Motor Vehicles Law Articles
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discussing legal aspects related to Motor Vehicles.
August 28, 2015 By HG.org
Question: I traded my 2008 Dodge Ram in 2012 due to high payments and hardship. I only had one more year to go but it became overwhelming, so I went to the dealership. I told them that I didn’t have down but that my equity should cover that. I was offered a 2009 Mercury Milan. The price was listed at $13,000. The dealership gave me $2,000 credit for my truck, dropping the price of the Milan to $11,000.
August 19, 2015 By HG.org
Question: I recently bought a used Ford Escape 2011. The window sticker clearly says that the standard equipment for the vehicle included a multi-compact disc player. However, there is a window sticker that was produced by a third party and placed on the window of the vehicle sold that states that they do not imply that all of the items listed on the window sticker are on the vehicle or to the vehicle’s condition.
August 18, 2015 By HG.org
Question: I took my car in for service and when it was returned, my transmission was no longer working properly. The mechanic said that he didn’t do anything to it, but the vehicle was working perfectly when I left it at his place of business. I am not sure what type of lawyer I need or what I can do about the situation.
August 15, 2015 By HG.org
It is difficult to find a trustworthy mechanic. If you have taken your vehicle into the mechanic’s shop and he or she has done more damage than repair work on the vehicle, you may have a legal cause of action. However, a lawyer familiar with property damage cases may be able to advise whether it is worth the time and expense of litigation or if an alternative would better serve your interests.
August 13, 2015 By Van Wey Law, PLLC
Insurance companies are not out to protect you. Instead, they want to get away with paying you the least amount possible when you've been injured in a car accident. Learn how an attorney can help you protect your rights.
August 15, 2015 By The Law Office of James R. Moyles
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of adults get less than the seven to nine hours of sleep typically needed by most people.
August 17, 2015 By Jay L. Edelstein, Attorney At Law
The former Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner was involved in a fatal car accident on the Pacific Coast Highway last February.
August 17, 2015 By Grungo Colarulo
The correct car seat for your child can be a lifesaver when installed and utilized accurately.
August 13, 2015 By Schultz & Myers
Mary Jo was injured in a crash, but the insurance company for the at-fault driver initially offered to cover less than half of her medical expenses due to her pre-existing conditions. The insurance company for the at-fault driver saw our client’s medical history as an opportunity to save themselves a few dollars. Luckily, she didn't fall for their tricks.
If you are involved in an accident that is primarily caused by a motorist who was uninsured or underinsured, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company. Follow these steps to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
Question: "I was involved in a car accident, but there was no proper investigation conducted by the police. My insurance company has not done anything so far. I have full coverage but I am having to pay for my rental which I was told would be reimbursed to me.
When a person is injured because of the negligence of another party, personal injury lawyers may be retained by the victim. Many personal injury lawyers take accident cases on a contingency basis, which does not require a payment of legal services unless the case settles or the jury awards a verdict. Consider the following ways that personal injury lawyers may be able to help your case.
August 5, 2015 By Lessin & Gompers
On May 7, 2015, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law that amended New Jersey’s child restraint law.
August 5, 2015 By Richard DiTomaso, ESQ., PC
Many drivers will be involved in a car accident at some point in their lives.
August 5, 2015 By Galfand Berger LLP
If you have a new car that does not work after repeated repairs, you may be entitled to compensation under lemon laws.
August 13, 2015 By Grungo Colarulo
From time to time many Americans will experience difficulty sleeping.
August 5, 2015 By The Law Offices of David K. Cuneo
With pressure from the Department of Transportation, Japanese supplier Takata Corporation has concluded that a defect exists in their air bag inflators, which has increased number of recalls to nearly 34 million.
August 5, 2015 By King Aminpour Law Firm
No one ever thinks they will be the victim of an injury inducing car accident; however, every year over 2 million people are injured in car accidents in the United States. If you are the victim of a car accident, it can be scary and confusing trying to figure out the next steps you should take.
July 30, 2015 By Console & Hollawell P.C.
If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by an uninsured driver, you may be able to recover compensation from an auto insurance policy’s uninsured motorist coverage, even if you are a passenger. Accessing that coverage may be more complicated for you than it will be for the driver of the vehicle you were riding in at the time of the accident.
July 31, 2015 By King Aminpour Law Firm
What you may not know after you have been involved in an accident is the it is not only your insurance companies job, but also the job of the responsible party's insurance company to give you the least possible amount of compensation for you property damages, injuries, wage loss, and any other associated expenses. You, like many other may not know the depth of costs the company is liable to cover after an accident. An experienced accident lawyer can help you get the settlement that you deserve.
July 22, 2015 By Jay L. Edelstein, Attorney At Law
Many parents may be surprised to find out that they are not doing everything possible to keep their children protected from personal injury in a car accident.
July 15, 2015 By Schmidt, Kirifides, Fridkin & Rassias
On June 30, 2015 the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill, raising the minimum limit of motor vehicle liability insurance from $15,000.00 to $25,000.00.
July 14, 2015 By Law Office of Julie Johnson, PLLC
An overwhelming majority of all motorcycle accidents involve a collision between a motorcycle and a car. In many of these accidents, it is motorist error or negligence that is the cause of the crash. There are several ways in which drivers may be reckless or careless, contributing to a motorcycle accident.
July 14, 2015 By CSB Advocates
Before the introduction of the Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Regulations, published on the 5th of June 2015, if an individual bought a car abroad and imported the car into Malta the law did not authorise the individual to use the car on the Maltese roads until the registration process was completed and until the Maltese number plates would have been obtained.
July 13, 2015 By Eichen, Crutchlow, Zaslow & McElroy, LLP
It goes without saying that car seats keep infants and children safer in car accidents when they are installed and used properly.
July 13, 2015 By Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C.
In May, 2015 Governor Chris Christie signed new car seat safety legislation into law.
July 30, 2015 By Console & Hollawell P.C.
If your child suffered injuries in an accident or an instance of medical malpractice, you know how important it is to get the help he or she needs. Protecting your child’s legal rights is just as crucial as securing the best medical care, especially if the injuries could have permanent implications for your child’s future. You may wonder when you need to make a decision about filing a claim or lawsuit on behalf of your child.
July 13, 2015 By Console & Hollawell P.C.
When people set up their insurance policies, they often have questions about what the different types of coverage mean and what options are best for them. The most common question we hear from motorcyclists is whether or not their motorcycle insurance policy is required include personal injury protection (PIP).
July 9, 2015 By HG.org
DUI laws are determined on the state level. Some states allow drivers who have been convicted of a DUI to get limited driving privileges, which is often referred to as a hardship license. However, there may be several criteria that the individual may have to meet in order to obtain such a license.
July 9, 2015 By Grungo Colarulo
The period from Memorial Day to Labor Day also marks “The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer,” when the amount of car accidents involving teen drivers spikes dramatically. While studies show that in the last 20 years crashes involving teens have decreased by 51% overall, the incidence of car accidents occurring specifically in the summer months continues to rise.
July 8, 2015 By The Law Office of James R. Moyles
New teen drivers pose risks to everyone on the road due to inexperience and immaturity.
July 13, 2015 By Console & Hollawell P.C.
It’s no secret that alcohol can impair judgment, especially when ingested in large quantities. When a bar, restaurant, or other establishment that provides alcohol knowingly serves a patron who is visibly intoxicated and the impaired patron causes an accident or injury, the establishment is legally responsible.
July 2, 2015 By HG.org
In some circumstances, one spouse may consider suing his or her spouse for particularly egregious conduct. However, whether the spouse can bring a viable claim against his or her spouse depends on the nature of the behavior, the nature of the relationship, state law and the particular circumstances involved.
July 1, 2015 By Eichen, Crutchlow, Zaslow & McElroy, LLP
Kim Kardashian may want for nothing in life, but fame and fortune are no guarantees of safety.
July 1, 2015 By Galfand Berger LLP
Commercial vehicles, such as buses and tractor-trailers, often are equipped with onboard video systems that can be used to analyze circumstances leading up to a crash.
July 1, 2015 By Eichen, Crutchlow, Zaslow & McElroy, LLP
Being touted as one of the largest automotive recalls in history, 33.8 million automobiles with Japanese Takata airbags are being recalled across the United States, Europe, and Japan.
July 1, 2015 By Lessin & Gompers
Even a minor car accident can be extremely upsetting. It is important for drivers to remain calm and follow the law after being involved in a car accident. These important guidelines ensure compliance and protection for individuals involved in Philadelphia car accidents.
June 26, 2015 By The Kilfin Law Firm, PC
In the State of Florida, fleeing and eluding a police officer is a felony offense that carries some harsh penalties, including a mandatory adjudication of guilt and a mandatory driver's license suspension, which can range from one to five years. This article outlines the proscribed conduct, the varying degrees of this particular offense, and its associated penalties.
June 25, 2015 By Christensen Law
Some auto accidents seemingly result in only damage to two or more vehicles and no injuries to the drivers or passengers. What is common, however, but not often acknowledged, is that plenty of car accidents also lead to traumatic brain injury (TBI). The force of two or more cars colliding can do plenty of unseen damage, the result of which could lead to a person’s financial ruin.
June 24, 2015 By Aitken Robertson, Professional Corporation
Are you an American citizen who has been charged, tried, and convicted of a DUI? Do you have interests in travelling outside of the USA to your northern neighbor: Canada? Find out whether or not you can Enter Canada if you have been convicted of a DUI.
June 24, 2015 By HG.org
When accidents occur on the road, we all know that the first thing you do is call the police to report the accident, exchange insurance information, and document the scene. But, what do you do when an accident occurs on private property? Who is liable, especially if the other driver leaves the scene?
What Should a Car Owner Know Before Negotiating with an Insurance Company When a Car Has Been Totaled?
June 17, 2015 By Console & Hollawell P.C.
If your insurance company informed you that your car has been totaled, you may wonder if you have any recourse to challenge this decision or if the amount they’re willing to give you is fair. Before you sign any kind of release, or even a check from the insurance company, you need to know what options you have.
June 15, 2015 By Schmidt, Kirifides, Fridkin & Rassias
National studies have shown that the primary cause of death in the workplace is distracted driving. Distracted driving can be caused by drivers using a variety of hand-held or hands-free mobile devices.
June 15, 2015 By Eichen, Crutchlow, Zaslow & McElroy, LLP
Walmart has reached a settlement agreement with Tracy Morgan in a lawsuit filed by Morgan after a Walmart truck crashed into his limo on the New Jersey Turnpike and left him with a traumatic brain injury (TBI.)
June 15, 2015 By Richard DiTomaso, ESQ., PC
Earlier this year, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) debuted a new public safety campaign intended to increase enforcement and safety awareness at railroad grade crossings.
June 11, 2015 By Grungo Colarulo
The physical state of being drowsy or tired can severely compromise a motorist’s ability to function efficiently and safely while driving.
June 11, 2015 By Jay L. Edelstein, Attorney At Law
Did you know that a collision with some type of wildlife occurs, on average, every 39 minutes?
June 11, 2015 By Richard DiTomaso, ESQ., PC
For most parents handing over the car keys to their teenager can be both a freeing experience, and a very scary one.
June 10, 2015 By Lessin & Gompers
In 2013, over 10,000 people in the U.S. were victims of fatal car accidents involving a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
June 10, 2015 By The Law Offices of David K. Cuneo
Obtaining a driver’s license is an exciting milestone for both the newly licensed teenager and their parents.
June 10, 2015 By The Law Office of James R. Moyles
Individuals who drive while drowsy increase the risk of causing serious car accident injuries.
June 9, 2015 By HG.org
Attorneys frequently receive questions regarding defective used cars. All too often, people purchase a used vehicle with verbal assurances that everything works fine and that it will be quite reliable, only to discover that neither is the case. What can you do when this happens to you?
June 4, 2015 By HG.org
Cases involving train accidents and resulting injuries have a number of significant differences from other personal injury cases. By being aware of the following information, you can make a more informed decision about whether to pursue a train accident case.
June 3, 2015 By Cosley Law Office
We’ve all been there: felt the panic rise over us when we see flashing lights in our rearview mirror; felt the anxiety of getting pulled over even if we think we are doing nothing wrong. The truth is, most of us have been or will be pulled over for a traffic infraction at some point in our lives.
June 3, 2015 By Salvi & Maher, LLC
Like it or not, cell phone use is a part of life in the 21st century. People use their phones for everything regardless of rules against their use in cars, public transportation, and certain public spaces like gyms, restaurants, and churches. Statistics have shown that driving a car while using a cell phone can cause accidents.
June 3, 2015 By Ambridge Law
If you’re prone to using your phone behind the wheel, you could end up driving yourself out of money. There will be a maximum $1K fine and three demerit points for drivers who text, email or talk on handheld phone
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that nine Americans are killed every day in car accidents involving a driver distracted by an activity such as eating or using a cellphone.
After the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia last month, the victims of the accident are beginning to seek compensation for their injuries.
There are thousands of personal injury attorneys available to assist victims who are injured in accidents that are caused by negligent individuals and entities. However, there are vast differences between lawyers. Before hiring a personal injury attorney, interview several and inquire about the following matters.
Every year, individuals are injured due to the negligent acts of others. These types of claims involve individuals who have been injured because of accidents. These accidents could have been prevented. A successful negligence lawsuit provides monetary recovery for the victim and punishes the careless person or entity responsible for the accident.
By Ambridge Law
On November 20, 2014, Bill 15, titled the Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act, 2014, received Royal Assent in the Ontario Provincial Parliament.
By Ambridge Law
Bill 15, entitled An Act to amend various statutes in the interest of reducing insurance fraud, enhancing tow and storage service and providing for other matters regarding vehicles and highways, S.O. 2014 C.9, (short title: Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act, 2014), has recently received Royal Assent and will be coming into force in the Province of Ontario. This Act is divided into 5 schedules, each addressing a particular issue and amending related legislation.
If you were in a car accident in Pennsylvania and learn that the other driver at fault does not have insurance, can you still recover for your damages?
Drowsy driving is one of the most significant traffic safety hazards American motorists face.
Nearly every state in America bans drivers from texting behind the wheel in effort to reduce distracted driving accident injuries.
Over the last two decades, highway speed limits have been slowly increasing around the country, particularly in states west of the Mississippi.
Because the weather is beautiful, more and more of our Harley-riding friends have taken to the streets and highways on their motorcycles.
Recently, PennDOT participated in the National Work Zone Awareness week, a campaign aimed at increasing drivers’ awareness to the dangers facing road workers.
DUI accidents are the most preventable type of car accidents; however statistics for DUI accidents remains shocking.
Advocates for motorcycle and highway safety feel that something must be done to develop and enforce stricter helmet laws across the country.
If you are involved in an accident, being able to take pictures of the scene can make the difference between winning or losing your case. Photographs can help provide a more objective perspective to the case, whether the accident is a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall injury or another type of injury.
When scanning through ads for used cars, it is not uncommon to spot a few amazing deals that come with a small caveat: “salvage title.” What is a salvage title, how will it affect you as a buyer, and what rights and guarantees will you have if you decide to purchase such a vehicle?
Educating teen drivers on the dangers of texting while driving is an invaluable lesson they need before they are driving independently.
US Cities are increasingly adopting an approach to traffic accidents, originally developed by engineers and safety experts at the Swedish Transportation Administration in 1997 called, “Vision Zero.”
It is common for many New Jersey insurance holders to have only a basic understanding of their insurance policies, the benefits, and special or exclusionary provisions.
After being involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you or someone with you be able to establish an accurate depiction of the scene. This is so vital that many insurance companies included a disposable camera as one of the items in their emergency preparedness handouts to clients. Now, with the advent of modern technology, many people have cameras in their possession at a moment’s notice.
Tires that are used on tractor-trailers are typically designed to handle a maximum speed of 75 mph.
There has been an overwhelming number of pedestrian deaths in New Jersey Shore communities in recent years.
In the past ten years, the number of teens killed in car crashes has dropped by half.
According to court records, the number of tickets issued in New Jersey for safety violations has been steadily increasing since 2009.
In August, 2010, the Christie administration did away with mandatory motor vehicle safety inspections in New Jersey.
With over 600,000 emergency calls annually in the Pennsylvania area and thousands of drivers operating ambulances, it is no surprise that the crash rate for ambulances in Western Pennsylvania averages one multi-vehicle accident every day.
The Fourth of July, Memorial Day and more recently, St. Patrick’s Day, are popular holidays that can too often result in an incident of drunk driving.
People injured in DUI cases often sustain life-changing injuries. Frequently, these injuries mean the victims will require expensive medical attention, either for a short period of time or for the rest of their lives. Of course, individual drunk drivers may not have the resources to fully compensate victims in these situations.
The use of seatbelts while driving has been proven to save lives and reduce injuries in a car accident.
Encountering a drunk driver is a concern for motorists throughout the country.
According to a recent report issued by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS), Pennsylvania has a way to go concerning its highway safety enforcement.
The individual who is found to be at fault for the car accident is the party who is ultimately responsible for paying for the damage that was caused by this individual’s negligence. However, when fault is not clear or two or more parties were at fault, fault may be apportioned between the negligent parties. A further analysis under the comparative or contributory negligence laws under the state is also necessary.
People are more likely to cause serious accidents when they use cell phones while driving. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Utah shows drivers who use cell phones while driving are as impaired as drunk drivers.
In Florida, the warm weather and open, well maintained roads provide a great place to operate motorcycles. Most drivers do not give motorcyclists enough space, and most are not familiar with the specific rules of the road which apply to motorcycles.
Buses are generally thought of as fairly safe forms of transportation. Otherwise millions of school children would not ride buses to school everyday, millions more commuters would not use them to get to and from work, and others would not use them to take cross-country trips or go on tours. They also tend to be in fewer accidents than cars and motorcycles.
Passengers in car crashes often wonder what their rights are.
As the weather warms up, more and more motorcycles are coming out of the garage, with riders ready to hit the road. Before you hop on your bike, remember to put safety first.
As drivers, we are often wary to drive beside a tractor trailer on the road.
New Jersey motorists who drive on bald tires or with broken tail lights may not have to worry about failing inspection anymore, but they should be prepared to pay a fine.
The number of people killed in motorcycle crashes was 4,668 in 2013, a decline of 6.4% from the prior year, according to the latest available data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
After you agree on a settlement or win a judgment the insurance company must pay you within a certain time frame. Once that payment window closes, the insurance company will be on the hook for serious interest (18% in most states) on the entire amount due to you. The payout window in most states are no more than 30-days.
Most people who own a car rely on it for getting virtually everywhere they need to go. That may include school, church, the store, or to pick up the kids; but for most, it primarily includes work. Thus, when you are late on your car payments, it may seem terribly ironic that the bank wants to deprive you of the means of getting to work to pay them back faster, but that is exactly what could happen.
To give a recorded statement after a car accident or not to give a recorded statement after an accident. That is the question.
Whether your insurance policy is governed by a no-fault or an at-fault regime can have a direct and significant impact on how your claim is handled and the possible compensation that you may receive after being injured in an automotive accident.