When Pennsylvania drivers cross over the Delaware River and go into New Jersey, they should know that the penalties for using cellphones while driving are much significant. New Jersey will soon pass a law that will dramatically increase the fines and penalties for texting while driving. Motorist caught texting or making cellphone calls while driving will face stricter penalties under the new law.
To keep our clients and fellow motorcyclist safe, we want to remind everyone of the “T-CLOCS” inspection checklist. “T-CLOCS” stands for Tire, Controls, Lights, Oils, Chassis and Stands. These are all things you should inspect at a minimum before you ride your motorcycle. Regarding the tires ("T"), be sure to always check the tread and air pressure. This will help you keep traction to the roadway surfaces. On the controls ( “C”) you want to look at the handlebars, levers, pedals cables, hoses and throttle. Things to look for, among other things include fraying, cuts or kinks in the cables or hoses. Your handle bars should always be straight, turn freely and your grips should be secure. Checking all of these allows your motorcycle to operate in the safest manner.
Oils (“O”) should be inspected next. You want to not only make sure nothing is leaking but also make sure you have enough fluids including hydraulics, coolants and don’t forget the fuel! You do not want to find yourself without gas, sitting on the side of the road. The Chassis ("C") is the next part of the inspection before you begin on your ride. Things you want to look out for are the front forks, shocks and the swingarm bushing/ bearings. You want to make sure all have proper pressure for the smoothest ride possible. Finally you want to check the Stands (“S”). You want to make sure there are not cracks and that the springs are in place.
We at Stark and Stark hope you have are safe each time you ride your motorcycle.
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Social Security is reporting an overall increase in average hearing processing times to nearly a year in 2013. That means, if you file an appeal of the initial denial of your Social Security Disability Claim or Supplemental Security Income Claim, it may take you a year or more to get your case heard by a Social Security judge.
In addition, Social Security reports that the number of appeals is up and that disability examiners are denying a higher percentage of claims at all levels of the process.
Although a claimant may represent himself or herself at a hearing, your odds of getting a “fully favorable opinion,” which means approval of your claim, from a Social Security judge, are much better if you are represented by an attorney specializing in this area of the law. If your initial claim is denied, you have 60 days to file an appeal and request a hearing. At this point in time, you should contact an attorney to explain the appeal process and represent you at your hearing.
When it comes to breast cancer, timely and early detection is everything. If you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of missed or delayed diagnosis of breast cancer, or any other medical condition, contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Stark & Stark for a free consultation.
- STAY CALM
- Turn off your car
- If anyone is injured: give first aid if qualified or call 911
- CALL THE POLICE
- Always call the police so that there is an incident report on file
- Cooperate fully with the police officer
- GATHER INFORMATION - WRITE IT DOWN!
- If you are able to, and it creates no danger to yourself or others, get names, addresses and phone numbers from the witnesses
- Try to take pictures with a camera or cell phone
- SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION
- If you are hurt, go to the local Emergency Room immediately
- Serious injuries do not always result in instant pain. If there is the slightest chance you may be injured, see your doctor as soon as possible
- NOTIFY YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY
- Cooperate fully with your insurance company
- REPORT THE ACCIDENT
- Pennsylvania law requires that you file an accident report within two days after an accident. Your insurance company or the police department will provide you with the standard form.
- IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED, SEE A LAWYER IMMEDIATELY
- Consult an attorney who is experienced in handling auto cases. You may talk to Stark & Stark either over the phone or in person at our office. If you are unable to come to the office because of the injuries, then we will meet with you in the hospital or at your home. You do not pay any lawyers fees unless your case is successfully concluded. Call Stark & Stark at 1.800.53.LEGAL or visit us on the web at www.StarkInjuryGroup.com.
- KNOW YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
- You should know your legal rights, and you should know what to do to protect those legal rights before giving any statements to the other driver's insurance company.
- In order to obtain a junior license, teens must complete 65 hours of behind-the-wheel training, 10 of which must be spent after dark and five during inclement weather.
- Teens with junior licenses may have only one unrelated person in the car with them under the age of 18, unless a parent is also along for the ride.
- After six months with a clean driving record, a junior license holder may transport up to three underage passengers without a parent in the vehicle.
- Failing to wear a seat belt is a primary offense, meaning a police officer may pull over a car with an unbelted driver or passenger for no other reason than that he or she noticed a seat belt is not in use.