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Tips to avoid collisions between cars and pedestrians

When a pedestrian gets hit by a car, he or she can receive some very serious injuries. Some areas, such as university campuses, shopping centers and parking lots, have more pedestrians than other areas, so it can be especially important in these areas to do everything you can to safely share the road.

Many people are both a pedestrian and a driver on any given day, and some tips for avoiding collisions apply regardless of your mode of transportation, such as:

  • Avoid alcohol or drug consumption before traveling
  • Avoid distractions, like cellphones
  • Follow the rules of the road, including obeying all signs and right-of-way laws
  • Be aware of your surroundings

How to fairly divide property during a divorce

Splitting up is not an easy process. It is even more complex when you and your soon-to-be ex were married for a long time and have considerable assets. Even though you do not want to be together, you do want to keep your divorce as amicable as possible. That includes dividing your property in a way that is fair to both of you. Here is what you need to know about dividing property in Pennsylvania.

Couple dies in car accident on the way to their wedding

A young couple tragically died in a car accident earlier this month on the way to their wedding in Pittsburgh.

The couple's car was rear-ended by a tractor trailer that was unable to stop for sudden traffic on Interstate 78 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The couple's car then crashed into the back of a second tractor trailer, which caused three more tractor trailers to crash into each other. The accidents caused the couple's car and two of the tractor trailers to start on fire.

Stay safe on the roads this Thanksgiving

Millions of people will get in their cars and travel over the next week for Thanksgiving. And whether you are a college student driving across the state to get home or someone driving across the country to visit relatives, your top priority is likely to get where you are going safely.

Unfortunately, this won't happen for everyone, as Thanksgiving is a particularly deadly time for motorists in Pennsylvania. Below, we examine three reasons why and what motorists can do to stay safer this holiday.

Reviewing mediation and collaborative divorce opportunities

If you are facing divorce, you may be dreading the thought of a bitter court battle, especially if you and your spouse have children.

There are other options that give you more control over your divorce. Both collaborative law and mediation have advantages and are worth considering.

Harsher penalties coming to PA drivers with repeat DUIs

A drunk driving charge is something that every Pennsylvania driver should take seriously. Too often, people think they will pay a fine and put the event behind them. And even if someone receives probation, jail time or license suspension, it can be easy to assume that once you get past all that, you can easily move on from a DUI.

However, the truth is that even one DUI can have a dramatic impact on your future, particularly if it is not the last one you receive. In fact, the penalties for repeat drunk driving violations are quite harsh, and they are getting harsher, thanks to new DUI legislation in Pennsylvania.

Bills to decrease minor drug offense penalties in PA advance

Drug offenses are some of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes. People can wind up spending years in prison for even a single or minor offense. And because many of the people who face these penalties are young people, they often suffer severe consequences like loss of academic and professional opportunities as well as a lifetime of being held back by a criminal record.

However, state legislators are working to alleviate some of the burden created by minor drug convictions in Pennsylvania. Currently, two bills are working their way through the General Assembly that would align better with state policies and prevent unnecessarily harsh penalties.

How to drink responsibly at football games

With the Penn State football season in full swing, it is the time of year for tailgating and parties with friends. It is also a time of year when police are on the lookout for drunk drivers after football games, and considering how much alcohol the average sports fan consumes in a single game, it is important to remain safe and never put yourself or others in danger. 

You do not want a day of fun to end with a DUI arrest. The best rule to keep in mind is to not drink anything during a game. You do not have to become intoxicated to enjoy yourself, and here are other tips for staying out of legal trouble. 

What are the benefits to mediating a divorce?

Spouses who divorce often struggle to be in the same room by the time the legal process is underway. Some can’t even speak to each other without erupting into fights and disagreements.

Under these circumstances, it can seem impossible to resolve the various matters related to the divorce cooperatively. However, even when spouses are less than amicable, they can still work together to settle divorce-related matters in mediation. Those who do so typically find numerous benefits to this approach.

Distracted driving is about more than texting

Every driver in Pennsylvania should know that using a phone to write, read or send text messages is dangerous -- and a primary offense in this state. Massive nationwide campaigns have been launched in recent years to highlight and educate motorists of the dangers of driving while distracted by texting.

However, as dangerous as texting behind the wheel is, it is not the only form of distraction that puts people's lives in danger. 

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