Dec 30, 2022 - Car Accidents

Pennsylvania Car Accident Statistics

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.

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Dec 30, 2022 - Articles

What Rights Do Passengers Have When a Flight is Cancelled?

      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, […]

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Dec 22, 2022 - Articles


  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.

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Nov 30, 2022 - Car Accidents

5 Important Facts to Know After an ATV Accident in Pennsylvania

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.

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Nov 2, 2022 - Articles

Small Cars Can Come With Big Risks

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.

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Nov 2, 2022 - Estate Planning

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Does Nearly Doubles, to $11,180,000, the Applicable Federal Estate Tax Exclusion Amount and GST Exemption for 2018

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“2017 Tax Cuts Act”) P.L. 115-97, doubled the Estate and Gift tax “Applicable Exclusion Amount,” from $5 million to $10 million, for gifts made, and estates of decedents dying, after December 31, 2017, and before January 1, 2026. (These amounts were previously adjusted for inflation.) By increasing the applicable exclusion amount, the new law automatically increases the Generation Skipping Tax (“GST”) exemption. Code Sec. 2631(c). See my prior article entitled, “The 2017 “Tax Cuts Act” and its Impact on the Federal Estate and Gift Tax Law.”

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