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Woman's permanent injury prompts lawsuit

When people go to visit places in Pennsylvania, they are relying on the groundskeepers and maintenance workers to upkeep the surrounding areas so they can enjoy the attractions without being at risk of serious bodily harm. There are times, however, when people may experience a personal injury that they feel could have been entirely preventable if adequate measures were implemented to protect visitors of specific attractions. 

This is the scenario that one family in Horry County, South Carolina is facing after their recent visit to Family Kingdom. A woman alleges that she experienced a traumatic and permanent injury to her back. The woman acknowledged that she had experienced back problems previously, but claims that the car of a roller coaster she was riding on became airborne before slamming back onto the tracks and causing her previous pain to flare up with significant intensity. 

Traffic fatality trends in Pennsylvania

If you are like most people in Pennsylvania, you have driven past your fair share of accident scenes on area roads and highways. When you see these things, you may well wonder how many accidents actually happen and how many have severe outcomes. It is also interesting to know how many accidents or deaths are caused essentially by the negligent choices of drivers.

According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of vehicular fatalities in Pennsylvania has actually dropped for two consecutive years. In 2015, there were 1,200 people who died in accidents across the state. That dopped slightly in 2016 to 1,188 and then it dropped even further to 1,137 in 2017. This trend was seen in multiple crash categories, including those events in which alcohol or speed was identified as a factor. Deaths in drunk driving accidents dropped from 363 in 2015 to 314 in 2017 and deaths in crashes involving speeding dropped from 540 in 2015 to 468 in 2017.

Challenges that arise after a multi-car accident

Every motor vehicle accident has the potential to be serious and complicated. However, when there are more than a couple vehicles involved in a crash, the situation can become even more serious -- and complex.

In these situations, there can be several injured victims, multiple damaged vehicles and many different versions of what happened. Sorting everything out for the purposes of determining liability and pursuing compensation can be difficult, but there are ways to do it.

Is a summary offense charge anything to worry about?

In the overall scheme of things, summary offenses in Pennsylvania might be easy to view as so much water off a duck's back. By description, they are lesser offenses than misdemeanors. And yet, a summary offense can result in serious consequences including terms of up to 90 days in jail and fines up to $1,500.

Perhaps more important, especially for young college students, is that while a summary offense does not constitute a criminal conviction, it becomes part of one's public record. That means it can be reported to a prospective employer doing a background checks and result in you being rejected for that job you want or need.

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.

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