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Personal Injury Can Happen Anywhere

What are some steps to take if you're injured while on vacation? Many people may think of these injuries as occurring only in home settings, such as car accidents or slip-and-falls around their hometown, but these accidents can happen in any type of setting.  Slippery sidewalks, unclearly marked hazard signs (such as "wet floor"), unsafe balconies, and other miscellaneous situations can lead to a variety of injuries while you're on vacation.  If you've been injured while away from home, you may be unsure of what to do next.

School Bus Crashes As A Result of Truck Driver

In Perry County, PA a school bus crashed.  The bus driver was attempting to avoid a collision with a large truck, which crossed the opposing lane of travel into the bus's lane.  The bus was carrying almost 40 students from the local schools.  Over a quarter of the students were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.  The truck driver was cited for operation of vehicle without certificate of inspection, as well as driving on roadways laned for traffic. Obviously, we hope that accidents like this never happen, but luckily all of the children seem to be generally okay!

Pedestrian Accidents Are Increasing Across The Country

Across the country, pedestrian accidents are on the rise.  Arizona currently has the highest rates of pedestrian fatalities in the country, but many states are experiencing this issue as well.  Pennsylvania is no exception this.  According to a news report by an Arizona news source, pedestrian and bike fatalities make up about a quarter of their total traffic fatalities.  Given the number and severity of cases that Pennsylvania also sees in these areas, this number may be not far off in our state, too. Some of these accidents occur as a result of driver error or inattention, while others are caused by pedestrians and bicyclists who do not cross streets at designated times and/or places. 

Personal Injury Caused By Drunken Golf Cart Driver

You've heard of drunk driving and drunk boating, but what about drunk golf cart driving?! A PA man was recently charged with drunken driving at a Delaware campsite. He was driving a golf cart while under the influence and seriously injured a passenger in the cart with him. Both he and the passenger were thrown from the cart onto the road.

Hit and Run Pedestrian Accidents

Recently, a driver in Chambersburg was accused of hitting a teenager, then driving away.  This hit and run incident resulted in a broken leg.  Other people who were walking with the victim made multiple attempts to stop and alert the driver to what had happened, but the driver did not stop.  A person who was driving directly behind the car also attempted to get the driver to pull over, but was unsuccessful.  State police interviewed the man when he returned to the accident scene about 10 minutes later.

What Documentation Do I Need For My Personal Injury Claim?

What kind of documentation do I need for a personal injury case?  This is a question that many of my clients ask.  Although documentation can vary based on your individual case, here are some good guidelines to consider (courtesy of PersonalInjury.com):

Independent Medical Exams and Your Legal Claim

When our law office sues on behalf of our clients for workers' compensation claims, these clients are sometimes asked to complete an independent medical exam on behalf of the insurance companies or employers. Unfortunately, these independent medical exams often appear unreliable and paint an incomplete and/or inaccurate picture of a client's true medical difficulties. 

Insurance Bad Faith Claims

Insurance "bad faith" legal claims may be more common than you think!  In our office, we unfortunately see many instances where insurance companies do not act "in good faith".  What this simply means is that insurance companies can't try and find ways to get out of paying or investigating a claim for you.  If they do this, they are acting "in bad faith".  There are many ways in which an insurance company can be acting in bad faith, but some of the more common ways include:

National Large Truck/Bus Facts

Did you ever wonder if and how data on trucking accidents is tracked from year to year? Well, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) keeps data every year on statistics surrounding large truck and bus crashes.  Their most recent report is from the year 2015, and some of their statistics are startling! Take a look below:

National Group to Study Trucking Habits

Earlier this month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced they they are planning to survey tractor-trailer drivers to see how long their commute is to their trucking jobs, especially if their commute is greater than 2.5 hours.  This survey is part of a larger study that is examining commuting time as it relates to driver fatigue and safety.  FMCSA plans to get feedback not only on commuting time, but also work history, schedules, annual miles they drive, and their break and rest periods.  

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