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Texting while driving still a cause of many accidents

Driving a motorized vehicle, whether it is a car, a truck or a motorcycle, requires attention to detail. Not only does a driver have to know and take note of what they are doing at all times while behind the wheel, but said driver also needs to be aware of what other drivers are doing on the roadways. So, driving is twofold. You have be conscientious and alert as to what your actions on the streets as well as to the actions of other drivers.

Study shows decline in traffic deaths, increase in two 2 groups

There can be a lot of joy involved in getting out on the open road with a vehicle. It is an experience that many citizens of Pennsylvania take pleasure in and also rely on for more practical purposes. However, that joy can unfortunately sometimes turn to tragedy when accidents occur. A new report from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) shows promising developments in traffic deaths overall. However, that silver lining is marred by a troubling pair of statistics.

Can product liability play a role in car accidents?

In most car accidents there is someone to blame. Many times the person at fault in a car collision is the driver of the car that caused the accident. This is really the most common explanation following a car crash. In cases like these, the victim in the accident has legal rights to pursue a claim in damages against the at-fault party where appropriate. Other times there may be extenuating circumstances involved that led to the accident. For instance, product liability can play a role in accident scenarios.

How can drivers protect against PA uninsured motorists?

As if being in an accident is not annoying enough, the situation is only exacerbated when the person that hit you is an uninsured/underinsured Pennsylvania driver. Insurance is what protects victims in a motor vehicular accident. If there is any property damage to the vehicle, then theoretically, the person who was at fault's insurance takes care of the matter. Now, this turns into a theoretical situation when the driver at fault is uninsured or underinsured. So, if an uninsured driver causes an accident, the victim may still have to bear the brunt of paying for damages.

Ignoring school bus signals results in deadly auto accident

Whether they are serious in nature or not, car accidents are disconcerting and scary. Being in a vulnerable situation like an accident can leave anyone shaken because at the time of the accident, there is no way to tell if everything is going to be okay. Especially in accidents where serious bodily injury or death occurs, the level of anxiety associated with these severe accidents is substantial. Drivers, passengers, and pedestrians are unfortunately all at risk of being involved in vehicular accidents.

Elderly man is injured in weather-related accident in PA

Car accidents can occur for a plethora of reasons. Whether it be because of inclement weather or for other reasons, car crashes are not pleasant to be in no matter what. Car collisions can lead to serious injuries if the accident is severe. However, not all accidents result in physical injury to those involved. Less severe accidents may cause only property damage. Insurance companies usually handle these types of accidents, and often, court involvement is not necessary. When accidents result in serious injuries, there are other steps that may have to be taken to receive compensation for the accident.

How is fault determined in car accidents?

For most of us, driving is a necessary part of life. We need to drive to get to work, to pick up our kids after school, to go on family vacations and get to other important destinations such as work or the store.. As such, driving is a necessary evil, meaning that there are inherent risks with driving. Driving, as we all learned in driver's education classes, is a privileged activity that can be dangerous and even deadly in some cases. Drivers in Pennsylvania understand that the likelihood that an individual will be involved in a car accident during your driving lifetime is a very real possibility. There are various degrees of accidents that range from the serious in nature to the not so serious, such as a fender bender. Most times it is easier to find fault in the more serious car crashes, especially when it was clearly caused by a negligent driver.

Suspected drunk driver causes crash on Schuylkill Expressway

Drunk drivers continue to pose one of the biggest dangers to other motorists on Pennsylvania's roadways. Their negligence, recklessness and inability to maintain control of their vehicles often result in serious car crashes that cause other drivers and their passengers to suffer both physical injury and property damage. Unfortunately, police officers and state troopers are not immune to the risk posed by drunk drivers.

Seeking payment in Pennslyvania motorist accidents is difficult

As if being in a car accident is not annoying enough, having to deal with insurance companies and claims may be even more of a headache, especially if you happen to be in an accident with an uninsured driver. When a driver is uninsured and is the cause of a car accident, getting any type of payment for the accident is often times difficult if not impossible. Because there is no insurance involved in uninsured car crash cases, the victims in these accidents have to fend for themselves in order to get any type of damages for the accident.

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