Monthly Archives: April 2014

Apr 23, 2014 - Drunk Driving Accidents


By Drake Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. A man from Winchester, Virginia, recently made a plea bargain with prosecutors over a November 2011 car crash which resulted in the death of his female passenger. The 50-year-old defendant was looking at charges of homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person and several other minor traffic infractions. However, under the terms of the new agreement, the man will only have to serve two years of probation, complete 120 hours of community service, and abstain from alcohol and controlled substances. He must also pay fines totaling $1,724.54. According to online court documents, the accident occurred in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, near Pa. 16 and Pa. 995. The defendant’s vehicle left the road after he unlawfully attempted to pass another vehicle. The vehicle then struck a house which resulted in the man’s passenger sustaining life-ending injuries as a result of the impact. Police arrived on the scene about 4:35 p.m. and an unsuccessful attempt to revive the passenger using CPR ensued. Court documents say that the man admitted to police that he had inhaled marijuana vapors approximately one hour and thirty-five minutes prior to the accident. It is unclear how the victim’s family feels about the terms of this plea bargain, yet one thing is certain; they were deprived of a lifetime of memories with her by the actions of the defendant. It is important to know that although the criminal matter […]

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Apr 16, 2014 - Wrongful Death


By Drake Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. A Philadelphia jury agreed with the family of a jockey killed at a Bensalem, Pennsylvania, racetrack that the facility failed to take action to prevent his death. It was almost four years ago when a Bucks County jockey was exercising a horse when it became frightened by chickens and threw the man from its back. The attorney for the jockey’s family says that the horse then dragged and kicked the man who sustained 11 broken ribs and bleeding on his brain. The family says that the facility knew of the presence of the chickens at the racetrack and allowed them to remain. Apparently, the chickens were brought there years ago by horse owners and trainers and were never removed. The jockey’s family says that there had been another incident just five months prior wherein another jockey was injured after a chicken spooked his horse. The victim’s family says that the racetrack had ample prior warning of the hazards posed by the chickens being in proximity to the horses. The jury agreed and awarded the jockey’s family $8 million for the fatal accident, $5 million of which is in punitive damages. The attorney for the family says that the large award should send a message that the racetrack should have placed a larger emphasis on worker safety rather than the profit garnered at the betting gates. They also say that the racetrack admitted […]

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Apr 11, 2014 - Motorcycle Accidents


By Drake Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Friday, April 11, 2014. Spring has finally arrived to Pennsylvania roads, and that means a lot of motorcycle and scooter enthusiasts will soon start taking to the streets. If you’re like most riders, you can’t wait to get on your two-wheeled escape pod and break out of your normal routine. Motorcycle riding is a good way to see the sights around the Keystone state, and you’ve probably been planning a visit to one or more scenic destinations even before the last snow began to melt. But first, there are a few things you should know before you strap on your leather and get out there. Most riders are aware that Pennsylvania voters repealed the 2003 law, which required all riders to wear helmets, yet few know what the statistical data reveals about what has been happening to motorcycle riders in the decade since. Some of the stats throughout the Keystone state from 2012 are pretty grim. There were 3,985 people involved inmotorcycle accidents in that year; 210 of them perished as a result of those accidents. Just under half of those who died, 49 percent, were not wearing helmets. It’s important to bear in mind that these numbers are only state statistics. The national numbers show that 93,000 people were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2012. Motorcycle riders are also 35 times likelier to be killed on a motorcycle rather than in other vehicles. Last year, the […]

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Apr 4, 2014 - Car Accidents


By Drake Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, April 4, 2014. It’s springtime in Pennsylvania, and the April weather allows us to finally escape the difficult driving conditions of the past winter. Authorities are quick to caution drivers not to become complacent, however. Car accidents can happen in any weather, and they can occur for any number of reasons. Distracted driving is a significant cause of car accidents in Pennsylvania and across the country. The dangers are such that April has been declared Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving was a factor in more than 387,000 motor vehicle injuries in 2011. It also contributed to more than 3,000 deaths. Modern technology has made it easier to be distracted. Cellphone and smart phone use on the roads has skyrocketed in recent years, contributing to the dangers. Particularly concerning is the practice of texting while driving, which involves not only visual distraction, but manual distraction as well. Many drivers try to reduce the risks associated with cellphone use and driving by using a hands-free headset, but research has shown these are ineffective at improving safety. The American Automobile Association recently released a list of things drivers can do to avoid becoming distracted behind the wheel. Avoiding cellphone use is on the list, but so are other activities such as personal grooming, snacking and securing children and pets. In general, AAA warns that any activity that takes your […]

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