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Pennsylvania’s Texting-While-Driving Law Celebrates First Anniversary

Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 3:24 pm    

Pennsylvania’s law banning texting while operating a motor vehicle recently reached its one year anniversary, but many in the law enforcement community see serious issues with enforcement of its provisions. In Lancaster County, home to one of the largest driving populations in Pennsylvania, only 29 citations were issued in the first year for the offense. According to many judges and police officials, the low number of citations is related to the difficulties that enforcement poses. Because there are legitimate uses for phones while driving, they say, law enforcement officials have a hard time determining whether or not a violation has even occurred.

This goes to show that, as much as the law is designed to help discourage dangerous and irresponsible behaviors, drivers on Pennsylvania roads continue to face substantial hazards. If you’ve suffered injuries in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, contact the Law Office of Bill Pelhan today by calling 717-392-6362 to learn more about how you can fight for the compensation you need.

Transportation Department Approves Self-Driving Cars for Testing

Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 at 8:55 pm    

Autonomous vehicles, more popularly known as self-driving cars, are increasingly close to becoming a technological possibility. In recognition of this fact, the United States Department of Transportation has recently announced its position on the use of these vehicles. While it still recommends that states prohibit the use of autonomous vehicles for public use, it does approve testing of these vehicles on commercial roadways, as several states such as California currently permit.

An interesting addition to the Transportation Department’s statement strongly recommended the use of semi-autonomous features, which have already been included in some vehicles. Features such as cruise-control which automatically slows when the distance between vehicles becomes too close and sensor systems which keep cars in their lanes can help to save lives, the Department contends, by preventing car accidents caused by driver error.

While autonomous and semi-autonomous features are still being developed, implemented, and approved, driver error still poses an incredible risk to all motorists on the road. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by another driver and are thinking about taking legal action in Lancaster, contact the Law Office of Bill Pelhan today at 717-392-6362 for the experienced legal assistance you need.

Death Toll Increases for Motorcyclists After No-Helmet Allowance

Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 at 6:46 pm    

The number of motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents has increased 35% in the past 10 years, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. In 2012 alone, 210 people died in such accidents.

This increase, reports suggest, is linked to Pennsylvania’s legal decision to let motorcyclists choose whether or not to wear a helmet if they are over the age of 21 and if they have 2 years of driving experience or they passed the state’s motorcycle safety course.

Some lawmakers, like Senator John Wozniak, do not see any reason to reverse the legislation for this allowance, in spite of the accident statistics provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Of the accidents reported in 2012, 104 riders were not wearing a helmet, while 100 riders were (the other six cases are unclear). This year, Pennsylvania has reported six deadly motorcycle crashes just since the beginning of May. Police say that at least one of these involved a rider not wearing a helmet.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another party’s carelessness, contact the Law Office of Bill Pelhan today by calling 717-392-6362 and learn more about the legal rights and options available to you.