Fee Structures Attorneys May Use To Determine What To Charge You To Handle Your Accident Case

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fee Structures Attorneys May Use To Determine What To Charge You To Handle Your Accident Case

Attorneys want to help their clients obtain adequate compensation for their injuries. At the same time, lawyers want to ensure they are paid fairly for their effort. To that end, an attorney may use one or more fee structures when determining how much to charge you to litigate your case. Here’s a description of the different billing methods to prepare you for negotiating with the attorney about the fee he or she will charge. Percentage-Based Fee This particular fee structure, commonly known as a contingency fee, involves the attorney charging you a percentage of any compensation you’re awarded in your case. For instance, if the auto insurance company gives you $100,000 to settle your case, your attorney would take a percentage of that award (e.g., 30 percent) as his or her fee for litigating the case. In this type of fee arrangement, the attorney doesn’t get paid unless and until you win. This makes it a good option for people who may not have the cash to pay an attorney upfront. However, the fee does reflect the risk the attorney is taking, with many charging anywhere from 33 to 40 percent. Additionally, attorneys tend to be very selective about the cases they take on contingency. So if your case is not very strong, the attorney may use a different fee structure or decline to take your case. Hourly Rate Another common fee structure attorney’s use is to charge the client an hourly rate to litigate the case. Typically the attorney will estimate how long it will take to obtain a resolution and then multiply those hours by an hourly rate. For instance, an attorney’s hourly fee can land anywhere between $150 and $400 per hour. If the attorney estimates it will take 30 man hours to resolve your case, you could expect to pay between $4,500 and $12,000 in legal fees. Most attorneys require clients to pay a portion of the estimated cost upfront, which means you have to have the money on hand to hire the person. However, an attorney may be more willing to take a weak case since the risk of not getting paid is significantly reduced. Lastly, if you get a very large award, you don’t have to worry about giving up as big of a chunk as you would in a contingency fee agreement. Flat Fee Although this type of fee schedule is not seen very often in accident lawsuits, sometimes attorneys will charge a flat rate for his or her service. For example, the lawyer may bill you $5,000 to handle your accident case from start to finish. This is a good option because you’re charged the same price regardless of how long it actually takes to litigate the case, which is good if you have limited funds and/or the lawsuit goes on for longer than expected. Typically, though, the attorney may only do this in cases where the person is fairly certain he or she can litigate the case within the number of hours the flat fee represents. Therefore, lawyers may be extremely picky about the cases they take; meaning your case will likely have to be a slam dunk and/or the person you’re suing must be willing to settle quickly. Additionally, you still have to pay the whole amount even if...

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Crash Your Motorcycle? Here’s How To Protect Your Interests

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Crash Your Motorcycle? Here’s How To Protect Your Interests

If your motorcycle has gotten into an accident that involves other people or vehicles, then you need to look out for yourself in more ways than simply checking for wounds. Legal and insurance issues can be just as damaging as medical ones in these cases, so it pays to know how to conduct yourself following a motorcycle accident. Here are some tips for getting through the entire post-accident ordeal as favorably as possible.  Focus on the Facts Call 911 to summon the police and any other necessary aid, even if someone else may have already done so, just to make sure local law enforcement arrives on the scene as soon as possible. When the police arrive, answer their questions, but don’t volunteer any admissions of guilt or responsibility then and there — just state the facts of the accident as you know them, and leave any interpretations to the authorities, the insurance companies, your motorcycle accident attorney, and (if it comes to it) the court system. If you’re victim of a hit and run accident, do everything you can to file the incident as soon as possible, even if you have to be transported to a medical facility right away. If you believe that the facts are on your side, by all means, gather as many of them as you feel physically up to gathering. Approach any witnesses and try to secure their contact information so their accounts can be added to the public record. It’s also a good idea to carry a digital camera with you every time you ride your motorcycle. If an accident occurs, you can take picture or video of the entire scene, since this could very well prove critical to your legal case later. Insurance Issues It’s important to notify both your insurance company and the company representing other parties in a timely manner when you plan to file an insurance claim. If you drag your feet in this regard, it might hurt the perceived legitimacy and urgency of your claim. But even before you set the insurance claim wheels in motion, your first conversation, after those with the police and medical personnel, should be with your motorcycle accident attorney. This professional can advise you as to what you should and shouldn’t say to insurance adjusters. Adjusters working for the other side, for instance, who might be looking to catch you in an admission that reduces your monetary compensation. Such an admission can also come back to haunt you in court, whether it’s based on the truth or just an impulsive statement on your part. Fault vs. No Fault Your motorcycle accident attorney can brief you on your state’s laws controlling your ability (or the other party’s ability) to seek compensation based on fault. If you reside in a “no fault” state, that means you’ll be filing a claim with your insurance company, and that’s probably the end of it unless you can establish that you’ve suffered additional damages not covered by this process, such as lost wages or pain and suffering. Your motorcycle accident attorney will determine whether you can prove such damages and help you make the necessary calculations. If you live in a state where fault is assigned in vehicular accident cases, then you’ll file your claim, not with your own...

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Was Your Child’s Erb’s Palsy Caused By Medical Malpractice?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Was Your Child’s Erb’s Palsy Caused By Medical Malpractice?

If you are like most parents, you waited patiently for nine months to hold your new bundle of joy. As you were imagining what life would be like after the baby arrived, you probably did not factor in having to deal with numerous doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, or any type of long term injury. Unfortunately, if your child has suffered from a birth injury and been left with Erb’s Palsy, that is probably what you are facing. Was this condition caused by a normal birthing injury, or was it a result of medical malpractice? You may have to consult a birth injury lawyer before you know the answer to this question. What Causes Birth Injuries?  A difficult time during labor and delivery can be hard on both the mother and the baby. These birthing difficulties precede birthing injuries and can often be contributed to one or more of the following factors. Your baby’s size – Large babies whose weight exceeds the average newborn weight of 7.5 pounds often have difficulty in the birthing canal, which may require your medical team to have to intervene during labor and delivery. On the other hand, premature babies are often more fragile and can be easily injured during the birthing process. The size and shape of your pelvis – Not every woman’s body was designed to be able to deliver vaginally. Some women suffer from cephalopelvic disproportion, which will often cause your baby to have difficulty in the birthing canal. Prolonged labor – Although the length of labor can vary from one pregnancy to another, when labor has been going on for an extended period of time, it can take a toll on both you and your baby. Once fatigue sets in, you may have difficulty pushing your baby through the birth canal. Abnormal birthing presentation – If your baby is not properly positioned for delivery, this will place them at a higher risk of being injured. Due to these conditions, as well as many others, approximately 28,000 babies are born each year with a birth injury. While some of these injuries are temporary conditions that resolve on their own in the first few days, weeks, or months of a child’s life, other conditions such as Erb’s Palsy can be a more serious condition. What Is Erb’s Palsy? Erb’s Palsy may also be called by several other names, including Brachial Plexus Palsy. This birth injury is caused by damage to the nerves that control your baby’s muscles in their arms or shoulders. This is most commonly caused by shoulder dystocia during a difficult birth. One of the first indications that your child is affected by this is if they are unable to move the affected arm or shoulder. It may appear that the arm is paralyzed. There are three types of this injury that are usually seen in babies. They are: Neuropraxia – means that the nerves within the brachial plexus network has been stretched but are not torn. Your child will usually be able to fully recover from this over time. Rupture – means the nerve is torn, but is not torn at the point of connection on the spine. This may heal on its own, or it may require surgery. The severity of the tear will often dictate your child’s ability to...

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Can You Sue a Landlord for Personal Injury in Florida?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Can You Sue a Landlord for Personal Injury in Florida?

Do you rent a residence in Florida, and have you been injured on that property? If so, you may be wondering whether you can contact an accident attorney and sue the landlord for personal injury. It all depends on the type of injury and the circumstances in which it was sustained. Florida law tends to favor the landlord in a lot of ways, but it does have some specific items that pertain to tenants and injuries. These protections mainly apply to people renting residential properties. There are not as many protections for commercial tenants renting a business property, except in the case of mold. Here are three types of injuries that are eligible for suing your landlord for under Florida law. 1. Negligence If there is a hazard on the property where you live, such as a loose brick on a stairway or a large tree branch hanging over the roof, your landlord is responsible for fixing it, because it is something that could cause an injury. If your landlord knows the hazard is there, he or she must fix it. If the hazard is not fixed and you or someone on your property gets injured because of it, such as tripping on the loose brick or being hit by roof debris if the branch crashes through the ceiling, then you can sue your landlord for a negligence injury. However, you can only sue if your landlord was aware of the hazard and willfully did nothing to fix it before someone was injured. 2. Mold This is a common reason for suing a landlord in Florida. The hot, damp conditions in the state during much of the year are a haven for mold of all kinds. Some molds can be toxic and cause serious injuries to people who are exposed to it. Other types of mold may not be toxic, but can still cause problems for people who are allergic to molds of all kinds. The law in the state requires landlords to clean up any mold on a property. They are supposed to remain constantly aware of the conditions on their property so they can take care of any mold issues right away. However, if the tenant discovers the mold first, it is their responsibility to inform the landlord. Any delay in informing the landlord that results in injury could prevent the tenant from suing. If the landlord did know and did nothing, which resulted in injury, then a lawsuit is definitely something a tenant is entitled to bring. 3. Certain Animal Bites If you live in a multi-family building, this may apply to you. Other people in the building may own pets. If the pet of another resident bites you, you can sue the owner for personal injury. You can also sue the landlord for personal injury if the landlord knew the animal was likely to hurt someone and took no measures to keep the other tenants safe. This is particularly true for dogs, but can apply to any animal kept as a pet by another family in the building. When you sue your landlord, your accident attorney will make sure you have all the proof gathered you need to prove your case. If you win your case, which a good accident attorney will make every effort...

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How to Reduce Your Chances of Being Denied Your Social Security Disability Benefits

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Reduce Your Chances of Being Denied Your Social Security Disability Benefits

If you are unable to work due to a disability or impairment, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), you must meet several conditions. You must be disabled for more than one year, your medical disability must prevent you from doing your regular job and you must be unable to adapt to other employment due to the disability. If you think your qualify and are considering filing a claim, you will need to gather the appropriate documents to substantiate your claims. Follow this guideline to gather the appropriate information. Medical Sources The Social Security Administration only accepts documentation from “acceptable medical sources.” This means you need to understand who and what those sources are if you want the SSA to take your evidence and documentation seriously. Medical or Osteopathic Doctors: The doctor must be licensed and should be a practicing doctor. This generally includes your primary care doctor and any specialists you have seen.  Psychologist:  A licensed psychologist is an acceptable source if your disability includes cognitive or psychological components, such as the ability to communicate, follow directions and perform work-related tasks. Speech Pathologist: A speech pathologist must be certified by the State in which he practices. His report can support your ability to communicate and understand directions or instructions correctly. It may address articulation (speaking clearly so others can understand you) or your ability to interpret language. Podiatrist: If you impairment or disability is related to foot and ankle problems, a podiatrist’s report can support your claim. Optometrist:  A licensed optometrist can provide reports on visual acuity and visual fields if this is part of your disability. Medical Evidence A diagnosis of a medical condition is rarely sufficient to support a disability claim. The SSA system relies on medical evidence from treating sources. That means reports from doctors who have not treated your condition are less valued than those from doctors who have treated you over a course of months or years. Some sources of medical evidence from treating sources include: Your Primary Care Doctor: Your primary care provider’s reports should document the nature of your disability and the extent to which it impairs your ability to perform work-related tasks. Emergency Room Visits: These reports can prove invaluable as they provide evidence of how your impairment affects your daily life. Clinics: Reports from clinics that you frequent also contain valuable information to verify the nature and duration of your impairments. Necessary Information Sometimes people are denied disability benefits because the doctor and medical reports lack the information they need to support the disability claim. This can occur when doctors and medical staff are too busy to fill the forms out thoroughly or simply don’t understand what is required. You can improve your chances in a disability claim by verifying that the pertinent information is included in the report before you provide it to SSA. Here’s what you will need. Medical History: This includes all conditions that may contribute to the disability, the date of onset and the duration of the symptoms. Clinical Findings: Clinical findings include the results of mental and physical performance tests that have been performed in the doctor’s office or at a clinic. These may be informal assessments. Test Results: Test results include x-rays, blood...

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Jury Duty: Truth & Lies About The Jury Selection Process | Know What To Expect

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Jury Duty: Truth & Lies About The Jury Selection Process | Know What To Expect

There is something that anyone can be a part of that many people wonder about: jury duty. There are many myths circulating about jury duty, that confuse those who are summoned and those who are wondering if that day will ever come. Here is the truth about jury duty and what happens when you’re selected. You can’t avoid jury duty by not registering to vote Once upon a time, the jury pool was selected by the registered voter list. People would opt out of voter registration just to keep from being selected for jury duty. While that worked for quite some time, it doesn’t work any longer. If you’re an active citizen of the United States, you can’t avoid jury duty. Names are pulled off the voter registration, but not exclusively. Names are also pulled from filing taxes, state IDs, and mortgage filings. You can’t pretend to be biased to get out of jury duty People have feigned bias for years to get out of jury duty. People have used tricks such as pretending to be racist if the defendant is a different race, or saying someone looks guilty. While it has worked for some people, the courts have seen these tricks many times before. If you are caught lying about being biased and making up stories to get out of jury duty, you can be punished with time in jail and a fine. Lying isn’t worth the punishment. You won’t be stuck in a hotel until the trial is over One of the largest fears about jury duty is being ripped from family until the trial is over. While jurors in the past have had to stay separated from loved ones for the remainder of a trial, it isn’t the norm. Most people on jury duty go home at the end of the day like anyone else. The only time this isn’t likely to happen is with high profile cases. If you are part of a high profile case that doesn’t require sequester, you may have a Marshall to escort you to and from jury duty to ensure your safety. Now that you know what you can’t do and what won’t happen, you need to know what will happen if you are summoned for jury duty. Here is what you can expect. Check in for jury duty Being summoned doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be part of the jury. Arrive early because you will be checking in with up to a couple hundred other potential jurors. They select so many, because it is the best way to select the best twelve out of the bunch. However, they may be selecting jurors for more than one trial. This means that they may need 24, 36, or even more. You will receive papers in the mail with a time to check in for jury duty, usually 8am. Bring your summons with you to the address printed on it. You will wait in line with other jurors, and receive a short questionnaire to fill out when you get to the front. Next you will have an orientation. The orientation will go over what you will do that day, and during jury duty if you are selected. Jury selection Jury selection will happen sometime in the afternoon. You will wait in...

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What Damages Can People Recover If Their Pets Are Injured In A Car Accident?

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Most pet owners consider their animal friends to be part of the family. So when pets are injured or killed in car accidents, it’s only natural their owners would want to pursue compensation from the people responsible. The types of damages you can recover, however, depend quite a bit on the circumstances of the accident. Here’s what you can expect to get if your pet is hit by a vehicle or harmed in a car accident. Replacement Or Market Value In all states, pets are considered the property of their owners. If they are killed as the result of another person’s negligent or reckless behavior, or as the result of an intentional bad act, the individual would be responsible for paying either the market value or replacement cost of the animal. The court will take the animal’s breed, age, health, training, and any commercial use or value into consideration. For instance, you may receive more for a pet who was used for breeding than one who wasn’t because of the loss of potential income. An example of this is the case of Demeo v. Manville. Although the dog’s purchase price was only $200, the plaintiff was able to get over $500 because the puppy had won several awards in dog shows. Veterinary Bills If your pet survives the accident but requires veterinary care, you can recover money for those bills and any related costs (e.g. medication). It’s important to understand, though, that the court will only award you what it considers reasonable based on the pet’s characteristics. For example, the court may reimburse you for physical therapy for a puppy but may throw out a bill for extensive surgery for an older dog with only a few years left to live. As noted previously, pets are considered property. Though the court may sympathize with your loss, your pet’s life will not be valued in the same way as a human’s. Emotional Distress In certain cases, though, the court does recognize the comfort and companionship animals bring into people’s lives. If the accident was caused by a person’s reckless behavior or intentional actions, then you may be able to recover for emotional distress using the Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress claim. This legal theory holds people liable for the distress that their intentional or reckless actions may cause others. For example, a person who hits your dog while traveling at an extremely high rate of speed down a residential street may be ordered to pay for the emotional fallout caused by his or her reckless behavior. Be aware, though, that your ability to recover damages based on emotional distress varies from state to state. Some states hold the position that the bonds between a human and a pet are not equal to the bonds that form between two humans and, therefore, bar pet owners from suing for emotional distress. The Supreme Court in New Jersey, for instance, barred a woman from collecting money for emotional distress even though she watched her pet get mauled to death. In California, though, a family was awarded money for emotional distress after their neighbor intentionally harmed their dog. Other Damages Depending on the circumstances, the courts may allow plaintiffs to collect damages based on a pet’s sentimental value. For example, Tennessee law allows pet...

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Keep Your Dog From Getting You Sued After A Car Accident

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Of all the things you might worry about being sued for, your dog might be pretty low on your list. Particularly if you have a friendly pooch, it might be inconceivable to you that he or she might cause you the financial and emotional grief that goes along with a lawsuit. If you were in a car accident with Fido, however, you may find yourself in legal trouble, depending on the circumstances. Here are some considerations to keep in mind the next time you take your furry friend on the road. Distracting Doggies Depending on where you live, driving while talking on a cellphone or while texting may be against the law. This is because it’s a form of distracted driving. Other things within your control can distract you while driving as well, from a screaming baby to a spilled coffee. Your dog can also become a distraction. Whether your pup is barking, trying to climb into the front seat or licking your neck as you drive, letting your dog distract you can lead to injury, as well as a hit to your wallet. Do not let your dog sit in the front seat of the car. If your four-footed pal doesn’t tend to lay down quietly, it’s best to keep him or her restrained on the passenger side of the backseat, where you aren’t within reach. Also, if your dog starts getting loud, don’t be afraid to pull over to deal with the distraction in a safe manner. Projectile Pups Driving with anything that isn’t quite literally tied down can be a safety hazard. This includes tools, bags of groceries, and even baby bottles or toddler sippy cups. When you are talking about a dog, whether it weighs 10 or 100 pounds, the damage can be beyond your wildest expectations. A dog that is unrestrained is not only in danger of being killed, but can also kill occupants in your car or even in another car if the impact is great enough. Your little (or big) ball of fluff could be thrown out of the vehicle and into someone who is outside or in the other car. In this case, you would likely be dealing with a lawsuit in addition to the heartbreaking loss of your pet. Be sure to properly restrain your dog in the car at all times. A restraint harness is one way you can do this safely. Another is to put the dog in his or her crate or carrier, and to buckle the carrier in with the car’s seatbelt. One caveat: Never attempt to restrain your dog with a leash attached to a collar; the impact of a crash could break your pup’s neck. Instead, always use a harness that can distribute force over his or her chest. Hurting Hounds, Most family pets are well-mannered, and many owners attest that their furry friend wouldn’t hurt a fly. This might be true in the vast majority of circumstances, but if a dog is injured in a car accident, he or she might become terrified enough to snap out at anyone who tries to help. Unfortunately, a person bitten by your dog can take you to court for their trouble. While you cannot absolutely prevent this from happening, having your dog in a crate or...

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Winter Weather Car Accidents: Who’s To Blame For A Crash?

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Driving out during snowy conditions always presents natural dangers, but it’s often necessary for work, school, or food. When an accident occurs in winter weather, it may seem like it’s the driver’s fault, but that is not always the case. During hazardous driving conditions, there are many factors that can come into play. An accident lawyer can help determine what exactly was at fault and if you have a potential case. The following five examples are all ways that car accidents can occur when it is not your fault. If any of these road hazards present themselves, then you should seek legal advice to try and achieve proper compensation. Potholes During the winter, snow, ice, and freezing temperatures can often create large potholes in the road. If these potholes are left untreated for several days then it can cause damage to your vehicle and a possible accident. Depending on where the pothole is located, the blame for the accident can be placed against state or town services. Along with seeking compensation from your insurance company, an auto accident attorney can seek a settlement from state and town governments too. Your case could be made even stronger if the pothole was previously reported and nothing was done about it. Snow on Cars Other drivers on the road have a personal responsibility to properly clear snow off their cars. In many winter states, this is a law and could result in fines if not done properly. Along with the fines, drivers who leave snow on cars, are creating a number of hazards for other drivers. The following hazards can occur and possibly be the cause of your accident. Covered Headlights: Snow-covered headlights may prevent other drivers from properly seeing a car. This could cause rear collisions or additional problems at stoplights. Snow Drifts: When a vehicle drives with snow on the roof, that snow may eventually slide off and onto the road. These patches of snow can create slippery areas that a car slides on. The snow could also blow straight back into another windshield. This could blind the driver’s view and cause an accident. Ice Chunks: Along with snow, pieces of ice should be removed from cars too. Ice chunks have the ability to fly off and smash right through a windshield. Not only can this cause windshield cracks, but it could cause a driver a swerve and lose control of the vehicle. It’s small details like this that make a huge difference with a car accident case. Improper Signage Winter weather creates messes all over the roads. This can include a process known as frost heaving. When snow melts and gets under payment, it can freeze again and lift up to create large bumps. After a while, these bumps can become dangerous for drivers and should be properly labeled with a warning sign. When these signs are not present, you could easily round a corner, hit a bump, and lose control of the vehicle. Signs should also indicate areas prone to flooding and deep slush after snowstorms. Without the warning signs, cars can easily lose control as they glide over large puddles of over. These warnings should last for weeks until all the snow has melted. Plow Interference Snow plows are great for clearing off snow on the roads,...

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Distracted Driving: What Is It And How Changes To The Law Will Affect PA Drivers

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Nine people are killed every day in accidents caused by distracted drivers, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Technology provides drivers with many benefits – navigation systems, hands-free communication, voice-responsive environmental controls – but it is also responsible for devices that tempt a driver to take his or her eyes off the road. Pennsylvania, likes most states, is tightening up the laws about driving while texting or using a phone. As a resident, you should know your rights and upcoming changes that might affect them. What Is Distracted Driving? The CDC states there are three different types of distracted driving. Visual distraction – You take your eyes off the road for just a second maybe to look at your passenger or check the temperature in the car Manual distraction – This involves taking your hands off the wheel. You might be changing the music or eating Cognitive distraction – This means you’re mentally distracted and not thinking about driving Certain technologies like texting involve all three types of distraction. That is why states are establishing laws that make it a crime to message other people while behind the wheel of a car. If you have an accident caused by distracted driving, you can expect to need an auto accident lawyer and to possibly face charges. What Are The Distracted Driving Laws In Pennsylvania? In 2012, Pennsylvania enacted a texting law that makes it illegal to drive and send messages. The Department of Transportation reports that under Pennsylvania law, you are prohibited from using an interactive wireless communication device. An IWCD is defined as a: Wireless phone Personal digital assistant Smartphone Portable or mobile computer Any device used for texting, instant messaging, emailing or Internet browsing Any mobile device qualifies under the law as an IWCD with the exception of a GPS unit or something that is integrated into the vehicle. The fine for a conviction is 50 dollars. If you have a commercial driver’s license, a conviction also carries points and becomes part of your driving record. What are the Proposed Changes to the Texting Law? The legislators in PA are looking to make distracted driving—specifically texting while driving—a more serious offense. Both the Senate and the House have proposed bills that will change the current law. Senate Bill 1289: Introduced in 2014, this bill bars drivers under the age of 18 from using any phone while operating a vehicle, even hand-free devices. The fine for a first offense is 100 dollars, but it goes up to 200 and 300 dollars for subsequent offenses. Senate Bill 153: The law will prohibit the use of any handheld communication device while driving a vehicle. You can only be charged if you are convicted of another traffic violation. The fines would go up to 100 dollars for a second offense and 150 for a third. House Bill 244: This bill allows the PA municipalities to pass their own laws regarding cell phone use by a driver. This would not include texting offenses. These laws only cover the ticket a driver gets if caught texting while driving. Distracted driving opens you up to civil liabilities and criminal charges should you cause an accident. In 2013, a woman from Volant faced charges of homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter for causing...

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