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Ultimate Guide to Car Accident Cases Now on

October 1, 2010, Erie, PA -- The Ultimate Guide to Car Accident Cases in Pennsylvania: A Roadmap To Justice is now available on for just $16.95. We'd be pleased as punch if you made us a bestseller, but if you or someone you know has been injured in a Pennsylvania car accident case, then we'll give it to you for free here. Just use our book order form and you can download it immediately and we'll send you a print version in just a couple of days!

Erie Car Accident Lawyers Interviewed by Rem Jackson

October 1, 2010, Erie, PA -- Our newest addition to our car accident library is a recording of an interview that we gave to Rem Jackson earlier this month. Rem Jackson is the President and CEO of Top Practices and he conducts these informative interviews for broadcast through various personal injury media. We had a recording made and offer it free on the site in our Erie car accident library.

Crawford County Car Accident Lawyers : Wrong Way I-79 Crash Injures 3

October 1, 2010, Meadville, PA -- A man going the wrong way on Interstate 79 in Cussewago Township sideswiped one vehicle and crashed headlong into another, injuring three people last night. Raymond Janiuk, 78, of Erie, was driving his 2004 Hyundai Elantra north in the southbound lane of I-79 in Crawford County near 7 pm last night. With him was an unidentified 8 year old passenger.

Erie Car Crash Lawyers : Insurers Drive Costs with Frivolous Defense, the Latest Example

October 1, 2010, Erie, PA -- In our Case Results Section, we've recently posted a new entry about a case that settled just prior to the October trial term in Erie County. It was an Erie car accident case in which State Farm insured the negligent driver. The details are in the case study but they can be summarized briefly,

Erie Motorcycle Accident Lawyer: Multiple Vehicles Involved in I-90 Fatality

September 30, 2010, ERIE, PA -- A Kentucky motorcyclist was struck by more than one vehicle when he lost control of his motorcycle on Interstate 90 near the Route 89 Exit in North East, PA (See yesterday's information about the accident HERE ). Brian K. Cooper, 37, of Ledbetter, KY was westbound when he reportedly lost control of his Harley Davidson Road King in the rain just after 8 pm. Mr. Cooper was thrown from the bike and struck by multiple vehicles, according to police describing the Erie County motorcycle accident. It is not clear yet how or why Mr. Cooper lost control of his motorcycle.

Erie Car Accident Lawyers : Study Disputes Effect of Laws on Distracted Driving

Media reports about a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute suggest that anti-texting laws may not be having the effect hoped for by the law's sponsors. A report I ran across today breathlessly reported that the study, performed in four jurisdictions that had recently passed anti-texting laws, shows that number of distracted driving related accidents actually went up after passage of the law.

Erie Medical Malpractice Lawyers : Article Reviews Research on Medical Errors

First, this disclaimer. The health care profession is a noble one and the doctors, nurses, midwives and others who practice it are some of the most outstanding people in any community. I know this personally. My mother worked in a nursing school and then as a continuing medical education director at a local hospital; my brother is a doctor; my brother's wife is a doctor; my brother-in-law is a doctor; and his wife is a physician's assistant. Some of my best friends, as they say, are doctors. Indeed, I'm pleased and proud to count some of our region's best doctors as clients.

Erie Motorcycle Accident Lawyers : Fatality on I-90 Near Route 89 Exit

September 29, 2010, Erie, PA -- A man died Tuesday In an Erie motorcycle accident when his motorcycle was struck by a truck while westbound on I-90 near the Route 89 Exit in North East, PA. Police said the accident occurred at approximately 8 pm. No other information was available.

Erie Head Injury Lawyers : Increased Risk for Young Athletes

September 27, 2010, Erie, PA -- An article in today's Erie Times reports on the new focus on head injuries generally and particularly in connection with young athletes. As anyone with persistent head injury symptoms can attest, even a slight concussion is nothing to be ignored. It's more, as the article headlines, than just a bump on the head.

Clarion Motorcycle Accident Lawyers : Tionesta Motorcycle Crash

September 27, 2010, Tionesta, PA -- A motorcyclist was injured when struck by a car yesterday in Farmington Township, Clarion County. John F. Nick, 42, of Venus, was in serious but stable condition at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital after his Harley Davidson was struck by a car driven by Lacey J. Niederriter, 19, of Lickingville. Ms. Niederriter was not injured.

Erie Car Crash Lawyers : Driver Trapped After Crash at I-90 and Route 97

September 27, 2010, Erie, PA -- An accident between a subcompact and a tractor trailer at I-90 and Route 97 left a woman trapped in her car yesterday morning for more than 15 minutes. Emergency crews who responded to the Summit Township truck accident reported heavy damage to the woman's vehicle, which had been t-boned by the tractor trailer on the westbound on ramp to Interstate 90.

Erie Car Accident Lawyers : 4 Hurt in Corry Utility Pole Crash

September 27, 2010, Corry, PA -- Four people were hurt in a Corry car crash yesterday when their vehicle struck a utility pole on Sample Flats road. State police said that Devin J. Miller, 20, was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am when he tried to pass another car at high speed. He reportedly lost control, struck the utility pole, and spun.

Elk County Rollover Accident Kills Teen : PA Car Accident Lawyers

September 24, 2010, Ridgway, PA -- An unidentified 17-year-old boy from Weedville was killed in a one car rollover accident in Jay Township, Elk County yesterday. The young man was operating a Cadillac on Route 255 when he went off the road and up an embankment at about 3:20 p.m.

Beware Road Repair! Erie County Construction Today

September 22, 2010, Erie, PA -- Erie drivers today should be alert to road closures and construction on Interstate 90 from the Ohio line to Sterrettania Road; German Street in Erie from East 26th Street to East 28th; East 16th Street from State Street to French Street; West 10th Street from Washington Place to Raspberry Street; and Cherry Street from Glenwood Boulevard to West Gore Road. Road work in the area is expected to last several more weeks.

Distracted Driving Summit - Erie Car Accident Lawyers

September 22, 2010, Erie, PA -- Yesterday a summit meeting of Obama administration officials and safety advocates met to further encourage laws designed to eliminate distracted driving. Officials suggested that increasingly tough laws regarding texting and cell phone use, a focus on enforcement and personal responsibility are keys to eliminating distracted driving.

Crawford County Car Crash Lawyer : 2 Men Hurt in North Shenango Township Rollover Accident

September 20, 2010, Espyville, PA -- Two men were hurt yesterday morning in a one car accident on Route 285 in North Shenango Township. The Erie Times reports that Nick J. Hucke, 21 or Cortland, OH and Sam Juraco, 20, of Espyville, were on Route 285 when Mr. Hucke lost control of his 2002 Ford Mustang. The vehicle struck a utility pole and then rolled onto its roof.

Crawford County Auto Accident Lawyer : Cambridge Springs Woman Killed in Rollover Accident

September 19, 2010, Meadville, PA -- Cheryl Barnett, 44, was killed yesterday morning in a Crawford County rollover car accident on Route 19 in Cambridge Springs, PA. State Police said the accident happened at 7:40 a.m. Saturday when Ms. Barnett's Chevrolet Truck left the road and struck an embankment.

Edinboro Rollover Car Crash Injures One : Erie County Car Crash Lawyers

September 19, 2010, Edinboro, PA -- A rollover car accident in Washington Township yesterday injured one, according to the Times News. The Erie County car accident occurred on Route 6N, just east of Eureka Road. No information was available as to the injured person's identity or condition but State Police report the person was flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie by helicopter.

Erie Lawyer Supports St. Patrick's Irish Festival

September 17, 2010, Erie, PA -- The St. Patrick's Irish Festival kicks off today beginning at 5 pm at Rainbow Gardens in Erie. The event continues through Sunday at 6 pm. A fun mix of Irish performers, vendors, food and, of course, some of Ireland's most refreshing malt beverages, this year's event continues a proud Erie tradition dating back to 1993 when the festival was held at the St. Patrick's Cauley Center on 3rd Street.

Erie Wrongful Death Lawyer : Mom Charged in Son's Death

September 17, 2010, Erie -- An arraignment scheduled for the mother who is charged in the death of her son in a Franklin Township rollover accident has been postponed and will be rescheduled before Magistrate Judge Denise Stuck-Lewis. The accident was reported in August on our blog HERE .

Edinboro Car Crash Lawyer : 3 Teens Hurt in Rollover Crash

September 17, 2010, Edinboro, PA -- Three Meadville teenagers were injured in an early morning Erie County rollover accident today near Edinboro. Sammy Kircher, 19, was reportedly driving a Volvo S40 on Route 6N in Washington Township when he lost control of the vehicle; hit a guardrail; traveled off the road; hit two pine trees at 3180 Route 6N; traveled up an embankment; and rolled over.

Erie Bicycle Accident Lawyer : Woman Hurt in Hit & Run Improves

September 15, 2010, ERIE - The young woman injured by a hit and run driver while riding her bicycle is reportedly improving. While she is still in the ICU at Hamot Medical Center, hospital officials have upgraded her condition from critical to serious.

Brain Injury Lawyers : Penn Football Player Had Brain Damage

September 14, 2010 - A Penn football player was in the early stages of a disease caused by brain trauma when he committed suicide, doctors revealed. The doctors aren't able to make a definitive connection between the brain injuries and the suicide but the full extent of the impact of such injuries is only now being understood as researchers study their long term progress.

Erie Brain Injury Lawyers : Brain Trauma Mistaken for A.L.S.

September 13, 2010 -- People with a history of brain trauma like concussions are being mis-diagnosed as suffering from A.L.S., a new study has found. The long term effects of brain injury can mimic the appearance of the disease known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The study suggests the developing complexity and body of knowledge that should be considered in the handling of any case involving head or brain injury.

Erie Motorcycle Crash Lawyer : More Bikers, No Helmets Linked to Increase in Fatalities

September 14, 2010, Erie -- A recent Erie Times article laid out the facts about motorcycle accidents in Erie County this year. So far, there have been nine fatal accidents, one short of a record for Erie County (and this number doesn't include three motorcycle accident victims who were in accidents outside the County but died at an Erie trauma center). Already this year, Hamot Medical Center has treated more serious injuries from motorcycle accidents than in any prior year since becoming the region's trauma center. In total, Hamot has admitted 95 motorcycle accident victims, 32 of them spent time in the intensive care unit.

Erie Car Crash Lawyers - Texting While Driving: It's not Just a Teen Thing

September 13, 2010 - A CNN article recently relayed the results of a Pew Research Center study on cell phone distractions and adult drivers. The report found that nearly half of all adult texters report having texted while driving compared to only 34% of teens who text.

Erie Bicycle Accident Lawyer : Woman Hurt in Bicycle Hit and Run Crash

September 13, 2010, Erie -- Kristen Ellen Cameron, 25, was riding her bike last night in Summit Township when she became the victim of an Erie hit and run accident that has her in serious condition at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

Erie Medical Malpractice Lawyers : Doctors Consider Honesty

A new idea is grabbing hold in the medical community: honesty. Sure, most still reject such a radical notion. However, a small but growing segment of the medical community is advocating that patients ought to be told the truth when they're injured by a medical mistake. Sadly, the most persuasive argument in favor of such a practice isn't that it's the right thing to do but that, contrary to popular belief, admitting fault and apologizing might be in the best interests of doctors.

Erie Car Crash Lawyer : Woman Hurt In Collision with Utility Pole on East 28th

September 11, 2010, Erie -- A woman was injured in an Erie car crash this morning on East 28th Street when her vehicle struck a utility pole and then bounced onto a lawn at 1255 East 28th Street. She was taken to Hamot Medical Center for treatment and evaluation.

Erie Injury Lawyers Get Referrals From Insurance Adjustors

Many of our clients come to us from other lawyers and we're both flattered and grateful that other lawyers, including injury lawyers, think enough of us to send their friends and clients to us when they need injury representation. But we also receive referrals from another source that we think speak volumes about what our opponents think of us.

Erie Car Crash Attorney : 9 Killed, 271 Injured in Holiday Crashes

September 9, 2010, Erie, PA -- The Labor Day weekend is a time for the last road trip of summer. Unfortunately, it brings with it a rash of Pennsylvania car accidents, injuries and deaths. The Pennsylvania State Police have released the statistics on this past weekend's car accidents and the numbers are eye opening.

Erie Lawyers : 2nd Adult Dies in Odyssey Crash on I-90

September 8, 2010, Westfield, NY -- Authorities have announced that a second adult died as a result of the I-90 car accident near Westfield, NY Monday afternoon. Hang Phan, 64, was pronounced dead at Hamot Medical Center in Erie on Monday. Hanh Nguyen, 36, was pronounced dead Tuesday morning, also at Hamot.

Erie Pedestrian Accident Lawyers : Hit and Run in Summit Township

September 7, 2010, Erie, PA -- Police report that a female pedestrian was injured in an Erie hit and run pedestrian car accident on Robison Road in Summit Township yesterday. The Erie car accident occurred on a bridge over Footmill Road near 10 pm.

Erie Car Accident Lawyers : I-90 Crash in Chautauqua County Kills One

September 7, 2010, Portland, NY -- A Honda Odyssey carrying nine people veered off I-90 and struck a tree in Chautauqua County yesterday. The Interstate 90 car accident killed one and injured several others. At least three of the passengers were taken to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. One of the passengers, a woman, was pronounced dead by Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook. Two of the other passengers who had been taken to Hamot were said to be in "extremely critical condition."

Erie Uninsured Motorist Lawyers : Erie Insurance v. Conley

In Erie Insurance v. Conley, the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas denied uninsured motorist coverage to a man injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of a co-worker. The Court reasoned that because the injured man was in the scope of his employment at the time of injury, Pennsylvania's Worker's Compensation Act made his co-worker immune from suit and therefore the immune co-worker did not qualify as a person from whom the injured plaintiff was "legally entitled to recover damages."

Erie Underinsured Motorist Lawyers : Motorcyclist Denied Coverage in Allstate v. Hymes

In Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Co. v. Hymes, the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County held that a Pennsylvania motorcyclist injured when struck from the rear was not entitled to UIM benefits from his own auto insurance policy due to the household exclusion in his auto policy.

Erie County Car Accident Lawyers : Saegertown Accident Closes Routes 6/19

September 3, 2010, Saegertown, PA -- A one car accident closed portions of Routes 6/19 in a car accident in Saegertown today and a woman was charged with careless driving. Tiffany Price, 30, was reportedly driving a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer north when she became distracted, drifted off the road and struck a utility pole south of Peters Road in Woodcock Township.

Erie Car Crash Lawyer : 4 Hurt in Station Road Crash

September 3, 2010, Harborcreek, PA -- Four people were reportedly hurt in a crash on Station Road in Harborcreek at about 4:24 pm yesterday. The Erie County car accident reportedly involved two vehicles and occurred in the 9000 block of Station Road in Harborcreek Township.

Erie Lawyers : New Social Networking Article Added to Library

We're seeing more and more social media evidence used in personal injury cases every day. Insurance companies and defense lawyers have learned that these media are treasure troves of information that can be used to diminish or destroy an Erie personal injury victim's case. Pictures and comments are taken out of context (sometimes they're posted out of context) and can be used effectively to deny an injured person the compensation to which they'd otherwise be legally entitled.

Erie Injury Lawyers : Teaching Materials Added to Site

September 2, 2010 -- We tell people all the time that they should ask Erie injury lawyers about whether they stay up to date on Pennsylvania injury and insurance law. Even better, we suggest that people ask whether an Erie lawyer has actually taught other lawyers and insurance professionals and, if the lawyer has, will the lawyer provide copies of teaching materials used in their seminars. Well, we're delivering. We've now posted seven different packets of material used by Eric Purchase in seminars given to insurance adjustors and car accident lawyers over the years.

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