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Aug 28, 2015 - Car Accidents

PENNSYLVANIAN DIES OF CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES SUFFERED 50 YEARS AGO

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, August 28, 2015. Injuries caused by car accidents can be devastating enough to change a person’s life. However, a Pennsylvania case demonstrates just how life-changing and ultimately life-ending, such injuries can be. A man who was injured by a car 50 years ago when he was a child was still undergoing treatment as the result of his injuries when he died from them on Aug. 24. The victim was just 8 years old when he and another boy were hit by a car in July 1965. The other boy sustained only minor injuries. However, the man who died this week suffered broken legs and massive head injuries. According to a deputy coroner, he “required a lifetime of treatment and basically he was paralyzed” by the crash, which occurred in Allentown. His death was determined to have been caused by the injuries he suffered when the car hit him. The deputy coroner said that he never fully recovered from them. As unusual as this case seems, it’s not unprecedented. This year a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, man succumbed to injuries that he sustained when he was hit by a car in 1980. No one can know with certainty how injuries sustained in a car accident will impact them in the future. That’s why any civil litigation against the at-fault driver needs to take into consideration medical treatment, physical therapy, lost wages and other expenses that may occur further […]

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Aug 20, 2015 - Commercial Vehicle Accidents

CAN I STILL SUE IF I WAS INJURED IN A RIDE-SHARING VEHICLE?

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Commercial Vehicle Accidents on Thursday, August 20, 2015. In case you haven’t heard by now, ride-sharing services are giving traditional taxicab companies a run for their money. High-tech firms like Uber and Lyft provide customers with similar point-to-point transportation services at a substantially reduced price. In fact, Lyft says that its services costs as much as 30 percent less than traditional taxicab fares. The problem that originates after an accident involving one of these vehicles is at the heart of how ride-sharing works in general. Typically, drivers for these services are considered independent contractors who work indirectly for their parent companies. These drivers operate their own vehicles and use proprietary software apps — usually via their smart phones — to put them in touch with potential customers. Those customers are also linked to the parent company through that same software program. A customer merely needs to open an app on their phone and request a driver to a specific location. Then the parent ride-sharing company retrieves the customer’s electronic payment information and routes an available driver to the customer’s location. The ride-sharing parent company later splits a share of that profit with the driver. Although this technology is relatively new, there has already been precedent set with regards to accidents and which party should incur liability. In one 2013 case, Uber has since tentatively settled a wrongful death lawsuit brought by family of a 6-year-old girl who had […]

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Aug 14, 2015 - Premises Liability

COUNTY FAIR ATTEMPTS TO LIMIT DANGEROUS PROPERTY ACCIDENTS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Premises Liability on Friday, August 14, 2015. Safety officials working for the Fayette County Fair are attempting to limit accidents and other medical emergencies at the popular summer venue. Perhaps one of the biggest challenges to public safety at the fair is the summer heat. Excessive heat can cause health problems for visitors unaccustomed to spending long periods of time in the sun. Higher temperatures can also accelerate food spoilage. Each year, inspectors with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services travel to the fair prior to its opening day. Once on scene, a handful of safety inspectors check out food vending trailers and other outlets preparing consumable goods for fairgoers. Last year, the inspectors found 16 food safety violations among the fair’s food vendors. The inspections at the fair aren’t just limited to food. According to the owner of many of the fair’s mechanical rides, each day a licensed inspector will also oversee 26 of the rides scheduled to be in operation at the fair. The Department of Agriculture also maintains a database on the last time those rides were inspected. An estimated 20 to 30 security staff personnel will be on hand daily. They are tasked with keeping order among the large crowds and visiting animals. Last year, a horse that bolted from the fairgrounds sparked a civil lawsuit after it collided with a passing vehicle on Route 119. The horse […]

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Aug 7, 2015 - Wrongful Death

MOTORCYCLE FATALITIES AND WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Friday, August 7, 2015. If you speak to motorcycle enthusiasts about why they love to ride the conversation will likely turn to the concept of freedom. Freedom from the feeling of being enclosed within the confines of a vehicle, and freedom to enjoy the open air as they travel along the road. Unfortunately, it is that exposure and lack of protection that is also one of the main reasons why motorcycle accidents are often more deadly than other modes of transportation. In fact, in a previous article on our website we revealed how statistics taken in 2011 indicate that thenumber of victims killed in motorcycle accidents was 30 times higher than accidents involving cars. Pennsylvania residents need to know that other motorists have a duty to exercise reasonable care while operating their vehicles. They must look out for motorcyclists around them. In fact, Pennsylvania wrongful death statutes allow family members to sue individuals who are responsible for the wrongful, negligent or criminal death of others. Those surviving family members are entitled to sue for damages related to the loss of income the victims may have likely earned over the course of their lifetimes, as well as any medical and funeral expenses related to the victims’ care and burial. Wrongful death victims’ family may also be entitled to sue for the loss of companionship they have experienced as the result of the death of their loved […]

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