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Stop, Slow Down, and Winterize! Tips and Tricks For Safe Winter Driving

Unfortunately, it's that time of year again when we should start thinking about winterizing our vehicles.  Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr would like to offer a few tips that will help with this process.   
  • Check your TIRES - You should always check to make sure your tires are fully inflated to manufacturer's specifications.  Usually this information is on the inside the driver's side door. 
  • Check your BRAKES - A mechanic should be able to do an evaluation of the brake pads and braking system to ensure that they are working properly.
  • Check your FLUID LEVELS - You should always check your oil, windshield washer fluid, and transmission fluid.  However, you should also be aware of your coolant levels.
  • Check your BATTERY - A battery that is not working properly may result in you being stranded this winter.
  • Check your WINDSHIELD WIPERS - If your windshield wipers are not properly clearing the windshield you may have an obstructed view of what's ahead.
  • Put together an EMERGENCY KIT containing a cell phone, a heavy blanket, gloves, salt/sand, a flashlight, water and non-perishable food.
However, despite our best efforts, sometimes an accident is unavoidable.  If an accident does occur it's important to know that Pennsylvania is a comparative negligence state.  Comparative negligence simply means that if your negligence contributed to the accident, your damages will then be reduced by the amount of your negligence.  So, please take every precaution to decrease the chances of contributing to an accident, and properly prepare your vehicle and yourself for the conditions ahead. 
Some preventative maintenance and exercising a little caution can go a long way in preventing an accident from occurring in the first place, and protecting you from liability.  However, if you are injured in a vehicle accident this winter please allow Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr to review your claim at our Altoona, PA law firm. 

Throwback Thursday: NPR Gets In On The Chronic Pain Game

This week's Throwback Thursday is centering on National Public Radio (NPR)'s coverage of chronic pain.  It's great when a national news source such as NPR can weigh in and provide information about such an important medical phenomenon.  Here's the original article for your viewing pleasure:


Chronic pain is becoming an issue that is swiftly gaining national attention as more physicians are recognizing the disorder as a valid medical condition.  Among the many national news sources that are covering the topic of chronic pain, the National Public Radio is one of them.  NPR recently ran a radio interview covering an area within chronic pain that many patients grapple with:  the fear of addiction to pain medication versus the discomfort of chronic pain.  To read the NPR interview with Judy Foreman, author of "A Nation in Pain", or listen to the audio version, please click here.


Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving Blair and the seven surrounding counties in central Pennsylvania.  He takes cases for clients who are experiencing chronic pain as the result of an injury due to the fault of another.   For more information on his Altoona, PA area firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com.

Important Announcement: Stay Safe On Route 36!

For everyone who lives in our law firm's region of Central Pennsylvania (Altoona, Roaring Spring, Bedford, Tyrone, etc.) please be aware that there has been an unusually high number of car accidents on Route 36 in Roaring Spring!  Please, take extra care when traveling on this road to keep yourself and fellow drivers safe.  To read more about this trend, please see the news article here. 

Car accidents are a very real danger when driving, no matter on the highway or on a secluded country road.  The physical and psychological damage caused by car accidents can be extensive and result in years of medical and professional care.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash that was the fault of another, Attorney Doug Stoehr would be willing to set up a free consultation to discuss a possible legal claim involving your accident.  Attorney Stoehr has experience litigating personal injury claims relating to car crashes, and if you would like to meet with him, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

Deer/Car Collision: Don't Let It Happen To You!

As mentioned in previous posts on our site, right now is a VERY dangerous time of the year for Pennsylvania drivers when it comes to hitting deer.  A recent local news article reported that, unfortunately, a deer caused a two car crash in Chambersburg that cause one of the vehicles to explode, killing all occupants inside the car.  To read more about the accident, please click this link to explore the original article.  


To check out our other blog articles regarding hunting season, deer accidents, and how to stay safe from deer on PA highways, please click here:


Don't Let Deer Ruin Your Day:
http://www.stoehrsmithlaw.com/blog/2015/11/dont-let-deer-ruin-your-day.shtml


PA Hunters Are Safe! :
http://www.stoehrsmithlaw.com/blog/2015/10/pa-hunters-are-safe.shtml


Our law firm encourages all hunters to be safe, alert, and cautious while hunting in our state's woods.  Always wear the proper orange gear, use common sense gun safety, and do not operate firearms while drinking.  When driving, be alert for deer, especially in the evenings! When you see one deer, please know that others are probably close behind it!
Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving Blair and the seven surrounding counties in central Pennsylvania.  He takes cases for personal injury, premises liability, elder abuse and neglect, and car, motorcycle, bus, ATV, snowmobile, bicycle, and truck accidents.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100.

Throwback Thursday: Large Award For Family of Accident Victim

On this week's edition of Throwback Thursday, let's take a look at a large settlement that was awarded to a family of a tractor-trailer accident victim.  Our firm takes many cases similar to this one, so this information is valuable when pursuing your legal claim!

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.

Thanksgiving Is Most Dangerous Day for PA Drivers

Prepare for the upcoming holiday travel! According to state statistics, the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the deadliest times of the year to be on the road.  Other holidays that top the list include July 4th (the all-time highest holiday for accidents across the nation) and Labor Day.  However, in Pennsylvania, Thanksgiving surpasses all other holidays in terms of the number of motor vehicle accidents.   According to an online news source, via the Pennsylvania Medical Society, "counting July 4 as well as the days just prior and afterwards, the Independence Day holiday was second in crashes (3,051 in 2010) and third in deaths (50). Labor Day and days surrounding the holiday was third in crashes (3,013) and second in deaths (51). The Thanksgiving holiday season topped both rankings for crashes (4,352) and deaths (55)."  Most of our state's accidents occur in the counties of Philadelphia, Allegheny, Lancaster, Bucks, and Westmoreland.  
To read more of their report, please click this link.

Car accidents are a very real danger when driving, no matter on the highway or on a secluded country road.  The physical and psychological damage caused by car accidents can be extensive and result in years of medical and professional care.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash that was the fault of another, Attorney Doug Stoehr would be willing to set up a free consultation to discuss a possible legal claim involving your accident.  Attorney Stoehr has experience litigating personal injury claims relating to car crashes, and if you would like to meet with him, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

Run Away? Stand Your Ground? What To Do If A Dog Attacks!

Many of us own dogs that are happy, healthy, harmless, and well-adjusted.  They are members of our family, play with our children, and are a part of many important life moments.  However, not all dogs are as friendly as your trusty friend!  Ever year, hundreds of people are severely injured in dog attacks all over the country.  The local division of CBS in Pittsburgh offered up some tips and tricks to keep you safe in the event that you are confronted with a potentially serious and unsafe dog encounter. 

  • Don't make any sudden movements! Neither run away nor towards a dog that looks ready to attack. 
  • Be as calm as you can! The more stressed and scared you get, the more the dog will pick up on it. 
  • Don't look the dog in the eye or scream!
  • When approaching a dog with an owner, always ask before petting if it's okay.  If the owner says yes, allow the dog to smell the back of your hand first.  If they appear angry or on edge, don't put them further. 

In some cases, liability for a dog attack may fall to a landlord.  A landlord may be held liable for injuries by animals owned and maintained by a tenant when the landlord has knowledge of the presence of the dangerous animal, and where he or she has the right to control or remove the animal by retaking possession of the premises. 

If you are bitten by a dog and are seeking damages, your claim for damages based on your injuries or disfigurement will be based on a theory of negligence, and will be very complex.  You need an attorney that has experience in handling the difficulties of these types of claims.   Our law firm will review the facts and analyze the law to provide you with a thorough evaluation of your claims. 

If you or a loved one suffered an injury or disfigurement from a dog bite, please do not hesitate to contact the law office of Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr.  Attorney Doug Stoehr has experience in handling dog bite cases, and will thoroughly evaluate your claim.   Call us today at (814) 946-4100 for a free initial consultation.  

The Proof Is In The Picture!

Ever wonder how satisfied clients are after their claims are settled by our law firm?  Look no further than this word cloud, which is full of the most commonly used words that our clients use upon completion of their claims!

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To read more about our clients and their testimonials, please click this link! 

Don't Let Deer Ruin Your Day!

 Several years ago, State Farm has released its annual deer-related collision report, and Pennsylvania was again listed as the fifth most likely state for a deer collision.  Pennsylvania drivers have a roughly 1 in 77 chance of hitting a deer this year.  Even though the odds seem good, State Farm has reported that the odds of colliding with a deer are actually down by 4.3 percent.  The reason for the decline is simple.  There are more registered drivers on the road. 
State Farm compiled these numbers by look at the total number of deer collisions between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, and found that 1.22 million deer-related collisions occurred during that period, which they say is down by 3.5 percent compared to the previous year.  State Farm also reports that November is the most likely month for an incident to occur, followed by October and December. 
State Farm has reported that the "Top 5 Most Likely States for Deer Collisions" are as follows:  1) West Virginia; 2) Montana; 3) Iowa; 4) South Dakota; and 5) Pennsylvania.  

State Farm has also provided tips for deer safety:


1.       Be aware of posted deer crossing signs, which are placed in active deer crossing areas.
2.       Deer are most active from 6-9 p.m.
3.       Use high beams headlamps as much as possible to watch for deer at night.
4.       Do not be a distracted driver.  Using cell phones and eating while driving may cause a driver to miss seeing a deer until it is too late.
5.       Deer typically travel in groups, so if you see one it's likely there are more

At the law firm of Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr we are highly experienced in handling vehicle accidents.  If you, or a member of your family have been injured in a vehicle accident please contact Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr to evaluate your claim.  

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