Philadelphia Injury Lawyer Blog

The Pearce Law Firm, including well-known Philadelphia injury lawyer Edith Pearce, is dedicated to the personal care of each individual case. We believe in educating our potential clients on the variety of cases being filed in the state of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The blog posts below feature accidents and events that may lead to potential law suits. Whether you need a personal injury lawyer to represent you due to car or truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, construction accidents, dog bites, or head injuries, The Pearce Law Firm works on your behalf to provide you the compensation you deserve.

Archive for Car Accidents

New Jersey Governor Candidate injured in Car Collision

May 24, 2013

In February New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Barbara Buono, suffered minor injuries when her car was involved in an accident. She was leaving an event and being driven home by an assistant when her driver attempted to turn and collided with an oncoming car. The 59-year-old senator suffered a minor injury to her forehead.

Buono’s injury sheds light on the fact that car accidents and injuries occur in all walks of life. While Senator Buono likely had a team tasked with ensuring her safety, accidents are sometimes unavoidable. This is why you need a car accident lawyer who understands negligence, product liability, and more when dealing with personal injury cases.

Consider this: Automobile accidents continue to be the leading cause of injury and death in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2008 alone, more than 34,000 deaths occurred. Many more were injured. A qualified personal injury lawyer can help you through these troubling times.

In some cases the accident may be caused by negligence. Sometimes that negligence falls on those responsible with maintaining safe and drivable roads. Other times the injury or death may be the result of a vehicle defect, which opens the door to product liability lawsuits. In the worst cases there may even be the option for wrongful death lawsuits.

If injuries occurred, you may need an experienced car accident lawyer to recoup medical expenses, loss of past and future income, mental trauma, pain and suffering, and more. Edith Pearce and her team offer just that. We will examine the situation, look at the facts, consult expert witnesses, and review paperwork, all on your behalf. The bottom line is that Edith Pearce and her team at Te Pearce Law Firm provide you with dedicated representation. We will fight for the financial compensation you deserve. The goal is to relieve you of the legal burdens so you can focus on healing.

Don’t wait. Call a Pearce Law Firm, p.c. lawyer today for more information or to schedule an appointment. The sooner you call, the faster we can get working on your case. Schedule your consultation today.

Posted in: Car Accidents, Uncategorized

Taking the “Hit” out of “Hit and Run”

March 11, 2013

In Commonwealth v. Lowry, Pennsylvania’s Superior Court recently held that, even when a vehicle never strikes another car or a person, a reckless driver can still be criminally charged and convicted of causing an accident involving death or personal injury and summary offenses of operating a motor vehicle without financial responsibility and careless driving.   The Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code specifies the actions that a driver “involved in an accident resulting in injury or death” should take, including remaining at the scene to deliver information and render assistance.  The court decided that requiring physical contact between the reckless driver and another car, object, or person would circumvent the spirit of the law – which is meant to hold drivers responsible for accidents they cause.

This case shows the Pennsylvania Appellate Courts have interpreted liberally the law to protect victims of reckless driving by deciding the General Assembly’s meaning of a single phrase.  When a case comes down to tiny details of interpreting an insurance policy or statute such as meaning of “involved in,” a Philadelphia car accident lawyer is an important resource.  A Philadelphia attorney helps drivers injured in car accidents to navigate the language of the Pennsylvania Vehicle code.  Likewise, a car accident attorney is aware of important cases like Commonwealth v. Lowry, which impact the rights of drivers, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians who are injured on the road.

Posted in: Car Accidents

When Tragedy Strikes, Car Accident Lawyers Can Come to the Rescue

February 26, 2013

Late last year, a tragic car accident left one person dead and another hospitalized in West Philadelphia after a multi-collision accident occurred where 41st Street intersects with Haverford Avenue in the Belmont section of the city. One man was pronounced dead at the scene. A second male was thrown from his vehicle and placed in critical condition at a hospital at the University of Pennsylvania.

Unfortunately, such an accident is an all too common sight for emergency personnel. Not only are there emotional issues that both family and friends must deal with, but soon thereafter a car accident lawyer must be consulted. One might ask for example, who is responsible for the accident? Was it the driver? Did a light operated by the city fail to work properly? Were the vehicle’s brakes dysfunctional? Essentially, who is responsible for recouping the loss of life and medical bills for those that survived? It’s a complicated process to say the least. A qualified car accident lawyer from the Pearce Law Firm can help.

In the aftermath of such a tragedy like the one at the 41st intersection, many people are just trying to maintain their emotional health. The last thing they want to think about is dealing with insurance companies, filing paperwork, or handling legal issues on their own. That is why The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. provides an experienced car accident lawyer to fight for you. We will hold your hand through the situation and let you focus on healing. A professional from our firm will handle the legal side of the tragedy. We will pour over the extensive paperwork, work to ensure you get a fair settlement, and battle insurance companies that are trained to pay you the least amount of money possible. While money can’t cure everything, it can help pay for loss of future income, emotional suffering, physical injuries, and more. In short, as our motto states, “We will tip the scales in your favor.”

Posted in: Car Accidents

Police Officer Injured in South Philadelphia Afternoon Wreck

October 5, 2012

An unidentified officer from the 17th District was injured when his cruiser hit a parked car on 24th street near Moore Street. The cause for the crash is as of yet unknown. Just a week after this South Philadelphia crash, another officer was dragged two blocks while conducting a traffic stop.  The man became aggressive when asked to step out of the car and fled the scene. The officer was listed in stable condition.

This news comes just days after Police Officer Brian Lorenzo was hit and killed by a driver going the wrong way down I-95. That driver has been officially charged with Third Degree Murder, Homicide by Vehicle While Driving Under the Influence, Aggravated Assault, Homicide By Vehicle, and Involuntary Manslaughter.

It’s been a deadly month for officers in Philadelphia. Car accident lawyer Edith a Pearce, esquire is concerned by what she sees as a disturbing new trend: police officers being injured or killed by motorists. Two of Philadelphia’s own have been laid to rest this July in motor-vehicle incidents, and several more have been injured. It’s more than enough to give residents pause.

Officers will be responding to these events citywide with increased DUI checkpoints and traffic stops. There will be little leeway given to drivers committing even minor infractions. If you are injured in a car accident in Philadelphia or the surrounding tri-state area, you need a lawyer now more than ever. Come to The Pearce Law Firm for a nationally recognized attorney that will afford you the service, compassion, and attention you deserve.  Come see Edith Pearce, a car accident lawyer who will tip the scales in your favor.

Posted in: Car Accidents

New Law Holds Bikers to Same Laws as Vehicles

July 31, 2012

The streets just got safer for Philadelphia’s cyclists. Whether you prefer a fixed gear, road bike, fat tires or tandem, a new state law established a four-foot buffer between bikers and motor vehicles. Collisions between automobiles and bikes have decreased in recent years, but if you are involved in such a situation, you may need a bicycle accident lawyer. Philadelphia boasts some of the highest cycling rates in the country so it’s important to know your rights and responsibilities on the road.

In Pennsylvania, a biker has the same duty as any other driver to keep his bike under control so that he can stop or turn it to avoid collisions. This means that a biker’s recovery may be reduced under Pennsylvania’s comparative negligence statute if the biker contributes to the cause of the accident by riding negligently. For you bike messengers out there, bikers are also held to the same rules of the road as drivers and are expected to yield the right of way when entering an intersection. Philadelphia residents know and trust, Edith Pearce is an avid biker herself, and is well acquainted with these regulations and can help you develop your case should an accident occur.

Pennsylvania statues also bar cyclists from riding on sidewalks and against the flow of traffic. Courts do not look kindly upon bicyclists who have opportunities to avoid collisions but ultimately decide against biking cautiously. You never know when a group of school children may emerge from behind a parked car and you have to swerve to avoid them. If you are on the correct side of the street, you may have a strong case for recovering damages. If you are on the wrong side, you may find yourself being sued! Remember to ride smart and ride safe. But if you forget, a bicycle accident lawyer in Philadelphia has the expertise to protect you when you don’t expect the unexpected.

Posted in: Car Accidents

New Law to Impact Pennsylvania Drivers

June 6, 2012

Pennsylvania lawmakers in Harrisburg recently enacted a “no texting while driving” ban, but critics say the legislation lacks any teeth for enforcement. These critics believe that broader legislation could have been enacted to make Pennsylvania a “hands-free” state regarding cell phones.

As a Pearce Law Firm attorney, I have litigated many cases based on a driver’s condition or negligence. Experts consider driving while distracted to be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Many states have banned cell phone usage without a hands-free device. The hands-free ban doesn’t stop drivers from making calls, but it does discourage use.

Law enforcement and critics of the “no texting while driving” ban say it is difficult to enforce. If a complete “hands free only” law were implemented, it would be easier for officers to observe violators and cite these drivers. It’s much more difficult for officers to see texting as it occurs. Another key component of the legislation is that as a state statute, it will override local regulations that ban cellphone use while driving. Since the city of Philadelphia banned hand-held cellphone use three years ago, 31,000 drivers were ticketed. That local ordinance will no longer be enforced.

While Pennsylvania lawmakers believe that our roads will be safer with the “no texting” regulation, some believe this law does not go far enough. They believe lawmakers should consider banning the use of all phones and digital devices (tablets, laptops etc.) by drivers. This is currently the law in parts of Europe.

Critics of the “no texting” law believe that it’s a feel good law that appeases law enforcement without offending the general public. American motorists seem very adverse to the idea of a complete ban on electronic devices in their cars. It’s a convenience they do not want to give up.

Many states have a “handheld” ban including our neighboring states of New York, New Jersey, Maryland & Delaware. Thirty-five states have a “no texting while driving” ban. Many states have begun to include a check box on accident reports to include cell phone/electronic device use. The federal government is considering collecting this data to consider a state’s eligibility for federal funding.

Edith A Pearce, esq. knows that motor vehicle accidents can have devastating consequences. Loss of work, injury, staggering medical bills and loss or significant damage to your vehicle can seem overwhelming. Let me help you get the maximum compensation. Many times we are able to settle your case before it goes to trial, but we are never afraid to reject a low settlement and prepare for trial. . The insurance companies have an attorney working for them to pay you as little as possible, let me help you get full and fair compensation.

Posted in: Car Accidents

Drunk Driver Sentenced in Deadly 2009 Accident that Killed Pennsylvania Woman

January 31, 2012

A drunken driver who caused a deadly accident while headed to the Jersey Shore back in 2009 has finally been convicted of and sentenced for her crime. In a court ruling that will hopefully help a grief stricken Philadelphia area family to feel that justice is being served, Tiece Riddick, 35, of Sicklerville PA, has been sentenced to more than 7 years.

Riddick harshly rear-ended the Ford Taurus of driver Darlene Siska while Siska was driving in the right hand lane near Exit 38 in Winslow Township during the day of the accident. Siska’s vehicle spun into another lane, and crashed through the guardrail before running into a wooded area in the median of the highway according to reports.

Siska suffered from injury after the accident, as did her two teenage passengers, her son, Vaughn, 14, and his good friend Tyler Rugg, 14. For Siska’s friend, 53 year old Kathleen Lucus, 44, of Western Pennsylvania, however, the accident proved to be immediately fatal.

Tiece Riddick failed a field sobriety test directly following the motor vehicle accident and was alarmingly, found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 while taking a breathalyzer test more than two hours after the collision.

Riddick has been charged with vehicular homicide, for which was sentenced 7 years by Superior Court Judge Louise Donaldson in Camden, and three counts of assault by auto, to run concurrently, for which she is expected to serve an additional 27 months. At least 85 percent of her sentence must be served because Riddick is eligible for parole.

The family of friends of Kathleen Lucus, who was well known as a role model in her community, continue to grieve the tragic 2009 incident. If your family member has been injured in a drunk driving accident, contact a Philadelphia injury lawyer to see that justice is served for your loved one.

Posted in: Car Accidents

Beware of Drunk Driver’s this New Year’s Eve

December 29, 2011

With New Year’s Eve, one of the biggest celebrations of the year, just days away, it’s important to remember the serious dangers of drinking and driving. In 2009, there were 10,839 fatalities in crashes involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher – 32 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year. Sadly, even more are injured in crashes involving drunk drivers. Some victims suffer such severe spinal injuries at the hands of a drunk driver that they are paralyzed for life.

Last summer, a 22-year-old Montana man was charged with negligent vehicular assault, criminal endangerment, and a misdemeanor count of DUI after he drove under the influence and lost control of his pickup truck. The young driver, Mitchell Lane Ralph, had 4 passengers in his pickup truck at the time of the accident. After his truck rolled through an embankment, one of his passengers, a female of just 20 years of age, was ejected from the truck.

While the passenger who was ejected from the vehicle was left with a broken neck, and possible spinal cord injuries, a second female passenger was rushed to the hospital with severe injuries as well. Ralph himself, and the one remaining passenger in the vehicle, a young male, each suffered from minor injuries.

After pleading guilty of driving while intoxicated and admitting to becoming distracted when his car went off the road, Ralph is now free on $40,000 bond. Although this accident occurred in Montana, it is an all too common example of what can happen at the hands of one intoxicated driver. However fortunately, this accident was not fatal while many accidents involving drunk driving are.

Driving under the influence of alcohol often causes a driver to make reckless, erratic, and seriously dangerous decisions while behind the wheel. If your loved one has been injured in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, contact The Pearce Law Firm lawyers right away.

Posted in: Car Accidents

Car Accidents May Cause More Than Vehicular Damage

August 30, 2011

The facts are unfolding in a deadly car crash that took place in the Philadelphia area recently. A Chrysler slammed into a parked minivan and eventually into a home in Upper Moreland, Pennsylvania during early morning hours. The crash set off an explosive fire that completely destroyed the Upper Moreland home.

The driver in the crash has been identified by authorities as Laura Stevens, 26, of Philadelphia. Laura Stevens died of the severe burns and smoke inhalation she during the accident. Upper Moreland Police Chief Thomas Nestle could not comment on exactly how fast Stevens was driving when her car spun out of control after a slight turn in the road. Nestle did say based on the condition of the vehicle at the scene, however, that there was likely no attempt to break and there is a good possibility that the vehicle was traveling at a significant speed.

Police have also identified Steven’s passenger as Wayne Foulke, 27, of Pennsylvania. Foulke suffered thermal burns, multiple injuries, and smoke inhalation at the time of the accident, according to Vicki Firth, chief investigator for the Montgomery County Coroner’s office. Chief Nestle indicated that Foulke and Stevens were on their way back from watching the Fourth of July fireworks in Philadelphia before the crash occurred.

The victims of the fire caused by the deadly crash, fortunately, were able to escape their home uninjured. James and Jill Cummins, their three children, and their dog escaped the home around 1:30 am, shortly before it became fully engulfed in flames.

This tragic crash and the resulting house remind us that accidents happen when we least expect them. If you’ve been the victim of an accident, you’ll want to contact a Philadelphia injury lawyer like Edith Pearce who is understanding and experienced. Let your lawyer make sure that everything is in order while you collect yourself during the emotional time that inevitably results from most accidents.

Posted in: Car Accidents

Philadelphia Distracted Driving Increases Rate of Auto Accidents

August 24, 2011

Earlier this week an Ohio driver reaching for his cell phone drifted across three lanes of traffic on I-71 before crashing into another car and killing its 19-year-old driver. Philadelphia personal injury attorneys say the same horrific scenario plays out on highways in Pennsylvania and across the country every week. In a recent Consumer Reports survey, 30% of drivers under 30 admitted to texting while driving. The national debate on distracted driving and texting in particular has even hit the funny pages. In this week’s Zits comic strip, teenager Jeremy is texting away while stopped at red light when he is rear-ended by another vehicle which, it turns out, is driven by girlfriend Sara who complains that she was distracted by 10 text messages she just received from — Jeremy. Philadelphia parents can only hope that the ridiculousness of the situation won’t be lost on their teens, but don’t count on it.

A State Farm Insurance survey of 700 teen drivers found that teens don’t believe texting is as dangerous as driving drunk, despite numerous studies that show texting is actually more dangerous than driving under the influence of either alcohol or marijuana. Testing by Britain’s Transport Research Laboratory found that texting slowed driver reaction time by 35%, alcohol by 12% and marijuana by 21%. Texters also lost 91% of their steering control and failed to maintain a safe distance between vehicles. Police say drivers who text while driving as more likely to speed, run red lights, swerve into neighboring lanes and cross centerlines, any of which increase the risk of causing a car accident.

Next time: How to protect yourself against distracted drivers

Posted in: Car Accidents