This is good news! Five PA agencies are working together to make conditions safer for emergency responders and clear accident scenes faster on our state's highways. As a result of efforts spearheaded by the PA Turnpike Commission, many of the state's emergency responders have been trained to improve their ability to communicate and collaborate when working on highway accidents. As a way to formally address highway accident issues, the PennTIME program was formed. This program consists of the State Department of Health, PA State Police, PennDOT, the Turnpike Commission, and the state's Emergency Management Organzation. This program will help organize efforts between police, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and accident removal companies (like towing and hazardous materials organizations) to have one efficient, coordinated response.
Be careful what you buy! A young child is recently in the center of a lawsuit involving a defective product in eastern PA. According to PennRecord.com, a young child's parents are alleging that their daughter was hurt after a scooter she was riding broke. This caused her to fall and hit her head and face on the ground. In looking at the scooter, it appeared that the assembly of the scooter was faulty near the point where the front wheel joins to the axle. The parents are suing several corporations, including KMart and Sears, for negligence in manufacturing and design. Fortunately, the child was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Recently, a construction worker was killed while painting lines on I-81 in Franklin County. According to PennDOT, the driver who struck the worker was trying to get around a vehicle whose job was keeping traffic away from the working crew members. It is unfortunate for all parties that this occurred. It is the duty of drivers on the road to be aware of construction workers and give the time, space, and patience they need to do their job safely.
Talk about a memorable hotel stay, and not for the right reasons! In the Philly area, a man is suing a local hotel for damages he sustained while staying on premises. According to the PennRecord.com article, the injured party is suing Neshaminy Inn in Bucks County after a bathroom ceiling collapsed on his head and neck while he was staying there. The accident resulted in in serious injuries across his body. The plantiff is suing the inn and other related parties in excess of $50,000.
In the Philadelphia area, a couple is has sued Wal-Mart for negligence on the store's part, which the couple felt led to a slip-and-fall accident. The couple were shopping a Wal-Mart when one of them slipped on oil that was spilled on the floor. The woman who fell sustained injuries to her spine, hip, and knees. The couple is seeking damages of about $50,000 as a result.
It's not so safe to be a pedestrian or bicyclist in our state sometimes. A review of recent PennDOT statistics shed light into just how many accidents occur on our state's roads and byways per year. Using statistics from 2014 accidents, our law office found the following information:
Our fingers are crossed for State College and the surrounding areas! According to a report from the Daily Collegian, the area is up for renewal for an official state "bike-friendly designation". Other officially designated bike-friendly communities in the state include Pittsburgh, Reading, and York. The State College area is hoping to obtain a silver-level designation, which would be an improvement from their current bronze level status. Within the article, it is stated that the community is on board with this idea, and even started a mandatory driver's education course at the State College Area High School that has extensive study on bike safety. Some businesses in the community have also reached bike-friendly status as well, and officially support this initiative.
According to local news reports, our area saw two people who were injured after an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) crash last week. Two adults were riding an ATV on a street in Houtzdale when they didn't stop at a blinking red light. They were subsequently hit by a pickup trip, and were flown to our hometown hospital, UPMC Altoona, for care. The driver of the ATV is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol while driving. Both the STV driver and his passenger are said to have serious injuries.
Did you hear about the new driving law in Pennsylvania? New legislation that was signed into law recently allows Pennsylvania drivers to go through red lights under some circumstances. The spirit of the law states that this is to address potentially malfunctioning red lights, especially if you are a motorcycle driver. Sometimes, motorcyclists don't register under red light in-ground sensors and can be stuck at red lights for an extended period of time.
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