Monthly Archives: May 2014

May 30, 2014 - Motorcycle Accidents


By Drake Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Friday, May 30, 2014. Pennsylvania State Police at Chambersburg say that a truck caused a motorcycle accident, which resulted in two people suffering serious injuries. Police say the accident occurred on May 25 in Guilford Township, Pennsylvania, on U.S. 11. Although police have not yet identified anyone involved in the crash, it is believed that a motorcycle being driven by a man with one passenger was traveling north on Molly Pitcher Highway when a small truck pulled out in front of the motorcycle’s path from where it had previously been sitting at a stop sign at Alleman Road. According to police, the driver of the motorcycle then swerved to avoid colliding with the truck, but the result of that action caused the motorcycle to crash to the ground along Molly Pitcher Highway. Both motorcycle riders suffered moderate injuries, despite wearing helmets. It is unknown whether the driver of the truck was injured in the crash. The motorcycle driver was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital. The passenger is currently listed as having suffered non-life threatening injuries although that person was airlifted to York Hospital. Police have not mentioned alcohol or drugs as having played a role in the accident, although the accident investigation is still ongoing. Motorcyclists involved with car crashes often experience severe injuries. Road rash is one such common injury people receive after being thrown from their bike and sliding along the pavement. There are often broken […]

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May 14, 2014 - Wrongful Death


By Drake Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. State police in Ursina, Pennsylvania, say that a 32-year-old man died after suffering injuries during a workplace accident while helping to install a sewer system in southwest Pennsylvania. The accident happened on May 6 around 2:10 p.m. in Somerset County, after the victim became pinned underneath a large concrete manhole form. Troopers from the Somerset barracks responded to the tiny borough, which is roughly 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They say that the victim’s co-workers attempted to save their fallen colleague by using a crane to lift the heavy concrete object off of him, while others performed CPR until paramedics arrived. Unfortunately, their efforts failed and the victim died approximately 90 minutes after the accident. It remains unclear which construction company the man worked for, but it was established that it was the first time that the installation of a sewer system had ever been attempted in the small town. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also responded to the accident and an investigation was started as part of their normal procedures whenever a fatal accident happens in the workplace. The loss of this man is regrettable and every effort should be made to prevent this type of accident in the future. With that said, the victim’s family should also know that they may be entitled to recover compensation if it can be established that a preventable accident caused the man’s […]

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May 7, 2014 - Commercial Vehicle Accidents


By Drake Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inCommercial Vehicle Accidents on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. On April 21 a former school bus driver was sentenced to two years in prison for her part in a Feb. 14, 2013, accident in which she struck a vehicle and seriously injured a man with a commercial vehicle. At the time of the accident, the defendant was driving for a bus company charged with transporting children for the Port Jervis School District when she struck a 2005 Honda with her 2003 Freightliner bus while attempting to make a left turn. A subsequent investigation revealed the presence of the prescription anti-anxiety drug Diazepam and morphine in the defendant’s blood stream at the time of the accident. Although the defendant had a prescription for the Diazepam, she later admitted to obtaining the morphine from someone other than a doctor. Last December, the 32-year-old former school bus driver from Port Jervis, New York, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and aggravated driving while ability impaired by drug. While she was out on bail awaiting sentencing she received an additional charge for possession of drug paraphernalia. The Orange County New York Assistant Prosecutor sought a prison sentence of four years for the defendant due to the significance of the injuries the 19-year-old man in the Honda suffered. According to prosecutors, the man is still being treated for traumatic brain injuries and multiple broken bones. In addition to the 19-year-old victim there was an 11-year-old passenger on […]

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May 1, 2014 - Premises Liability


By Drake Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Premises Liability on Thursday, May 1, 2014. A New Jersey woman is suing a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area Home Depot in Federal Court alleging that the store is liable for a slip and fall accident she had back on Sept. 8, 2012. According to the plaintiff’s lawsuit, she arrived at the front of the store in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania, after her husband dropped her off. The plaintiff maintains that it was raining when she exited the car, and that she began to rush toward the front entrance of the store in an attempt to avoid getting soaked when she stepped into a large amount of standing water, lost her balance and fell down. The plaintiff says that she fractured her sacrum, sustained a herniated disc and suffered general pain in her neck and back as a result of theslip and fall accident. The plaintiff is seeking both compensatory and punitive damages over $150,000 in a claim filed on April 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff’s lawsuit says that Home Depot had ample notice that there might have been water accumulating at the front of their stores because it had been raining rather consistently throughout the day. The lawsuit also points out that Home Depot could have eliminated or reduced the water hazards prior to the accident as demonstrated by actions taken by the store immediately after the fall. The suit says that […]

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