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Fatal Crashes Tripled in Beaver County in 2017

After a five-year trend that showed a decline in fatal auto accidents in Beaver County, the number of people killed in car accidents tripled in 2017. According to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation information released this spring, there were 17 people killed in car accidents in 2017 — up from five in 2016. This number was […]

Is a Jail Sentence Mandatory for a Second-Offense DUI in Pennsylvania?

There are varying penalties associated with second DUI offenses, mostly based on the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level. Pennsylvania classifies DUIs at three different levels: BAC per se (.08 to .099 percent), high BAC (.10 to .159 percent) and highest BAC (.16 percent and above). The following is a brief overview of the penalties […]

Is a Third-Offense DUI in Pennsylvania a Felony?

A third-offense conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) in Pennsylvania is still considered a misdemeanor. However, depending on the factors involved in the offense, it could be classified as either a first-degree or a second-degree misdemeanor. The jail time and other penalties you face for a third-time DUI offense depend mostly on your blood […]

Is an Ignition Interlock Device Required for a First DUI Offense in Pennsylvania?

As of 2016, an individual convicted on a first offense of driving under the influence (DUI) with a blood alcohol content on arrest of .10 percent or higher is required to use an ignition interlock device (IID) for at least a year. Because this rule changed recently in Pennsylvania, people tend to have questions about […]

Fewer People Are Dying from Alcohol-Related Crashes in Pennsylvania

Recently released statistics show that the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign organized by the Pennsylvania State Police appears to be doing its job. The calendar year 2016 saw the fewest people killed in alcohol-related auto accidents in about two decades. According to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 297 people […]

What to Know About Getting a Divorce in Pennsylvania

Are you preparing to file for divorce in Pennsylvania? The following is some basic information you should know before beginning the process. Filing requirements To file for divorce in Pennsylvania, one or both spouses must have lived in the state for at least six months. The plaintiff may file the “Complaint for Divorce” or a […]

Rules for Possession of a Controlled Substance in Pennsylvania

Every state in the nation regulates controlled  substances, but each state has its own definition of what a controlled substance is and its own criminal penalties for possession of these substances. In Pennsylvania, drugs including cocaine, heroin and marijuana are considered controlled substances, as are the various chemical compounds used to create them. Pennsylvania law divides […]

Driver Error a Common Cause of Trucking Accidents

Most trucking accidents are the result of driver error. Truck driver errors include driver impairment (due to alcohol, drugs or sleep deprivation), poor judgment, taking unnecessary risks, improper loading of cargo, and slow reaction time. If you have been injured in an accident involving a large commercial truck, it’s important to investigate the truck driver’s […]

Pennsylvania Is a Quasi No-Fault Car Insurance State

Pennsylvania is one of about a dozen states that have a form of “no-fault” car insurance law. This means your own insurer is responsible for paying all or part of your medical bills, and may be responsible for lost earnings as well after a crash, regardless of who or what was responsible for it. This is […]

Shared Fault or Comparative Negligence in Personal Injury Cases in Pennsylvania

In a personal injury claim, there may be some dispute about who was at fault for an accident. For example, when you file an injury claim against a person or business, the defendant may argue that you were fully or partially to blame for the accident that led to your injury. If the opposing party […]


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