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These blogs are posted on behalf of Seidel, Cohen, Hof & Reid, LLC, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the firm or its attorneys. The information presented in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.

Highway safety advocates fight for new speed limits for trucks

Since 2006, members of Road Safe America have been trying to get legislation passed to slow down trucks on highways in Pennsylvania and across the country. Now, on the cusp of success, they fear their controversial new law may not pass the scrutiny of the new U.S. president. While President-Elect Donald Trump has made it clear that he does not support government regulations that impede the growth of the economy, advocates of the rule hope that he will see this regulation as a common-sense measure to improve highway safety.

Auto insurance companies are accountable for acting in bad faith

After paying premiums on time, renewing a policy faithfully and resisting making frivolous claims, a person in Pennsylvania may find that his or her insurance company may still not pay for the claim one submits after an accident. Maybe the adjuster is asking for more paperwork or telling the policyholder that the accident has not yet been investigated. Worse than that, perhaps the auto insurance company has already sent a letter saying it has denied the claim.

Truck accident may not be avoided by mandated speed caps

The comment period has ended for those who wished to weigh in on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposal to mandate speed limiting devices on newly manufactured large vehicles. The hope of this legislation is to reduce truck accident rates on highways in Pennsylvania and across the country by making it impossible for vehicles over 26,000 pounds to travel above a particular speed. It has not been decided if the limit will be 60, 65 or 68 mph.

Families of car accident victims urge students to be safe

A poignant, mobile memorial is making its way through the high schools in Pennsylvania. It displays the thousands of names of people who died in drunk driving accidents across the state. Along with the visual image of the lives lost, high school students hear stories of the impact drunk driving has had on people's lives. At this time of year, a car accident can often mean an empty chair at the holiday table.

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