Category: Vehicle

Enhanced DUI Penalties

Over recent years, like many states, Pennsylvania has gradually strengthened its DUI law to increase the potential penalties for driving under the influence, and also lowered the minimum allowable blood alcohol level to make it easier for drivers to be considered “impaired”. Potential penalties imposed… Continue reading

Jerk-And-Jolt

We have all experienced the sudden movement of a train or bus upon boarding and while wending our way to a seat. As we lurch, we reach out to grab the closest pole or overhead straps to steady ourselves and to prevent our being tossed… Continue reading

Failure to Pay a Motor Vehicle Judgment

Pennsylvania law has a little known provision which provides that any person who fails within 60 days to satisfy a judgment arising out of a motor vehicle accident can have his operating privilege suspended until the judgment is satisfied.  The Vehicle Code allows the injured… Continue reading

Serious Motor Vehicle Infractions

As most Pennsylvania drivers know, the Commonwealth maintains a “point system” of driver “education” which assigns penalty points for various Vehicle Code violations.  An initial accumulation of 6 points qualifies you for driving school and a special examination.  Failure to attend and successfully complete the… Continue reading

The Black Box in Your New Car

It is not well known that 96% of all new vehicles sold in the United States this year will come equipped with a box known as an event data recorder, or commonly known as a “black box.”  The electronic device is designed to record the… Continue reading

Has your Car Suffered “Diminished Value”?

The concept of money damages for “diminished value” (beyond the cost of repair) as a result of repairs to a motor vehicle following an automobile accident is becoming more widespread and more well known. Assume that as you were driving your two year old vehicle… Continue reading

Auto Accidents: A Checklist

For many people, traffic mishaps are an unfortunate fact of life.  A proper reaction can reduce injuries and costs as well as accelerate the clean-up and repair process.  The time to prepare for an accident is before one happens, when heads are cool, calm and… Continue reading

Car Rental Company’s Inflated Damage Claim May Violate Consumer Protection Law

In a decision handed down last month, Grimes v. Enterprise Leasing Company of Philadelphia, LLC, the Pennsylvania Superior Court addressed the issue of whether a car rental company could be liable to its customer under the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (“UTPCPL”) for… Continue reading

Full Tort Auto Injury Coverage Expanded (A Bit)

Consistently through the years we have in this paper urged all who are purchasing automobile liability insurance to opt for full tort coverage under the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (“MVFRL”) (as opposed to limited tort).  It will cost you a higher premium (approximately 20%… Continue reading

Hold the Lemonade!

In 1958 Pennsylvania adopted the Automobile Lemon Law which requires a manufacturer to “repair or correct” a new car that has any “non-conformity which substantially impairs the use, value, or safety” of a new car within the manufacturer’s warranty or the first 12,000 miles, whichever… Continue reading