Fatal car accidents are always tragic, but especially when they take the lives of young children. And when the accident is caused by circumstances under a driver's control, it can be that much harder for the victim's family to overcome their loss. A recent accident that killed a 7-year-old boy in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and severely injured his 9-year-old neighbor, for example, is being blamed on a man suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.
A northern Pennsylvania county analyzing its rate of fatal motorcycle crashes reports an increase in 2012, though statewide, the numbers have been falling in recent years. Erie County's motorcycle accident report offers a snapshot of the primary causes of accidents across Pennsylvania and the reasons many of them are fatal.
Like all other drivers across the country, Pennsylvania motorists are advised to keep an eye out for pedestrians, bikers and users of other non-motorized vehicles. But our state is one of several where motorists may encounter vehicles that are bigger than bikes but slower than cars. Pennsylvania's Amish and Mennonite communities rely heavily on horse-drawn buggies to get around. And it's the responsibility of other drivers to be aware of these vehicles and avoid crashing into them.
Many times when people think of personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits, they imagine money-hungry plaintiffs who are simply out to profit from another person involved in an accident. But as anyone who's been involved in a serious accident knows, medical costs can add up quickly, as can funeral and burial costs in the event someone has died. Factor in lost wages and very real pain and suffering, and it becomes clear that these cases have much more to do with emotional and financial recovery than revenge or greed.
A Pennsylvania family claims medical staffers from Temple University Hospital are guilty of negligence that resulted in the death of a woman who was nine months pregnant.
Accidents that result in someone's death are undeniably tragic, but especially so when the crash results in multiple deaths. A recent double-fatal motorcycle accident was made even worse when the driver of the car that collided with the motorcycle left the scene.
With seemingly endless amounts of open roads across Pennsylvania, it's no surprise that people like to get on their motorcycles and go for pleasure cruises. Most riders understand the risks, and most motorists know how to be on the lookout for riders who may sometimes be hard to see.
The family of one Pennsylvania man has been grieving his death for the past month after his motorcycle crashed into a car with a reportedly drunk driver behind the wheel. At the intersection of Route 114 and Interstate 81, a woman with a blood-alcohol content of nearly three times the legal limit did not yield to oncoming traffic and turned left across the other lanes, causing the approaching motorcycle to crash into her passenger side, according to police. He was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Pennsylvania motorists who drive away from a fatal car accident without stopping to render aid will soon face stiffer penalties under a law that takes effect Sept. 4. The current maximum prison sentence of seven years will be raised to 10 years under the new law, which was inspired by a bicyclist who lost his life in a hit-and-run crash in 2005.
As we've discussed before on this blog, motorcycle accidents have the ability to cause serious injury or death. But sometimes in the aftermath of a crash that kills a motorcyclist, it can be extremely difficult to accurately determine the circumstances that led up to the accident, often because the driver of the vehicle that crashed into the motorcycle failed to see it beforehand.