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Death results from a drunk driving accident in Pennsylvania

One of the most deadly types of accidents is one involving a drunk driver or someone who is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These accidents often result in serious bodily injury or death depending on the severity of the accident. Most car crashes of this nature are more times than not, pretty severe. A person who is driving drunk does not have the physical ability to control themselves or the vehicle that they are operating. Sadly, many people who choose to drive drunk and are in a resulting accident often walk away from the accident unscathed, while leaving their victims in a less fortunate position.

Truck accident in Pennsylvania results in injury

Pennsylvania residents who drive reconcile themselves to the fact that there is a good chance that at some point in their driving life they will be involved in an automobile accident. Crashes are always frightening and can be dangerous depending on the nature and circumstances of the accident. Truck accidents have the potential to be even more impactful because of the sheer size of the vehicles involved in a truck crash.

Semi truck accident traps passenger vehicle on highway

Unfortunately, traffic accidents occur every day. It is a risk we all take when we drive. However, preventable accidents that are caused by negligent drivers are unacceptable. This is especially true when the accident is caused by a semi-truck, which can cause more damage and destruction to passenger vehicles than other cars and trucks on the road. It is one of the reasons why federal trucking regulations exist, to protect the general public from the dangers of the trucking industry. When a negligent truck driver causes a truck accident, both the driver of the truck and the trucking company can be liable for the resulting damages.

Hospital, doctor settle med mal cases involving unneeded devices

In the middle of a significant medical malpractice trial that may have attracted the attention of some Pennsylvania residents, a doctor and a hospital suddenly decided to settle several cases for an undisclosed amount. Some reports suggest that the hospital agreed to pay $22 million.

The courts try to compensate victims in drunk driving cases

Any type of accident that occurs on the roadways has the potential to be extremely dangerous for everyone involved. The dangers involved in a car crash are enhanced when a drunk driver is involved. Drunk driving accidents almost always result in serious bodily injury or death due to the nature of the accident and the circumstances that often surround these types of accidents. The reckless disregard that a drunk driver has for other drivers on the road heightens the gravity of the accident.

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