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Reckless driver causes wrongful deaths, injuries in 5-car crash

When you head to work, school or activities on the highway, you expect drivers to be aware of their surroundings. Negligence in the form of talking on the phone, eating or driving drunk can lead to accidents that leave victims with serious injuries or fatal wounds. This story, reported on Aug. 7, talks about a man from Pennsylvania who now has to answer for why he drove into the back of another person's vehicle.

The trucker from Pennsylvania is facing a reckless driving charge for being involved in a pileup crash that killed two people and injured a number of others while he was traveling through Virginia. The 50-year-old man was driving a flatbed tractor-trailer at the time of the crash. The crash took place when the tractor-trailer failed to stop and slammed into the rear of a sport-utility vehicle on Interstate 64 in Albemarle County.

3 vehicles involved in lane-turning truck accident

Troopers with the Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, say that a tractor-trailer caused an accident involving three vehicles while attempting a right turn. According to police, the accident happened Aug. 22 near the intersection between Pa. 16 and Antrim Church Road at 4:24 p.m.

The accident, which involve five people, is reported to have started after a tractor-trailer operator from North Carolina attempted to make a right turn in the intersection from Antrim Church Road. Police say that's when the truck struck a Chevrolet Cruze being driven by 21-year-old man, which then collided with a Dodge Ram operated by a 34-year-old.

Erb's Palsy and birth injuries don't have to be financial burdens

Birth injuries can turn any parent's dream into a real-life nightmare.

Erb's Palsy is a damaging condition that is caused by the stretching of your child's nerve fibers at birth. Essentially, Erb's Palsy happens during poorly-performed deliveries, although it can happen during C-sections, too. Other birth injuries could be caused as well, like cerebral palsy or paralysis.

Erb's Palsy can feel like a life sentence for both the parents and child. If your child suffers from Erb's Palsy, you might believe the injury was the result of medical malpractice, carelessness or negligence on behalf of the delivery team. If so, you may be able to seek the money you'll need to provide a happy, healthy lifestyle for your child.

A brief overview of the birth injury known as Klumpke’s palsy

Modern advances in medicine have given expectant parents many advantages over previous generations of couples looking forward to bringing a newborn into this world. For example, we now know about the benefits of certain prenatal vitamins. We also have ultrasound technology, which allows for doctors to determine whether certain medical procedures need to be taken in the interest of the child even before it is born. However, despite those advances, errors made during child deliveries still occur much too frequently.

One such birth injury is known as Klumpke's palsy, and it generally happens after a baby's shoulder gets hung up in the birth canal. The nerves are damaged in the child's arm around lower brachial plexus.

Knowing time limits is important for injury cases in Pennsylvania

When an injury occurs and you want to file a lawsuit to seek compensation, it is important to understand this is something that needs to be done relatively quickly. If action is not taken within a specific time frame, which is called the statute of limitations, you might not be able to start the suit any longer in Pennsylvania or elsewhere, even if you have a relevant case.

One crucial thing that those who have moved between states must know is that these are state laws, not federal laws, and so they differ from one place to the next. For example, the shortest statute of limitations is set at just a single year, and it can be found in Tennessee or Kentucky. The longest is six years, and you will find that in North Dakota or in Maine.

Driver admits to fleeing early morning hit-and-run accident

The Pennsylvania State police have charged a Northampton, Pennsylvania, man for allegedly causing an alcohol-related accident between a car and a motorcycle and then fleeing from the scene. Police say the 27-year-old defendant was driving his white BMW along I-95 in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, when he collided with a motorcyclist sometime around 3:00 a.m. on Aug. 10.

Authorities were responding to a report about a hit-and-run accident between a car and motorcycle when they came upon the scene and found the injured 23-year-old motorcycle victim. The victim advised the police that he had been traveling northbound in the right lane of the Highway when he was struck from behind by vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. Police later discovered the man's motorcycle, which they estimated to be roughly 300 feet away from where they had found him lying injured in the road.

Wrongful death lawsuit pending in fire dispatch error

Attorneys representing the estate of a 52-year-old woman who died in a fire say that a 911 dispatch error contributed to her death. The fire occurred May 15 in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, after the victim's two grandchildren accidentally started it while playing with a lighter.

The plaintiff's attorneys say that the initial call reporting the fire came in to the Luzerne County 911 at approximately 10:47 a.m. From there, the plaintiffs allege that 911 dispatchers sent first responders with Sugarloaf fire and rescue, Hazle Township fire and rescue and Valley regional fire and rescue to the wrong location. Rather than sending rescuers to 76 Main St. in a section of Conyngham Township, Pennsylvania, known as Mocanaqua, the dispatchers directed first responders elsewhere in the same borough.

Truck collides with local Dairy Queen in Pittsburgh, injures 5

Imagine being at work when you're suddenly involved in a car accident even though you were inside a building. That's what happened to a number of employees at a local Pittsburgh Dairy Queen. The July 24 report states that a pickup had been towing landscaping equipment when it crashed into the building, causing part of the building to crumble.

Emergency dispatchers reported that the incident took place around 2:30 p.m. The wall of the Dairy Queen was knocked down, and several bystanders worked to help the victims. One woman stated she pulled a female employee out of the wreckage. She had to be pulled out through a window, and the owner of the store had to be reached from the other side of the vehicle where she was trapped. Five people were injured, according to the news. Those people included three people in the truck, the driver and the employee.

Car accident kills 1, injures 2 in Pennsylvania

Two Pennsylvania state troopers were involved in a fatal accident, according to news from July 12. This car accident reportedly took place when a vehicle being driven by the 48-year-old trooper failed to stop at the intersection of Sterrettania Road and State Route 98. When the trooper failed to stop, that led to him striking a Suzuki Kizashi.

At the time of the crash, the 48-year-old trooper was in the vehicle with a passenger, a 26-year-old trooper. They were headed west on Sterrettania Road when the trooper's Ford Explorer did not stop, hitting the 57-year-old man's car. The 57-year-old man was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene after the accident. The Erie County Coroner reported the death at 4:45 a.m.

Pennsylvania parents should know the risks of Erb’s palsy

Parents expecting a child have a lot to worry about as the calendar approaches the delivery date. There are baby cribs to assemble, work and leisure activities to reschedule and a host of other lifestyle alterations to make room for the addition of a new family member.

Most parents are not thinking about their child suffering an injury from a preventable hospital accident. Sadly, there still remains a chance of roughly 0.5 to 2.6 in 1,000 child births that expectant parents will return from the hospital with a child born with an obstetric brachial plexus injury commonly known as Erb's palsy. Generally speaking, Erb's palsy occurs during childbirth when a doctor delivering the baby pulls excessively on the infants arm while attempting to dislodge its shoulder from the birth canal. However, it is important to note that these type of birthplace injuries also occur in cesarean section deliveries.