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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.

Drivers urged to slow down to avoid a possible car accident

First responders and police are urging drivers to proceed with caution when traveling on Pennsylvania roadways. Several recent head-on collisions in one county have left four dead and multiple others injured. Authorities cautioned that many accidents are caused by drivers who are distracted, speeding or acting aggressively. Regardless, using caution while operating a motor vehicle can help to cut down on the likelihood of being involved in a car accident.   

After on-scene crash investigations at each of the separate crash sites, police ruled out weather conditions or road issues as the cause of any of the accidents. In fact, the Pennsylvania State Police believe that motor vehicle crashes are rarely just accidents. In most circumstances, citations are issued to one or more drivers. 

Tractor-trailer accident leads to investigation of driver

Many large trucks can be seen driving on Pennsylvania's roadways daily, transporting goods to help keep America functioning and products available to millions of consumers. But tractor-trailers are very large and require a large bubble of space and constant diligence to operate, and those who travel around these large commercial vehicles must be aware of the dangers. Blind spots on the truck can be deadly for those unsuspecting smaller vehicles, and pedestrians often misinterpret the speed at which these larger trucks can travel. Pedestrians fare far worse than cars should they meet a large truck while it is moving, as the resulting tractor-trailer accident is often deadly.

A man was struck by a tractor-trailer around 10:30 a.m. at a busy intersection. The 60-year-old pedestrian was standing on the side of the road when he was hit and fell into the road. First responders arriving on the scene reported that the pedestrian was initially unresponsive.

Pennsylvania motorcycle accidents: Lengthy prion term imposed

As the weather warms up, many motorcyclists take to the streets to enjoy a peaceful ride, as Pennsylvania offers beautiful scenic routes. But operating a motorcycle comes with reservations for many, including the lack of security that a car would provide. With more motorists on the road with even more distractions to take their eyes from the road, motorcycle accidents are an all-too-common occurrence. With warmer weather making its debut, social interactions involving alcohol make the road an even deadlier place for bike riders.

Around 8:30 p.m. one night last May, a 28-year-old man was driving his pickup truck near his home. When he made a left-hand turn to enter his driveway, he struck a motorcycle heading eastbound. The driver of the motorcycle, a 48-year-old off-duty police officer, was killed upon impact.

4 vehicles and a semi involved in Pennsylvania truck accident

Operating a large tractor-trailer takes diligence and an awareness of what is around the large vehicle. Understanding the limitations of a big rig and the damage that it can cause is paramount to becoming a licensed owner or operator. When drivers fail to heed caution, a truck accident can occur. Four Pennsylvania motorists were unfortunate enough to be near the errant driver of a Freightliner and became involved in a crash.

Around 6:27 p.m. on Feb. 22, a tractor-trailer driver began to reverse in the center lane of Interstate 78. Traffic had apparently come to a standstill, though the 48-year-old driver did not otherwise explain his actions. He was cited for improperly backing up his vehicle on the roadway. Once the driver began to travel in reverse, his rig collided with a small car operated by a 45-year-old woman. Her car was pinned beneath the truck and began to rotate, which caused her car to strike another tractor-trailer driven by a 48-year-old male.

Tractor-trailer accident on Turnpike claims the life of an infant

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is well-known by those in the area as a dangerous drive. High rates of speed, especially with regard to tractor-trailers, and the number of cars on the Turnpike at any given time can make traveling this route a difficult one. A tractor-trailer accident is unfortunately, all too common and can be the fault of either driver.

A recent accident occurred around 10:30 one night. Authorities were called to the scene and found an incredibly mangled car that had collided with a tractor-trailer and concrete median wall. The southbound lanes were affected by the crash, which happened about two miles from and E-ZPass interchange. The cause of the accident and the exact details were not detailed.

Pennsylvania teen seriously injured in auto accident

Obtaining one's license is often a rite of passage into adulthood for many young American teens. Many new drivers will often underestimate their skills and the attention that must be devoted to operating a vehicle, especially when the roadways are busy and teeming with traffic. This lack of experience and the belief that one is invincible can lead to an auto accident, sometimes with deadly consequences. One Pennsylvania teen learned this lesson the hard way.

Around 4 p.m. on a recent Monday, rescue workers responded to a call of an accident near a busy intersection. Initial reports claim that a teen was driving an SUV and crossed left of center. The SUV then hit an oncoming car head-on.

3 reasons to never accept cash after an auto accident

Car accidents occur far too often, and afterward, something that also takes place too frequently is the at-fault driver wanting to make the incident go away by offering the other party money at the scene. Unfortunately, many drivers make the mistake of accepting the cash.

While a few hundred dollar bills may tempt you, you always want to follow proper protocol following an auto accident

Pennsylvania man formally charged in fatal car accident

Operating a motor vehicle is often seen by many as something that they just do. Sometimes, little regard is given to the enormous responsibility. The reality of sitting behind the wheel and driving an automobile is a significant endeavour which requires diligence, attention to detail, good judgement and quick reflexes. When a Pennsylvania driver gets behind the wheel with disregard for others on the road or traffic laws, a car accident can occur with devastating effects for those involved.

A man was formally charged for an accident that he caused back in June. The incident occurred around 8:30 a.m. The 66-year-old was driving his vehicle north in the southbound lane of a local highway. The car hit another vehicle head-on. Although both vehicles attempted to avoid the collision, they still collided.

Pennsylvania bus accident sends 2 students to the hospital

Sending one's children to school via public school transportation is almost a think-less task. Packing up the backpacks, tying the shoes, zipping the coat and kissing them goodbye when dropping the kids off at the bus stop, daycare center or even at school is how many Pennsylvania parents spend their early mornings. Trusting the adults with the care of one's children can often be taken for granted until the unfortunate happens. An early morning bus accident has caused major concerns with regard to bus safety and driver training.

The accident occurred around 6:30 a.m. as students were making their way to school. The bus collided with a minivan at a busy intersection. Reports indicate that the minivan have severe damage to the passenger side and was resting up on a sidewalk.

Snow and ice covered Pennyslvania roads leads to car accident

When Pennsylvania weather turns from flowers and sunshine to cold and snow, the roads can become a battle ground for traction. Drivers should exercise caution when traveling in such weather to help avoid car accidents and injuries, if they must travel at all. Black ice spots and snow-covered roads can give unsuspecting drivers a sense of security and overconfidence when navigating these dangerous conditions, which can lead some to find themselves victims in a car accident.

Recently, authorities were called to the scene of an accident around 10 p.m. A 19-year-old driver had lost control of his westbound vehicle and crossed the center line. Still unable to gain control of his vehicle, he hit another motorist traveling eastbound head-on.

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