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TopDog Law | Safe Driving Tips This Holiday Season

The holidays are almost here, which for many people is a time for celebration with family and friends. However, the holidays are also a dangerous time for driving, as drunk driving rates typically spike during this time of year. In 2019, there were 127 fatalities over Thanksgiving and 140 fatalities during Christmas from drunk driving in the U.S.

It is also more risky to drive during the holidays because more people are on the roads than normal. Factor in the snow, sleet and ice that normally comes with winter weather driving and the number of motor vehicle accidents goes up significantly.

Here are some holiday driving tips to keep you and your loved ones safe:

  • Never drink and drive – make a plan to have a designated driver or a rideshare company such as Uber and Lyft take you home if you are planning to drink.
  • Always wear a seatbelt when driving – wearing a seatbelt reduces your chances of death or severe injury in the event of a car accident
  • Do not text and drive – minimize all distractions while on the road
  • Keep a safe following distance – maintaining a safe following distance from the car in front of you greatly reduces your risk of being in an accident
  • Stay awake and alert – driving while tired decreases your ability to focus and increases your risk of an accident
  • Watch your speed – driving above the speed limit reduces your ability to react to the traffic around you

The attorneys at TopDog Law are here to help if you or a loved one get into an accident over the holidays. Give us a call at 800-215-7211 or send us a message here for a free consultation.

TopDog Law | What to do After a Car Accident

Car accidents are incredibly traumatic and disorienting. The most serious car accidents can lead to death or severe injuries that impact your ability to work or continue with day-to-day life. Also, there are several expenses after a car accident that heavily burden individuals and families.

If you are involved in a car accident, here is a step-by-step guide of what to do:

Contact the police. The police will create an accident report, which is very important for your claim.

Collect as much information about the other driver as possible. This includes name, contact information, license plate number, and insurance information. In the event of a hit-and-run car accident, try to grab a picture of the driver’s license plate number. It is also helpful to collect the names and phone numbers of any witnesses of the accident.

Seek medical treatment for your injuries and keep track of all medical visits and records. It’s important to see a doctor right after the accident even if you feel fine because some injuries may not show up for several days afterwards.

Lastly, contact an attorney to assist you. The good news is that you do not have to handle the aftermath of a car accident alone. An experienced attorney will guide you through what is often a very confusing process.

Our personal injury lawyers at TopDog Law are here to simplify this process for you. Do not hesitate to reach out if you or your loved one are involved in a car accident. Call (800) 215-7211 or send us a message for a free consultation.

TopDog Law | Philadelphia Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accidents

Philadelphia has seen two hit-and-run pedestrian accidents that resulted in fatalities recently. The first accident occurred Monday around 7pm on Germantown Avenue. A 21-year-old woman was crossing the street as a driver in a gray Tesla struck her. She sadly passed away at Einstein Hospital from severe head trauma. 

The second accident took place at a crosswalk in West Philadelphia Wednesday night. A 27-year-old man driving a Toyota Highlander crashed into two pedestrians, killing one of them and injuring the other. The driver faces several criminal charges; however, police have not found the driver from the first accident.

There are far too many pedestrian accidents each year. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration reported over 6,500 deaths and 55,000 injuries from pedestrian accidents in 2020.

Preventing Pedestrian Accidents

The NHTSA highlights numerous safety tips for both drivers and pedestrians to prevent future pedestrian accidents from happening. It’s important to always be vigilant and keep an eye out for pedestrians while on the road. Follow speed limits and never pass a vehicle that’s stopped at a crosswalk as there could be a pedestrian crossing that you cannot see.

Some safety precautions for pedestrians include always opting to use sidewalks when available, looking in all directions before crossing the street, and avoiding drugs and alcohol while walking. For more on pedestrian safety and statistics, visit the NHTSA’s website. To learn more about your legal options in the event of an accident, click here.

TopDog Law | Man Injured in Police Car Accident Challenges Longtime PA State Cap

A jury for the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court awarded a $2.7 million verdict to a man severely injured in a police car accident. The city of Philadelphia then filed a motion asking the judge to lower the awarded amount down to the $500,000 cap.

August 14th, 2019, Anthony Blume was driving through the intersection of Cayuga Street and Broad Street when a police cruiser crashed into him. The police officer had his lights and siren on, but he failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection. Philadelphia law requires officers to stop before entering the intersection during red lights.

Blume broke his arm as well as his neck in three places and required multiple surgeries. His injuries left him unable to work, eventually leading to him moving out of his home into a boarding house.

Pennsylvania law has set a limit of $500,000 that municipalities must pay for incidents that involve injury, property damage and even death. The $500,000 cap has stayed the same since 1980. The cap stays at $500,000 regardless of the severity of the incident and how many victims there are.

Blume hopes to challenge this cap or to find another way to uphold the $2.7 million verdict from his police car accident. Those who oppose raising the cap feel as though a higher cap would lead to more financial strain on taxpayers and local governments.

If you or a loved one are a victim of a police car accident or another injury matter, it’s important to have a personal injury lawyer that will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers are here to help. Please give us a call at 800-215-7211 or you can contact us here for a free consultation. For more on this story, click here.

TopDog Law | Two Men Riding an ATV in Critical Condition after Serious Accident

Two men riding an ATV are now in critical condition after a serious accident in Hunting Park, Philadelphia. The accident happened Thursday, May 12th, around 7:30 pm on 5th Street. Police say the men ran a red light and crashed into an SUV. It is likely that both of these men will need leg amputations.

Unfortunately, catastrophic Philadelphia car accidents happen way too often. Another serious accident occurred last Tuesday on East Allegheny Avenue around 3 am. A white SUV crashed into a SEPTA station, killing two pedestrians. The driver of the vehicle died as well, and another person is currently in the hospital.

Car accidents can bring great pain and suffering to victims and their loved ones. For catastrophic accidents such as these, it’s important to have a personal injury lawyer that will conduct a thorough investigation of the scene. Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers perform in-depth analysis of car accidents and are here to help you receive the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one were involved in a serious accident or another personal injury matter, please contact us today for a free consultation. You can call us at 800-215-7211 or you can contact us here.

TopDog Law | Six Students Killed in Commercial Truck Accident

Last week, a devastating commercial truck accident occurred in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Six high school students are now dead after their small car crashed into the truck while making a left turn. The students were on their lunch break at Tishomingo High School.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the National Traffic Safety Board are investigating the crash. A report shows that the accident took place at the intersection of U.S. 377 and State Highways 22 and 99. The Chevrolet Spark with the six girls inside came to a rolling stop.

Witnesses say that the driver of the car tried to make a left turn onto U.S. 377. The front end of the car crashed into the Peterbilt tractor trailer, dragging it off the road. A full investigation of the crash may take up to two years to complete, however.

Commercial Truck Accidents

Every 15 seconds, someone is killed or injured in a commercial truck accident. Most deaths occur in the opposite vehicle, not the semi-truck itself. The weight of these vehicles can lead to severe damage, as they are often 20-30 times larger than a normal car.

Defective brakes and equipment, driver fatigue, and unsafe operation of the vehicle are all major reasons for fatal accidents. Tractor-trailers require much farther distance to come to a complete stop. Unsafe road conditions can make it even more difficult for the driver.

Fortunately, federal law requires that trucks carry at least $750,000 in insurance coverage. If you or a loved one are involved in a commercial truck accident, it’s important to first seek medical attention right away. Next, it’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to investigate the accident.

TopDog Law is here to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Please call us today at 800-215-7211 or fill out our form here for assistance. For more information on commercial truck accidents, click here.

TopDog Law | Car Accidents and Slip and Falls in Winter

Winter weather is unpredictable and can create hazardous road and sidewalk conditions. Far more car accidents and slip and falls take place in the winter than any other time of year. Below freezing temperatures and winter storms can further contribute to these incidents.

Car Accidents

About 17% of car accidents occur in winter weather conditions. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that Pennsylvania is one of the most dangerous states for driving in the winter. The state also ranked 5th in the nation for fatal accidents in winter.

When driving in winter weather, it’s important to increase the following distance between the vehicle in front of you and to follow the speed limit. If possible, avoid any unnecessary travel during winter storms. If you or a loved one suffered an injury from an accident in winter weather, it’s important that you contact an attorney right away. For more on how to stay safe while driving in winter weather, click here.

car accidents and slip and falls in winter weather
Winter weather can make roads very slick and easy for accidents to occur.

Slip and Falls

TopDog Law has filed several lawsuits for slip and falls that happened on sidewalks. More slip and fall incidents occur in the winter months than any other time of year. Ice and sleet left on the sidewalks make even the shortest of distances a challenge.

Slip and falls are one of the leading causes of preventable injury in the U.S. Common injuries from falls include soft tissue injuries, fractures, and back and spine injuries. If you slip and fall on a sidewalk, it’s important to take a picture of the spot that caused you to fall and to contact an attorney.

TopDog Law is here to help if you suffer an injury from winter conditions. Call us at 800-215-7211 or send us a message for a free consultation. For more information about other types of cases we handle, click here.

TopDog Law | Icy Conditions Lead to Multi-Vehicle Crash on Roosevelt Boulevard

A multi-vehicle crash occurred on Roosevelt Boulevard on Tuesday, November 16th. The crash happened around 5 am, involving up to 15 to 20 vehicles. One pedestrian sadly passed as a result of the accident. 

Police confirmed that the black ice that formed on the road led to the massive pileup. A construction crew left water on the bridge that froze and created slick conditions.

South State, a New Jersey contractor hired by PennDot, recently started working on a project to restore part of Roosevelt Boulevard. Hours before the accident, the crew soaked the cement used for repairing the bridge. The water flooded through the cement and spilled into the southbound driving lanes, which then froze. Three different accidents piled up consecutively as a result, each one involving at least five vehicles. 

The construction crew is clearly liable for these accidents and will be the defendant in the lawsuits that take place. They failed to properly assess road conditions and temperatures before leaving the site. Several individuals have reported injuries as a result. Moving forward, they will no longer irrigate the cement at night. 

Unfortunately, Roosevelt Boulevard has a history of safety issues and dangerous accidents. Over 21 fatal crashes took place in 2018, most of the fatalities being pedestrians. In 2020, the city installed traffic cameras in an effort to improve road conditions. Citations for speeding greatly decreased as a result. However, despite these measures to improve traffic safety, fatal accidents still occur. 

Our attorneys at TopDog Law are currently representing individuals who have been injured from this devastating crash. If you suffered injuries from a car accident, TopDog Law is here to help you receive compensation you deserve. You can call 800-215-7211 or send us a message for a free consultation. For more information on this accident, click here.

TopDog Law | Concussions After A Car Accident

Concussions after a car accident are unfortunately common. However, it may be difficult to determine if you have one until days later. It can be difficult to determine if you have a concussion with all the adrenaline rushing through you after an accident. So what are some symptoms to look out for after an accident?

Mayo Clinic defines concussions as “a traumatic brain injury that affects your brain function. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance, and coordination.” Concussions can be caused by sudden and violent jolts to the head or neck, causing the brain to move in ways it normally would not. 

Symptoms of a concussion are headaches, amnesia, and confusion. Additionally, there may be ringing in the ears, vomiting, and fatigue, and more. See a doctor if you have the slightest feeling that you may have a concussion. If you have one and fail to treat it properly, it may result in long-term effects. Lastly, TopDog Law will require you to visit a doctor to see if you have a concussion or any other injuries from the accident.

So now the doctor has diagnosed you with a concussion from your car accident. Is there anything you can do to receive compensation? Of course, there is. TopDog lawyers are trained professionals who want to help you receive the best compensation possible for your pain and suffering. Call us anytime at 800-215-7211 or send us a message for a free consultation

TopDog Law | Why You Need To Have The Right Car Insurance For An Accident

If you are ever in a car accident, you are going to want the right auto insurance coverage. Depending on what coverage you have will affect what compensation you may be eligible for. There is full tort coverage and limited tort coverage; simply put, full tort allows someone to pursue economic and non-economic losses and limited tort only allows economic losses.

However, there is an exception with limited tort coverage if the victim suffers severe injuries or death. Additionally, you have to take into consideration what your state operates on: at-fault or no-fault law. At-fault is based on tort liability and the auto insurance company pays for the damages. No-fault is different because it removes small claims from the court and the insurance company compensates the policyholder regardless of who was at fault for the car accident.

Pennsylvania is a no-fault state. According to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, there are some required forms of insurance such as bodily injury liability, medical benefits, property damage, and/or limited or full tort. 

TopDog Law takes on motor vehicle accidents when there are injuries involved. Our car accident lawyers are trained to get you the best compensation for your pain and suffering. If you have been in an accident, call us at 800-215-7211 or send us a message to get a free consultation.

TopDog Law | “What Do I Do After An Accident?”

An accident can be one of the most stressful situations someone can find themselves in. Often, those involved are left shaken up and wondering “what do I do now?” If no one is injured, the accident can usually be handled between the drivers. However, it does get more complicated if injuries are sustained.

First things first, move all vehicles and people to a safer area if possible. Try to pull off to the side of the road or into a parking lot to handle the situation. However, if someone is injured and unable to move, do not try to move them on your own; wait for medical professionals to arrive.

In addition to calling for medics, also call the cops. It will be beneficial in the future if all parties involved have an official police report done. While completing the report, also gather the other parties’ information such as their name, phone number, address, insurance information, make and model of their car, and license plate number. Also make sure to take pictures, get law enforcement names, and speak with witnesses to gather statements.

Once everyone is safe and home, an insurance claim with the at-fault’s insurance should be filed. This helps to make sure you are compensated for injuries, bills, lost wages, and property damage. Something else that will help your cause will be keeping a record of everything that happens from the moment the accident occurred. Note any symptoms you or others may have, repair expenses, doctor’s visits, etc.

If you ever do find yourself in a car accident resulting in injuries, contact TopDog Law. Our car accident lawyers want to get you the best compensation possible for you! Contact us at 800-215-7211 or send us a message for a free consultation.

TopDog Law | Intoxicated Driver Causes Car Accident

An intoxicated driver in Northampton Township, PA caused a major accident on March 28th, 2021 when he tried to pass a car and then crashed head-on into a second car. After the head-on collision, he was then hit by the car he tried to initially pass. This accident caused a car carrying four 17-year-old girls to catch fire. A bystander saved all the girls, but their conditions range from serious to life-threatening.

The police say the intoxicated should not have been driving at all. Not only was he intoxicated, but he was in the country on an expired work visa with a UK license. He is facing felony charges and being held with a $10 million bail. 

If you ever find yourself in an accident of any sort, TopDog Law is here to help. Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers are trained to help you get back on your feet. Call us at 800-215-7211 or send us a message to speak with someone and get a free consultation. 

TopDog Law would like to remind everyone to never drink and drive, no matter what. We also want to send out thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this accident.

TopDog Law | Uber or Lyft Accidents

So what happens when your Uber or Lyft gets into an accident and you’re the passenger? TopDog Law takes these cases on to get you the best compensation that you deserve.

It can be scary when you’re in a strangers car and it gets into an accident. But don’t worry; Uber and Lyft drivers are required to have insurance to cover everyone involved. For example, Uber maintains auto insurance on your behalf to cover third parties in case the driver’s insurance does not apply. Their insurance can cover up to $100,000 depending on the accident.

But what if you’re hurt? The first thing you need to do is have a medical professional check you out. Once you confirm that you’re okay, contact TopDog Law and give us all the information that you can about the accident.

Every case is different, but TopDog wants to help! Our Philadelphia accident lawyers are trained to help you understand what’s happening and get you back on your feet after an accident. Call us at 800-215-7211 or send us a message to speak with someone and get a free consultation.

TopDog Law | Three Speeding Accidents Result In Injuries And Fatalities

Three accidents that occurred on March 25th, 2021 are under investigation after multiple fatalities in under an hour. Philadelphia police say speed was a major factor in all three. If you ever find yourself in an accident, call TopDog Law ASAP.

The first incident was in the Callowhill section of Philadelphia. An SUV was traveling at a high speed when the driver lost control, leading them to hit a pole and then a cement wall. The driver and passenger were taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Later the same night, a tractor-trailer overturned on the westbound side of the Ben Franklin Bridge in Old City, causing several lanes to shut down. The truck lost control which caused it to flip on its side according to the police report. No word yet on the driver’s condition.

Around the same time as the tractor-trailer accident, there was an out-of-control driver that crashed in the Parkside section of the city. The driver of a Chevrolet Impala crashed after driving at a very high rate of speed. Unfortunately, the driver did not survive the accident.

Car accidents happen all the time, but TopDog Law wants to remind you to drive safely to avoid injury or death. If you ever find yourself in an accident of any sort, we are here to help. Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers are trained to help you get back on your feet. Call us at 800-215-7211 or send us a message to speak with someone and get a free consultation. 

TopDog Law would like to pass along our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by these unfortunate car accidents.

TopDog Law | Drunk Driver Kills Passenger And Injures Others

After a night of drunk driving, a car went off the road and hit a pole in Northeast Philadelphia. The accident left one dead and three injured. So far, no charges have been filed but the crash is still under investigation.

It’s hard to know what the next steps should be after an accident, but at TopDog Law we are trained to help. Call us at 800-215-7211 or send us a message to speak with someone and get a free consultation. We frequently travel to meet clients at their homes or the hospital if they are unable to make it to any of our easy-to-access locations throughout the Philadelphia region.

The car accident lawyers at TopDog Law would like to pass along our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this unfortunate accident.

TopDog Law | Witness Or Snitch

When I hear that other law firms hate us, my gut reaction is “good, mission accomplished, right?” When I set out to start TopDog Law, I wanted to be totally different than other lawyers. People thinking of lawyers in their suit and tie, on their pedestal, all friends with each other, you know, I wanted to talk not how a lawyer was supposed to talk, not how a lawyer was supposed to act. I wanted to care genuinely, deeply about our clients, right, about getting you top dollar on your injury case.

We’re not here to play golf with the governor or sit in some good ol’ boys’ club. What we’re here to do at the end of the day is help the people in this city get the money they deserve.

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