How Important are Police Reports?
Pennsylvania State Police are required to investigate accidents that occur on state roads or interstates and that result in death, injury, or damage to a vehicle that is so significant that the vehicle can’t be driven away from the accident scene. While you, and your auto accident lawyer, may be interested in the police report […]
Teens Driving High. Is the Problem Getting Worse?
The results of a new study found that 19% of teenagers in the United States admit to driving a car under the influence of marijuana. That is higher than the 13% of teens who admit to driving under the influence of alcohol, according to SADD. Adding to this concern is that 36% of teens believe […]
An Unintended Side Effect of the New PA Ban on Texting and Driving
Headlines across the state have announced that the arrival of a distracted driving law that placed a statewide ban on texting and driving in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Many of the news stories point to the benefits of banning texting and driving and are hopeful that the ban will result in fewer tragedies on our […]
Pennsylvania Distracted Driving Law Takes Effect Today! Are You Ready?
For those concerned about safety on Pennsylvania roads and those eager to prevent distracted driving accidents, March 8, 2012 is a much anticipated day in the Commonwealth. Today is the day that the new Pennsylvania distracted driving law takes effect. Here is what you need to know. Beginning today it is illegal to: Text and […]
The Danger of Fracking
Thanks to its allies in Congress, the fracking industry is largely immune to federal environmental safety rules. And make no mistake, fracking poses huge risks to the environment and to human health. Fracking Comes with Risks Critics say fracking has contaminated drinking water supplies with poisonous chemicals, heavy metals, and radioactive minerals. In addition, livestock […]
9 Ways PA Could Improve Highway Safety Laws Identified by Advocates
The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (“Advocates”) recently released their 2012 Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws. Pennsylvania earned the Advocates middle rating of yellow. The yellow rating indicates that while Pennsylvania has some positive traffic safety laws there are still numerous gaps in the state’s highway safety laws. Specifically, the Advocates recommend that […]
A New Future for Fracking in PA?
Last week, Pennsylvania Governor Corbett passed controversial amendments to the state Oil and Gas Act and fracking in PA. The amendments are part of the Marcellus Shale Act. The legislation puts much of the control over fracking in PA will occur in the hands of the state government. Local ordinances must allow for reasonable development […]