Because of the alarming number of fatalities that result from distracted driving, a joint venture of a Pennsylvania newspaper and AT&T will focus on creating an awareness of the potential repercussions of cell phone use while driving. A competition was launched for secondary school students across Pennsylvania. This is part of a state-wide competition where students have to write an essay in answer to a question about texting and driving and the potential car accidents that may result.
Pennsylvania residents may be interested to know that the greater part of claims for personal injuries in the United States arise from automobile accidents. Whenever personal injury or wrongful death claims are filed in court, the plaintiff has to provide evidence that the defendant's negligence contributed to the accident and injuries or fatalities that resulted. Proving negligence and determining who to name as defendants in claims following car accidents may prove challenging. However, the assistance of a personal injury attorney who deals with such matters on a regular basis may lead to recovery of damages.
Pennsylvania residents may share the concern of many others about the number of teenagers that lose their lives in wrecks. Car accidents involving a mix of young drivers, alcohol and high-speed occur all too often. Following a fatal accident only two weeks after graduation in 2012, two young men are now facing charges related to DUI and vehicular homicide.
A Pennsylvania man, originally from another country, recently pleaded guilty to DUI-related charges that could severely affect the remainder of his life. The charges followed a serious car accident in a construction zone last year. It was reported that the man traveled in a lane that was closed off due to ongoing construction activities, where he knocked over one construction worker and narrowly missed another. He then smashed into a construction vehicle.
The son of a 54-year-old father, along with other family members, is likely still traumatized and shocked after learning of his recent death. This was just one more of those senseless, avoidable Pennsylvania car accidents caused by an alleged drunk driver. Every occurrence of such an accident is one too many.
A Pennsylvania family recently told a packed courtroom of the impact the death of their daughter had on the family. She was killed in an auto accident in mid January. This was at the sentencing of the deceased's friend who was the driver of the vehicle in which the woman was riding when she lost her life. The family asked the court to hand down the maximum sentence to remind others of the severe consequences of driving under the influence of illegal substances.
When a Pennsylvania accident in 2009 resulted in the amputation of a man's leg, it led to civil litigation in 2011. This case proved to be a complex, as there were multiple cars involved in the chain of car accidents that occurred that day. The jury's decision to award $19.1 million to the plaintiff was challenged and on April 10, 2014 a civil trial judge upheld the jury's verdict after finding it not to be excessive.
The roadways are often the scene of various types of car accidents. Whether it is vehicle versus vehicle or pedestrian versus vehicle, the impact of a car crash could seriously or even fatally injure a person, driver or passenger. No matter the cause of the crash, it is important that all those involved do not leave the accident site before the investigation is conducted. If a person fails to remain at the site of the crash, they could endure criminal liabilities.
For Pennsylvania residents, the winter months mean brushing snow off their car, shoveling their sidewalks and additional traffic. Those from colder regions understand that driving in the snow means reducing speed, slowly applying their brakes, not using cruise control when snow and ice are present and even taking evasive action, if their vehicle hits ice and loses control. When a driver fails to take caution during dangerous weather, their lack of actions could be considered negligent and could result in a serious crash.
Whether it is snowing or not, drivers in Pennsylvania understand that the winter months often mean bad road conditions. Even when there is no snow, ice could be present and could cause some hazards. Drivers should take extra precautions to ensure they can maneuver their vehicle properly, and stop for signs and signals. A driver who is traveling too fast for conditions or is distracted could cause a collision. This could result in serious injuries and even fatalities.