When a drunk driver gets behind the wheel of a car and causes an accident that leaves someone injured or dead, the driver is very often found liable for being negligent and reckless. But experienced Pittsburgh personal injury attorneys know that the chain of responsibility may not end with the driver.
The Brain Injury Awareness Association of America has declared March as Brain Injury Awareness Month. A brain injury does not discriminate and can happen to anyone, anywhere at anytime. Every year, 1.7 million Americans suffer a brain injury.
It is a common practice for us to think of our homes as our sanctuaries. The last place we expect disaster to strike is inside the four walls of these castles. Protection against such events is supposed to be a given due to the building codes and other precautions that are required across Pennsylvania. Still, disasters do strike and the results can be life changing for the victims and their families.
The number of fatal truck accidents and fatalities has begun to increase. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) 3,757 people died in collisions with trucks in 2011. This is an increase of 11.2 percent since 2009′s record low. There are financial incentives for truck drivers make the industry inherently unsafe. Truck drivers face increasing pressure to ignore safety measures, delay repairs and drive in a fatigued state. Incredibly, the insurance requirements for trucking companies are outdated. Depending on the type of material that a trucking company carries, they may only be required to carry $750,000 in liability insurance. At Goodrich & Geist, we have handled many trucking cases and have often found that the unsafe trucking company does not have adequate insurance limits. The following is a great article about the dangers that trucks pose to all of us on the road and what can be done to make our roads safer: