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Drunk Pennsylvania man causes car accident

Pennsylvania drivers cannot always avoid a car accident. There are just times when other people are driving so recklessly that a collision occurs. While people may be unable to avoid an accident, there are things that people can do to keep themselves safer in case of a crash. For example, people should always wear their seatbelts. Time and time again, seatbelts save lives during car accidents.

Seatbelts have been credited with saving the lives of several people during a recent car accident. In this case, an 18-year-old Pennsylvania man was driving in the westbound lane a highway. While driving his 2003 BMW, the man drifted into the eastbound lanes. In the eastbound lane, he hit a 2008 Honda Odyssey head-on. Then, a third car, driven by a 25-year-old crashed into the back of the Odyssey. At this point, all three cars were stuck in the east bound lane.

The 50-year-old driver of the Odyssey and her three teenage passengers were all hurt in the accident. They were each transported to a local hospital and treated with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the third car and that car's passenger were also hurt and taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Each of these six people was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, which very likely kept their injuries to a minimum.

Following the accident, the 18-year-old driver has been charged with various drunk driving charges. Police continue to investigate, but it is likely that the impaired driver lost control over his vehicle.

When people are injured in drunk driving accidents, they are entitled to compensation to help cover the costs of the accident. While a seatbelt might reduce injuries, even those wearing a seatbelt can get hurt in a car accident. Medical expenses, rehabilitative costs and pain and suffering may be recovered in a personal injury suit.

Source: Cape Gazette, "Pennsylvania teen charged in Route 24 crash," Ryan Mavity, June 17, 2013

Commonwealth v. Candice Steinbacher – Motion for Judgement Acquittal Granted

Motion for Judgment of Acquittal for a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) prosecution was granted by Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts, after Attorney Kyle Rude argues that the Commonwealth could not prove Ms. Steinbacher was in actual physical control of a motor vehicle. Ms. Steinbacher was arrested after Williamsport City Police believed she switched seats with her boyfriend in order to avoid an arrest for DUI.

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