Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law

Summer Is Here – You Checked Your Car, How About Your Car Insurance?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29 percent more people die from car crashes in summer compared to winter. AAA refers to the time between Memorial and Labor Day as “The 100 Deadliest Days” because of the sharp increase in auto-related teen deaths. Thus, while summer is a time for vacations and relaxation, it is also a time to be even more careful to avoid getting into a car accident.… Learn more. “Summer Is Here – You Checked Your Car, How About Your Car Insurance?”

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Underinsured Motorist Coverage – What You Need to Know

Buying car insurance is usually considered a no-brainer. You visit your insurance agent, give them information about your vehicle, and based on the type of car you have and how old it is, he recommends a policy that will cover your losses if you get into an accident. Easy, right?

Not so fast.… Learn more. “Underinsured Motorist Coverage – What You Need to Know”

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court bars insurance companies from taking away benefits from and invading the privacy rights of auto accident victims.

Recovering from an automobile accident can be difficult and painful. It is even harder if your auto insurance company requires you to go to a medical examination whenever it wants and with a doctor it selects—or risk losing your benefits. No more. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled that insurance companies cannot mandate that insureds submit to independent medical examinations whenever the insurance company wants because these policies violate public policy (essential fairness) and are “repugnant” to the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (MVFRL).… Learn more. “Pennsylvania Supreme Court bars insurance companies from taking away benefits from and invading the privacy rights of auto accident victims.”

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A Message to Insurance Companies, Self-Insureds and Others: Some of Your Lawyers Aren’t Always On Your Side

Imagine that one of the law firms that you hire to defend you and your insureds wants you to pay more, a lot more. It’s true.

One law firm proudly states that it defends employers, self-insureds, and [insurance] carriers in matters involving workers’ compensation, auto claims, slips and falls, and many other types of personal injury lawsuits.… Learn more. “A Message to Insurance Companies, Self-Insureds and Others: Some of Your Lawyers Aren’t Always On Your Side”

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Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Drivers: Sharing the Roadway

A 34-year-old bicyclist was struck and killed by an SUV at around 7:40 p.m. on Saturday, May 12th near 10th and Spring Garden streets in Philadelphia. This is only one instance of a sadly all too common occurrence in both Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. Drivers must always be aware of growing numbers of pedestrians, runners, and bicyclists who share the roadways and crosswalks.… Learn more. “Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Drivers: Sharing the Roadway”

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What Does It Mean To Have “Limited Tort” Car Insurance?

When you were buying car insurance, your insurance representative likely asked if you wanted “Full Tort” or “Limited Tort,” and explained that choosing “Limited Tort” generally gives you a discount on your premium. But do you really understand the difference, and what you’re giving up if you choose “Limited Tort” to save a little on your premium?… Learn more. “What Does It Mean To Have “Limited Tort” Car Insurance?”

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Oral Argument Matters – Here’s Proof

There are some attorneys and judges who say that oral argument doesn’t matter. Today I have proof that it does.

On May 10, 2017, I argued the case of Erie Insurance v. Bristol before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. When I filed the petition asking the Court to take the case, the court rephrased the issue (the legal argument we wanted the Court to decide) in a very broad and somewhat unusual manner that changed the focus of the case.… Learn more. “Oral Argument Matters – Here’s Proof”

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Attorney Dan Siegel Named Pa. Workers’ Compensation “Super Lawyer” – Will Anyone Know?

For the 10th consecutive year, Havertown Attorney Daniel J. Siegel has been named a “Super Lawyer” in the area of workers’ compensation (representing claimants/injured workers and medical providers). Dan, who is also the author of Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law: The Basics: A Primer for Lawyers, Workers, Medical Professionals & Others, is the only workers’ compensation Super Lawyer in Havertown. … Learn more. “Attorney Dan Siegel Named Pa. Workers’ Compensation “Super Lawyer” – Will Anyone Know?”

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Philadelphia Legal Newspaper Features Dan Siegel’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court Auto Law Case

Today’s Legal Intelligencer, the daily newspaper for Philadelphia’s legal community featured the case of Erie Insurance v. Bristol, for which Attorney Daniel J. Siegel serves as counsel for Mr. Bristol. The article focuses on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case and the court’s ruling will impact virtually every uninsured and underinsured motorist claim in Pennsylvania.… Learn more. “Philadelphia Legal Newspaper Features Dan Siegel’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court Auto Law Case”

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Pa. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Uninsured Motorist (Auto Insurance) Case – Attorney Daniel Siegel Serves as Appellate Counsel

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted allocatur today in Erie Insurance v. Bristol, on the following issue, “In uninsured motorist claims subject to mandatory arbitration, is the statute of limitations tolled only by the commencement of an official judicial action, or may extra-judicial actions also toll the statute of limitations?”

I am appellate counsel, working with Attorney Thomas More Holland, who handled the case at the trial court level.Learn more. “Pa. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Uninsured Motorist (Auto Insurance) Case – Attorney Daniel Siegel Serves as Appellate Counsel”

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