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Pedestrian Accident Update: Sudden Emergency Doctrine
  • Published: February 7, 2021

In December 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Graham v. Check, overturned a trial court's decision to instruct the jury on the sudden emergency doctrine in a pedestrian v. car accident case where the plaintiff was struck while lawfully crossing the street within the cross walk. In Graham, the Plaintiff began crossing the street in downtown Pittsburgh, at approximately 6:00 a.m. while wearing dark clothing. The Plaintiff was walking in a marked crosswalk at ordinary walking speed. When the plaintiff was about halfway across the street, the light turned green for oncoming traffic and simultaneously, a vehicle approached the intersection at speed. The driver of the vehicle testified that…Read More

Delco Car Accident Settlement: $100,000.00
  • Published: January 17, 2021

Delaware County, PA Car Accident Settlement Troy Crichton, Esq., Delco lawyer, has secured a $100,000.00 settlement on behalf of a woman injured in a DelCo car accident.   The client was struck on the passenger side of her Toyota Prius by a Ford D-150 which pulled out in front of her while she was stopped in notorious DelCo traffic. Although the Defendant was clearly at fault for not seeing her Toyota Prius as he negligently pulled into traffic, this matter was initially denied by the Defendant's insurance company on the basis of limited tort.  (Click here for a discussion of the types of auto insurance available in DelCo and make…Read More

Philadelphia Car Insurance Caveats | Philadelphia Personal Injury Law
  • Published: May 5, 2019

Pennsylvania v. New Jersey Car Insurance Caveats As a Philadelphia resident, there are times I can get to New Jersey by car faster than I can get to City Hall. Thousands of people cross the Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, or Walt Witman bridge every day coming into Philadelphia or the surrounding area for work, play, and it’s wonderful history. Similarly, during the summer months it’s very common for Philadelphia to empty out on the weekends as everyone goes “down to shore” to Cape May, Sea Isle, Margate or your favorite South New Jersey shore point. Undoubtedly, living in South Eastern Pennsylvania or New Jersey, you are sure to cross…Read More

Six Figure Settlement for Philadelphia Pedestrian – Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Published: March 26, 2019

Accountability for Defendants in Deadly Center City Hit and Run Car Accident The victim of a 2017 hit and run accident in Center City Philadelphia has achieved some semblance of justice with the help of Troy R. Crichton, Esq. Client was struck and left for dead by a vehicle owned by United Electrical Service and driven by Brandon Lee Hay. Mr. Lee Hay is currently serving 3-6 years incarceration for striking the victim and leaving her to die in the street. The owner of the vehicle and his electrical company have tendered all available insurance proceeds in acknowledgment of this terrible incident. This incident was reported by several news…Read More

What to Do After a Car Accident: A Step by Step Guide to Protecting Your Rights
  • Published: February 26, 2019

If you’ve been in a car accident there are several steps you should take to protect yourself and make sure you have all the information you will need to protect your right to file a personal injury claim. STEP 1: CHECK YOURSELF FOR INJURIES If you're injured, call 911 or ask someone else to do so. If you're seriously injured, try not to move, and wait for emergency personnel. STEP 2: CHECK YOUR PASSENGERS FOR INJURIES If you're not too hurt to move, check on the other passengers in your car. If anyone's injured, get on the phone with emergency services or ask a bystander to call for help.…Read More

When Can I Sue SEPTA? Sovereign Immunity and SEPTA
  • Published: September 9, 2017

It may go without saying, but car and bus accidents are very common. Across the country, thousands of accidents involving automobiles will occur every year. Sometimes these accidents are caused by government-owned and operated vehicles i.e. busses and public transportation especially in Philadelphia, accidents involving SEPTA busses are common. Unfortunately, suing SEPTA is not straightforward as it may seem and you need an experienced attorney who has experience with these lawsuits. What is Sovereign Immunity? There is an old saying that “You can’t sue the King.” For the most part, this is true. Typically, an individual cannot sue the government for an alleged wrong that was committed against them,…Read More

Injured in a Ride Share? What now?
  • Published: May 20, 2017

Ride sharing has created a new "Grey Area" under the law. In the past few years, user based transportation companies that own ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft have spread across the country from one city to another. In Philadelphia, and even in suburban areas like Bucks County, Chester County and Montgomery County, ride-sharing services have captured a huge market of riders who love the ease and convenience of hailing a ride from their phone. Our lawyers have seen that ride sharing technology comes with it own problems as well. As companies like Uber and Lyft becomes more and more popular, there have been an uptick with passengers being…Read More

UnInsured Hit and Run? What you need to do.
  • Published: March 21, 2017

Whether motorcycle, bicycle, automobile or pedestrian, a hit and run or uninsured accident can be devastating. Try not to let the immediate anger, adrenaline and frustration cloud your senses and remember: Call the police immediately. If someone is injured, request an ambulance. If not, ask the police to come to the scene right away. These days, police officers don't normally go to accident scenes when no one reports injuries and there's no delay in traffic, especially in Philadelphia.  Here’s a pro-tip if the driver is uninsured, tell the police that and they will respond: driving without insurance is a crime. The problem is many uninsured motorists, know they are…Read More

3 Things you Should Do in a Motorcycle, Car or Bicycle Accident
  • Published: February 20, 2017

3 Things you should Do in a Motorcycle, Car or Bicycle Accident Call an experienced Pennsylvania Injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident occurs. I can be reached at [number].  You should hire a lawyer before you even speak to your own insurance company.  Giving a “recorded statement” may later be used against you…(see #1 below). Take Pictures! Take pictures or video of everything if possible; the accident scene, your injuries, damages to your vehicle. Memories weaken and people lie. Shoot a video of any witnesses who were at the scene stating what happened. (Don’t forget their name and telephone number). We all have an extremely powerful…Read More

New PA Law “Ride on Red” in effect for 2017 Riding Season
  • Published: February 13, 2017

It’s happened to us all before…enjoying a nice riding through the rolling hills of Pennsylvania when you come across a stoplight on a rural stretch. You stop at the red light and wait and wait AND WAIT. The light cycles through all the intersections except yours before you just give up, take a good look around and roll on through. Most riders have encountered these “smart” stoplights that fail to recognize motorcycles. I’ve even seen bikers park in the road and walk over to press the crosswalk button rather than break the law. Now, thanks to Senate Bill 1267, commonsense prevails in Pennsylvania. In September, Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1267…Read More

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