Archive for the ‘CAR ACCIDENTS’ Category

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:  www.NewellLaw.com

Fatal Berks County Car Crash

Posted on: January 28th, 2013       Attorney Thomas Newell

A January 26, 2013 article in The Morning Call reported on a 1/25/13 fatal PA car accident on Route 100 in Hereford Township.  Pennsylvania State Police concluded that a 46 year-old Berks County PA resident made a left turn in front of oncoming traffic on Rt. 100 about 6 miles south of Emmaus.  He was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown where he died a short time later.

AUTO CRASHThe driver of the other vehicle was a 42 year old woman from Gilbertsville PA.  The Montco auto accident victim apparently sustained serious injuries and was also taken to LV Hospital where she was listed in critical condition.  PA State Police continue to investigate this fatal car crash.

If you or a family member have been injured in a PA car accident, contact Attorney Thomas J. Newell at 800-980-4842.  Put his 31 years of experience to work for you.  He provides a free home consultation.  Call 7 days a week.  Visit his website:  www.NewellLaw.com.

 

 

 

PA Legislature Passes Tougher Hit & Run Bill

Posted on: July 11th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

A June 29 press release from PA Representative Phyllis Mundy of Luzerne County discussed a bill that has been passed to close a loophole for hit and run defendants. Previously, those convicted of a hit & run offense in Pennsylvania would receive less time in jail than those convicted of a DUI.

Once Governor Corbett signs the legislation, those convicted of a hit and run in PA would be found guilty of a 2nd degree felony – the same level of crime as for a Pennsylvania DUI conviction. This would eliminate the possibility of a drunk driver receiving a lesser sentence by fleeing the scene of a PA car crash.

If you or a family member have been injured in a PA auto accident, call Attorney Thomas J. Newell for a free home consultation. Put his 30 years of experience to work for you. See his website: NewellLaw.com.

Indiana County Driver Pleads Guilty After Fatal Car-Bicycle Accident

Posted on: May 16th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On May 4, 2012, an Indiana County PA driver plead guilty to a first degree misdemeanor hit and run accident charge. As described on indianagazette.com, a bicyclist was hit by at least 2 motor vehicles on Route 119 during the early morning hours of July 15, 2005.

The Indiana County bicycle accident victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. A year later, the defendant was charged with driving a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in an injury or death to a person. After multiple court rulings, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the phrase “resulting in injury” should include car accidents resulting in harm or injury to a human body, whether dead or alive.

Sentencing for the hit & run driver is scheduled for July 13, 2012. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call Thomas J. Newell, Esq. at 800-980-4842. Attorney Newell has represented PA car crash victims since 1981. Visit his website: NewellLaw.com.

PA Turnpike Fatal Car Accident

Posted on: April 19th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On April 16, 2012, a Berks County PA car accident victim died due to injuries sustained in a car crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike 2 days earlier. According to The Pocono Record, the woman was driving on the PA Turnpike when a truck crashed into a traffic control sign, knocking the sign into the incoming travel lanes.

The PA car crash victim was struck in the head by the sign. Her automobile hit another vehicle and then struck a concrete barrier. She was medevaced to Reading Hospital. The Berks County Deputy Coroner pronounced her dead two days later. The 31 year-old woman had worked as a web editor for Montgomery Media and editor for the Souderton Independent and Perkasie News Herald newspapers.

If you or a family member have been injured in a PA car accident, please call 800-980-4842 to set up a free home consultation with Attorney Thomas J. Newell. Visit his website of NewellLaw.com to read about his 30 years of representing personal injury victims in PA.

New PA Law Proposed Re: Drivers & Bicyclists

Posted on: January 20th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

The Pennsylvania Senate is now considering a bill that would significantly change the obligations of drivers on PA’s roads when they come upon bicyclists. The proposal would require all drivers to maintain at least a 4 foot buffer between their automobile and a bicycle if they want to legally pass the bicyclist.

In 2010, there were 1,485 reported PA car-bicycle accidents, an increase of 84 from 2009. This legislation is designed to reduce the number of bike riders hit by cars in Pennsylvania. The bill would allow a driver to cross the center double yellow line, if necessary, to provide the required 4 feet when passing a bicycle. The driver can only cross the center line when it is safe to do so.

Pennsylvania drivers will also be prohibited from making a right turn that impedes the path of a bicycle. In addition, the bicyclist can go less than the posted minimum speed and not be cited for impeding traffic. If you have been involved in a PA bicycle-car accident, please call 800-980-4842 to set up a free home consultation with Attorney Thomas Newell. Put his 30 years of experience to work for you. Visit his website of NewellLaw.com to read more about his legal representation of personal injury victims throughout Pennsylvania.

Fatal PA Turnpike NE Extension Car Accident

Posted on: December 19th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Dec. 13, 2011, a multi-vehicle crash on I-476 took the life of a driver in a Montgomery County accident. As described in The Morning Call, a tractor-trailer was being driven southbound on the Northeast Extension when rush hour traffic ahead of it slowed down. The truck driver could not stop in time and slammed into the rear of a car.

The Montco motor vehicle accident resulted in a fireball which engulfed a portion of the car and the tractor-trailer. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene of the fatal PA car wreck. The passenger car was pushed into another vehicle which resulted in a chain reaction causing damage to 5 vehicles in total.

All southbound traffic was rerouted from Interstate 476 at the Lansdale exit as that portion of the NE Extension was shut down for hours. If you or a family member have been involved in a serious car accident, you deserve to have an experienced PA car crash lawyer fighting on your behalf. Attorney Thomas J. Newell has been representing PA auto accident victims since 1981. Call 800-980-4842 for a free home consultation or see his website of NewellLaw.com.

5 Teens Killed in Adams County Car Accident

Posted on: December 7th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Dec. 5, 2011, a fatal PA car crash on Route 94 in Hamilton Township took the lives of 5 teenagers. As described on whptv.com, the 5 teens were all students of New Oxford High School and had just left school for the day. The 17 year-old driver had 4 passengers in his Saturn when he crossed the center line on Rt. 94.

The teenage driver tried to swerve back into his lane. Unfortunately, he could not avoid a collision with a Chevy Silverado in its proper lane. The pick-up crushed the smaller vehicle and forced it backwards nearly 200 feet. All 5 Adams County car accident victims apparently died instantly.

The grim irony is that “Lacy’s Law” is due to go into effect on December 24, 2011. That law limits a driver under the age of 18 to one passenger under 18 for the first 6 months after receiving a junior license. After 6 months, the passenger limit increases from 1 to 3 so long as the driver is not cited for any motor vehicle violations or has any culpability for an automobile accident.

Attorney Thomas Newell has represented PA car crash victims throughout Pennsylvania since 1981. If you or a family member have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, please call Attorney Newell at 800-980-4842. He provides a free home consultation for all of his clients. Put his 30 years of experience to work for you. For more information, please visit his website of NewellLaw.com.

PA Teen Driving Law Signed by Gov. Corbett

Posted on: November 2nd, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Oct. 25, 2011, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed “Lacey’s Law” which was passed by the PA Legislature in an attempt to reduce PA car accident fatalities caused by teenage drivers. For the first 6 months after receiving a junior license, a driver under the age of 18 will not be permitted to have more than 1 non-related passenger unless the driver’s parent or guardian is also a passenger.

After this 6 month time period, a junior license driver may have up to 3 passengers under 18 so long as they have not received any violations or been responsible to any degree for a motor vehicle accident. These restrictions apply until the junior driver turns 18. Violations of PA’s seatbelt law are now a primary offense for those under the age of 18.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a PA car crash, please contact Thomas J. Newell at 800-980-4842. Attorney Newell has been representing Pennsylvania auto accident victims for over 30 years. Call today for a free home consultation. His website of NewellLaw.com details his legal experience since 1981.

I-81 Accident Shuts Down Interstate in Schuylkill County

Posted on: September 27th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Sept. 21, 2011, a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County shut down a portion of the highway for 4 hours. According to The Morning Call, traffic had slowed down on I-81 in Delano Township. Vision was obscured for all drivers due to some fog.

A dump truck driver was traveling too fast for conditions and saw that he would be unable to bring his vehicle to a stop without causing an I-81 accident. He, therefore, swerved onto a grassy median where the truck rolled over. The driver was taken by ambulance to Miners Memorial Hospital.

If you or a family member have been seriously injured in a PA motor vehicle accident, please dial 800-980-4842 to set up a free home consultation with Thomas J. Newell, Esquire. Attorney Newell has been representing PA car crash victims for over 30 years. His website of NewellLaw.com has valuable information for PA injury victims.