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$32 million verdict in Alleghany County wrongful death suit

When a life is lost in a motor vehicle accident, families are left emotionally devastated and unsure of what the future holds. When a child is lost, that grief can be overwhelming. A 2012 accident left one family in shambles after a six-year-old boy was killed. The family was having car trouble when a truck rear-ended the back of their vehicle. The boy's mother, father and younger brother were also injured in the accident. As a result of the accident, the truck driver pled guilty to various charges including speeding, reckless endangerment and homicide via vehicle. He faces six to 23 months in jail and probation.

Federal study of trucker hours underway after Morgan accident

Last year, we discussed the tragic truck accident involving actor and comedian Tracy Morgan. Morgan suffered severe injuries after a speeding Wal-Mart truck collided with the limousine bus carrying Morgan and six other people. Morgan's friend was killed in the accident. It was later discovered that the driver of the Wal-Mart truck had not slept in over 28 hours. He had driven 800 miles overnight from his home in Georgia to a distribution center in Delaware, then started out on his delivery route.

Numerous truck accidents are caused by tired drivers every year and Federal lawmakers are going to try to put a stop to it. The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act renews federal surface transportation programs through 2020. This Act has required the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct a study on truck drivers and their long commutes. The study was originally part of the Truck Safety Act introduced by Senator Cory Booker in July of this year.

Traumatic brain injuries may be considered a public health crisis

Brain injuries are affecting thousands of people all across the country. Many people first begin experiencing problems when an impact to the head causes the soft tissues of the brain to hit the bony structures of the skull. When this happens, the slamming can cause injury to the tissue in the form of lesions or tears.

Whether the injury was caused by a motor vehicle accident or a hard hit on the football field, victims may be facing years of rehabilitation and medical costs. Dr. Sandeep Vaishnavi, who co-authored the book "The Traumatized Brain - A Family Guide to Understanding Mood, Memory and Behavior after Brain Injury," is very knowledgeable about the consequences of such an injury. He says that while people can typically recover from a single minor brain injury, many people experience multiple brain injuries over time. A few of these minor brain injuries can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE, which has been found in a number of football players.

Casey Kasem's widow accused of elder abuse in wrongful death case

The mistreatment of senior citizens is a serious issue for many families all across the country. In some especially tragic cases, this mistreatment could lead to death. The children of radio star Casey Kasem believe that their father's wife of 30 years, Jean Kasem, is at least partially responsible for his death. According to a recent report, the three children from a previous marriage, along with Mr. Kasem's brother, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jean for her alleged role in Casey's death.

Cellphone use underreported in Pennsylvania car accidents

Every year transportation officials tell us how dangerous it is to use a cellphone while driving. What we didn't know is that it is even more dangerous than they originally thought. According to officials at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, cellphone use while driving is grossly underreported in car accidents. PennDOT spokeswoman Fritzi Schreffler says that it can be difficult to know exactly how many accidents are caused by driver cellphone use because people don't want to admit to doing it. Officers don't always see the driver on their phone, so they are unable to report it.

In Pennsylvania, statistics in the mid-state show that less than 1 percent of accidents were caused by cellphone use in the last six years. Talking on the phone falls under the category of distracted driving. According to a state trooper, there is no separate category on the police incident report for officers to report cellphone-related crashes. Any incident involving a phone would fall under the "human error: distracted driving" category. The number of mid-state accidents caused by distracted driving is nearly 14,000. Distracted driving includes any activity that takes the driver's focus away from driving.

NFL cornerback out for season after brain injury

One of the most difficult consequences of a brain injury is that you may not be able to live a normal life ever again. For NFL athletes, many of whom devote their whole lives to football, a brain injury can be devastating for their careers. NFL star Rashean Mathis has been placed on injured reserve and will not play for the rest of the season after suffering a brain injury.

Three weeks ago, the Detroit Lions cornerback suffered a brain injury during a game against the Minnesota Vikings. He traveled with the team to London for the next week's game and fully participated in practice. However, after experiencing headaches, he was limited in later practices that week. The Lions eventually determined that he should not play in the game due to what they thought was an illness.

Pittsburgh wrongful death lawsuit filed after inmate kills woman

If a family believes that another party's negligence caused the death of their loved one, the surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against those parties. One family recently filed such a lawsuit in Pittsburgh after a woman living near the Armstrong County Jail was killed. Authorities have charged an escapee and inmate-trustee for the death, but the family believes that Armstrong County and the jail's outgoing warden were also responsible. The family is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

The incident occurred when the inmate escaped while awaiting a food tray delivery. He was being monitored by a guard who allegedly kept nodding off. The inmate proceeded to walk to the woman's home, where he beat and strangled her. The woman lived with her boyfriend, who was an acquaintance of the inmate.

Pennsylvania car accident victims can recover damages

When a car accident occurs, victims and their families are typically overwhelmed with stress and emotions. Many people are concerned about their loved ones who may have suffered catastrophic injuries in the accident. Accident victims and their families are often hit with countless medical bills and rehabilitation costs, as well as lost wages. With so many things to worry about, it can be difficult to figure out your next steps.

The reality is that a number of car accidents on the roadways are caused by drivers who were negligent behind the wheel. These negligent drivers should be held accountable for their actions. By filing a lawsuit against those responsible, you may be able to recover damages to help pay for you and your family's injuries.

Bicyclist killed in Pittsburgh car accident

Car accidents that solely involve other motor vehicles can be tragic enough. But, an accident involving a bicyclist can result in even more serious consequences. One woman was killed recently when her bike was struck by a vehicle near the University of Pittsburgh campus. The woman was an assistant director at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian and East European Studies.

The accident investigation revealed that the woman was behind a vehicle at a red light in a left turning lane on one of the busiest streets on campus. A vehicle attempted to cross over into the turning lane but ended up crashing into the vehicle behind the woman. That vehicle then struck the woman's bicycle, which pushed it into the car in front of it. The bicycle was knocked over and was stuck between the two vehicles.

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