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PA Drivers Can "Ride On Red"!

Heads up, everyone! A new state law went into effect this past week. Called the "Ride on Red" law, it allows PA drivers to go through some red lights.  The law states that if a stop light isn't responsive and if no one else is coming around you, you can legally drive through the intersection on the red light.  It's consider a common sense law to alleviate some problems in vehicles that can't be detected by the existing red light system, such as motorcycles. Use common sense and caution when taking advantage of this law!

Although this new law is now in effect, it is your duty as a member of your community to drive your car safely, responsibly, and with regard for the well-being and safety of others.  This is especially true to remember in cases where you've been drinking! Call a designated driver and save the life of not only yourself, but other innocent bystanders.  Also play it safe and do not engage in distracted driving, such as talking on your cell phone or texting.

However, if you have been the victim of another's negligent driving, Attorney Doug Stoehr is a central PA area attorney who takes cases for automobile accident victims.  These cases may occur in situations where people have been injured or passed away due to the fault of another person, such as through car/pedestrian, bike, motorcycle, and truck accidents. For more information regarding his practice or to set up an initial consultation, please call his office at 814-946-4100. 

Spring Weather Can Make Driving Tricky!

The weather in spring, especially in early spring, can be wild and unpredictable.  From heavy snows, to sunshine, torrential rain, and/or wind, the weather can make home management and travel very difficult!  Are you prepared to handle the unique challenges that spring may make you face?  


One thing you can do to keep yourself safe is to have an emergency kit in both your house and your car.  Some things to include in your kit are items like a flashlight, batteries, bottled water, packaged food, a blanket, a first aid kit, and safety flares. If you are driving, it will be extremely important to monitor the road conditions and leave plenty of room between the cars around you.  This is especially true in times of heavy rain, slow, and/or sleet.  You will also have to engage in defensive driving and be aware of what other drivers around you are doing! Although you might be obeying common safety rules, you can't be certain that others around you are taking the same safety precautions.


it is your duty as a member of your community to drive your car safely, responsibly, and with regard for the well-being and safety of others.  This is especially true to remember in cases where you've been drinking! Call a designated driver and save the life of not only yourself, but other innocent bystanders.  Also play it safe and do not engage in distracted driving, such as talking on your cell phone or texting.


However, if you have been the victim of another's negligent driving, Attorney Doug Stoehr is a central PA area attorney who takes cases for automobile accident victims.  These cases may occur in situations where people have been injured or passed away due to the fault of another person, such as through car/pedestrian, bike, motorcycle, and truck accidents. For more information regarding his practice or to set up an initial consultation, please call his office at 814-946-4100.

Truck Drivers Guilty of 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 posted an article a few years ago 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 call his firm at 814-946-4100 for more information. 

Look Out For Long-Term Indications of a Car Accident Injury

Have you ever been involved in a busy sports game and initially felt fine, but experienced significant pain days and weeks later?  The same is true for car accidents.  Even when they seem small at first, these car accidents can have lasting effects that can influence both your work and personal life.  What are some of the long-term indications of a car accident injury? They may range from the psychological to the physical.  

Sometimes, car accidents can lead to back and neck pain, such as pain experienced from whiplash.  Additionally, you may experience abdominal pain and swelling. Sometimes this goes away, but other times, it may be an indication of a very serious problem like internal bleeding. Others may tell you that your personality seems a little "off", or you may have trouble remembering things.  These may be symptoms of a traumatic brain injury.   It is important to watch for these signs in order to gauge your health after a car accident and make sure that you're really okay!

It is important to realize that the symptoms of a car crash injury may not manifest themselves until a few days after an accident, so if you or a loved one are in an automobile accident and have unexplained pain a few days later, car accident injuries may be the cause of your discomfort. For example, the most common way to experience whiplash from an automobile accident is from a rear-end collision.

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer located in Altoona, PA and serves the central and western Pennsylvania area.  He takes cases for victims who have been injured as the result of an automobile accident.  For more information on him and his firm, please call his office for a free initial consultation at 814-946-4100.

AAA Report Targets Distracted Driving

Although all age groups are guilty of distracted driving, a new study by AAA notes that young millennials (ages 18-24) are engaging in many risky behaviors while driving.  Almost 90% of drivers in this age group reported eating, video chatting, texting, and other activities while driving that can be considered "distracted driving".  Although these risky behaviors did appear to decrease with age, all age groups were engaged in some degree of distracted/risky activities while driving.  According to one report, distracted driving was responsible for about 11% of wrecks in PA over the last five years. In 2015, that means that about 15,000 wrecks occurred due to distracted driving.  

We cannot stress to you enough how important it is to remain safe and alert while driving, especially during periods of increased motor activity. Motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents can be easily prevented with a few simple, common-sense tips, such as not driving while fatigued or distracted, along with wearing your seatbelt. Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in motor vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents. If you feel that you have been wrongly hurt in an accident, please contact our office for a free consultation. Safe driving!

For more on the original report, please click here:

http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-distracted-driving-millennial-report-20170216-story.html

Chronic Pain: America's Hidden Epidemic

Followers of this blog are familiar with the idea of chronic pain being much more common than you might initially think.  However, you might not realize just how many Americans suffer from chronic pain without taking a look at recent statistics and surveys.

According to a recent Gallup-Healthways poll:

  • about 1 in 2 Americans suffer from some type of chronic pain.
  • 31% of American adults report chronic back/neck pain
  • 26% report a leg/knee condition, and 18% have another type of chronic pain.
  • 47% report 1 or 2 types of the pain listed above 
  • 7% report experiencing all three types of the pain listed above.

When the numbers from the survey were broken down further, it was reported that one in five people between their 40s and 80s experienced recurring pain. Interestingly, reports of chronic pain increased between ages 18 and 59 (from 16% to 37%), but those chronic pain reports stopped increasing once people turned 60.  

These data suggest that the occurrence of chronic pain among the nation's adult population is much higher than most people realize.  Chronic pain is also often caused by a traumatic injury, such as ones that result from a car crash or slip-and-fall.  If you have pain that persists more than 6 months, it is often considered chronic and may require a lifetime of medical care and expenses.  In those situations, it may be prudent to consult with an attorney if you have chronic pain that has resulted from an injury due to the fault of another. 

For more information on Attorney Doug Stoehr and his central Pennsylvania personal injury practice, please visit his website or call him at 814-946-4100.

Two Tractor-Trailers Collide, Cause Accident on I-80

A few weeks ago, I-80 East was closed for part of a day due to two tractor-trailer trucks causing a large accident.  While on the highway, one truck hit the back of another truck, which resulted in an accident and stopped traffic for many hours.  According to accident reports, at least one person is dead as a result. Unfortunately, these types of truck accidents are not uncommon on PA highways, especially highways that tend to be congested with many large tractor-trailers.

Commercial truck drivers are a significant cause of motor vehicle accidents . Often, these commercial drivers are fatigued and are driving above the mandated allotment of hours. Additionally, many of them are driving large vehicles that are not up to federal and state safety standards. As a result, passengers and other vehicles often bear the brunt of their illegal activity and are often seriously injured or die from a resulting collision. If you have been injured or a loved one has died as a result of a commercial vehicle accident, please contact our law office for a consultation at no cost to you at the Law Offices of Attorney Doug Stoehr at 814-946-4100.

Be Cautious When Driving This Winter

Unfortunately, there have been many recent reports in central and western Pennsylvania involving accidents due to winter road conditions. Ice, snow, sleet, and freezing rain can cause accidents for even the most careful of drivers.  There are some important things to consider when driving this winter, which, even though they may be second nature to most native Pennsylvanians, are worth checking out to see if there is anything you're missing!  

Areas you may wish to double-check in your car are: making sure your car's radio works properly, making sure your wiper blades don't streak, and having an emergency kit in your car.  Some things you should put in that emergency kit include a flashlight, jumper cables, blankets, and a first aid kit.

Winter car accidents are frightening, expensive, and time-consuming.  These accidents may also result in injuries that are extensive, painful, and long-lasting.  If you suffered an injury due to a car accident caused by another, it might be time to consult with an attorney.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania. For more information on his Altoona, PA law firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100.

New Alert Keeps PA Drivers Informed During Road Closures

Unfortunately, it does seem like Pennsylvania has a high number of car accidents each year, which leaves other drivers stranded on the highways for a long period of time while waiting for crash sites to be cleared.  However, Pennsylvania officials have recognized how frustrating this can be and are trying to keep drivers more informed.

 
According to PennLive.com, a tool called 511PAConnect will soon be available to drivers to keep them updated in the event of a long-term road closure as the result of an accident on a state highway.  This system will be a location-based alert that uses the same technology that issues Amber Alerts for missing children.  People in areas impacted by the road closure will get a message on their cell phone, and will then have the option to register for either text message or phone call updates.  Features include updates every 15 minutes, as well as personalized messages that can be sent out to groups of people.  


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 by calling our Altoona, PA law firm at 814-946-4100.

Holiday Driving Can Be Dangerous!

We're not out of the danger zone for holiday accidents yet! Please be safe, responsible, and alert when traveling between Christmas and New Year's Eve.

Remember that our law office is available to take your calls at 814-946-4100 to provide legal guidance involving any car accident concerns you may have! Our law office is skilled in handling car, bicycle, truck, and pedestrian accidents. This is also true for those people who have suffered injuries from a car accident due to other's distracted or fatigued driving.

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