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August 2014 Archives

Pittsburgh ranks near the bottom of report on safe driving

Allstate released the company's annual report that ranks the 200 largest cities in the U.S. for driver safety on August 26, and Pittsburgh ranked at 187 on list, which means the city fared worse than the previous year for the sixth time in a row. Allstate estimates that it issues 10 percent of car insurance policies in the nation, and it used claims data from 2011 and 2012 for the rankings.

Parents of injured child file suit against Lowe's

The parents of a young child are seeking compensation from a Pennsylvania hardware store for a 2012 incident that injured the boy. The Maryland couple named a Waynesboro Lowe's Home Improvement store in a premises liability suit filed in August. They claimed that employees of the store were negligent in warning customers about a hazardous condition posed by a sale display, leading to their son's injury.

Dram shop liability in Pennsylvania

When someone is injured in Pennsylvania by a drunk driver or someone else who is intoxicated, the victim and family may not realize that the person who provided the alcohol could be liable for the damages as well. Laws that allow people to hold a bar or restaurant responsible for an intoxicated customer's actions are usually called dram shop laws, a name that comes from an 18th-century term for a place that sells alcohol.

Exploding oil tank injures worker in Pennsylvania

According to Pennsylvania authorities, a 52-year-old man was injured on Aug. 5 after a crude oil tank exploded at a recycling company. The accident occurred in Bradford around 11:20 a.m. at Metalico Bradford Goodman Services when the man was attempting to cut through an oil tank with a gasoline-powered saw.

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