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Jan 28, 2016 - Car Accidents

IS IT MORE DANGEROUS TO DRIVE IN COLLEGE TOWNS?

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, January 28, 2016. Many people assume that college students aren’t very good drivers, meaning that driving through a college down could be far more dangerous than a city that isn’t centered around an institution of higher learning. The assumption is that college students are reckless, that they’re more likely to be drunk, that they’re always texting and driving and that this behavior causes accidents at all hours of the day. So, is it true, or is it just an unfair stereotype of college students? While it’s undeniable that the situations described above have happened, the overall stats have actually shown that college towns are not more dangerous than others. In fact, in one study that revealed the five safest cities for drivers, two big college towns were in the top five. Those towns were Fort Collins, Colorado, which was not only the safest city, but is also centered around Colorado State University, and Madison, Wisconsin, home of the University of Wisconsin and fifth on the list. Of course, there are factors connected to college towns that influence accidents, and police have said that most crashes simply happen in congested areas. If the college brings in people and causes the area to be congested, there could be an increase in accidents. However, police did not find that students caused those wrecks more than any other drivers, and they said that age didn’t have as much […]

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Jan 20, 2016 - Pedestrian Accidents

RED LIGHT TURNS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HAZARDOUS FOR PEDESTRIANS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. It hasn’t always been legal to turn right on a red light. In some places, it still isn’t. However, back in the 1970s, the idea gained a lot of momentum, and now it’s common to be able to turn right when a light is red unless there is a sign instructing you not to do so. One issue that seems to go overlooked, though, is that this is and always has been dangerous for pedestrians. When drivers turn right on a red, pedestrians may have a walking symbol on the street onto which the cars are turning. The car then turns through the crosswalk. Of course, drivers are technically supposed to check for pedestrians before they turn, but many just look at the cross traffic in the street. They also may look for people who are walking without seeing faster-moving pedestrians, such as people who are out for a run or riding a bike. So, how big of an issue has this been? It was studied in the 1980s, after right turns on red lights had been legal for roughly a decade. What was found was that accidents with pedestrians in these situations went up by a full 60 percent. Later studies found the same issue. While a right turn on red doesn’t result in an accident very often—just 0.4 percent of the crashes at intersections with signals—the percentage of those […]

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Jan 11, 2016 - Motorcycle Accidents

BLUETOOTH MOTORCYCLE HELMET AIMS TO REDUCE DISTRACTIONS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Monday, January 11, 2016. Experts have noted that the distractions of electronic devices can be just as hazardous for motorcyclists as they can be for drivers who are behind the wheels of cars and trucks. Riders still want to be connected, taking phone calls and keeping in touch with people. They still want to use the GPS to find out where they’re going. They want to listen to music on the go. All of this can be a distraction in a car, but the risk on a motorcycle can be even greater because it not only takes a rider’s eyes off of the road, but it also takes his or her hands off of the handlebars. This can send the bike out of control and cause an accident, especially at high speeds. One solution that has been offered up is a helmet with Bluetooth connectivity. This type of system has been used in automobiles for a while, and it allows things like phones to be connected in a wireless fashion to a vehicle. The same technology can connect the phone right to the helmet so that riders can take a call or change tracks while listening to music, all without picking up the phone. The helmet is also designed to keep the speakers off of the rider’s ears. They’re a slight distance away so that, while riders can hear the devices, they can also still […]

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Jan 6, 2016 - Car Accidents

6 PEOPLE INJURED IN MASSIVE CRASH IN PHILADELPHIA

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. A multi-car accident in Philadelphia landed six people in the hospital just before the new year. One of those was a parole officer for the state of Pennsylvania. Police reported that some of the people involved in the accident became trapped in their vehicles and had to be extricated to take them to area hospitals and trauma centers. The wreck happened on the 29th of December. It was in Fairmount Park, right near Lincoln Drive. Pictures of the scene show firetrucks parked in the street near a number of mangled vehicles, with pieces of some cars lying on the pavement. The crash happened in the middle of the day, right around 12:30, in the typical lunchtime traffic. It took place at the Henry Avenue Bridge. Initial reports indicate that a red SUV was potentially speeding—though the police have not made an official declaration, reporters on the scene said that the SUV was “flying” around a corner—and then other vehicles slammed into it. Some were apparently stopped and run into, while another came up from the back. In the picture, the front ends of two of the vehicles can be seen, with the hoods crumpled. Both vehicles are more neutral in color, though, and the parts on the ground are bright red—apparently having been torn off of the SUV. Reporters said that the SUV may have gone out of control right before […]

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