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Traveling For The Holidays

Are you planning on hitting the road this holiday season? If so, you will be joining tens of thousands of other Americans who are doing the same thing. It is vitally important to be safe on the road, as many other cars will be traveling to reach their family and friensd as well.  Although you may be excited and anxious to reach your destination, it is important to follow basic safety precautions to avoid accident or injury to yourself or others. 

AAA has provided several easy and practical safety tips for drivers to follow while reaching their holiday destinations.  Please view them below or check out the original on their website, which can be found here.

  • Ensure your vehicle is well-maintained. Take care to have your car and tires inspected before you take a long journey.
  • Plan your road choices in advance and be prepared for busy traffic during the most popular times of the year. You may wish to consider leaving earlier or later to avoid the worst of the car congestion.
  • Keep all valuables in the trunk or in a covered storage compartment.
  • If you're traveling with kids, remind them not to talk to strangers. Accompany them on their bathroom breaks and in unfamiliar areas. 
  • Make sure to know your roadside assistance contact information, so you will be prepared in case an incident occurs on the road.
  • Always keep a cell phone and corresponding charger with you at all times. Many motor assistance companies offer smartphone applications that alllow drivers to ask for help without making a phone call.

If you have been the victim of a winter driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and potential pain and suffering.  This may include cases where other drivers failed to follow common winter driving safety procedures, such as leaving enough room between cars or failing to remove the ice and snow from their vehicles, which caused an accident.   Attorney Doug Stoehr takes cases for clients who have sustained njuries due to the fault or negligence of another. For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his firm at 814-946-4100.

Can You Pass These Winter Driving Quizzes?

Do you think that you have what it takes to pass these two winter driving quizzes?  These tests, provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Allegheny College, will test your knowledge about safe driving habits and winter guidelines in Pennsylvania.

Try the quiz from PennDOT here:

http://www.dot.state.pa.us/Internet/pdNews.nsf/WinterHome?OpenFrameset

Or the one from Allegheny College here:

http://sites.allegheny.edu/safety/safety-committee/winter-driving-quiz/

The PennDOT website also has a wealth of useful information relating to getting your car, home, and even mailbox ready for winter.  You can also watch a winter video and access a printable winter services guide by going to this link (ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/Bureaus/Press/Winter/PUB628.pdf).    Some general helpful tips that the department offers in order to get ready for winter include the following travel tips:

  • Follow the law and turn on your headlights when your wipers are on.
  • Watch for wet-looking roads, they may indicate black ice.
  • Don't use your high beams in periods of heavy or blowing snow.
  • Don't use cruise control when traveling on icy or snowy roads.
  • Don't stop and start suddenly, and leave more room than normal between cars. 
  • Be careful on the especially dangerous road areas, such as ramps or bridges.
  • Do not pass or get between trucks plowing in a plow line.
  • If you do become stranded, don't leave your vehicle. Also, turn on the engine every hour or so, and make sure the tailpipe is clear. 

If you have been the victim of a winter driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and potential pain and suffering.  This may include cases where other drivers failed to follow common winter driving safety procedures, such as leaving enough room between cars or failing to remove the ice and snow from their vehicles, which caused an accident.   Attorney Doug Stoehr takes cases for clients who have sustained njuries due to the fault or negligence of another. For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his firm at 814-946-4100.

Winter Driving Tips from OSHA

Planning on driving this winter?  OSHA has released a helpful publication related to safe driving during the cold weather months.  The publication detailed many helpful driving tips, which can be found below.  For more information, please visit OSHA's website, which can be located by clicking this link.

 

 

  • Keep your car well maintained.  This includes having appropriate levels of fluids in your car (like windshield fluid and antifreeze), and making sure that your tires have adequate tread.
  • It may be helpful to keep the following tools in your car:  a small shovel, jumper cables, emergency flares, and blankets.  Many people also keep material in their car that will grip the road if you are stuck in an icy patch, such as sand, cat litter, or rock salt. Others also use floor mats or blankets to help gain traction. 
  • It is always wise to plan ahead when driving in bad weather and keep maps in your car in case you need to use an alternate route.
  • When driving, test your brakes in a safe area so you are aware of how they are gripping the road.  Keep in mind that stopping distances are significantly different on ice and water.
  • Always use common safety precautions, such as buckling your seat belt, using appropriate child seats, and avoiding use of handheld devices while driving.  Keep aware of pedestrians.
  • Obviously, don't drink and drive or drive when you are extremely fatigued.

If you have been the victim of a winter driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and potential pain and suffering.  This may include cases where other drivers failed to follow common winter driving safety procedures, such as leaving enough room between cars or failing to remove the ice and snow from their vehicles, which caused an accident.   Attorney Doug Stoehr takes cases for clients who have sustained njuries due to the fault or negligence of another. For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his firm at 814-946-4100.

Slip-And-Fall Tips For This Winter

Be safe in the winter weather!  Unfortunately for people living in Pennsylvania during the winter season, along with the beautiful snowy landscapes come a variety of winter-related dangers. One of the most common injuries during this time of year, especially in older adults, are slip-and-fall accidents.    How can you protect yourself?  Try and following the guidelines below, courtesy of Denver Health.

 

  1. Try and plan ahead as much as you can, and base your trips around breaks in bad weather.  Use common sense, and don't go out if you don't need to do so.
  2. Don't rush!  Give yourself much more time to go from Point A to Point B, whether you are walking or driving a car.
  3. Be aware, and take the safest looking paths while walking and driving.  Alternate routes may be necessary, so familiarize yourself with where you are going!
  4. Help others and let others help you.  Assist each other in crossing icy patches on foot.
  5. Wear the appropriate shoes!  Choose shoes that give you the most traction, and remember that you can always bring in a change of shoes to put on after you've arrived at your ending destination.
  6. Be especially careful in parking lots! Entering and exiting cars can be a particularly troublesome area for injuries.  Also be aware of cars who may be stopping or sliding.
  7. Keep your hands free. Don't walk while using your phone or texting, and avoid carrying a large amount of heavy items.
  8. Do your part to keep your sidewalks and driveway clean and ice-free.  Frequently apply ice melt or sand as often as possible to melt icy patches and give yourself and others traction on winter surfaces.

 If you have slipped and fell on the property of another, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and potential pain and suffering.  This may include cases where sidewalks were improperly maintained due to the winter weather, such as failure to remove snow and ice.   Attorney Doug Stoehr takes cases for clients who have sustained slip-and-fall injuries due to the fault or negligence of another. For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his firm at 814-946-4100.

Attorney Stoehr Nominated for "Best Attorneys In America"

Congratulations to Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr, who has been awarded a spot as a Lifetime Member of the Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys in America.  He will represent one out of only 100 lawyers in Pennsylvania who were chosen for this honor.  Attorney Stoehr was nominated based on his "extraordinary level of legal expertise, competency, professional reputation, and ethical standards".  His nomination should be considered reflective of his exceptional achievements as an attorney.

 

The honor of a Rue Ratings membership is awarded to fewer than 1% of attorneys across the country.  Rue Ratings' membership is very carefully screened, extremely selective, and limited to only the most accomplished and qualified lawyers in the country.  In order to be nominated for Rue Ratings, a lawyer must be endorsed by an existing member, nominated by a member of the state bar association, or the public.  They can also be chosen from an independent research team.  The nominee then goes through a rigorous peer review process before he or she is selected for membership.

 

In addition to the Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys in America, Attorney Stoehr is a member of several other elite groups of legal professionals. He is a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  This forum is an elite group of American trial lawyers who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements for their clients.  Similar to Rue Ratings' membership, membership to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum consists of fewer than 1% of lawyers in the United States.  Attorney Stoehr also has a 10/10 rating on Avvo.com, which is considered "superb".  Avvo is a public rating site for legal services where current and former clients may write reviews about the quality of legal assistance that they have received.  Attorney Stoehr has also been selected to SuperLawyers. Less than 5% of lawyers across the country are members. He is a PA SuperLawyer for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

 

Congratulations again to Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr! 

Be Careful When Buying Toys This Holiday Season

According to a slew of media sources, a recent national study published research by the Clinical Pediatrics medical journal that suggests that children are treated for toy-related injuries about every three minutes in the United States.  Those statistics account for over 3 million children within the past 13+ years.  The vast majority of these cases were the result of foot-powered toy scooters and other self-propelled toys. 

 

Alarmingly, most of these injuries occurred in children five years old and younger. Another large chunk of injuries was accounted for by children under three who have choked on small toys or parts of toys.  During the study, about 14 cases of children swallowing/inhaling foreign objects occurred per day over a period of about 11 years.  However, between the ages of 5 and 17, riding toys accounted for over 40% of the injuries.   These injuries were three times more likely to result in broken bones or dislocated joints.  Additionally, foot-powered scooters alone resulted in over 580,000 injuries in a period of 11 years.  Overall, falls and collision were the most common injury types across all toy accidents. 

 

Parents and caregivers can follow several common and practical tips to help prevent injuries for their children this holiday season.  Of course, all children should be wearing proper protective gear when using self-motored toys, including a helmet and elbow/knee pads.  They should also avoid riding these toys on uneven and/or icy grounds.  Young children should also be supervised at all times.   It is also important for parents and caregivers to frequently check online with various safety commissions to see if commonly used toys have been recalled due to safety hazards.

 

 

For more information on the Clinical Pediatric study, please click this link through MyFoxNY.

 

 

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a central Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer.  He takes cases for clients who are experiencing pain due to an accident or injury caused by the fault of another.  For more information on Attorney Doug Stoehr's Altoona, PA area practice, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or continue to browse his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com.  Attorney Stoehr and his law firm wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season. 

PA's Important Snowmobile Laws: What You Need To Know

Are you familiar with Pennsylvania's snowmobile laws?  Many users may not realize the regulations required to properly and legally operate a snowmobile on PA's trails and recreational areas.  Here are a few of Pennsylvania's most important snowmobile laws that people may not know.

 

  • No child under 10 years old may drive a snowmobile on public land, and no child between the ages of 10 and their 16th birthday can operate a snowmobile on any land other than the land of their parent or guardians.  The only exception to the latter part of this regulation is if the child has completed a safety education course and received a corresponding completion certificate.
  • Snowmobile safety courses can be found and scheduled using the Bureau of Forestry's phone number, which is (717) 783-7941.
  • If a snowmobiler is involved in an accident, they must stop and give their name and address, the owner's name and address (if different), and the vehicle's registration number to a police officer at the scene or to the other person involved in the incident.
  • If a snowmobile accident causes death or injury to the person/property worth over $100, the incident needs to be reported in writing to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
  • All registered snowmobiles must have liability insurance.  There is no minimum dollar amount for this coverage.   If you don't properly register your snowmobile and/or fail to get liability insurance, you can be fined $300.
  • All snowmobiles being used in Pennsylvania must be equipped with an adequate brake system (one that can stop within 40 feet when traveling 20mph), along with a muffler in good working condition.   They must also have a working headlight and taillight.

Off-road vehicles, such as snowmobiles and ATVs, are potentially dangerous vehicles for many of our state's youth.  Improper ATV use is leading cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians.   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 call his law firm at 814-946-4100.

 

To see more of Pennsylvana's snowmobiling regulations, please click here

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