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Oct 29, 2014 - Car Accidents

JUST HOW BIG A PROBLEM IS ALCOHOL IN PENNSYLVANIA CAR ACCIDENTS?

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. It is impossible to watch TV, listen to a radio or even drive along our Pennsylvania highways without being bombarded with advertising warning against drunk driving. However, each year a fair number of Pennsylvania residents are killed in alcohol-related accidents despite the use of expensive advertising campaigns and random DUI checkpoints. According to the Pennsylvania DUI Association, alcohol was a factor in 11,956 accidents during 2012. At least 404 people were killed that same year as a result of drunk driving. One of the most alarming trends in recent DUI statistics is an uptick in the number of young people dying in alcohol-related car crashes. Statistics from 2012 indicate that at least 18 percent of drivers who died between the ages of 16-20 were intoxicated at the time of their deaths. Another young age group, 21-25 years old, accounted for 40 percent of all drinking driver deaths. On average, there are roughly 33 alcohol-related accidents occurring throughout the Commonwealth every day. Additionally, out of those 33 accidents an estimated 1.1 individuals will die as a result of those crashes. The time of day when the majority of people will be killed by drunk drivers occurs between 8:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. Becoming involved in any car accident is always an unpleasant experience, but it is made several times worse when it has been caused by the careless or reckless actions of […]

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Oct 22, 2014 - Motorcycle Accidents

A LOOK AT 2013 PENNSYLVANIA MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inMotorcycle Accidents on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Most Pennsylvania residents are aware that motorcyclists are not currently required to wear helmets throughout the Commonwealth. Certainly, the lack of helmet regulations have led to an increase in traumatic brain injuries during motorcycle collisions. However, the relatively smaller size of motorcycles compared to cars, SUVs and trucks ensures that many motorcyclists will nevertheless receive extensive injuries, regardless of helmet usage. A review of 2013 motorcycle crash statistics compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation supports that theory. According to the report, there were 3,427 total crashes involving motorcycles throughout the state in 2013. Here is a breakdown of the other motorcycle crash stats: — At least 175 of those motorcycle-related accidents resulted in the death of a motorcyclist. — Another 3,034 of those motorcycle accidents resulted in injuries. — The majority of motorcycle accidents involved two-vehicle collisions with cars, light-trucks and SUVs. At least 498 were attributed to cars, and 358 with trucks or SUVs. — There were 94 deaths attributed to motorcyclists not wearing helmets, and 82 deaths attributed to helmeted riders. — Out of all of the motorcyclists involved in accidents, 57.8 percent of them were wearing helmets at the time. Pennsylvania motorcyclists need to know that they have a right to share the road with other vehicles. Motorists are required to keep a lookout for the presence of motorcycles before they merge into another lane or when […]

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Oct 16, 2014 - Premises Liability

DANGEROUS PROPERTY ISSUES RAISED BY FATAL STABBING

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Premises Liability on Thursday, October 16, 2014. On Oct. 9, a bar fight in Delaware County, Pennsylvania left one man in critical condition and another man fleeing from arrest at a local bar. The incident occurred inside the La Cantina Bar in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, which is located in the 6800 block of Market Street. According to police, the victim’s throat was slashed by a knife wielded by another patron who was also visiting the bar at the same time. The victim was hospitalized in extremely critical condition following the stabbing, yet died four days later on Oct. 13 from injuries suffered in the attack. Investigators say the person suspected of stabbing victim is originally from Honduras. He is still on the run although he has been identified. The police are now considering the incident as a homicide. Pennsylvania residents have a right to expect not to be harmed when visiting their favorite restaurants are nightclubs. As discussed in a previous blog post, property owners can incur premises liability when they fail to take reasonable measures to mitigate dangerous property issues. Usually, premises liability cases directly involve the property owner and the injured customer. An example of this might be a landlord’s failure to keep sidewalks free of ice which results in a slip and fall injury to a customer. However, in some circumstances property owners can also be liable by not taking adequate security measures to ensure […]

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Oct 9, 2014 - Commercial Vehicle Accidents

STATISTICS INVOLVING PENNSYLVANIA COMMERCIAL VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Commercial Vehicle Accidents on Thursday, October 9, 2014. When many of us think about vehicle accidents, we instantly conjure images of the smoking and crumpled remains of cars or SUVs on the highway as we travel to and from our destinations. Most of us forget that we also share the roads with fleets of commercial vehicles that also become involved in similar accidents. Commercial vehicles are vehicles hired to move people and things along our roadways. A few examples of these are taxis, chartered motorcoaches, cargo and utility vans and even airport shuttles. The point is that commercial vehicles can be found among nearly every class of vehicle using Pennsylvania roadways. A comprehensive 2012 study of traffic crash statistics reviewed accidents that occur throughout the Commonwealth based on vehicle type. Although the study only singled out commercial buses for its report among the various types of commercial vehicles, there is still much we can learn about the potential frequency of accidents and those types of vehicles. The following are some of the relevant statistics from that report: — Passenger vehicles accounted for the majority of the total 124,092 reported accidents in 2012. Cars were involved in a whopping 89,509 accidents or 72.1 percent of all accidents that year. — Light trucks, vans and SUVs were involved in 59,112 accidents or 47.6 percent of all crashes. — There were 393 accidents involving school buses in 2012, accounting for 0.3 […]

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Oct 2, 2014 - Pedestrian Accidents

PENNSYLVANIA’S NONECONOMIC LOSS LAW AND PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Thursday, October 2, 2014. If you or someone you know has been injured by a vehicle as a pedestrian, then there are a few things you should know about Pennsylvania’s laws regarding pedestrian accidents. Most of us are already aware that pedestrians have the right-of-way in crosswalks and intersections where there are no lights or signals. However, there are also many other situations in which pedestrians also enjoy right-of-way privileges. Some of these include sidewalks that cross driveways and alleyways. Many accidents that involve automobiles and pedestrians quickly devolve into a dispute over which party has the right-of-way at the time of the accident. Establishing this liability is usually the most hotly contested component of many auto vs. pedestrian accidents. Perhaps the reason for this is that Pennsylvania law allows for injured pedestrians to recover non-economic losses for their injuries in such accidents. This means that pedestrians injured by autos can sue for pain and suffering, both past and in the future. For example, a pedestrian injured by an auto might claim damages for disfiguring scars suffered as a result of the accident that results in a lower quality of life. Additionally, plaintiffs might also sue for the potential embarrassment or humiliation that those scars have caused them since the accident and might cause them in the future. Our law firm would like you to know that we have been assisting clients in personal injury […]

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