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January 2015 Archives

Are the trucking improvements as great as the ATA suggests?

The trucking industry has an interest in truck safety. After all, if a company's trucks are involved in numerous crashes, it is likely that their insurance company will place them in a high-risk premium bracket and their negligence will cost them beyond any costs directly associated with a truck accident.

SSDI and the lack of other choices

A story in The Atlantic describes the problems of Grundy, Virginia, in the far southwest corner of the state. There, many of the residents had jobs in the coal industry, but now, with the decline in coal jobs, the area has few jobs and many rely on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits as their only income.

After a crash, who will respond?

As you drive about the Chambersburg area and central Pennsylvania, enjoying the rolling hills and rural countryside, or if you are rushing up I-81 towards Harrisburg to work, you may never give a thought to the prospect what happens if your car crashes.

Don't let snowy weather knock you out this weekend

Winter weather will again potentially cause problems on roads in the Chambersburg area and throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. Snow is expected overnight Friday and again Sunday night. While it is unclear if there will be a repeat of last weekend's "flash freezing" that caused numerous crashes and five fatalities on roads in Pennsylvania and neighboring states, but anyone driving in the region should take extra care on the road.

Another sleepy truck driver causes fatal crash

Driving is a multifaceted activity. You have to understand the functioning of your vehicle, and all of its controls. Then, while you are driving, you have to keep track of all that goes on around your vehicle. You have to watch the speed limit, traffic lights, other drivers and weather and road conditions.

Why are speed limits set the way they are?

On occasion, as you drive through Chambersburg and head out on U.S. 30 to Gettysburg or up I-81 to Harrisburg, you may wonder how speed limits are determined. Interstates are designed to speed traffic across country, so high speeds make some sense, but in smaller towns and cities, the speed limit often seems arbitrary.

The war on SSDI

Congress has begin it new session with what can only be seen as an opening salvo in the coming war on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The program, which provides benefits to disabled worker in Pennsylvania and across the U.S., is expected to run short of money to pay the current benefit levels in 2016.

Are more recalls a good sign for carmakers?

A former member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and now the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests that in 2015 we could see even more recalls from the auto manufacturers, and that this will be a good sign. This comes on the heels of 2014, which set a record for the number of motor vehicle recalls.

Car crash leaves a piece of vehicle in man's arm for 51 years

Car accidents can lead to devastating outcomes, often leaving motorists with severe and life-long injuries. Seemingly minor crashes can still cause chronic pain from neck and other soft-tissue damage, while severe collisions can result in traumatic brain injuries and other serious injuries that may leave victims permanently disabled.

Father facing consequences after daughter's car accident

A Pennsylvania father is facing serious consequences after his teenage daughter caused a fatal car accident. The daughter was 15 at the time of the crash, which claimed the lives of three teenage victims. The father has been officially charged with endangering the welfare of children and involuntary manslaughter due to the car accident. The nature and severity of the charges filed against the daughter are not immediately clear, because she is being charged as a juvenile. 

Determining fault and liability for motor vehicle accidents

Motor vehicle accidents can take a toll on a victim and is or her family for years to come. Despite severe injuries and extensive medical bills, Pennsylvania victims may not realize that they could be eligible for financial compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death suit. By understanding fault and liability as they pertain to motor vehicle accidents, it can be easier to determine if an individual has a viable case.