Monthly Archives: July 2014

Jul 25, 2014 - Wrongful Death


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Friday, July 25, 2014. On July 19, a Bedminster Township, Pennsylvania, motorcyclist died just a block from his home after he was struck by an alleged drunk driver. The accident occurred in the small Bucks County town around 10:20 p.m. near the 700 block of Keller’s Church Road. The victim was operating his motorcycle at that time and had one passenger with him when a vehicle driven by a 64-year-old man struck the motorcycle. First responders took the 47-year-old victim to St. Luke’s Hospital in Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania, where he later died from his injuries. The victim’s passenger suffered injuries described as moderate in nature. An autopsy would later reveal that the motorcyclist died as the result of blunt force injuries. Authorities have since ruled the man’s death an accident. Police arrested the driver of the striking vehicle for homicide by vehicle, DUI, and other related charges for his role in the fatal collision. He was subsequently booked into the Bucks County Correctional Facility. The defendant is reported to reside in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Authorities say the defendant’s next scheduled hearing is set for Aug. 4 at 2:00 p.m. The defendant is currently free on $100,000 bond. Although no amount of money can ever restore the loss of a loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit against the defendant’ s estate might help offset costs associated with an unplanned death. Additionally, victims of preventable fatal accidents […]

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Jul 18, 2014 - Commercial Vehicle Accidents


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Commercial Vehicle Accidents on Friday, July 18, 2014. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have confirmed the death of a woman who was aboard a bus which overturned in Canada on July 13. According to the RCMP, a commercial tour bus chartered through a Lancaster, Pennsylvania, company was traveling near Neils Harbour, Nova Scotia, when the driver apparently lost control in a turn. The vehicle then hit the shoulder on the side of the road before overturning onto its side. The RCMP says that there were 21 people aboard the chartered bus including the driver at the time of the accident. Most of the passengers were from the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area. They were part of a tour group which had gone to sightsee along the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. A spokesperson with the Cape Breton District Health Authority said that a total of 18 of the passengers involved in the accident were treated at two area hospitals. The RCMP says that two passengers remained in serious but stable condition. Police have not yet issued a cause for the accident. The investigation remains ongoing. People injured in commercial vehicle accidents need to know that the commercial carrier has a duty to exercise reasonable care to ensure the safety and well-being of its passengers. This includes making sure that drivers are physically able to perform their functions and receive appropriate and ongoing training. This means that a commercial carrier can […]

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Jul 15, 2014 - Truck Accidents


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Truck Accidents on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. When most people think of truck accidents, they envision a semi-truck involved in an accident while driving down the interstate. However, truck accidents can involve a wide range of commercial vehicles and a variety of different emergencies. For example, a food truck explosion in Feltonville, Pennsylvania, injured a dozen people. Five of those victims suffered serious burn injuries. The truck accident happened on July 1. According to witnesses, it involved a massive fireball that resulted when the truck’s propane tank exploded. The explosion was so loud and forceful that many who live in the area around Wyoming Avenue and Third Street heard or felt it while in their homes. The two operators of the food truck were critically injured, both with third-degree burns covering more than half their bodies. It’s not known if the woman who was blown out of the truck was the 42-year-old woman or her daughter, who is 18. The others who were seriously injured included two young men and a 13-year-old girl. They are in critical condition. The other seven people who were transported included people trapped in their cars after the explosion. According to those who live in the area, the mother and daughter who operated the truck are from Guatemala. The popular food truck, called “Parrillada Chapina,” is usually parked there on a daily basis. It’s important for those who are injured in truck accidents […]

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Jul 11, 2014 - Motorcycle Accidents


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Friday, July 11, 2014. A recent June 28 motorcycle rally held in Drums, Pennsylvania, helped raise money for veterans. The event is called the UNICO Motorcycle Charity Run and operates in partnership with the Keystone Wounded Warriors. UNICO is an acronym representing Unity, Neighborliness, Charity and Opportunity. The non-profit helps veterans wounded after Sept. 11, 2001 who are facing hardship of some kind. The rally, which was held last Saturday, marked the fourth year of the annual event A spokesperson for UNICO’s Hazelton, Pennsylvania, chapter says that in the past UNICO was geared on only assisting seriously ill people. He says that the organization saw that there were also some veterans who also needed help. Originally, UNICO got its start as an Italian-American service organization found in 1922. The rally normally receives about 100 biker participants and brings in roughly $4,000 in charitable proceeds each year. They are expecting similar numbers for this year’s event. A board member for the Keystone Wounded Warriors says that their organization has experienced tremendous growth in the last several years. He says that when they first began, they were able to assist about six people over the course of six months. Now he estimates that the non-profit hauls in about $250,000 per year and can reach a much wider base. Keystone Wounded Warriors prides itself on forwarding about 80 percent of all donations towards non-cash assistance to veterans, such […]

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