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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.

What expenses can be covered in a wrongful death lawsuit?

Wrongful death lawsuits are cases brought to court when a person dies wrongfully; that is, when the death could have been avoided and was caused by reckless, negligent or unlawful actions on the part of an individual or business. A devastating loss of this type not only brings with it grief and suffering over the death itself, but the additional pain and burden of knowing that the death should not have occurred.

Oftentimes in cases such as these, family members seek the professional counsel of a wrongful death attorney to help them evaluate the details of the case and determine potential areas where expenses can be recovered. A wrongful death brings a laundry list of costs that put additional stress and pressure on an already grieving family. Covering these expenses with a wrongful death lawsuit can ease the financial burden and allow the family to focus on both mourning and rebuilding, rather than anxiety-provoking worries over how to pay for essentials.

Pennsylvania car accident blamed on misinterpreted turn

For whatever reason, people will sometimes disregard Pennsylvania road signs, laws and posted speed limits. This may not seem to be such a big deal and is often harmless, but for those who are happen to be nearby, the harm or other serious outcomes that such carelessness can cause can be devastating. Had these laws and speed limits been observed, those injured could have saved a great deal of pain and suffering. The car accident that usually results from such disregard can leave some without a loved one and others without the ability to work to provide for their families.

A car had pulled out of the parking lot of a restaurant around 7:30 p.m. The car was positioned in the right-turn-only lane, but the driver was attempting to make a left-hand turn. The driver pulled out into traffic and was struck.

Car accident claims the life of pedestrian

Tragedy struck the town of Mansfield after an elderly woman was struck by a vehicle and killed, according to a report released by local police. Officers in Tioga County responded to the Pennsylvania car accident that claimed the life of a 90-year-old woman. While the driver involved in the crash has not yet been charged with a crime, the investigation is still ongoing according to local and state authorities.

The report says the accident happened on the afternoon of May 10 on State Route 6. The woman is believed to have wandered into the roadway, though the reason for this behavior was not clarified in the report. A 70-year-old man headed eastbound attempted to swerve out of the way of the woman, but was reportedly unable to avoid striking her. She was pronounced dead on the scene by a county coroner.

Pennsylvania motorcycle accidents increase with warmer weather

A summer approaches, more bikers take their motorcycles out on Pennsylvania roads. With all the aftermarket parts that are supplied to motorcycle enthusiasts, bright lights and a loud exhaust still cannot prevent all motorcycle accidents. Automobile and truck drivers often express caution and watch for bikers, but the distractions of today's technology like cellphones and in-vehicle electronic devices can add to the fact that sometimes the surroundings can make it difficult to spot a motorcycle. Failure to see or allowing distraction while behind the wheel can lead to devastating consequences.

Police were called to the scene of the incident around 7 p.m. Authorities arrived and noted that the motorcycle appeared to be heading straight and crashed into an SUV. At the time of the accident, the SUV was attempting to make a left-hand turn.

A truck accident causing road debris claims life of Pennsylvanian

Moving products and goods from one location to another is what keeps America's economy moving. Transporting large, heavy and sometimes hazardous materials can be dangerous sometimes, but drivers are well-versed in how to travel and secure the cargo safely to avoid any mishaps. Should a truck driver utilizing the Pennsylvania roadways fail to heed his or her on-the-road training, a truck accident can occur that could put others in serious danger.

The truck accident occurred around 3 p.m. near a busy exit ramp. A tractor-trailer flipped over on its side on the overpass of the ramp while its driver was navigating a curve. The load that was in transit, watermelons, spilled out and onto the exit ramp, then fell to the highway below.

Unusual auto accident claims a Pennsylvania woman's life

Drivers out in the early morning or late evening hours usually do not have to face many motorists on the road. The lack of other vehicles may lead some to think that consuming alcohol or illegal substances won't hurt anyone or the odds of one being in an auto accident are slim. The decision to get behind the wheel while in an altered state can be deadly and leave Pennsylvania families devastated.

Authorities responded to the call for assistance shortly after midnight. A 21-year-old driver reportedly drove his car off the road and into the home an 86-year-old woman. The car went through the wall and into the first-floor bedroom where the woman was sleeping. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Grandmother dies in bizarre car accident

A Pennsylvania woman perished after a car crashed through the wall of her first-story bedroom. Authorities say the 86-year-old grandmother of 13 and great-grandmother of 14 was sleeping in her bed when the driver of a speeding car lost control, causing the vehicle to become airborne. The car accident occurred in Franconia Township.

Authorities said a 21-year-old man lost control of his car after reaching speeds of 80 mph or more. The driver missed a curve and jumped a curb where it became airborne, vaulting 21 feet into the side of a house. Prosecutors compared his driving to that of a death-defying stunt from an action movie. The impact of the crash crushed the woman, who lay sleeping in her bed against an interior wall. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Motorcycle accident claims the life of a Pennsylvania child

Proper licensing, car insurance and safe road-worthy vehicles are a necessity in making sure that every Pennsylvania driver is covered while operating an automobile. Getting behind the wheel without the proper legal necessities in place or while under the influence of illegal substances or alcohol can put the lives of other motorists in grave danger. One Philadelphia family has recently experienced an unfortunate circumstance after a motorcycle accident took the life of a young child and seriously injured the driver.

The incident occurred on a Sunday evening in West Philadelphia. The 6-year-old boy was a passenger on an illegal motorcycle that his mother's boyfriend was operating when an large SUV struck the bike. The driver of the car was not injured.

Two women die in an early morning car accident

A fatal car crash occurred that claimed the lives of two Pennsylvania women recently. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the car accident but said the weather was not a factor. In Pennsylvania and other states, if negligence is believed to have been a contributing factor, surviving family members may have legal recourse.

Emergency crews responded to an accident call at a busy intersection just 12 miles outside of Danville. According to authorities, two vehicles were involved with single occupants in each car. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Police are still investigating what may have caused an SUV driven by a 43-year-old Danville woman to cross the center line and crash head-on into a 32-year-old woman from Pennsdale.

Pennsylvania car accident leads to arrest

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances in Pennsylvania has consequences that reach far beyond the initial incident. The aftermath of injuries and fatalities caused by a car accident are often devastating. Driving while intoxicated or under the influence can leave lasting scars on families of the victims and on the negligent driver as well.

Police were called to the scene of the accident around 6:50 a.m. A 24-year-old male had caused a multiple car crash in northbound lanes, disrupting traffic for sometime. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, involuntary manslaughter and driving while under the influence.

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