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Seat belts to be added to buses in 2016

Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 4:00 pm    

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that, starting in late 2016, buses will be manufactured with seat belts. However, this new safety measure does not apply to school or city transit buses.

Accident investigators have been urging manufacturers to include seat belts to their design plans for nearly five decades. These specialists project that the addition of seat belts will reduce injury rates by 50%.

Since it is common for the passenger to be ejected, rollover accidents pose the largest danger to buses without seat belts. Studies show that 70% of ejected passengers suffer fatal injuries.

A commercial transit company can use a single bus for up to 25 years. As a result, it will take a while for the majority of circulating buses to be equipped with seat belts.

If you, or someone you know, sustained injuries in a bus or auto accident in Lancaster, contact the Law Office of Bill Pelhan at 717-392-6362 to learn more about your rights and legal options.





The dangers of not wearing a helmet

Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 1:31 pm    

According to the current motorcycle helmet law in Pennsylvania, which is fairly lax according to local police officers, only motorcycle riders who are under the age of 21 or haven’t passed their safety course if they are over 21 are legally supposed to be wearing a helmet; all other motorcyclists are not required to be wearing this, as many argue, critical safety feature.

Based on statistics from Lancaster County, newspaper records, and a study by a law firm in the Lancaster area, three of the four motorcyclists who were killed in accidents this past year were not wearing helmets, motorcycle fatalities have comprised a little more than a fifth of all traffic fatalities in the area since 2006, and almost 50% of the people killed in motorcycle accidents last year did not have helmets on.

Despite the fact that the number of fatalities in the Lancaster area is at its lowest since 2005, not wearing a helmet still shows to be a major factor in the severity of the accident.

At the Law Office of Bill Pelhan, our lawyers fight for the rights of motorcyclists in Lancaster who have suffered harm in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Call us at 717-392-6362 to find out how we might be able to help you.

How to stay safe on icy roads

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 7:31 pm    

Driving in snow can be stressful at best. In fact, many drivers refuse to drive in freezing weather at all costs.

If you cannot avoid driving in icy conditions, here are some tips to stay safe during a long commute:

  • Don’t turn on your cruise control. Although this feature may seem helpful in maintaining a safe speed, it may increase chances of hydroplaning.
  • Give yourself enough room. Some experts suggest that drivers should remain three times the normal distance behind the car in front of them when it’s snowing or there is ice on the roads.
  • Make sure your car is safe before leaving. Check the vehicle’s tire pressure and tread depth before heading out. Cold weather can lower tire pressure.

Even if you followed these safety tips, other drivers may choose to drive carelessly and endanger others in Lancaster. At the Law Office of Bill Pelhan, we are dedicated to helping car and truck accident victims get the compensation they need. Please call 717-392-6362 to explore your legal options today.

Female driver injured in West Hempfield Township accident

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 3:08 pm    

A car accident slowed down the morning traffic on Route 30 East of West Hempfield Township on Thursday, November 14 after a Subaru Legacy spun around and hit a guardrail on Route 30 east.

According to the East Hempfield Township police, the crash happened at 7:12 a.m. when a female driver allegedly lost control of her car. The unnamed female driver was rushed to the Lancaster General Hospital, her injuries unknown.

Witnesses also claimed another car was sideswiped by the Subaru but had already left the scene.

Car accidents such as this may cause physical and financial harm. Sadly, these car crashes are oftentimes a result of someone else’s carelessness. If you have been involved in a car accident in Lancaster due to someone else’s fault, our lawyers from the Law Office of Bill Pelhan might be able to provide the legal representation you need. Call us at 717-392-6362 to find out more about filing a lawsuit.

Tesla shares continue to dwindle following the latest Tesla fire

Posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at 4:26 pm    

Tesla shares were down for a third consecutive day on November 7, closing at $139.91, or 7.4% lower than the day before, following Tesla’s third report of a car catching on fire near Smyrna, Tenn.

The latest fire kept Tesla’s shares from rebounding as investors are wary that the incident has caught the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The organization stated that it will contact the local authorities who are investigating the latest fire incident to determine if there are vehicle safety matters that need the agency’s action.

The latest incident happened on the 7th when a Tesla Model S electric car heading east on Interstate 24 caught fire after running over a tow hitch. The driver was safe after pulling off the road.

Previous crash-related fires involving Tesla electric cars have been reported in Seattle, after a large piece of metal debris pierced the car’s battery shield, and in Mexico, where the car hit a wall in a roundabout.

The consequences associated with using defective vehicles may potentially cause you financial, physical, and emotional harm. If you have been involved in an accident in Lancaster due to a defective product, a lawyer from the Law Office of Bill Pelhan may be able to help you hold its manufacturer accountable. Discuss your options in a free consultation by calling 717-392-6362.

Gas dryers recalled in late August

Posted on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at 7:43 pm    

In late August, LG Electronics and Sears recalled over 20,000 gas dryers due to the dryers overheating. The dryers that were recalled included those manufactured from November 2009 to August 2010 and sold under the LG and Kenmore Elite brands.

The recall was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after 141 incidents of the dryers overheating were reported. In these incidents, at least three injuries to hands and arms were reported, in addition to numerous reports of clothing was burned.

The CPSC stated that the malfunction occurred as a result of the gas valve on the dryers failing to turn off, causing the dryer to continue producing heat even after the drying cycle was finished. Both companies provided customers with free repairs of the dryers.

At the Law Office of Bill Pelhan, our legal team seeks to help people in Lancaster who have suffered undue harm as the result of a manufacturer’s carelessness. If you or a loved one has been hurt by a defective or malfunctioning product, call us at 717-392-6362 to talk about your legal options for pursuing justice and compensation.

Ex quarterback sues NFL for head injuries

Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 8:06 pm    

Many people assume that risk of injury comes with the territory for professional football players. Ex-Chicago Bears quarterback Bobby Douglass, now 66, is challenging this notion by suing the NFL and helmet-manufacturer Riddell for injuries sustained during his career. He filed the suit on November 4.

Douglass is now at high risk of developing permanent brain damage during his retirement. He claims the NFL failed to educate its players about staying safe on the field.

The suit also accuses Riddell of failing to educate customers of their helmets’ limitations.

Neither Riddell nor the NFL have commented on the case.

Unfortunately, many professional athletes are injured while playing the sport they love. However, some sports organizations are now being held accountable for the injuries of their players.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured while playing a sport, you may benefit from seeking legal representation. Please call 717-392-6362 to speak confidentially with an attorney from the Law Office of Bill Pelhan in Lancaster today.

Male driver injured after rollover crash

Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 2:26 pm    

A male driver was injured after his vehicle crashed and rolled over in Conshohocken, PA at around 3:15 a.m. on Monday, November 4.

Police say the driver of a pickup truck hit a parked car, rolled over, and hit a utility pole after losing control over his car on the 1200 block of Hector Street. The victim had to be pulled from the wreckage and was transported to an area hospital to be treated.

Unfortunately, car accidents such as this are all too often the fault of another person’s carelessness, from auto manufacturers to municipal agencies. If you believe someone else is liable for your accident, do not hesitate to call 717-392-6362. Our lawyers from the Law Office of Bill Pelhan are prepared to help people in Lancaster who have been victimized in accidents caused by others.