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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

Girl Livestreams On Facebook While Driving, Crashes Car

Unfortunately, our state just received another sobering reminder of what can happen if you engage in distracted driving.  According to news reports, a teenager was live-streaming herself on Facebook while driving. Right after she started streaming, she was hit by a tractor-trailer that killed both her and her passenger.  The video was taken off the victim's  Facebook page and will be used in the state police investigation. 


We cannot stress to you enough how important it is to remain safe and alert while driving, especially during periods of increased motor activity like Christmas. 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!

"Daniel's Law" Passes in PA

As a heads up, you should know that on November 4th, Governor Wolf signed a bill known as "Daniel's Law" into effect.  This bill enforces harsher penalties on those who engage in distracted driving.  Within this bill, people who receive a distracted driving ticket will be punished similarly to those who engage in drunk driving.  This law was proposed after a Pennsylvanian named Daniel Gallatin was killed when a distracted driver crashed into the back of his motorcycle and killed him.  According to Governor Wolf, "This behavior, which has been allowed to go under-punished for far too long, has been demonstrated to be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Distracted driving has fatal, irreversible, and grave consequences and by signing this Bill I hope to make our roads and highways safer for our citizens, and everyone using them." (as quoted on PersonalInjury.com). 


We cannot stress to you enough how important it is to remain safe and alert while driving, especially during periods of increased motor activity like Thanksgiving and Christmas. 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!

Drowsy Driving Is A Big Problem

Are you alert and awake while you drive? Being drowsy or falling asleep at the wheel is a huge problem for American drivers. Needless to say, this causes significant safety and health risks for you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road.  One website, DrowsyDriving.org, is completely devoted to raising awareness of driving while sleepy.  It is an off-shoot of the National Sleep Foundation.  

According to their website, "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year. This results in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses."  Unfortunately, there is no test to determine sleepiness, nor is there much formal police training involved in identifying fatigue while driving.  Fatigue and/or sleep related crashes are most common in young people, particularly men, people with young children, and shift workers.

We cannot stress to you enough how important it is to remain safe and alert while driving, especially during periods of increased motor activity like Thanksgiving and Christmas. 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!

Texting Accident Kills Mother of Three Near Pittsburgh

Think that the consequences of texting and driving are not as bad as people say?  Well, just ask the children who lost their mother during a recent distracted driving incident near Pittsburgh.  According to a local news article, a teenager was texting and driving when he hit a pedestrian along the road and killed her.  The woman, who was a mother of three, died after spending two days in the hospital.  The driver, who stated that he thought he had hit a deer, continued driving and did not stop to help the victim.  He then stated that he had repaired the damage to the truck a few days later when he said that the truck caught fire, according to reports. According to the news article, "Investigators said they are still awaiting test results to rule out arson as the cause of the fire in order to cover up evidence in the hit and run.".  
Our condolences go out to the victim of this accident and her family as they grieve their loss.  We also remind everyone of the important of not texting and driving, as it can have serious, fatal, and life altering consequences.  
So you are aware, if you are involved in a car accident, Pennsylvania has a designated section on car incident reports to address to distracted driving violations. Fines and charges will most likely 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 serious danger. Don't be irresponsible! Think twice before texting, chatting, and eating while you drive! 
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.

Distracted WALKING? What you need to know!

So, we know about car safety, bike safety, ATV safety, and motorcycle safety, but what about WALKING safety?  Many of us take walking for granted as a safe, healthy, and cost-effective way to get from place to place.  Unfortunately, many of us also practice some very unsafe habits that could lead us to getting seriously injured.  The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has taken pedestrian safety under their wing, since distracted drivers AND distracted pedestrians account for many person/vehicle collision, which no one wants to happen! 

According to GHSA, over 20% of pedestrians killed last year were the result of hit-and-run accidents.  Pedestrian accidents are on the rise, and 70% of the victims are male.  A great deal of pedestrian fatalities occur when law enforcement officers are hit outside of their vehicles.  These statistics are unacceptable! Both pedestrians and drivers need to do their part to make sure that they are safe, aware, and focused when traveling from place to place.
So, what can you do to remain safe while sharing the road with pedestrians, drivers, and bicyclists?
  • Be aware of your surroundings! Walkers, choose routes that have sidewalks.  Stay out of bike lanes and try to avoid roads without a designated pedestrian walkway.  Drivers, be extra cautious when driving on roads that have winding curves, no sidewalk, or low visibility.  Walkers may be forced to use these roads, leaving them with reduced protection and an increased accident risk.
  • Don't be a distracted traveler!  Don't use your phone or other devices while you drive or walk.  Walkers, avoid using headphones when traveling.  You may not be able to hear an approaching car if your music is blasting too loud!
  • When a car is pulled over on the side of the road, move into the opposite lane!  Give anyone who may need to exit the car enough space to do so safely.  On the opposite side, if you are exiting a car on the highway, try to use the doors the furthest away from the road.  Also make sure to turn on your four-way lights, especially at night and in severe weather. 
  • Drivers, remember that, even if the pedestrian is the one who is distracted/at fault in an accident, you may face a potential lawsuit.  Be extra vigilant and don't expect pedestrians to move out of the way or see that you are approaching. 
Additionally, did you know this fact? If you are involved in a car accident, Pennsylvania has at least one section on the incident report to address 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 serious danger.  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.
Learn more about the GHSA's pedestrian safety study by clicking this link
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