Fatal Erie Accident Yields Jail Time

Fatal Erie Accident Yields Jail Time

Fatal Erie Accident Yields Jail Time

Fatal Erie Accident Yields Jail Time (December 13, 2017) A fatal Erie accident yields jail time for the man found at fault for the November 11, 2016 that killed a man and seriously injured his wife.

In an article by Go Erie, Kevin Deck was sentenced, after a guilty plea, to a lengthy, yet less than the maximum term in state prison.  Judge John Garhart of Erie County conveyed the sentence of just under 8 years but up to 20 years imprisonment which could have been as severe as a 25 year sentence.

The accident in question inflicted permanent damage upon an unsuspecting family.  Tina Pierce was driving a Chevy Blazer toward the intersection of Ash Street and 21st Street in a residential area with a 25-mph speed limit with her husband Jorge in the passenger seat.  Mr. Deck was behind the wheel of a Dodge Caravan, operating the minivan at more than double the legal blood alcohol limit and traveling into the same intersection at nearly three times the legal speed limit.  Upon entering the intersection, Mr. Deck slammed into the Chevy Blazer ejecting both Mr. and Mrs. Pierce.  The 27-year-old Jorge Pierce was thrown four houses down from the intersection and was pronounced dead at the accident scene.  His wife, Tina, survived the accident but lost her left leg.

Judge Garhart applied both the law and emotion in the sentencing, chastising Mr. Deck with words that attached upon him the actions he perpetuated on this couple as permanent with no remedy outside of the law.  The discounted sentence, understandably, did not satisfy the father of Jorge Pierce (also named Jorge Pierce) when he expressed his sadness and frustration while stating that even though Mr. Deck would serve time, he would ultimately still be able to enjoy time with his family in contrast to the permanent loss that the Pierce family would have to endure.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, you have our deepest sympathy.  Let us help you with the concerns you are certain to have and assist you by ensuring your rights are fully protected.  Please contact us at Edelstein, Martin & Nelson so that we can help you navigate through this difficult time.

Edelstein Martin & Nelson makes every effort to ensure that the accident news that we report about Pennsylvania accidents is correct and accurate however we cannot guarantee that every detail is complete or accurate.  Our information is gathered by secondary sources.  If anything is inaccurate or incorrect, we will make every effort to correct the information as soon as we are notified.

 

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Pennsdale Head-on Wreck Injures One

Pennsdale Head-on Wreck Injures One

Pennsdale Head-on Wreck Injures One

Pennsdale Head-on Wreck Injures One (December 13, 2017) A Pennsdale head-on wreck injures one woman and leaves a young man uninjured.

In an article by the Sun Gazette, the accident was described as a head on collision between two mid-sized trucks, a pickup truck by the Ford Motor Company and a Chevy Equinox sport utility vehicle.  Photos from the Sun Gazette show massive damage to the front driver side of the Ford pickup, there wasn’t and details about the Chevy Equinox except the report from the Pennsdale Fire Department (Volunteer) that the woman driving the Chevy had to be extracted from the sport utility vehicle.  The young man who was driving the Ford was apparently not hurt in the accident.

 

The accident remains a bit of a mystery.  At the time of the Sun Gazette article, neither the names or ages of the man or woman driving the vehicles in the accident were made available by authorities.  The man driving the Ford, described as a younger man, was reported to be ok and the woman driving the Chevy, described as an older woman, was reported to have minor injuries.  No information about the type of injuries she sustained were shared and authorities indicated that the accident scene and the events that transpired to cause the head-on wreck remain under investigation.

 

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, you have our deepest sympathy.  Let us help you with the concerns you are certain to have and assist you by ensuring your rights are fully protected.  Please contact us at Edelstein, Martin & Nelson so that we can help you navigate through this difficult time.

 

Edelstein Martin & Nelson makes every effort to ensure that the accident news that we report about Pennsylvania accidents is correct and accurate however we cannot guarantee that every detail is complete or accurate.  Our information is gathered by secondary sources.  If anything is inaccurate or incorrect, we will make every effort to correct the information as soon as we are notified.

 

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Motorcycle DUI Fatal Accident

Motorcycle DUI Fatal Accident

Motorcycle DUI Fatal Accident

Motorcycle DUI Fatal Accident (December 12, 2017) On Monday a Hamburg man was charged in a motorcycle DUI fatal accident that occurred in Upper Macungie Township on Route 222 near Mill Creek Road this past July.

The accident involved gross negligence by the driver of the motorcycle who has been charged as a result of the accident.  A report from Reading Eagle said that the couple riding on the motorcycle were Shawn Balthaser, age 49 and Yvonne Rohrback, age 52.  They were in a relationship and living together and Ms. Rohrback died at the scene in a gruesome death.

Police have reported that Mr. Balthaser was responsible for Ms. Rohrbach’s death as he was operating the motorcycle with reckless and irresponsible behavior.  In addition to operating the motorcycle under the influence, he did not have a license to operate a motorcycle and the permit he carried did not allow him to drive at night with a passenger.  He faces manslaughter and homicide by a vehicle charges as a result of the accident.

The accident happened with Mr. Balthaser made an errant move on a curve on Mill Creek Road.  This error caused the motorcycle to jump two concrete islands, the second throwing Ms. Rohrbach off the motorcycle where she was dragged for a distance and then hit a sign post.

Mr. Balthaser’s bail has been set at $100,000 and he is being held at the Lehigh County Jail.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, you have our deepest sympathy.  Let us help you with the concerns you are certain to have and assist you by ensuring your rights are fully protected.  Please contact us at Edelstein, Martin & Nelson so that we can help you navigate through this difficult time.

 

Edelstein Martin & Nelson makes every effort to ensure that the accident news that we report about Pennsylvania accidents is correct and accurate however we cannot guarantee that every detail is complete or accurate.  Our information is gathered by secondary sources.  If anything is inaccurate or incorrect, we will make every effort to correct the information as soon as we are notified.

 

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Workplace and Explosion Accidents

The potential for accidents to happen always exists.  This holds true anywhere, especially in the workplace, as unaddressed or unseen dangers can exist that one does not expect.  Accidents in the workplace can occur as a result of a wide range of factors, including things like unsafe scaffolding, defective electrical wiring, equipment with damaged parts, or exposure to toxic chemicals or other hazardous materials.  Those who suffer injuries in the workplace tend to incur serious, life-threating injuries.  It’s not uncommon for workplace accidents to result in fatalities.  People that work in dangerous jobs, such as construction workers or oil rig workers, have an even higher work of sustaining injuries while on the job.  The US Department of Labor reports that of all worker fatalities in 2015, 21.4% were in construction.

Explosion Accident LawyerIt’s not uncommon for people who get injured at work to endure severe burns, spinal cord injuries, or traumatic brain injuries.  These kinds of injuries are referred to as “catastrophic” due to the fact that they can be difficult to diagnose, often get worse with time, can impact one’s ability to function well into the future, and require continual medical attention.  Catastrophic injuries more often than not have a detrimental effect on the injured person’s quality of life.  Someone that has sustained a catastrophic injury will often have a constellation of physical or mental complications that can prevent him or her from going back to work or performing at the capacity they did before the accident.

 

Explosion accidents

As one might expect, injuries caused by explosions tend to be significant.  Treatment for explosion-related injuries can be expensive and involve many hours of physical and psychological treatment.  Explosions happen in an unexpected, shocking, and violent fashion, and are traumatic events for most people.  In the event of explosions that happen at work, your employer or perhaps another third party might be responsible.  You may also be able to pursue pain and suffering damages in addition to workers’ compensation benefits.

Potential ways an explosion accident can happen

  • Truck and vehicle explosions: thanks to our modern society and technological advancements that lend themselves to safer machines, it is rare for one to see a truck or vehicle explosion.  Yet they still do happen from time to time, and are almost always caused by an accident.  
  • Fuel tank and propane tank explosions: Explosions of fuel tanks are not something we hear about often, yet they also happen.  For example, a story came to light several years ago about a husband and wife who were pulled from their home, that had been reduced to rubble, after an explosion occurred.  The couple was fortunate to be alive after the explosion, and they suffered severe burns.  Heroic efforts on the part of their neighbors were credited to their survival.  
  • Industrial and commercial explosions:  A few years ago, there was an explosion in a boat repair facility.  Ten people were injured as a result.  Such an example demonstrates that industrial and commercial explosions can cause great damage to a group of people.

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If you have been hurt in a workplace injury or explosion accident in Philadelphia, contact our law office today for the skilled representation you deserve.

Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html

http://law-pa.com/construction-accidents/

 

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Brecknock Wreck Injures Married Couple

Brecknock Wreck Injures Married Couple

Brecknock Wreck Injures Married Couple

Brecknock Wreck Injures Married Couple (Monday December 11, 2017) A Brecknock wreck injures a married couple sending both to the hospital.

While driving their car down New Holland Road, otherwise known as Route 625, Barbara and James Schlouch found themselves in dire circumstances following an accident with another passenger vehicle.

According to a report by The Reading Eagle, the accident happened Sunday, December 10th right around noontime in Brecknock Township.  Mrs. Schlouch was behind the wheel with her husband in the passenger seat traveling southbound on New Holland Road when a car traveling northbound, while making a turn from New Holland Road to Gouglersville Road, collided with their vehicle.

Brecknock Township police reported the northbound vehicle was driving by Mark Fischer, who is 59 years old from York.  Mr. Fischer, who was injured in the accident, but not seriously was treated on the scene my responding authorities. Mr. and Mrs. Schlouch however were not as fortunate.  The couple was taken from the accident scene and transported to Reading Hospital where they were listed in stable condition.  No information was provided on the nature of their injuries.  The couple are from Lancaster Country, Mrs. Schlouch is 69 years old and her husband 73 years old.

The accident caused the roads in the area to be closed for nearly two hours.  Specifically, sections of Gouglersvillle Road and New Holland Road were affected by these closures as the accident was evaluated by police and cleared.  Police indicated that the conditions of the road did not appear to cause the accident, a full report has not yet been made available nor have they citied either party to this point.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, you have our deepest sympathy.  Let us help you with the concerns you are certain to have and assist you by ensuring your rights are fully protected.  Please contact us at Edelstein, Martin & Nelson so that we can help you navigate through this difficult time.

Edelstein Martin & Nelson makes every effort to ensure that the accident news that we report about Pennsylvania accidents is correct and accurate however we cannot guarantee that every detail is complete or accurate.  Our information is gathered by secondary sources.  If anything is inaccurate or incorrect, we will make every effort to correct the information as soon as we are notified.

 

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Reading Accident Takes Life

Reading Accident Takes Life

Reading Accident Takes Life

Reading Accident Takes Life (Saturday December 9, 2017) A Reading Accident takes life away from one of its injured victims just hours after the incident that occurred on Friday, December 8th.

The Reading Eagle, reporting on the accident said that Jack Churico, an 80 year old make passed away at Reading Hospital due to injuries to his abdomen and chest that resulted in a head-on collision with a sport utility vehicle.  The accident happened just a few blocks away from Mr. Churico’s house as he was driving his pick-up truck down Cotton Street when it collided with the SUV.  There was no information available pertaining to the driver of the SUV.

Emergency medical services were called to the accident scene just before 5 o’clock in the evening and found Mr. Churico unresponsive following the accident.  He was pronounced dead after being transported to Reading Hospital by an attending physician just after 6:30 that evening.

Investigators arrived on the accident scene around 6 o’clock in the evening to reconstruct the accident.  Cotton Street was shut down and marked with “crime scene” tapings from Rehr Street to South 15th while the scene was being studied.  The investigation of the accident went on for about four hours.  Specifics about the findings of investigators have not yet been made available.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, you have our deepest sympathy.  Let us help you with the concerns you are certain to have and assist you by ensuring your rights are fully protected.  Please contact us at Edelstein, Martin & Nelson so that we can help you navigate through this difficult time.

 

Edelstein Martin & Nelson makes every effort to ensure that the accident news that we report about Pennsylvania accidents is correct and accurate however we cannot guarantee that every detail is complete or accurate.  Our information is gathered by secondary sources.  If anything is inaccurate or incorrect, we will make every effort to correct the information as soon as we are notified.

 

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Accident Victims Rushed to Somerset Community Hospital

Accident Victims Rushed to Somerset Community Hospital

Accident Victims Rushed to Somerset Community Hospital

Accident Victims Rushed to Somerset Community Hospital (December 5, 2017) There was a two car accident Tuesday in Somerset County having accident victims rushed to Somerset Community Hospital.

The Tribune Democrat Online report indicated that their source, the Somerset County 911 emergency website provided limited and early information about the accident.  According to the source, two cars collided just after 5 o’clock in the evening near the intersection of Neilan Road and Glades Pike.  It is unclear who called 911, but Emergency Medical Services and Fire Department resources were dispatched to the scene.

EMS rushed more than one person to the Somerset Community Hospital while local police and fire department personnel stayed on site to investigate the accident scene.  There was no indication on fault or cause for the crash or if road conditions were a factor.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, you have our deepest sympathy.  Let us help you with the concerns you are certain to have and assist you by ensuring your rights are fully protected.  Please contact us at Edelstein, Martin & Nelson so that we can help you navigate through this difficult time.

 

Edelstein Martin & Nelson makes every effort to ensure that the accident news that we report about Pennsylvania accidents is correct and accurate however we cannot guarantee that every detail is complete or accurate.  Our information is gathered by secondary sources.  If anything is inaccurate or incorrect, we will make every effort to correct the information as soon as we are notified.

 

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Motorcyclist and Car Collide, One Dead

Motorcyclist and Car Collide, One Dead

Motorcyclist and Car Collide, One Dead

Motorcyclist and Car Collide, One Dead (December 5, 2017) After a motorcycle and car collide, one dead person is reported while the detailed of the crash remain under investigation.

According to a report by TribLive, the accident occurred in Beaver County just before 10 o’clock at night on Monday December 4th.  The report states that the driver of the motorcycle collided with a car on Route 65 in the northbound lane in Conway in the vicinity of 13th Street.

Emergency Medical Services from Beaver County called to corner to the scene of the crash as the driver of the motorcycle perished on the scene.  Traffic was shut off on Route 65 for several hours while investigators reviewed the accident scene.

Not names of the parties involved in the accident have been released at this time including the deceased driver of the motorcycle.  Also, no parties have been cited as the investigation is ongoing.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, you have our deepest sympathy.  Let us help you with the concerns you are certain to have and assist you by ensuring your rights are fully protected.  Please contact us at Edelstein, Martin & Nelson so that we can help you navigate through this difficult time.

 

Edelstein Martin & Nelson makes every effort to ensure that the accident news that we report about Pennsylvania accidents is correct and accurate however we cannot guarantee that every detail is complete or accurate.  Our information is gathered by secondary sources.  If anything is inaccurate or incorrect, we will make every effort to correct the information as soon as we are notified.

 

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Allentown Head-On Collision

Allentown Head-On Collision

Allentown Head-On Collision

Allentown Head-On Collision (December 6, 2017) An Allentown head-on collision caused multiple injuries on Tuesday evening near Muhlenberg College.

The Morning Call reported that while there were up to five vehicles on the crash scene, the Allentown head-on collision involved two sport utility vehicles, one noticeably larger than the other.  The accident occurred just before 8 o’clock in the evening on Hamilton on the south side of Muhlenberg College in the 2500 block area of the road near Ott Street.

Police and investigators on the scene told The Morning Call that the smaller of the two sport utility vehicles, which was driving east on Hamilton seemed to have crossed over the middle line of the road slamming head-on with the larger vehicle.  Both vehicles sustained massive front-end damage and the driver from the larger SUV was ejected from the collision.  Both vehicles came to a rest on the westbound side of the road with the smaller SUV off the road next to a tree.

The smaller vehicle had just passed the curve on Hamilton by Ott Street when it departed its proper lane causing the collision.  Emergency Medical Services were immediately dispatched to the scene and rushed the ejected driver of the larger SUV to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.  Remarkably, while the injuries to the ejected driver were described as serious, police said they didn’t think they were fatal and expected that the driver would survive.  Also remarkable, the male driver of the smaller SUV had relatively minor injuries.

No names of the drivers have been released nor has any indication been given if there were passengers in any of the cars involved in the accident.  The speed limit on this patch of road is 40 MPH so even if the drivers were both doing the speed limit, a head-on collision would have caused the kind of damage witnessed by police.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, you have our deepest sympathy.  Let us help you with the concerns you are certain to have and assist you by ensuring your rights are fully protected.  Please contact us at Edelstein, Martin & Nelson so that we can help you navigate through this difficult time.

Edelstein Martin & Nelson makes every effort to ensure that the accident news that we report about Pennsylvania accidents is correct and accurate however we cannot guarantee that every detail is complete or accurate.  Our information is gathered by secondary sources.  If anything is inaccurate or incorrect, we will make every effort to correct the information as soon as we are notified.

 

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Three Pennsylvania personal injury laws you need to know

When pursuing a personal injury claim, there are a few key facts to keep in mind.  Among these are the statute of limitations, shared fault, and limitations placed upon damages.  

Statute of limitations

Personal Injury Lawyer PennsylvaniaThe length of time an individual has to file a claim after the date of the incident is known as the statute of limitations.  Once this time limit has passed, the law does not allow any personal injury claims to be made.  Depending on the kind of case you’re filing, there will be somewhat different deadlines.

In Pennsylvania, personal injury cases have a statute of limitations of two years.  That means two years from the date you were injured.  You only have this much time to go to court and file suit against the potentially liable party or parties.  If you do not make it to the courthouse within this two-year timeframe, the court will almost always refuse to hear your case.  This will, of course, result in you no longer have any right to compensation.  These regulations come from Section 5524, Title 42 of the PA Judicial Code.  

Shared fault

In a personal injury case, the defendant sometimes makes the argument that you are to blame, in full or in part, for causing the accident that resulted in the injuries you now seek compensation for.  If in fact, you do share some of the blame, it may reduce the total amount of compensation that you will be eligible to receive from liable parties.

Shared fault injury cases in Pennsylvania abide by the rule of modified comparative negligence.  This means that the amount of compensation received will be reduced by an amount commensurate with the amount of fault the plaintiff shares.  However, if the plaintiff bears more than 50% of the responsibility, he or she will not be entitled to any damages at all.

For example, imagine you were in an accident caused by another driver speeding through a red light.  Yet you were also speeding.  It may be determined that you are, let’s say, twenty percent responsible for the accident, and the other driver is eighty percent responsible.  Let’s also say that the damages you are attempting to collect amount to $20,000.  Following comparative negligence would lead to your compensation being reduced to $16,000 (the original $20,000 minus the $4,000 that represents your twenty percent portion of the blame for having caused the accident).  But remember, if you’re determined to be more than 50% responsible, those damages will be reduced to zero.

Injury damage limits

Some laws on the books set limitations on the damages that injury victims can recover.  For example, uninsured drivers cannot be eligible for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering under any circumstances.  The only exception to this rule arises in the event that the other driver is under the influence and convicted of DUI.  In addition, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act states that non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases cannot exceed the amount of $250,000.  

If you have any questions regarding personal injury law, contact us today.

 

Sources:

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/42/00.055.024.000..HTM

https://law-pa.com/contact-us/

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