Archive for October, 2010

Teen Driver Charged in Montco Hit & Run Accident Fatality

Posted on: October 29th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Oct. 27, 2010, a 17 year-old driver was charged with homicide by vehicle by the Montgomery County PA District Attorney’s Office.  The criminal charges allege that the teenage driver was traveling 79 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone in Upper Moreland Township.  As described on, the reckless driver lost control of his VW Passat as he tried to make a left turn across oncoming traffic.

As a Pennsylvania pedestrian accident attorney, I have seen that dangerous decisions made by irresponsible people have disastrous consequences for innocent victims.  Here, the teenage driver lost control of his car, hit a sign and then crashed into a support column of a building at the intersection of York Road and Reed Street.

The PA pedestrian accident victim was walking on the Reed Street sidewalk when she was struck by the out-of-control car.  The 81 year-old woman was admitted to Abington Memorial Hospital where she died 3 days after this senseless accident.  Your PA auto accident lawyer has  consistently called for tougher restrictions on teenage drivers who frequently lack the experience and wisdom to routinely make prudent decisions while behind the wheel of an automobile.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a negligent or reckless driver, I ask that you telephone me at 800-980-4842.  I provide a free home consultation.  For more details regarding my representation of PA car accident victims, please visit my website of

Police Officer Flees After Her Pit Bulls Attack Mom & Children

Posted on: October 26th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Sept. 30, 2010, three pit bulls owned by a Duquesne PA police officer attacked a mother, her two children and their dogs in Allegheny County.  According to, the dog bite victims were attacked on the Steel Valley Trail near Linden Avenue.  The pit bull attack victims all received medical/veterinary treatment.

Your Pennsylvania dog bite attorney was shocked to read that eyewitnesses claimed that the officer fled the scene of the dog bite attack, failed to give aid to the victims and did not identify herself to anyone at the scene of the attack.  Fortunately, she was later identified and charged with failing to confine her pit bulls in violation of the PA Dog Law.

The pit bulls were quarantined for the statutory required 10 day period.  As a PA pit bull attack lawyer, I urge all dog bite victims to seriously consider obtaining a tetanus shot after the attack.  Common infections from dog bites include:  bacteremia, meningitis, tetanus, endocarditis and peritonitis.  If you or a loved one has been the victim of a PA dog bite attack, please phone me as soon as possible at 800-980-4842.  Please call re a free home consultation.  My background as an advocate for Pennsylvania pit bull attack victims can be reviewed at

Slate Belt Crash Involves 6 Teenagers and Reckless Teenage Driver

Posted on: October 21st, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

The perils of teenage driving almost cost the lives of 7 people in a two-car accident in Upper Mount Bethel Township.  As detailed in The Morning Call, an 18 year-old driver from Pen Argyl PA faces a number of PA Vehicle Code citations after the October 19, 2010 car wreck.  Your Pennsylvania car accident attorney has authored numerous articles calling attention to the many poor decisions PA teenage drivers are making which often times lead to injuries to innocent victims.

The Pennsylvania State Police allege that the teenage driver tried to pass a car on the left as it was making a left turn on Lake Minsi Drive.  The defendant’s car climbed up the side of the Volkswagen Jetta with its passenger side tire breaking thru the Jetta’s driver’s side window.  The defendant had an 18 year-old passenger in his car and there were 4 teenagers in the other car.  To date, there has not been any discussion as to whether there was any horseplay involved among the 6 teenagers before the car wreck.

As a PA car crash lawyer, I am keenly aware of the increased risk of danger when there are multiple teenagers in a car driven by a teenager.  Cases such as this one show the incredibly poor judgment young drivers are capable of committing.  There are a host of possible explanations for these avoidable accidents:  distractions within the car, a driver’s bravado, challenges made by passengers and/or a desire for speed.  Adding teenage passengers to this situation only adds fuel to the fire.

Time is running out to pass “Lacey’s Law” in Pennsylvania in 2010.  Partisan politics should be put aside to pass meaningful legislation to properly regulate PA teenage drivers.  If you have been seriously injured in a Pennsylvania auto accident, please call me, Attorney Thomas Newell at 800-980-4842.  You may also contact me via my website of  Please call today for a free home consultation with a PA personal injury attorney who has been fighting for victim’s rights since 1981.

Dangerous Dog Charge After Berks County Dog Bite Attack

Posted on: October 19th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

In October of 2010, a Berks County couple was charged with harboring a dangerous dog after their Great Dane attacked a Reading PA dog bite victim.  The defendants were hosting a football party and had locked the Great Dane in an unused portion of the residence.  As the guests were helping to clean up on the porch, the Reading resident asked permission to go back inside to use the bathroom.

Shortly after re-entering the home, the woman was the victim of an unprovoked attack by the Great Dane.  The owners had let the Great Dane out without telling any of the guests.  Your PA dog bite lawyer notes that it took 3 people to pull the Great Dane off her.  The PA dog attack victim had instinctively put up her right arm to protect her face.

The Reading PA resident was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital where she was treated for approximately 5 hours.  Stitches were needed to close some of her arm lacerations.  The dog bite victim was also given a tetanus shot.  As a Pennsylvania dog attack attorney, I believe the dog owners acted in a negligent fashion by letting their dog loose before all of the guests had departed.  Clearly, they must have had concerns that their Great Dane could not interact with strangers safely.  Otherwise, why would they have locked up their dog away from their guests while everyone was inside the home?

There were still children left at the party when the dog attack took place.  Fortunately, none of them had gone back inside the home before the woman was bitten.  If you have sustained a serious injury in a Pennsylvania dog bite attack, please call me as soon as possible at 800-980-4842.  We can schedule an immediate home consultation.  Information regarding my representation of Pennsylvania dog bite victims can be found at my website

204 Riders Killed in 2009 PA Motorcycle Accidents

Posted on: October 15th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

An Oct. 1, 2010 article printed in The Morning Call details the fact that in 2009, Pennsylvania motorcycle accidents claimed the lives of 204 bikers.  According to the Pennsylvania Dept.  of Transportation, motorcycle riders are 35 times more likely to die in an accident than occupants of cars.

Your PA motorcycle accident lawyer is a big supporter of riders wearing helmets.  PennDOT statistics show that in 1998 there were 111 PA motorcycle deaths with 19 of those bikers being helmetless riders.  Since the 2003 repeal of the mandatory helmet law, Pennsylvania has seen a dramatic increase in motorcycle accident deaths.

In the 11 years between 1998 and 2009 there was an 84% increase in PA ‘cyclist deaths.  In 2008, 114 helmetless bikers died in Pennsylvania motorcycle accidents.  That is a 600% increase compared to the 1998 helmetless death count!  Conversely, during the last 10 years there has only been a 29 percent increase in the number of licensed PA motorcyclists.

The National Transportation Safety Board, Governors Highway Safety Association and PennDOT all advocate the use of helmets by bikers.  As a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident attorney, I am also aware of motorcycle safety studies which show that speeding is often a problem with younger riders.  Accidents involving older bikers too often have alcohol consumption as a contributing factor.

Education of drivers to respect the rights of motorcyclists and to avoid driving while distracted is also critical to help reduce fatal motorcycle accidents.  If you have been seriously injured in a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident, please telephone me, Attorney Thomas Newell at 800-980-4842.  I provide a free home consultation.  Please also visit my website @

New Charges After Dangerous PA Pit Bull Attacks Again

Posted on: October 12th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Sept. 15, 2010, Quarryville PA Police charged dog owners from Oxford & Quarryville with violating the PA Dog Law after their pit bull attacked a second victim in 3 months.  As described on, their pit bull had first bitten a motorcycle rider on May 14, 2010.  As a result of this unprovoked attack, a Pennsylvania dog warden cited them for harboring a dangerous dog.

Once a dangerous dog citation has been issued, the PA dog owner must confine the dog within a restricted enclosure until there is a final determination made regarding the citation.  The only exception is when the dog is being taken to receive veterinary care.  Your PA dog bite attorney was appalled to find out that these pit bull owners intentionally disregarded the PA Dog Law by taking their dangerous dog to a public park in Quarryville.

On Aug. 20, 2010, a woman took her family to the park.  Her 5 year-old son was mauled by the defendants’ pit bull which was neither muzzled nor under the full control of its owners.  The Pennsylvania dog bite victim suffered multiple dog bite wounds to his face.  The boy was rushed to Lancaster General Hospital where surgeons applied stitches to his cheek, eyebrow and forehead to close the multiple wounds.

Once he was home, the PA dog bite victim had problems sleeping as he was fearful that the pit bull was going to attack him again.  As a Pennsylvania dog attack lawyer, I hope that the full force of the PA Dog Law is applied to these reckless PA pit bull owners.  They needlessly exposed this young boy to a pit bull which had demonstrated prior vicious propensities.

If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a Pennsylvania dog bite attack, I ask that you immediately telephone me at 800-980-4842.  I provide a free home consultation.  You can also reach me via my website of

Arrest After PA Hit & Run Crash Kills Villanova Student

Posted on: October 8th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Oct. 1, 2010, a Bryn Mawr driver was arrested and charged with 3rd degree murder, DUI and other criminal charges after a Sept. 29, 2010 hit and run accident claimed the life of a Villanova student.  As described on, the defendant was driving a stolen Range Rover at over 100 mph when it slammed into the rear of a Volkswagon Jetta.  The crash on Haverford Road in Delaware County killed a 21 year-old man from Wycoff, NJ and seriously injured his roommate from Toms River.

The defendant told Haverford Township Police that he was high on PCP and beer at the time of the PA hit & run collision.  Just prior to the crash, he spotted a police car and was worried that he would be arrested for drunk driving and driving with a suspended license.  Your PA car accident lawyer notes that the defendant allegedly had a criminal record that includes car theft and a DUI arrest.  Police originally arrested a West Philadelphia man.  The defendant later contacted the police and turned himself in admitting to being the hit & run driver.

In 2007, the PA hit and run victim had received the highest academic honor given by New Jersey to its high school seniors.  He was set to graduate from Villanova in 2011 after majoring in electrical engineering.  His roommate was medevaced to the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania where he was admitted in critical condition.

Unfortunately, this tragedy is not unique.  Every day in Pennsylvania innocent people are being injured by uninsured drivers and/or hit and run criminals.  For more information regarding my representation of PA car accident victims, please call me at 800-980-4842 or visit my website at

Trial Date Set For PA Dangerous Dog Appeal

Posted on: October 5th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

A November 24, 2010 York County Court of Common Pleas trial date has been set for an appeal of a dangerous dog conviction of a Hanover PA pit bull owner.  On July 13, 2010, Chester L. Little was found guilty by District Justice Dwayne A. Dubs of a number of violations of the PA Dog Law, including harboring a dangerous dog and failing to have the 2 pit bulls vaccinated for rabies.

Your PA dog bite lawyer was present at the July 2010 hearing when a host of witnesses testified regarding the horrific pit bull attack of an 8 year-old Groton, CT boy.  The unprovoked PA dog bite attack took place as the child was catching fireflies on a warm summer evening on Pleasant Street in Hanover.  The boy’s mother heard him screaming for help.  When she found him, the 2 pit bulls were relentlessly attacking the child.

The heroic mother jumped on top of her son in an attempt to shield him from the relentless pit bull attack.  Neighbors also put themselves in harm’s way.  Robert and Margaret Bechner started to hit the pit bulls with a hose and some molding to get the dogs to stop biting the boy.  Ultimately, the mother and son were able to escape.  One of the pit bulls was running around loose when the police arrived.  As it was still acting aggressively, the police shot and killed the pit bull.

The pit bulls had been kept in an enclosure behind the house the defendant lived in with his mother.  Apparently, the dogs jumped a low fence and surprised the boy.  Your Pennsylvania dog bite attorney was shocked when the defendant theorized that the child opened the dogs’ gate and was responsible for the attack.  Not only was there no evidence presented to support this theory, the idea that the pit bull owner could publicly blame the horribly injured boy is repugnant to this author.

The Pennsylvania dog bite victim’s ears were partially amputated, the back of his head was torn off as if he had been scalped and, he sustained numerous bite marks over his body.  His mother also was bitten in the face with a likely permanent facial scar serving as a daily reminder of this tragedy.  If you are the victim of a PA dog bite attack, I recommend that you call me at 800-980-4842.  I will come to your home for a free consultation.  Another way to contact me is thru my website of

Chester County PA Fatal Car Accident Renews Calls for Teenage Driver Restrictions

Posted on: October 1st, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

The September 10, 2010 car crash in Chester County PA that killed 2 teenagers has caused area politicians to renew their attempts to pass legislation to improve teenage driving safety in Pennsylvania.  Four teenagers were in a Plymouth Neon after attending an Avon Grove High School football game.  Police investigators stated that the 18 year-old West Grove, PA driver crossed a double yellow line to pass cars on a curve.  His car then slammed head-on into a GMC Yukon.  The driver and a 15 year-old passenger were pronounced dead at the scene of the Chester County PA car crash.

In a blog earlier this summer, your Pennsylvania car crash attorney had discussed the inability of the PA Senate and PA House to agree on teenage driving legislation.  In a recent Pottstown Mercury article, Rep. Stephen Barrar from Chester County called for a renewed effort to pass H.B. 67.  Known as “Lacey’s Law”, the bill would ban a driver’s use of hand-held devices, make failure to use a seatbelt a primary offense and limit passengers of teenage drivers to one non-family member younger than 18.

A federal law addressing teenage driving has been co-sponsored by Rep. Jim Gerlach.  H.B. 1895 would require graduated driver’s licenses (GDL) for all teens in the United States with full driving privileges delayed until age 18.  Use of hand-held devices would be banned.  Pennsylvania’s failure to pass meaningful legislation to address the teenage driving issue has caused the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety to give PA its worst grade among all 50 states on this public safety issue.

Your PA car wreck lawyer hopes that the politicians in Harrisburg can pass meaningful legislation on teenage driving safety by the end of this legislative session in December.  A failure to do so would require a brand new bill to be proposed in 2011 after the November 2010 elections.  If you have suffered a serious injury in a PA car accident, please contact me, Attorney Thomas Newell at 800-980-4842 or by way of the internet at  I provide free home consultations.  I have been representing PA car crash victims for nearly 30 years.