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Car Accidents Claims Can Be Tricky Under Certain Circumstances

When driving around this summer, are you aware of the legal risks on the road?  It is more clear when you are driving in a car that you own, but what about traveling in rental cars, hotel shuttles, and other means of transportation? USA Today spoke about some of these issues in a recent article.


There are many legal considerations to keep in mind when traveling, especially in the summer.  These sticky situations may occur when you are involved in an accident when one of the parties is hauling a boat or another type of trailer.  Often, people find out later that their automobile insurance doesn't cover their trailer, too.  Also, rental cars come with their own unique set of insurance circumstances.  It is important to clarify with your auto insurance company what is covered if you ever rent a car, too.


If you're involved in an accident with someone in a rental car or who doesn't have adequate coverage for their vehicle, your lawsuit could be more complicated.  You will need an attorney who is experienced with handling such claims.  Not only is Attorney Douglas Stoehr an experienced accident attorney, he also used to work for auto insurance companies and, as a result, has a large amount of knowledge relating to insurance claims from an insider's perspective.  For more information on his practice and to schedule your free initial consultation, please call his Altoona, PA area practice at 814-946-4100. 


To read more of the USA Today article, please click here:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/columnist/mcgee/2017/05/10/liability/101467946/

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.

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.

All About Whiplash

You've probably heard about whiplash before, especially as it relates to car accidents.  However, do you really know what the medical condition is and what the treatments are?Whiplash is a painful and common cause of complaint after an injury such as an automobile accident.  Also known as Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD), this disorder is characterized by soft tissue damage to the neck and upper spinal area, and in some cases the face and back as well.  Due to the sudden flexion and extension of the neck following an accident such as an automobile collision, the body does not have enough time to compensate for the sudden change in motion and reacts by snapping the head front and back.  Unfortunately, this puts too much strain on the neck muscles and can lead to lasting pain, chronic headaches, restricted range of motion, and dizziness for months following an injury.  In some cases, the pain associated with whiplash is so severe that it interferes with work and sleep, thus leading to both fatigue and irritability.  In even more severe cases, these problems can develop into depression and lowered cognitive abilities, such as problems with memory and concentration.  Disc herniation may also have occurred during the accident and will need to be addressed by a physician.  


It is important to realize that the symptoms of whiplash 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 neck and back pain a few days later, whiplash may be the cause of your discomfort. 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.

Winter Is Coming!

t'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.


Got all of that? Now that you have properly winterized your vehicle, here's some advice to prevent an accident from occurring this winter.  

 

  • You should always decrease your speed and leave at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.  
  • Remember to brake gently to avoid skidding, and to use low gears to keep traction on hills.
  • Always keep on your lights and keep your windshield clean to increase visibility.  
  • Be particularly careful on bridges and overpasses, which will freeze first. 
  • NEVER pass snow plows because it's likely that the road in front of the trucks is much worse than the road behind them.  

Of course, the best tip is that if you don't have to travel in winter weather...DON'T! 
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 by calling our Altoona, PA law firm at 814-946-4100.

Unexpected Fall Driving Hazards!

Are you prepared for the unique hazards that fall driving holds? Unsure of what I'm even talking about? No worries, this article is here to help.  You may not realize it, but fall presents some interesting hazards to driving.  Of course, living in Pennsylvania we all know that deer are a factor during this time of year, but other scenarios can make fall driving extra challenging.


For example, students go back to school in the fall.  Working around new traffic patterns with buses and parent drop-offs at school, as well the increase in people walking near the road, require drivers to be extra alert.  Falling leaves also present situations in which your car can skid, especially when the leaves are wet.  Additionally, the increased rain and morning fog in fall can also make driving challenging and more dangerous.  


So, what can you do to stay safe this fall?

 

  • Give other cars extra room, especially during periods of increased sun glare or fog.
  • NEVER text or talk on your phone while driving.  
  • Be alert during the time when deer are most active, which is early in the morning and near dusk.
  • Give school buses and all vehicles near schools a little extra room, and be patient!

Unfortunately, if you do get into a car accident this fall,  it is important to closely monitor your body's response to injury.  This is especially true if you suspect that you have sustained a significant head injury.  If your car accident was due to the fault of another, it may also be time to seek legal action.   If you or a loved one has recently been in a car accident due to the fault of another, please contact Altoona, PA area personal injury attorney Doug Stoehr to set up an initial, free consultation.  His law office can be reached by visiting his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or calling his firm at 814-946-4100.

Tractor-Trailers Can Cause Big Problems on Highways

Recently, a terrible accident occurred on I-81 in Pennsylvania that involved a motorcycle driver and a tractor-trailer.  The motorcycle driver crashed when a blanket got stuck into his back wheel, then was hit when multiple tractor-trailers consequently ran over him. The driver was thrown from his cycle, where he was hit by the large oncoming trucks.  According to reports, none of the tractor-trailers drivers stopped to help or investigate the accident. State police are still looking for the drivers. 


Tour bus and commercial truck drivers are a significant cause of motor vehicle accidents onAmerica's roads and highways. 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, other vehicles and motorcycle riders often bear the brunt of their illegal activity and are often seriously injured or die from a collision with the tour bus or commercial truck. 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.


Original article can be found here:
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/blanket-causes-deadly-motorcycle-accident-in-pennsylvania-police-say/

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