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What You Need to Know About a Trucker’s Blind Spots

Published on Apr 11, 2019 at 3:48 pm in Truck Accidents.

All types of vehicles share the road on a daily basis. Drivers get used to passing large trucks fairly quickly; however, they may not be doing it as safely as they think. Blind spot accidents are fairly common and typically occur while traveling at high speeds on an interstate or freeway. It’s crucial for drivers to understand the location of a commercial vehicle’s blind spots, how they can be dangerous, how they can be avoided, and what happens in the event of a blind spot accident.

PA Public Utility Commission Finds Uber’s Violation Screening Process Lacking

Published on Apr 4, 2019 at 3:01 pm in Rideshare Accidents.

In May 2018, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) conducted a performance review of Rasier-PA’s driver background check process. According to the PUC, improvements need to be made to the driver background check process and safety functions.

Rasier-PA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Uber, which means it’s who Uber operates their business through in Pennsylvania. All public utilities, including transportation network companies (TNC), are subject to the power and authority of the PUC. The audit gives Uber a chance to identify weaknesses and deficiencies within their company and gives users the opportunity to be more aware of issues they could run into.

Wrongful Death Statutes of Limitations in Pennsylvania

Published on Mar 28, 2019 at 3:25 pm in Wrongful Death.

Losing a loved one is one of the hardest experiences a person can go through. It can be even worse when the death is unexpected. There are many difficulties ahead for a family that’s lost a loved one. While they’re going through the grieving process, they’re thinking about how this should have never happened in the first place. In these situations, it’s possible that someone was the cause of the untimely death. If you feel that negligence caused your loved one’s passing, you may be able to hold the responsible party accountable with the help of Shrager & Sachs.

Anytime someone acts negligently, they are putting others around them at risk of injury or death. But whether or not their intentions were malevolent, they still demonstrated a lack of judgement that ultimately cost someone their life, and have turned the person’s family’s life upside down. The cost of a funeral and burial can be expensive, but there are also a lot of other expenses that the family may not have thought about and they’re suddenly responsible for. This could include items like bills from the hospital if your loved one was being treated before they passed. When doctors order tests or go through various types of treatments, the hospital bill can increase significantly.

Are Pedestrian vs. Vehicle Accidents Becoming More Common?

Published on Mar 21, 2019 at 4:08 pm in Pedestrian Accidents.

It’s not uncommon to hear about people being hit, injured, or even killed by a vehicle. Pedestrians are put at risk daily by reckless or distracted drivers. Every year, pedestrian vs. motorized vehicle accidents account for 3.2 percent of all traffic crashes in Pennsylvania. While that percentage may not seem high, it’s important to recognize that those collisions account for 13.2 percent of all traffic crash fatalities. Because of that high figure, it begs the question as to whether or not pedestrian crashes are happening more often.

Pedestrian vs. Vehicle Accidents in Pennsylvania

Pedestrian accidents rates fluctuate in Pennsylvania from year to year, but they are more common in urban areas. This can be attributed to the increase in traffic and congestion and the number of individuals who walk to their destinations on a daily basis.

Most Anticipated Mass Torts in 2019 to Make Headlines

Published on Mar 7, 2019 at 3:04 pm in Personal Injury.

The year may have just begun, but there are already major mass tort cases approaching in 2019 that news outlets will be talking about. They involve defective products and drugs that have caused a lot of people harm. In a mass tort, a group of attorneys represent the injured parties individually. Clients are handled individually since the products or drugs in question have caused harm in similar ways, but the harm and/or injuries require separate cases.

Here are some of the top mass torts we’re likely hear about as the year continues to unfold:

How to Maximize the Chances of a Successful Surgical Outcome

Published on Feb 28, 2019 at 3:36 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Knowing you’ll be going into surgery can be overwhelming. It’s likely you have many thoughts running through your head about how the procedure will go and what recovery will be like. If you’re worried about the risks, possible outcomes, or medical errors, there are things you can do to maximize your chances of having a successful surgical outcome. Overall, it’s important to remember that you are the one undergoing surgery, which means you should feel as prepared as possible before the operation.

What’s It Like to Have a Birth Injury?

Published on Feb 21, 2019 at 5:06 pm in Birth Injury.

When one hears that their child sustained an injury during birth, they may feel a mixture of overwhelming emotions. They’re worried about their child’s health, how this injury happened, and what this means for their child’s future. Unfortunately, birth injuries can lead to health complications for the rest of a child’s life. If your child has suffered from an injury because of medical negligence, you may be facing a reality that includes affording permanent care for your child.

5 Tips for Maximizing Recovery Time After a Car Wreck

Published on Feb 15, 2019 at 3:53 pm in Auto Accidents.

Auto accidents can be burdensome in more than one way. It’s likely you’ll need to figure out how to repair your vehicle or get a new one. You’ll also have to deal with insurance companies and complex policies. When you’ve been injured, no matter how severe, those burdens are amplified. It’s important to remember, however, that property damage and insurance policies can wait if you have physical injuries that need to be taken care of.

You’ll likely want to deal with everything at once after your crash in an attempt to move past the incident as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, physical injuries often take time to heal, and focusing on your recovery is paramount. Before returning to your normal schedule and work hours, you’ll want to ensure you are healed or at least at a place where you can work without injury yourself further. Let’s take a look at five of the ways you can maximize your recovery time after a vehicular collision.

27-Vehicle Berks County Wreck Raises Questions About Trucker Responsibilities

Published on Jan 31, 2019 at 5:07 pm in Truck Accidents.

On Wednesday afternoon, January 30, 2019, a multi-vehicle pileup involving 27 cars and large trucks occurred on Route 222 in Wyomissing, Berks County, Pennsylvania during a whiteout from a snow squall. Of the 27 vehicles, the majority were passenger cars. There was also a big rig hauling mail, a dump truck, and a large box truck.

As a result of the accident, 24 people were injured, and the wreck blocked all lanes of Route 222 southbound between Route 422 westbound and Lebanon/Penn Ave-West Exit and Pennsylvania Route 724 – Sinking Spring/Shillington Exit. Fifteen of the injured were evaluated at the scene; nine were taken to Reading Hospital and eight were taken to Spring Township fire station. Of the nine individuals hospitalized, two were deemed critically injured.

Court Makes Transportation Workers Exempt from Federal Arbitration Act

Published on Jan 23, 2019 at 2:07 pm in Legal News.

On January 15, 2019, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that independent contractors who work in the transportation industry may not be forced into mandatory arbitration. The decision will allow contractors to defend their rights in court.

The case, New Prime Inc. v. Oliveria, involved a dispute between a trucking company and one of its drivers. When the driver, Dominic Oliveria, began working for New Prime, he was required to complete 10,000 miles of hauling freight for free. Then, as a trainee, he had to complete an additional 30,000 miles for four dollars an hour. Once he became a driver, he was deemed a contractor and was forced to lease his own truck and pay for his own gas. This would not have been the case if the company had deemed him an employee.

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