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Car Accidents in Philadelphia

Car Accidents are the number one cause of personal injury lawsuits in the US. Car accidents are usually determined to be the fault of one or more of the drivers who were invloved in the accident, but accidents may also be found to be wholly or partially the fault of the automobile manufacturer or other third-party. In light of the 2010 car recalls, car accidents that are caused by third-party negligence have become mainstream in the news.

Car accident lawsuits are typically brought under theories of negligence, although a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney could invoke recklessness as a cause of action. Other theories under which a motor vehicle lawsuit could be brought are intentional misconduct and even strict liability. If you've been victim to a car accident and have suffered as a result, talk to a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney to discuss your potential legal actions. For more information about your legal rights and remedies with regard to car accidents in Philadelphia, see:

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Following Trucks Too Closely Is Dangerous, Illegal

While tailgating a slow moving tractor trailer may make you feel like you're getting to your destination faster, there are several dangerous and legal ramifications for following trucks too closely.

Besides getting a traffic ticket, following too closely could leave you with a smashed vehicle or serious injuries.

So how can you avoid a truck accident from tailgating? 

5 Ways to Avoid Truck Accidents

Every driver gets a little nervous around commercial trucks. Fortunately, you can avoid most truck accidents by practicing safe driving habits.

The key to avoiding an accident is defensive driving. Truck accidents often result when drivers fail to adjust their driving to accommodate commercial trucks' limited performance capabilities regarding acceleration, braking, and visibility.

Here are five ways to drive defensively and avoid truck accidents:

3 Polar Vortex Winter Risks to Avoid

Although it's always chilly in Philly in the winter, the Polar Vortex brings with it even more winter risks.

The Polar Vortex -- a large mass of frigid air usually found over the north pole in the winter has brought single digit temperatures and wind chills of -10 to -15 degrees to Philadelphia, reports Philadelphia's KYW-TV.

Weather this cold is dangerous and can bring serious risks. Here are three Polar Vortex risks to avoid.

I-676 Fuel Spill Causes Pileup, Injures 3

A fuel spill near the I-76/I-676 interchange caused a 10-car pileup that resulted in three people taken to the hospital, Philadelphia's WCAU reports. Pennsylvania State Police claim that a bumper had fallen off a tractor trailer and ruptured the vehicle's fuel tank. In turn, the afternoon rain combined with the spilled fuel created slippery roads that led to the pileup.

There is currently no update as to the condition of the three hospitalized victims from the pileup. I-676 has reopened after being shut down for around two hours.

What kind of legal worries could the truck driver be dealing with? Here are three general considerations when it comes to commercial truck crashes:

Who's Liable for a Multi-Car Crash?

A recent crash on the Atlantic City Expressway involved four cars, and resulted in several serious injuries, reports NBC Philadelphia. Who's liable in a multi-car crash such as this one?

The four cars involved in this particular incident were a Toyota, a dump truck, a Ford, and a Honda. According to the police, the Toyota first rear-ended the dump truck, then overturned. The Ford and Honda then both hit the Toyota, reports NBC Philadelphia. So far, no one has been charged in the accident.

How does determining liability in a multi-car crash in Pennsylvania work? Here's a general breakdown:

7 Auto Insurance Shopping Tips

There's a dizzying array of options available when you shop for auto insurance.

As a result, you will want to keep some tips in mind to ensure that you get the best insurance for your dollar, as well as to ensure that you get the coverage that you need.

Here are seven tips to keep in mind as you compare policies and rates:

Academy Commuter Bus Crashes in New Jersey, 2 Critically Injured

One day after a commuter ferry crashed in Manhattan, another Wall Street-bound commuter vehicle crashed and left its passengers injured in New Jersey.

A commuter bus crashed into a mini school bus Thursday morning, injuring 17 people and leaving two critically hurt, reports The New York Daily News.

The school bus was carrying no passengers at the time of the collision. It was on its way to pick up kids at a nearby apartment complex when it was hit by the Academy Bus.

Toyota 'Moving Forward' With $1.1 Billion Settlement

Looks like Toyota is finally moving forward.

A settlement was filed on behalf of the class action lawsuit on Wednesday. The settlement calls for a $1.1 billion payout from Toyota, putting the brakes on the unintended acceleration lawsuit once and for all.

The case never made it to trial, interestingly enough. Toyota settled prior to the case going to trial, probably because of the negative impact that a trial could have on the automaker. That includes bad publicity for Toyota.

SEPTA Bus Crash Injures 11 in Olney

Early Monday morning, a collision between a SEPTA bus and a car left eleven injured, according to reports from CBS Philadelphia.

According to the reports, eleven people were sent to the hospital with injuries. The accident occurred at the intersection of 2nd street and Olney Avenue.

Witnesses say that the accident happened when a woman driving a white sedan crashed into the bus. She was apparently driving at a high speed and drove through a red light, early witness accounts say.

6 Charged With Fraud For Faking SEPTA Personal Injury Lawsuit

If you’re going to file a personal injury lawsuit, there are some basic things you need to know.

We’re talking really basic.

For example, if you’re suing for injuries you sustained in a bus accident, you should at least have been on the bus. But six Philadelphia residents weren’t on the bus, when they sued SEPTA for injuries they sustained when the bus nicked a Loomis armored truck.