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What can you do about a reckless driving charge?

Many people do not take traffic offenses seriously. While getting a speeding ticket is certainly not the end of the world, some offenses are more significant and so too are the penalties. Being charged with reckless driving is considered a more serious offense.

In Pennsylvania, reckless driving is a summary traffic offense. Though this is the most minor criminal offense possible, it is still a criminal offense. If convicted, you have a criminal conviction on your record.

Falls are hazardous for a senior's health

When Pennsylvania residents think about accidents that can result in serious injuries, they may not consider falls. However, falls can be especially dangerous for seniors. If people serve as a caregiver for an elderly parent, it is important for them to understand why seniors are more likely to fall and how these incidents can affect their health.

There are many hazards that might cause an elderly person to trip and fall. Medicine Net says that seniors might fall if they trip over toys and other objects that are lying on the floor. Steps and slippery floors can be dangerous for elderly people if they lose their footing, and a senior also might fall if he or she trips on loose rugs. Hallways with dim lighting can also be a hazard because a senior might not see objects on the floor until he or she trips over them. Falling can be dangerous for an elderly person because the fractures sustained in these incidents can sometimes threaten a senior's health. Some seniors might break a leg or an arm, but falls can also result in vertebral and pelvic fractures.

How do you prove fault in a slip-and-fall accident?

As a Pennsylvanian resident who has been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you know that it can be difficult to prove fault. Just how do you show that you were the victim?

FindLaw has an article about proving fault in a slip-and-fall accident, which may be harder than it initially seems. A number of things will be looked at in order to determine fault. First of all, it must be determined that the property owner could have reasonably prevented the accident. They aren't held responsible for things that a person could have avoided, such as tripping on a hose on a lawn that's being watered.

Icy winter weather conditions cause injury

Pennsylvanian winters can be treacherous for many reasons. As winter sweeps in, it often brings snow, ice, sleet, hail, and more along with it. People who are out and about this holiday season should be aware of the dangers that this weather can bring, such as an increased chance of slip-and-fall incidents.

FindLaw defines a slip-and-fall accident as one that involves a person tripping, slipping, and falling on someone else's property. This is quite common in winter, especially as snow and ice begin to collect on all paved surfaces. Sidewalks and parking lots can be particularly dangerous, as black ice tends to form there. This type of ice can't be seen by the naked eye, which means it can be missed when sand or salt is being laid out.

Title IX And College Professors

In a recent court case Smock v. Regents at the University of Michigan a professor was finally accorded due process.

The professor in question was alleged to have engaged in unprofessional and inappropriate conduct. The university began its own investigation and disciplinary proceedings eventually freezing the professor's pay and sabbatical and forbade the professor from meeting with students unless it was in a professional setting.

Why should you dispute your traffic ticket?

In Pennsylvania, you can be issued a traffic ticket for numerous reasons that range from speeding to driving with a broken tail light. Lisko & Associates will help if you are facing a traffic ticket that you don't deserve.

Many people don't contest the traffic tickets that they get. They think that it's best to "suck up" the costs and just pay it rather than going through the hassle of disputing the ticket in court. However, it's not common knowledge that paying a ticket is admitting that you're guilty of committing the crime you have been accused of. This can be harmful in surprising ways. For example, if you were ticketed for speeding, your insurance rates may go up. In extreme cases, you could even be suspended from work if it involves driving.

The regulation of commercial vehicle licenses and drivers

Pennsylvanian residents who work as commercial drivers have a separate, special license called a "commercial driver license", or a CDL. Along with the unique privileges that come along with owning this license, there are also unique applications of DUI law and traffic offenses that apply.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation takes a look at disqualifications and traffic offenses as related to someone who operates a commercial motor vehicle. A disqualification is the usually temporary revocation of someone's ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle. These disqualifications occur if a driver has committed a major offense, for specific violations, or by having numerous serious traffic offenses over time. Major offenses include:

  • Refusing a chemical test for DUI
  • Using a commercial vehicle to commit a felony
  • Leaving a crash scene
  • Causing a fatality through negligent operation of the vehicle

Pennsylvania has seen increased DUI arrests around Thanksgiving

Ready or not, the holiday season is about to kick off. You may soon be spending time with family and friends while eating turkey and all the fixings. However, turkey may not be the only thing that gets gobbled up this time of year. During the five-day holiday period around Thanksgiving in 2017, Pennsylvania police responded to 981 crashes and made 629 arrests for DUI. You can expect them to try and gobble up many more this year.

The numbers listed above are both an increase from the previous year’s totals. In 2016, there was 5 percent less crashes and 19 fewer DUI arrests. Unfortunately, one of the crashes that troopers responded to in 2017 resulted in a fatality.

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