Winter Car Crashes [Infographic]

Posted on by Howard G. Silverman in Car Accidents, Personal Injury

Winter Car Crashes [Infographic]

Have you ever driven in the snow? While freshly fallen snow can look pretty, it can quickly become annoying when it affects roads. Driving on snowy or icy streets is difficult and dangerous. Slippery road conditions are to blame for thousands of winter car crashes each year.

Even if you have four-wheel drive, you still have to be careful. You should always avoid driving in winter weather if you can. But if it’s absolutely necessary to drive, then you must take precautions to stay safe. You don’t want to become a winter car crash statistic. Learn more about car crashes in snow and ice in our infographic below.

Car Crashes in Snow and Ice Infographic

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Winter Car Crash Attorneys in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Drivers must use more caution when driving in winter weather. Engaging in negligent or reckless behavior when roads are dry is bad enough. But it can be even worse when drivers are careless on wet roads covered in snow or ice. If a driver is texting and tries to brake suddenly, it will take more time to stop on a snow-covered road compared to a dry road. Winter car crashes can lead to serious injuries or even death.

Some winter car crashes are preventable. If negligent behavior was to blame for your winter car crash, you deserve compensation for your injuries. An auto accident lawyer at Haggerty & Silverman will fight to protect your rights. We are located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and will evaluate your claim free of charge.  Do not hesitate to contact us at 717-397-3200 or fill out our contact form online.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Wins Family $3.8 Million

Posted on by Howard G. Silverman in Car Accidents, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death

Pennsylvania wrongful death lawyersAccepting the death of a loved one is always difficult. The empty, cold feeling doesn’t get any better when you realize that the negligent actions of others contributed to their early departure from life. That’s what Timothy Gunther has had to deal with for years.

That is until recently when he was awarded $3.8 million by a jury for the wrongful death lawsuit in federal court.

This comes from a fatal car accident in which his wife, Susan Gunther, was rear-ended by a car transport tractor-trailer on I-83 around York, PA. The collision sent Susan over the highway barrier wall and straight into the path of an oncoming truck.

The trucking company that owned the truck that initially hit her settled for an undisclosed amount of money. The other truck driving company did not settle and was found 25% responsible for the wrongful death that occurred. They paid out $950,000.

It was at the federal level where Susan Gunther’s family was awarded $3.8 million.

If one of your loved one’s has died due to the negligence of someone else, a wrongful death attorney at Lancaster-based Haggerty & Silverman can help get you the compensation you deserve.

Truck Accident Sends Woman Over A Bridge

Posted on by Howard G. Silverman in Car Accidents, Truck Accidents

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Large trucks on the roadway can be very intimidating to some drivers. In some cases, truck accidents involving cars are inevitable. Just ask 22-year-old Morgan Jade Lake, who miraculously survived an incredible 40-foot drop into the Chesapeake Bay.

The young woman was traveling across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Sandy Point, MD when she noticed a tractor trailer in her rear-view mirror heading full speed ahead…right into her. The large truck hit her from behind sending her car out of control. Before Morgan could regain control of her vehicle the truck hit her a second time, lifting her car up and onto the edge of the bridge. It teetered a little and then plunged 40 feet over the edge into the bay.

The car hit the water so hard that the front and side windows were blown out. Water started to fill the car and Morgan found herself in a fight for life or death. She made a conscious decision that moment: today was not her day to die.

“I visualized my car … took my right hand, and pushed the seat belt, turned to the left side. [The] window was already broken, [and I] went through it, and pushed off to get momentum to get to the surface.”

She was able to free herself from the vehicle that was now submerged in 8 feet of water. With the last bit of strength she had, the woman swam over to a pile of rocks. Thankfully, there was a boater who witnesses the entire incident and stayed with the girl until help arrived.

She was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore where she was listed in critical conditions. This was truly her lucky day because her injuries were not life-threatening. As a matter of fact, she left the hospital with only a sprained ankle, bumps, bruises and of course her life!

“Anybody can be their own superwoman and superman, and with God you can do it,” she said. “I’m just blessed to be here. Blessed to get a second chance at life.”

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The accident is still under investigation. The driver of the truck and another person he hit were not injured.

The Lancaster tractor trailer accident lawyers at Haggerty & Silverman have over 25 years of experience handling cases just like this one and everything in-between. The confusion and frustration involved in these sorts of cases can be overwhelming. Let us deal with your case and the insurance companies. You need to focus on getting better, especially if you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident.