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Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents Archives

Side-mounted underride guards could save lives

According to testing, underride guards for trailers could reduce injuries and fatalities on Pennsylvania highways. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which conducted the testing, said that these guards could provide the same safety benefits as rear-mounted guards.

Pennsylvania wrongful death matters

It is unfortunate that some families lose their loved ones in motor vehicle accidents and other incidents caused by the wrongful actions of a negligent party. If you have lost your loved one in this manner, you are likely overwhelmed by your shock and grief while also reeling from economic and noneconomic losses as well.

Accidents involving trucks transporting hazardous materials

Pennsylvania motorists are often extremely cautious when they encounter semi-tractor trailers transporting tanks of hazardous materials. When these tanks are ruptured in a collision or rollover, the resulting spills of crude oil, gasoline or flammable gas can cause explosions, fires and environmental damage. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration compiled statistics about the causes of the approximately 1,300 rollover accidents involving tanker trucks each year, and it concluded that most of these crashes were caused by some form of driver error.

Man gets sentenced for deadly motorcycle crash

According to court documents, a Pennsylvania man was sentenced to serve between 179 days and 23 months for his role in causing a fatal motorcycle accident on June 28, 2014. The 26-year-old man was sentenced in a York County court on April 17.

Survivor in serious condition after deadly Pennsylvania crash

Pennsylvania State Police reported that the 59-year-old man who lost his wife and son in a head-on car accident on Interstate 81 remains in serious condition at Geisinger Wyoming Valley. He had been traveling in a vehicle with his family when it was hit by a car that shifted into oncoming traffic.

Pennsylvania man pleades guilty to fatal DUI crash

On Feb. 25, a drunk driver accused of killing an Indiana Township man in a 2013 head-on collision pleaded guilty to the crime as part of a plea deal. The 64-year-old Penn Hills man will be sentenced to between three and six years in prison before an Allegheny County Common Pleas judge on May 20.

Pennsylvania woman killed at red light by large rental truck

A Penske rental truck slammed into the back of a 49-year-old woman's car stopped at a red light on Route 65 in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, and killed her, said the city's police chief. Witnesses and the lack of skid marks suggest that the truck did not have its brakes applied at all. The crash pushed the woman's vehicle about 260 feet and smashed the trunk into the backseat.

Proving liability in motor vehicle accidents may be complex

As Pennsylvania motorists may know, liability for motor vehicle accidents is determined by a mix of the stipulations inherent in common law as well as state motor vehicle statutes. Fault, established according to common law, may not always designate liability for injury or damage in an accident. In recent years, a shift toward using statutory violations to designate liability is supported by the insurance industry and often incorporated.