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Why is pain and suffering important to my wrongful death case?

In Pennsylvania, a wrongful death occurs when someone causes the death of another person through negligent, wrongful or criminal actions. Obviously, in cases involving criminal actions prosecutors will attempt to convict the responsible party and put them behind bars. However, civil courts typically handle cases where a responsible party causes the death of another person through some manner of negligence. An airbag manufacturer whose product unintentionally kills victims after becoming damaged from excessive humidity might be a good example of this type of wrongful death.

In such an example, it may be rather straightforward to assess proper compensation for the victim's family when it comes to the economic loss they will suffer from losing their family member. For example, an award for economic damages would likely include calculations regarding the victim's annual income and likely potential for lifetime earnings. These are gifts and services that victim would probably contribute to his or her spouse and children.

Some potential hazards of commercial floor mats

Floor mats used in commercial settings often receive little notice until something goes wrong. This is because most of us encounter commercial floor mats almost every day. They are used in convenience stores near entrances as well as underneath soda dispensers. Many restaurants also employ the use of mats in their kitchens and preparation areas. These mats help to provide no-slip traction in areas where frequent spills of liquids and other slippery substances frequently occur.

Despite their obvious advantages, improper placement and care of these commercial mats can create slip and fall hazards of their own. This is important because accidents involving slips, trips and falls represent the number one cause of insurance claims made by customers throughout the retail industry. These types of accidents are also one of several leading causes of employee accidents. Here are some tips that can make the use of commercial mats safer for everyone:

Bucks County woman pleads guilty to fatal DUI crash

Authorities say that it was not alcohol, but amphetamines that played a significant role in an accident last fall that claimed the life of an elderly woman in a tragic two-vehicle accident. Investigators say that a 36-year-old woman from Quakertown, Pennsylvania, was under the influence of drugs when her car smashed into a car driven by the victim around 7:00 p.m. on the night of Nov. 21, 2014.

The fatal accident occurred in Horsham, Pennsylvania, near the intersection of Easton Road and County Line Road. News reports say that the 71-year-old victim, formally of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was near that intersection along with four other passengers in her Nissan Rogue just prior to the accident. Investigators believe that the traffic signal had been red for seven seconds when the defendant's car ran that light in her Jeep Wrangler and impacted the victim's vehicle.

Some commercial vehicle cases can create complicated litigation

When most people think of a commercial vehicle accident the first thing that comes to mind is a semi-truck or a tractor-trailer. However, it's important to remember that just like their 18- wheel counterparts, the drivers of any "for hire" vehicle also require commercial driving licenses. These include taxi drivers and operators of commercial motor coaches, limousines and parcel delivery vans.

The reason this is important is that many types of these commercial operations often have overlapping insurance arrangements. For example, the owner of a parcel service may have an insurance policy specifically for the driver. Simultaneously, that driver might have a separate policy for his or her vehicle. There may even be an insurance policy that covers the value of the parcels contained within the vehicle.

Understanding how city planning can reduce pedestrian accidents

It's easy to understand why vehicle accidents that involve pedestrians are so dangerous. That's because even a minor collision with a car, truck or SUV can leave those victims with serious injuries. With little or no protection, pedestrians are especially prone to injuries caused by distracted, drugged or drunk motorists.

This is especially true when individuals on foot attempt to cross roadways at intersections. In many vehicle vs. pedestrian accidents, the drivers of the vehicles involved simply fail to see pedestrians in the crosswalks. One of the main causes of that is due to a lack of driver visibility. Other vehicles parked alongside the roadway and close to intersections make it harder for motorists to see pedestrians. This is particularly true when those pedestrians are entering crosswalks at the same time that drivers are stopped at the intersection and preparing to make a right turn.

Just how dangerous is riding a motorcycle?

Most people have a good understanding that riding a motorcycle is inherently more dangerous than traveling in other motor vehicles. Per each mile traveled, federal safety experts say that 2011 statistics show that motorcycle fatalities were 30 times higher than the number of those killed in cars.

One of the most obvious reasons for that is motorcycles simply don't offer the same amount of protection as enclosed vehicles. Another important factor is the motorcycles relatively small size. When compared to other vehicles, it's easier to see why the motorcycles smaller profile makes it easier for other motorists to overlook. A sad testament to the reduced overall safety of motorcycles compared to cars is that in 2013, at least 4,381 motorcyclists perished in collisions.

Going after all responsible parties in your wrongful death claim

According to Pennsylvania statutes, a wrongful death is one in which a victim died as the result of someone else's wrongful, negligent or criminal actions. State law recognizes the fact that an accidental death often deprives a family of many things. First and foremost, the victim's family is deprived of the emotional support and guidance the victim previously provided. This is often referred to as a loss of society or consortium. These types of losses can be especially hard for a victim's young children to overcome.

There is also the matter of lost income. In many American families, it's necessary for both parents to work full-time in order to cover their day-to-day costs. The wrongful death of a primary wage earner often leaves the family of the victim scrambling to make payments on mortgages, cars, insurance deductibles, tuition and more.

What does friction have to do with my slip and fall accident?

Most of us are familiar with the term "slippery when wet". Yet few of us know the scientific role that friction plays when liquids interact with certain surfaces. For example, a normally slip resistant marble floor can instantly become a slip hazard with the addition of just a few ounces of water. The answer is friction, or more specifically, the coefficient of friction or COF.

The coefficient of friction is the metric that safety experts use to gauge the slipperiness of flooring. Put simply, the COF of a particular surface represents the amount of resistance a human foot might encounter as it moves across that floor. Safety experts today use sophisticated devices to measure a floor's horizontal resistance to vertical downward force. To get some context on this, let's compare the COF of ice to a swept concrete sidewalk. For ice, the typical COF is 0.3, whereas swept concrete has a COF of 0.8.

Proposal to close drunk driving loophole announced

According to statistics taken from 2013, alcohol-related crashes across Pennsylvania accounted for 32 percent of all traffic deaths. A new proposal offered by Pennsylvania State lawmakers is now aiming to change this by increasing the civil liabilities for drunk driving accidents.

The proposal would amend the current limitations placed on drunk driving accident victims. The bill's sponsor, Democratic Representative Gerald Mullery, wants to lift a crucial restriction for victims of drunk driving accidents under Pennsylvania's current car insurance laws.

Understanding the role of tires in your truck accident lawsuit

We've all heard the phrase "where the rubber meets the road" used to describe a crucial aspect of an endeavor. That phrase holds special significance when you consider that most commercial tractor-trailers operate with 18 tires as they travel along Pennsylvania roadways.

Just like your personal vehicle, trucking company fleet managers and maintenance officials have to keep their vehicle's tires rotated every so often in order to maintain proper alignment. Improperly aligned vehicles can produce uneven tread wear that can sometimes lead to potentially hazardous situations to other motorists.

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