Schemery Zicolello

Pennsylvania man killed after car is rear-ended

Everyone who chooses to get behind the wheel of a car needs to understand the basic rules of the road. In addition to understanding how to drive properly, people also need to make a commitment to paying attention while they are driving. Pennsylvania drivers need to give attention to other drivers, changing road conditions and to other potential obstacles. Even a couple seconds of inattentiveness can cause a serious car accident.

In a recent accident, a Pennsylvania driver was killed while stopped at a red light. In this case, a 37-year-old driver was in his 2011 Nissan Versa when he came to a red light at around 4:00 a.m. While stopped, a large tractor-trailer came up behind the man's car. Instead of slowing down and stopping at the red light, the 56-year-old truck driver slammed into the back of the car.

As a result of the impact, the Nissan's driver became trapped in his car. Rescue workers eventually cut the man from his vehicle; however, he was pronounced dead on the scene of the car accident. Police, and local prosecutors, are still investigating the accident to determine its exact cause.

Fatal car accidents, like this one, are very difficult on victims' families. While the emotional pain is immense, financial costs can also add up. These costs can, in some cases, be recovered by accident victims' families. In cases where the accident was caused by someone else's negligence, car accident victims can recover damages.

Negligent behavior can be seen in a variety of situations. Inattentiveness -- like failing to notice a red light -- is often negligent behavior. Breaking the basic rules of the road -- like following too close, speeding or failing to yield -- can also be evidence of negligence. Car accident victims and their families should investigate to see if any of these factors were present in their collision.

Source: My Central Jersey, "Pennsylvania man killed in an early morning accident on Route 1 in South Brunswick," Aug. 3, 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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