When a fatal car accident happens, it's common for the family members of the person who died to file a wrongful death lawsuit if they suspect a driver's negligent actions caused the crash. But what if that driver also died? In many cases, there are still options for recourse.
So far in 2012 Pennsylvania Courts have decided several important workers' compensation cases. We will highlight some of these cases during the next two weeks.
For generations parents have been reluctantly handing their teens the keys to the family car and urging them to be careful, all the while worried that their sons or daughters will get into an accident as a result of too little experience, too many distractions or both. In recent years state transportation officials have taken steps to alleviate fears about teen drivers by passing graduated driver laws, but some might wonder if they're enough.
As more medical facilities and health services become available in smaller Pennsylvania communities, more residents have access to care for which they once had to travel a considerable distance. Local medical care means that people can keep themselves healthier while staying close to home. But there is some speculation that this improved access to medical facilities and services could mean an increase in medical malpractice cases.
Texting while behind the wheel is illegal in Pennsylvania and many other states, and most people will even acknowledge that it is unsafe. But the sad truth of the matter is that so many motorists ignore the law that sending and receiving text messages while driving has almost become the normal practice, causing many car accidents.
Many of us have received speeding tickets or warnings from police to slow down. But speeding remains one of those traffic violations that people too often commit without taking the potential consequences seriously. The excuse that "everybody does it" doesn't seem unreasonable until a serious car accident occurs.
A diabetic taxi driver who admitted to causing a fatal crash as a result of his low blood sugar pleaded guilty Monday to five counts of homicide by vehicle and other charges. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, man had been scheduled to stand trial for the motorcycle accident that killed five bikers and seriously injured a sixth, but he chose to enter the plea on the day the trial was set to begin.
Yesterday the Pennsylvania State Workers' Insurance Fund (SWIF) announced it would be consolidating two departments. The divisions of claims and field operations will be combined into the new claims services division.
One of the many burdens that families of accident victims must face is the cost of funeral and burial expenses. It can be difficult for families to afford these costs, and most haven't budgeted for them because it's the last thing they expected to have to pay for, especially in the case of surviving parents of teenage victims. Financial experts often say that expensive purchases should never be made in times of great emotional stress, but fatal car accidents leave survivors with little choice.
Construction workers face a variety of hazards on the job, making construction sites some of the most deadly workplaces in America. A new campaign in Pennsylvania is hoping to change that by focusing on construction accident prevention. The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety a Health Administration (OSHA) recently launched a summer Construction Incident Prevention Initiative.