Mar 10, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Sunday, March 10, 2013. Accidents are naturally unexpected and usually occur when least expected in Pennsylvania. A pedestrian accident often happens suddenly and does not allow enough time for the pedestrian to get out of the way or avoid serious injuries. A person struck by a vehicle, no matter the size, can suffer severe injuries. Crosswalks are seen in cities, residential areas and small towns and their frequency requires both drivers and pedestrians to beware of one another. It is crucial that drivers reduce their speeds in areas where pedestrians are present or known to be present and be prepared to slow down or stop to give them the right away. A Waynesboro man was critically injured in a pedestrian-vehicle accident. A vehicle struck the man while he was crossing East Second Street at around 8:38 p.m. A car traveling eastbound hit the pedestrian, but it is not yet determined if the man was in the crosswalk at the time of collision. Emergency crews responded to the incident and assed those that were involved. Medical crews found the pedestrian to be in critical condition and transported him to the hospital. The accident is still under investigation and the cause for the crash is not determined at this time. Details such as the speed of the vehicle, traffic signals near the accident site and the location of the pedestrian during the collision need to be assessed. A pedestrian […]

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Mar 8, 2013 - Truck Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Truck Accidents on Friday, March 8, 2013. No matter what time of day, residents usually witness semi-trucks and tractor-trailers on major roads in Pennsylvania en route to their destinations. The high frequency of trucks on the roads can increase the likelihood of a truck accident occurring on the roadway. These massive vehicles can create a large accident site that will not only block traffic but could also cause other vehicles or even trucks to become involved in the collision. A crash involving these enormous trucks could cause severe damage to other vehicles, serious injuries and even fatalities. A chain-reaction collision occurred on Interstate 83 and the accident was caused by fallen debris on the roadway. It was determined that a mattress fell off of a vehicle and was the culprit to a three-truck crash. When approaching the mattress on the interstate, two service trucks slowed down. This caused a tractor-trailer traveling behind the second service truck to slam into it from behind. This sent the service truck crashing into the first service truck. This three-vehicle collision caused a fiery accident scene. Emergency crews responded to the collision. The driver of the second service truck did not survive the crash. The other two drivers were suffered injuries and were transported to the hospital. Police are still investigating the accident. The driver of the vehicle who lost the mattress stopped at the accident site and is cooperating with the investigation. A […]

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Feb 28, 2013 - Truck Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Truck Accidents on Thursday, February 28, 2013. Accidents can result in numerous victims regardless of the number of vehicles involved. A truck accident clearly involves a massive vehicle that could create a hazardous accident site for any vehicle or passenger involved in the incident. Not only does the size impact the magnitude of the accident, but it also affects the intensity of the collision. A vehicle being struck by a tractor-trailer or a semi-truck can receive severe damage and passengers involved can be seriously injured. A couple and their 1-year-old were involved in a truck accident in Chautauqua County. The collision occurred during the early morning hours when the three area residents traveling in a pickup truck crashed into a parked tractor-trailer. Due to poor visibility, the driver of the tractor-trailer had stopped on Interstate 86 in the eastbound lane. Emergency crews responded to the scene of the accident and assessed everyone involved. The driver and two passengers of the pickup truck were all transported to the hospital for injuries suffered from the collision. The truck driver did not sustain any injuries. The accident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time. Liability has not been determined, but could fall upon either party depending on the circumstances. If there was poor visibility and the truck driver did not take proper precautions, the driver of the tractor-trailer could be found liable. A person injured in […]

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Feb 25, 2013 - Wrongful Death


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Monday, February 25, 2013. Certain safety features can play a major role in the severity of an injury resulting from an accident. Whether is it a malfunction or the lack of usage, the failed use of a safety mechanism could be the very reason for wrongful death in a fatal car accident. Even though it is well known to drivers that they should always wear their seatbelts, even when worn, the safety restraints could be hazardous if they are not functioning properly. Although not all vehicles are equipped with air bags, when they are an included safety feature in an automobile and they fail to deploy, that could cause a motor-vehicle accident to turn fatal. Pennsylvania State Police recently responded to an automobile collision that occurred on Route 147. At around 11:30 am, a collision between a full-sized pick-up truck and an SUV happened near Elmer Avenue. Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene of the accident. The drivers of both vehicles, a 70-year-old female and a 30-year-old male, were transported to the hospital for the injuries they suffered. The elderly woman suffered blunt force trauma and did not survive her critical injuries. The accident remains under investigation. Police determined that the elderly woman was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, but they found that the airbag in her SUV did not deploy. No conclusions have been made, but the failed airbag might […]

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Feb 20, 2013 - Truck Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Truck Accidents on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Driving in the late night hours can make a driver more vulnerable to accidents. Truck drivers tend to travel throughout the night and into the early morning, and the dark road conditions could increase the chances of a truck accident. These massive vehicles usually carry large loads or deliveries. When they are in a collision, the accident site is usually large also, causing much damage to other vehicles. In addition, a tractor-trailer accident can cause a larger accident by involving other vehicles in a chain-reaction manner. Two accidents in Salem recently occurred on the same night and police responded to both incidents in order to provide emergency aid. The first accident involved a tractor-trailer and another vehicle. The accident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. on Route 22. The status of the drivers and any passengers in the vehicles has not yet been reported. The second incident involved a pick-up truck and a car. The collision occurred around 8 p.m. near the intersection of Middletown and Bus Garage roads. Emergency crews responded to the incident and at least one person was transported from the scene to the hospital. Both incidents are still under investigation. Details surrounding the collisions and any purported causes have not been released at this time. A person injured in accidents like these might have a personal injury claim, as serious injuries are not unusual when cars and trucks come […]

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Feb 18, 2013 - Wrongful Death


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Monday, February 18, 2013. Accidents occur for numerous reasons and the results could range from no injuries to fatalities. A wrongful death can even occur after a tragic accident between vehicles. Whether due to speed, weather or negligence, an accident that results in the death of a driver or a passenger affects not only those involved in the incident, but also the family and friends of the deceased. They might also be experiencing financial burdens after the fatal incident, making the entire experience overwhelming. A fatal accident occurred on I-79 in Pennsylvania when a car hit a truck. A West Virginia University Student was a passenger in the car that struck that vehicle, and was killed in the episode. At around 4:30 p.m., the driver of the car, who is also a WVU student, allegedly lost control of the vehicle, causing them to hit the truck. The death of the passenger was the only reported fatality in the incident. Local authorities are still investigating the truck crash. Additional details surrounding the incident have yet to be released, and the exact cause of the fatal car crash has not been explained. Police have purported, though, that the driver of the car was the cause of the collision, and could be liable for the entire accident. The loved ones of a person killed in an accident like this might have a wrongful death claim. The expense incurred from […]

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Feb 14, 2013 - Car Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, February 14, 2013. In an attempt to get from point A to point B, drivers can encounter various hazards and potential dangers on the road. Car accidentsinvolving other vehicles or single vehicle accident can happen at a moment’s notice and can occur for numerous reasons. Drivers should always be cautious of road conditions. Whether it is rush hour, an accident, inclement weather or construction, certain precautions should always be taken. Drivers should always reduce their speeds, keep a safe distance from other vehicles, check their mirrors before changing lanes and remain off their cellphones while driving. A group of high school students from Pennsylvania were injured on a bus that was traveling to visit Harvard University. The accident occurred when the bus crashed into a bridge. The collision resulted in 35 people being injured. Some were seriously injured in the incident, which could be relative to the magnitude of the collision or the fact that buses commonly do not have safety belts for the passengers. The mother of a 16-year-old boy who was on the bus says that her son was seriously injured in the accident, but he is now alert and able to cooperate with doctors. The Massachusetts state police are investigating this incident, and details surrounding the cause for the crash have not been reported at this time. Those who were injured in this collision or an accident like this might be eligible […]

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Feb 11, 2013 - Wrongful Death


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Monday, February 11, 2013. Average Americans are always on the move and in a rush, which often causes them to be careless and unaware of their surroundings. This can create a perfect environment for a range of accidents ranging from small collisions to fatal accidents. A driver may have not seen a pedestrian walking near his or her vehicle, the posted traffic sign or the oncoming vehicle. Not only should drivers watch their speeds and slow down, but they should also take the time to look at their surroundings and avoid distracting activities such as talking or texting on their phones. A northeastern Pennsylvania woman recently pled guilty to hit-and-run charges stemming from an incident that transpired last summer. The auto accident occurred when she struck a 20-year-old man in a wheelchair. The man was in the wheelchair recovering from a previous auto accident, when he was struck by the woman’s vehicle. The woman alleged that she thought that she had struck a shopping cart, which is why she did not stop at the scene of the accident. The next day, however, she turned herself in for the presumed hit-and-run accident, which resulted in the death of the young man. The Pennsylvania woman has accepted the responsibility of the accident and is very remorseful. She entered a plea to the charges related to the careless driving accident that caused another’s death. In addition to these criminal […]

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Feb 7, 2013 - Wrongful Death


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Thursday, February 7, 2013. No matter the cause, the loss of a loved one can be a challenging and tragic experience. A wrongful death of a loved one can increase the challenges the family and friends have to endure. Not only is there the unexpected loss of a life, but also, family members can face additional financial burdens. Whether it is due to a car crash or a work accident, family members of the deceased love one may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party. A trial for the charges of vehicular homicide is being held for the man who killed a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation worker with his vehicle in a work zone in October 2012. Officials allege that the defendant crashed his truck into an active work zone where his vehicle struck and killed a worker. A 66-year-old PennDot worker was on duty in the active work zone when a truck entered into the work zone by sliding onto the shoulder of Interstate 276 going eastbound in Plymouth. The double-axle truck struck the worker, which sent his helmet to fly 16 feet up into the air. The collision resulted in the worker being pinned up against the guardrail by the truck, and he sadly died from the impact of the crash. The pending charges include homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle and other related offenses. Family members in […]

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Feb 4, 2013 - Car Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Monday, February 4, 2013. The results of an accident can sometimes be tragic. A car accident that ends in a fatality can often change the lives of multiple people. Not only has a life been lost, but also, the loved ones of the deceased will suffer the damages and the loss of a person whom they deeply care about. Those who are not directly involved in a collision are affected to a greater extent in the aftermath of an accident than many people realize. Recently, a head-on collision occurred in Marietta at around 4:45 p.m. Emergency crews rushed to the site of the incident, where officials pronounced both drivers dead at the scene. Officials determined that the collision on River Road occurred when a car heading southbound on the road crossed over the line and into the northbound lane where it collided head-on with another vehicle. Police indicated that the roads were wet but were not icy at the time of the incident. The cause of the accident remains under investigation even though the police have purported causation. Although both drivers were killed in the incident, liability has not been determined. And if a suit were filed, the family of the liable party would most likely have to answer to those claims. In an accident like this, the loved ones of the deceased might have a wrongful death claim against the other party. Compensation from the […]

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