Philadelphia residents may recall news of a deadly September crash involving a former police sergeant. The officer is accused of being intoxicated and driving more than 100 miles per hour when his vehicle hit a van on State Road in Northeast Philadelphia. The van driver, a 55-year-old father of four, suffered traumatic head injuries and died three days after the collision.
With such massive payloads traveling at such high rates of speed, it only makes sense that drivers of large commercial vehicles are held to a high standard of safety on our nation's interstates and highways. Federal regulations require that truck drivers take breaks and avoid fatigue while operating their vehicles, lest truck driver negligence lead to a crash like the one that occurred on Jan. 13 near Easton, Pennsylvania.
This winter has already been brutal for people throughout Pennsylvania, and many workers in the Philadelphia area have done their part to try to reduce some of the risks faced by motorists trying to navigate slick and snowy roadways.
Hit and run resulting in death is one of the most serious crimes a driver can commit. The reasons drivers give for leaving the scene of an accident usually have something to do with fear, but no explanation of fear will prevent a hit-and-run driver from facing criminal charges. Victims or their families also have a right to hold negligent or reckless drivers accountable in civil court.
Federal law holds truck and bus drivers to a higher standard of safety than drivers of smaller vehicles. Commercial trucking and bussing companies are supposed to inspect and maintain their vehicles, and operators of those vehicles are expected to keep driving records and take breaks to avoid driver fatigue.
A 31-year-old man has been charged with the unintentional death of his girlfriend. According to reports, the accident happened in Wells Township, Pennsylvania, in April of last year. Though the car crash happened nearly a year ago, the driver was not arrested or charged until recently. The man has two addresses: one in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and another in Columbia Cross Roads, Pennsylvania.
According to reports, the chief of the Scranton Fire Department was recently involved in a fatal crash. Officials have said that the administrative official was driving his pickup truck in Scranton, Pa., when he collided with a pedestrian. The car accident killed the pedestrian, a woman who was reportedly serving on a grand jury case downtown.
Many workers in Pennsylvania consider the possibility of being injured on the job. Workplace accidents happen quite often and can be out of the victim's control. And while injuries are a legitimate concern, a more serious worry is the potential that an on-the-job injury could result in a fatality. The number of workplace fatalities seen in 2011 is addressed in a recent report published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a division of the federal Department of Labor.
A crash in Washington Township, Pennsylvania, has left one woman dead. The car accident occurred four days before Christmas on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lehigh County. According to reports, the woman who passed away was a 29-year-old resident of Whitehall, Pennsylvania.
A 24-year-old man from Bristol Township, Pennsylvania, was recently given a prison sentence with a minimum length of six-and-a-half years and a maximum of 13 years. After his release, he will be on probation for five years. According to allegations, the man was drinking and driving in an Audi on New Falls Road in the aforementioned township.