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Wilkes-Barre and Scranton - Former coal mining centers of Pennsylvania with rich history and growing economic revitalization today
Founded in 1770, Wilkes Barre is a former coal town along the scenic Susquehanna River. It is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise for kayaking, whitewater rafting and hiking an extensive system of hiking/biking trails. Four state parks and numerous ski areas make this a popular destination.
Scranton is at the center of the Lackawanna River Valley, located between the Pocono and Endless Mountains. Just ten miles from the city is Lackawanna State Park, where visitors are welcome to sail or ice skate across the 198-acre Lackawanna Lake. Nay Aug Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and includes a zoo, a museum, two Olympic sized swimming pools and a great gorge topped with a treehouse.
To get up-to-date road information to help travel around Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, go to the Pennsylvania 511 site. And to find out current weather conditions, go to the National Weather Service site.
The major transportation systems and roads of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton help people travel safely and efficiently
Interstate 81 passes north–south near Wilkes-Barre, and the city is also located near the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and is about 10 miles north of Interstate 80. Public transportation is provided by the Luzerne County Transportation Authority. In addition to servicing the main arteries of the city, it provides transportation for the northern half of the county, as well as a connecting bus to Scranton via an interchange at Pittston with County of Lackawanna Transit System, the public transit authority of Lackawanna County.
The main highways that serve Scranton are Interstate 81, which runs north to Binghamton, New York and Ontario and south to Harrisburg and Tennessee; Interstate 84, which runs east to Milford and New England; Interstate 380, which runs southeast to Mount Pocono and Interstate 80 east to New York City and west to San Francisco; Interstate 476/Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension, which runs south to Allentown and Philadelphia; U.S. Route 6, which runs east to Carbondale and parallel to I-84 to New England and west to Erie; and U.S. Route 11, which runs parallel to I-81.
Scranton's providers of public transportation are the County of Lackawanna Transit System the Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA), which mainly runs through The Minooka section (closest to Luzerne County) and Downtown Scranton by the steamtown mall.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport is located in nearby Avoca. The airport is serviced by American Airlines, Delta, and United.
Private operators such as Posten Taxi and McCarthy Flowered Cabs service the Scranton area. They are hired by telephone through central dispatch and cannot be hailed on the street as in larger cities.
Here is information on the most recent accidents in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton:
- Wilkes-Barre and Scranton car accidents
- Wilkes-Barre and Scranton bicycle accidents
- Wilkes-Barre and Scranton motorcycle accidents
- Wilkes-Barre and Scranton pedestrian accidents
- Wilkes-Barre and Scranton commercial truck accidents
If you are looking for information on a specific crash that happened in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, go to the link above for the accident type you are seeking.
If you know someone who has been injured in a Wilkes-Barre or Scranton accident, here are links to the major hospitals in the area:
- Wilkes-Barre General Hospital;
- Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre;
- Geisinger Community Medical Center;
- Regional Hospital of Scranton.
Grief support information for accident victims in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton
When a loved one is killed in a motor-vehicle accident, it is often helpful for grieving family and friends to get help from a grief support organization. It can be comforting to talk with others going through a similar situation, and the road to recovering from the loss may go more smoothly. Go here to get information on Wilkes-Barre grief support and Scranton grief support.
Legal information for accident victims in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton
When injury or death is the result of a motor-vehicle crash, many decisions need to be made immediately and questions need to be answered. For example, how much of the medical costs will be covered by the insurance policy? How does PIP insurance help with medical bills immediately? What if the at-fault driver has no insurance?
Where to find legal assistance after a Wilkes-Barre or Scranton injury accident
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Accident reports by county
What does all of this mean for victims who have been injured in truck accidents? The most relevant and important exception to The Fair Share Act for anyone who has been injured seriously in a truck accident is the third exception on the list: Where a defendant has been held liable for not less than 60% of the total liability apportioned to all parties.
More and more, the data from black boxes has been used to prove negligence on the truck driver’s part in the event of a truck accident.
Uber has since resumed the self-driving cars in the three cities, but that does not mean that they have done anything special to keep our highways safe from other incidents. In fact, with the track record that Uber has, it is just a matter of time before their self-driving cars are back in the news spotlight with another crisis.
According to data our organization recently collected from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 381 fatalities and 7,728 injuries in Pennsylvania involving commercial trucks from 2015 to 2017.
Your claim has been filed with the insurance company for a while now, and you have been made an initial settlement offer. Should you accept that settlement offer or not? Do not fret, you are not the only truck accident victim who has struggled with this question, and you will not be the last.
While that sounds like good news for Americans, trucking companies and others are recruiting drivers who are 65 years old and over to fill these vacant commercial truck driver spots, a move that many have warned will translate to increased danger on our highways. Let’s take a look at the facts.