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Jan 16, 2017 - Commercial Vehicle Accidents

The Impact of Winter Conditions on Commercial Truck Drivers

If you have been injured by a commercial truck driver contact us online or call Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC at 888-777-7098 to discuss your rights and options under the law.  An experienced Easton truck accident attorney can help you through the entire legal process and work to get you the compensation you deserve. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a report, Weather and Climate Impacts on Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety, on commercial truck driving in winter conditions. According to the report: Heavy snow causes delays, road closures, loss of traction, loss of visibility and other truck driver control problems. Surface temperatures on bridges and ramps cool more rapidly than the surrounding roadbeds, producing hazardous local icing conditions that can result in crashes, fatalities, and property damage. Black ice and light frozen precipitation glazes roads as temperatures fall over a short period, which causes vehicles to lose traction. Winter conditions also place additional stress on commercial truck components, such as the cooling system, defrosting and heating equipment, wipers and washers, tires and chains, windows and mirrors, handholds and deck plates, radiator shutters and exhaust systems. Many states have imposed special laws on tucker drivers to help deal with winter conditions, such as requiring commercial trucks to carry and use tire chains as snow conditions warrant.  Midwestern and northeastern states are particularly susceptible to sever winter conditions and truckers using roads in these states must act responsibly to protect themselves and other drivers. Safety Steps for Commercial Truck […]

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Jan 13, 2017 - Personal Injury

Snow, Ice and Customer Safety

Slips and falls can lead to serious and sometimes permanent injuries and even death.  Contact us online or call Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC at 888-777-7098 if you have been hurt in a slip and fall.  We have the experience to help you get a medical evaluation you can trust and identify the party responsible for your injuries. We will work with you through the entire legal process. Slip and Fall Facts The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) has complied the following facts about slips and falls: Slip and falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits and slip and falls are the leading cause of visits (21.3% of all visits are attributed to slip and falls). Fractures are the most likely serious consequence of slip and falls (they occur in 5% of all people who experience a fall). Such falls are the primary cause of days not worked. Each year in the United States, one of every three persons over the age of 65 will experience a fall (1.8 million people over the age of 65 were treated annually in an emergency room because of a fall). The cost of all these falls is staggering.  The NFSI reports that compensation and medical costs associated with slip and fall accidents is approximately $70 billion annually.  These costs include medical expenses, lost wages and reduced productivity. If you have been injured in a slip and fall while visiting a business, contact us so we can help you get the […]

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Jan 11, 2017 - Personal Injury

A Look at Food Product Recalls

Contact us online or call Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC at 888-777-7098 to discuss any injuries you or a loved one may have suffered from consuming an unsafe food product.  An experienced Stroudsburg personal injury attorney can help identify the responsible party and work to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Recent Food Recalls Foodsafety.gov notes that last year, the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) collaborated with the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”), Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), and other public health officials to investigate a serious outbreak of Listeria infections.  Evidence indicates that frozen vegetables produced by CRF Frozen Foods is one likely source of the outbreak. Another investigation by public health and regulatory officials found that raw milk produced by Miller’s Organic Farm in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania was the likely source of another outbreak.  According to the CDC, at least one person in Florida died as a result of this outbreak. These outbreaks are considered serious and you should investigate whether any frozen foods or dairy products that you may have in your home are from these producers or any other producer going through a recall. To view recent recalls you should visit the CDC Current Outbreak List and Foodsafety.gov regularly.  Stay informed of all ongoing food recalls and if you ever have a concern about food you have purchased or eaten, contact health officials immediately – then contact our office to discuss your legal options if you have sustained injuries from such problematic food. […]

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Jan 9, 2017 - Car Accidents

Winter Driving in Pennsylvania

If you have been injured by someone’s reckless driving, an Allentown car accident attorney can be your guide throughout the legal process.  We can manage your claim so you can manage your recovery.  Call Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC at 888-777-7098 for help. How Do Winter Conditions Impact Driving? According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (“PennDOT”) there are “nearly 40,000 miles of roads and 25,000 bridges statewide — which translates into nearly 96,000 snow-lane miles, or enough to circle the globe nearly four times” – PennDOT Winter Driving.  Operating your vehicle safely on these roadways in ideal conditions can be challenging, but even experienced drivers will want to exercise extra caution when confronted by snow, sleet and other dangerous Pennsylvania weather conditions. During the 2014-2015 winter, PennDOT recorded 552 crashes, 279 injuries, and 4 deaths resulting from winter driving conditions where aggressive driving behaviors were crash factors.  Winter weather conditions negatively impact the operation of vehicles and you should never drive aggressively during the winter months. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration reports that winter weather conditions such as snow or sleet, icy pavements and slush were responsible for a large percentage of weather-related accidents.  Winter weather conditions leading to accidents can be broken down as follows: 17% of accidents occurred during snow or sleet, 13% of accidents occurred on icy pavement, and 14% of weather-related crashes took place on snowy or slushy pavement. These winter conditions slow vehicle response times, cause drivers to lose vehicle control […]

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Jan 6, 2017 - Dog Bite Injuries

Property Owners and Vicious Animals

Owners of vicious animals that harm innocent people should be held responsible for those injuries.  If you have been attacked by a vicious animal contact us online or call Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC at 888-777-7098 to discuss your rights and options under the law. Dog Bite Statistics According to public education website DogBite.org, 34 dog bite-related fatalities occurred in the U.S. in 2015. Most of the attacks came from breeds that have historically been bred for protection, such as pit bulls and Rottweilers.  DogBite.org also reports that in 2015, a large percentage of the fatality victims were children 9 years of age and younger. A much smaller percentage were adults under the age of 60.  However, the percentage of fatal attacks by dogs jumped up again for those 60 years old and older. These statistics show that those who are generally least able to protect themselves, but also least likely to be trespassers or criminals, are those most likely to be attacked and killed by dogs. Dog attacks can occur almost anywhere and with any type of dog.  However, dog ownership information for 2015 showed that non-family dogs inflicted the most dog bite fatalities and over two-thirds of all deaths occurred on the dog owner’s property. Dogs tend to be products of their environments and they are often misused and abused to become vicious.  When a property owner trains an animal to attack strangers, he or she must take steps to ensure that other innocent people do not get […]

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Jan 4, 2017 - Personal Injury

The Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards Violations

While on the job, your safety and the safety of your co-workers should be placed before company profits.  If you have been injured while working, contact us online or call Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC at 888-777-7098 for help. A Look at the Most Frequently Cited Safety Violations In 2016, the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a report containing the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards violations for 2015: Fall protections (preventing employees from falling off overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls). Hazard communication standards (information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers). Scaffolding (proper support for employees working at elevations). Respiratory protections (protecting workers against insufficient oxygen, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors and sprays). Control of hazardous energy (protecting workers from electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, or other sources in machines and equipment that can be hazardous). Powered industrial trucks (safe operation of vehicles designed to assist). Ladders (secure and proper use of ladders assisting workers in reaching elevated places). Electrical (preventing workers from contacting unsafe or open electrical currents). Machinery and Machine Guarding (safeguarding workers from any machine part, function or process that could cause harm). Electrical systems design (proper design of electrical systems to prevent unnecessary risk of harm to employees). Companies must take steps to inspect their property for dangers to their workers.  They must also act reasonably when attempting […]

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