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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 often end in fatality

Pennsylvania is a state full of motorcycle enthusiasts. Motorcycles are a common sight on the roads that criss-cross the state, and for a biker, autumn can be one of the best times to enjoy a ride through the crisp air and beautiful foliage. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are a constant concern, and even if a rider is wearing a proper helmet, bikers are often killed if they are struck by a larger vehicle. 

Recently, a Pennsylvania biker was driving through an intersection when he was hit by a pickup truck. The victim's body was trapped under the truck. The pickup contained firearm ammunition, and both vehicles burst into flames after the initial impact. Workers from a local delivery business rushed out to try to extinguish the fires, but they were unsuccessful due to the incendiary nature of the ammunition. 

Truck accident results in serious injury

Pennsylvania drivers know that the highways that run through the state are often full of tractor trailers and other large vehicles. This can make travel stressful because large vehicles cannot maneuver quickly enough to avoid a crash. A recent truck accident involved four tractor trailers and several smaller vehicles, and resulted in serious injury. 

During a storm that brought heavy rains to much of Pennsylvania,  several trucks became entangled in a crash. One of the trucks overturned onto a smaller passenger vehicle. Another was damaged so badly, the contents of the trailer -- several large drums -- spilled out onto the road. A third left the highway completely and came to rest on an embankment. 

Bus accidents a growing concern for PA parents

School districts across Pennsylvania take student safety very seriously. In recent years, many measures have been put in place to ensure that children have the best possible learning experience. Though many parents may feel as if their children are relatively safe at school, they may not consider the danger their children are in while traveling to and from school. Already this year, several bus accidents have caused injury and fright to students across the state, and the most recent has many families concerned. 

Most Pennsylvania students rely on buses to get to class each day. Families can only hope that their child will make it to school and back without any harm coming to them. Most school buses do not have seat belts, which has become a topic of concern as bus accidents continue to occur in record numbers across the state. 

First responder seriously injured in truck accident

Firefighters are often the first to respond to calls for help during fires and serious motor vehicle accidents. They are trained to give medical assistance, help remove an injured victim from a damaged vehicle, and make sure debris and fuel are cleared from the roadway. Recently, a Pennsylvania firefighter responding to an accident became the victim of a truck accident himself. 

At a Pennsylvania intersection that locals claim is notorious for serious accidents, the man arrived at the scene of yet another crash. He was attempting to divert traffic around the scene of the crash so that the victims could be helped and damages vehicles could be cleared from the roadway. Unfortunately, he was struck by a dump truck and suffered serious injury. 

Man charged re fatal car accident

A passenger in a motor vehicle depends on the driver to be vigilant and provide safe transportation. When a driver chooses to break the law, he or she risks the lives of any passengers, as well as others in or near the roadway. Sometimes, a driver's negligent or criminal behavior causes a car accident that results in serious injury or death. 

Recently, police filed charges against a Pennsylvania man after at least one passenger in his vehicle was killed in an accident. Law enforcement arrived at a local business where a vehicle was laying on its side. A female passenger was partially thrown out of the car and killed. Police now suspect there may have been an additional passenger, but have given no further details as they continue to investigate. 

Bus accidents can result in higher number of injuries

Pennsylvania residents can likely recall at least one time they have ridden a bus. Many children rely on buses to get them to and from school each day. Even for adults, a bus can be a handy way to travel in a large group or save commuters from having to worry about the expense of driving their personal vehicle. Though buses are considered to be a relatively safe method of transportation, bus accidents can result in high numbers of serious injuries. 

Recently, a bus was traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Travellers may already be aware that the turnpike is often crowded, and the number of vehicles combined with the highway speeds can be a recipe for disaster. The bus, which was carrying 36 people, collided with a large tractor trailer truck. 

Charges pressed in fatal auto accident

Sometimes, a car crash is the result of unavoidable hazards, such as weather conditions or a vehicle malfunction. Usually, this type of auto accident is handled by insurance companies and will likely never end up as a legal matter in court. In other cases, an auto accident is the result of negligence or carelessness on the part of a driver. Pennsylvania has seen its share of both types this summer, and in the case of the latter sort, charges have been pressed.

In June, a woman from another state was making her way through Pennsylvania. According to reports, the woman was driving her truck far above the posted speed limit prior to a crash. Reports indicate that she attempted to pass other vehicles in a portion of the road that prohibited passing. 

Pennsylvania high on list for most motorcycle accidents

Pennsylvania ranks 4th in the nation on a list of states with the most motorcycle crashes. Motorcycle accidents have a much higher rate of serious injury or death than other types of motor vehicle accidents. Even if riders use proper safety procedures and wear a helmet, an accident can occur in the blink of an eye, especially on crowded highways. 

Recently, the latest in a summer full of fatal motorcycle accidents occurred near Philadelphia. A group of motorcycles were traveling together when one of the drivers lost control. He crashed into another bike, which caused his death and left the other rider seriously injured. 

Pedestrian auto accident victim dies

Every driver's worst nightmare is being involved in an accident. In Pennsylvania, auto accidents claim thousands of lives each year. Serious crashes can result in permanent personal injury, or worse, and expensive damage to vehicles. When a driver is involved in an auto accident, state law requires that he or she pull safely to the side of the road and remain on the scene until police arrive. 

Recently, a Pennsylvania woman was waiting for her bus to arrive. She was struck by a pickup truck. Rather than stop and try to render aid until help arrived, the pickup driver sped away. Police began to hunt for the individual and subsequently located his vehicle, described as a white truck with damage to the front. The suspect was located shortly after, allegedly walking through his own neighborhood. 

Law Firm to Host 2nd Annual "Get Them There Safely" Free Car Seat Safety Check


Seidel Cohen Hof & Reid, the Lehigh Valley's personal injury law firm, will host its 2nd annual free car seat safety check event on Sat., Sept. 29, 2018.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Target near Airport Road, certified child passenger safety technicians will check car seats are installed properly to ensure young children are transported safely. Attendees of the "Get Them There Safely" event will receive a car safety kit, including a phone charger, window punch, first-aid kit and flashlight, as supplies last. 

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