Pittsburgh Injury Law Blog
Drivers on a local Pittsburgh bridge earlier this week were fortunate to escape harm when a tractor-trailer rolled over. The incident, which took place on the lower deck of the Fort Pitt Bridge during morning rush hour, resulted in traffic being unable to get through for several hours.
When the truck rolled, it collided with another vehicle, a car, crunching it between the truck and the guardrail. While in many cases this incident might result in serious injuries or even death, miraculously neither the driver of that car nor the driver of the truck was hurt.
It doubtful that residents of Western Pennsylvania will soon forget the tragic death of the toddler who fell into an animal exhibit and was then mauled to death before anyone was able to rescue him. Following the tragic incident that occurred at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the boy’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
In that lawsuit the boy’s parents claim that prior to the toddler’s death there were safety issues with the dog exhibit and that zoo officials were aware of them. They further allege that despite this knowledge, those officials did not take steps to address them. That lawsuit, which is still pending, was not the only legal action the zoo faced. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture commenced a review of the incident.
When residents of the state of Pennsylvania visit restaurants, stores or hotels, most expect that they will not be physically harmed during their visit. A family of three injured while visiting a hotel and resort in the state learned that expectation is not always lived up to. They were hurt while sitting at a restaurant that featured a glass façade similar to a greenhouse, located at the resort.
While the son and mother received cuts as a result of the shards of glass that flew through the air, the husband and father fared worse. The glass fell directly upon his head.
While the winter weather that has recently gripped much of the nation may make it difficult for many in the Pittsburgh area to imagine taking to the road on a motorcycle, those who love the activity are likely counting the days until they can get their bikes out. Though only individuals in warmer parts of the country are currently engaging in this activity, it is never too soon for drivers to think about staying safe on the roads.
Many people in the Western Pennsylvania keep dogs for pets. In most situations the animals interact with their owners and other humans without incident. Other times however, the interaction can be catastrophic. A woman in a neighboring state recently died when two dogs mauled her.
The incident that resulted in the death of the 57-year-old woman occurred earlier this month. According to the police officers who first arrived at the scene, the dogs attacked the woman in the front of her yard. The fact that the woman had previously constructed a fence around her yard in an effort to protect herself did not help. The dogs were killed by the police officers.
The winter weather conditions that have taken over much of the country lately have impacted residents of the state of Pennsylvania in many ways. One of those ways is the safety of roads. The Pennsylvania Turnpike was the site of multiple accidents following a recently winter storm. The crashes occurred last week, one morning, likely as many people attempted to get to work. The storm had already passed through when the crashes occurred.
The incidents involved not only automobiles, but trucks as well. A spokesperson for a hospital located in the area where the accidents occurred, indicated that 16 individuals were transported to the facility for treatments. Though no one’s life was placed in danger as a result of the crashes, five individuals were considered trauma patients.
Most parents in the Pittsburgh area want to do everything they possibly can to keep their children safe. For the very young this includes protecting them from car accidents by regularly using a car seat. To make sure they are purchasing the safest seat possible, many parents will scour the car seat safety ratings put out by various organizations. Despite doing this, there are times when issues with the car seat will prompt a recall. One such recall was recently announced.
The child car seats involved in the recall are all sold under the Graco name and contain harnesses as part of the design. In total, 11 models and 3.7 million car seats are a part of the current recall. The child car seats were manufactured between 2009 and 2013.
When a motor vehicle accident occurs in the Pittsburgh area, there are many potential reasons for it occurring. Sometimes the factors are environmental such as the condition or design of the road. Often however, the actions of one or more of the drivers are to blame. When a driver is negligent it is possible that a crash could occur. The negligence can take many forms including drunk driving.
Earlier this month a man was killed in an incident wherein the driver of a vehicle was allegedly intoxicated. Though the man who was struck by the car survived the early morning incident, he succumbed to his injuries around an hour later while receiving treatment at a hospital.
In many families, pranks are a regular part of gatherings. A prank played on a Pennsylvania man ended up not being funny. While using a Porta Potty on a family fishing trip, two relatives attempted to lock the man in by packing a vehicle up to its door. Something went wrong however and they ended up tipping the toilet over with the man still inside. When it fell, the man was seriously hurt.
The man’s injuries left him a quadriplegic.
It’s hard for most people to imagine leaving the house for work only to never return. Nonetheless this sort of thing does happen in communities throughout the nation including in the Pittsburgh area. Late last month one worker was killed in a Western Pennsylvania industrial work accident. In addition, two others were hurt. The nature of their injuries is not known.
Exactly what lead to the workplace accident is unclear. According to the emergency dispatchers who were called, the incident involved an explosion. The general manager of the plant where the fatal accident occurred described it as being related to equipment. More details regarding the matter will probably be uncovered in the course of the investigation the local police department and county coroner are conducting.