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Millions of Americans love motorcycles and the fun and freedom they bring. Of course, motorcycles also come with some safety concerns, too. Helmets are not mandatory for most riders over twenty-one years of age in Pennsylvania, but there are plenty of common sense tips that can help keep you safe on your journeys. Some Sobering Reminders: Unfortunately, accidents happen.
Nowadays, the vast majority of people use their seat belts as drivers or passengers in a car, and with good reason. According to the website for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), seat belts saved nearly 14,000 lives in 2015, alone. Indeed, Pennsylvania has laws requiring the use of seat belts in nearly all circumstances.
The days and weeks immediately following a serious injury-causing accident can be stressful and confusing. Many victims are dealing with mounting medical expenses, uncertainty about when they will be able to return to work, and significant physical and emotional pain and suffering. Under these circumstances, the thought of taking steps to recover compensation from the perso ...
When you get behind the wheel of your car and take to the road, you have the right to expect that those roads will be reasonably well maintained to help ensure the safety of all who travel on them. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, and poorly maintained roads can lead to serious motor vehicle accidents.
Who doesn’t want to trick out their ride with all kinds of mods? Well, most of us probably aren’t interested, but it’s important to note that there are illegal modifications that can lead to dangerous car accidents and that can render the car owner liable for any ensuing damages. Car modifications can make a significant difference in a car’s performance and safety on the road.
We all know that distracted driving is dangerous driving and that drivers who choose to text and drive represent the zenith of this danger. While many of us believe that hands-free smartphone usage is the answer to the inherent dangers of engaging with handheld devices while driving, studies show that this isn’t necessarily the truth of the matter.
Trucks are the massive machines with which we share our roads, and as such, they pose a serious threat when it comes to traffic accidents. One of the most elemental safety factors of any vehicle is its braking system, and this is even truer of the commercial trucks that travel our national highways. In response to this critical safety issue, a recent safety event took a closer look.
What are CMV conspicuity requirements, you ask. Let’s break that question down a little bit. A CMV is a commercial motor vehicle and conspicuity requirements refer to federal requirements that CMVs incorporate retroreflective treatments or reflex reflectors, such as reflective tape. That’s better.
Cars now come equipped with antilock braking systems (ABS), which are a safety mechanism intended to help you navigate the road more safely, and that’s great. When these highly intricate safety systems fail, however, they can lead to serious car accidents that cause serious damage. It’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with your car’s ABS and other safety systems so that you ...
You’ve purchased a new vehicle, but hey, you’ve been driving for a while now, there can’t be anything too new under the sun. Right? No, that’s probably wrong. Car companies are starting to equip their late-model vehicles with plenty of new-fangled safety features that can significantly increase your driving safety—especially if you know how to use them.
The holidays are supposed to be a safe and fun time to travel and celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, however, the number of drunk driving motor vehicle collisions increases significantly over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. According to statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over the past 5 years, on average, ...
Head-on collisions can be devastating and have the potential to result in extremely serious and catastrophic injuries. In the Philadelphia area, no one understands this more than four nuns who were recently injured in a head-on car crash in Delaware County. The accident occurred on December 10. The nuns sustained serious injuries, including concussions and some broken bones.
More drivers on the roads during Christmas and New Year’s means more motor vehicle accidents. When drivers operate their vehicles in a careless, reckless, or distracted manner – or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol – they jeopardize the safety of everyone else on the road at that time. Drunk driving during the holidays is especially dangerous.
Traditional drivers of motor vehicles are protected by two tons of steel, seat belts, airbags, and a motor vehicle tested and designed to absorb the force of an impact. It’s not difficult to understand, therefore, why a motorcyclist would be at a greater risk of injury after an accident when compared to the driver of a car.
Lawsuits are often time-consuming and emotionally draining, so it’s little surprise that many people want to settle their claims outside of court. A settlement allows you to avoid going to trial and possibly losing, and it lets you get money fast. If you’re struggling to pay mounting medical bills, then you should talk to your car accident lawyer about what kind of compensatio ...
Many people are burned by defective products or overly hot food or beverages, but traffic accidents also cause their fair share of burns. The effects of burns can be devastating, causing serious pain and injuries that require a long rehabilitation period. In particularly serious situations, burns can even lead to death.
To hold someone accountable for your traffic accident, you need to present evidence. Quality evidence will include eyewitness testimony, including your own testimony, about what happened. Even though you don’t have to prove the other driver is at fault “beyond a reasonable doubt,” you do have to show that it is more likely than not that they are responsible.
You buy a car seat so that your children will be safe. But sometimes a car seat is defective, and it fails to do the job you bought it for—during a traffic accident no less. When products like car seats don’t work the way you expected, then you’re probably frustrated and angry. Fortunately, you might be able to sue the manufacturer for the injuries your child has suffered.
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