Pennsylvania Auto Insurance Laws

Auto insurance laws vary from state to state. What may be allowed by law in one state may be illegal in another. More often, there are slight differences in the various laws regarding a driver’s financial responsibility for operating a motor vehicle. For instance, not every state requires that a motorist carry auto insurance. However, some form of financial provision is required in those states that don’t, such as an uninsured motorist fee. Pennsylvania does require that all vehicles on …
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How to Get an Accident Report in Scranton

In the wake of a motor vehicle accident, a police report can be a powerful leveraging tool when it comes to negotiating a settlement. It provides detailed information and personal witness statements about the accident itself as well as road conditions, the weather, and other factors. It can include photos and witness statements as well, but it may not be necessary to get a police report for every little fender bender. Pennsylvania law requires that the police be notified in …
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Pennsylvania Child Car Seat Laws

One of the most important challenges parents face is keeping children safe in vehicles. In one recent year, 663 children died and more than 121,000 were hurt in car crashes. Child car seats clearly save lives, and failure to use them can be deadly. Approximately 35 percent of the children under 12 who died in crashes in 2015 were not properly buckled into their seats. If you have a young child, what do you need to know about child car …
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Uninsured Motorist Coverage in Pennsylvania

Most states in the U.S. require vehicle owners to carry auto insurance on their cars as a way to cover any financial liabilities that may be incurred in the event of an auto accident. In most cases, there is a requirement for a minimum liability insurance level that must be maintained. Nationwide, approximately 13% of drivers do not have auto insurance. This includes the states that do not require it and those that allow drivers to pay an uninsured motor …
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Headache After a Car Accident

Headaches are among the most common medical symptoms following car accidents. If you’ve been in an auto accident, you may have a headache even if you did not hit your head. During a crash, a vehicle — with you inside — quickly decelerates from a high rate of speed to zero. That force alone, even without a direct impact, can cause a headache and more serious problems. If you have a headache after an accident, it’s important to seek medical …
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3 Main Causes Behind Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents, like accidents involving other types of vehicles, can happen just about anytime and anywhere. But there are some factors that make accidents more likely to occur. By understanding the main causes of motorcycle accidents and what can be done to reduce or avoid these issues, you can be safer on the road. There is no way to prevent all motorcycle accidents or completely eliminate the risk unless you simply don’t ride a motorcycle at all, but reducing your …
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Pennsylvania Should Utilize Cannabis For Pain Relief and Opioid Addiction. Here’s why.

Throughout history, opioids have widely been regarded as wonder drugs. Applications of the drug have ranged from pain relief for war injuries to recreational use. Even today, their use in managing acute and chronic pain is largely considered standard care. Drugs like codeine, fentanyl, meperidine, methadone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and hydrocodone are commonly utilized to place patients into a euphoric, pain-free state. However, in the face of an ever-growing epidemic crisis, it may be time to rethink standard care. According to …
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Accident Reconstruction for Car Accident Cases

There are a number of factors that go into a car accident case, and one of them has to do with accident reconstruction. Recalling the facts of the case in their entirety can be difficult or impossible for the people involved in the collision, and witnesses to the accident may have conflicting memories of what actually took place. In order to reduce the chances of making a mistake as to who is at fault and what level of compensation the …
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Scranton: Fun Events and Activities to Enjoy in the Electric City

Here at The Slocum Firm we are happy to call Scranton home. Scranton is a great place with a lot to do, no matter what time of year. With spring around the corner, there are more activities being planned so singles, couples, and families with children can get out and enjoy the weather. If you’ve lived in Scranton for a long time, are new to the area, or are just visiting and want to take advantage of some of the …
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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Just a few days after Christmas in 2016, a dump truck driver was driving down the highway when he had a blow-out and lost control of his rig. He drove head-on into a semi-truck, killing that driver instantly. The dump truck also ran into a pickup. The drivers of the pickup and dump truck were both airlifted to a hospital. The severity and nature of the injuries of the two men were not immediately known. This was just one of …
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