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Project PennTIME

This is good news! Five PA agencies are working together to make conditions safer for emergency responders and clear accident scenes faster on our state's highways.  As a result of efforts spearheaded by the PA Turnpike Commission, many of the state's emergency responders have been trained to improve their ability to communicate and collaborate when working on highway accidents.  As a way to formally address highway accident issues, the PennTIME program was formed.  This program consists of the State Department of Health, PA State Police, PennDOT, the Turnpike Commission, and the state's Emergency Management Organzation.  This program will help organize efforts between police, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and accident removal companies (like towing and hazardous materials organizations) to have one efficient, coordinated response.   

Traffic Cameras and Construction Zones

In Pennsylvania, we all know that "construction season" is inevitably on the horizon. What you might not know is that PA lawmakers are considering putting cameras into highway work areas to capture those people who speed through work zones.  These cameras may send out speeding tickets via the mail.  Unfortunately, state lawmakers consider these cameras to be needed because of a sharp rise in accidents for both construction worker and other drivers. 
   

Working on construction sites is potentially hazardous for employees for many reasons.  Besides the reason highlighted above, sometimes employers fail to follow all established safety procedures and protocol.  It is also a potentially dangerous place for bystanders and motorists passing by (especially if the construction is on a major road). These construction claims often involve potential 3rd party claims against other liable defendants, in addition to your workers compensation claim.  In a related matter, Attorney Stoehr settled a claim in 2010 for over a million dollars for a man seriously injured near a hole that had been recently excavated.  If you have been injured working on a construction site or as a bystander near a construction site, please contact our office  for more information or to set up a free consultation with Attorney Doug Stoehr at 814-946-4100.

Dog Bites And Owner Responsibility

Did you know that, depending on your state, dog bites can factor into your home insurance policy?  About 1/3 of all homeowners insurance claims paid out in recent years were a result of dog bites and other dog injuries.  The type of dog you own matters to insurers, too. They use statistics to determine which dog breeds are considered more likely to bite, and will sometimes deny home insurance to people who own certain dog breeds.  Although "breed restriction" is not legal in Pennsylvania, it is still important information to know when considering adding a new pet to your home. 

Post-Accident Pain is Not Only Physical

Sometimes, the difficulties we face after a personal injury, such as a car accident, are not purely physical.  Sometimes, victims of accidents also experience psychological distress. For example, they may experience recurring nightmares related the accident, avoid areas where the accident took place, and/or experience a general onset of depression or anxiety.  These feelings can interfere with daily life and can lead to isolation from family members and friends. It is important to seek medical advice in these situations in order to come up with a treatment plan and strategies to manage these feelings.  

Refresher: Winter Driving Quizzes

The following is an article our firm published about four years ago in the winter. These quizzes proved helpful to many we knew then, and we hope they'll help you now!

Snowmobiling in PA

It is important to remember your safety tips when walking, driving, and participating in outdoor activities this season.  The cold weather can increase danger, and it is important to know state regulations in order to keep yourself and others safe.  This safety-first attitude takes even greater meaning if you participate in more potentially hazardous winter activities in our area like skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, and ice fishing.  

 Unfortunately, winter accidents, such as from ice fishing, skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling, are more common than many people many think.  Snowmobile accidents, in particular, account for a large amount of winter-related accidents and deaths. It is important to remember that snowmobile accidents affect not only the victim, but can drastically and permanently change the lives of the loved ones in their lives. Please use proper safety precautions when driving a snowmobile and/or participating in other winter activities to do your best to avoid accidents and injury.  

 Off-road vehicles, such as snowmobiles and ATVs, are potentially dangerous vehicles for many of our state's youth.  Improper ATV use is leading cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians.   Attorney Doug Stoehr of Altoona, PA handles cases involving injury as a result of accidents involving off-road vehicles.  For more information about Attorney Doug Stoehr and his central Pennsylvania practice, please call his law firm at 814-946-4100. 

Avoiding Christmas Accidents

As we prepare for Christmas, sometimes we forget to think about the potential hazards that Christmas decorations and activities can bring in regards to our physical safety.  As you enjoy the holiday season, please keep these tips and tricks in mind to increase your chances for a safe, happy, and injury-free holiday:

Christmas Fire Safety

In continuing our trend of examining holiday safety measures, this day's post focuses on holiday safety surrounding household fire risks.  Unfortunately, those beautiful Christmas trees and candles do pose a significant safety risk to homes during the holiday season.  According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA):

Tips For A Safe Holiday

The holiday season is a fun and enjoyable time, but it also comes with its own hazards and safety risks.  However, there are ways to avoid and/or reduce your risk in your own home and when you're out visiting others during the holiday.  Some things to keep in mind are:

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