Monthly Archives: May 2015

May 27, 2015 - Car Accidents


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Ask any group of random people about distracted driving and the chances are that at least a few of them will mention cellphones. While it’s true that the use of cellphones to talk or text while driving is dangerous, it’s also important to remember that distracted driving comes in many other forms. Basically, anything that draws a driver’s attention away from operating one’s vehicle could potentially become a source of distraction. This is important because according to a 2011 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, distracted driving played a role in over 387,000 vehicle accidents involving injury. Even worse, that agency claims that distracted driving was a factor in the deaths of over 3,000 motorists that same year. Besides cellphones, the use of other electronic devices such as GPS navigational systems, tablets and now smart watches are all examples of things that could potentially steal focus away from drivers. Additionally, drivers reaching for objects under their seats or in other areas of the car are potential hazards. Applying makeup, dealing with an excited pet or fastening children in car seats are some other avoidable forms of distraction. Pennsylvania law allows injured motorists to seek recovery for their injuries from drivers who cause those preventable accidents. The fact of the matter is that even a relatively minor fender bender can result in victims requiring medical treatment. Those accidents might even cause them […]

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May 21, 2015 - Wrongful Death


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Thursday, May 21, 2015. In Pennsylvania, a wrongful death occurs when someone causes the death of another person through negligent, wrongful or criminal actions. Obviously, in cases involving criminal actions prosecutors will attempt to convict the responsible party and put them behind bars. However, civil courts typically handle cases where a responsible party causes the death of another person through some manner of negligence. An airbag manufacturer whose product unintentionally kills victims after becoming damaged from excessive humidity might be a good example of this type of wrongful death. In such an example, it may be rather straightforward to assess proper compensation for the victim’s family when it comes to the economic loss they will suffer from losing their family member. For example, an award for economic damages would likely include calculations regarding the victim’s annual income and likely potential for lifetime earnings. These are gifts and services that victim would probably contribute to his or her spouse and children. But what about the non-economic damages of pain and suffering? Oftentimes, it’s tough for a jury to put an actual dollar amount on those types of contributions. This is especially true with pain and suffering. Perhaps a good way to conceptualize this is to consider the deceased victims relationships with individual family members. For example, a child whose parent spent every available free moment of their time with them would likely miss out on […]

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May 13, 2015 - Premises Liability


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Premises Liability on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Floor mats used in commercial settings often receive little notice until something goes wrong. This is because most of us encounter commercial floor mats almost every day. They are used in convenience stores near entrances as well as underneath soda dispensers. Many restaurants also employ the use of mats in their kitchens and preparation areas. These mats help to provide no-slip traction in areas where frequent spills of liquids and other slippery substances frequently occur. Despite their obvious advantages, improper placement and care of these commercial mats can create slip and fall hazards of their own. This is important because accidents involving slips, trips and falls represent the number one cause of insurance claims made by customers throughout the retail industry. These types of accidents are also one of several leading causes of employee accidents. Here are some tips that can make the use of commercial mats safer for everyone: — Selecting the proper type of mat is important. A good match should have beveled edges and thick rubber backing to prevent rolling objects such as carts and dollies from bunching it up. Bunched mats can cause people walking over them to trip on the uneven surface. — The amount of expected foot traffic should influence proper mat selection. A map that is at least five feet in length will usually have sufficient weight and size to remain secured to the […]

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May 7, 2015 - Drunk Driving Accidents


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Thursday, May 7, 2015. Authorities say that it was not alcohol, but amphetamines that played a significant role in an accident last fall that claimed the life of an elderly woman in a tragic two-vehicle accident. Investigators say that a 36-year-old woman from Quakertown, Pennsylvania, was under the influence of drugs when her car smashed into a car driven by the victim around 7:00 p.m. on the night of Nov. 21, 2014. The fatal accident occurred in Horsham, Pennsylvania, near the intersection of Easton Road and County Line Road. News reports say that the 71-year-old victim, formally of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was near that intersection along with four other passengers in her Nissan Rogue just prior to the accident. Investigators believe that the traffic signal had been red for seven seconds when the defendant’s car ran that light in her Jeep Wrangler and impacted the victim’s vehicle. First responders pronounced the elderly driver dead on the scene. The four passengers that were in the victim’s vehicle were listed as injured by the crash, although the extent of their injuries is unknown. The driver of the Jeep Wrangler has since pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle, DUI, four counts of recklessly endangering another person and failure to stop at a red light. The defendant is currently awaiting sentencing while out on bail. Pennsylvania motorists who are injured due to the criminal or negligent actions of another […]

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