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Mar 24, 2014 - Drunk Driving Accidents

STUDY: DRUNK DRIVING A MATTER OF MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO FOR TEENS

By Drake Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Monday, March 24, 2014. The common saying “monkey see, monkey do” describes the act of learning or copying a behavior without thought, without education or acknowledgment of the consequences. If you are a parent, you know that young children often mimic the behaviors that they see around them, and in some cases they are behaviors that aren’t so good. What about our teenage children? In some instances, it seems as though the instinct to mimic the behavior of others hasn’t gone away by this stage in life. A recent study says that when it comes to drunk driving, teenagers that ride in a vehicle with another impaired driver are more likely to drive drunk themselves. The study was authored by Bruce Simons-Morton, a senior investigator with the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development. He wrote about the discoveries he and his team of researchers made involving drunk driving behavior. Utilizing the survey tool, researchers found that those who reported riding with a drunk driver in 10th grade were more likely to report driving while impaired themselves in 12th grade. Those that reported riding with a drunk driver in all three of the surveys from 10th through 12th grade were “many times more likely” to drive drunk as a senior. There is no doubt that driving while impaired is a dangerous behavior. What some people may not appreciate is the fact that riding with […]

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Mar 20, 2014 - Premises Liability

PETS REQUIRE RESPONSIBILITY, LAWSUIT SAYS PETCO FAILED THEIRS

By Drake Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Premises Liability on Thursday, March 20, 2014. The national pet supplies retailer Petco was recently named in what could be described as a classic slip-and-fall lawsuit. In this case, The Pennsylvania Record reported that a patron slipped on an “accumulation of liquid” in one of the Philadelphia locations. There weren’t a lot of details included in the report, and this isn’t necessarily a big surprise. The report did state that when the woman fell, she landed on her backside and struck her head against the floor. This caused her to suffer injuries to her hip, back and head. She is seeking damages in an amount that was not disclosed, but the award is sought to compensate the victim for both the “physical pain and the monetary loss” she suffered as a result of the incident. Negligence must be shown in these types of cases, and this lawsuit states that Petco was negligent for “allowing a dangerous condition to exist on its premises.” Although it wasn’t clear whether it was water from a fish tank or a puppy’s little accident, that dangerous condition was the liquid that had been spilled onto the floor. Sure, this premises liability lawsuit is similar to many that have been filed in Pennsylvania before it. But just because a lawsuit includes details that may be common to a large number of other lawsuits based on the same tort, it doesn’t mean it isn’t personal for […]

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Mar 12, 2014 - Pedestrian Accidents

BUCKS COUNTY PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PROJECT DELAYED 8 MONTHS

By Drake Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. There are some roads that are simply more dangerous than others. Maybe it is a sharp curve, busy traffic during rush hour, a high volume of pedestrians, potholes, poor lighting or a combination of a few factors that decrease the safety level for those that travel on the road. In lower Bucks County, Route 13 is one of these dangerous roadways. It may even be considered one of the most dangerous in all of Pennsylvania for pedestrians, with a high number of fatalities. Twelve auto-pedestrian fatalities have been reported on Route 13 over the past decade and a half. PennDOT even conceded in 2003 that it was one of the most fatal stretches of road for pedestrians to attempt to cross. This roadway was recently targeted to receive some safety improvements. These improvements include a reduction in the posted speed limits, decreasing the number of lanes and adding medians. While some of these improvements require only a decision and a little effort from road workers, like changing out the speed limit signs, others certainly require a little more time, like changing the number of lanes. The construction project is already underway, but there have been a few unforeseen circumstances that have caused the end date to be pushed back to July 2016. Specifically, the company contracted to complete the construction found some utility lines in the ground that had not been previously marked, […]

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Mar 7, 2014 - Drunk Driving Accidents

PENNSYLVANIA STUDENTS GET A SAFE LOOK AT DRUNK DRIVING

By Drake Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Friday, March 7, 2014. Teenage drivers are often considered to be more likely to cause an accident than drivers of other age ranges. Alcohol consumption by minors is also considered to be very dangerous, which is why laws are in place prohibiting underage drinking. What makes these two things especially dangerous for teens is the inexperience of age. When the two behaviors are mixed and a teenager drinks and drives, the consequences can be even more deadly. To help give students in Pennsylvania real-life experience with the dangerous behavior without the risk of serious injury, simulators are used in educational initiatives — like at the Waynesboro Hospital’s Health Fair this weekend. The Pennsylvania DUI Safety SIMulator’s next stop will be at Waynesboro Senior High School. Students will get to step into the machine throughout the morning on Saturday, March 8. The students will get to experience real-life scenarios that include road lanes and real cars displayed in a 120-degree view on three screens around them in a cockpit with real working instruments. This simulated experience allows them to make the mistakes they may have on the road under the influence. It also includes scenarios that that involve other drivers that are intoxicated, getting to experience the other side of the behavior too. These experiences are lifelike, only mistakes can be made without fear of retribution or the law. And, as noted above, the mistakes can […]

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