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Don't be too quick to judge the safety of self-driving cars

The idea that a vehicle without a driver could be just as skilled as a vehicle with a human driver operating it is difficult to contemplate. Have we really advanced so far in computer technology that we can rely on robot-driven cars to take us from A to B? According to Uber, Toyota, Alphabet, Tesla and many other automakers, we are close to having driverless cars that are actually better at keeping people safe than human-driven cars.

It's easy for us to judge any accident involving a self-driving car to be the fault of the driverless tech behind it. However, according to some, we shouldn't be too quick to judge the safety of driverless cars.

What does 'guilty beyond a reasonable doubt' mean?

The "presumption of innocence" is a fundamental part of our legal system in the United States. It means that a court will not perceive you to be guilty unless you are proved to be so beyond a reasonable doubt. In this respect, it's up to the prosecution to present facts and evidence that prove you to be guilty.

The presumption of innocence doesn't mean you can completely relax if you've been wrongly accused of a crime, but it does mean that the prosecution will have a harder time convicting you of a crime.

Valid reasons for a traffic stop and DUI charge

Police must have a valid reason for pulling you over and accusing you of drunk driving. This valid reason might be as simple as you running a stop sign or not having your headlights turned on. Then, if the officer sees you're exhibiting the signs of inebriation, he or he she might perform a field sobriety check.

If, on the other hand, the officer did not have a valid reason for pulling you over -- and he or she later accuses you of DUI -- you might be able to get the charges dismissed.

Take the right steps after a motor vehicle accident

If you have ever been part of a motor vehicle accident, you know this has a way of "shaking you up."

When this happens, you may not have a clear mind. As a result, you could find it difficult to take all the necessary steps. This is why it's so important to plan in advance.

3 things to know about compensation laws in Pennsylvania

Imagine driving to work on your daily commute when another car rear-ends you. Whether the other driver was busy sending a text message or was not focusing on the task at hand, his distracted driving is the reason you are now injured and your car is in the repair shop.

Every day people suffer injuries due to another driver's negligent acts. When that happens, you should not have to pay for medical expenses and car repairs due to another person's negligence. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to get the justice you deserve. A Greensburg attorney with car accident experience can help you file a claim. Read further for things you should know about Pennsylvania compensation laws.

Why do I need a will if I don't have kids?

Over the years, many of our Pennsylvania clients have asked this question. Certainly they are not the only ones who believe that wills are merely necessary for those with children. In fact, one study done in 2008 by PNC Wealth Management discovered that as many as 30 percent of adults with significant assets of at least a half-million have never drawn up wills.

Lack of this most basic estate document is even more rampant in the general population. One Harris poll commissioned by an attorney's group showed that 58 percent of adults never took the time to draft their wills.

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