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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.

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries

How much do you really know about traumatic brain injuries?  Although this injury has made many headlines in the news in the past few years, the cause, symptoms, and treatments remain a mystery to many.  Many websites have compiled information about traumatic brain injuries to help educate the general public.  Of these websites is the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC), which has myriad information relating to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and burn injuries. For those who may want to educate themselves more on the causes, signs, and treatment of traumatic brain injuries, their website may be a good place to begin.  Click here for the direct link to their TBI page.

If you have recently been in a car crash, 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 calling his 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.

Be On The Lookout For Deer!

Autumn is upon is, and there are a few seasonal things you need to keep in mind as you travel around our state this time of year.  One of the most important things is keeping an eye out for deer, since the fall (especially October), is the most likely time you'll be involved in a deer-car collision. This makes sense, considering this type of the year is prime for deer mating and migration season.  


Our neighboring state of New York has a significant deer-car crash rate as well.  According to their Buffalo News website, there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself for handling the rise in deer on the roads this fall.  Here are some tips that may help you be more aware when sharing the road with deer this fall:

  • Statistically, remember that deer are most active and near the road between the hours of 6-9PM. 
  • Don't be afraid to use your high beams when you are not in danger of blinding other cars.  This is especially true to help increase your visibility on remote, country roads.  
  • Remember that deer are herd animals.  Where there's one, there's likely more. 
  • Don't swerve if at possible.  
  • If you do a hit a deer, don't attempt to remove it yourself.


Although Attorney Stoehr does not take cases related to insurance claims for deer-related collisions, he does urge you to drive safely and with heightened awareness during the incoming "danger zone" time of the year for deer crashes.  He does take cases for victims of car, semi-truck, and motorcycle crashes who have been injured or killed due to the fault of another.   Some of his most common cases include accidents caused by distracted driving and fatigue.  If you or someone you know has been injured in a car crash and is dealing with significant injuries, it is time to take legal action.  Call Attorney Stoehr's firm to handle your case in the central and western Pennsylvania area at 814-946-4100.  


Thanks to Buffalo News for the tips! Read more from their article here:
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/autumn-is-most-dangerous-season-for-vehicle-deer-crashes-collisions-20151013

Local Fatal Accident Makes News Again

Recently, a May 2015 car accident was back in the news again.  This Logan Township accident grabbed the attention of many because it involved the death of a pregnant woman and her unborn child.  According to news reports, a car was driving along a road when it hit another car that had pulled off to the side of the road with its hazard lights on.  The driver of the parked car, the aforementioned pregnant woman, was struck by the oncoming car.  She and her baby died at the hospital soon after.  The driver of the vehicle that caused the wreck was coming home from a bar and had a BAC of 0.104 at the scene.  A crash reconstructionist involved in the case said that the driver had more than enough time to react and avoid the woman on the side of the road.  


Car accidents are a very real danger when driving, no matter on the highway or on a secluded country road.  These dangers are compounded when you are confronted by a drunk or distracted driver.  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.


To read more about this specific case, please click here:
http://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/local-man-in-court-accused-of-homicide-by-vehicle

PA Carseat Laws Are Changing!

Attention to Pennsylvanians with young children! According to various news reports, children under the age of two who have not yet grown out of manufacturer's weight limits will have to be buckled into the backseat of the car in a rear-facing child car seat.  These regulations are common sense to many parents, but now have officially been signed into law that will take effect THIS WEEK!  According to news sources, for the first year, officers enforcing it will hand out verbal warnings. After the first year, car seat violations will face a $75 fine plus other costs and fees to the total of $125.  


Children are a precious part of our family and community and it is our responsibility to keep them safe and healthy.  However, accidents do happen and can have lasting consequences.  If a child in your family has been injured due to accident caused by another, it may be time to seek legal action.  Attorney Stoehr is your local, central Pennsylvania lawyer who will fight hard for your family.  For more information his Altoona area practice, please call his law office at 814-946-4100. 

Throwback Thursday: Editorial on Distracted Driving

Please enjoy our Throwback Thursday post a day late this weekend! Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

Pennsylvania has had a driving and texting ban that has been in effect since 2011.  However, many drivers continue to text on the road, as well as engage in other forms of distracted driving.  What have Pennsylvania and other states done to address this issue?  Some of the things that police have done include sitting in unmarked SUVs and riding city buses to be able to look down on drivers.  You might want to read this editorial, written in Lancaster Online, to find out more.  

 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.  Tractor-trailer drivers are also cited with distracted driving, and can leave devastation in their wake after a highway accident.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  Please visit his website athttp://www.stoehrlaw.com for more information.

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.

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.

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