Archive for May, 2013

PA Motorcycle Crash Fatalities Rise

Posted on: May 30th, 2013       Attorney Thomas Newell

A May 28, 2013 article on reported that deaths from motorcycle crashes have increased 35% since 2003.  In July of 2003, then Governor Edward Rendell signed a law permitting ‘cyclists over 21 to ride without helmets.  Motorcycle accidents in 2012 resulted in the death of 210 riders.  104 motorcycle riders died without wearing helmets, 100 wore helmets and information wasn’t available for the other 6 deaths.

MOTORCYCLEAs always, those that want to ride motorcycles without helmets claim the right to make individual choices.  Left unspoken are rules society has adopted for the safety of individuals and society as a whole.  Car seat belt use, booster seats for children, minimum ages for drinking, smoking and entering the military are everyday examples that impact all of our families.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that an average motorcycle death costs $1,200,000.00 when taking into consideration emergency medical services, lost wages and productivity.

Who pays for those financial losses?  Not the rider!  All too often it is you and me – the taxpayers, who pay for the medical bills and government social services payments to the survivors of the dead ‘cyclist.  Attorney Thomas J. Newell is a strong supporter of legislation requiring all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet.  He can be reached at 1-800-980-4842 or thru his website of

Monroe County PA Accident Results in Homicide by Vehicle Charges

Posted on: May 15th, 2013       Attorney Thomas Newell

On May 14, 2013, the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office charged a driver with homicide by vehicle while driving drunk.  The Monroe County fatal accident took place on 3/20/11.  According to The Morning Call, the defendant and his brother had been out all night drinking.

DRUNK DRIVINGThe defendant got in the SUV to drive away from their motel.  His brother tried to stop him as he was drunk and incapable of driving.  The Monroe County car crash victim fell and his brother accidentally ran over him causing fatal head wounds.  He was pronounced dead at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg PA.

If you or a family member have been injured in a PA car crash, please call 1-800-980-4842 to speak with Attorney Thomas J. Newell.  Put his 31 years of experience to work for you.  See his website:

PA Dog Law Convictions For Allentown PA Dog Owner

Posted on: May 7th, 2013       Attorney Thomas Newell

On April 29, 2013, Nancy Orosco was found guilty of PA Dog Law violations by District Justice Karen Devine.  Testimony was supplied by a 34 year-old woman that the defendant’s dog had bitten 5 other people before it launched its unprovoked attack upon her on February 16, 2013.

SCOTTISH TERRIER #2Lehigh County Dog Warden Orlando Aguirre also testified that the negligent dog owner had admitted that her dog had attacked others in the past.  The defendant’s only “defense” was that this was a matter that should have been taken care of between “family” and not through the legal system.

Attorney Thomas J. Newell provided legal assistance to the PA Dog Warden.  Call 1-800-980-4842 today to set up your free home consultation with Attorney Newell.  He has represented dog attack victims in 17 different Pennsylvania Counties.  Visit his website: