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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Joyriding Teen Involved in Fatal Accident

A 15-year-old boy, driving without a license or permit, took four other people on a joyride near Long Grove, Illinois, lost control of the vehicle, launched across the road, and crashed into some trees. Both the driver and a 14-year-old girl were killed. She was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. The three others, 15, 13, and 8-year-old brothers, were airlifted in critical condition to area hospitals.

The girl's family said she was supposed to be going to the store and didn't know she was in the car with the driver. The owner of the car said she loaned it to her friend because she thought he was 18. Charges may be filed against her.

The underage driver was reportedly speeding down a road known for several fatal crashes in the past. The road has hills people will try to catch air on, so they drive as fast as they can. People in the area would like something done about the design of the road, even if it means taking out the hills.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident with an underage driver, please contact an experienced auto accident attorney in your area.

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posted by Neil at 9:05 AM

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Arkansas Bus Crash Kills Three

A bus driver and two passengers were killed when the bus crossed a median and hit a tractor trailer and a pickup truck on I-40 in eastern Arkansas. Twelve other passengers were extracted from the bus. Some of them were children. The driver of the tractor trailer and the pickup truck sustained minor injuries.

The bus was owned by Tornado Bus Co. based out of Dallas. The bus was on its way from Chicago to Dallas. The crash occurred around 10 pm Sunday night. However, it is not known at this point if the time of day contributed to the accident. One of the most common causes of accidents involving buses as well as tractor trailers is due to driver exhaustion.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, please contact an experienced bus accident attorney in your area.

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posted by Neil at 11:27 AM

Monday, November 24, 2008

Bridge Collapses after Auto Accident

A driver lost control of his car and hit a bridge in York County, Pennsylvania on Sunday night. The 60 foot long bridge that connects Routes 74 and 194 in Washington Township then collapsed. The driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

The bridge that collapsed was slated for replacement in 2011. It was built in the 1930s. Over two hundred cars cross the bridge everyday and there is no word on how long it will take or how much it will cost to repair the bridge.

It is possible that the number of injuries, deaths, and destruction in these types of accidents will increase due to the amount of aging bridges and overpasses in this country. It has been estimated that nearly two-thirds of the bridges and overpasses need some kind of update to keep them standing in the near future.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, please contact an experienced injury lawyer in your area.

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posted by Neil at 1:08 PM

Friday, November 21, 2008

Philadelphia Police Officers Hit by Drunk Drivers Twice this Week

For the second time this week, a Philadelphia police officer was rammed by a suspected drunk driver. Just before 2:00 am Thursday, an officer responding to a report of a robbery was crossing an intersection when his cruiser was hit. The car then hit several other parked vehicles. He was treated for neck and back injuries at the hospital and released. The driver of the car that hit the officer is being held for suspicion of DUI.

Another officer in a patrol car was hit earlier this week by a drunk driver and died of his injuries. The driver who hit the officer has been charged with third degree murder, homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident caused by someone's negligence, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.

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posted by Neil at 1:22 PM

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Proposed Dog Breed Restrictions Causes Stir in Washington County

Monroe City Hall was packed on Tuesday night by people hoping to see a ban on dangerous dog breeds such as pit bulls and the defenders of these breeds. The city council is considering putting further restrictions on certain breeds, but not all. This is seen as "profiling" by those who own the breeds facing restrictions, who say bad owners and not bad dogs are to blame. They consider the dogs part of their family. One person, attempting to stretch the logic, said, "If a person doesn't raise their child right, you don't ban children."

A man whose mother was viciously mauled and nearly killed by pit bulls begs to differ, but could not get into the room to be heard. He says these dogs don't simply puncture skin, "they rip and tear." His mother had to have both ears surgically reattached following the attack.

However, it was not only pit bull owners clamoring to be heard. One owner who was cited for his dog biting a child says breed-specific laws won't work since his dog was a lab-mix. His one-and-a-half year old dog was put down as a result.

The Monroe city council will revisit the issue in six months, but for now is considering laws targeting bad owners and not bad dogs.

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, please contact an experienced dog bite lawyer in your area.

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posted by Neil at 10:56 AM

Monday, November 17, 2008

Car Hits Group Crossing Road

A car struck five people in Cobb County, Georgia, killing a child. The five, a mother and four children, were struck crossing the busy S. Cobb Drive just before 6:00 this morning. Smyrna police have said the dead child is under five years old. They have also said that the five were struck near a MARTA bus stop when they were hit, but it is unknown if they were trying to get on a bus or off one.

Video of the accident shows several backpacks and an overturned stroller where the accident occurred.

If you or a loved one has been injured when hit by a car, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.

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posted by Neil at 2:00 PM

Friday, November 14, 2008

Nearly 100 Hogs Dead in Truck Accident

A truck carrying nearly 400 hogs crashed in Miami County, Ohio on Thursday killing nearly 100 of them. Dozens more are reportedly on the loose. Police state that the driver was going too fast around a curve when his load of hogs shifted. The uneven load of hogs caused the tractor-trailer to roll onto its side. The truck then slid down an embankment where it was stopped by a cluster of trees.

The 23-year-old driver was not injured, but his younger brother was taken to the hospital with a knee injury. Salvage crews spent hours off-loading the hogs and cleaning up the wreckage. There is no word on the ones who bolted for freedom.

Shifting loads in tractor-trailers is a danger not only to the truck drivers, but to those around them. If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by a shifting load, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.

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posted by Neil at 8:38 AM

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Freezing Rain Causes La Crosse Pileups

Say goodbye to summer. Freezing rain is being blamed on several accidents around the La Crosse, Wisconsin area on Monday and Tuesday. The first accident involved a semi that lost control on a bridge, hit two cars then rolled onto its side. The truck driver was uninjured and one of the drivers of the automobiles had minor injuries. Another accident involving a semi and a pickup truck partially blocked the I-90.

There were between 25 and 30 accidents reported in the La Crosse area on Tuesday morning alone, and La Crosse County Dispatch Center officials said they received another hundred calls reporting accidents and icy road conditions.

It seems to take everyone a little while to get used to driving in conditions involving ice or snow. The best thing you can do is slow down and be aware of other vehicles around you, and be prepared for driving in conditions like this for the next several months. Still, sometimes accidents are unavoidable.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident or truck accident due to another party's reckless driving in icy conditions, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.

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posted by Neil at 8:17 AM

Monday, November 10, 2008

Child Attacked by Bulldog at PetSmart

PetSmart and PetCo regularly allow customers to bring their dogs in with them when they shop. Most of the time, things go as planned and everyone leaves happy. However, on October 28 at a Denver, Colorado PetSmart, a four-year-old girl was attacked by another customer's bulldog.

The four-year-old was with her mother and sister to get a collar for their dog. The girl suffered lacerations and puncture wounds along her pelvic region and backside. According to the girl's mother, the bulldog lunged and latched onto the child without provocation. However, the director of Denver Animal Control says a witness said the child startled the dog.

This was the first time the bulldog had ever attacked someone, which means the dog will be quarantined for ten days and then released to its owner. The child's mother wants the dog put down. This would only happen if the dog bites someone again, and the court decides on the disposition of the animal. They may simply order it muzzled while in public. The dog's owner is due in court sometime next month.

While attacks in pet stores are rare, the combination of young children running up to strange animals that may not be muzzled increases the chance that an incident may occur.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite, please contact an experienced dog bite attorney in your area.

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posted by Neil at 8:38 AM

Friday, November 7, 2008

Two Killed when Car Hits House

A speeding car lost control and slammed into a house in Flint, Michigan on Wednesday night killing two of the three occupants in the vehicle. The survivor was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Witnesses said the car was traveling around 100 mph when the driver lost control. The vehicle rolled several times before coming to a stop inside the living room of the unoccupied house. Police say the 25-year-old driver, who died at the scene, was unlicensed. The three men in the vehicle were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident, and police are still investigating to see if alcohol was a factor.

The house was rocked off its foundation in the crash due to the force the car hit it with.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, please contact an experienced auto accident attorney in your area.

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posted by Neil at 9:08 AM

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