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February 18, 2021
Fatal Crashes Rise During Pandemic

Fatal Crashes Rise During Pandemic

Less congested roads during the pandemic should have made driving safer, but instead seemingly had the opposite effect, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. The rate of car crash deaths went up in 2020 even as the miles driven went down. Unimpeded roads inspired drivers to speed, which in turn increased the […]

February 8, 2021
What to do After a Car Accident

What to do After a Car Accident

What you do in the minutes following a car accident could go a long way toward affecting related litigation, according to a recent article in Forbes. The article details the steps to take immediately following an auto accident. Step 1: Ensure Safety Before you do anything else, check for injuries. Call 911 if there are […]

A Trucker’s Responsibility in an Accident

A Trucker’s Responsibility in an Accident

Preparing for an accident before it happens and knowing what to do if it does are key responsibilities of truck drivers, according to an article on the Travelers website. Often, truck fleets have accident response plans to direct drivers step-by-step through the process. It may help to know more about these steps in the event […]

January 5, 2021
Rideshare Accidents Can Mean Larger Settlements

Rideshare Accidents Can Mean Larger Settlements

Uber and Lyft drivers typically pay more than the average motorist if they are at fault in an accident in Pennsylvania. That is because rideshare drivers are required to carry much higher insurance coverage than the typical individual. With a new study showing the prevalence of crashes involving such services, these higher payouts could impact […]

December 21, 2020
Teen and Older Drivers at Greater Risk of Auto Accidents

Teen and Older Drivers at Greater Risk of Auto Accidents

A Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) study found that the cars typically driven by teens and older adults play a key role in their risk for auto accidents, as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer recently. As teens typically drive hand-me-down cars and seniors stay with the same car for years, these vehicles tend to be […]

New PA Bill Would Protect Tow Truck Drivers, First Responders

New PA Bill Would Protect Tow Truck Drivers, First Responders

A proposed bill in the Pennsylvania General Assembly will mean increased fines for drivers not complying with the commonwealth’s law on cautionary driving near accidents. The current “steer clear” law requires that drivers approaching accident scenes on state highways either slow down or move over by one lane to protect first responders. However, increased crash […]

New Data: PA Roundabouts Reduce Crashes

New Data: PA Roundabouts Reduce Crashes

In several Pennsylvania locations with roundabouts, the average numbers of fatalities and crashes dropped 100% and 21% respectively over a 20-year period, according to recent data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). PennDOT’s data was based on police-submitted crash reports from 2000-2019. The data also showed, however, that by 2019 property damage-only accidents were […]

October 12, 2020
New Data on Youth Fatalities in Auto Accidents

New Data on Youth Fatalities in Auto Accidents

Sadly, more than 70,000 Americans under the age of 19 died in automobile accidents between 2004 and 2018 in a recent study on the latest available data. Of those numbers, 84% were in the driver or passenger seat. Where are these accidents most common and why? States with the most child and teen fatalities (per […]

September 30, 2020
What is the worst month for traffic fatalities? This one.

What is the worst month for traffic fatalities? This one.

September is the deadliest month for traffic fatalities and October is a close second, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. The article reviewed two independent studies that found late summer/early fall to be the riskiest for US traffic deaths, and late winter/early spring to be the least dangerous time to be […]

Municipal Liability – Sovereign Immunity – Governmental Immunity – When You Can Sue the City and for What

Municipal Liability – Sovereign Immunity – Governmental Immunity – When You Can Sue the City and for What

In Pennsylvania, the law limits when you can sue the state or a municipality, including the City of Philadelphia. The concept of “sovereign immunity” provides a defense for both the state, or Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and municipal governments, unless a statutory exception applies. The exceptions to the state’s immunity are detailed at 42 Pa.C.S. § […]