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Feb 26, 2021 - Bethlehem Car Accident Lawyer

Helpful Hints for Night Driving

Driving at night is dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the passenger vehicle occupant fatality rate at nighttime is about three times higher than the daytime rate. Furthermore, during nighttime, among passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes, alcohol involvement, speeding, and single-­vehicle crash fatalities were all higher when compared to daytime. The primary reason, of course, is that you just can’t see as well or as far ahead during the night. If you’ve been involved in a night-driving accident, a Bethlehem accident attorney at Drake, Hileman & Davis can help. How Do I Drive Safely at Night? There is no way to artificially light up the night to daytime levels. However, there are several tips for driving safely at night, including: Drive Defensively Of course, driving defensively is a lynchpin of driving safely at any time. However, at night you should pay extra attention. Even if you’re driving safely, there’s no guarantee that all of the drivers around you are. Keep Windshields, Windows, and Mirrors Clean Dirty or damaged windshields tend to scatter light and increase glare, according to NHTSA. The group also reports that dirty or damaged headlights can cast glare onto oncoming drivers. Slow Down Speeding-related crashes account for 37 percent of nighttime-driving fatalities, according to NHTSA, as compared to 21 percent of those during daylight hours. This is due to lower visibility and shorter reaction times. Many of your fellow drivers tend to drive too closely anyway, so you have to be extra […]

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Feb 23, 2021 - Easton Car Accident Lawyer

Driving Safely With a GPS

Distracted driving includes a wide variety of distracting activities. When you discuss distracted driving, you most commonly think of texting, talking on your phone, or turning around to speak to your kids or other passengers. Nonetheless, any time a driver’s attention is taken away from driving and focused on something else, the driver is indeed distracted, and the odds of an accident increase dramatically. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed 2,841 lives in 2018 alone. Among those killed: 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians, and 77 bicyclists.  Using a GPS while driving is a very common distracted driving behavior. If you’re improperly using your GPS and cause an accident, you risk liability for damage and injuries. If you’ve been involved in a distracted driving accident, let an Easton car accident lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis help. Why is Using a GPS Considered Distracting? Drivers tend to look down at their GPS or otherwise interact with the device while driving. Drivers who use their phones as GPS devices may also be tempted to use the device for other reasons, such as checking or sending an email or checking or sending a text message. Drivers can always avoid using their phones while driving; even if there is an emergency call or message, they can always find a safe place to pull over and deal with the emergency. But using a GPS is often a necessary task. How can drivers safely use a GPS while operating […]

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Feb 17, 2021 - Allentown Car Accident Lawyer

WHAT IS A RESPONSIBLE PARTY HOST TO DO?

When you are hosting a private party, should you have to worry about the amount of alcohol your guests are drinking? Are you required to “cut them off?” Of course nobody ever wants anyone to get hurt, but is it your legal responsibility as a host to pay attention to everyone’s alcohol consumption? Currently, Social Host Liability in Pennsylvania is a legal concept allowing the host of a party to be held liable when a minor becomes intoxicated and ends up causing an injury to another person. Under the law, anyone under the age of 21 is considered a minor. Social hosts in Pennsylvania are not currently responsible for the intoxication of individuals over age 21. What is Dram Shop Liability? Dram Shop liability applies to commercial establishments when they provide alcohol to a visibly intoxicated persons. These businesses can be held legally responsible for injuries and damages that the intoxicated person cause. Pennsylvania’s Dram Shop liability is often utilized when a drunk driver causes a car accident with serious injuries or death. When Dram Shop liability applies, the injured party can sue for civil damages. Such damages are intended to compensate the injured person for losses suffered resulting from the accident. These damages include:                 • medical, hospital, rehabilitation, and pharmacy bills related to the injury,                 • lost wages and other compensation,                 • the value of […]

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Feb 16, 2021 - Uncategorized

Important Information to Gather from the Scene of an Accident

Being involved in an automobile accident is always annoying, often stressful, and sometimes tragic. Still, one thing is for sure: you’re shaken up and not always thinking straight. Plus, there are many different things to deal with, not the least of which are your insurance claims and sometimes your legal claims.  However, we can help. If you have been involved in a vehicle accident, your first call should be to a Doylestown accident lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis, even before you call your insurance company. They can help you with any type of accident, including those that result in injury,  serious injury, or even death.  What Do I Need to Gather from the Scene of an Accident? The important information you should gather includes: The date and time of the accident The exact location of the accident The contact information of any other drivers involved The license plate number of any other drivers involved The driver’s license number of any other drivers involved The insurance carrier’s name, phone number, and policy number of any other drivers involved The names and contact information of any witnesses Any remarks made by witnesses, the other drivers, or the police that seem important or related to fault Photos and/or video of the scene, the vehicles, and any injuries The names and contact info of all the occupants in both vehicles A copy of the police report and any tickets that were issued The police officer’s name and badge number Consider simply taking pictures […]

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Feb 11, 2021 - Allentown Car Accident Lawyer

Accidents on Private Property

Most of us know what to do when we’re involved in a vehicle accident on the roadways. But what if the accident occurred on private property, such as a parking lot? After all, parking lot accidents are quite common, especially when there are area events.  First of all, it is still necessary to contact the police, even though some officers aren’t too excited about creating a report when it comes to accidents on private property. This is because they generally do not have the right to issue citations or determine liability.  They can, however, document the accident and provide you with a police report. Most insurance companies are unwilling to pay a claim for damages resulting from a private property accident without a police report. Furthermore, you should contact the owner of the property and inform them of the accident. What Can I Do if I’m Involved in an Accident on Private Property? If you have been involved in a vehicle accident on private property, your best option is to call an Allentown car accident lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis, even before contacting your insurance company. They can help you with any type of accident, including those that result in injury,  serious injury, or even death.  It is important to determine who is responsible for any type of vehicle accident. When an accident happens on private property, the property owner may share some liability. If negligence caused the accident, you may have a personal injury claim.  For example, if […]

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Feb 9, 2021 - Allentown Car Accident Lawyer

What to Do If You’re Involved in a Hit-and-Run Accident

In Pennsylvania, if you are involved in an automobile accident in which property is damaged or someone is injured or killed, you must stay at the scene and exchange information with the other driver. Anyone who leaves the scene of an accident can face serious consequences. If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, an Allentown car accident lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis can help you get the compensation to which you are entitled. The Dos and Don’ts if You Are the Victim in a Hit-andRun Accident If you were involved in an automobile accident, and the other party has fled the scene, here are some important dos and don’ts: Don’t wait to call the police to file a police report or an accident claim. The official accident report will help police find the fleeing driver and will be useful when you file your accident claim. Do call 911 if you or someone else involved in the accident has been injured. Do seek immediate medical attention if you have been injured. Don’t attempt to follow the fleeing driver. Leaving the scene of the accident could cause serious problems for you. You may miss the opportunity to speak with eyewitness accounts, and the police may question who’s really at fault. Finally, you know nothing about the fleeing driver, other than he/she is unafraid of breaking the law. They very well may be dangerous even if you do manage to catch them. Do get as much information about the fleeing […]

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Feb 4, 2021 - Allentown Car Accident Lawyer

TAKE A MINUTE. SAVE A LIFE.

As personal injury attorneys,  this most recent snow storm, reminds us again of the dangers of snow and ice flying off the back of moving vehicles.  The dash-cam video below shows how this dangerous this driving hazard can be.   Watching this video, you too must have thought, “That should be illegal.”    In some states, it is.   Sadly on Christmas Day, 2005, Christine Lambert and her family were traveling through 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 and killed Christine. The police never identified the driver of the tractor-trailer. 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 your vehicle. This is essentially the equivalent of only receiving a speeding ticket, if you caused an car accident.    It doesn’t prospectively curb the dangerous behavior before someone gets hurt. While this failure to remove ice and snow from the roof, trunk, hood, and windshield continues to be repeated following each snow storm, in Pennsylvania, there does not seem to be the “legislative will” to enact legislation that would require the removal of snow and ice from a vehicle before an accident occurs. Some members of the trucking industry consider the act of clearing ice and snow […]

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Feb 2, 2021 - Bethlehem Car Accident Lawyer

How a Pre-Existing Condition Can Affect Your Auto Accident Claim

If you have been involved in an accident, the first thing to remember is that your insurance company is not on your side. They are in business to make money, and to do this, they will try to give you the lowest settlement possible.  If you have suffered injuries resulting from a car accident and have pre-existing injuries, don’t let the insurance company talk you into an inadequate settlement. Instead, let the experienced Bethlehem accident attorneys at Drake, Hileman & Davis handle your claim. We have the experience and understanding of the law regarding pre-existing injuries and will help you recover all of the compensation you deserve. If you have been involved in any type of accident resulting in injury,  serious injury, or even death, the Bethlehem accident lawyers can help. How Can My Insurance Company Use My Pre-Existing Injury Against Me? One of the ways insurance companies try to minimize claims is by examining your medical records for pre-existing conditions so they can argue that these conditions are the actual cause of your car accident injuries rather than the accident itself.  For example, back injuries are quite common. Let’s say you injured your back several years ago. Any type of back injury you suffered due to your car accident may be ignored or minimized by the insurance company. At best, they may argue that the car accident only “aggravated” the pre-existing condition, using this argument to justify a low-ball settlement offer. How Can I Protect Myself from My Insurance […]

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Jan 29, 2021 - Personal Injury

Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), there are roughly 17,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries in the U.S. every year. Since 2010, motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of spinal injuries (38%). Spinal cord Injuries suffered in car accidents are very serious, and unfortunately far too common. If you have been involved in an accident, be aware of the symptoms, including delayed symptoms, that signal a spinal cord injury after the accident. Seek immediate medical attention and make sure your claim is being handled by the experienced Bethlehem back injury lawyers at Drake, Hileman & Davis. We have the experience and deep understanding of spinal cord injuries and will help you recover all of the compensation you deserve. In fact, if you have been involved in any type of accident resulting in serious injury, or even death, let the Bethlehem back injury lawyers help. According to the Shepherd Center, there are definable types and levels of spinal cord injuries.  Types of Spinal Cord Injuries Spinal cord injuries can be divided into two types of injuries: complete spinal cord injuries and incomplete spinal cord injuries. A complete spinal cord injury causes permanent damage to the area of the spinal cord that is affected. Paraplegia and tetraplegia are common results of complete spinal cord injuries. An incomplete spinal cord injury causes partial damage to the spinal cord. The ability to move and the level of feeling depends on the area of the spine that has […]

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Jan 22, 2021 - Personal Injury

Common Delayed Injury Symptoms

Accidents can happen to anyone at any time and in any place. Although some accidents result in serious or even fatal injuries, most people walk away from a car accident with only minor injuries. Still, even if you feel unharmed in the immediate aftermath of a crash, your body can have surprising reactions to trauma that delays your response to an injury. Adrenaline can also mask symptoms of injuries from a car accident in the short term. If you’ve been hurt, be sure your claim is being handled by an experienced Doylestown accident lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis. We have the experience and understanding of delayed symptoms that will allow you to recover for all of your injuries, not just the immediate ones. Injuries That Are Commonly Delayed After an Accident Delayed symptoms are somewhat unpredictable, both as to type and as to the length of the delay. Some of the most common delayed injury symptoms include: Headaches. After a car accident, headaches can take several days to be noticed and will often not be immediately associated with the accident. You may think nothing of it after a few days and may simply take some aspirin as you normally would and move on with your day. However, headaches can signal a potentially serious problem, like a blood clot on the brain or a serious concussion. It’s best not to ignore them, and if you’re experiencing headaches days or even weeks after an accident, you should see a doctor to […]

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