel through these areas. Drivers in these areas should be especially cautious because a collision could occur and a fatal crash could result. Following a collision with an Amish buggy, authorities in northwestern Pennsylvania responded to a truck accident. According to preliminary reports, a truck crashed into a horse-drawn buggy that was traveling with three passengers; a husband, wife and their young daughter. The crash occurred in the late afternoon in a town about 60 miles away from Pittsburgh. Emergency crews responded to the truck collision and assessed those involved. A 34-year-old woman and her 11-year-old daughter were pronounced dead at the scene. The woman’s 35-year-old husband was seriously injured in the crash and was transported to the hospital for medical treatment. The status and condition of the 36-year-old truck driver was not reported. Investigation of the fatal crash is still ongoing. Authorities have yet to determine what caused the crash and who is at fault. When the investigation is complete, the person at fault could face civil liabilities. A wrongful death suit could be filed by […]

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