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Do insurance policies cover an uninsured or underinsured driver?

A small percentage of Pennsylvania car accidents that happen involve an uninsured or underinsured driver. These drivers are categorized as such because they do not have adequate, or in some instances, any car insurance. Car insurance protects drivers from themselves and also from other drivers when they get into car accidents. When involved in an accident with an underinsured or uninsured driver, those who are injured often have questions.

I-80 closed after tractor-trailer accident

Winter-driving conditions always add an extra aspect of danger for those driving on Pennsylvania roads. Icy conditions can play a major role in car accidents. Slick conditions can turn a little fender-bender into a multi-vehicle pile up. Those driving on icy roads need to be cautious and understand the potential consequences that a car accident could have on drivers and passengers.

Process after suspected PA drunk driving accident

When a person makes the choice to enjoy alcohol, they should do so responsibly. Responsible intake of alcohol would include, among many things, the choice to abstain from operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Most people have no problem abiding by this limitation, as it is dangerous and against the law to ignore it. For those innocent drivers that suffer an injury after a drunk driving accident, there is typically a preliminary investigation.

PA truck accident injury could be due to negligence

Oftentimes, travelers will see semi-trucks or other commercial vehicles on their journey. These commercial trucks are the heart of the domestic economy because they bring goods and services to those that need them. However, sometimes these routes do not go as scheduled for the trucks and they are involved in an accident. The sheer size of semi-trucks and other commercial trucks can wreak havoc on those in their path.

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  • $1 million Board of Claims verdict for a New York pipeline contractor against the DEP for a mine reclamation project outside Tamaqua.
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  • $185,000 American Arbitration Association verdict for a Hazleton sitework contractor against a Montgomery County real estate developer.
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  • Acquittal of a local police officer charged with multiple felonies arising out of a traffic stop involving illegal ATV riders.
  • Acquittal of a local contractor charged with rape. This case was one of the first challenges to DNA evidence in Schuylkill County.
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  • $950,000 Lehigh County malpractice settlement for a Schuylkill County man permanently injured by a botched arterial embolism procedure.
  • $750,000 pre-trial settlement against a doctor and hospital involving the death of a husband and father caused by a misdiagnosed stroke.
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  • $2.5 million settlement for a woman killed in a Lebanon County car crash.
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  • $950,000 mid-trial settlement for a Schuylkill County man who suffered a severe leg fracture after a crash on Route 901.
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  • $690,000 Schuylkill County jury verdict for a motorcyclist who lost a leg after a driver ran a red light and pulled out in front of him.
  • $650,000 New Jersey state court settlement against national garment manufacturers and retailers after an infant suffered third degree burns over most of his body because his pajamas did not meet minimum federal requirements for flame resistance.
  • $500,000 verdict for a Schuylkill County pedestrian who suffered back injury in crash
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Workplace Incidents

  • $17 million mid-trial settlement in Philadelphia County for two workers killed in an industrial explosion.
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Wrongful Death

  • $2.3 million Philadelphia County verdict for the parents of a son who was fatally assaulted leaving a bar by patrons who continued to be served alcohol after they were visibly intoxicated.
  • $1.75 million settlement for a father who died in a carbon monoxide poisoning incident caused by a defective furnace in a rental property.
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