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Nov 1, 2019 - Articles

TURNING OUR CLOCKS BACK INCREASES THE RISKS OF DRIVING AT NIGHT– Here Are Ten Tips to Stay Alive

  This Sunday morning, at 2 AM, Daylight Savings Time will end. We will move our clocks back one hour. While many will welcome the extra hour of sleep we gain, when Daylight Saving Time ends, many people will find themselves spending more time driving in the dark. According to the National Safety Council, traffic fatalities are 3 times greater at night than during the day. Fatigue, compromised night vision, and impaired drivers are some of the risks we face when driving at night. These risks become especially pronounced moving into the weekend, with fatal crashes peaking on Saturday nights, according to NSC analysis of NHTSA data. Depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision can be compromised in the dark and the glare of headlights from an oncoming vehicle can temporarily blind a driver. Even with high-beam headlights on, visibility is limited to about 500 feet (250 feet for normal headlights) creating less time to react, especially when driving at higher speeds. Ninety percent of your reaction time depends on your ability to see what’s around you. Since your depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision decrease after sundown, your chances for a car accident tend to increase. According to the American Optometric Association, as we age, we have greater difficulty seeing at night. A 50-year-old driver may need twice as much light to see as well as a 30-year-old. At age 60 and older, driving can become even more difficult due to compromised vision as a result of cataracts […]

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Mar 11, 2019 - Allentown Car Accident Lawyer

The Most Dangerous Week of the Year

With the loss of an hour due to daylight savings time, during the week of March 10th through the 16th, we can expect an increase in everything from car accidents to heart attacks. With regard to safe driving, according to a 2014 study by the University of Colorado, auto accidents increase, due to the fact that it takes about 6-7 days to adjust to the darker morning commutes, coupled with the fact that the loss of an hour of sleep causes drivers to be less alert. According to the study, there is a 6.3% increase in traffic fatalities in over the six days following the March time change. Additionally, in 2009 a Journal of Applied Psychology study concluded that mine workers experience 5.7 percent more workplace injuries in the week daylight savings time was implemented, than in any other week of the year. The researchers attribute this increase in injuries to a lack of sleep. For those workers with less strenuous jobs, in 2012 the same journal found that “cyberloafing” significantly increased on the first Monday after daylight savings time. This was attributed to both a lack of sleep and a lack of workday focus and motivation. Finally, a 2016 study by the American Academy of Neurology found that the overall rate for a stroke was 85 higher on average in the two days after daylight savings time started. And a 2012 study at the University of Alabama found that in the first days after daylight savings time begins, there […]

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Mar 8, 2019 - Truck Accidents

Unique Injury Risks Posed by 18-Wheelers

Bethlehem Truck Accident Attorney If you’ve been harmed in a Pennsylvania truck accident due to another party’s fault — such as a trucker’s reckless driving — then you may have a right to bring a lawsuit against the defendant and secure significant compensation for your losses. Effective strategies for litigating a claim vary depending on the details of the case itself.  In a case where the defendant’s vehicle was an 18-wheeler (otherwise known as a “big rig,” trailer truck, or semi-truck), there are a number of unique injury risks that may be useful to consider when moving forward with litigation.  Drivers and trucking companies have a responsibility not to expose others to an unreasonable risk of harm, and in doing so, they must be considerate of the inherent injury risks posed by their fleet of 18-wheelers. Let’s take a closer look. Large Blind Spots 18-wheelers have significant blind spots, making it more difficult for their drivers to identify whether they are going to cause a collision with a simple lane-change or other basic traffic maneuver.  Many people understand that 18-wheelers (and other large trucks) suffer from blind spot issues and make efforts to either fall back to a reasonable distance or overtake the 18-wheeler truck so as to avoid remaining in the blind spot. Maneuverability Challenges 18-wheelers can weigh up to 40 tons, making it nearly 15 to 16 times the weight of the average motor vehicle.  The significant weight of an 18-wheeler, in conjunction with its unique structural profile […]

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Sep 28, 2018 - Allentown Car Accident Lawyer

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY: Hydroplaning and How to Avoid It

  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. While hydroplaning can happen on any wet road surface, tire tread, tire inflation and speed are the key factors in causing hydroplaning to occur. According to the American Automobile Association, “when driving through just one-twelfth of an inch of water, each of your tires has to displace one gallon of water per second.” So, when the road surface is wet, you need to choose an appropriate speed that will displace enough road surface water, that allows your vehicle to maintain proper traction.  “At 30 mph or less, properly inflated tires with good tread will maintain contact.” While low tire pressure causes the tread to “squeeze together, narrowing the tread channels and reduces the tire’s ability to wipe or channel away water,” even with good tread and properly inflated tires, a vehicle can begin to hydroplane at speeds above 35 mph.   Below are six tips every driver should remember when driving on a wet surface. Avoid driving in the outer edges of a roadway. Most roadways have a slight “crown” in the middle of the road which causes water to accumulate on the edge of the roadway. Try to stay more toward the middle of […]

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May 4, 2018 - Truck Accidents

5 Common Factors Contributing to Truck Accidents

Truck accidents involving commercial truckers are unfortunately common, despite the fact that drivers are professionally licensed, though it should come as no surprise to those familiar with the trucking industry — companies often impose significant pressures on drivers, which can lead to heightened risk of an accident. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident involving a commercial trucking company, then you may be entitled to sue the driver and/or the company pursuant to Pennsylvania law, depending on the circumstances of your injury. Let’s take a quick look at some of the most common factors contributing to commercial truck accidents.  Consider the following. Improper Loading Commercial trucks are at serious risk of “rollover accidents” due to improper loading of cargo at the warehouse.  If the truck rolls over and causes an accident, liability may fall on both the driver and the company. The company must train their employees properly and supervise loading to ensure that all cargo is being safely packed on company trucks.  Drivers with loaded cargo have a responsibility to avoid making sudden, sharp turns at high speeds.  Further, drivers should check their cargo prior to departure, to ensure that it has been loaded correctly. Failure to Conduct a Thorough Background Check Trucking companies must conduct a thorough background check of the defendant-driver to ensure that they can safely operate a commercial trucking vehicle.  Failure to conduct a thorough background check could expose the company to significant liability in the event of an accident. For example, suppose that […]

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Mar 24, 2017 - Articles

Clear that Vehicle: the Dangers of Ice Missiles

As Allentown car accident attorneys, following this most recent snow storm, we’ve been very cognizant of snow and ice flying off the back of moving vehicles. A dash-cam video shows how this dangerous this driving hazard can be. Seeing this, you too must have thought, “That should be illegal.” In some states, it is. On Christmas Day, 2005, Christine Lambert and her family were traveling through Carbon County, Pennsylvania, to visit relatives, when an eight-inch chunk of ice flew off the roof of a tractor-trailer. The flying ice chuck, broke through the windshield of the Lamberts’ sport utility vehicle, killing Christine. The police never identified the driver of the tractor-trailer. In both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, allowing ice and snow to remain on the external surfaces of your car, truck or tractor trailer, can always lead to civil liability for causing injury to another vehicle, operator or pedestrian, but whether the police can issue you a ticket for failing to remove accumulated ice or snow from exposed surfaces on your vehicle, differs between the two states. In Pennsylvania, as a result of Christine Lambert’s death, legislation was passed to add criminal consequences to this behavior. See, 75 Pa.C.S. § 3720 Unfortunately, it only applies if the flying snow or ice actually injures someone or damages something. This would be like only issuing a speeding ticket, if the operator actually caused an accident. It doesn’t prospectively curb dangerous behavior. While this failure to remove ice and snow from the roof, trunk, […]

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Feb 17, 2017 - Truck Accidents

Truckers and Unsecured Cargo

Trucks, and all other drivers, have a responsibility to secure all cargo being transported on public roadways.  Debris becomes extremely dangerous when falling from a vehicle, especially when the vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed. Why is Unsecured Cargo Such a Concern? According to a report published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, debris falling from vehicles causes significant damage on our roadways each year.  The report found that: Loads of sand, gravel, soil, and building debris were cited as leading causes of damage. Loads being carried on short trips were of concern. This is because the time and effort required to properly secure a load was deemed less necessary for short trips. Incorrect loading of heavy goods, such as steel girders and pipes, was found to be especially dangerous for vehicle occupants, as a shift could catapult a load forward onto the cabin. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report also found that unsecured cargo caused significant property damage, personal injury and even deaths every year. Contact us immediately if you or a loved one has been injured by unsecured debris that fell off a truck or other vehicle.  We can assist you through the entire legal process to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve. What Should I Do if I Have Been Injured By Unsecured Cargo or Debris? Seek immediate medical attention if you have been injured in a vehicle accident of any kind.  A complete medical examination, conducted by a […]

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Feb 8, 2017 - Truck Accidents

Why is Drug Use of Particular Concern for Commercial Truck Drivers?

Multi-ton commercial trucks are difficult to operate in the best of circumstances.  Roadways are never the place to take unwarranted risks and this is especially true for commercial truck drivers.  Commercial trucks take longer to stop, they do not have the responsiveness that most vehicles do, and they often carry hazardous materials. Contact us immediately if you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a commercial truck driver. What Drugs are Commercial Truck Drivers Tested For? Federal laws require commercial truck drivers to be tested for the following types of drugs: Marijuana, Cocaine, Opiates (opium and codeine derivatives), Amphetamines and methamphetamines, and Phencyclidine (PCP). Different drugs can impact truck drivers very differently.  Some drugs cause users to become anxious, hyper-sensitive, irritable, aggressive and willing to take unnecessary risks.  Other types of drugs may depress a user’s ability to react, inhibit concentration and or cause a lack of focus. Drivers should remain sober during the operation of their trucks.  Contact Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC at 888-777-7098 today if you believe you were injured by a commercial truck driver who was operating his or her vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. What are the Consequences of a Failed Drug Test for Commercial Truck Drivers? According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, failing (or refusing) a drug test will have serious consequences for commercial truck drivers. Positive test results, or a refusal to submit to a test, requires the driver to be immediately removed from […]

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Sep 16, 2016 - Truck Accidents

THE ATTORNEY AND CLIENT PARTNERSHIP IN TRUCK ACCIDENT CASES

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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Jul 23, 2015 - Truck Accidents

FREAK ACCIDENT INJURES 1 AFTER TRUCK CRASHES INTO HOME

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Truck Accidents on Thursday, July 23, 2015. On the morning of July 22, officials in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, reported a rather odd accident involving a commercial tractor-trailer and a house. According to Pennsylvania State Police and members of the Franklin County Emergency Services, a semi-truck traveling near the Foot of the Mountain restaurant somehow lost control and ended up crashing into a home in the 14500 block of Buchanan Trail West. At least one person received a minor injury in the 7:35 a.m. crash, prompting officials to speculate that the roadway would be temporarily closed for several hours. There are a few things you should know if you have been injured due to a preventable trucking accident. One of the most critical aspects of any large tractor-trailers is its ability to stop. Semi-trucks rely on air brakes as their principal means to decrease their speed. Although some drivers will claim that their brakes failed at a critical moment, these industrial air brakes are designed with multiple redundancies and rarely experience a complete loss of their braking power. More commonly, the trucking companies who own the vehicles are often at fault for overlooking or simply disregarding necessary periodic brake inspections and maintenance. One of the telltale indicators of this type of negligence is brake imbalance. In these types of cases, forensic truck crash experts can spot poor maintenance based on whether there are substantial differences in the brake force applied […]

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