When a drunk driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, the driver is putting the lives of other Pennsylvania motorists in jeopardy. Drunk and impaired driving continues to be one of the leading causes of fatal traffic accidents - just after speeding - in the Keystone State. When a drunk driver causes an accident, there is nothing that can undo what has been done. But accident victims have rights that they can exercise to seek monetary compensation and a modicum of closure.
When discussing a personal injury accident case in Pennsylvania, one may hear the person who allegedly caused the accident or injury referred to as "negligent." It's one thing to be negligent in a day-to-day sense, like forgetting to stop at the store for milk. But demonstrating negligence in a legal sense - with respect to a car accident, for example - requires much more than proof of absent-mindedness.
In Pennsylvania, as well as other states, Uber has pulled its autonomous cars and SUVs off the roads and suspended its testing program. Although one day, such technology may result in safer roads, a pair of highly-publicized car accidents has shown that the technology may not be ready for use on public streets. Until the technology has improved and better regulation is in place, state governments may be reluctant to allow such testing to continue.
When a patient seeks the advice or care of a health professional in Pennsylvania, they are trusting the professional to use the utmost care and skill - particularly where children and infants are concerned. If a medical provider fails to meet the standards expected of them by their profession, the consequences can be devastating for a patient and their family members. And in cases where a health care provider's act or omission has life-long effects, the provider may be on the wrong end of a hefty medical malpractice verdict.