In less than 12 months, a string of accidents, including at least one in Pennsylvania, has placed self-driving vehicle technology under considerable scrutiny. This comes at the same time as the Keystone State has opened its roads to testing of such technology (although it was halted after a fatal Arizona crash involving a semi-autonomous Uber vehicle in March). Although the technology may yet be a positive for motorists, passengers and the transportation industry, the recent spate of car accidents have shaken public confidence.
Usually warmer weather means that there will be more motorcyclists on the roads, highways and turnpikes in Pennsylvania. Although motorcyclists often ride more frequently during non-winter months, traffic fatalities involving motorcycles still account for a significant percentage of all motor vehicle deaths in the Keystone State. This is because riders are far more vulnerable than their counterparts in other types of vehicles, so motorcycles involved in a car crash tend to have deadlier consequences.
Distracted driving has been on the rise in Pennsylvania and across the United States. Traffic safety experts report that distracted driving is a factor in more than eight out of every 10 car accidents in the nation. Inattentive driving is responsible for more than 3,000 traffic deaths each year across the country.
EverQuote - an online aggregator of insurance quotes - utilizing over 781 million miles of 2017 driving data that was compiled with its EverDrive app, has concluded that that Pennsylvania motorists are the third worst drivers in the United States. In order to reach this conclusion, the firm examined a handful of unsafe driving behaviors that could lead to dangerous on-the-road circumstances or even car accidents. The behaviors that EverDrive measured were aggressive acceleration, hard turning, hard braking, using a phone/handheld device while driving and speeding.
When one thinks of a wrongful death caused by a car, it would not be unusually to picture a tragic crash. But, not all car accidents that cause death even damage the vehicle. In fact, some accidental deaths due to cars have more to do with just how well they function, and a particular convenience feature that is now standard on more than half of all new vehicles sold: keyless ignitions.
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.
Explosive cyclogenesis transformed the winter's second nor'easter into a deadly bomb cyclone. The dangerous storm caused several major car accidents and road closures across the state of Pennsylvania. While it is natural to attribute such crashes to the weather - and absent such conditions they may not have happened - the root cause is often motorists who fail to adjust their driving to the dangerous conditions.
Being injured in a car accident can be life changing. You may spend time in a hospital, lose wages from being out of work, have to go through physical therapy or some other rehabilitative process. Meanwhile medical bills and expenses will pile up while your ability to pay them is hindered. Fortunately, in Pennsylvania, victims of accidents caused by the negligence of others may be entitled to compensation that will help to offset the financial and property damage incurred as a result of the accident.
Pennsylvanians who read the local news or drives Route 61 on a regular basis knows that accidents happen. And, when accidents involve a heavy, fast-moving object, like a car or truck, the potential for injury is amplified. Some car accidents are avoidable and some simply are not. In some cases, the victims of an accident are unable to avoid it because they simply do not even see the vehicle coming.