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Sep 17, 2014 - Premises Liability

ABSENCE OF FIRE DETECTORS CREATE DANGEROUS PROPERTY SITUATION

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Premises Liability on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. A recent fire that claimed the lives of four children in Roseland, Illinois, earlier this month is a reminder that landlords play a significant role in reducing the dangerousness of the properties they rent. Speculation is now growing that the four dead children, ranging in age between 7 and 15 years old, may have perished in the second-floor apartment where they lived due to a lack of working smoke detectors in the dwelling. Sadly, the apartment did have smoke detectors in the apartment’s hallway. Although it has not yet been established whether the lack of fire alarms played a significant role in the Chicago, Illinois, area fire, similar questions remain about other deadly fires. Just as recently as July, an eerily similar tragedy occurred when four children died in a fast-moving Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, fire. The young victims in that heartbreaking catastrophe were only between the ages of 1 month and 4 years old. Authorities did manage to locate two smoke detectors near the area where the children perished but were unable to determine whether the smoke detectors were functional at the time of the fire. In still another fire here in Pennsylvania, a home in Bethlehem claimed the lives of another four young children back in 2008. In that tragedy, firefighters managed to locate only one smoke detector in the entire building. The device did not have any batteries installed in […]

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Sep 12, 2014 - Motorcycle Accidents

VETERAN’S TRIBUTE RIDE HONORS MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT VICTIM

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Friday, September 12, 2014. On September 5, a group of Meadville, Pennsylvania, military veterans and bikers participated in a motorcycle rally organized to pay tribute to a fallen comrade. Roughly 25 veterans on motorcycles and other supporters participated in the event. Their primary goal was to escort the family of a deceased veteran who died in a California hit-and-run accident as they recovered his remains. It remains unknown whether police in California have discovered the identity of the hit-and-run driver. The body of the victim, a 22-year-old active-duty Marine sergeant and former resident of the Meadville-Saegertown area, was sent to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after the young man was killed in California on Aug. 28 while riding his Suzuki GSXR motorcycle. Family members, friends and other supporters of the event gathered at a Meadville funeral home before setting off for Pittsburgh. A former Iraq veteran helped organize the event. A limousine was provided for the victim’s family, along with a hearse for the retrieval of the young man’s body, and other assorted vehicles to help transport friends and mourners to and from the Pittsburgh International Airport. The convoy was expected to pick up more members of other veteran’s groups wishing to participate in the ride in support of their fallen comrade. The convoy received a police escort as it left Meadville. That escort was later replaced by another out of Vernon Township as the convoy made its […]

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Sep 3, 2014 - Car Accidents

ALARMING TRENDS IN DISTRACTED-DRIVING RELATED CAR ACCIDENTS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. As previously reported on our law blog, the growing trend of distracted driving has been fueled by the popular appeal of handheld electronic devices. In June 2014, Just Drive PA, a Pennsylvania organization dedicated to increasing public awareness about distracted driving, launched a publicity campaign related to that effort. Perhaps one of the most important aspects of Just Drive PA’s campaign was that it brought attention to the fact that distracted driving is more than just when someone looks at their cellphone. It’s also caused by eating, smoking, applying makeup, reaching for something in the back seat and more. Now, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is reporting that distracted driving accidents are on the rise. Even worse, those statistics fly in stark contrast to the fact that in 2013, the number of highway deaths occurring throughout the Commonwealth recently fell to 1,208. That’s the lowest number of traffic deaths ever reported since Pennsylvania started keeping track back in 1928. According to PennDOT, fatalities actually increase in distracted driving related crashes. There were 64 such crashes in 2013 resulting in death. That number represents a total of 57 additional fatalities than the previous year. As these numbers demonstrate, the chances that Pennsylvania motorists will be injured by distracted drivers have grown exponentially. If you have been injured as the result of a preventable accident caused by a distracted driver-related car accident, you […]

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