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Seatbelts and car accidents

Driving is both a privilege and a huge responsibility that many people in Pennsylvania often take for granted. Although car accidents are a leading cause of death for motorists, many deaths can be prevented with the use of seatbelts. Drivers who decide not to use these safety devices put themselves at great risk. Not wearing seat belts is illegal, yet many drivers choose to ignore the law.

Understanding cases involving car defects

Being in a car accident can be devastating enough on its own. But, if a defect was the cause, it can also lead to anger and regret. Although some of its effects are beyond the help of money, compensation can definitely help. Therefore, knowing how car defect cases play out can help you decide whether you can or should go to court with your claim or not.

4 things to do after your first motor vehicle accident

Car accidents happen even to the most mindful drivers. Whether the results are property damage or personal injury, you might be full of shock, adrenaline and anger. It is important to take certain steps after the accident to protect yourself, your property and your interests. What follows are four steps on how to handle the situation if you are in a motor vehicle accident.

What you should do after a car accident

Car accidents are stressful circumstances. Emotions are heightened and injuries can be severe. Property damage and personal injuries can occur to drivers, passengers and pedestrians. If you were involved in an accident, there are some important things you should do to ensure your safety and rights are protected.

4 big mistakes people make after car crashes

Car crashes are unexpected, disorienting, and potentially very damaging and lethal. In the heat of the moment, it's easy to panic about what you should do after an accident. The more you understand why you should and shouldn't do certain things after a car accident, the more rationally you will be able to handle that situation if it comes up.

Autumn is prime time for car-deer collisions

Now is the time of year when deer are on the run throughout the country. A recent article published in the Republican Herald points out this is because deer mate from October through December, bringing the animals boldly out of the woods and onto more roadways. Consequently, most deer-related vehicle crashes occur during this time, especially in November.

Winter driving tips

The first snow of the year is just around the corner. Western Pennsylvania may not get the same amount of snow as our neighbors to the north (who can be punished by lake-effect snowstorms), but we still get our fair share. Add to that the general topography of the region and winter driving in the area can be a harrowing or fatal endeavor even when extreme caution is exercised.

Insurance companies: not on your side after an accident

Car accidents are something we all try to avoid, but typically most people will find themselves calling their auto insurance provider to make a claim at least once every ten years. Insurance companies portray themselves as "neighbors" or "on your side" in commercials, and many adjusters are very good at making their clients believe it is true, especially in the emotional aftermath of a car accident. But the relationship they have with their client in not personal. It's business. And ultimately, paying an accident victim less, denying a claim all together, or finding partial fault to justify a rate increase is in the insurance company's best interest. More often than not, an adjusters loyalty lies with the one who signs their own paycheck.

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