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May 26, 2016 - Drunk Driving Accidents

DUI ACCIDENTS SPIKE AROUND GRADUATION

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inDrunk Driving Accidents on Thursday, May 26, 2016. When graduation arrives, DUI accidents and fatalities go up. Studies have found that teens between the ages of 16-19 die at a rate of about 3,000 per year from accidents. Alcohol is involved in about a third of these, or 33 percent. On graduation night, though, alcohol is involved in 40 percent. Clearly, drinking and driving is more common around graduation, and the results are on the roads. Other studies have found that about 33 percent of those who are under the legal drinking age — 21 — and who are killed in car accidents die during graduation season. So, why is this such a problem? A lot of it is just the mentality that comes along with graduating. Students are excited to be done; many of them have been working hard to get through exams and stressed about graduation. They think they can finally relax without worrying about anything, and they’re not as careful as they should be. In some cases, parents are involved. Drinking while under 21 may be illegal, but there are many graduation parties where this happens and the parents don’t supervise. Sometimes, parents may even provide the alcohol, thinking that this is a monumental day that proves that their child is now an adult. They can be more lax about the rules than they would be on a regular basis. Unfortunately, plenty of people who […]

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May 23, 2016 - Commercial Vehicle Accidents

DELIVERY TRUCK DRIVER SUED FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLE ACCIDENT

By Drake Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Commercial Vehicle Accidents on Friday, May 23, 2014. A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, woman is suing a delivery truck driver and his employers for their role in a commercial vehicle accident. Attorneys representing the woman allege that both parties are responsible for causing a chain reaction car accident with a delivery truck. The lawsuit, which was filed at the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, says that on May 9, 2012, the defendant driver engaged in negligent behavior by speeding and not having proper control of his vehicle when he slammed into a car that was stopped at a red light. The suit also alleges that the owner of the company bears some liability for the accident due to his employment of the driver. According to the plaintiff’s complaint, the force of the crash began a chain reaction of other cars smashing into each other until the impetus of the crash finally ended with a car being driven into the rear of her Honda CRV. The plaintiff and her daughter were injured. The series of collision took place on Main Street in Darby, Pennsylvania. Although the plaintiff is seeking damages totaling more than $150,000 for the commercial vehicle accident, she says that her daughter also suffered injuries in the crash that may affect her quality of life well into the future. The plaintiff says that she received permanent injuries to her back and spine. Additionally, the plaintiff states that […]

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May 20, 2016 - Car Accidents

PENNSYLVANIA MAN DIES IN CAR ACCIDENT

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, May 20, 2016. A man from Pennsylvania was recently killed in a car accident, and three teenagers were hurt in the wreck. The man, who was a passenger in the car, was 39 years old. The accident happened at about a quarter to nine in the evening, according to the police. A 19-year-old woman was driving her car on Route 19, going south, but she drifted off of the roadway for some reason. Her car first hit a guardrail, which knocked it into a sideways spin, and then it slammed into a tree. Since the car spun before the impact, it did not hit the tree head-on, but slammed into it with the passenger side. That’s where the 39-year-old man was sitting, and he was killed in the impact. He had lived in Potter County. The teens in the car were injured in the wreck. All of them — the other two teens were males — were 19 years old. The emergency crews extracted them from the scene and took them to Jones Memorial Hospital, which is located in Wellsville, New York. They are being treated there, though the exact extent of their injuries was not reported. The State Police are still looking into the wreck, trying to figure out what caused the car to drift off of the road in the first place. Pictures from the scene show a small black car buried […]

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May 20, 2016 - Car Accidents

EARLY-MORNING COLLISION BETWEEN A MINIVAN AND A TRACTOR-TRAILER

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Monday, May 20, 2013. Truck drivers often engage in late night or early morning driving. Pennsylvania residents often witness truck drivers traveling long distances throughout the late night hours. The increasing number of trucks and large vehicles on the road makes it more likely for these vehicles to become involved in a collision. When a car accident occurs and a truck is involved, not only is there a wreck, but there could also be seriously injured drivers and passengers. Often these types of crashes result in lane or road closures and increased traffic. A two-vehicle collision recently occurred in Bethlehem Township on Route 22. A minivan and a tractor-trailer crashed just before 4 a.m. The truck was hauling cement at the time of the accident. Emergency crews responded to the incident and assessed those involved in the wreck. A man was trapped in the minivan for a short amount of time and the van sustained a significant amount of damage to the front-end of the vehicle. It wasn’t clear if both drivers were injured, but the injuries suffered were described as being minor. Police are still investigating the accident and they have not determined the cause of the collision. A person injured in an accident like this might be able to file a personal injury claim if the negligence of the other driver contributed to the accident. An award from a suit could cover medical bills, […]

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May 13, 2016 - Premises Liability

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR INJURIES ON A CRACKED SIDEWALK?

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inPremises Liability on Friday, May 13, 2016. If the sidewalk outside of someone’s home is cracked and in poor repair, it may be slightly annoying. However, it may not be something he or she is really interested in fixing. The repair job may be too expensive, the person may be planning on moving — and therefore hesitant to make long-term repairs — or he or she may just not feel like putting in the time and effort. The homeowner may believe that it’s up to the city to make the repairs. The thing that people need to remember, though, is that repairing the sidewalk may subject them to liability if someone is injured on it If maintenance is not done, those who are injured may be able to seek compensation through a premises liability case. There is significant precedent for this in Pennsylvania. Back in 1998, a woman was walking along a cracked sidewalk when she tripped and fell. She hurt her shoulder and her wrist, and four of her teeth were knocked out. Considering these substantial injuries and the monetary costs that went along with them, she decided to sue the people who owned the adjacent house. The case was finally decided in 2004, and she won. The court ruled that the three family members who owned the house were primarily liable. If you’ve been injured because someone else did not take proper care of their property […]

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May 6, 2016 - Drunk Driving Accidents

CAN YOUR PASSENGERS DRINK IN THE CAR?

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Friday, May 6, 2016. You know that you can’t actively drink while driving a vehicle, but what about your passengers? Is is legal for someone to be drinking in the back seat while you’re driving? In Pennsylvania, it’s not. The open container laws were created to stop exactly this type of situation, and they make it illegal to have any type of alcohol open in your vehicle. This means that a passenger who is holding an open beer, for example, would be in violation of those laws. This is important for people not from Pennsylvania to remember, as well, since open container laws are set on a state-by-state basis, and not all states have them. Activities than may not be illegal elsewhere could be in violation of the law in Pennsylvania, so never assume you know what you can and cannot do based on outside laws. These laws were originally set up to help stop drunk driving. If the container couldn’t even be open, it made it harder for drivers who were pulled over to just set a bottle aside and claim they hadn’t had anything to drink. Having the open bottle itself was still a violation. This is also the reason that some restaurants will put your wine in a sealed plastic bag if you order the whole bottle and then you don’t drink the entire thing. By sealing it, they’re allowing you […]

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