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March 2012 Archives

Pennsylvania motorcyclist dies after collision near tavern

So often after a collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle, the driver of that vehicle will tell authorities that he or she didn't see the motorcycle. Despite public service campaigns urging drivers to "start seeing motorcycles," the accidents continue.

Pennsylvania woman dies after flying tire crashes into car

As careful a driver as you may be, some road hazards are impossible to avoid. An animal may dart out onto the highway or another driver might cut you off suddenly, for instance. When unexpected obstacles cause serious car accidents, who should be held responsible? Sometimes it can be hard to determine.

Lawsuit claims reversal of sedation killed Pennsylvania man

A wrongful-death and medical malpractice lawsuit claims that Pennsylvania State Police troopers conspired with a doctor and a nurse to reverse a man's sedation for the purpose of making him available to be arraigned in court. These actions, which the man's father claims had no beneficial medical purpose, had tragic consequences, leading to the man's death.

5 injured in Pennsylvania crash between SEPTA bus, SUV

Some people who decided to take a bus home from St. Patrick's Day festivities were subjected to a traffic crash anyway when an SUV crashed into the bus around 4 a.m. Sunday. Five people were injured when the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Bus was hit.

Pennsylvania doctor loses appeal of medical malpractice suit

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a doctor hit with one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts ever recorded in northeast Pennsylvania. The doctor and the medical center where he worked have been ordered to pay $20.5 million to a couple whose son suffered permanent medical problems when he was born.

Truck driver surrenders in fatal hit-and-run motorcycle crash

Fatal traffic accidents are always tragic, but it's especially difficult for a victim's family to cope with their loss when the person who caused the crash doesn't accept responsibility, instead fleeing the scene.

Guilty plea in fatal DUI crash could affect future civil suits

When people are injured or killed in a car accident caused by someone else, a personal-injury or wrongful-death lawsuit can compensate the victims or their families and help them recover from their loss. But first it must be determined who caused the crash and whether they were negligent in doing so.

Pennsylvania ban on texting while driving takes effect this week

On Thursday, a new state law banning texting while driving takes effect. Its supporters hope it will cut down on the number of traffic accidents attributed to distracted driving. Drivers caught texting, emailing or Web surfing will face a fine, but talking on a handheld cellphone will still be legal, which could make enforcement of the law tougher for police.

Widows of Pennsylvania motorcycle crash victims sue driver, bars

When someone dies in a crash caused by drunk driving, who should be held responsible? The driver who caused the accident can certainly expect to be charged and perhaps even sued by the victim's family, but what about those who served the alcohol?

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