Monthly Archives: September 2016

Sep 30, 2016 - Wrongful Death


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inWrongful Death on Friday, September 30, 2016. The lone survivor of a tragic crash that cost three passengers their lives has been jailed on charges of vehicular homicide, among others. Although he is alive, the young man is not in good condition. He appeared in court to face charges with visible burn wounds on his face gauze covering much of his head, as well as wearing a neck brace and using a walker to move about. At the time he was unrepresented, and was instructed to fill out the proper paperwork to be assigned a public defender. The youg man commented that he had been trying to obtain a lawyer to represent him, but that the process had all happened very fast, and he had been unable to find representation. In addition to the vehicular homicide charges, the driver is facing charges of firearm possession, marijuana possession, DUI, and accident involving death without a proper license. His bail has been set at $250,000. According to witnesses and court documents, the accident occurred around 1:30 in the morning on May 6, when the the young man in question struck three parked cars while speeding. One of the other vehicles that was struck reportedly burst into flames, and the driver was seen emerging from the vehicle and running across the road, then rolling around on the ground screaming. He was reportedly combative with police officers when they arrived on the […]

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Sep 22, 2016 - Motorcycle Accidents


On behalf of Jeremy D. Puglia, of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Hopefully, you are asking this because you are a concerned Pennsylvania driver who does not want to place motorcyclists in danger. Whatever your reason, it is an excellent question and one that every motorist should be thinking about. As people are going about the business of the day, it is all too easy to overlook motorcycles. They are smaller than cars, they are often unobtrusive and they can slip into blind spots virtually unseen. Whether you’re traveling to and from work or are simply out for a leisurely drive, road safety is everyone’s responsibility. Below are a few valuable tips to keep you and other motorists safe. Know your blind spots: Utilize all of your mirrors and your signals to make sure the path you are choosing is clear. Motorcycles can disappear from view before you even know they are there. Give cyclists space: Instead of relying solely on a motorcycle’s braking lights, give the cycle plenty of room to turn and stop. This also applies with turn signals. Wait a moment to make sure you know what the cyclist is about to do. No lane hogging: A motorcycle is a vehicle just like yours. As such, their spot in the lane belongs to them. Don’t crowd or pass inside the cycle’s space. Commercial vehicles, beware: The size of large commercial vehicles often dwarfs motorcycles. As such, drivers of these […]

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Sep 16, 2016 - Truck Accidents


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inTruck Accidents on Friday, September 16, 2016. Common sense will tell you that every person who takes to the road is at some risk of having a motor vehicle accident. However, there are the fender-benders we are all accustomed to and then there are crashes that result in serious injury or loss of life. Those who face off against large commercial vehicles typically lose the fight, and the consequences are often very severe. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a truck accident in Pennsylvania, you already know these things. Maybe you have even decided to take legal action against the driver and/or company that owns the truck. What you might not know is how important it is for you and your attorney to contribute equally in building an effective partnership. There are two factors that you and your lawyer have in common. You both stand to gain from a successful relationship and you both share a goal of making you whole again. As lawyers who serve Pennsylvania residents, we understand how crucial it is to work together, and we want you to understand that as well. If you have chosen the right attorney, he or she will be committed to you from the outset and will work hard on your behalf. Below are a few things you can do on your end to contribute to a successful partnership with your lawyer. As a […]

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Sep 7, 2016 - Car Accidents


On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Driving is something people do so often that they frequently forget just how serious it is. For many people, it’s the single most dangerous thing they do every day. Not many other daily activities lead to such high levels of injury and even death. As such, Esurance has been trying to raise awareness by releasing a list of things that drivers should never do on the road. It all starts with never using your cellphone. They actually recommend putting it in “Do Not Disturb” mode so that you don’t get calls or texts. On top of that, they warn that playing video games while driving is highly dangerous. They even created a fake crash scene to highlight just how easily a wreck can happen when someone decides to drive and play mobile games. They also warn against drinking hot beverages in the car. While a pumpkin spice latte may sound delicious on that long road trip, coffee is quite dangerous since spilling scalding liquid on your lap will likely cause you to lose control of your car. Finally, drivers are warned not to look at their passengers when driving. It’s very natural to feel rude if you never make eye contact while carrying on a conversation. In the car, though, conversations should always take place with both eyes on the road. The passengers won’t mind, as this will make them much […]

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