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Head-on accident leads to two deaths

An early morning head-on accident on April 6 on Route 28 led to the death of two drivers and crippled traffic for the start of the commute day for many others. The accident occurred when a 24-year-old driver of a Kia from Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, travelled outbound on the inbound lanes, colliding with another 24-year-old driver in a Honda from Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Both victims were taken to a local hospital in critical condition, but died later that morning. The driver of the Honda was reportedly attempting to beat the early morning rush to catch a flight home to see her family.

What hours of service rules must truck drivers comply with?

Semitrailer trucks ply the highways and byways of Pittsburgh every day. There are so many of them that it is natural to wonder whether all of these truck drivers are fit to drive. Federal transportation law addresses this concern with hours of service regulations. These regulations control the number of hours truck drivers can work and the number and lengths of breaks they must take. This blog post will provide a quick summary of the federal hours of service regulations.

Truck drivers may drive for up to 11 total hours after 10 hours off duty. If they mix on-duty and off-duty periods during a shift, drivers are not allowed to drive past the 14th consecutive hour after the end of the 10-hour off-duty period. This rule prevents truck drivers from working past the 14th hour after a 10-hour break even if the driver has had extensive off-duty periods during the 14-hour period.

The wrongful death lawsuit: A tool for families seeking justice

When an Allegheny County resident suffers an injury as a result of a medical provider's negligent act, that resident may be able to hold responsible parties to account through a negligence lawsuit. This provides a forum for both parties to be heard and for compensation to be awarded if appropriate. But what if a medical provider's alleged negligent act results in the patient's death? Obviously the patient himself or herself cannot file a lawsuit in this case.

Fortunately, the law provides a mechanism for the patient's survivors to seek justice on the patient's behalf. This mechanism is the wrongful death lawsuit. A patient's loved ones are allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit and attempt to recover from the allegedly negligent medical provider. The family is allowed to step into the shoes of their relative and seek damages for things such as pain and suffering and medical bills. The family may also try to recover for losses suffered by them, such as loss of companionship and loss of income.

Four killed, one injured in tragic airplane crash

Airplanes, both large and small, are a very safe mode of travel and transport in Pennsylvania. Highly trained pilots routinely carry passengers throughout the Keystone State and to points beyond without incident. Unfortunately, though, injurious and even deadly plane accidents do happen, and their relative rarity is no consolation to those whose lives have been forever changed by them.

A tragic airplane accident on the west coast is reaping this havoc as it claimed the lives of four people and injured one additional person. According to officials, the Cessna 310 aircraft encountered problems in a residential area soon after takeoff on February 27. The plane clipped one house and crashed into a second house. Three people were killed at the scene of the crash, and a fourth died in the hospital about a week later. Another person suffered severe burns in the wreck and has undergone multiple operations. Fortunately, no one on the ground was injured.

We represent victims of brain injury in Pittsburgh

The human brain is literally the nerve center of our bodies. It controls everything we think and everything we do. Unfortunately, like all other bodily organs, the brain is susceptible to injury. Car accidents, and work injuries can cause a brain injury, taking a victim by total surprise. If responsibility for such an injury can be attributed to the negligence of another, then the victim may be able to recover compensation for his or her injury.

Last week we talked about comas, what they are and what might cause one. Coma is simply one possible negative outcome of a brain injury. Other times, a victim may not lose consciousness at all or may lose consciousness only briefly. Injury to the brain could still happen, though, often as the result of a loss of oxygen to the brain, swelling of the brain, or both. Additionally, injured people may suffer a brain lesion near the site of a blunt-force head injury. They also might suffer a contrecoup lesion on the opposite side of the brain.

Some signs and some possible causes of a coma

Most people in Allegheny County have a general idea of what it means to be in a coma. Perhaps a neighbor, a loved one, or even an individual him or herself has experienced a coma. This scary medical condition is often the result of traumatic brain injury, and completely change an individual's life. This blog post will provide a little bit of information about comas. For more complete medical information - including information about specific medical situations - a doctor should be consulted.

Coma is a state of prolonged unconsciousness that can be the result of a number of possible health problems. Signs of a coma include irregular breathing, closed eyes, no voluntary responses of limbs, no voluntary responses to painful stimuli, and depressed brainstem reflexes such as unresponsive pupils under light exposure. A person in a coma needs medical assistance immediately.

Using a police report in the aftermath of a car accident

When Pittsburgh residents are involved in a serious car accident that causes injuries, they can often feel like things are spinning out of control quickly. The scene may be chaotic, with emergency personnel on the scene to treat all parties who have suffered injuries and tow trucks present to haul away the damaged vehicles. Medical treatment is the first priority, but anyone who suffered an injury in the accident will want to make sure that they are taking certain steps to ensure that they will be able to seek compensation from the party that was responsible for the accident.

A police report can be one of the most important pieces in a personal injury case that is based on a car accident. Our readers probably know that police officers are usually one part of the team of emergency personnel who respond to a serious car accident. These police officers will observe the scene of the accident and then make a report that will typically make note of a number of things, such as: the date, time and weather conditions at the time of the accident; the contact information for the parties involved; and an initial assessment of how, in the police officer's opinion, the accident occurred.

How often does a surgeon leave in an object in the patient?

According to a relatively recent report on the issue, it is more likely than one might think for a surgeon to leave a piece of surgical equipment, like a sponge, in a patient's body following an operation.

A Maryland resident might think of these types of surgical errors as events that are easy to prevent and should really never happen if medical professionals are being careful. However, between 2005 and 2013, almost 800 people had foreign objects left in them after an operation of some sort.

What steps should I take immediately following PA car accident?

When getting behind the wheel of a motor-vehicle, it is a reality of life that everything may not go according to plan. It is possible that one could be involved in a motor-vehicle accident in which they themselves or their passengers are injured. While the possibility of this happening is slim, the outcome is potentially serious. For this reason, it is great to be aware of the next steps to take after a PA car accident.

First and foremost, always stay at the scene or very near the scene of an accident. It is against the law to leave the scene prematurely, but it also gives you a chance to complete the next steps. For everyone's health and safety, make sure you and your passengers have not suffered severed injuries. If medical attention is required, be sure to prioritize this over anything else. If you have suffered severe property damage or injury, be sure to contact the police to check on the situation and to begin a police report.

Texting could be to blame for PA car accident

We have all heard the horror stories about texting and driving on Pennsylvania roads. But, the reality is, although most people know the dangers, people are still texting and driving behind the wheel. Many drivers have made the responsible decision to put the phone down, while behind the wheel, but some are not heeding the dangers so abruptly. Texting and driving is a distracted driving behavior that can easily result in car accident injuries.

This is a behavior that could be compensated by the negligent party and their insurance company. Since distracted driving behaviors are very preventable, it is considered negligent to be distracted while driving.

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