You may be a responsible driver and abide by the state’s auto insurance laws, however not everyone else does. Interestingly, Pennsylvania has one of the lowest rates of uninsured drivers in the nation. However, the City of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have many uninsured and underinsured drivers. To be an insured driver in Pennsylvania, you only need $15,000 of coverage. This amount is usually not enough to cover someone’s injuries.
Tyler Tomlinson is a Shareholder and member of the Accident & Personal Injury Group of Stark & Stark. Mr. Tomlinson concentrates his practice in wrongful death cases and has recently handled several high profile cases in Pennsylvania.
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. Believe it or not, even during a pandemic, there are still people out there driving under the influence. Unfortunately, this weekend probably will be no different.
This afternoon, Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 327, now Act 21 of 2020, allowing the temporary sale of cocktails-to-go form bars, restaurants or hotels with a liquor license. The law takes effect immediately.
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Pedestrians who are hit by cars, trucks or buses in Philadelphia have rights when it comes to being compensated. They are entitled to recover all of their damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering. This is also true for bike riders.
It is well settled by Pennsylvania case law that a pedestrian’s right to non-economic recovery is not restricted by their election of limited tort on their car insurance policy. The tort option only applies when a person is occupying a motor vehicle when injured.
Stay-at-home orders issued in Pennsylvania and New Jersey mean most people are not driving at all. At best, individuals are occasionally driving for curbside pickup food.
Because of the dramatic decrease in driving, ten of the largest U.S. auto insurance companies say they will take the unusual step of giving back a portion of premiums to policyholders because they have fewer accidents to cover.
If you are partially at fault for a fall you may still be able to recover damages from a property owner. In most states your recovery will be reduced by your percentage of fault for the injury. Different states have different rules on how this applies. Some states use a strict “contributory” negligence standard of…
You slipped, you lost your balance, and you fell down and got hurt. Does this automatically mean it is the fault of the property owner? The answer is, “Maybe.” If the property is in disrepair or the owner knew about the risk and ignored it, you could have a claim. But before you start planning on the owner paying your medical bills, you should think about the conditions of the property, the steps the owner took to prevent an accident, and whether or not those steps were reasonable. Ask yourself these questions and then call an experienced, knowledgeable attorney who can assess your options for insurance claims, or, if warranted, for a negligence claim:
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Every holiday season brings out another new fad to sweep the nation, and this year is no different: the hoverboards are here! However, many are wondering just how safe are these new hoverboards—and the short answer is, it’s not safe at all.
While they do seem cool in theory, these hoverboards are actually less hover and more board. More technically, it is a two-wheel, self-balancing mini scooter.
To everyone’s eternal consternation, today’s technology has not yet reached the point where we can replicate the ride that Michael J. Fox experienced in Back to the Future.
Initially, the concern was people would fall off of hoverboards and be seriously hurt. However, that instinctual fear has fallen by the wayside as it has been replaced with a much more real and unpredictable problem–hoverboards are catching on fire.
The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed legislation yesterday to close a loophole that for years has let repeat drunken drivers legally stay behind the wheel. The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association applauded the passage. “It is always gratifying when the legislature comes together on a bipartisan basis and takes steps to protect the public, and that is…
Much to the surprise of everyone following this issue in Harrisburg, Senate Bill 76 was voted out of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, September 16. Senate Bill 76 would, among other things, impose a sales tax on most legal services. This is the furthest this type of legislation has ever progressed in the…