Good news, Pennsylvania drivers! According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, fewer people have been killed in car accidents last year than since 1928. Additionally, the number of overall car crashes also fell. It is great to know that the number of state highway accidents has also fallen over 20% in the past 15 years, which is close to the nationwide trend of a 25% decline in the past 10 years. Some of these great statistics are due, in part, to enhanced safety features in newer cars and also heightened campaigns to battle drunk driving and texting/cell phone use while driving. In Pennsylvania alone, over $50M has been used to improve safety at 4,000 areas across the state, including repainting highway lines and putting in rumble strips. More PA drivers and passengers are using seat belts than in previous years, and fewer drivers are also driving while intoxicated. Great job, Pennsylvania drivers!
One of the only areas that saw an increase in the percentage of accidents was distracted driving, such as texting while driving. Many trial lawyers see a large amount of car accidents involving drunk and/or distracted driving. Since, by nature, these accidents are preventable, the fact that they occur at all is particularly aggravating. It also extremely emotional, painful, and psychologically damaging for friends and family of the victims as well. 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.