Police Investigate Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident in Bensalem, PA

Pennsylvania State Police continue to investigate a fatal accident on I-95 near Bensalem that killed a New Jersey woman.

The investigation is a top priority for police. As a result, authorities are searching for the driver of a late 1990s or early 2000s black sedan they believe caused the fatal accident.

While police conducted the investigation earlier this week, drivers along I-95 were subject to lengthy delays.

The victim was a 44-year-old mother of three from New Jersey. According to authorities, she had just dropped off her daughter and granddaughter at their home in Bensalem, PA. She then got onto the highway in order to beat the rush hour traffic.

Police said that the victim was talking to her husband on speakerphone while she drove her 2013 Jeep Liberty back to New Jersey. She apparently told her husband that a hostile driver had intentionally served toward her when she tried to merge onto I-95. The fatal accident occurred a short time later.

According to witnesses, another vehicle cut off the victim’s Jeep and then slammed on the brakes.

Tragically, the victim lost control of her Jeep after being forced to suddenly decelerate. The Jeep went airborne and rolled over a number of times.

The Jeep reportedly continued to drive south on I-95 after the accident.

Meanwhile, the victim suffered catastrophic head injuries as a result of the accident. She was taken to Aria Health’s Torresdale campus in Philadelphia, where she died a short time later.

Although PA State Police are investigating the accident, they have not yet identified a suspect. That’s because the accident occurred at the beginning of rush hour, meaning that there weren’t many witnesses.

So far, the few witnesses to come forward have only been able to provide a generic description of the vehicle. Police are urging other individuals who witnessed the accident or its aftermath to please come forward with information.

If the suspect is eventually identified and apprehended, they could face a number of very serious criminal charges, including Vehicular Homicide and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

For additional information, see the TheIntelligencer.com article entitled “Cops: Finding Car in Deadly Bensalem Crash is a Top Priority.”

Research Shows Traumatic Brain Injuries Have Long-Term Effects

Traumatic brain injuries are a serious problem in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and throughout the U.S.

Recent legal action over the long-range impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) involving the National Football League (NFL) and its players has been extensively reported by the news media. For example, the New York Times ran a wide-ranging series of articles addressing the high-profile NFL lawsuit. The New York Times articles also explored the effect of traumatic brain injuries on children.

Although the media has tended to focus on traumatic brain injuries in the context of NFL players or young children in youth football leagues, it is important that we not lose sight of the potential for devastating head injuries to persons of all ages and in a variety of contexts. One of the leading causes of TBI in New Jersey and Pennsylvania is car accidents. Even a relatively mild “fender bender” can result in serious head trauma.

In the past, health care professionals may have described a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. However, research has revealed that the effects of a concussion can be significant and long-lasting. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have conducted important research to better define the impact that serious head injuries can have on the ability of human beings to function, grow, and engage in ordinary activities.

A traumatic brain injury is just what it sounds like – damage to the brain caused by trauma. When a fall or a blow to the body causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth, the end result can be a kind of “whiplash” to the skull that causes the brain to slam against the inner parts of the skull. This is commonly referred to as a “concussion.”

Thanks to research, we now know that even a “mild” brain injury can have a far-reaching impact on the ability of a person to function. That’s because the brain cells are the biological connectors of chemical and electrical impulses that transmit information within the brain and ultimately to every part and function of a human being. Damaged cells can profoundly alter our physical, mental, and emotional function – in effect, our entire manner of being in the world in which we live.

Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by the wrongdoing of others. Thankfully, the legal system is beginning to recognize the severity of TBI by holding drivers, schools, business owners, and athletic teams accountable for their negligence.

If you or a loved one has experienced a concussion or any type of head injury caused by the negligence another person, it is important for you to contact both a physician and an attorney. Many symptoms of head trauma will not be noticed for several weeks or months. When the effects of a head injury are felt, you will want to have a report of the accident or initial negligence leading to the injury so any long-term symptoms can be medically and legally traced back to the source accident. This is especially true if your child has suffered any kind of head trauma.

Whether the head injury was caused by an auto accident, a slip-and-fall accident, or any other type of incident, it is imperative that you seek the advice of the best professionals to protect yourself and your loved ones.

To learn more about traumatic brain injuries, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

New Office in Bensalem, PA

Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson recently opened a new office in Bensalem, PA.

The office is located in the Magisterial Court Building, located at 3237 Bristol Road. The new office location is in the same building as the Court, making it very convenient for those needing legal assistance in Police Court matters.

Additionally, Partner Kevin Riechelson assures potential clients that the law firm’s skilled attorneys will provide the full range of legal services that the firm offers in all other office locations. Other areas of law that KCR handles include: Personal Injury, Commercial and Business Law, Workers’ Compensation, and Labor & Employment matters that bring people into the Magisterial Courts.

“Our intent in opening this office.” says Riechelson, the firm’s Pennsylvania Managing Partner, “is to offer a geographically convenient location for our North Philadelphia and Lower Bucks County clients. We felt that this offered a more central and easy-to-get-to location than our previous offices in Newtown, PA. Not only is it in the Magisterial Court Building; it is also near Nasheminy Mall and right off Route 1. It’s an easy-access location for all of our Pennsylvania clients.”