One of the drawbacks of being a motorist is getting stuck in seemingly-endless traffic jams. Usually, there is no way for a car or truck to get out of a jam--you must sit and wait until traffic clears. Motorcyclists, however, sometimes choose a different option: They ride between cars in a practice called "lane-splitting."
A commuter train on the New Jersey Transit Line smashed into the Hoboken Terminal on the morning of September 29th, killing one person and injuring 114 according to the Washington Post. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said the following regarding the crash: "The train came at a high rate of speed into the station and crashed through all the barriers, bringing it all the way to the internal wall of the Hoboken terminal. We have no indication that this was anything but a tragic accident." According to reports, some passengers were trapped under debris from the train and many people were openly bleeding from their injuries.
Autumn is upon us and soon the snow will begin falling. Snow brings with it the joy of playing in the snow and sled riding for kids across the country. But sled riding can be a dangerous endeavor for children; according to the most recent statistics, over 50,000 children per year are treated at hospitals due to sled, toboggan, and tube related injuries.
On the morning of Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, a 10-year old girl was waiting at her bus stop and ready to go to school. When the bus arrived, her driver stopped and put the flashing lights on. The girl was attempting to cross the street when a car disregarded the flashing lights and the stop arm. The girl was clipped by the car and taken to an area hospital to be treated for her injuries. Thankfully the girl sustained only minor injuries; she was treated and released shortly after admission. The driver of the car was charged with reckless driving. To read more about the accident, click here.
Pool Safely's national public education campaign that works to reduce child (15 and under) drownings in swimming pools and spas appears to be having a positive effect. A recent report released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission showed an 11 percent decrease in fatal child swimming pool drownings. To take the pledge and ensure your family is safe in the water this year, visit the Pool Safely website.
The first Monday of every September brings with it picnics, parades, a day off, and more importantly a celebration of the contributions and achievements of American workers. Labor Day also brings with it an increase in travel, which unfortunately results in a higher number of traffic related accidents and fatalities. According to Fortune, this Labor Day could be the deadliest Labor Day weekend for drivers in eight years. Accidents have been on the rise in 2016. There were 9% more fatal motor vehicle accidents from January to June of 2016 than January to June of 2015. Experts attribute this increase to a stronger economy which encourages motorists to drive more, particularly during off days and holiday weekends. The National Safety Council is predicting that 438 people will perish in traffic accidents during Labor Day weekend. Drive smart, defensive, and be aware if you plan to be on the roads.
Man Fatally Injured By Rolling Vehicle
The client suffered fatal injuries after a 10-year old vehicle rolled backwards pinning the client between the vehicle and a telephone pole. The vehicle had a history of drifting backwards when the emergency brake was engaged. The vehicle manufacturer was sued for producing a defective product. The manufacturer denied liability and cited millions of products on the market with properly functioning brakes during the 10-year period since manufacturing. The case settled for $420,000.00.
As a security guard for a retail store located in a mall, the client followed a young man who had stolen a leather jacket into the parking lot. The thief's car nearly ran over the client, causing the client to jump out of the way, injuring the client's knee. There was no actual contact between the car and the client. The automobile insurance carrier denied coverage to the thief claiming an intentional act exclusion. Rosen Louik & Perry, Pennsylvania Worker's Compensation Lawyers, were able to prove that the thief's acts with the vehicle were not intentionally directed toward injuring the client. Such an intentional act would have nullified insurance coverage for the client's injuries. Once intentional acts were excluded, the insurance from the automobile company was required to cover the accident. The case settled for $475,000.00.
Our personal injury attorneys at Rosen Louik and Perry have real experience winning personal injury cases and settlements in the Pittsburgh, PA region. Below are a few examples of real clients we have helped receive compensation they deserved for pain and suffering caused by a personal injury caused by negligence or malice. If you think you may have a personal injury case, contact us to evaluate your claim.
This client suffered severe injuries as the result of getting his foot caught under a Jetway during his employment with an airline company. A Jetway is the mobilized ramp used to allow passengers to get on and off an airplane. This accident caused the client to suffer the loss of his big toe, crushing destruction of his left foot that required multiple surgeries, a loss of nerves and tendon, back injuries, and permanent scarring. Due to the severe amount of pain these injuries caused the client, he ultimately had to have his leg amputated at the knee. Product liability lawyers Rosen Louik & Perry of Pittsburgh were the first to ever sue the manufacturer of the Jetway for producing a defective, dangerous and unsafe product. The manufacturer refused to make a settlement offer arguing that thousands of Jetways in the market and decades of use without a lawsuit proved the safety of the product. The case was tried to a jury and plaintiff received a verdict of $1,123,483.92. Defendant appealed the case the entire way to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court but lost.