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Transportation Department recommends autonomous vehicle testing

Posted on Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 9:19 pm    

Self-driving cars and vehicles with semi-autonomous features are currently in development by a range of different companies, and in order to keep up with these rapid technological changes, the Transportation Department has released its recommendations for how states should treat these vehicles. While the recommendations are not binding, the Department suggests that states only allow self-driving cars on public roadways for testing purposes at the present time. However, it also states that some autonomous driving features, such as automatic lane correction, can help to save lives.

As the technology behind self-driving cars continues to develop, it is likely that the laws governing their use will change, and they may eventually become commercially available to the general public. However, there are a number of important issues that remain to be resolved, particularly the assessment of liability in cases where autonomous vehicles are involved in an auto accident.

At the Law Office of Bill Pelhan, our dedicated legal team has considerable experience helping car accident victims in Lancaster get the legal help they need. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, contact our offices today at 717-392-6362.

“Operation Nighthawk” results in 53 DUI charges

Posted on Saturday, August 24th, 2013 at 4:22 pm    

At least 53 persons were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), in addition to several other related arrests, through “Operation Nighthawk” in Luzerne County, according to the Pennsylvania State Police on Tuesday, August 20.

After receiving specialized training by the Pennsylvania State Police, state-wide municipal police and troopers carried out the initiative on August 16 and 17. Some 775 motorists were stopped, with some receiving citations and warnings. Citations included not wearing a seat belt, and driving with a suspended license, among others.

“Operation Nighthawk,” which was conducted in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania DUI Association, was organized to lessen the number of DUI accidents in Luzerne County.

Unfortunately, many people in Lancaster sustain injuries due to drunk drivers. At the Law Office of Bill Pelhan, our legal team is devoted to helping victims of such accidents get the justice and compensation they need. Call 717-392-6362 today to discuss your situation with us.

Pennsylvania motorcycle deaths increase following helmet law repeal

Posted on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 9:18 pm    

According to a study published by the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review, the number of deaths resulting from motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania has increased substantially since the law requiring motorcyclists to wear a helmet was revised in 2003. Under current law, motorcyclists who are over the age of 21 and have either had two years of riding experience or passed the state’s Motorcycle Safety Program are allowed to ride without a helmet.

Since this change was implemented, motorcycle fatalities in the state have increased 35%, with 210 deaths in 2012. Unfortunately, as the study indicates, being a responsible motorcyclist and wearing a helmet is not enough to protect against the worst outcome in case of an accident. At least 100 of the deaths that occurred in 2012 involved motorcyclists who were wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

At the Law Office of Bill Pelhan, we understand how devastating being involved in a motorcycle accident can be for motorcyclists and their families, and we provide experienced, dedicated representation to injury victims to help them get the compensation they need. Call 717-392-6362 today to discuss your situation.

Teenager killed in 2-vehicle fatal accident

Posted on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 at 8:52 pm    

A teenager was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Clay Township on August 5, as reported by LancasterOnline on Monday, August 12.

According to police reports, the accident happened on August 5 when Dakota “Cody” Stephan Schnettler’s vehicle slammed into another vehicle before striking a tree at around 1 p.m. in 100 Block of Mount Airy Road. Police said the two vehicles were both heading east when the accident occurred.

Schnettler and his 17-year-old passenger were both transported to a nearby hospital after sustaining injuries. Schnettler, 18, later died in the hospital due to serious injuries he sustained from the crash. The driver of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries and was also brought to the hospital.

Police said they are currently investigating the accident scene.

Man charged with several offenses after car accident in Lower Nazareth Township

Posted on Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 12:53 pm    

After crashing into another vehicle at an intersection in Pennsylvania’s Lower Nazareth Township last Thursday, 48-year-old Jeffrey Trucksess was later arrested for fleeing the scene of a car accident and driving with a suspended license. The Bethlehem Township resident was arrested after officers located his damaged Jeep Cherokee in his driveway.

At approximately 8 p.m. on July 29, Trucksess slammed into another vehicle from behind at the intersection of Newburg and Georgetown roads. The impact caused the other vehicle to spin off the road, leaving the driver and passenger with minor injuries. Trucksess has been arraigned on counts of careless driving, driving with a suspended license, and driving a vehicle without insurance.

Police and residents of Lower Nazareth Township say the intersection’s four-way blinking light should be upgraded to a traffic signal to direct cars more safely.

Automobile accidents caused by the carelessness of another driver can be emotionally overwhelming. However, if you have been the victim of a car accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and suffering. Contact the Law Office of Bill Pelhan at 717-392-6362 today to learn how an attorney can help you.