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Two-vehicle auto accident kills 1, injures another

Car accidents can happen in just a few seconds. Witnesses often disagree in their accounts of the accident. Victims can be so traumatized that they cannot accurately describe their experiences. And some accidents have no witnesses to help authorities understand what happened. A recent car accident in Penn Township appears to have occurred without any witnesses, and police are relying on their accident reconstruction experts to help them understand the accident.

What is comparative negligence in Pennsylvania?

Most people in Pennsylvania understand that a person is legally liable for an injury or death caused by his negligence, or failure to use due care. How does the law treat a case where more than one person is at fault? Before World War II, most state laws said that a person whose negligence, no matter how slight the degree of fault, contributed to the mishap, could not maintain a lawsuit for damages. In other words, a person who may have been only one percent at fault in a car accident was totally barred from seeking damages from a person who may have been 99 percent at fault.

School bus flips in hit-and-run accident in Lancaster County

School buses should be sanctuaries in which students can be safely transported between their homes and their schools. Unfortunately, school buses are subject to the same vagaries as other vehicles that use Pennsylvania's public roads and highways. In a recent accident in Lancaster County, a school bus was tipped on its side while involved in a hit-and-run accident, and two students have suffered serious injuries.

What is accident reconstruction?

A common phrase in media reports of vehicle collisions in Pennsylvania and elsewhere is the qualification that "the cause of the accident is under investigation." What exactly does this mean? Apart from interviewing eye witnesses, the most important investigative tool used by police and other agencies is accident reconstruction. Simply stated, truck and car accident reconstruction is an engineering process that attempts to recreate the sequence of events that led to the accident and that resulted from the collision of two or more vehicles.

Violent car crash kills 2 men in western Pennsylvania

Car accidents that produce fatalities usually involve one or more violent collisions. A recent accident in west central Pennsylvania began with an especially violent collision caused by a car running a red light. A large portion of one of the vehicles then hit another car. The descriptions of witnesses demonstrates how violent such a car accident can become.

SUV collides with farm machinery, injuring driver

Spring in eastern Pennsylvania has many tangible signs, including the song of birds, green grass and fields and the fall of rain. One of the least welcome of such signs is the increasing proliferation of farm machinery on local roads as farmers begin to plan their crops. Farm machinery may be designed to work well on rough, soft ground, but they do not travel as fast as general traffic on county roads. A recent car accident in Marion Township provides an unwelcome demonstration of this phenomenon.

How is an automobile accident "reconstructed"?

Newspaper reports of car accidents in Berks County and elsewhere frequently close with the statement that the cause of the accident is either unknown or under investigation. A branch of forensic engineering called "accident reconstruction" has a number of tools to answer this question even after accident debris has been cleared away. This post will describe some of those tools and the methods used by forensic engineers in the science of crash reconstruction.

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