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Brain Injuries Have A Long Recovery Time

Sometimes, people who are victims of a car crash often experience concussions or another form of traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Although the signs associated with this injury may not immediately be present, the symptoms may manifest themselves days or weeks later.  Many common symptoms related to TBIs include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, changes in sleep patterns, and gaps in or loss of portions of memory.  Other more immediate symptoms may include vomiting and/or loss of vision.


Post-TBI, many patients find that the road to recovery is long, hard, and takes a variety of different professionals to manage the healing process.  Major news source NBC took a hard look at instances of TBIs in America and what the recovery process looks like for those victims.  The article can be found by clicking this link


If you have recently been in a car crash, it is important to closely monitor your body's response and recovery after the accident.  If you suspect a TBI, immediately seek help from a qualified physician who can diagnose you and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.  If your car accident was due to the fault of another, it may also be time to seek legal action.  This is especially true if your injuries cause you to miss extended periods of work or not be able to continue your line of work at all.  Other major expenses resulting from an accident may include medical bills.  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.

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.

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.

Throwback Thursday: Editorial on Enforcing PA's Distracted Driving Laws

Once in a while, we like to post a good editorial piece to show what Pennsylvanians are thinking about certain laws, procedures, and protocols set forth from the state and national government.  In this particular Throwback Thursday post, we'll be taking a look at an editorial addressing distracted driving laws in PA and if they are actually enforceable offenses as they stand currently.  Our original blog post, originally written in May of 2014, can be found below!
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 at http://www.stoehrlaw.com for more information.

Speeding Driver Causes Pittsburgh-Area Crash

Unfortunately, there has been another serious accident in Western Pennsylvania on one of our major highways, Interstate 70.  According to a news report within the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's online website, three victims were killed in an accident this past Friday.  The report notes that the three victims, who were in the same car, were traveling at a high rate of speed when they collided with a tractor-trailer.  This, in turn, caused the tractor-trailer to go into another lane and hit an additional car.  The car that initially began the wreck hit the median between the barrier of oncoming traffic and subsequently caught fire.  
Many people who have traveled on Pennsylvania's state highways have most likely noticed the large amount of aggressive drivers.  Although many travelers are conscientious and considerate, many others are aggressive, speed, and frequently switch lanes without signaling.  As a result, Pennsylvania has a high number of car accidents, which can lead to serious injuries and fatalities for people in neighboring cars and trucks.  If you or a loved one has been in an accident due to the fault of an aggressive driver, it might be time to consult with an attorney.  Attorney Doug Stoehr represents clients in Blair and the surrounding counties in central and western Pennsylvania. For more information on his law firm, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his office at 814-946-4100.

Can You Pass These Winter Driving Quizzes?

Do you think that you have what it takes to pass these two winter driving quizzes?  These tests, provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Allegheny College, will test your knowledge about safe driving habits and winter guidelines in Pennsylvania.

Try the quiz from PennDOT here:

http://www.dot.state.pa.us/Internet/pdNews.nsf/WinterHome?OpenFrameset

Or the one from Allegheny College here:

http://sites.allegheny.edu/safety/safety-committee/winter-driving-quiz/

The PennDOT website also has a wealth of useful information relating to getting your car, home, and even mailbox ready for winter.  You can also watch a winter video and access a printable winter services guide by going to this link (ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/Bureaus/Press/Winter/PUB628.pdf).    Some general helpful tips that the department offers in order to get ready for winter include the following travel tips:

  • Follow the law and turn on your headlights when your wipers are on.
  • Watch for wet-looking roads, they may indicate black ice.
  • Don't use your high beams in periods of heavy or blowing snow.
  • Don't use cruise control when traveling on icy or snowy roads.
  • Don't stop and start suddenly, and leave more room than normal between cars. 
  • Be careful on the especially dangerous road areas, such as ramps or bridges.
  • Do not pass or get between trucks plowing in a plow line.
  • If you do become stranded, don't leave your vehicle. Also, turn on the engine every hour or so, and make sure the tailpipe is clear. 

If you have been the victim of a winter driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and potential pain and suffering.  This may include cases where other drivers failed to follow common winter driving safety procedures, such as leaving enough room between cars or failing to remove the ice and snow from their vehicles, which caused an accident.   Attorney Doug Stoehr takes cases for clients who have sustained njuries 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.

Winter Driving Tips from OSHA

Planning on driving this winter?  OSHA has released a helpful publication related to safe driving during the cold weather months.  The publication detailed many helpful driving tips, which can be found below.  For more information, please visit OSHA's website, which can be located by clicking this link.

 

 

  • Keep your car well maintained.  This includes having appropriate levels of fluids in your car (like windshield fluid and antifreeze), and making sure that your tires have adequate tread.
  • It may be helpful to keep the following tools in your car:  a small shovel, jumper cables, emergency flares, and blankets.  Many people also keep material in their car that will grip the road if you are stuck in an icy patch, such as sand, cat litter, or rock salt. Others also use floor mats or blankets to help gain traction. 
  • It is always wise to plan ahead when driving in bad weather and keep maps in your car in case you need to use an alternate route.
  • When driving, test your brakes in a safe area so you are aware of how they are gripping the road.  Keep in mind that stopping distances are significantly different on ice and water.
  • Always use common safety precautions, such as buckling your seat belt, using appropriate child seats, and avoiding use of handheld devices while driving.  Keep aware of pedestrians.
  • Obviously, don't drink and drive or drive when you are extremely fatigued.

If you have been the victim of a winter driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and potential pain and suffering.  This may include cases where other drivers failed to follow common winter driving safety procedures, such as leaving enough room between cars or failing to remove the ice and snow from their vehicles, which caused an accident.   Attorney Doug Stoehr takes cases for clients who have sustained njuries 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.

Western Pennsylvania Drivers Are "Unsafe"?

According to a Pittsburgh area newspaper, drivers in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area have dropped to rank #187 out of 200 for driver safety.  This ranking system, which was reported through work with Allstate Insurance, notes that Pittsburgh drivers have an accident roughly every 6 ½ years, as opposed to the top-ranking city of Fort Collins, Colorado, which as an accident rate per driver of 14.2 years.  Philadelphia scored even lower on the list, ranking 192/200.  According to the article from the Pittsburgh Tribune, "Allstate compiles the report based on accidents customers reported in 2011 and 2012. Allstate has about 10 percent of auto insurance policies nationwide." On the opposite end of this ranking, the article also states that "PennDOT statistics show accidents statewide declined in the past decade even as the number of registered vehicles increased. PennDOT recorded 124,149 crashes in 2013 compared to 140,197 in 2003, an 11.4 percent decrease."

 

In an effort to help area Pennsylvanians see if they have the right automobile insurance for them, Attorney Doug Stoehr has added a free auto insurance review section to his website.  You can find the link by clicking here, where you can fill out a form that Attorney Stoehr can review and consult with you about.  Attorney Stoehr is uniquely qualified to do this because he used to be an insurance agent before he became a personal injury lawyer.  Therefore, he can see the larger perspective of a potential insurance claim, especially when it involves a personal injury that you've suffered in a car accident!   Unfortunately, if you do not have the appropriate insurance coverage to meet your needs, your potential compensation from an accident could be limited as a result.   Attorney Stoehr works hard for his clients to get them their appropriate compensation for any injuries they've suffered as a result of an accident due to the fault of another. If you feel that you would like to take a second look at your automobile coverage, take a minute and fill out Attorney Stoehr's link by clicking here.

 

Attorney Doug Stoehr is an Altoona based personal injury lawyer who takes claims for many clients who have been injured in automobile accidents.  He also takes cases for victims of distracted driving accidents in Altoona, Blair County, and the seven surrounding counties in Pennsylvania. For more information on his central Pennsylvania practice, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com

PA More Lenient With Cell Use Than Neighboring States

According to an area news report, the state of Pennsylvania is not as strict as its neighbors in regulating phone use while driving.  While PA only bans texting while driving, the neighboring states of New Jersey and New York ban all handheld cell phone use.  Considering that teenage drivers account for about 10% of all car accidents in the country, it appears that young drivers may be among the most at-risk groups.  For more information on the original article posted by the Governor's Highway Safety Administration, please click here.

 

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.

In addition to fines and charges for distracted driving, you also are putting yourself and others in danger. We encourage all of our readers to remember to stay focused while driving, especially as dangerous weather approaches us this fall and winter.

 Attorney Stoehr represents those injured through no fault of their own, including automobile and pedestrian accidents. Call today for your free case evaluation 814-946-4100.

Truck Drivers Also Engage In 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 just posted an article 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 visit his website athttp://www.stoehrlaw.com for more information.

 

Please read more of the original 13WHAM article by clicking this link.

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