Automobile Accident

Monday, March 20, 2017

What to do when you've been involved in a car accident in Pennsylvania

Getting into a car accident can be a pretty scary event. Even if you are not injured, your vehicle could be severely damaged or you could be facing a lengthy process with police, car repair shops and insurance companies.

Data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have pointed to an increase in the amount of injuries and deaths after car crashes. The Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles has identified over 370 roads within the state that are regarded as especially dangerous.  With these statistics, it’s more likely than not that you or someone you love will end up in a car accident in Pennsylvania.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Top three reasons not to talk to the other side’s insurance company after an accident

After an accident, it is prudent to get in contact with your insurance company soon after. The liability stipulations in your insurance contract usually mandate this, and it is important to relay to them the details of what happened.

Insurance companies rely on the evidence and information you give them as they make decisions on compensation and courses of action. If you delay to talk with your insurance company, you might forget key details.

However, it is inevitable after you exchange contact information with anyone else involved in the accident that you will be contacted by some sort of representative for the other parties involved.
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Monday, January 2, 2017

The Perils of Tractor-Trailers

What are the leading causes of truck accidents?

If you drive on any of the major highways in Pennsylvania, sharing the road with tractor-trailers and other trucks is inevitable. Not only that, you've probably seen an accident or two involving a big-rig. These accidents are common, as a recent accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike shows.

In December, a crash involving two tractor-trailers and a minivan closed the turnpike in both directions between the Blue Mountain and Carlisle exits for several hours. The crash occurred in the early morning hours and one of the trucks overturned.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Snow Storm Causes 59 Vehicle Pile Up on I-80

How can Pennsylvania drivers protect themselves while driving in winter weather conditions?

A snowstorm recently shut down Interstate-80 in Jefferson County following a 59 vehicle pileup.  Icy and snowy conditions with low visibility were thought to contribute to the massive multiple vehicle accident.  More than a dozen vehicles were crushed in the wrecks, which involved 22 tractor trailers and 37 cars.  Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported.  Emergency responders worked quickly to clean up the roadway and put out a truck fire, allowing I-80 to reopen several hours later.
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Pennsylvania Drivers Will Now Face Enhanced Penalties for Texting and Driving

What are my rights if I am injured by a distracted driver in PA?

Recently, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill into law that enhanced the penalties for serious accidents caused by texting and driving.  House Bill 2025, known as “Daniel’s Law,” creates more stringent penalties for distracted driving in PA that results in severe injury or death.  Before passage of the legislation, violation of the state’s texting while driving law was a summary offense with just a $50 penalty.  Under Daniel’s Law, distracted driving accidents causing serious injury or death will be punished similarly to drunk driving offenses, such as homicide by vehicle.  

It is hoped that Pennsylvania’s new texting and driving law will send a strong message that distracted driving will not be tolerated in the state.

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