December, 2015 is in the record books as one of the warmest Decembers in recent memory. Motorcyclists and bicyclists have enjoyed the mild (so far) winter and snowless streets. We encourage all our manual and motorized cycling friends and clients to enjoy the clear streets as you enjoy the outdoors on your bikes. Keep them well maintained, wear the proper safety equipment, and don't take unnecessary chances.
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.
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.
According to authorities, a 28-year-old man was killed in a crash involving a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation truck and a Jeep. The accident occurred on March 20 in Tunkhannock Township at the intersection of Route 115 and Allegheny Drive.
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.
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.
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.
Philadelphia drivers may be interested in a look at some statistics regarding fatal trucking accidents. The data shows that the rate of fatal accidents has increased.
A Mercersburg man who pleaded no contest to aggravated assault and homicide by vehicle faced sentencing on Dec. 17. The 20-year-old man driving a Ford Mustang killed one teenager and severely injured another in a 2013 car accident, and he received 18 months to 10 years in a state prison for the charges.
A Greencastle man was killed in a Dec. 3 accident that involved three vehicles on U.S. 11, according to authorities. The incident, which occurred at approximately 6:50 p.m., also sent three people to a hospital with injuries.