Biker Killed in Pennsylvania Motorcycle Crash

One man died from a motorcycle accident that occurred in Pennsylvania on July 17. The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. on 38th Street in Erie. Reports say that the man was riding his motorcycle eastbound on 38th Street when an oncoming vehicle turned directly into his path. The vehicle traveling westbound was being driven by a 67-year-old man who was turning onto Lake Pleasant Road. The motorcyclist suffered critical injuries and was rushed to the hospital by emergency personnel.

The motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries around noon on July 18. The driver inside the vehicle was unharmed in the collision. Police did not issue any criminal charges immediately after the incident, and they were continuing to conduct an investigation into the cause of the crash.

A motorcyclist’s immediate relatives may consider filing a wrongful death claim against a driver in an effort to recover damages that resulted after a fatal wreck. Plaintiffs in wrongful death claims may seek restitution to help account for the loss of support or services, loss of future contribution of income, medical expenses and funeral costs.

In some fatal car accident cases, a lawyer may be able to prove a driver’s negligence. Distracted driving, speeding, violating traffic laws and driving recklessly could be considered as negligent behavior. A personal injury lawyer may assemble the details of a case after reviewing witness statements and official police reports to prove a driver’s liability. A lawyer may also be able to help a plaintiff negotiate a reasonable settlement outside of court as well.

Source: WSEE, “Motorcyclist Declared Dead After Accident In Erie”, Emily Matson, July 18, 2014

5 Injured in Pennsylvania Bus Crash, Driver Facing DUI Charges

A Philadelphia bus crash has left five people injured and one man facing drunk driving charges. The injured are now in stable condition according to reports.

On July 13, around 2 p.m., a SEPTA paratransit bus was traveling through the intersection at 6th and Cambria Streets in the Fairhill area of Philadelphia. A 48-year-old driver in a Cadillac failed to stop at the red light and also entered the intersection, colliding with the side of the bus. The bus then overturned and crashed into a stoplight pole. Authorities say that the Cadillac driver exited his vehicle and attempted to escape on foot following the accident. Police caught up to him, however, and took him into custody.

One witness at the scene of the crash said that he raced across the street to help those who were injured. Emergency crews transported five of the people involved in the accident to two local hospitals. Three bus passengers suffered facial lacerations as well as neck and back injuries and were taken to Temple University Hospital. The driver of the bus was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital along with an injured pedestrian who was at the scene. Authorities cleared the scene of the accident several hours after the crash following an investigation of the scene. The Cadillac driver has been charged with driving under the influence.

When a negligent driver is responsible for car accident injuries, they may be liable for the injured party’s damages. Damages can include pain and suffering and lost wages from time spent recovering. An attorney may be able to help assess the evidence and determine the party responsible. The attorney may then be able to help the injured party make a personal injury claim against the responsible party.

Source: CBS Philly, “Several Injured In Paratransit Bus Accident In North Philly”, Matt Rivers, July 13, 2014

Pennsylvania Crash Results in Severe Injuries

On July 6, a car accident in Pennsylvania led to severe injuries to two people from Union City, New Jersey. According to a report released by Pennsylvania State Police officials, the accident occurred when a pickup truck hit a motorcycle as the motorcycle traveled along River Road in the vicinity of Nockamixon Township. The motor vehicle accident resulted in the closure of the roadway south of its intersection with Route 611.

The 52-year-old man who was driving the pickup truck was from Mercer County, New Jersey. The report stated the pickup truck driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and sustained no bodily injuries in the wreck. The exact reasons for the accident were unclear, but authorities later issued the driver a criminal citation for his actions.

The 54-year-old New Jersey man driving the motorcycle sustained severe injuries, and at the time of reporting, he remained in St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill. His passenger, a 51-year-old woman, was also taken to the hospital, but the hospital was unable to confirm a record of her presence.

When people sustain serious injuries in vehicle collisions, they have to worry about more than just their immediate recovery. Those who remain in hospitals for prolonged periods while they heal, for instance, may accumulate large expenses. Motorcycle accidents in particular may result in injuries severe enough to necessitate specialized treatment such as physical therapy. Some victims might incur increased living expenses because they may become physically disabled. People involved in motor vehicle accidents may wish to consult with attorneys who are familiar with the costs of post-accident life before pursuing legal action in an attempt to gain restitution from offending motorists.

Source:, “Two New Jersey residents badly hurt in Bucks County crash, police say”, Tony Rhodin, July 08, 2014

2 Pennsylvania Women Killed in 2-Vehicle Accident

Two women from Pennsylvania were killed in a two-vehicle accident in Maurice River Township in New Jersey. The June 27 accident happened in the evening on Route 49, near mile-marker 44.8, when one vehicle crossed the center line and collided with the other vehicle.

According to the New Jersey State police, a silver GMC Terrain, driven by a 52-year-old woman from Sinking Springs, was headed east on Route 49 at about 7:45 p.m. when a white Ford van going the opposite direction crossed the center line into oncoming traffic and crashed into it.

The driver of the Terrain and her passenger, a 50-year-old woman from Bethel, ended up trapped inside their vehicle. Various fire departments assisted with their rescue. However, both women were declared dead at the scene of the fatal car accident. The driver of the van and the male passenger were taken to Inspira Medical Center in Vineland for treatment of minor injuries. Police continue to investigate the incident.

In this case, it is not yet known what caused the van to cross the center line. The action could be due to distracted driving from use of a cellphone for texting or talking, driving under the influence or even road and weather conditions. In a similar case, the women’s families might consider filing wrongful death claims to recover damages related to the women’s passing. To do this, they would first need to establish negligence on the part of the driver of the van. Once this is established and if the families file successful claims, the families might be compensated for the funeral and burial costs they incurred as well as other damages such as those for loss of support and services.

Source:, “Maurice River Township accident on Route 49 leaves 2 Pa. women dead”, Spencer Kent, June 28, 2014

Wrong-Way Crash Kills Mother of 3

According to police, a head-on collision killed a woman in Western Pennsylvania on June 18. The Forward Township accident reportedly occurred on Route 68 at approximately 11:20 p.m. Police suspect that one of the drivers involved in the crash may have been deliberately traveling the wrong way on the highway.

A 38-year-old man was allegedly driving a Dodge Neon at excessive speeds when he entered into oncoming traffic on Route 68 and crashed into a Jeep Cherokee driven by a 36-year-old woman. Neither vehicle was carrying any passengers at the time of the collision, authorities said.

Police indicated that they were investigating whether the 38-year-old man intentionally caused the crash. According to police, shortly before the accident, the man left his ex-girlfriend’s house after an argument and then indicated that he might hurt himself during a phone call.

If evidence from this case were to indicate that negligent or reckless driving did in fact cause the fatal collision, then the driver responsible for that behavior may be held accountable for the incident not just criminally but also in civil court. That is because the people who suffer damage as a result of a car accident may be eligible to pursue civil action against the driver whose reckless or negligent behavior caused the crash.

For example, certain family members of deceased accident victims may retain a wrongful death attorney and file suit, seeking restitution for the damages they suffered in relation to the accident. These damages may include the expenses associated with the loved one’s funeral service, burial and estate administration. If successful, the bereaved family members may even be awarded financial compensation for lost earnings if the decedent had contributed income to dependents prior to death.

Source: The Reporter Pennsylvania , “Police: Western Pa. double-fatal crash may have been suicide”, June 19, 2014

Administrative Negligence at VA Hospital Prompts Investigation

When you’ve been hurt as the result of another’s carelessness, a personal injury attorney knows that there may be remedies under the law.

In the case of a professional relationship, an attorney can work with experts or other industry professionals to establish the level of care that was owed. If that duty was breached and caused injury, a victim might be able to obtain compensation for those injuries.

Nowhere is the importance of a competent level of professional care so visible as in the medical setting. That visibility may explain why staff at one medical center allegedly attempted to cover up their administrative oversight.

According to a report, the staff at a VA medical center falsified data about their patients’ average wait time. Even worse, the staff may have failed to put an estimated 1,700 patients on the wait list for primary care appointments. In fact, several patients died while waiting — so they believed — for their turn to see a VA doctor.

The oversight is so serious that it may have prompted the resignation of former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. An investigation is underway to see whether the patient deaths were attributable to the delay in receiving care. If negligence did play a role, an attorney that focuses on wrongful death lawsuits may be able to advise surviving loved ones of their options. An attorney can be a great resource in that regard, helping survivors with both legal and practical matters that surface during such a time of tragedy.

Source: The New York Times, “Severe Report Finds V.A. Hid Waiting Lists at Hospitals,” Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Michael D. Shear, May 28, 2014

Crash Victim Responds with Violence

Although the devastation of a motor vehicle accident may draw stares of sympathy from passerby, a recent crash seems to have had the opposite effect.

According to Pittsburgh authorities, a recent accident between two passenger cars on a Thursday evening prompted one of the drivers to start a fist fight. The collision happened at Forbes and Murray Avenue, in front of witnesses who were dining out. According to one account, the angry driver didn’t say a word before he started beating the man.

Although neither driver suffered life-threatening injuries from the crash, the driver who was beaten may have faced more serious injuries had one of the witnesses not intervened. Her entry onto the scene apparently was enough to end the fight.

When police arrived, they arrested the angry driver. It’s unclear whether prosecutors will charge him with simple assault or other charges.

Although assault may not be a typical response from a crash victim, there may be other details that incited the man’s rage. Perhaps he noticed the other driver texting or using a cellphone behind the wheel moments before the collision. Since the crash happened in a local area near shops and restaurants, the vehicles may have been traveling at speeds slow enough to reveal such behavior to other passing drivers.

However, a personal injury attorney knows that the proper form for resolving disputes or bringing allegations of negligence is the courtroom. An attorney can help a crash victim prepare evidence that may demonstrate to a jury how another driver’s behavior was unsafe, careless or even reckless.

Source: CBS Pittsburgh, “Police: Car Accident Leads To Road Rage,” Rick Dayton, May 30, 2014

The What, When, Why, and How of Cerebral Palsy

What Is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects the brain and nervous systems. The Mayo Clinic offers the following definition, “Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by an insult to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth.” Though symptoms vary with each patient, typically, movement and coordination are significantly impacted, in addition to other neurological problems.

When does the damage occur? When do symptoms start showing?

Damage suffered while the brain is developing, causes the disorder. Most frequently, the injury is sustained prior to, or during birth. However, instances have occurred as late as 5 years into a child’s life. Though the causes of cerebral palsy are varied, some of the most common are:

  • Maternal health problems
  • Infections (which are contracted by the mother during pregnancy or by the infant after birth)
  • Shaken baby syndrome
  • Forceps injury during delivery
  • Head injury
  • Fetal Stroke
  • Developmental abnormality

Children begin showing symptoms of cerebral palsy during the early developmental stages of childhood. If you or your pediatrician suspect that your child may be exhibiting signs/symptoms of cerebral palsy or a related disorder, it is crucial to receive a diagnosis as soon as possible. To arrive at a diagnosis, your child will need to undergo extensive testing including brain scans to determine if there is any impairment involving vision, hearing, speech, etc. An early diagnosis will ensure that your child is able to receive proper treatment as soon as possible which will help throughout the fundamental developmental years of infancy.

Why did the damage occur?

You should also ask “why did the damage occur?.” This is probably a difficult question to answer and without proper investigation, the origin of the injury may never be discovered. If you suspect that malpractice or negligence may have been a factor, it may be time to enlist an expert opinion. Though medical facilities pride themselves on offering superior care to their patients, sometimes things go wrong. An injury caused by forceps during delivery, an infection that arose from negligence, and inadequate prenatal care are among a few of the many instances of negligence or malpractice that can cause permanent damage to your child. The “why” may be the most troubling aspect of this disorder, particularly if you are unable to arrive at a clear answer. However, the “how” may help to get you the answers you are looking for.

How do you proceed?

If you are unsure as to how your child developed cerebral palsy or a similar disorder, and suspect that it could have been prevented, the issue is worth exploring. Some of the people that may be able to help include doctors, medical experts and attorneys. Law firms that have experience with birth injury and medical malpractice matters will have trusted experts and doctors that can evaluate your child’s circumstances and conduct a proper investigation to determine if your child’s developmental issues are a product of negligence. Many firms offer consultations in which you can speak with an attorney, at length, about your situation and obtain legal advice free of charge. In addition, law firms often offer legal representation with no out-of-pocket legal fees, in which you only pay for the services upon receiving compensation for your damages.

A disorder like cerebral palsy requires extensive treatment and personal care throughout the length of a patient’s life. This treatment can become extremely costly and quickly turn into a serious financial burden on a family. However, every parent wants the best for their children and will make significant sacrifices for their benefit. Your child’s health is worth taking the time to speak with someone that specializes in cases like yours. The worst outcome may be that you lose an hour of time to discuss the potential of your case with an expert. However, the best scenario is that you achieve not only justice for the damage that was done to your child, but you also receive compensation to ensure your child’s access to the best treatment and support services throughout the length of their life.

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced for Fatal Motorcycle Accident

An Allegheny County judge recently sentenced a Pennsylvania driver to a prison term of one to two years for his role in a fatal motorcycle accident.

The 33-year-old driver was in a pickup when he struck a 69-year-old motorcyclist head-on. Instead of stopping to help, the man fled the scene. Unfortunately, the motorcyclist did not survive.

As readers may know, a motor vehicle accident caused by reckless or negligent driving may expose a driver to both civil and criminal liability. In this case, it appears that distraction may have contributed to the accident, as the man was not sentenced for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Nevertheless, the man’s hit-and-run behavior certainly didn’t garner him much sympathy with prosecutors. They charged him with homicide by vehicle and other criminal counts. The man pleaded guilty to the charges, and his prison sentence represents the mandatory term for those charges.

A personal injury attorney with experience in motorcycle accidents knows the catastrophic injuries that often factor into such tragedies. When a motor vehicle collides with a motorcycle, the force of impact from the larger vehicle often inflicts life-threatening or even fatal injuries on a motorcyclist. Such an accident can change a motorcyclist’s life forever, possibly due to a head or spinal cord injury. Even if a cyclists is able to return to work, it is likely that his or her recuperation will be extensive. For that reason, a crash victim should consult with a personal injury attorney to pursue recovery options against the negligent driver in a civil lawsuit.

Source: ABC 27, “Man gets 1 to 2 years in fatal western Pa. crash,” June 6, 2014

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