When a fatal car accident occurs, many courts look to the drivers involved to determine who is at fault and therefore liable for damages. When drunk driving is involved, businesses may also be held liable for damages that occur during the accident.
Pennsylvania drivers face great risks everyday when headed out on the highway. One such risk is the possibility of being involved in an accident. However, many of these automobile accidents can be avoided if drivers learn more about what causes them. A vast majority of accidents are caused by one driver's behavior combined with road conditions, equipment failure or other drivers.
Drivers in Pennsylvania frequently encounter various types of vehicles. In the warmer months, it is common to share the roads with motorcycles. These smaller vehicles are not equipped with the same types of safety features as other vehicles. Furthermore, they can easily go unnoticed by other motorist, which increases the risk of a motorcycle accident.
A wrongful death suit was recently filed based on a 2012 boating accident that left one woman dead. The accident occurred when the boat driver launched the boat from the Harmony Station in Harmony Township, Pennsylvania and passed under the PPL railroad bridge, where he crashed into boulders in the river. The woman, along with the driver and another passenger, were thrown from the boat upon impact. The driver and other passenger made it to shore, but the woman was not as fortunate. Authorities found her body five days later and determined that she died from blunt force trauma.
Summer is almost upon us and Memorial Day is just around the corner. Many people in the Pittsburgh area will have Memorial Day off and will enjoy the long weekend with friends and family. Some will have get-togethers, others will barbecue. Overall, it should be a fun weekend.
About 45 miles northeast of Pittsburgh sits South Bend Township. The small Armstrong County town was earlier this week the scene of a horrific car accident that left four people dead and three others seriously injured.
It is unlikely that many people in Pittsburgh know of anyone who has had rat-bite fever, a condition that is most often contracted by handling infected rats and other rodents. Typically, a person must be scratched or bitten by the rat, but anyone can contract the condition just by consuming something with the streptobacillus moniliformis bacteria in it. Fortunately, most people who become infected are fine after a round of antibiotics, but the condition can be fatal.
Accidents can happen at any time of the day or night. Some drivers might assume that less vigilance is needed in the early morning hours because of the assumption that fewer pedestrians are out. However, a recent accident in the Pittsburgh area underscores the importance of watching for pedestrians at all times. For the family of the victim of the accident, filing a wrongful death case may help them cope with the expenses stemming from their loved one's death.