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.
Our state bans texting while driving. But, it fails to account for the many other kinds of distracted driving that can cause a car accident. This means that motorists cannot rely on law enforcement to keep distracted drivers off the road. Instead, they must drive defensively and if an accident does occur, seek a legal remedy.
As in any other state, drunk drivers continue to pose a huge risk to other motorists in Pennsylvania. The holiday season, between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, and its attendant revelry, usually means that there are more intoxicated motorists on the road. Unfortunately, the results can be deadly.
Thanksgiving and a slew of winter holidays are just around the corner. Pennsylvanians have arrived at the holiday season and along with more time off to enjoy celebrations with friends and family, many people will take to the roads to reach their loved ones for holiday get-togethers and vacations. While road trips may vary from across town to across several states, all individuals who travel by personal vehicle will experience the challenges that come from road travel during the late fall and winter.
The period of time following a car accident can be chaotic and overwhelming, however, it is important for car accident victims to know the steps to take following a car accident to ensure they receive appropriate medical care and preserve a claim for their damages if they decide to make one at some point following the accident. To begin with, it is essential not to leave the scene of the accident, especially if injuries or fatalities are involved.
Distracted driving is unquestionably dangerous and a serious concern on our roadways. During 2015, nearly 4,000 victims lost their lives in distracted driving-related car accidents. A total of 3,477 victims were killed in distracted driving accidents and 391,000 were injured in distracted driving accidents during 2015 which impacts victims, families and communities. Distracted driving is a real danger for victims and their families.