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Higher speed limits claim additional lives each year

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced in May 2016 that the speed limit on long stretches of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and other highways was being increased to 70 mph. While long-distance truck drivers and harried commuters may have welcomed the news, road safety advocates likely responded to the announcement with less enthusiasm. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the speed limit increases introduced over the last two decades are responsible for many additional deaths on the nation's roads every year.

Crash test results contradict Tesla safety claims

Pennsylvania residents may be aware that the electric car maker Tesla has claimed that their Model S luxury sedan is the safest car ever to be offered for sale in America, but the results of rigorous tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have not borne out this claim. After the testing had been completed, the nonprofit organization added three full-sized cars to its list of vehicles that have achieved the highest possible crash ratings. However, the Tesla Model S was not among them.

Lawmakers considering driverless car legislation

Pennsylvania drivers may or may not already have features in their cars such as navigation, automatic braking and crahs avoidance systems. Some automakers are on a path to make cars completely self-driving. Congress is debating bills that would allow companies to test more of their autonomous cars on the road and that would make moderate federal regulations the final word on safety measures.

Steps to take after being involved in a car crash

When someone gets into a car accident that was caused by a negligent, drunk or unsafe driver, it can be difficult for him or her to know what to do in such a high-stress situation. However, individuals who get into auto accidents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere around the country need to take certain steps to protect their interests.

Study examines child fatality rates in car accidents

According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard, Pennsylvania is one of the states with the lowest percentages of child fatalities in motor vehicle accidents. The study looked at data on fatalities by state among children younger than 15 between 2010 and 2014. In that time, a total of 2,885 children died in traffic accidents. The region with the largest number of fatalities was the South with 1,550. The Northeast had the fewest with 189.

Evidence used in car accident injury cases

Pennsylvania residents who are seeking damages in a car crash must prove that the accident was someone else's fault. Furthermore, they must prove that the accident resulted in harm to them. There are many different forms of evidence that can be used to prove that injuries occurred such as using photographs. Photos may also be used to show that an accident took place that led to the injuries.

Dealing with distracted drivers in Pennsylvania

Distracted driving, which is when someone is focused on something other than what is on the road, is becoming a more prevalent issue. In addition to doing things like checking on kids in the back seat or changing a radio station, people are spending a lot of time focusing on their smartphone instead of traffic.

Some drivers view distracted driving as acceptable

Pennsylvania drivers may be interested to learn that, according to a report from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, approximately one in three drivers have made a habit of driving while distracted. In fact, many drivers, particularly those between the ages of 19 and 24, believe that their unsafe driving behaviors are actually acceptable.

Braking and liability

Determining liability is a common issue in the aftermath of motor vehicle accidents. Pennsylvania drivers should be aware of what factors can determine liability if an accident was caused by a vehicle failing to brake.