Apr 11, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inPedestrian Accidents on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Some incidents could be described as being a freak accident, out of the ordinary or even odd. No matter the reason or the cause,pedestrian accidents usually involve a vehicle striking a person and often result in serious injuries. A person who gets struck by a vehicle has little chance to survive with little to no injuries. The automobile, on the other hand, can usually leave the accident with little to no damage. A pedestrian accident can result in financial burdens and a lengthy path to recovery for the injured party. In late March, authorities responded to a pedestrian accident that was a bit unusual. Not a person but rather a dog was operating a vehicle that struck a Pennsylvania man. He had apparently noticed the vehicle propelling towards a stationary truck. That’s when the man made the attempt to stop the collision from occurring but got caught between the two vehicles in the process. The man then fell and was knocked unconscious. He later regained consciousness at a hospital where he was taken for treatment. According to reports, the vehicle was initially running and left unattended with the dog inside. The dog pushed on the gear causing the vehicle to begin to move. It was not reported as to whether there were any citations or liability attributed to the vehicle owner. In bizarre cases like these, the vehicle owner of an unattended vehicle […]

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Apr 4, 2013 - Truck Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Truck Accidents on Thursday, April 4, 2013. Large semi trucks are a common sight on major roads in Pennsylvania. When a truck accident occurs, the large size and weight of the truck can result in more serious injuries to occupants of other vehicles. In addition, a shifting load on a semi truck can lead to an accident and increase its severity. A collision between a large semi truck and an SUV happened on I-95 in Chester recently. The crash occurred in the morning hours and involved a vehicle-carrier truck carrying a shipment of golf carts. Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene of the incident and one person was found to have suffered minor injuries. The accident site caused traffic to be tied up for several hours while the site was cleared of debris and the damaged vehicles. The details surrounding the damages and injuries are not clear from the news report. It is not known if police are conducting an investigation, although this would be likely in a case like this. It is also not known if the golf carts being transported by the truck played any role in causing the accident or increased the damage from the accident. A person injured in an accident involving a commercial truck may be able to file a personal injury claim if the negligence of the truck driver was a substantial factor in causing the accident. In most cases, the truck […]

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Apr 2, 2013 - Car Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. A multi-vehicle collision involves not only several victims and vehicles, but often creates a busy accident site that can be challenging for emergency crews. A car accident can result in serious injuries, fatalities, severe damage to vehicles and possible road closures. Those critically injured will need medical attention promptly. When a large multi-vehicle accident occurs, emergency crews must work hard to attend quickly to all those who need help. A recent collision between a tractor-trailer and a Ford Mustang caused a chain-reaction accident that ultimately involved four vehicles. The accident seriously injured several people and trapped two in their vehicles. The accident occurred on Route 54 just outside of Elysburg at around 2:30 p.m. Witnesses state that the accident occurred when the Mustang, driving in the eastbound lane, slowed down and a tractor-trailer crashed into its rear. This caused the Mustang to travel into the westbound lanes where it collided with a Toyota Prius. The chain-reaction collision ended with a pick-up truck crashing into the Prius. Emergency crews dispatched to the scene worked hard for nearly 40 minutes to free the driver of the Mustang and the driver of the Prius from their vehicles. It was reported that five people involved in the collision were sent to a local hospital for treatment of the injuries they suffered. This incident is still under investigation, and it may take time to sort out who […]

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Mar 27, 2013 - Motorcycle Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The aftermath of an accident can be tragic and could involve a lengthy recovering for the victim of the incident. The injuries involved in amotorcycle accident can be serious and often fatal. The safety features involved on a motorcycle differ from those included in an automobile. When a motorcycle crash does occur, the chances of a driver or passenger on the bike being thrown off is much greater than a driver or passenger being tossed outside of a vehicle. Wounds such as brain injuries, broken limbs and road rash often result in motorcycle collisions. Because these vehicles are smaller in size, they can sometimes co unnoticed by some drive, particularly if the motorcycle is driven in or near a blind spot. This makes is especially important for all drivers to take caution when changing lanes. A New York woman is still recovering over a motorcycle accident that occurred over a year ago in Pennsylvania. The accident happened when a tractor made a sudden turn in front of her. This caused the woman to be thrown into the air, and it was purported that her leg was still attached to the bike due to it being stuck in the front spokes. This ultimately resulted in her losing her right leg. The people who initially stopped for her accident happened to be a doctor and then a nurse. She considers herself very lucky and she […]

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Mar 25, 2013 - Wrongful Death


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Monday, March 25, 2013. No matter what type of vehicle a person is driving or is a passenger in, accidents can happen at anytime and anywhere. A motor vehicle collision could result with several victims, serious injuries and even fatalities. There could be a cause of action for a wrongful deathespecially if liability is determined in the incident. The investigation surrounding the incident can be lengthy and emotional, particularly for those involving fatalities. The family of the deceased is not only mourning the death of a loved one but they could also be enduring financial burden associated with the accident. Police continue to investigate the bus accident that involved the players and coaches of a woman’s lacrosse team from Seton Hill University. The bus collision occurred when the bus veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike causing the bus to crash into a tree. The collision resulted in two fatalities one being the driver of the bus who died at the scene of the accident and the other being a pregnant coach who died later at the hospital. The cause of the fatal bus accident has not been determined and preliminary investigation ahs not revealed any speculations. It is not known if the bus driver is liable or if another vehicle was involved causing the bus to veer off the road. A person killed in a bus accident like this could have a wrongful death claim filed by […]

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Mar 21, 2013 - Car Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Residents of Pennsylvania might witness accidents on the roadway ranging from fender-benders to massive fatal accidents. Even in a car accident that involves only two vehicles, the damages could be immense, and the injuries could be severe. Early morning and evening commutes are often the culprits for incidents due to rush hour and the heavy traffic going to and from work. During these times, it is important that drivers watch their speeds as well as their distance between their vehicles and the ones ahead of them. An accident that occurs during high-traffic times can often lead to multi-vehicle accidents involving several vehicles and numerous victims. An accident occurred in West Lawn and involved two vehicles. At around 9 p.m. on March 13, the two-car collision happened at Penn and Woodside Avenue. When emergency crews responded to the accident, they assessed those involved in the collision. One of the drivers was injured and was transported to the hospital. The seriousness of the injuries and the current conditions of the drivers are not known. Traffic remained tied up in the area for about 15 minutes while the accident site was cleared. The cause to the crash has not been determined at this time, and details surround the incident have not be released at the time of this reporting. The investigation is ongoing. A person injured in an accident like this could seek compensation through […]

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Mar 18, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Monday, March 18, 2013. Residents across the nation may witness delays, traffic and road closures due to accidents on the roadway. A pedestrian accident can cause a very graphic and tragic accident site, which will often require that the roads be closed while emergency crews tend to the incident and authorities begin investigating the incident. The details surround the accident may not always be clear, and when there is a fatal pedestrian accident, police attempt to effectively and timely complete their investigation for the mourning loved ones of the deceased pedestrian. At around 10:51 a.m. on March 9, police responded to a call about a pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle. The incident occurred on Interstate 83 near the 13th Street exit in Harrisburg when a vehicle struck a man who was walking on the north shoulder of the southbound lanes. The impact from the collision caused the man to be tossed over the barrier landing in the northbound lanes of the interstate. No cars in the northbound lane hit the man when he landed. Emergency crews responded to the pedestrian-vehicle accident, but the man who was struck by the vehicle did not survive the injuries he suffered from the collision. The investigation of the crash is still ongoing, and the driver of the vehicle that struck the man is cooperating with authorities in the investigation. No citations or changes have been issued at this time. A […]

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Mar 15, 2013 - Estate Planning

Will I Have to Pay Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax?

The Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax is imposed as a percentage of the value of almost any transfer from the estate of a decedent who was a resident of Pennsylvania. It does not matter whether the transfer occurs due to a gift (specific or residuary) under a Will to a beneficiary, by virtue of intestacy to an heir, or by operation of law to a transferee. The tax rate varies depending on the relationship of the beneficiary, heir or transferee to the decedent. The rates for Pennsylvania inheritance tax are as follows: 0 percent on transfers to a surviving spouse or to a parent from a child aged 21 or younger; 4.5 percent on transfers to direct descendants and lineal heirs; 12 percent on transfers to siblings; and 15 percent on transfers to other heirs, except charitable organizations, exempt institutions and government entities exempt from tax. Property owned jointly between husband and wife is exempt from inheritance tax. Effective for estates of decedents dying after June 30, 2012, the Pennsylvania inheritance tax for farming families, previously levied when property was transferred from one generation to the next or between family members, is eliminated. Inheritance tax payments are due upon the death of the decedent and become delinquent nine months after the individual’s death. If inheritance tax is paid within three months of the decedent’s death, a 5 percent discount is allowed. Preparation of the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax Return can be tricky. At Drake, Hileman & Davis, we have been helping individuals successfully […]

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Mar 15, 2013 - Estate Planning

How Long Does Probate Take?

Unless there is a Will contest or other litigation, a probate estate should take about one year to administer from the date of death of the testator of the Will. There are several deadlines that affect the length of a probate proceeding, including: (1) the deadline for filing notice of the probate proceeding; (2) the one year creditor claim period; and (3) the nine month deadline for filing the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax Return and, if required, the Federal Estate Tax Return. If a Will or the proceeding are contested, administration of an estate can take much longer. At Drake Hileman & Davis, we work hard to avoid contests if at all possible. Please contact one of the helpful and experienced attorneys at Drake, Hileman & Davis for an evaluation of the estate and an assessment of the amount of time required for probate administration. Click here to contact us regarding probate, estate or trust administration matters. Avoid expensive probate mistakes, delays and unnecessary litigation. Contact an estate administration lawyer at the Doylestown law firm of Drake, Hileman & Davis for helpful legal advice and satisfying results.

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Mar 15, 2013 - Estate Planning

How Will I Pay for Probate?

Probate costs are paid out of the funds of the Estate as an expense or administration, at least in the case of a solvent estate. You should not have to pay for attorney fees or other costs, expenses or fees of probate or administration out of your own pocket. Contact Drake, Hileman & Davis for an assessment of the fees, costs and expenses of probate or estate administration and the best means for paying same. Click here to contact us regarding probate, estate or trust administration matters. Avoid expensive probate mistakes, delays and unnecessary litigation. Contact an estate administration lawyer at the Doylestown law firm of Drake, Hileman & Davis for helpful legal advice and satisfying results.

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