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A fatal multi-vehicle accident involving six vehicles and one tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike brought national attention to drowsy professional drivers, the importance of adhering to posted speed limits especially in construction sites, and industry truck regulations. As reported by CBS Philly, early Saturday morning on June 7th at about 1 a.m. in the Cranbury Township of New Jersey a chain reaction crash gravely injured comedian Tracy Morgan fatally injuring his mentor while severely injuring several passengers in other vehicles. According to New Jersey State Police the accident involved professional driver, Kevin Roper, who set off a chain reaction car crash involving 5 other cars in a construction zone, when he allegedly swerved his Wal-Mart tractor-trailer to avoid hitting traffic while on the New Jersey Turnpike. Instead of crashing his truck directly into traffic the driver allegedly swerved and struck the side of a limousine carrying comedian Tracy Morgan and friends. Fellow comedian and mentor James McNair was fatally injured in the crash and pronounced at the scene, several other passengers were listed in critical condition spending several weeks in critical care. Nearly two weeks after the crash Tracy Morgan was released from the Intensive Care Unit at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, for further rehabilitation.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) regulates nearly every aspect of the trucking industry including the transportation weight limit, maintenance records, blood alcohol levels, and limits the consecutive number of hours a professional driver can log. Shortly after the accident originated many questioned the length of time the driver had been behind the wheel prior to the accident. With one such criminal complaint alleging that the driver had not slept for 24 hours prior to beginning his shift. Investigators are currently reconstructing the hours and actions of the driver prior to the crash. While drowsy driving is a real safety concern, with about 13 percent of all commercial drivers accidents involving fatigued drivers, sleep deprivation may not have been the leading cause of the crash.

Slowed down reactionary traffic may have been an aggravating factor for the Wal-Mart driver on the night of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”) released their preliminary report regarding the suspected cause of June 7th crash. Driver Kevin Roper had logged 13 hours and 32 minutes the day of the crash. The federal limit on consecutive hours that a commercial driver can log is 14 hours; therefore Kevin Roper had not surpassed the legal limit at the time of the crash. Far more interesting was the reported speed that the Peterbilt combination truck was traveling 60 seconds prior to the crash. According to the truck’s electronic engine-control system the truck was traveling 65 mph prior to striking Tracy Morgan’s limousine. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokesperson, following the preliminary report’s findings stated that their fleet of trucks are all equipped with devices that limit the maximum speed of their trucks to 65 mph, therefore the driver was traveling at the maximum speed allowable at the time of the crash.

Further troubling was where the driver was traveling which was in a construction zone at the time of the crash. The driver was traveling 20 mph above the posted speed limit. Construction, and subsequently construction zones and their lethargic traffic are a necessary evil for maintaining roadways. In this case a road-widening project that began in 2009 limited the speed and funneled traffic from three lanes down to one. According to the NTSB report, lane closure and speed reduction signs were clearly posted prior to the lane shift. As was the case here, large truck accidents often prove deadly for the occupants of smaller vehicles. Speed limits are in place to allow all motorists to know what the maximum speeds allowable in which to safely travel on a certain patch of road. Unfortunately the driver either ignored, did not pay attention to, or simple disregarded the posted speed limit and many suffered from his actions.
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A deadly motorcycle crash in East Falls Philadelphia was a tragic start to this Memorial Day weekend. Two motorcycle riders who were riding their bikes around Roosevelt Boulevard and Ridge Avenue early Saturday morning, have now been pronounced dead.

Police say the crash occurred around the early morning hours Saturday, approximately at 1 a.m. One of the drivers who has now been identified as Willie Singletary, 54, of Yeadon, Delaware County, lost control of his motorcycle after striking a guard rail. Singletary was ejected from the vehicle and suffered such serious injuries that he was soon pronounced dead at Albert Einstein Medical Center just one hour later around 2 a.m.

More details about this crash are under investigation. According to reports, Teresa Gibson of Philadelphia was also killed in the Saturday morning crash. Northbound Route One was closed for several hours after Saturday’s accident. There is still no word on the exact cause of the crash.

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A recent Philadelphia 6ABC report revisits the deadly Philadelphia Duckboat crash from the point of view of the victims and the tugboat driver. The July 7 crash in busy Philadelphia harbor killed two Hungarian teens and injured and terrified several other Duckboat riders.

According to the ABC 6 report, Ride the Ducks captain Gary Fox told investigators “Each time on that water is a new experience,” after the Duckboat he was driving in July had been struck by another large vessel in the Philadelphia harbor.

The vessel, a 250 foot long (and 2,100 ton) city barge was picking up sludge and depositing it at a treatment plant further down the Delaware river, was eventually found to be partially to blame for the accident in conjunction with the tug boat that was responsible for towing the barge in the right direction.

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As any Philadelphia accident lawyer will tell you, personal injury trials can get complicated, emotional, and costly. In an ideal world, individuals and companies who owe a “duty of care” to others in society would be more careful and avoid committing careless or negligent acts that cause harm to other people. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. But there are concrete and statistically proven “life strategies” you can employ that will diminish the likelihood that you will ever need the services of a Philadelphia injury lawyer.

1. Be mindful while driving
Studies suggest that drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs or drivers who get behind the wheel while text messaging or talking on the phone (even with a handsfree headset) tend to be far more at risk for accidents. This is because driving requires serious concentration. If you do things like fiddle with a radio, rubberneck at an accident or even engage in a handsfree cell phone conversation with your mom, you will less attentive to the road and less able to react effectively to potential dangers, such as debris in lanes or trucks swerving into your lane.

2. Eat a healthy diet
Avoiding processed foods and refined sugars can do wonders not only for your cardiovascular system and your middle but also for your attention span. People who consume too much sugar (found in foods ranging from sodas to juice to beer) suffer fatigue more easily, reduced attention span and a limited ability to process information.

3. Get sunlight
Some studies suggest that regular exposure to sunlight can help the body replete its stores of vitamin D and can also help produce a positive immune system effect, thus leading to reduced likelihood of injuries and accidents.

4. Get enough sleep
Studies and anecdotal reports suggest that fatigued workers and drivers tend to be more accident prone and more oblivious. Moreover, an upsettingly large percentage of Philadelphians do not get enough sleep or do not get enough regular, uninterrupted sleep. Prioritize getting shut eye to protect yourself and others on the road, at your job and elsewhere.

5. Avoid “catastrophic thinking” and focus on risks that are more statistically likely
Thanks to media hype, many Philadelphians find themselves worried about unlikely events like terrorist attacks, shark attacks, and lightning strikes. Instead, at least statistically speaking, they should focus on avoiding “real” dangers like asthma/emphysema, heart disease and obesity. Don’t allow the “shock value” of a scare story to deplete this focus. Pointless worrying does not resolve any issues; and it can actually distract you from effective thinking about problems that really matter.

If you or someone you care about has been hurt in a Philadelphia accident or is in need of a Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer, don’t hesitate to get help. The longer you delay seeking legal advice, the more difficult it may be to get a good result.
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A jury awarded a New Jersey man $14.2 million in a motorcycle accident that killed his wife. In April 2007, George Elenbark, 40, and his wife Mary, 44, were cruising on their motorcycle when they collided with a car driven by 21-year-old Steven Evans. Evans, who has been celebrating his 21st birthday, turned directly into the motorcycle’s path as he exited the parking lot of Rack’s Bar and Grill on Route 30 in Alco, NJ. Evans fled the accident scene but was soon stopped by police. His blood alcohol level registered 0.10.

Both Elenbarks suffered severe personal injuries in the motorcycle accident. George had to undergo six surgeries to repair 13 fractures to his right foot, ankle and leg which were unsuccessful in fully repairing his crushed leg, leaving him partially disabled. Mary’s suffered traumatic head injuries in the accident from which she died a week later. Personal injury attorneys for George and his wife’s estate sued the drunken driver of the car and the bar and grill that served him alcohol to recover damages.

The New Jersey jury awarded damages for medical bills, damages for George’s loss of function, damages for Mary’s lost wages as the family’s breadwinner and lost household services to her husband and child, and damages for the emotional suffering George was subjected to in witnessing the injury and suffering of his wife.

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A motorcycle accident in Upper Frederick in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania killed a man late last week. The crash at the intersection of Route 73 and Krause Road near Zieglerville occurred around 6 a.m. on Friday, May 7. The fatal personal injury crash is still under investigation. It is not known whether the motorcycle driver lost control of his vehicle in the early dawn or what may have contributed to the accident. At this time, police authorities do not believe that any other vehicles were involved in the motorcycle accident.

This motorcycle accident should serve as a warning to Philadelphia motorcycle, car and truck drivers to drive defensively and be on the alert for motorcycles now that nice weather is here. Most Philadelphia motorcyclists park their bikes for the winter. Come spring, droves of somewhat rusty riders take to Philadelphia streets. To prevent Philadelphia motorcycle accidents [], motor safety experts caution motorcycle riders to review motorcycle safety and highway regulations and do a bit of practicing in empty parking lots to regain their bearings before heading their bike into busy Philadelphia traffic.

Highway signs near Philadelphia have begun flashing warnings reminding motorists to watch for motorcycle riders on freeways. Car and truck drivers should be especially aware of bikers on the roadways and give motorcycles a little extra room when following motorcyclists in traffic. Their smaller bulk can cause motorcycles to disappear into a driver’s blind spot, increasing the chance of a serious personal injury accident.

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A new law that takes effect on Monday, May 3, 2010, has caused some confusion for Philadelphia drivers. Under the new regulation, Philadelphia drivers will no longer be required to contact police immediately after a minor car accident. Beginning Monday, Philadelphia drivers may exchange personal and vehicle information and leave the accident scene, waiting until they return home to alert police and their insurance company. It’s the definition of “minor” accident that has many Philadelphia drivers confused.

Minor accidents are those that involve no personal injuries and no physical damage to surrounding property, including any residential, commercial and government-owned property. In a minor accident, all damage is confined to the motor vehicles involved in the crash and damage to those vehicles is slight enough that they can continue to be driven safely. If anyone affected by the accident suffers even a slight personal injury, the police must be contacted immediately. If the accident causes any property damage — landscape plants, fences, other autos, signage, etc. — or any vehicle suffers major damage or cannot be safely driven, the police must be called.

The new law also specifies that all drivers involved in the accident must exchange owner and vehicle information. Experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyers recommend exchanging the following information:

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After an unusually cold and snowy winter, Philadelphians are enjoying a spell of warm, sunny spring weather. The near-summer temperatures have brought flowers into bloom. A few early birds have fired up their lawn mowers and dusted off their weed-whackers. Kids are clamoring on the playgrounds and families stroll along Philadelphia’s sidewalks. And the bikers are back! As soon as it starts to warm up, Philadelphia motorcyclists tune up their bikes and hit the road, eager to enjoy the open road and feel the wind against their face.

Every spring the risk of Philadelphia motorcycle accidents increases. Cars and trucks that have largely had the roads to themselves must once again learn to share the highways with motorcycle riders. And Philadelphia motorcyclists need to adhere to traffic rules themselves while watching for unwary drivers. Motorcycle accidents have already been reported in several Midwestern states, including a fatal motorcycle crash in Chicago that killed two. Every spring and summer thousands of personal injury motorcycle accidents maim and kill drivers and riders in Philadelphia and across the country.

According to the latest statistics from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Administration figures, the motorcycle driver was speeding in nearly a third of motorcycle accidents that result in personal injuries or fatalities. Nearly 20% of motorcyclists who were not wearing a helmet suffered serious head injuries. And one-quarter of motorcycle accidents nationally involved an unlicensed driver. Despite these serious issues, many motorcycle accidents occur when car or truck drivers fail to see motorcyclists or fail to give motorcycle riders the space and roadway courtesy they afford other vehicles.

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Investigation into a September motorcycle accident that caused serious personal injury to a motorcycle driver and his passenger has led to a felony charge. Last week police charged the Trenton, New Jersey woman who caused the horrific personal injury accident with a felony count of operating a vehicle without a valid license. The woman was driving a friend’s Toyota when she ran a stop sign last September and plowed into a motorcycle driven by a Levittown, Pennsylvania man. The crash crushed the left legs of both the 52-year-old driver and his wife, a passenger on the motorcycle. The woman who caused the personal injury accident just northeast of Philadelphia was also charged with failing to stop at a stop sign and careless driving.

Serious personal injuries often occur when cars collide with motorcycles in Philadelphia accidents. As in the case of the Pennsylvania couple, motorcycle drivers and their passengers may suffer horrific, life-changing personal injuries when collisions occur. Serious personal Injuries can require weeks of hospitalization and rehabilitation resulting in exorbitant medical bills, loss of income when injuries keep victims from working, extreme family hardship and severe physical and mental trauma.

Because many people believe the Easy Rider myth that motorcycle drivers are aggressive and reckless, proving fault and recovering damages when serious Philadelphia personal injury motorcycle accidents occur is more complicated and difficult than with auto accident claims. Philadelphia personal injury lawyers must work to find witness to the motorcycle accident and obtain reliable interviews. To counter arguments that the motorcycle driver was speeding or driving recklessly, Philadelphia personal injury attorneys may have to interview the motorcycle operator’s friends and co-workers to establish his character and safe driving record. Accident reconstruction experts may need to be consulted. When Philadelphia motorcycle accidents result in serious personal injuries, Philadelphia personal injury attorneys work to see that the victim recovers the money necessary to cover his medical bills and rebuild his life.

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In the wake of a tragic New Year’s Eve car accident that killed two in Philadelphia comes a report from the Institute for Transportation Engineers that an estimated 120 people die every day on U.S. highways in “vehicle-related crashes.” Car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of death among Americans aged 1 to 34 according to statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Interestingly, people who seriously fear being victimized by robbery, rape or assault crimes fail to associate similar danger with driving.

In an interview with Scripps Howard News Service, Russ Rader of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety had this explanation for the phenomenon:

“People don’t generally think of driving as a risky task. They think that crashes happen to other people, not themselves. There is a researcher who calls it the illusory zone of immunity. When we do things day after day that are routine, we don’t think of them as being particularly dangerous. But of course, the statistics show that getting behind the wheel of a car is probably the riskiest thing any of us do on any given day.”

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