Monthly Archives: February 2016

Feb 25, 2016 - Motorcycle Accidents


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Thursday, February 25, 2016. When looking at the raw stats, it appears that motorcycle deaths make up just a small portion of all traffic deaths—just 14 percent. That leaves another 86 percent to be divided among categories like drivers, passengers and pedestrians. However, the key thing to remember is that there are far fewer motorcycles on the road, so the total percentage is naturally going to be smaller. When you factor this in, it becomes apparent that motorcycle accident death rates are actually quite high. On the whole, motorcycles accounted for less than a single percent of all of the total vehicle miles traveled in the United States. This statistic is actually more important than looking at the amount of motorcycles and contrasting it with the amount of cars. Many people who own motorcycles do not use them very frequently. They don’t use them as daily drivers and they park them in the garage for the winter, for example. Because of this, the amount of vehicle miles traveled gives a more accurate picture of how common motorcycles are. If they led to just as many deaths as other vehicles, they’d also come in with less than one percent of the total deaths. The fact that they come in at 14 percent shows a stark difference between the two. The statistics used to reach these numbers came from studies of accident death rates between 2008 and […]

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Feb 19, 2016 - Car Accidents


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, February 19, 2016. You may have heard that driver error causes the majority of accidents, and that’s true, but it’s important to note that it’s not the only reason. There are four main causes to consider in Pennsylvania, so it’s time to take a look at them, starting with the fourth-most common reason and working up to the first. — 4. Equipment Failure This can take on a lot of different forms, but it essentially means that the driver does nothing wrong and crashes because a part of the vehicle breaks on the road. This could mean the brakes go out, the gas pedal gets stuck or that the windshield wipers fail in a storm. — 3. Roadway Design When a road is laid out poorly, it can cause sight lines that make it hard for drivers to see turns or where other traffic is merging in. Issues with materials can also mean a road surface causes a crash. Additionally, the devices used to control traffic—stoplights and road signs—could be set up ineffectively or in a confusing manner. — 2. Poor Roadway Maintenance Poor maintenance to the road itself could cause huge potholes that damage vehicles or cause accidents. Loose materials can also make drivers lose traction. Additionally, stoplights and other devices could break down so that drivers don’t know what to do. — 1. Driver Behavior As noted above, the behavior of drivers […]

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Feb 11, 2016 - Car Accidents


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, February 11, 2016. A missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was killed in Pennsylvania when she was involved in a car accident with a school bus. The woman, who was 20 years old and was from Utah, was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed. Three other missionaries were with her in the vehicle, and they were taken to medical centers for treatment, though they are all expected to recover. Two children who were on the school bus were also injured and received treatment, and their injuries were described as minor. There were a total of 32 children on the bus at the time of the crash. The church put out a statement offering support to the family who had lost their daughter and for those who were recovering. They praised the example that was set by the young woman who passed away and noted that others were blessed with her friendship. The crash happened on snowy roads at the intersection where W Trindle Road and North Locust Point Road come together. Pictures from the scene show the small vehicle sitting near the bus, with heavy damage that caused the roof to cave in and bent the car down in the middle, covered in snow as emergency crews work to clear the wreckage. Descriptions of the accident say that it was the bus that struck the smaller vehicle. When loved […]

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Feb 1, 2016 - Wrongful Death


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Monday, February 1, 2016. If a family member is injured, he or she may be planning on starting up a personal injury lawsuit, depending on how the injury occurred. For example, if your spouse is injured in a car accident caused by a negligent, reckless driver, the two of you may start planing a lawsuit to recover the financial losses while the person is still getting treatment at the hospital. What should you do, though, if the person passes away before that lawsuit officially begins? One option may be to start a wrongful death lawsuit. The key to that suit will be how and why the person passed away. For instance, if the injuries directly led to the person’s death—perhaps his or her condition worsened over time—then you and other family members do have a right to look into a wrongful death case. A person does not have to die immediately for it to be a wrongful death. There just has to be a clear link from the death back to the incident itself. One complication, though, is if the person passes away from some unrelated issue, so there is not a link. Then a wrongful death lawsuit may not be appropriate. For example, if the person is injured and being treated but then dies from an unrelated illness or simply from natural causes, a wrongful death suit may not fit. As you can imagine, […]

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