Motor Vehicles Law Articles
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explaining the different aspects of Motor Vehicles.
Itís 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.
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.
Kim Kardashian may want for nothing in life, but fame and fortune are no guarantees of safety.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 personís financial ruin.
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.
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?
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 theyíre 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.
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.
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.)
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.
The physical state of being drowsy or tired can severely compromise a motoristís ability to function efficiently and safely while driving.
Did you know that a collision with some type of wildlife occurs, on average, every 39 minutes?
For most parents handing over the car keys to their teenager can be both a freeing experience, and a very scary one.
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.
Obtaining a driverís license is an exciting milestone for both the newly licensed teenager and their parents.
Individuals who drive while drowsy increase the risk of causing serious car accident injuries.
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?
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.
Weíve 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.
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.
If youíre 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.
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.
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 driversí 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: ďsalvage title.Ē 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, ďVision Zero.Ē
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 momentís 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. Patrickís 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 individualís 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.
Distracted driving has been recognized as a serious problem by lawmakers, resulting in many states banning cell phone use while driving, adopting hands-free only rules or taking other action to curb the use of cell phones while driving. Individuals who are found to be engaging in distracted driving can face a variety of serious consequences.
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.
Almost half of all car accidents in Los Angeles involve a hit and run driver. Don't be a victim and shoulder the damages on your own. Learn how to protect yourself.
As more people move into cities, the popularity of self-propelled vehicles is on the rise. Millions of Americans ride bikes to work or school every day in every one of the United States. Others ride recreationally. Whatever the case, it is important for these bicyclists to know the laws affecting the safe use and operation of their human-powered vehicles before taking them out on the roads and sidewalks.
As the weather warms and summer approaches, more and more people will take to New Jersey roadways on foot, especially in towns close to the shoreline.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently conducted a study which revealed that distracted driving is a major contributor in teenage car accidents.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost 8,000 lives were saved from fatal car accidents in the year 2012 as vehicle design and enforcement of safety laws improve.
Lawmakers have been concerned with the statistics related to motorcycle accidents as for a period of time, the number of fatalities was increasing year after year.
A personal injury lawyer is someone who provides legal representation to those who claim to have been injured, physically or psychologically, as a result of the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, company, government agency, or other entity.
Bus accidents can be particularly tragic because of the potential number of injured passengers involved. Especially disturbing are accidents involving children on school buses. Bus accidents may also involve public buses, tour buses, and charter buses. If you are involved in a bus accident, contact a New Jersey injury lawyer as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.
The top 3 mistakes people make trying to handle their personal injury case themselves.
You donít always know when to get an accident attorney. After all, if someone else's negligence has injured you or caused you harm, even if it was an accident, you are still the one left to pick up the pieces. Accident or not, if someone else is liable then they should have to be held responsible for what you are missing out on.
What goes through your mind when you think of a car accident? If you are like most people itís probably not which car accident lawyer should I use, but this question can be the difference between receiving the compensation you so rightfully deserve or suffering loss and losing your quality of life.
Have you ever asked yourself what it takes to become an auto accident lawyer? You donít just wake up one morning and think to yourself Iím going to be a lawyer and Iím going to specialize in auto accidents because that would be awesome! I suppose for some that may be true, but in the end I think there might be more to this whole lawyer thing.
An auto accident attorney knows all the ins and outs of filing a personal injury claim. You should not have to deal with the stresses of legal paperwork while you work to piece your life back together after a serious auto accident. Although the benefits of hiring an accident attorney go far beyond the reaches of legal paper work.
In Virginia, you must stop for any stopped school bus that has flashing red lights and an extended stop sign when you approach from any direction on a highway, private road or school driveway. You must stop and remain stopped until all children are clear and the bus moves again.
A car accident can be a traumatic event whether or not you have suffered injuries. It can be emotionally distressful, you now may be scared to drive. Especially if you have suffered injuries due to a car accident it is in your best interest to contact a car accident lawyer near you.
If you have suffered a traumatic head injury it can be difficult for you to file a claim and receive the compensation that you truly deserve, because the injury may not be visible. A car accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve after suffering any type of trauma you incurred after you have been involved in an auto accident.
People are injured in accidents every day. When this occurs, individuals are often dealing with a number of stressful events at one time. They may have suffered injuries and are missing time from work to recover. They may have sustained damage to their only vehicle and not have an alternative form of transportation.
In 2013, about 2.3 million people in the U.S. suffered injuries in car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These accidents are often traumatic, so itís not surprising that many people donít know how to react afterward. Unfortunately, a poor response to a serious accident may later prevent a person from receiving compensation for any associated injuries.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports that seat belt use can increase a vehicle occupantís chance of surviving a car crash by up to 60%.
Not every personal injury is the same. Likewise, not every personal injury attorney is the same. Before you go through the expense of hiring a personal injury lawyer who is not a good fit, consider these issues.
Now may be the most dangerous time in the short history of self-driving autonomous vehicles when automakers are testing their autonomous self-driving vehicles on the roads and highways in California, across the country and internationally to work the bugs out of their systems. But how will California autonomous self-driving vehicle accident lawyers assess and prove liability in accidents involving these cars once more of them are on the road? This article begins to examine just that.
Some of the most effective truck accident safety initiatives come out of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB.)
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a fatal accident than car drivers.
While car accidents are often traumatic events, the things that people do and donít do immediately after a collision often have a dramatic impact on the outcome of their car accident claim. Here are a few things to do and not to do after a car accident to keep in mind if involved in a car accident.
Parents all know that if they plan to drive their child, they will need a car seat. To help keep our children safe while in a vehicle, there are laws all parents should be familiar with.
If you have been involved in an accident with a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle, you may be confused and have questions regarding how and why your accident occurred and whether you will be able to recover.
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS) in Washington, D.C. assert that Pennsylvaniaís highway safety laws lag behind ten other states, putting Pennsylvania drivers at a higher risk of preventable car accident injuries and deaths.
Drivers may be safer than ever thanks to improved car designs on some of the nationís most popular car brands.
Potholes are a leading cause of car accidents in our area this time of year.
It has been said that seatbelts save lives in car accidents. The same can be said for wearing helmets while operating a motorcycle.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), truck accident deaths have increased by nearly 17% since 2009.