When Purchasing a Car, Safety Should Be A Priority. As Personal Injury Attorneys, at Drake, Hileman & Davis, we often see the difference that the size a vehicle makes in how seriously someone is injured in an accident. Frequently, consumers look at price, style, fuel economy and color when making a car selection, when they really should be looking at vehicle safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (“IIHS”) has found that some of the smallest cars have the highest death rates during car accidents. Chuck Farmer, President of IIHS, has stated, “If you hit something bigger than you, you are more likely to die . . . Physics matter. The bigger the vehicle, the safer you are in an accident.” Specifically, an IIHS’ study found that the Hyundai Accent had the most accident deaths (104), between 2012 to 2015, out of the 208 models of cars that were analyzed. Other small cars, such as the Kia Rio, Scion tC, Chevrolet Spark, and Nissan Versa also ranked very high for deadly car accidents. Hyundai defended its Accent, saying, “The Hyundai Accent meets or exceeds all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards set by the U.S. government and performs well in various safety tests and is rated a 4-star overall by NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).” Bigger is Actually Better While meeting certain safety standards is a minimum, there is no question that larger cars perform much better than smaller vehicles, in automobile accidents. Cars like the Jeep Cherokee, Mazda CX-9, […]
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Back Injury Lawyers Serving Clients in Bethlehem and Throughout Pennsylvania Catastrophic injuries — including those that affect the back, spine, brain, and other critical body systems — can give rise to complex litigation, as the injured plaintiff’s claim is likely to be substantial given the significant impairments and losses. For example, if you are rendered paraplegic in a car accident, then obviously your damages are likely to be significantly more (all else being equal) than if you had only fractured your leg. An injury that causes you to become paraplegic will have a long-term impact on your physical, psychological, and social health, and may severely undermine your ability to work. Given the high-stakes nature of catastrophic injury litigation, it’s important that you consult with a team of attorneys who have extensive experience handling personal injury claims that involve significant injuries. Please call us here at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC for more information about how we can help you move forward with your catastrophic injury claims. Back Injuries Can Cause Pain and Functional Impairment The back is particularly vulnerable to damage in an accident and can lead to significant and long-term functional impairments. Regardless of the individual, the back is central to many intertwined systems in the body — it houses the spinal cord, and provides the necessary support for the most full-body movement. Injuries to the back can give rise to: Severe pain and suffering Limited mobility Difficulty making accurate movements Burning sensations Stabbing sensations Strength deficits Paralysis Inability […]
Haunted houses are a staple of the Halloween season. From local communities to amusement parks, numerous haunted houses pop up across Pennsylvania this time each year.
Serious car accidents often leave drivers and passengers suffering from back injuries. Back injuries can involve bone fractures, disc injuries, soft tissue damage and/or nerve damage; and while some car accident victims will experience effects immediately, others will gradually begin to develop back pain over time.
Given the almost daily deluge of rain we have been experiencing, hydroplaning is a very real problem for which all drivers must be prepared. Hydroplaning occurs when the vehicle’s tire-to-road traction becomes separated by water. This grip separation results in a loss of control (braking and steering), which can result in a violent accident.
Going to college for the fall semester is supposed to be a time of excitement and anticipation. Students should be looking forward to moving into their dorms and apartments, and they should be focused on figuring out how to get to their new classrooms and other key locations on campus.
Slips and falls are among the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), bone fractures, soft tissue damage and other physical injuries. While anyone can slip and fall, some individuals are at greater risk than others. Unfortunately, while knowing your (or a family member’s) level of risk can help you mitigate this risk in some cases, there are still many factors that will be beyond your control.
Recovering from a traumatic brain injury is a long-term process. Even with a relatively mild TBI such as a concussion, the recovery process can still take as long as three months. For more severe forms of TBI, recovery can be a years-long—if not lifelong—process.
Delegating the care of someone you love to the staff of a nursing home requires significant trust. When that trust is betrayed, resulting in the death of your loved one, you are left grief-stricken and with feelings of betrayal. While we know that nothing can replace the void your loved one leaves behind, our attorneys can help hold those that caused their nursing home wrongful death accountable.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause a lifetime of challenges and hardships. TBIs can be caused by car accidents, construction accidents, and pedestrian accidents. People who suffer from TBIs typically go through various stages of healing while recovering and undergoing rehabilitation. Below we discuss the Rancho Los Amigos Levels of Cognitive Functioning Scale, which discusses the 10 possible stages of recovery for TBI patients in Pennsylvania and elsewhere throughout the US.