Pennsylvania Scooter Laws

If you’ve visited Baltimore, Hoboken, New York City, Plainfield, Keyport, or Washington, D.C., you may have seen people zipping around on electric scooters. These scooters are a lot of fun, and are a low-cost way of getting around. So why don’t we have them in Pennsylvania? The answer is relatively straightforward: Pennsylvania law does not…

New Jersey Pedestrian Laws

Everything you need to know about the laws and your legal rights as a pedestrian, and driver, on the streets of New Jersey. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) consistently publishes pedestrian safety statistics. The NHTSA calculated that a pedestrian collision happens once every seven minutes. The number of pedestrian deaths per year equates…

What Happens If I Am in An Accident with An Uninsured Driver?

Most of us wouldn’t dream of getting behind the wheel of a car without insurance. Not only does insurance help to protect others and ourselves, but it is also required by the law. Yet…some people do drive without insurance, more often than we would like. And when uninsured drivers cause accidents, it creates even bigger…

Is Distracted Driving Still a Problem in Pennsylvania?

Have you answered a call while behind the wheel?  If you’re in Pennsylvania, that may be unsafe, but it isn’t necessarily against the law. Despite ample evidence of the dangers of distracted driving, there is no law in Pennsylvania requiring drivers to stay off of their phones while driving. Previously, Philadelphia had a ban on…

  • September 08, 2019
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What Is the Difference Between a Wrongful Death Claim and a Survival Action?

Losing a loved one is always tragic. When your family member dies as a result of another person’s negligence, however, it can be even more devastating. In addition to grief, you may experience a number of emotions — including anger at the person responsible for your loss. While nothing will bring your loved one back,…

  • September 07, 2019
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Why Bike Lanes Should Have Physical Protection from Car Traffic

A recent study from Monash University in Australia suggests that merely painting bike lanes onto the roads may be counterproductive.  For a period of up to two weeks, cyclists were monitored by electronic equipment and cameras to view motorists and measure the distance at they motorists passed cyclists on the road. The study results revealed…

  • September 06, 2019
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3D Painted Crosswalks

According to the CDC, in 2016, 5,987 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States.  This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 1.5 hours.  Additionally, almost 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2015. Therefore, it is easy to understand that when an increasing number of cities…

The “As-Is” Clause in a Residential Lease

Is an “As-Is” clause in a residential lease in Pennsylvania enforceable? That is a question that comes up any time a tenant is injured in a rental property and attempts to sue the landlord. Landlords will commonly include an “As-Is” clause in the lease. The “As-Is” clause generally says that the tenant accepts the property…

Proving Older Products Are Defective

Proving older products are defective in a product liability case can be difficult. However, it is possible with the right arguments. The key to any such case is showing that the product was defective at the time it was designed or sold. Evidence that safer alternative designs were available when the product was designed, manufactured…

  • June 07, 2016
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Personal Jurisdiction Over A Foreign Defendant In Pennsylvania

Obtaining personal jurisdiction over a foreign defendant in Pennsylvania can be challenging. Defendants will often seek to dismiss a case at the outset if any argument can be made that the defendant does not maintain sufficient contacts with Pennsylvania to be haled into court there. Personal injury attorney John Mattiacci has extensive experience in defeating motions to…