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Why it's so hard to see pedestrians at night

When pedestrian accidents happen at night in Pennsylvania, drivers often claim that they never saw the people before hitting them. The most obvious reasons for this are that it's dark, visibility is reduced, people and other objects become dim, and people who are wearing dark clothing blend right in. However, there are a few other issues as well.

One is that drivers usually don't look right at pedestrians, instead picking them out with their peripheral vision. If a pedestrian is walking to cross the street and the driver is looking in a straight line ahead, as he or she has been taught to do, the pedestrian comes slowly into this range. When it's dark, peripheral vision is drastically reduced, making pedestrians seem to "jump" out of nowhere.

Is the gym liable if you get hurt?

With any type of athletic activity in Pennsylvania, there is the chance that you could be hurt, and this also goes for a trip to the gym. So, if you're injured, can you sue the gym to cover your medical costs and other such things?

The answer can be a bit complex. The first thing to consider is whether or not you signed a waiver. If you did, you may have given up some of your rights when you joined the gym.

Fault can go both ways in left-turn motorcycle accidents

A lot of people assume that motorcyclists are not at fault when they are driving straight and drivers turn left, cutting them off and causing accidents. While it's true that this is one of the leading causes of motorcycle wrecks in Pennsylvania, and that motorcyclists are often not at fault, it's important to know that they sometimes can be blamed. This is why establishing fault, officially, is so important.

The thing to keep in mind is that the biker also has some obligation to try to avoid the crash if possible. In many cases, it all happens so fast that the biker can't get out of the way, but this is not always the case.

Bike wreck results in criminal charges, serious injuries

A bicycle accident that occurred last month resulted in criminal charges for a woman driving on a suspended license after she ran into the back of a bicycle a man was riding on River Road in Upper Makefield.

The cyclist, who was headed northbound past Mt. Eyre Road, was, according to Upper Makefield police, "very lucky to be alive." However, he suffered very serious injuries in the accident. He was not at fault in the collision. The driver stopped after the wreck and summoned police and EMS by calling 911.

Father sentenced for 15-year-old's fatal Pennsylvania crash

We all make mistakes as parents, but one Scarsdale, New York, man made a particularly egregious error in judgment that cost three Pennsylvania teens their lives and left his daughter in a "really dark and nasty place," according to her attorney.

It all happened at the end of August 2014 when the man let his 15-year-old daughter, who didn't yet have a driver's license, drive his SUV. She took along a group of five friends to get breakfast. As they were driving through Paupack Township in the Poconos, the girl lost control of the vehicle. It crashed and rolled over. Three of the passengers, all 15-year-old boys from the same high school in the suburbs of Philadelphia, were killed. The others in the SUV were injured.

Pennsylvanian dies of car accident injuries suffered 50 years ago

Injuries caused by car accidents can be devastating enough to change a person's life. However, a Pennsylvania case demonstrates just how life-changing and ultimately life-ending, such injuries can be. A man who was injured by a car 50 years ago when he was a child was still undergoing treatment as the result of his injuries when he died from them on Aug. 24.

The victim was just 8 years old when he and another boy were hit by a car in July 1965. The other boy sustained only minor injuries. However, the man who died this week suffered broken legs and massive head injuries. According to a deputy coroner, he "required a lifetime of treatment and basically he was paralyzed" by the crash, which occurred in Allentown.

Can I still sue if I was injured in a ride-sharing vehicle?

In case you haven't heard by now, ride-sharing services are giving traditional taxicab companies a run for their money. High-tech firms like Uber and Lyft provide customers with similar point-to-point transportation services at a substantially reduced price. In fact, Lyft says that its services costs as much as 30 percent less than traditional taxicab fares.

The problem that originates after an accident involving one of these vehicles is at the heart of how ride-sharing works in general. Typically, drivers for these services are considered independent contractors who work indirectly for their parent companies. These drivers operate their own vehicles and use proprietary software apps -- usually via their smart phones -- to put them in touch with potential customers. Those customers are also linked to the parent company through that same software program.

County fair attempts to limit dangerous property accidents

Safety officials working for the Fayette County Fair are attempting to limit accidents and other medical emergencies at the popular summer venue. Perhaps one of the biggest challenges to public safety at the fair is the summer heat. Excessive heat can cause health problems for visitors unaccustomed to spending long periods of time in the sun.

Higher temperatures can also accelerate food spoilage. Each year, inspectors with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services travel to the fair prior to its opening day. Once on scene, a handful of safety inspectors check out food vending trailers and other outlets preparing consumable goods for fairgoers. Last year, the inspectors found 16 food safety violations among the fair's food vendors.

Motorcycle fatalities and wrongful death claims

If you speak to motorcycle enthusiasts about why they love to ride the conversation will likely turn to the concept of freedom. Freedom from the feeling of being enclosed within the confines of a vehicle, and freedom to enjoy the open air as they travel along the road.

Unfortunately, it is that exposure and lack of protection that is also one of the main reasons why motorcycle accidents are often more deadly than other modes of transportation. In fact, in a previous article on our website we revealed how statistics taken in 2011 indicate that the number of victims killed in motorcycle accidents was 30 times higher than accidents involving cars.

Can I sue a bar for contributing to my drunk driving accident?

One of the worst aspects about drinking and driving accidents is that they are completely preventable. When people take the step to consume alcohol before getting behind the wheel, they are making a purposeful choice. Pennsylvania law is clear that any driver with a blood alcohol concentration beyond 0.08 is considered legally impaired and not permitted to drive.

One of the problems with the so-called "legal limit" for alcohol is that sometimes it can become difficult for bar owners, restaurant staff or other individuals who serve alcoholic beverages to know when a patron is beyond the legal BAC. The reason why that is important is because Pennsylvania recognizes the Dram Shop Act. These laws make it illegal for bartenders, servers and other alcohol licensees to sell beverage alcohol to minors and to customers who are visibly intoxicated.

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