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August 2015 Archives

IndyCar driver suffers head injury and dies after accident

Last week, we discussed a tragic car accident resulting in a wrongful death suit against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. Another racing accident has left one IndyCar driver dead as a result of a head injury. Head injuries are common in many motor vehicle accidents, whether they occur on Pittsburgh highways or the racetrack.

NASCAR driver faces wrongful death suit after tragic accident

When a fatal car accident occurs, both criminal and civil charges may be filed against all responsible parties. Even when criminal charges are dropped, the family of the victim may still proceed with their wrongful death suit in civil court and may recover damages from the driver responsible for the accident.

Drunk driving is a major cause of fatal car accidents nationwide

It comes as no surprise that thousands of Americans, including Pennsylvanians, are killed every year in drunk driving accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that over 10,000 people in the United States were killed in accidents involving a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. Studies have shown that one-third of all accident deaths in the United States are caused by drivers with a blood alcohol level of over .08.

What are the main causes of plane crashes?

Over the past couple of years, mysterious plane crashes have captured the attention of Pennsylvanians. Recently, the remains of a Boeing 777 were found in the West Indian Ocean. It appears that these remains are those of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, the flight that disappeared over a year ago with 239 people on board.What causes these tragedies in air? Four major causes of plane crashes are categorized: weather, intentional, mechanical failure and human error.A Boeing study recently found that 20 percent of commercial aviation accidents are caused by mechanical failure. However, these types of accidents do not occur nearly as often as they did in the past. Advances in technology provide backup systems that allow for less dependency on the pilot. Planes are also built with higher quality components.

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