Archive for April, 2011

High unemployment in Pennsylvania linked to uninsured driver increase?

The unemployment rate has finally started to decline in Pennsylvania, but the risk of a car accident with an uninsured motorist remains high.  What do auto accidents have to do with the unemployment rate?  More than you may think.  Each time the unemployment rate goes up 1 percent, the number of uninsured drivers increases by an estimated 1 percent, according to a 2009 study.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate reached 8.5 percent in February this year.  That’s down from the state’s 20 year high of 9.7 percent unemployment in February 2010.  But such figures are far higher than past unemployment figures, which ranged from 3.67 to 6.3 percent in Pennsylvania between 2000 and 2008.

An estimated 16 percent of drivers have no auto insurance.  Car accidents involving uninsured motorists can be complicated.  Your best option for protection is to purchase an insurance policy with uninsured motorist coverage.  That way, if you are involved in an auto accident with an uninsured motorist, you may recover money by making a claim against your own insurance company.

At Metzger Wickersham, our lawyers have years of experience helping drivers injured by reckless uninsured motorists fight to get the maximum compensation they deserve.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with an uninsured motorist, contact our firm for a free consultation.

Good tire maintenance saves money and lives

Old tires cause accidents, especially on busy highways like Interstate 81 and Interstate 83. Tread separation can occur. Tire blowouts happen. Worn tires also take longer to stop, costing drivers precious seconds and sometimes resulting in serious accidents.

Luckily, maintaining your tires is easy. Here’s some helpful hints to keep you safe.

  • Rotate your tires. Most tire manufacturers recommend rotating your tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Rotating your tires helps them last longer.
  • Properly inflate tires. Keeping tires inflated to the right amount lengthens the life of your ties. Improperly inflated tires reduces your gas mileage. Over the life of your car, that could mean hundreds of dollars in gas.
  • Check your tire tread. Simply use a penny. Insert the coin, Lincoln head first, into your tire tread. If any part of Lincoln’s head is obscured by the tread, your tires should be ok.
  • Check for any tire recalls. Your tires may have a manufacture defect. That’s why Firestone recalled millions of tires in 2001 on Ford Explorers. Check with the business where you bought your tires to make sure they are not subject to a manufacturer recall due to product liability concerns.

What would you do if you had an accident due to poorly-maintained tires? Is the accident your fault? Or are your tires to blame? You need a Harrisburg auto accident lawyer to help guide you through this difficult ordeal. You need Metzger Wickersham. Serving clients throughout Pennsylvania, Metzger Wickersham has a solid reputation as an experienced Pennsylvania car accident attorney. Let us put our years of experience and knowledge to work for you. Contact a Harrisburg car accident lawyer who gets results. Contact Metzger Wickersham.