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HIGHWAY DEATHS ON PENNSYLVANIA HIGHWAYS DROP TO A RECORD LOW IN 2013

Posted on Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 2:12 pm    

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials recently announced that the number of highway deaths in Pennsylvania dropped to 1,208 in 2013.   According to PennDOT officials, this is the lowest number of highway fatalities for a single year since PennDOT began collecting records in 1928.

There were declines over the previous year in many areas, including a drop in the number of people who died not wearing seatbelts, the number of people killed in speed related collisions, and killed in collisions involving an intoxicated driver.

However, notably the number of deaths in accidents involving distracted drivers increased last year.  This increase follows a national trend of more and more accidents being attributed to distracted drivers.

If you, or someone you know, sustained injuries in a motor vehicle collision in Central Pennsylvania, contact the Law Office of Bill Pelhan at 717-392-6362 to learn more about your rights and legal options.

Source: Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era, Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

FORD RECALLING 435,000 VEHICLES

Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at 6:35 pm    

The Lancaster New Era  reported Ford is recalling approximately 435,000 cars and SUVs as a result of rusting frame parts or faulty seats.  The largest of the two recalls announced covers approximately 386,000 Ford Escapes for model years 2001 through 2004.  According to Ford, the sub frames can rust, which may allow a control arm to separate and interfere with steering.

The other recall covers 2013 to 2014 Ford Fusions, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escapes and C-Max vehicles which are being recalled because of seat back frames that were not properly welded.

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.

Source: Lancaster New Era/Intelligencer Journal – April 8, 2014

OLDER DRIVERS’ CRASH RATES CONTINUE TO DROP

Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 5:25 pm    

A recent status report released by the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) reported some good news with respect to older drivers.  After analyzing data for fatal passenger vehicle crashes, the Institute concluded that for drivers ages 70 and older the fatal crash involvement rates declined from 1977 to 2012 and did so at a faster pace than rates for drivers ages 35 to 54.  IIHS found that this was true whether the data was analyzed by number of licensed drivers or by miles driven.

The IIHS report concluded that although older drivers are still more likely to die in a crash than drivers in the 35 to 54 age group, everyone is benefiting from the significant improvements made in automobile safety during this time.

Another factor which is believed to play a role in the declining fatal accidents among older drivers is that they tend to be less likely to text or speed while driving.

The IIHS report also notes that while they were among the organizations that raised concerns more than a decade ago regarding the potential increased risk of having increasing numbers of older people on the highways, this latest analysis reveals that the predicted problems haven’t showed up in fatal crash data.

For more information see http://www.iihs.org/iihs/sr/statusreport/article/49/1/1.