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Bucks and Surrounding Counties - Family Law COVID-19 Limbo

First and foremost, how is everyone doing? I assume you’ve all been better. These are tough and unpleasant times. Making matters worse, many folks who were expecting resolution of family related issues in their lives have now been told to wait patiently until the pandemic is over. This is easier said than done.

As a result of the court closures, trial dates have been cancelled, while some have yet to be scheduled. This state of limbo has caused tremendous stress and anxiety. But there is good news on the horizon! Starting on June 1, 2020, the Bucks County Courthouse will be open for regular business hours. Cases not yet scheduled will soon receive hearing dates. Cases that had previously been scheduled, will be rescheduled upon the simple filing of a motion. Emergency Order 2020-15

Ensure Your Rights Are Protected In A Cycling Accident

With the change of seasons and the desire to get out of the house, many will begin to enjoy riding their bicycles and motorcycles. For others, approximately 870,000 individuals in the United States, cycling is the primary transportation method to work. Unfortunately, many cycling accidents will result because of the negligence of other motorists, a poorly maintained roadway, an uncontrolled pet, or a pedestrian. According to the National Highway Transportation Association, approximately 55,000 cyclists are injured in the United States each year in reported accidents. In fact, from 2013-2018, the Federal Highway Association reported approximately 4,000 cycling deaths. Cyclists who suffer severe injuries require proper legal representation to ensure proper compensation. The Goldman Law Office has extensive experience aggressively pursuing the rights of cyclists. Contact us today and we would be happy to assist you.

Protecting Yourself and Your Rights as a Pedestrian

During this time of social distancing and stay at home orders, we find ourselves with limited options to get out of the house. Walking or running outdoors is a great way to get exercise and fresh air, but make sure you are doing so sensibly and following the rules of the road. When you are out for a run or walking your dog, remember to cross the road safely at an intersection or designated crosswalk and always walk facing oncoming traffic.

If you or a loved one has been struck by a car or otherwise injured as a pedestrian, we are here to help. Contact us today. Our attorneys and staff stand ready to assist.

Truck accident may have cost a Pennsylvania driver his life

America's economy wouldn't be moving very fast if we didn't move goods by trucks. In some parts of Pennsylvania and other states, trucks are the only reliable way of getting the things people need. But the sheer weight and speed of a tractor-trailer can do some serious damage if the driver lets it get out of control.

A truck driver is facing criminal charges after his involvement in a fatal crash on Interstate 80 in Luzerne County. The victim was a 55-year-old man from Philadelphia who was found dead in his vehicle on the highway near Hazleton. Police believe he was struck by a truck hauling cattle.

Pennsylvania product liability case challenges online marketplace

What do you do when a product fails to meet your expectations? In the days of pioneers, someone with a broken wagon axle would have been out of luck and have to fend for themselves. In the 21st century, it is often as simple to solve this problem as it is to return a product for a refund or an exchange. But what if the incident caused more damage than breaking a customer's trust?

A Pennsylvania woman is in a long search for justice after a dog collar snapped apart, flinging a piece back that blinded her in one eye. As with many consumers of products like this, she bought it through a third-party online marketplace.

When your injury occurred due to negligent or absent security

If you have ever felt a vague or even a strong sense of fear for your safety in certain locations, you are not alone. Places in which such a feeling may arise include dark parking lots, empty stairwells, garages or other places that are dim and largely empty. These are prime locations in which a physical attack can occur.

News stories presented by respected media outlets can increase the fear people feel about the possibility of an assault, but such reports are rarely exaggerated. Attacks leading to various types of personal injury happen every day in America whether we wish to believe it or not. Short of becoming a shut-in inside your home or investing large amounts of time and money on self-defense courses, there is little you can do to prevent an assault in some situations.

When pedestrians and passersby suffer construction site injuries

As you likely know, the construction industry is always at work. Whether they involve erecting residential structures, building commercial properties or performing road work, construction projects are common in the Doylestown area.

Most of us pass right by these projects without much thought. We assume that they have been made safe for construction workers, so they should be safe for ordinary residents as well, right?

How can a trucker's sleep apnea lead to a truck accident?

At one time or another, most people have felt like they could fall asleep at any moment. When you are in safe surroundings, this is nothing a good night's rest cannot fix. However, when a person is responsible for controlling a massive piece of machinery, such as a tractor-trailer, falling asleep on the spot is a big problem. Truck accidents arising from sleep apnea put the trucker in immediate danger, and it puts the lives of other motorists in danger as well.

What is sleep apnea?

Finding a legal remedy for negligent grocery store injuries

Most of us visit a grocery store at least once a week never expecting to suffer injuries while we shop. In truth, you may go your whole life without suffering harm in a grocery store, but it is still important to understand the risks. Grocery stores and supermarkets are hectic places filled with employees and consumers, all hurrying to finish shopping or complete their job duties.

Retail establishments like grocery stores are ideal environments for accidents leading to personal injury. Examples of grocery store fails that may result in injury include:

  • Slips and falls caused by uneven or damaged floor surfaces and uneven or broken pavement outside
  • Wet surface-related slips and falls, either inside the store or outdoors in the parking lot
  • Accidents involving defective exits and entryways
  • Accidents caused by obstructions such as restocking carts or boxes in the aisles
  • Accidents caused by falling products and other items
  • Defective or damaged cart accidents
  • Trampling or other accidents caused by overcrowding

A 0.07% does not mean no DUI

A common misconception about DUI laws in Pennsylvania -- and elsewhere -- is that you cannot get arrested if you do not go over the legal limit. You even have people who bring store-bought breath tests with them to the bar so that they can check their own BAC (blood alcohol concentration) before they get in the car. If they blow a 0.07%, knowing that the limit is 0.08%, they think they are safe.

That's not how it works. Let's break that down on a few levels.

Can you seek a product liability claim for e-cig vaping injuries?

It is safe to say that most Americans know about the recent rash of lung illnesses and injuries linked to e-cigarette (vaping) use. According to a news report published in October, the death of at least one Pennsylvania resident has been linked to vaping. The report also confirms that nine of the state's residents (and possibly 12 others) were sickened from the use of e-cigarettes.

As you might expect, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking a serious look at the deaths and illnesses associated with vaping. However, this is little comfort to those already affected by this possible epidemic. Many victims are wondering if the injuries and deaths caused by vaping are sufficient grounds to file a product liability claim.

A look at Pennsylvania's no-fault auto accident insurance option

Most people purchase insurance covering motor vehicle accidents without truly understanding what they are buying. Hopefully, you never have to file an accident insurance claim, but if you do, it is vital to understand how your policy will protect you. Without a good grasp of the insurance laws in Pennsylvania, there exists a chance that you could fail to receive the compensation you are due.

You can always discuss your insurance coverage with an attorney before or after a motor vehicle accident occurs. However, it is wise to develop at least some understanding of the laws on your own. For example, Pennsylvania is one of the few American states offering no-fault insurance policies. This law allows those involved in motor vehicle accidents to acquire compensation regardless of fault.

Getting to the bottom of truck accidents and their causes

If you think about it in the most logical way possible, truck accidents (and other vehicle crashes) are simply bound to happen. Roadways here in Pennsylvania and the rest of the country are clogged with motor vehicles of all kinds, including massive tractor-trailers. Chances are you or someone you know will eventually experience a vehicle accident. If the vehicle is a large and heavy commercial truck, serious injuries are very likely to occur.

Many people wonder how it is possible that so many truck accidents still occur despite widespread awareness about trucking safety. A group of participants in a nationwide study has some answers. The group looked at truck accidents that occurred from 2015 through 2017 and came up with some disturbing results.

  • Fatal tractor-trailer involving truck accidents in 2017 increased by 5.8% from 2016.
  • The number of passengers killed in truck crashes ranged from two in the least-affected state (DC) to more than 1,300 in the most-affected state (Texas).
  • Most fatal truck crashes occur during the hours between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • The top cause of truck accidents is the truck operators' "failure to yield the right of way" to other drivers.
  • Additional trucking accident causes include careless driving, erratic truck operation, improper turns or lane changes and failure to obey traffic signals and signs.
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