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Pennsylvania's comparative negligence law

Pennsylvanians who have been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another may rightfully ask what they can do to recover compensation for their damages. In order to succeed on one of these claims, certain legal elements must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence. Amongst these elements are that the defendant owed the victim a duty of care, that duty was breached and that breach caused the victim's compensable injuries. Yet, even those who feel that they can prove these elements may be concerned about something else: the role their own fault played in the accident.

Personal injury lawsuits and vicarious liability

The damages suffered in a car accident can be quite extensive. A victim may be subjected to physical pain and suffering, and the emotional toll taken can be quite significant. Additionally, a victim can be left with financial losses that can leave him or her on unsteady financial footing. These losses can include medical expenses and lost wages. Taken together, these damages can be overwhelming for a victim and difficult to overcome.

How does alcohol affect one's ability to drive?

Alcohol is a drug that can either be enjoyed responsibly or irresponsibly. Although most people know their limit, even these individuals may inaccurately assess their driving abilities after consuming any number of alcoholic beverages. When these individuals get behind the wheel, they may put themselves and others at risk of serious harm or even death.

How to prove fault in a premises liability lawsuit

Nearly every day, we all enter onto the premises of another. Whether we go to work, go to the store or visit a friend, we often step onto these properties without much thought about our safety. There is good reason for this. After all, the law aims to protect people who are invited onto property owned by another individual. Yet, far too often property owners fail to uphold their duty, thereby placing innocent and unsuspecting individual's in harm's way. When an accident occurs, these people can be left with significant physical injuries that can then cause serious financial losses.

Fighting to hold negligent truckers accountable

Recently, this blog discussed how semi-trucks need additional distance to come to a safe stop when compared to the stopping distances of passenger vehicles. This distance can be affected by a number of factors, including driver attentiveness and sobriety. Far too often, though, truckers are distracted, fatigued, intoxicated or otherwise negligent while behind the wheel. Even truck companies oftentimes fail to properly maintain their trucks and train their employees. Any one of these factors could cause a devastating truck accident that leaves a victim with serious injuries.

Long stopping distances can result in truck accidents

Semi-trucks play an important role in our society in that they can quickly move goods from place to place, keeping costs relatively low for consumers. Although these vehicles and their drivers can provide a benefit to Americans, they can also pose a serious risk. A negligently driven semi-truck can place other motorists at risk of being involved in a sever truck accident that can leave a victim with serious or even fatal injuries.

Personal injury and premises liability

When you go to the store, you probably don't think much about your safety. This is for good reason because most are under the assumption that the safety of patrons are considered and addressed. Property owners who fail to ensure the safety of others who enter their premises may be found liable for any injuries suffered. And these injuries can be quite extensive. A slip-and-fall can leave a victim with broken bones, torn muscles and even head injuries. Other accidents that occur on the property of another can be fatal. Making matters worse, recovering from these injuries can be painful, stressful and expensive.

Americans sometimes celebrate our nation's birthday too much

For many, July 4 means sitting on the curb on your town's Main Street watching the band march by and saluting our veterans. For others, it means laying out a blanket and watching the sky light up at night with a fireworks display. For many others, it means sharing the afternoon with family and friends enjoying hotdogs, burgers and maybe a few beers.

Protecting your loved one from nursing home abuse

One of the inevitabilities of human life is that as we age, our bodies start to break down. Everybody is different. Some people at the age of 90 are healthier than others at the age of 70. If you have an elderly loved one who is getting up in age, you will eventually notice that their abilities start to diminish. This could be both mentally or physically, or both.

What are the Hours of Service rules and how do they affect truck accident litigation? P.2

Previously, looked at the federal Hours of Service rules in summary form, noting their important role in addressing the problem of truck driver fatigue. As we mentioned last time, the 34-hour restart rule has received a lot of attention in recent years due to a provision requiring truckers to include within their restart period two rest breaks from one to five o’clock in the morning.

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