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April 26, 2021
Study Finds Alarming Rise in Wrong-Way Crashes

Study Finds Alarming Rise in Wrong-Way Crashes

A recent study found a sharp increase in deaths nationwide caused by drivers going the wrong way,  according to an article in the Pittsburgh Gazette. Researchers from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reviewed nationwide data from 2004 through 2019. They found an average of 360 wrong-way crashes per year in 2004 compared to an average […]

April 19, 2021
Motorcycle Crashes in Pennsylvania Increase

Motorcycle Crashes in Pennsylvania Increase

Motorcycle accidents are on the upswing, according to the 2019 Pennsylvania Crash Facts & Statistics, a publication of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. While PA crashes in general were at a record low in 2019, motorcycle crashes and fatalities each increased 10 percent from the previous year. Pennsylvania’s roads and highways cover more than 120,000 […]

April 12, 2021
Can I appeal a criminal conviction from a car search?

Can I appeal a criminal conviction from a car search?

We get many questions from clients on criminal law in Pennsylvania, including, most recently, the one that headlines this blog: “Can I appeal a criminal conviction from a car search?” Thanks to a significant development just a few months ago, the answer may be ‘yes.’ Back in 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court cleared the way […]

New Bills Mandate Snow Removal

New Bills Mandate Snow Removal

Even though the calendar has moved into springtime, legislators in several states are still thinking about winter. Specifically, significant fines for drivers who don’t remove snow and ice from the tops of their vehicles, according to an article in Land Line. While the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other states already have laws in place, the […]

Slip and trip…and file: the time frame for Pennsylvania slip and fall lawsuits

Slip and trip…and file: the time frame for Pennsylvania slip and fall lawsuits

Recently, Ontario  enacted a law giving people just 60 days to file a slip and fall claim, a substantially shorter time frame than the two years it previously allowed for filing claims. Proponents of the new law said the longer span of time made it difficult to defend against such claims, as evidence may be […]

March 22, 2021
OSHA Struggles with COVID-19 Enforcement

OSHA Struggles with COVID-19 Enforcement

The agency that handles workplace safety hasn’t done enough to confront COVID-19 offenses, according to a recent investigative report in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). COVID-19 is the biggest workplace safety challenge in the history of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), yet the agency has taken only limited action during the pandemic, missing […]

March 15, 2021
Millennials Have New Focus for Prenups

Millennials Have New Focus for Prenups

The prenuptial agreement, or “prenup,” which has traditionally been used to protect a family’s wealth, is changing these days due to millennials choosing this option for new and creative protections, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. From social media restrictions to student loan debt, the new prenups address situations that may not […]

March 8, 2021
COVID Workers’ Comp Claims Face Uphill Battle

COVID Workers’ Comp Claims Face Uphill Battle

Employees who contract the coronavirus at work will be hard pressed to file a successful workers’ compensation claim, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. At issue is whether they are able to prove that they caught the virus at work. While claims specify unsafe work conditions as causes of COVID-19 infections, […]

Kids and Dental Injuries

Kids and Dental Injuries

Young children’s teeth are prone to injury. Dental injuries can happen at any time: on the playground, at sports practice, even roughhousing with siblings at home. Since being prepared may help with the severity of the injury, parents should have a working knowledge of how to handle tooth trauma, according to a recent article in […]

Slip and Falls Continue to Threaten Workers

Slip and Falls Continue to Threaten Workers

Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of lost work time in the oil and gas industry, according to a recent report in Occupational Health & Safety. Working outside on slippery surfaces, operating heavy equipment for long hours, and navigating around cords and cables can all contribute to these kinds of accidents. In all, […]