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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.

Truck accident: What are the causes and who can be held liable?

Motorists in Pennsylvania share the roadways with all kinds of big rigs. Due to the sheer size of these vehicles, occupants of any car that is involved in a truck accident have little chance of escaping unscathed. Malfunctioning equipment causes some accidents, and the slightest equipment error can cause devastating crashes. When such a collision results in a civil lawsuit, possible liable parties can include the vehicle manufacturer, the mechanic who repaired the truck or installed the defective part, the trucking company responsible for refurbishing the part and the sales entity.

Fatality statistics from 2017 show a rise in motorcycle accidents

A man who overcame multiple obstacles in his life -- including birth defects, cancer and a liver transplant -- was riding his motorcycle and enjoying his new lease on life. It was his favorite pastime, and it made his past medical problems and pain disappear as he rode for hours on end. In 2017, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania had six fatal motorcycle accidents, the highest number since 2005.

What expenses can be covered in a wrongful death lawsuit?

When someone dies due to the fault of another, families will often pursue lawsuits, claiming wrongful death and survival damages.  These lawsuits, often referred to in layman’s terms as wrongful death lawsuits, allege that 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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