There are many roads in Pennsylvania that lend themselves to danger. Sharp curves, steep inclines and narrow lanes may seem like they are more dangerous, but drivers should take extra care in these areas to ensure not only their safety, but the well-being of others as well. When motorists negligently navigate these roads, a deadly car accident can occur.
Many of Pennsylvania's residents have heard of the dangers posed by asbestos. The fiber, which was commonly contained in many manufacturing products, often causes mesothelioma in those who are exposed to it. This cancer is often fatal and can leave a deceased's family reeling, struggling to figure out how to move on with life. Fortunately, in these situations, legal action can be taken in an attempt to recover economic and noneconomic losses related to the unexpected loss of a loved one.
Many times when a car accident causes the death of another, criminal charges are levied against the errant driver. The charges may be related to reckless homicide or driving under the influence, amongst others. While seeing an individual punished punitively through the criminal justice system may help bring a deceased's family members closure, it is not the only action that can be taken in an attempt to make themselves whole again. Instead, these surviving family members may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Every day, Pennsylvania residents put their lives on the line, many times without even thinking about it. Motorists put their lives in the hands of other drivers, workers put theirs in employers' hands, and consumers put theirs in manufacturer's hands. We often do not think of these dangers because safety regulations and laws are in place to protect us. But sometimes people fail to live up to the standards imposed by these laws and regulations, and the results can be tragic.
Drunk drivers pose dangers to everyone in their path. Other motorists, pedestrians and even those inside homes and commercial buildings can fall victim to an intoxicated driver's negligence. Those who find themselves in this destructive path often suffer serious injuries. In the worst cases, such a car accident results in death. In order to deter such dangerous driving and to recover their economic and noneconomic damages, family members of deceased victims should consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Yet another hit-and-run pedestrian accident has left a Pennsylvania resident dead. The accident occurred in the early morning hours in Bucks County. There, a woman in her 50s was hit by a vehicle that then left the scene. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene. As the investigation continues, police have identified and are questioning a person of interest who they say is cooperating.
Pennsylvanians should be able to walk on sidewalks and in crosswalks without fear of being hit. The sad reality, though, is that pedestrian accidents occur far too frequently. Without adequate protection, those on foot often suffer serious injuries when struck by a vehicle, and those injuries often lead to death. A family that loses a loved one in one of these horrific accidents should know what can be done legally to recover damages.
A tragedy in Philadelphia made national news recently. The planned demolition of a building turned deadly when a four-story brick wall came crashing down onto a small Salvation Army Thrift Store next door. Six people who were in the one-story shop were killed in this fatal accident and another 13 were injured.