Category: Vehicle

New Penalties for Repeat Drunk Drivers

The Commonwealth is continuing to crack down on drunk drivers, particularly those with prior DWI offenses. As of December 23, 2018: a person convicted of a third DWI offense with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .16 or higher or a fourth (or subsequent) DWI… Continue reading

If You are in a Car Accident…

Here are some basic tips to remember if you should have the misfortune of being in a car accident: Safety first – get yourself (and your vehicle, if possible) out of harm’s way. Call the police and report the accident. Assist others involved in the… Continue reading

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


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