Chain-Reaction Collisions: Is a Driver Who Didn’t Hit Your Vehicle Legally Liable for Your Injuries?

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania recently addressed the issue of whether a driver who caused a multi-vehicle crash ― but whose vehicle did not directly impact the plaintiff’s vehicle ― can be held legally liable for the plaintiff’s injuries. Tractor-Trailer Crash In Sutcliffe v. Bernese, the driver of a tractor-trailer…


Thinking of Going for a Bike Ride: What You Need to Know about Motor Vehicle Crashes

With autumn’s beautiful foliage and cool weather finally upon us, now is the perfect time to enjoy Pennsylvania’s big cities, small towns, and picturesque countryside via bicycle. But are bicyclists safe when they share the roadway with cars and other motor vehicles? Bicycle Crash Statistics The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 783 bicyclists…


Are ‘Gangsta’ Posts on Social Media a Violation of Probation? PA Supreme Court Says ‘No’ … Under These Circumstances

What can possibly go wrong if you decide to post to social media while on probation? Here’s the story of how a defendant’s self-described “stupid” post launched a legal showdown that landed in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. ‘Gangsta’ Posts In Commonwealth v. Foster, Darnell Foster was arrested in May 2015 and charged with possession with…


You Think Job Stress Killed Your Spouse: Can You Collect Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits?

Some 40 percent of U.S. workers report that their job is “very or extremely stressful,” according to a report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Against this backdrop, we ask: What if you think excessive job stress literally killed your spouse? Can you, as a surviving spouse, collect workers’ compensation death benefits?…


Traveling Employee Injured in Car Crash after Meeting Co-Workers for Happy Hour: Is That Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

When is a traveling employee traveling for pleasure, as opposed to business? That was the central issue in a recent workers’ compensation case before the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Celebration with Co-Workers In Peters v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Cintas Corporation), a salesman’s job duties entailed spending time in the field to meet with potential…


Driver Accused of DUI Doesn’t Consent to Blood Test: Is ‘Refusal’ Evidence Admissible at Trial?

Last week, we blogged about Pennsylvania’s implied consent statute, pursuant to which anyone driving in the Commonwealth is deemed to consent to chemical testing of their blood to determine its alcoholic content. Regardless of the statute, drivers have the right to refuse testing. However, doing so results in mandatory driver’s license suspension, renders the fact…