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Boating while intoxicated and Pennsylvania law

Everyone knows that Pennsylvania has laws that prohibit driving while intoxicated. But, did you know that the Keystone State also outlaws boating while intoxicated? Like DWI convictions, a boating while intoxicated conviction can have a severe legal and financial impact on violators. And, like DWI, boating while intoxicated can be the basis of civil liability for a person who hurts another person while operating under the influence.

What is an ECM and how can it help prove truck driver fatigue?

Not everyone in Berks County probably knows that many of the semi-trucks on the roads today carry a device that records data about the operation of the truck. These devices are called Electronic Control Modules, and they have been a feature of most trucks manufactured since the 1990s. They are similar in operation to flight data recorders on airplanes. ECMs record data such as overall average speed, highest speed, time driven, average revolutions per minute, amount of time driving above 65 miles per hour, idling time and seat belt usage.

Some preliminary steps to take in a medical malpractice case

Whenever a medical patient in Pennsylvania experiences a misdiagnosis, poor medical care, a breach of confidentiality or a lack of informed consent to perform a procedure, the patient may be able to make a claim of medical malpractice against the medical professional or institution responsible. But, it may be possible to remedy the situation, at least in part, by taking some steps before going to the courthouse. Below are some preliminary steps a patient can consider taking before filing a lawsuit.

Injured guests may seek recovery for a hotel's premises liability

Many folks from Berks County have checked into a hotel for stays of one evening or longer. At the end of their stay, they check out and think no more about it. Sometimes, however, people suffer injury on a hotel's property. Can these guests sue the hotel for the damages they suffered? It all depends on the specific circumstances, but sometimes guests can recover from hotels for premises liability.

You don't have to navigate the aftermath of a car accident alone

Countless Americans set out on the open road each and every day. For the majority of drivers, these trips are completed without incident. There are some, however, that are not as lucky. Unfortunately, car accidents can result in severe injuries or, tragically, death. When such accidents occur, it's important that the responsible parties are held accountable.

What are the major causes of fatal boating accidents?

As summer draws to a close, many Berks County residents will want to get a bit more boating time in before winter sets in in earnest. Whether it's fishing or some other form of recreation, boating can be fun and a great way to spend some time. But, if something goes wrong, the fun can end in a hurry. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2015 there were 4,158 boating accidents in the United States. These accidents resulted in 2,613 injuries, 626 fatalities and $42 million in property damage.

What recourse is there for a nursing home injury?

When it comes time to put an older relative into a nursing home, Pennsylvania residents are careful to choose one where their loved one will be well cared for. Although there are many fine employees at many nursing homes, there are some other nursing homes with problems. Also, harmful mistakes can happen at even the best of nursing homes. What recourse is there when a loved one suffers a nursing home injury?

Make no bones about it, a compound fracture is serious

Pennsylvania motorcycle riders know that they risk their lives every time they get out on the road. Like them, you assume that risk because you enjoy the ride (and perhaps the fuel economy). Yet, you know that in an accident, your body does not receive the same protections as those in other passenger or commercial vehicles.

Seven people, including five kids, injured in car accident

Berks County drivers are expected to follow the rules of the road, and perhaps the number one rule of the road is to drive in the correct lane. Thankfully, most drivers do not have a problem following this simple rule. But, all it takes is one person to wreak havoc and cause catastrophic injuries. According to police, a motorist driving in the wrong lane injured seven people in Pennsylvania a few weeks ago.

Hours of service rules seek to prevent truck driver fatigue

The people who drive massive semi-trailers must always be fit to drive when they are behind the wheel. This includes taking steps to prevent truck driver fatigue. To this end, truck drivers are required to follow hours of service rules. It is important to understand the federal hours of service rules Berks County truck drivers are expected to follow.

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