Man’s best friend. Sometimes your only friend, dogs provide companionship and comfort, helps you stay healthier and happier, and even reduce stress. They are good in a crisis. This is why owning a pet dog is important to people, at least as far as shelter and/or rescue dogs go. If you spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to buy a fancy purebred even as thousands of dogs grow old in nine-foot cages or are put down when they become unadoptable, then your benefit is pure vanity.
According to the U.S. Department of Communication’s Federal Highway Administration, there are over 5,891,000 vehicle crashes each year. About 21% of these crashes, nearly 1,235,000, are weather-related. Weather-related crashes are defined as those crashes that occur in adverse weather; in other words, rain, sleet, snow, fog, severe crosswinds, blowing snow or sand or debris, or on slick pavement, including wet pavement, snowy, slushy, or icy pavement. On average, nearly 5,000 people are killed and over 418,000 people are injured in weather-related crashes each year.
Pennsylvania residents know all too well how walkways such as sidewalks become exponentially more dangerous during the winter months, with snow, freezing, gusty winds, ice, sleet, and other winter weather conditions becoming commonplace.
Motor vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania come in all shapes and sizes, including car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents. Immediately following a motor vehicle accident, you’ll feel angry, frustrated, and overwhelmed, and if you’ve suffered a head injury, you may not even be thinking clearly. Part of this aftermath raises the question: “What do I do now?”
According to penndot.gov (PDF), “many pedestrian crashes and fatalities occurred while pedestrians were entering crossing/specified location’”. [sic]. This means that a pedestrian was most likely crossing the street at an intersection, mid-block crossing, or crossing a driveway entrance.
With the bow season underway, together with greater activity due to mating season, we need to be reminded that deer accidents are most common from October through December. Today there are an estimated 1.5 million deer in Pennsylvania. November is the month in which you are most likely to have a deer-related collision. If you drive in Pennsylvania, you have a 1 in 70 chance of being involved in a deer-related accident. Only in West Virginia and Montana do you have a greater chance of striking a deer with your vehicle. The most common time to strike a deer is between 6 PM and 9 PM and unfortunately, deer kill approximately 120 people each year. Deer vs. vehicle collisions are the top animal-related insurance claim in the United States.
The taxi-alternative services provided by Uber and Lyft are rapidly growing in popularity. Some of the reasons for this explosion in popularity include: The increased costs of vehicle ownership The increased usage of smartphones and the internet The increased presence of ridesharing vehicles More rigorous CO2 reduction targets However, along with the increased popularity of ridesharing comes an increase in the dangers. If you have been injured in a ridesharing accident, let an experienced Easton car accident lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis help you with your insurance and legal claims. The technology surrounding ridesharing is rapidly changing, and new laws are being enacted to keep up with the technology.
If you have been unfortunate enough to have lost at trial or a motion to dismiss, you may be wondering if you’ve run out of options, especially if you feel strongly that you were in the right. It’s at this point that clients and their attorneys start considering an appeal of the negative decision. An “appeal” is a challenge to a legal decision, directed towards a legal institution higher than the court that made the legal decision. In the federal court system and most states, trial court decisions can be appealed to an “appellate court.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, “[f]ibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain and spinal cord process painful and nonpainful signals.” The clinic goes on to state that “[s]ymptoms often begin after an event, such as physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress.” This includes, of course, slip and fall accidents or other types of accidents, such as animal attacks, motor vehicle accidents, and work accidents.
Self-driving vehicles appear to be poised to assume a commonplace role on our roadways. The designations “self-driving vehicles, also known as “driverless” or “autonomous” vehicles, are often used interchangeably, but there are some important distinctions.