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Common Summertime Hazards--Did You Expect These?

In continuing on prior blog posts, it is important to be aware of the unique dangers and hazards that the summer weather can bring.  Some of them might be familiar to you, such as drowning, heat strokes, and bike accidents.  However, did you expect to see fireworks, food poisoning, and playground injuries to be among the list of top summertime hazards? All of these accidents possess potentially painful, serious, and/or life-threatening injuries.  If they are caused at the fault of another person, it may be time to seek legal counsel. 


 Unfortunately, many accidents see an expected and marked increase in the spring and summer, including incidences highlighted above, and those involving car, bike, and boating accidents. Victims of  accidents injured due to the fault of another may have lasting and extensive injuries that result in compounded medical bills and significant changes in mobility and ability.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is an attorney serving western and central Pennsylvania that handles cases involving personal injury. If you would like to consult with him about your case, please contact our law office.

To read more information about the top 10 summertime hazards, please click this link to Webbins.com's original article (http://www.webbins.com/blog/top-10-summertime-accidents).  This article talks in depth about many of the top injuries and accidents that occur in the summertime and how you can keep yourself safe!

Avoid Accidents While Camping This Summer

Are you planning on camping and experiencing one of our state's great parks this summer? If so, there are a few apps that you can put on your phone or tablet to make camping easier, more enjoyable, and safer! Check out the list, provided by GoErie.com (http://www.goerie.com/article/20160616/LIFESTYLES21/306169914/apps-can-enhance-your-camping-experience).  These apps include camp cooking recipes, constellation spotting guides, and various tips for knot tie techniques.  One of the other most important apps is the first aid and safety app!  


Many accidents see an expected and marked increase in the spring and summer, including incidences involving camping, car, bike, and boating accidents. Some of these accidents are the result of faulty equipment, such as many tools used during camping activities.  Victims of accidents injured due to the fault of another may have lasting and extensive injuries that result in compounded medical bills and significant changes in mobility and ability.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is an attorney serving western and central Pennsylvania that handles cases involving personal injury. If you would like to consult with him about your case, please contact our law office.

Six PA State Parks Make List of Great Family Parks!

We all know that our state of Pennsylvania is beautiful and offers a huge range of outdoor adventure opportunities, especially in the summer! We have so many great natural parks in our state, which includes many lakes that allow for fishing, boating, kayaking, and canoeing.  Recently, six of our state's parks made the list of "Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Fish and Boat", including two in our area! Keystone State Park in Pittsburgh and Bald Eagle State Park near Bellefonte both made the list.  


 Unfortunately, outdoor activities, especially in the summer when children and their families are spending much more time outside, tend to increase accidents as well. Boating accidents cause a significant number of injuries every summer, as do four-wheeling (ATV) accidents.  The warm weather and longer days also lead to an increase in reckless and distracted driving, which can result in many more motor vehicle accidents.  Accidents such as those noted above are frightening, unexpected, and potentially life-changing.  Clearly, the consequences of such accidents can be both severely emotionally and physically damaging. If you or a family member has been injured as a result of a pedestrian or bicycle accident and would like a free consultation with Attorney Stoehr, please contact our law office. 


Attorney Doug Stoehr is a lawyer specializing in personal injury and services the western and central Pennsylvania area.  He takes cases involving boat, car, truck, and other accidents.  If you feel that you have been wrongfully hurt in a pedestrian accident and would like to consult with him about a possible personal injury claim, please contact our law office.


The original article can be found via PennLive.com at this link:
http://www.pennlive.com/pa-sportsman/2016/06/which_six_waters_in_pennsylvan.html#0

Prevent Boating Accidents With These Simple Tips

Are you being safe this boating season? GoErie.com wrote an article highlighting Pennsylvania's history of boating accidents and how we can prevent them! In 2015, there were 52 total boating accidents, 4 of which were fatal.  Alcohol was a major factor in three of the accidents.   Most of the boating accidents from last year involved collisions with other boating vehicles and/or fixed objects, flooding/swamping and grounding.  Many of the accidents were the result of operator inattention, inexperience, improper lookout, failure of boating machinery, and excessive speed.

So, how can you prevent boating accidents this summer?  According to these reports, the simplest responses are best!

  •  Be aware and focused when you're driving the boat
  • Make sure you know how the boat works and are confident that you can follow all marine rules
  • Don't drink and drive the boat
  • Drive within the speed limits/don't speed
  • Properly upkeep and maintain your boat

Boating accidents see an expected and marked increase in the summer, especially involving intoxication while driving a boat.  In this area, Glendale and Raystown lakes are arguably the most susceptible places in our local area for such occurrences.  Victims of boating accidents injured due to the fault of another may have lasting and extensive injuries that result in compounded medical bills and significant changes in mobility and ability.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is an attorney serving western and central Pennsylvania that handles cases involving personal injury. If you would like to consult with him about your case, please contact our law office.

http://www.goerie.com/article/20160528/NEWS02/305289921/agencies-remind-boaters-to-prepare-for-season-on-the-water

Water Temps May Be Dangerously Cold For Boating, Even In Summer

Are you aware of the boating/water dangers during this time of the year?  Once such article through the Standard Examiner took a close look at this issue.

During the transitional times of the year, especially from winter to spring, it is easy to get fooled by the warm, comfortable air temperatures.  However, this does not mean that local water temperatures  are also just as warm.   According to the article mentioned above, many large bodies of water in the country have temperatures of 50 degrees or lower. Sometimes, these low temperatures can exist well into summer.

Additionally, about half of boating accidents that result in water exposure at those low temperatures are fatal.  This is partially due to the fact that most adult boaters don't wear life jackets, and hypothermia is a real concern.  The article states that "Emergency exposure to cold water can incapacitate an individual in just 5 to 15 minutes; hypothermia can start in 30 minutes."  This prolonged exposure can lead to a decrease in physical ability to move, as well as confusion and drowsiness.  

Boating accidents see an expected and marked increase in the spring and summer, including incidences involving intoxication while driving a boat.  In this area, Glendale and Raystown lakes are arguably the most susceptible places in our local area for such occurrences.  Victims of boating accidents injured due to the fault of another may have lasting and extensive injuries that result in compounded medical bills and significant changes in mobility and ability.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is an attorney serving western and central Pennsylvania that handles cases involving personal injury. If you would like to consult with him about your case, please contact our law office.

For the original article, please click here:

http://www.standard.net/Recreation/2015/04/25/Cold-water-danger

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