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Can pedestrians be at fault for accidents on Pennsylvanian roads?

A pedestrian who gets hurt on a highway is among the most likely to die from his or her injuries. If he or she survives, injuries can be devastating. Highways are not meant for pedestrians, so it may call into question the reason the person was on the highway to begin with. Pedestrians are required by law to use an appropriate level of care when they're in a dangerous situation; if the pedestrian's own conduct results in injuries or death, then he or she may have his or her claim reduced or eliminated completely.

There are some questions that have to be answered after a pedestrian accident on a highway. First, why was the pedestrian on the highway? Was he or she simply walking across the highway? Is the highway between two major businesses, or is it fenced off to prevent people from entering?

Painkiller prescriptions may be a form of medical malpractice

A recent review of opioid painkillers revealed an alarming trend in prescription drug overdoses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012 American medical professionals wrote 259 million opioid painkiller prescriptions.

The CDC director is actually quoted in the July 2014 report as indicating a possible link between the inappropriate prescription of these dangerous drugs and increased overdose rates throughout the country. The director went so far as to describe overdoses associated with prescription opioids throughout the nation as an "epidemic".

Driver lies about seizures, causes the death of 2 in Pennsylvania

Imagine what could happen if someone who had seizures or other serious medical problems failed to alert the company hiring him or her for work as a driver. Seizures, diabetes, and other medical problems can cause black outs, dizziness, and other serious health problems that can lead to accidents, especially if that person is driving at the time. Unfortunately, the man in this case hadn't told his employer about his history of seizures before he was hired to drive. He allegedly knowingly left it off his applications including his commercial vehicle license application.

That man has recently been sentenced for a 2011 crash that took place in Pennsylvania. He was driving in October 2011 when he suffered a seizure while driving a dump truck on Interstate 84. As the truck continued without a driver, it went off the road, through a median, and into a vehicle.

State trooper on the way to recovery after Pennsylvanian accident

Imagine getting out of your car, putting on your flashing lights, and working to replace a blown tire. You probably expect other vehicles to move over or avoid you, but then one doesn't. These kinds of accidents happen for police officers and construction workers who frequent the highways, and they could happen to you. After an accident like this, who's going to pay for your medical care? This is a question you may want to pursue through a lawsuit.

A state trooper who was struck by a vehicle in Westmoreland County has survived the accident, but he has numerous injuries that he will have to recover from. According to the story, the trooper was working at around 8:30 p.m. at the scene of a clean-up where wood pallets had fallen into the roadway. His lights were on, and many of the drivers were moving out of the way to make room for him. He was trying to clear the roadways when a vehicle driven by a 69-year-old from West Miflin failed to stop, crashing into him directly.

Some general statistics regarding American aviation accidents

Modern travel has been forever altered by the invention of flight. Today, visiting relatives for the holidays on the other side of the country takes only a few hours in most cases. Advances in radar, navigation devices like GPS and other modern safety devices has generally kept pace with the development of civil and commercial air travel. Nevertheless, each year aircraft accidents occur in our skies, which ultimately result in the loss of life.

The National Transportation Safety Board is the federal agency that is tasked with tracking and enforcing aviation safety throughout the country. The federal code that grants authority to the NTSB falls under title 14 of the U.S. code, and is broken down into three parts for large air carriers, smaller commuter and on demand carriers and finally general aviation. Accidents involving large air carriers are regulated under part 121 of the federal regulations, commuter aircraft under part 135 and general aviation under part 91.

How can detecting chorioamnionitis prevent birth injuries?

In an earlier blog post, we discussed how recent advances in medical science have enabled doctors to determine appropriate steps to take prior to a child's birth to prevent birth injuries. For example, today, medical research has proven the beneficial effects of certain prenatal vitamins taken by expectant mothers at increasing the overall health of the fetus.

Also previously discussed were problems associated with complications during pregnancy that sometimes go unnoticed or are misdiagnosed by medical professionals. Chorioamnionitis is a good example of a condition that may occur during pregnancy that has the potential to adversely affect a child after birth. Chorioamnionitis is essentially an infection that occurs in the placenta and can be passed along to the infant if not detected. A regimen of antibiotic therapies administered to the mother and at childbirth is very effective at eliminating this complication.

Pennsylvania medical malpractice: Negligence and you

Medical malpractice is an issue you probably never thought would affect you. It's not simply doctors doing something wrong; it can include cases of negligence from anyone working at a hospital or medical facility. It can include claims against managed care organizations and claims for medical mistakes.

Medical malpractice isn't always more than simple neglect or carelessness. Neglect from a doctor or medical provider can be a serious problem; simply forgetting to give a patient medications or failing to notice serious symptoms can lead to lifelong complications for a patient. Because of the range in severity of medical negligence cases, it's always important to speak to someone about your case and what you can do to prevent these kinds of accidents from happening again.

A look at semi-trucks and compliance with federal regulations

You have probably seen a commercial tractor-trailer weigh station along the side of a Pennsylvania Turnpike or highway over the course of your life. These seldom noticed, yet important facilities are vital to protecting public safety and reducing the numbers of unsafe tractor-trailers and their drivers from our roads.

In accordance with state and federal regulations, commercial tractor-trailers that operate in Pennsylvania must submit to periodic vehicle and driver inspections. During these stops, inspectors trained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration look for discrepancies in both the drivers and their vehicles. They hope to identify hazardous situations and remove them from the roadways before they become life-threatening.

Negligence and your wrongful death case in Pennsylvania

If you want to claim negligence in a wrongful death case in Pennsylvania, then you need to know what it is first and what is required to claim it. Negligence has to be proven in a case before anyone can be held accountable. Negligence is generally said to be when someone acts carelessly and causes a person to be injured.

There are four main parts to a negligence claim. These include duty, breach, causation and damages. With duty, the defendant owed a legal duty to the person who was injured. A breach is caused when the defendant doesn't act in a certain way. Causation means that the defendant's actions or lack of action caused the injuries. Finally, damages are defined as being the injuries that the plaintiff suffered due to the defendant's actions.

Pennsylvania hit-and-run accident turns fatal

On Oct. 13, a Turnersville, Pennsylvania, woman became the victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident after her car left the roadway along I-95. The accident occurred around 3:45 in the afternoon as the 44-year-old victim was traveling southbound on interstate in her 2003 Jeep liberty.

News reports have surfaced indicating that the victim was near I-95's Woodhaven Road on-ramp in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, when another vehicle reportedly moved abruptly into her lane of traffic before applying its brakes. Pennsylvania State Police say that the unexpected lane change caused the victim to swerve in an effort to avoid colliding with the vehicle in front of her.