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October 2017 Archives

Smartphone use may be behind rise of fatal car accidents

Some car accidents in Pennsylvania that have injured or killed people may have been caused by a driver distracted by a smartphone, but these accidents may not always be reported as such. Fatal motor vehicle accidents are on the rise after decreasing for years, and experts say the increase cannot be fully attributed to a slight rise in vehicle miles traveled or drunk driving. Some believe it is because of an increased use of smartphones behind the wheel.

Division of property and hiding assets in divorce

A divorce in Pennsylvania may become more contentious and complicated if one spouse believes the other is hiding assets. This was the case with a 61-year-old woman who was divorcing her spouse of 25 years. The woman had been the main support for a decade, but her husband wanted both the home and half of her 401(k) in the divorce. The woman also said that he was sharing financial information with her sister but not with her and her attorney.

How to respond to a spouse's unexpected financial transactions

Some people in Pennsylvania might wonder whether a spouse who does something unusual financially might be considering filing for divorce. One husband and wife sold their home and got $90,000 from it. They also both lost their jobs and got around $40,000 each. Without telling her husband, the woman opened an account in her name and put money from the house and from her job into it. The husband demanded that she put the money back into a joint account or add him to the account, but she did not.

Older cars are less safe, says report

A research paper released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates a negative correlation between the age of a car and how safe it is to drive. Specifically, the driver of a vehicle that is more than 17 years old faces a 71 percent increase in the risk of a fatal accident than a driver behind the wheel of a car that is three years old or less. These statistics may be especially sobering for Pennsylvania parents who would like their teenage drivers to be safe behind the wheel of an older vehicle.

Car accidents in Pennsylvania

Everyone wants to avoid car accidents. Sometimes collisions are unavoidable, so what factors are involved in making the crash less damaging to the car and safer for the occupants? It turns out that the size of the car plays a surprisingly significant role in the outcome of a car accident.