Like anywhere else across the nation, Pennsylvania roads can be dangerous. While most accidents are caused by driver error, weather conditions or other relatively common hazards, a crash is occasionally caused by a person committing a crime. A recent car accident in the Keystone State left a local community bewildered.
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When a Pennsylvania motor vehicle collision results in fatality, it is devastating for friends and family members of the victim. Coping with the sudden death of a loved one is difficult because family members have zero time to prepare such as they might in a case of terminal illness, for instance. Loved ones and friends of a 19-year-old girl who was killed in a car accident last year recently spoke in court before the judge sentenced the man deemed responsible for her death.
Fans of action movies or television series that feature a police chase or vehicle pursuit may think it all looks rather exciting, as drivers weave in and out of traffic, dodging vehicles, explosions and other obstacles to catch the bad guy and save the day. While certainly, these scenes make for exciting television, in real life, a fleeing suspect can mean innocent people and local heroes could suffer injuries in a car accident. A recent incident in Pennsylvania underscores the danger a real car chase involves.
First responders save lives, and Pennsylvania residents honor and respect the brave men and women who put their own lives on the line each day to help others. Usually, first responders such as EMTs and fire personnel rush to the scene of a car accident to render aid to victims that might be injured or trapped. A recent story explains how a fire chief was injured while trying to stop a criminal.
A night out with friends at a favorite local haunt can be a great way for adult friends to unwind after a stressful week or to reconnect after time apart. Grabbing a few drinks and some grub is a great way to get the gang back together. While it's certainly fine for patrons over the age of 21 to purchase and consume alcohol in Pennsylvania, it is against the law to drink and drive with a blood-alcohol content over the statutory limit. A recent story warns drivers of what can happen when someone breaks this law and causes a fatal auto accident.
There may only be a few official weeks of summer vacation left, but the months of August and September remain popular for people to take one last get away before the cool weather of autumn takes hold. Simultaneously, Pennsylvania families prepare for a new school year, and drivers should be aware that there may be heavier traffic as travelers and school buses take to the roads. Busy roads can lead to a higher probability of crashes, and in many cases, a victim may want to file a car accident claim.
Pennsylvania laws require a driver that has been involved in an accident to pull to the side of the road as safely as possible, do his or her best to render aid to any victims, and call authorities immediately. These important steps can save lives. When a driver chooses to break the law after causing a car accident, there can be serious legal consequences.
Pennsylvania drivers with health problems cannot just leave medical issues at home. For a person with a chronic or ongoing malady, such as diabetes, symptoms can present themselves at inconvenient or dangerous times. This is precisely what seems to have caused a recent car accident.
When Pennsylvania families are out and about, older family members often insist that small children remain close by, especially when walking near traffic. It can be difficult for drivers to see small children. Unfortunately, one family lost a child despite taking such precaution, in a horrific car accident last spring.
Many crash victims in Pennsylvania decline medical treatment because they have no open wounds or fractured bones. Visible injuries are often easier to treat than those that are hidden, which are usually only diagnosed when symptoms appear. Some internal and musculoskeletal injuries can remain hidden for days or even weeks after a car accident.