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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… Read More

Can I sue a nightclub, concert venue or bar where I was injured?
  • Published: April 17, 2017

The Answer is yes, but the law on the subject is surprisingly complex and depends on many factors. Call (267) 225-3317 for a free consultation with Troy R. Crichton, Esq. Within 15 minutes, Mr. Crichton will be able to weigh the merits of your case and provide insight on whether you have a good chance at financial compensation for your injuries. Premises Liability and Claims Against Bars and Nightclubs A nightclub, similar to other businesses like a hotel or grocery store, can be held legally responsible for injuries occurring on the business's property. Under the theory of "premises liability," a… Read More

Four Urban Riding Tips that may Save Your Life
  • Published: April 9, 2017

David L. Hough’s 1970 era book Proficient Motorcycling is still the best manual for a beginning Motorcyclist and overall motorcycle safety. I dust it off and review it at least once a year. I highly recommend reading it cover to cover. In addition to the basics of riding it has several safety tips and primers on how to deal with obstacles, animals and angry drivers. Throughout the years of riding in an urban environment I’ve also come up with a few tips: 1) When stopped at red lights, I flash my brake lights for visibility.  See and be seen. Many… 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.… Read More

Cops Lie, Vice Magazine and the True Story
  • Published: March 10, 2017

Cops lie and that’s the truth.  VICE Magazine recently covered a story here in Philadelphia regarding Officer Michael Outlaw and his allegations against Clarence Thompson.  Attorney Troy Crichton represented Mr. Thompson at his criminal trial and cleared his name, which ultimately resulted in a $125,000 settlement with the City of Philadelphia. On November 27, 2013 in South West Philadelphia, Philadelphia Officer Michael Outlaw accused Clarence Thompson, an 18-year-old African American male of Aggravated Assault, a felony, and Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor.  On the day of trial, Mr. Thompson was offered a plea bargain to resisting arrest as a misdemeanor. Why… Read More

Pennsylvania Comparative Negligence: Whose fault is it anyway?
  • Published: March 8, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Comparative Negligence law allows individuals who have been injured in an accident to recover compensation for damages even when they are partially at fault. What does this mean for you? It means if you’ve been injured, you need an experienced Pennsylvania injury attorney in your corner. Any lawyer can win settle a rear-end car accident case for a couple bucks, but it takes an experienced trial lawyer to go to trial AND WIN! Troy R. Crichton has tried hundreds of cases and is not afraid to take your case to the courtroom. If you’re wondering whether you were partially at fault… Read More

Bad to the Bone: Pennsylvania Bad Faith Insurance Statute
  • Published: February 28, 2017

In a previous post, we briefly discussed Underinsured and Uninsured Motorist (UM/UIM) coverage.  These types of insurance are reservoirs that an insured can tap when they’ve been injured in an accident by someone with too little or no insurance.  So if you were injured in a hit and run motorcycle accident or in an accident caused by someone with no insurance, you may be able to recover money from your own insurance company.  The main difference between liability coverage and UM/UIM coverage is that since UM/UIM coverage is part of a contractual claim, your insurance company has a duty to… Read More

Ride a motorcycle? The Most Important Gear to Get:
  • Published: February 25, 2017

Underinsured (UIM) and Uninsured (UM) Motorist Insurance. I know……you were hoping it was a leather jacket, but hear me out. First, what is underinsured (UIM) and uninsured (UM) insurance? UIM and UM insurance will pay for injuries such as medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages that result from a motorcycle accident caused by a motorist who either has no insurance or too little insurance to cover all of your injuries. “In other words, UM/UIM coverage protects YOU from all the crazies out there riding around with minimum policies.” So if some kid in a 2000 Honda Civic rear-ends… 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 (267) 225-3317.  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… 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… Read More

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