Category: Vehicle

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

PennDOT Attempts to Suspend Mom for Son’s Misdeed

A recent Commonwealth Court decision in Pennsylvania (Franklin v. PennDOT) arose from PennDOT’s suspension of a woman’s driver’s license for her failure to satisfy a judgment originally entered against her son as the result of an automobile accident involving him. If a child under the age… Continue reading

Children At the Wheel

At the end of 2011, some major changes regarding teenage drivers went into effect in the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.  This is a reflection of the concern over the teenage drivers’ accident rate which is four times the adult drivers’ rate.  The new law provides: Within… Continue reading

Automobile Insurance Laws in Pennsylvania

All licensed motor vehicles in Pennsylvania are required to have insurance coverage.  The Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (“MVFRL”) is designed to protect everyone who could be injured or could suffer a loss in the event of an automobile accident.  Minimum liability coverage is… Continue reading

Choosing the Right Auto Insurance Coverage

Accidents happen, so you need adequate protection.  That is why you must be smart about the type of auto insurance coverage you purchase.  The trend we see in our personal injury practice is that more and more people are either eliminating or drastically lowering key… Continue reading

These Are Not Bonus Points!

Scoring points is the object of the game in basketball and football, but driving is more like golf; the low score wins.  In Pennsylvania, when you accumulate 6 points on your driving record you are required to attend driver improvement school; successful completion results in… Continue reading

A Clear Mandate to DUI Suspects: Cooperate!

A driver who has been detained by the police on the suspicion of operating under the influence (“DUI”) of alcohol or drugs must submit to a chemical test under the Implied Consent provisions of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.  Refusal to do so, of itself, will result… Continue reading

Traffic Stops: Keep Your Cool!

We have handled countless traffic cases over the years and often the outcome of a traffic stop can turn upon the interaction with the police officer making the stop.  Suppose you are stopped after going through a traffic signal changing from yellow to red.  Most… Continue reading

The Vanishing MSRP?

As car shoppers, we are all familiar with the concept of the Manufacturer  Suggested Retail Price, which is how the manufacturer suggests to the dealer the price at which to sell a car.  Notably, with the exception of Saturn (where the manufacturer owns the dealership),… Continue reading

Auto Insurance Tips

Here are some tips to consider when reviewing your automobile insurance coverage: Make sure you have selected “full tort” coverage and not “limited tort”.  Without full tort coverage you may not be compensated for all of your injuries if you have the misfortune to be… Continue reading