Archive for January, 2011

Stroudsburg Pedestrian Runs Into Car – Blames Driver

Posted on: January 28th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Jan. 25, 2011, a woman parked her car on Main Street in Stroudsburg PA. According to The Pocono Record, she exited the auto and began to run across Main St., in neither a crosswalk nor at an intersection. The Monroe County pedestrian allegedly ran into a Hyundai Sonata and fell to the ground.

The East Stroudsburg PA driver got out of his car to assist the injured pedestrian. To his surprise, she handed him an insurance bill and requested he go to a nearby insurance office and “pay it for her.” Your Pennsylvania pedestrian accident lawyer reminds all pedestrians that the PA Vehicle Code requires them to cross urban streets at a crosswalk or intersection.

If you or a family member has been hit by a negligent driver while crossing the street, please call me, Attorney Thomas Newell, at 800-980-4842. I provide a free home consultation. For a review of my 30 years of legal experience, please see my website of

Bucks County Pit Bull Owners Protest Proposed Ordinance

Posted on: January 25th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Jan. 4, 2011, pit bull owners from Bucks County PA descended on a Bristol Council meeting to protest proposed regulations against pit bulls in the borough. There were 2 serious pit bull attacks in late 2010 which caused local politicians to examine appropriate remedies to this safety issue.

Under discussion is an ordinance that would require all pit bulls and pit bull mixes to wear muzzles while on public property in Bristol PA. Those in favor of the law argue that muzzles don’t hurt the dogs and could prevent serious injuries in case a pit bull attacks another innocent victim in Lower Bucks County.

If you or a family member are in need of a Pennsylvania dog attack attorney, I ask that you promptly call me at 800-980-4842. I provide a free home consultation. Please see for more information about my representation of dog bite victims throughout Pennsylvania.

Another Teenage Driving Tragedy

Posted on: January 21st, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Jan. 16, 2011, a 2 car crash in Lebanon County PA killed 4 students from Manheim Central High School. All four teenagers were members of the school’s football team. This fatal accident took place on Mount Wilson Road in South Londonderry Township. News reports state that the teenagers were occupants of a Chevy Cobalt which lost control and slid sideways into the oncoming travel lane.

A Mercedes Benz struck the out of control Chevy broadside propelling it off of the road. Three of the teenagers were declared dead at the scene of the Lancaster County car accident. A fourth occupant later died at Hershey Medical Center. Allegations have arisen that the 4 teenagers were filming a video they intended to post on YouTube of their car speeding over a dip in the Lancaster County road. Prosecutors may request search warrants to review the cell phones of the 4 deceased occupants of the automobile.

As a Pennsylvania auto accident attorney, I have been a strong advocate for placing tighter restrictions on the number of occupants a teenage driver can have in his/her car. The fatality rates increase with each additional passenger. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a PA car crash, please call me immediately at 800-980-4842. I provide a free home consultation. Information regarding my 30 years of representing PA personal injury victims can be found at

Carbon County Pit Bull Attack Victim Has Facial Surgery

Posted on: January 18th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Dec. 24, 2010, a Palmerton PA resident was viciously attacked by a pit bull at a family gathering in Macungie. The Carbon County pit bull attack victim sustained serious facial wounds. She was immediately driven to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown PA. A plastic surgeon performed facial surgery and nearly 30 stitches were needed to close the dog bite wounds.

The pit bull owner had been instructed to take the pit bull outside while all the guests were in the home. He resisted the sage advice and even went so far as to bring the pit bull into the house twice after others had taken it outside! This unprovoked pit bull attack was 100% avoidable had the PA pit bull owner exercised just a small amount of rational thought.

The mother of the PA pit bull attack victim has hired your PA dog bite lawyer to represent her daughter’s legal interests. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an unprovoked PA dog bite attack, please contact me ASAP at 800-980-4842. I will meet with you in your home free of charge. My website details my 30 years of legal experience:

36 Monroe County PA Car Crash Deaths in 2010

Posted on: January 14th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

A December 31, 2010 article in The Pocono Record identified 36 car accident fatalities in Monroe County Pennsylvania in 2010. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s spokesperson, Sean Brown, was quoted as confirming that PennDOT will continue to sponsor safe driving programs in the Poconos. Speeding, reckless driving and driving while intoxicated are the leading causes of traffic fatalities.

Attorney Thomas Newell has been representing personal injury victims in the Poconos since 1981. If you are in need of a Monroe County car accident attorney, please call him as  soon as possible at 570-421-0893. For more information regarding a free home consultation and Attorney Newell’s experience, please visit

Reading PA Pit Bull Attack Victim Has Surgery

Posted on: January 11th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Dec. 29, 2010, 3 small children were sledding in an alley in Reading PA when a neighbor’s pit bull jumped a 3 foot high fence and started to attack a 9 year old girl. The Reading PA pit bull attack victim tripped while trying to escape. After she fell to the ground, she used her arm to try to fend off the pit bull.

The pit bull then grabbed her right leg and bit it creating a large open wound. The pit bull began to try to drag the dog bite victim toward its home before it was stopped by the girl’s brother. He kept kicking the pit bull and finally it released its grip on the young girl. She was immediately driven to Reading Hospital where surgery was performed on her right leg.

If you or a loved one has been attacked by a pit bull, please contact your PA dog bite lawyer at 800-980-4842. I provide a free home consultation. For more info on my 30 years of experience and the PA Dog Law, please see my website:

PA Teen Driving Restriction Law Fails to pass in 2010

Posted on: January 7th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

A Dec. 26, 2010 article in The Times Herald reported on the sad news that Pennsylvania lawmakers failed to pass a law that would increase teenage driving safety. The article quotes PA Representative Josh Shapiro as planning to re-introduce the same legislation in 2011 which passed in the House of Representatives in 2009.

Unfortunately, Pennsylvania’s Senate amended the House Bill in 2010 to such an extent that it eliminated nearly all of the safety provisions. Accident statistics from both PA and the USA show that the more young passengers are in a car with a teenage driver, the higher the risk of occurrence of serious accidents. The House voted to reduce the number of unrelated teenage passengers to 1 while the Senate Bill would permit up to 3 unrelated teenage passengers. Having 4 teenagers legally in the same car is a recipe for disaster!

Equally absurd to this author is the Senate’s insistence that any ban on teenage drivers’ hand-held use of cell phones be a secondary offense. No one can dispute that teenage drivers’ inexperience is magnified when they are also texting/talking while driving. Preventing the police from issuing citations for this conduct alone will remove a major deterrent from reducing teenage driving while texting.

As a Pennsylvania auto accident attorney, I have represented many innocent victims who have been injured by negligent teenage drivers. If you or a family member has been hurt in a PA car accident, please call me ASAP at 800-980-4842. My website of details my 30 years of experience in representing PA personal injury victims.

Jan. 26, 2011 Trial Date for Dangerous Dog Appeal

Posted on: January 4th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

A Jan. 26, 2011 trial date has been scheduled in York PA in the case of an appeal from a dangerous dog conviction. On July 13, 2010, Defendant Chester L. Little was found guilty by District Justice Dubs of several violations of the Pennsylvania Dog Law. The most significant charge was of harboring a dangerous dog.

Your Pennsylvania dog bite attorney was present at the July 13th hearing when eyewitnesses described the horrific pit bull attack which took place on June 1, 2010. An 8 year-old boy nearly died as a result of being mauled by the Defendant’s 2 pit bulls. His life was only saved by the courageous acts of his mother and Hanover PA residents.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a PA dog bite attack, I suggest you call me ASAP at 800-980-4842. I provide a free home consultation. Information regarding my 30 years of experience can be found at