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Pedestrian Killed In Downtown Pittsburgh

Over the weekend, a woman in Pittsburgh was struck and killed by a shuttle bus as she was crossing the street.  The accident, which occurred around 7:00AM on Saturday morning, happened while the woman was walking through a crosswalk.  The area's Accident Investigators Unit is looking further into the case.  

It is extremely unfortunate that things like this continue to happen in our community.  It is your responsibility as a licensed driver in the state of Pennsylvania to not only drive your care with care and caution, but also be aware of other hazards on the road.  Drivers frequently share the road with bicyclists, motorcycle drivers, and pedestrians, especially in more residential areas.

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.


Attorney Doug Stoehr is a central PA area attorney who takes cases where people have been injured or passed away due to the fault of another person, such as through ca, /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.

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Pedestrian Accident Injures Local Teenager

Recently, a young boy was a victim in a pedestrian accident in Westmont, PA.  According to local news reports, the thirteen-year-old was trying to cross a street when he stepped out in front of a car and was hit.  Accident reconstruction specialists were noted to be working at the scene to determine the specifics of the accident.  


Pedestrian accidents are frightening and occur without warning.  Additionally, the consequences of pedestrian accidents can also be emotionally and physically damaging. Attorney Doug Stoehr is a lawyer specializing in personal injury and services the western and central Pennsylvania area.  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 at 814-946-4100.

Winter Ice Means Slip and Fall Injuries

Once again, it is worth the reminder to make sure that you're being careful out on the ice! A recent news story out of our neighboring state of New York covered a lawsuit involving a slip-and-fall on the ice.  The story involved a medical worker who broke her ankle when she slipped and fell on the ice of her employer's building.  This injury caused a required surgery and prolonged recovery period.  The worker sued the building owner and the managing real estate agent, among others.  According to reports, there was a thin layer of snow on the parking lot which covered up the ice.  The grade of the parking lot caused frequent problems with water pooling, which caused ice to form in freezing conditions.  The lawsuit claims that the defendants were aware of the pooling conditions in the parking lot, but didn't act to fix the problem.


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 call his firm at 814-946-4100.

Biking, Motorcycle, Pedestrian Deaths in PA Are Preventable

It's not so safe to be a pedestrian or bicyclist in our state sometimes.  A review of recent PennDOT statistics shed light into just how many accidents occur on our state's roads and byways per year.  Using statistics from 2014 accidents, our law office found the following information:

  • There were 166 pedestrian deaths and almost 4,000 pedestrian injuries
  • While out biking on our state's roads, almost 20 bicyclists were killed and about another 1,300 were injured
  • Motorcyclists suffered their share of injuries (3,207) and deaths (187), too 

The saddest part is that these statistics are completely preventable if we all take some care on our roads.  When you're out at night, whether walking or biking, always remember to wear bright and reflective clothing! Carry a flashlight or wear a headlamp to further increase your visibility.  Signal where you're going so nearby drivers have an idea of where you're headed.  

If you're driving, make sure to give these people their space! Don't follow them or drive near them at a high rate of speed, and share the road.  Obviously, don't do any of these activities drunk or under the influence of any type of drug.  

Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your potential personal injury claim, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

State College Is Officially Bike Friendly!

Our fingers are crossed for State College and the surrounding areas! According to a report from the Daily Collegian, the area is up for renewal for an official state "bike-friendly designation".  Other officially designated bike-friendly communities in the state include Pittsburgh, Reading, and York. The State College area is hoping to obtain a silver-level designation, which would be an improvement from their current bronze level status.  Within the article, it is stated that the community is on board with this idea, and even started a mandatory driver's education course at the State College Area High School that has extensive study on bike safety.  Some businesses in the community have also reached bike-friendly status as well, and officially support this initiative.  

Throughout the warmer months and through the end of fall, many people gravitate outside to run, bike, walk, and spend time with their families. Although this can provide an excellent outlet for fun and recreation, it can also lead to potential bicycle and pedestrian accidents. When driving around, be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road, especially small children that may not be easily seen. By being alert and considerate and sharing the road, you will avoid serious injuries and complications to those around you. If you plan to bike or run outside, wear bright colors and make sure that you give appropriate and clear turning signals with your arms so that drivers know when and where you intend to turn.

Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your personal injury, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

For more within the original Daily Collegian article, please click here:

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/news/borough/article_2323ec0c-958e-11e6-9a84-17ccb20760df.html

Don't Let Halloween Hazards Spook You!

Are you prepared and safe when it comes to Halloween festivities? According to many sources, Halloween is one of the deadliest nights of the year for pedestrian accidents, with children being the most at-risk group.  How can you keep yourself and your children safe while trick-or-treating? Take a look at these tips:


  • Cross at designated crosswalks, don't cross the street between parked cars or in the middle of a block.
  • Wear reflective tape on your costume, or put it on kids' candy bags
  • Add glow sticks! Kids can wear them as bracelets or necklaces, and it makes them more visible. 
  • Make sure your child's costume leaves them able to see through any potential masks, hoods, or face paint. They need good visibility in order to be safe and aware of their surroundings!
  • In the same vein, make sure your child's costume allows them to be mobile. They should be able to easily move their arms and legs without feeling constrained, or have their costume not be so big that they trip over it.  
  • If you are decorating your home for Halloween, make sure it's well lit and any strings, light cords, and/or cables are clearly marked so others don't trip over them. 
  • If your kids are trick-or-treating without you, make sure they have designated times and/or places where they check in with you throughout the night!

In talking about holidays and premises liability, there is a lot to think about, too!  When throwing a party or inviting friends over, most people are concerned with cleaning their homes, preparing the food, and making sure that there's enough to drink.  Although these things are important, it is also important to remember that, as hosts, you are responsible for the state of your property and injuries that occur as the result of your unkept and/or unsafe house and yard conditions.  This includes things like uneven sidewalks, poorly lit exterior spaces, hidden/dangling electrical cords that others could trip over, and other miscellaneous safety hazards.  

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  He takes premises liability cases for those who have been injured on another person's property.  For more information on his firm or to talk about your potential legal claim, please call his office at 814-946-4100.  


Thanks to SafeWise for many of the tips above!
http://www.safewise.com/blog/most-common-halloween-accidents-and-how-to-avoid-them/

Woman Suing Pittsburgh Theater Group

A Pittsburgh theater is coming under fire as a result of a new lawsuit this month.  According to reports, a woman is suing Phoenix Theatres Entertainment LLC, for failing to keep their sidewalks in adequate shape.  The woman pursuing the lawsuit was leaving a theater in March when she tripped on the uneven sidewalk and sustained injuries.  As a property owner, it is your responsibility to make sure all access areas, including driveways, sidewalks, ramps, etc. are properly maintained and safe for all people who may be using them.  

If you have slipped or tripped, 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.

For more information on the Pittsburgh area case, please click here:

http://pennrecord.com/stories/511006837-woman-blames-theater-for-fall-injuries

Bicyclist Safety Questionable in PA

Recently, PennLive.com posted a very relevant and interesting article about the state of bicycle safety in Pennsylvania. Recently, a man in Pittsburgh was killed while biking home from the South Side docks.  In the aftermath of his death, public commentary has begun about the state of bicyclist safety in our area and state.  Pennsylvania has seen some of the largest growth in bicycle traffic in the nation.  However, many of our bicycle rules and policies are arguably outdated and dangerous, according to some people.  


Many bicyclist advocates argue that Pennsylvania, especially in the cities, does not have enough bike lanes and/or doesn't provide enough room for biking traffic. This leads to dangers for bicyclists and everyone else who shares the road with them.   


According to the PennLive article, "the number of commuters using bicycles to get to work jumped by as much as 60 percent nationwide between 2004 and 2014. Pennsylvania's share of that increase was also among the highest of any state."   Additionally, a research study highlighted that "while 34 percent of Americans age three or older rode a bike at least once in 2014, 52 percent of U.S. adults worry about being hit by a car while riding." It should be noted that a  "safe passing" law was put into effect in 2012 that requires drivers to allow cyclists a four feet barrier while passing them. 


During the warmer months and into fall, many people gravitate outside to run, bike, walk, and spend time with their families. Although this can provide an excellent outlet for fun and recreation, it can also lead to potential bicycle and pedestrian accidents. When driving around, be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road, especially small children that may not be easily seen. By being alert and considerate and sharing the road, you will avoid serious injuries and complications to those around you. If you plan to bike or run outside, wear bright colors and make sure that you give appropriate and clear turning signals with your arms so that drivers know when and where you intend to turn.


Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your personal injury, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.


To read more from the original PennLive article, please click here:
http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/09/pittsburgh_cyclists_death_high.html

Staying Safe This Labor Day Weekend

Are you prepared for the road this Labor Day weekend?  An article in a recent edition of USA Today may give you a lot to think about.  According to their reports, car crash deaths are on the rise, even though cars are considered safer.  This Labor Day weekend may end up being the deadliest one since 2008, according to the National Safety Council.  They predict that fatal accidents on the road may result in over 400 deaths this coming weekend.   Across the country, around 20,000 people have been killed in road accidents since 2016 began.  Millions more people were injured.  

However, some sources say that these increases may be due to the fact that people are driving more in general in the past years, which will lead to a proportional increase in accidents.  Distracted driving is also becoming more of an issue than in past years.  

Either way, how can you reduce your chances of being in an accident this coming weekend?

  • Don't drive impaired, and don't get into a car with an impaired driver.  
  • Always wear your seatbelt, even for short drives.  
  • Avoid driving late at night
  • Pay extra care to other drivers and any swerving, sudden stops, or unusual movements.

Car accidents are frightening, expensive, and time-consuming. Car 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 visit his website athttp://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his office at814-946-4100.

Thanks to USA Today for the background information. 

Gearing Up For Hunting Season!

As we reported earlier this year, this past year, 2015, was one of the safest hunting seasons on record for Pennsylvanians.  One article investigated why that might be so we can continue this trend!  Pennsylvanians are taking a great deal of care in how they are training our state's youth.  In fact, no 2015 hunting accidents involved a child who was participating in the state's Mentored Youth Hunting Program.  This program works with hunters under 12 years of age to hunt certain species if they are with a licensed adult.  Over 30,000 of these special youth permits were issued in the past year.  Other protective factors for our state's hunters included requiring hunters to wear orange in season, as well as continued hunter safety education efforts.  The article, the link to which can be found at the end of this article, also notes that hunting related accidents in PA have reduced by nearly 80% since hunter-trapper education training began in 1959.

So, how are you planning to be safe with this hunting season approaching this fall?  Attorney Doug Stoehr 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.  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.

To read the original article, please follow this link:

http://www.pennlive.com/pa-sportsman/2016/05/fewest_hunting_accidents_on_re.html

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