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Motor vehicle accident injuries, deaths on the rise

In Pennsylvania and throughout the United States, the danger of being in a car crash and suffering injuries and fatalities is well-known. However, research is showing that the dangers are on the rise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its statistics for fatalities on the road in 2016 and the results are troubling. It found an increase in the number of deaths for a variety of reasons. Those who are hurt in a crash should be cognizant of the statistics and the explanations as to why the accidents happened to prepare to seek compensation in a legal filing.

Woman injured in a car accident in which driver fled

Hit-and-run accidents present many difficult issues. Since the law states that a driver who is in a crash is legally obligated to stop whether there were injuries or not, a crash quickly turns into an investigation with an arrest likely when the person who fled is found. For those who were injured in a car accident, legal assistance is essential regardless of the circumstances, but particularly so when it is a hit-and-run.

New hands-free systems can cause distracted driving

Distracted driving is a problem in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. Since it is a known reason for car accidents with injuries and fatalities, there are attempts on the part of government agencies, law enforcement and even carmakers to find ways to increase safety. It is unrealistic to think that people will stop using their smartphones when driving no matter the punishments and advertising campaigns designed to dissuade them from the practice. With that, new technology built in to vehicles is on the increase. However, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a study into this new technology and discovered that it is dangerous itself.

Similarities and differences in bankruptcy types

One of the primary decisions you will have to make when you decide to file for bankruptcy is what chapter of protection you will file. There are two main personal bankruptcy types: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. While there are some similarities between these two types, there are also some important differences.

Can I file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and keep certain properties?

Pennsylvanians who are facing significant debt and have no reasonable way to get out of it might consider methods to get into a better financial situation. For many, personal bankruptcy is not something they are willing to think about because of the stigma they believe is attached to it. Along with the misconceptions about the process, they also think that they will lose everything including their motor vehicle and home. However, with Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the reality is that you can keep your home and keep your motor vehicle provided the criteria for the filing is met.

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