How to choose an Erie PA DUI Lawyer
How do I choose the best lawyer for my DUI case?
Many people facing criminal allegations have never had trouble with the law before. So when they do need a criminal defense lawyer they don’t really know how to choose the best one. If this sounds like you, you have made a good choice by visiting our website and researching information regarding your Erie, PA DUI case.
To make an important decision like choosing a criminal DUI defense attorney you will need information. The more information you have the more likely you will make the right decision. These answers can’t be found in the Yellow Pages or by just searching Google. The DUI attorneys that show up high in these places have simply paid more money to have a bigger presence in those advertising mediums. Right now you need an experienced lawyer to help defend your rights not someone that spends the most money on advertising. Choosing the best defense attorney for yourself can make all the difference to you and your loved one.
Pennsylvania State Police Release New Year’s Eve Statistics for 2015
Car Accidents Reported to PA State Police
There were a total of 404 car accidents investigated by Pennsylvania State Police during the three day New Year’s holiday, spanning from December 31, 2014 to January 2, 2015. Of those 404 car crashes, there were 133 injuries reported. Alcohol-related driving was attributed to 45 of the car accidents.
Arrests by Pennsylvania State Police
There were 277 DUI arrests issued by state troopers, and 5,637 citations issued for excessive speed. There were also 485 citations given for failure to wear a seatbelt and 85 more for improperly restrained children – including child safety seat violations.
Driver in Erie Car Accident Faces DUI Charges
There was a car accident in Fairview Friday Night (December 26th) near Van Camp Road along Avonia which involved an SUV, a Buick Rendezvous. Girard police report that the SUV was traveling Northbound on Route 98 when the vehicle left the roadway. The SUV went up an embankment, struck a utility pole and came to rest upside down in a nearby ditch.
Two people were transported to the UPMC Hamot hospital. One of the victims was flown via helicopter, after rescue crews were able to extract him from the wreck. The other person was taken via ambulance, and is suspected of DUI.
Facing a DUI Charge, or Suspected of DUI in Erie?
The Travis Law Firm represents anyone charged with a DUI.. DUI Defense is a serious matter and you should definitely consult with an experienced DUI Defense Attorney at The Travis Law Firm right away to protect your rights and your freedom. Our DUI Defense Law Firm serves residents of Erie PA, Edinboro PA, and Warren PA. We offer a free confidential consultation about your case to help you make an informed decision about how to proceed.
Free Cab Rides Home From Local Businesses for Erie Residents
Some local Erie PA businesses are sponsoring free cab service during the Holidays. Erie residents looking for a safe way home from local bars or restaurants can call Erie Yellow Cab & request the Holiday Care Cab.
- Erie Yellow Cab
- UPMC Hamot Trauma Services
Coverage Area and Times
The Holiday Care Cab will run from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am starting Wednesday, December 24th and continuing through Friday, January 2nd. The service area includes the area between Interstate 90, Millfair Road, Troupe Road and the lakeshore. Last year, 172 people used the service.
Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist Coverage
While Pennsylvania law dictates that all drivers must carry liability insurance, a considerable number of motorists do not comply. If you are in a car accident whereby the other driver is at fault and does not have insurance, what do you do to get your medical bills paid? You can protect yourself by purchasing Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) Coverage.
Who Will Pay For the Damage to My Car?
Even if the other driver has insurance, their coverage may not be enough to pay for your losses. This is where UM/UIM comes in and augments their shortfall. In Pennsylvania, UM/UIM is typically offered as part of your policy unless you expressly reject that coverage in writing – usually by way of a rejection form.
PA Car Accidents: PennDOT & Police Strive to Reduce DUIs / Impaired Driving this Holiday Season
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over – That’s the slogan of a well-known national enforcement initiative aimed to reduce arrests and injuries from DUIs and other Impaired Driving offenses. Teamed with municipal police, PennDOT and PA State Troopers are concentrating their efforts on reducing DUI related injuries, and other car accidents involving drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Drug and Alcohol Related Car Accident Statistics
According to PennDOT data, There were 3,306 drug-related car accident cases in Pennsylvania in 2012. 126 deaths were reported in those accidents. There were 3,267 drug-related car accidents in 2013 – killing 143 people. There were 11,023 car accidents termed as alcohol-related accident in 2013 which resulted in 369 people being killed.
PennDOT and FHA Partner to Form STIC
The Federal Highway Administration and PennDOT partnered in 2010 to create the State Transportation Innovation Council, also known as the STIC. The STIC is a team whose purpose is to promote a culture of innovation for creative answers to modern transportation problems throughout the state. The STIC is just one of five initiatives in PennDOT’s Next Generation program, which has saved PennDOT an estimated $100 million per year so far.
New Online STIC Web Viewer Tool
Recently, PennDOT secretary Barry Schoch announced a new website that allows the view to see various innovations Pennsylvania is implementing throughout the state. These innovations include improved safety, environmentally green pavement materials and techniques, and more efficient construction methods in bridge building which save time and money for the state.
Motorcycle Accident Leaves Rider Dead – Other Driver Facing DUI Charge
A motorcyclist was killed after his bike crashed into a pickup truck in Boswell PA recently. The driver of the truck is being charged for DUI in relation to the fatal accident. Blood test results for blood-alcohol-content (BAC) levels have not been reported yet, according to police.
According to reports, the driver of the pickup truck pulled into the roadway in front of the motorcycle, causing his bike to slam into the passenger side of the truck. The rider was thrown from his motorcycle in the accident.
Charged with Drunken Driving, More Charges Coming
Police arrested the driver of the pickup at the scene and expect to charge him with DUI and possibly other criminal charges after they receive results from the toxicology report.
Pennsylvania DUI Attorney with Offices in Erie, Edinboro and Warren PA
Being charged with a DUI is a serious offense that can take away your freedom, your job, and your life. With what’s at stake, you would think that your livelihood would not be dependent on inaccurate data. Well, the Pennsylvania State Police no longer uses breathalyzers at DUI checkpoints after a ruling that saw 20 peoples’ DUI charges dropped because of inaccurate data received from the Intoxilyzer 5000. Use of the device was banned in 2013 by the Pennsylvania State Police.
What is an Intoxilyzer 5000?
The Intoxylyzer 5000 is a bulky device that requires police officers to bring the accused DUI offender back to the police station for testing. In that time, a person’s blood alcohol level content (BAC) can drop below the legal limit, allowing them to avoid the DUI charges altogether.
Inaccuracy of BAC Data from Outdated Equipment
The Intoxilyzer 5000 has been in use for over 20 years and operates under it’s own margin of error ‘most of the time’ which means that ‘some of the time’ it does not. The unit has flaws, and your penalties or conviction can hinge on the data received from this archaic device.
Top 5 Questions After A Car Accident
After a car accident, what you do now can affect your legal rights and your rights to compensation for your losses, medical bills, and pain & suffering.
Listed below are the top 5 questions people typically have after a car accident.
1. Who pays for Property Damage, specifically the damage to my vehicle?
If the other driver is at fault for the accident, their insurance company is typically responsible for paying for the damage to your vehicle.
2. Who will pay for the medical bills I have after the accident?
Under Pennsylvania law, it does not matter who is at fault for the car accident, as Pennsylvania is a no-fault insurance state. Under no-fault laws, your own insurance company is responsible to pay your medical bills regardless of who caused the car accident. If you are not at fault, your insurance company is not allowed to increase your premiums and/or cancel your coverage.