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School Bus Accident Liability

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

Every day, thousands of parents place their trust in school bus drivers to transport their children safely to and from school. While many bus drivers are careful to observe all traffic laws and to drive carefully and responsibly, accidents still can and do happen. Tragically, many school bus accidents result in serious injuries that… Read More »

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The Importance of Proper Tire Maintenance

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

In many cases, there is nothing a driver can do to avoid a car crash. Poor weather, auto defects, and the negligence of other drivers can all contribute to or cause a crash that involves even the safest driver. There are some simple steps, however, that drivers can take to help reduce their chances… Read More »

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Court Limits Application of Law Prohibiting Possession of Weapons on School Grounds

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

Last month, the Pennsylvania Superior Court published a decision that broadens the scope of the defenses available to those who face charges of possession of a weapon on school property. This ruling could have an important impact on the outcome of other cases involving this charge. If you have questions about how this opinion… Read More »

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New Bill Would Require Implementation of Risk Assessment Analysis When Setting Bail

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

Last month, Senator Camera Bartolotta reported plans to introduce a law, known as Tierne’s Law, which would give judges more options when setting bail for those charged with domestic violence. Having a criminal record with a domestic violence conviction can make it much more difficult to secure employment, find housing, and take advantage of… Read More »

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Collecting Compensation for Accidents Caused by Road Debris

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

According to a recent study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, over the last four years there were more than 200,000 debris-related car accidents nationwide. The Foundation also estimated that approximately 39,000 injuries were sustained in those accidents and as many as 500 people lost their lives. Fortunately, those who are injured… Read More »

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Disorderly Conduct

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

In Pennsylvania, even less serious criminal offenses can have far-reaching consequences. For instance, being involved in a minor fight can lead to a charge of disorderly conduct. Even minor offenses can have serious consequences. If you have been charged with disorderly conduct or another minor offense, it is important to contact an experienced criminal… Read More »

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Rear End Car Crashes

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

According data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end car accidents are some of the most frequently occurring types of collisions in the country. These numbers are significant because some of the most painful and debilitating injuries sustained by car crash victims are suffered by those who are rear ended. Fortunately,… Read More »

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Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for Federal Drug Offenses

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

While many criminal offenses are prosecuted by the state, certain crimes fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government. For instance, if a crime was committed on federal property or across state lines, it may be considered a federal offense. Whether an offense is filed in state or federal court can have serious consequences,… Read More »

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Collecting Compensation for Soft Tissue Injuries

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

Some of the most common injuries suffered by those involved in car crashes and other accidents are related to soft tissue damage. Soft tissue injuries are usually the result of over-straining ligaments, muscles, and tendons and can be both painful and expensive to treat. If you recently suffered a strained muscle or torn ligament,… Read More »

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Assault Charges in Pennsylvania

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

In Pennsylvania, there are two categories of assault. The first is known as simple assault, while the more serious offense is referred to as aggravated assault. Although both offenses are considered serious crimes, aggravated assault is punished much more harshly, making it especially important for those who have been charged with assault to hire… Read More »

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