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Large Award For Family of Tractor-Trailer Accident Victim

Many people who have traveled on Pennsylvania's state highways, especially on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, have most likely noticed the large amount of tractor-trailers.  Although many of these drivers are conscientious and considerate, many others are aggressive, speed, and frequently switch lanes without signaling.  As a result, Pennsylvania has a high number of tractor-trailer accidents, which can lead to serious accidents and fatalities for neighboring cars and trucks.

One such case of a Pennsylvania tractor-trailer accident has been recently publicized in the local media.  In this particular case, a tractor-trailer driver in Lebanon County, PA failed to signal before pulling back out onto the highway at under 20 miles per hour, causing a neighboring car to crash into the truck.  The crash claimed the life of the car's driver, who was a father of four.  His widow sued the trailer driver and his employer for a variety of charges, including wrongful death, negligence, and punitive damages.  The judge ruled in favor of the victim's family, awarding over 2 million dollars in damages.

If you or a loved one has been in an accident due to the fault of a tractor-trailer, it might be time to consult with an attorney.  Attorney Doug Stoehr represents clients in Blair and the surrounding counties in central and western Pennsylvania.  For more information on his law firm, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his office at 814-946-4100.

 To read more about the Lebanon County tractor-trailer lawsuit and verdict, please visit this website: http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/01/13/64479.htm.

Truck Drivers Also Engage In Distracted Driving

When you see tractor-trailers moving along our country's highways, you expect their drivers to be safe, alert, and vigilant. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.  A local New York City news source just posted an article about the increased occurrence of truck drivers who text and drive.  According to the news report, through local ABC news station 13WHAM,  "A hidden camera investigation has uncovered a dangerous trend on highways. WABC-TV in New York City set up camera on several of highly travel roadways, catching truckers texting and talking on their phones and one driver even talking on two cell phones at once. The New York State Department of Transportation said nearly 16,000 truckers were ticketed for distracted driving in 2013, but only four of them were suspended and taken out of service." 4 out of 16,000 drivers who were caught texting while driving seems like a tiny percentage!   

 

If you are involved in a car accident, most states, including Pennsylvania, have at least one section on the incident report dedicated to distracted driving violations.  Fines and charges may increase if you are cited with one of these violations.  Distracted driving is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents on the highway.  If you have been injured as the result of a distracted driver, it might be time to consult an attorney.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  Please visit his website athttp://www.stoehrlaw.com for more information.

 

Please read more of the original 13WHAM article by clicking this link.

How Much Do You Know About ATV Accidents?

How much do you know about ATV accidents?  In a February 2013 report compiled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), information was given regarding incidents relating to ATV (all-terrain vehicle) accidents and injuries.

This report was enlightening, and provided a more complete and detailed picture of the frequency and severity of accidents surrounding American ATV users in the past twenty or so years.  Some of the most interesting facts include:

From 1982-2011, CPSC staff received reports of over 28,000 ATV-related deaths of  children younger than 16 years of age. Out of these fatalities, over 40% were children less than 12 years old.

These numbers do not account for accidents that were not reported to the CPSC, which may mean that the prevalence of ATV-related fatalities might actually be greater than expected.

In 2011, there were over 100,000 ATV-caused emergency room treated injuries.  Over 25% of these injuries were in children under 16 years old.

The vast majority of these injuries were either contusions or fractures. Most injuries were found in either the arm/shoulder region or the head/neck region.

From January 1982 to December 2011, Pennsylvania had a reported 459 ATV-related fatalities.  They are behind only by California (504) and Texas (478) for the highest number of ATV-related fatalities in the country during that time period.

As noted above, ATVs, dirt bikes, and other off-road vehicles (such as snowmobiles) are a leading cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians, especially among our state's youth.   Attorney Doug Stoehr of Altoona, PA handles cases involving injury as a result of accidents involving off-road vehicles.  For more information about Attorney Doug Stoehr and his Blair county area practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his law firm at 814-946-4100.

For more information on the CPSC's report, please visit the original report, which can be found here: http://www.cpsc.gov//Global/Research-and-Statistics/Injury-Statistics/atv2011.pdf

PA Among Top States For ATV Accidents

As many area residents probably know, Pennsylvania has a large amount of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) users.  Exploring the natural beauty of central Pennsylvania by ATV, motorbike, or snowmobile is a common activity among our area's families.  However, the converse side to this activity is the potential for serious injury or death.  According to a recent report, Pennsylvania ranks among the top five states for the highest numbers of ATV-related deaths.

 

During a five year period of 2007-2011, Pennsylvania had 97 fatalities resulted from all-terrain vehicles.  Many factors are cited as contributing to these deaths. ATVs can reach high speeds, but their tires are not as stable or supportive.  They are also not designed for paved roads.  When ATVs reach a high level of speed on a paved road, this can lead to roll-overs.   Many ATV riders also do not wear helmets, which contributes to a heightened level/severity of injury. Notably, most reported ATV accidents occurred on paved roads and involved only a single ATV.  Most ATV users are also males of teenage years or older. In many accidents, alcohol use by the driver is also a factor.  Due to a marked increase in the number of recent ATV sales, the general public may see the number of ATV accidents climb in the coming years.

 

As noted above, ATVs, dirt bikes, and other off-road vehicles (such as snowmobiles) are a leading cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians, especially among our state's youth.   Attorney Doug Stoehr of Altoona, PA handles cases involving injury as a result of accidents involving off-road vehicles.  For more information about Attorney Doug Stoehr and his Blair county area practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his law firm at 814-946-4100.

 

For more information about ATV accidents, safety, and national statistics, please visit the original article here: http://www.newsandsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/581785/W-Va--ranked-highest-in-ATV-deaths.html?nav=5061.

ATV Accidents: The Numbers Add Up

In an effort to address all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use, injury, and death, our law firm gathered information from a February 2013 report compiled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  This report provided a picture of the frequency and severity of accidents surrounding American ATV users in the past twenty or so years. 

 

The CPSC reported a number of interesting statistics and facts relating to ATV use, which includes the following:

 

In 2010, there was an estimated 10.4 million ATVs in use across the country. 

At that time, there was a fatality risk of 0.7 per 10,000 ATVs in use. This means that out of 100,000 ATVs in use, about 7 people will be killed while riding one.

In 2011, 52% of children under the age of 12 were responsible for the total number of ATV-related injuries in children.

The CPSC estimated a 98.8 person injury frequency per 10,000 ATV vehicles in use in 2011. This means that out of 100,000 ATVs in use, about 988 people will be injured while riding one.

 

As noted above and in previous posts, ATV use can be extremely dangerous in certain situations.  Children appear to be the most susceptible, and account for a large portion of ATV injuries and deaths.  Children under the age of 12 may be especially at risk for harm. Please exercise caution when riding your ATV, wear a helmet, and remain at a safe speed.  Also, do not ride your ATV when the weather or trail conditions suggest a heightened risk for injury.

 

ATVs, dirt bikes, and other off-road vehicles are a leading cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians, especially among our state's youth.   Attorney Doug Stoehr of Altoona, PA handles cases involving injury as a result of accidents involving off-road vehicles.  For more information about Attorney Doug Stoehr and his central Pennsylvania practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his law firm at 814-946-4100.

 

Interested in learning more? Check out the complete CPSC report, which can be found here: http://www.cpsc.gov//Global/Research-and-Statistics/Injury-Statistics/atv2011.pdf.

Multiple Theories? What This Means For Your Dog Bite Claim

According to an article by Pennsylvania's legal journal, the Pennsylvania Record, a Dauphin County man who was suing for punitive damages after a dog attack was allowed to enter multiple legal theories as part of his damages claim. According to the original article (link can be found above), the victim's attorney stated that "the decision to overrule four of five objections will allow him to present seven legal theories to a Dauphin County jury, including one that establishes the dog's vicious propensities even though there were no previous physical attacks".  

For many workers within the Pennsylvania legal system, this is the first time that they are witnessing a court decision that enables a dog bite victim to pursue a claim based on multiple legal theories. Additionally, this is an unusual case because the dog has no recorded prior or subsequent history of attacks.  The claim was the result of an attack by three boxers when a FedEx delivery person attempted to drop off a package at their owner's residence. The victim claims that these dogs had also been aggressive towrads another FedEx driver.

Dog bites can be frightening, costly, and result in long-term physical and psychological damage.  If you or a loved one have suffered from a dog attack due to the negligence of another, please contact our central Pennsylvania area law firm.  Attorney Doug Stoehr will handle your dog bite claim with professionalism and competency.  Please contact his Blair County area firm by calling 814-946-4100.

Police Officer Sues For Dog Attack Injuries

A McKeesport police officer was recently in the news for a lawsuit against two local dog owners. According to news source Officer.com, the police officer was investigating a domestic disturbance in McKeesport when he was attacked by the owners' 100+ pound pit bull.  The officer was bitten on both hands, which led to scarring and tendon damage. The officer was also accidentally shot in the heel by his partner, as the partner tried to prevent the dog from doing further damage.  Due to Pennsylvania's lack of the "firefighter's rule", a law which prohibits public safety officers from filing similar claims, the officer was able to successfully file a lawsuit.  According to the original article, the officer was able to sue because he "can sue for damages as long as the injury was caused by negligent or intentional conduct that was separate from the conduct tghat contributed to the emergency".  The dog owners had been cited six times in the prior few weeks for failing to keep their dog confined, as well as not having a dog license. 

 

Although dogs are often friendly, docile, and excellent pets, sometimes dogs can lash out and attack others.  These cases are often reported within the more "dangerous" dog breeds, such as pitt bulls, rottweilers, and others.  Unfortunately, many of these dog attacks tend to happen to small children.  If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog attack due to the negligence of another dog owner, it may be time to seek legal action.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is an Altoona, PA area attorney that is experienced in dog bite claims. For more information, call his office at 814-946-4100.

Greenwood Man In Critical Condition After Dog Attack

An article by the Washington Times recently covered a story originally posted in our hometown newspaper, the Altoona Mirror.  According to the news story, which can be found here and on the Altoona Mirror online, an Altoona man was recently mauled by his own pit bull/bulldog mix.  Police were called to the scene and the dog was eventually shot.  The man was flown to UPMC Pittsburgh, where he was reported to be in critical condition. 

Although dogs are often friendly, docile, and excellent pets, sometimes dogs can lash out and attack others.  These cases are often reported within the more "dangerous" dog breeds, such as pitt bulls, rottweilers, and others.  Unfortunately, many of these dog attacks tend to happen to small children.  If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog attack due to the negligence of another dog owner, it may be time to seek legal action.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is an Altoona, PA area attorney that is experienced in dog bite claims. For more information, call his office at 814-946-4100.

Area Dog Attack Leaves Toddler Injured

An area toddler recently suffered a dog attack in Everett, PA.  According to local news source WeAreCentralPA.com, a toddler and her family had stopped to look for a deer on the side of a road.  A strange dog came out of the woods and attacked the girl, which resulted in over 300 stitches and plastic surgery.  The article did not say whether the dog belonged to anyone in the area.  Please read the rest of the story on the news source's website by clicking here. 

Dog bites can be frightening, costly, and result in long-term physical and psychological damage.  If you or a loved one have suffered from a dog attack due to the negligence of another, please contact our central Pennsylvania area law firm.  Attorney Doug Stoehr will handle your dog bite claim with professionalism and competency.  Please contact his Blair County area firm by calling 814-946-4100.

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