Recently we heard that an automobile’s catalytic converter was stolen in broad daylight, in the parking lot of a local pharmacy. According to State Farm, the largest auto insurer in the United States, from June 2021 through June 2022, its insureds had 43,200 catalytic converters stolen from their cars. And that’s just one insurance company. According to National Public Radio, in October of 2022, the Department of Justice arrested 21 people in connection with a crime ring accused of profiting $545 Million by trafficking in stolen catalytic converters. Catalytic converters have become a target for thieves because they contain precious metals such as platinum, palladium and rhodium. Platinum was recently trading at $900 per ounce; palladium was at about $2,200 an ounce; and rhodium at nearly $13,000 a troy ounce. In comparison, gold was trading at $1,700 per ounce. The concentration of these precious metals in a vehicle’s catalytic converter can yield anywhere from $25 to $300 for a standard catalytic converter to as much as $1,400 for a hybrid converter because of the higher level of precious metals they contain. According to CarFax, some of the top vehicles in the nation, targeted by thieves for their catalytic converters are the Ford F-Series trucks, Ford Econoline vans, Chevrolet Silverado, Honda CR-V and the Toyota Prius. The higher the ground-clearance, the easier it is for thieves to gain access to the underside of a vehicle. A catalytic converter can be removed in as little as five minutes with a battery […]
We frequently receive calls from individuals injured in a car accident caused by a driver that did not stop or who left the scene of the collision before exchanging driver and insurance information. In Pennsylvania, leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to another vehicle or property is punishable by a fine or imprisonment for not more than 90 days. Leaving the scene of a collision involving injury or death to a person can carry a minimum sentence of three years in jail, in addition to any punishment imposed for other criminal offenses. Additionally, Pennsylvania imposes a duty on a person involved in an accident resulting in injury or death (regardless of who caused the collision) to render aid and reasonable assistance, including making arrangements for the medical treatment, if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary or if medical assistance is requested by the injured party. If you are involved in any type of collision, even where the damage seems minor, the best practice is to pull over to the side of the road, exchange driver and insurance information and ask the others involved if they are injured. If someone is injured; or there is debris on the roadway; or the vehicles are not drivable, call 911. But what happens if you pull over and the other driver takes off? Not only is it stressful to be involved in a car accident, but when the other driver flees the scene, insult is added to injury. Below are […]
Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) publishes a Crash Facts & Statistics report with car accident data from the prior year. PennDOT recently released its Crash Facts & Statistics for 2021. Below are some of the most notable figures.
With the news of a major airline cancelling thousands of flights over Christmas week, many have wondered what rights do passengers have when a flight is cancelled or delayed. The short answer is that it depends. However, it may surprise you to know that there are no federal laws requiring airlines to provide meals, accommodations or financial compensation when vacation plans are impacted or cancelled due to delayed or cancelled flights. If you plan a trip and are intending to fly to your destination, it is good to be reminded that airlines are not required to guarantee their schedules. Federal law only requires airlines to compensate passengers when they are “bumped” from a flight due to the airline overselling seats on the plane. While “overbooking” is not illegal, the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that airlines first ask passengers to voluntarily give up their seat in exchange for compensation. DOT does not mandate the form or amount of compensation that is to be provided. Accordingly, compensation varies depending on the airline and whether volunteers are eager to give up their seats. If someone must be “bumped” involuntarily, DOT requires that such passengers be given a written statement describing their rights as well as “denied boarding compensation” in the form of a check or cash, if the airline is unable to arrange substitute transportation within one hour or their scheduled arrival time. If the airline arranges substitute transportation between one and two hours of their original arrival time, […]
Winter is officially here in Pennsylvania. As daily lows regularly dip below freezing, snow will be a possibility for the next few months, and while this may mean that the kids get some days off from school, it means that Pennsylvania’s roads will become more dangerous as well.
Believe it or not, “Bombogenesis” is a meterological term used to describe a weather event in which a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass to cause a intense drop in atmospheric pressure. This low pressure system is called a bomb cyclone. The rapid drop in air pressure means the storm intensifies very quickly, which can cause heavy snow, rain, high winds and coastal flooding.
Bicycle accidents often result in serious injuries for both adults and children. Unfortunately, while riding a bike is fun and a great way to get some exercise, serious cyclists and recreational riders alike face a variety of risks on Pennsylvania’s roads.
Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC is pleased to announce that Stephanie M. Shortall has joined the firm’s Estate Planning & Administration and Business Law practice.
While riding an ATV can be fun—and can be essential for getting to hard-to-reach offroad destinations—it can also be dangerous. Even if an ATV rider is being safe and riding within his or her limits, there are still various factors that can lead to a serious accident. If you have been injured in an ATV accident in Pennsylvania, here are five important facts you need to know.
When Purchasing a Car, Safety Should Be A Priority. As Personal Injury Attorneys, at Drake, Hileman & Davis, we often see the difference that the size a vehicle makes in how seriously someone is injured in an accident. Frequently, consumers look at price, style, fuel economy and color when making a car selection, when they really should be looking at vehicle safety.