Monthly Archives: December 2015

Dec 30, 2015 - Motorcycle Accidents


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. There are two basic choices when looking at motorcycle helmets. First, you can wear an open-faced helmet, which surrounds your head and leaves the face exposed, often for a pair of sunglasses or goggles. Second, you can wear a full-face helmet that has a bar going around your chin. There are other specialty helmets that don’t perfectly fit into these classes, but they are the main two. So, which one is safer? It’s hard to argue that the open-face helmet could ever be safer. This does not mean it is unsafe, but it simply can’t compete with the full-face design, which puts more helmet and structure right where a rider needs it the most. That extra bar gives the helmet more stability and durability in a crash, whereas the open-face design could still allow a rider’s face to connect directly with another object—like a car—during a wreck. In fact, some people have gone so far as to write out percentages showing what the odds are that different parts of a person’s face will hit a car in an accident. For the crown of the head, it’s only 1.8 percent. For the back of the head, it’s 6.5 percent. For the forehead, the percentage comes in at 8.2. For that chin bar, though, the stats show that there is a 19.4 percent chance that it will hit something. It’s clearly the area […]

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Dec 22, 2015 - Pedestrian Accidents


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. Tracking pedestrian accidents and the times they tend to happen can be fairly straightforward. For example, most of these crashes happen during “peak periods,” which occur in the morning and afternoon. They largely coincide with the times when people go to work or head home from work. At these times, there are the most cars on the road and greater numbers of pedestrians, so crashes are statistically more likely. Fatal accidents, though, happen later in the day. They are most common after five, when most people get out of work, and before 11 at night. Contributing factors during this time include darkness, alcohol use, and higher traffic numbers than are seen in the middle of the day. For kids, the greatest dangers are in the early summer, in May, June and July. It has been speculated that this is simply because children are out of school for these months, before returning in August or September. They are also more likely to be outside in the summer in Pennsylvania, when it is warmest. For older pedestrians, daylight hours are actually the most dangerous. This is when the elderly are outside most often—seeing as how many of them are past retirement age—and so crashes are more common than the morning and evening, when they tend to be at home. As you can see, different groups of people have their own risk factors and […]

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Dec 16, 2015 - Motorcycle Accidents


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The disadvantages that a motorcycle has when compared to a car are well known. The sheer weight of the motorcycle is lower, for instance, so it will fair poorly in an accident with a larger vehicle. A motorcycle also lacks safety features like airbags or a cage to protect the riders. However, are there any advantages that it enjoys? In fact, there are a few. For one thing, because of its small size and weight, a motorcycle is pretty agile. If the rider is paying attention, he or she may be able to avoid an accident that a larger vehicle—like a semi-truck—could never avoid. Another advantage is that a motorcycle can stop in a hurry. This doesn’t mean that the accident will always be avoided, but it can be altered. For example, if a car pulls out in front of a motorcycle, the driver may be able to lay the bike down on its side and slide, stopping without impacting the car, whereas another car would have slammed into it head-on. A motorcycle is also maneuverable and it can quickly swerve out of the way of an accident. The rider may be able to completely avoid the wreck. This ability is enhanced by the small size. A motorcycle rider could swerve into a small bike lane on the side of a road, for example. Even if an alert driver swerved a […]

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Dec 10, 2015 - Premises Liability


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Premises Liability on Thursday, December 10, 2015. If a property owner makes no effort to remove snow and ice from his or her property and then someone slips and is injured as a result, the injured party can start a premises liability lawsuit. This lawsuit can be used to force the owner to pay for the injuries since he or she neglected the snow and allowed the area to become dangerous. There are specific ways this has to be done. The legal code in Philadelphia, for instance, says that the person must create a path that is at least 36 inches wide. That goes for any sidewalks on the property. A big question, then, is how soon these sidewalks have to be cleared. How long does it take for the property owner to be neglectful? Again, the code in Philly can be consulted, and it says that the person has six hours. These begin when the snow stops falling. Obviously, this can be a bit hard to track, but it generally means that the person does have some time after a storm hits. The law is written this way to avoid punishing property owners who couldn’t have done anything differently. For example, what if the owner has to work an eight-hour shift and it snows in the middle of the day? He or she may not even get back and see the accumulation for four hours. People who […]

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Dec 2, 2015 - Car Accidents


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Car accidents may feel random when they happen, but looking at the trends can help to show that they’re not as random as some people assume. Below are some interesting facts that can shed light on how and why accidents occur. 1. Roughly 40 percent of fatal accidents are linked to alcohol. When looking just at crashes after midnight and before three in the morning, this percentage jumps to roughly 75 percent. 2. Around 15 school children are hit and killed by school buses every year. Typically, this happens when children are returning from school, between three and four in the afternoon. 3. Some reports have shown that men cause far more accidents than women, with estimates ranging up to double the accidents for men. 4. Of all different kinds of accidents—such as head-on collisions or side impacts—the deadliest type of wreck is the rollover. 5. Those who are between 16 years old and 20 years old are statistically more likely to be hurt or killed in a wreck than any age group. 6. Typically, accidents happen within roughly two or three miles of a person’s house. This is, in large part, due to the fact that people drive close to home more often. However, this does dispel the myth that vacations are dangerous and cause more wrecks. 7. Hatchbacks and sports cars are more likely to be involved in accidents […]

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