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Feb 27, 2014 - Truck Accidents

TRIAGE TAGS DETERMINED INJURY SEVERITY ON PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE

By Drake Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Truck Accidents on Thursday, February 27, 2014. It has been a couple of weeks since Feb. 14 came to a close. It was a day filled with flowers, chocolates and candlelight for many couples. For some Bucks County romantics, their plans may have been halted when they got stuck in traffic on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It wasn’t just a bit of a backup caused by rush-hour travel. For some drivers, this traffic jam lasted from morning to night. What caused this lengthy delay? The delay was caused by just a few chain-reaction collisions, but those collisions involved enough vehicles that they caught national attention. There were up to 100 vehicles involved in these collisions, including several tractor-trailers that had jack-knifed across the lanes. It could only look like pure chaos at the scene with one vehicle mashed into another, stretching for a mile-long in at least one spot. With the mass of twisted metal, it was difficult for emergency responders to simply get to the victims, let alone provide immediate aid to every single individual that needed it. Eventually, the responders were able to reach the victims by extending ladders from the opposite lanes and across the concrete impediments separating them. Once on the side of the victims, the rescuers were able to pick through the mess and determine which victims would need their attention first. The victims were tagged by color — yellow, green or white based on […]

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Feb 19, 2014 - Premises Liability

TRAMPOLINE PARK PLAYS DANGEROUS GAME WITH PATRONS’ SAFETY

By Drake Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Premises Liability on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. A large number of premises liability lawsuits in Pennsylvania center on the failure to maintain the property, to keep it reasonably safe for invitees. This may include failing to repair a broken step, failing to remove a sharp piece of metal or failing to clean up some spilled milk. It isn’t always the absence of an action that could lead to injury on the property owned by another person or company. In a recent case filed in a different jurisdiction, a mother claimed that allowing certain actions contributed to the injuries suffered by her minor son. It was during a game of trampoline dodgeball that she claims another patron of the establishment “double bounced” her son, causing him to break his leg and tear a tendon in his knee. The premises liability lawsuit named the owner of the trampoline park as the party responsible for the injuries and seeks $500,000 in damages. According to the complaint, the first problem was that the company allowed the unreasonably dangerous game to be played on the premises. The game was even used as an attraction to draw in minor patrons. Adding to an already dangerous game, the complaint states that the facility allowed patrons to participate in a maneuver known as double bouncing — despite the fact that it was the rules of the facility. Double bouncing is a maneuver in which one jumper strategically times […]

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Feb 12, 2014 - Commercial Vehicle Accidents

SNOW ISN’T EXCUSE FOR DOZENS INJURED IN PENNSYLVANIA BUS CRASH

By Drake Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inCommercial Vehicle Accidents on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Southwestern Pennsylvania was covered in snow on Feb. 9. All day long flakes fell onto the trees, the rooftops and the roads in the area. WTRF-TV reported that David Cubbison, the Bedford County Director of Emergency Services, said that the snow was a factor in a large number of motor vehicle accidents that day. One of these accidents involved a tour bus that was traveling on Route 220. At approximately 2:20 in the afternoon the bus careened out of control and crashed into an embankment just five miles shy of the Maryland border. The report wasn’t clear about how the determination was made, but police said that the driver had been going too fast at the time of the collision. The driver was the one that operated the vehicle, but there was an entire group of passengers on the bus as well. At least 20 of these individuals suffered some level of injury as they were thrown about in the collision. A total of 15 patients were brought to Western Maryland Health Systems and another 10 were taken to UPMC Bedford. Some were expected to be treated and released. Does thick snowfall or an icy roadway give a driver an absolute excuse from liability after a commercial vehicle accident? The answer is absolutely not. Drivers have a duty to act as a reasonable person would under the circumstances. Snowfall may make roads […]

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