Drivers used to have to be worried about other drivers being distracted by their passengers or fiddling with the radio while on the road. Now, these practices are still dangerous, but they have been surpassed by the risk that comes from
We wrote in February about “That Seventies Law,” our nickname for the portion of Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Code that sets the mandatory minimum limits for motor vehicle insurance liability coverage. Since 1974, those limits have been stuck at their original levels of $15,000 for bodily injury for one person, $30,000 for two or more persons, and $5,000 for property loss. As we explained, those limits are woefully inadequate for the world of 2015. Thankfully, reforms were in the works, and we are pleased to report some important progress on this front.
When we learned in the fall of 2014 about the massive series of vehicle recalls involving airbags made by manufacturer Takata, which was then known to affect about 8 million vehicles, we wrote on this blog, “That number may grow higher still in the months ahead.” We had no idea then just how dreadfully right we were. In May 2015, under mounting pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and auto manufacturers, Takata agreed to recall a staggering 34 million airbags installed in U.S. vehicles.
We are often contacted by people injured in automobile accidents by drivers who carried the state’s minimum required insurance coverage. These outdated coverage limits are 41 years old and need to be updated. That is why we are calling on all our clients, past and present, to join us in calling upon our state legislators to support a new effort that would finally bring Pennsylvania’s minimum auto insurance coverage closer to the 21st century.
Much of the news and advice we share on this blog concerns the legal options you should consider after you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence. Here, however, we want to share advice that may help you long before you ever contact us for legal counsel. After you read our tips for auto accident protocols, print them out, fold them up, and keep them in your glove box.
Three-point seatbelts, with an upper strap that originates above the shoulder, have been a federally mandated requirement in all newly manufactured U.S. vehicles since 2005, and there’s a good reason for that. Old-fashioned, two point seatbelts -- or lap belts, as
It’s often said that there’s no way to put a dollar value on a human life. However, in Pennsylvania, we’ve long since figured out how to put a value on, say, a human leg. As a Pennsbury high school student discovered the hard way, that value can be less than a single family home in the Bucks County, Pa., suburbs.
Another hazard that was originally intended to provide safety to passengers in motor vehicles has surfaced. ET-Plus guardrail units underwent a design change without notifying federal regulators leading to dire consequences.
Scranton-based personal injury law firm Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. speaks on the mechanisms installed in our vehicles that are meant to protect us, but may just do the opposite.
Just a few months ago, we wrote about the federal government’s efforts to protect motorists by issuing rules intended to avoid excessive fatigue among commercial truck drivers. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimated that the new Hours-of-Service rules would cut truckers’