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These blogs are posted on behalf of Seidel, Cohen, Hof & Reid, LLC, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the firm or its attorneys. The information presented in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.

Motorcycle accidents take heavy toll on victims and families

In spite of the dangers, thousands of Pennsylvania residents cannot resist the call of the open road, especially during the warmer months of the year. However, in spite of the caution riders may exercise, motorcycle accidents continue to take a heavy toll on both victims and their families. One recent wreck claimed the life of yet another victim.

The wreck occurred late on a Friday evening. According to police, the crash took place at a local intersection. While the exact details are yet unknown, officials stated that the wreck was caused when a driver attempted to complete a left turn from the intersection. A 32-year-old man on a motorcycle could not avoid a collision and hit the side of the automobile.

Man facing charges in Pennsylvania tractor-trailer accident

Those who are employed in occupations that require regular work along busy roadways are no doubt aware of the possible hazards. As a result, they likely work as diligently and quickly as possible in order to minimize the risks they may face from potential dangers such as a tractor-trailer accident. Unfortunately, neither efficiency nor experience was able to save the life of one Pennsylvania man.

The deadly accident occurred approximately one year ago. However, for reasons that were not made clear in a media report, the investigation was only recently completed enough to result in charges for a driver of a tractor-trailer. According to the report, a father and son team was using a tow truck to clear away vehicles that had been involved in a prior accident along Interstate 81. As the son was working to remove a vehicle, a tractor-trailer approaching from the rear apparently slammed into a pickup truck parked along the side of the road.

Pennsylvania strives to prevent school bus accidents

Due to redistricting in several Pennsylvania school districts, many children are now required to ride a bus.  Because of the increased numbers of buses and heavier traffic conditions, the risk of being involved in serious bus accidents are likely much higher than in decades past. In spite of the efforts to ensure safe transportation for all parties, not every accident can be prevented.

The commonwealth places a high priority on the safety of students as they are being bussed back and forth to school during the week. It re-issues informational pamphlets on a regular basis to ensure that parents, students, drivers and other motorists are aware of the laws and guidelines that regulate the use of these large vehicles. It also reviews the traffic laws that apply to how other motorists are required to react when encountering a school bus that is transporting children.

Pennsylvania laws revised to help deter auto accident injuries

Probably one of a parent's greatest fears is having a child hurt or killed in an accident. While not every accident can be avoided, there are steps parents can take to help protect their children from suffering a serious injury due to an auto accident. In order to help parents do more to protect their families, Pennsylvania has revised its laws regarding car seat use.

The American Academy of Pediatrics carefully reviews the needs of children when it comes to the best ways to protect them in the event of a car crash. While many parents have been educated about the need to place infants in a seat that faces backwards, they may not be aware that the recommendations have been revised to include children under age two. It also recommended that all children under the age of eight be secured into an appropriately sized booster seat unless he or she weighed at least 80 pounds.

Ideal riding conditions come with risk of motorcycle accidents

The warmer weather season entices more people to travel along the roads and highways of Pennsylvania. However, while many enthusiasts see this time of year as the perfect weather for getting out their bikes, it also means an increase in the risks of getting involved in motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, even the most experienced rider is not immune to this potential danger.

One such accident recently occurred along a local road. According to Pennsylvania officials, a 51-year-old man was traveling east along a roadway. A van was approaching from the opposite direction. The driver of that vehicle then proceeded to make a left-hand turn across the east bound lane in order to access another road.

Pennsylvania has plan to elimate all car accident fatalities

One of the most common causes of death in the state of Pennsylvania is attributed to car crashes. In previous years, the commonwealth has issued a highway safety plan that it hoped would reduce the number of victims who die as a result of a car accident. Its most recent plan has the goal of eliminating traffic deaths completely over a 30-year span.

Over the past several years, the state has reported an average of 1,240 fatalities along its interstates. It has recorded approximately 3,235 serious injuries annually due to crashes. The state has worked with both public and private sector entities in an effort to come up with a plan that would eliminate both of these within 30 years. The plan focuses on several areas that it hopes will eventually be successful.

Pennsylvania woman convicted for her role in fatal car accident

Car insurance companies view teen drivers as a high-risk category due in part to their inexperience and impulsive behaviors behind the wheel. However, even though these young drivers are often at fault when there is a serious or fatal car accident, sometimes there are mitigating factors. One Pennsylvania woman was recently convicted for her role in a fatal accident that occurred in 2015.

A 46-year-old woman was on trial for allegedly supplying alcohol to minors, which led to a fatal accident that took the lives of two teen boys. The woman was charged with involuntary manslaughter, corruption of minors, furnishing alcohol to under-aged drinkers and endangering the welfare of minors. After two hours of deliberations, a jury voted to convict the woman on all counts.

3-car auto accident kills 1 passenger, injures several others

Possibly the worst aspect of an accident is how suddenly it can change or even end a life. No matter how attentive one is to driving, the actions of another party can lead to a serious auto accident. A three-vehicle crash in Pennsylvania recently killed a passenger and sent others to a local hospital.

The wreck occurred as a man driving his vehicle along a local street purportedly lost control of his automobile and ran into the rear of a sports car traveling ahead of him. After colliding with the second car, the first one continued along its path and smashed into the front of a third vehicle. A woman who was a passenger in that car was killed in the collision.

Driver indicted for fatal tractor trailer accident in 2015

A life-changing event can occur without warning and can have lasting repercussions. However, the wheels of justice can sometimes move much slower -- especially in regards to investigations into serious accidents. Although the fatal tractor trailer accident happened two years ago in Pennsylvania, officials recently charged a driver for his role in the wreck.

The accident took place in June of 2015 and involved two semis and a tour bus. The 57-year-old driver of a 2007 rig was traveling south on a local interstate. Another semi and the bus were traveling north when the first truck veered over the grassy median dividing the opposing lanes. The first truck then struck a 2015 tractor trailer before colliding with the bus. The bus hit the trailer between the second and third axles.

Multiple vehicle car accident injures several; closes highway

Holiday weekend traffic usually causes delays and minor headaches. In spite of the precautions that a driver may take, there is also the risk of being involved in a serious car accident. Over the recent July 4th holiday, a serious wreck closed one Pennsylvania interstate for hours.

Police reported to the scene of a multiple vehicle collision in the mid-morning hours on the Monday before July 4th. According to officials, traffic had been slowed by an earlier mishap involving an area around a road construction site. Purportedly, six vehicles were stopped after being caught up in the minor incident. The driver of a large construction vehicle approaching from the rear was apparently unaware that the cars up ahead had come to a stop.

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