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Tesla claims crashed car wasn't on autopilot

A Tesla Model X crashed in Pennsylvania, and the driver said it was because the autopilot feature failed. The company has reviewed the data from the crash, though, and they say the car was being manually driven and was not on autopilot.

The company says that the 77-year-old man who was driving the vehicle took his hands off of the steering wheel. The autopilot is designed to help drivers, not to drive for them, so the system is set up to turn off when the driver doesn't hold the wheel.

Older motorcyclists may be in more danger

People often think of young riders racing bikes when thinking about people who are in danger of being killed in motorcycle accidents. While this assumption makes sense on some levels -- considering the inexperience of the riders, for example, or the raw power of the bikes -- the stats show just the opposite.

For example, the 2013 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 55 percent of those who died in motorcycle accidents were over 40. The stats also show that this age is trending up. In 2004, just 46 percent of the riders who died were over 40, while 54 percent were at least in their 30s.

New bill addresses self-driving cars

A new bill in Pennsylvania is meant to help control self-driving cars and their testing in the state. It doesn't govern the technology specifically, but says that auto makers who want to test their vehicles in Pennsylvania have to tell the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation about any malfunctions and other issues that they see. The companies would also have to sign a legal contract, prior to the start of such testing, with PennDOT.

Those who support the bill say that it's definitely not being created to try to keep self-driving vehicles out of the state, but that just the opposite is true. They actually want to see more self-driving vehicles; they just want to know what's going on and to have some guidelines and regulations in place to keep people safe.

Beer sales cause more DUI accidents on the 4th of July

The 4th of July is one of the most well-loved holidays in Pennsylvania, and not just because of the country's independence. It's a great break from work in the middle of the summer, and people flock to their backyards to have parties and BBQs. However, when you look at the stats relating to these parties, you'll see that they could easily cause a spike in DUI accidents. Here are a few interesting stats:

1. About 74 million backyard BBQs will happen.2. People are going to eat about 155 million hot dogs.3. Around 68 million cases of beer -- not bottles or cans, but cases -- are going to be sold.4. About 34.4 million people in America are going to drive in their cars on the Fourth.

Student hurt in crash gets his own graduation

A student from East Juniata High School in McAlisterville, Pennsylvania, was involved in a car accident, suffering head injuries that forced doctors to put him into a medically-induced coma. The accident happened on May 22, and he was under for six days.

When he woke up, the young man realized that his entire high school class had graduated without him. It had happened on May 25, just three days after the accident.

Could stress actually kill you?

If you think that stress isn't a big deal, it's very important to consider what more and more medical experts have found: That stress itself can be deadly.

Now, a small amount of daily stress is to be expected. However, when exposed to too much stress, for too long, it can cause serious problems and even take lives.

Considerations when someone dies prior to an injury lawsuit

If one of your family members was injured -- a spouse, for example -- he or she may have been considering a personal injury lawsuit. For example, if negligence by an employer led to a workplace accident that severely injured your spouse, more than simple workers' comp could be in play.

However, what can you do if your spouse passes away before the lawsuit begins? Below are a few things you must consider.

Key pedestrian traffic laws in Pennsylvania

Many laws have been put in place in Pennsylvania to keep pedestrians safe, some of which focus on those people and some of which focus on the traffic around them. Below are a few key laws to know.

-- If one car stops to let a person go across the road in a crosswalk, all other vehicles have to stop as well. This is to prevent a following car from trying to pass, not seeing the person and hitting him or her in the crosswalk. It is important to note that this applies in multi-lane streets, so drivers in the next lane have to stop even if no traffic is stopped directly in front of them.

DUI accidents spike around graduation

When graduation arrives, DUI accidents and fatalities go up. Studies have found that teens between the ages of 16-19 die at a rate of about 3,000 per year from accidents. Alcohol is involved in about a third of these, or 33 percent. On graduation night, though, alcohol is involved in 40 percent. Clearly, drinking and driving is more common around graduation, and the results are on the roads.

Other studies have found that about 33 percent of those who are under the legal drinking age -- 21 -- and who are killed in car accidents die during graduation season.

Pennsylvania man dies in car accident

A man from Pennsylvania was recently killed in a car accident, and three teenagers were hurt in the wreck. The man, who was a passenger in the car, was 39 years old.

The accident happened at about a quarter to nine in the evening, according to the police. A 19-year-old woman was driving her car on Route 19, going south, but she drifted off of the roadway for some reason. Her car first hit a guardrail, which knocked it into a sideways spin, and then it slammed into a tree.

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