Summer presents a great opportunity to enjoy time outside with family and friends. Sometimes, these outside activities can also pose risks. This is especially true for activities where you are more exposed to the risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI). When you and your loved ones are outside, it is important to remember the following tips to avoid summer injury:
This blog post, originally highlighted on our website several years ago, bears repeating as we enjoy winter sports outside. Please take a minute and review this article, which can be found below, to make sure your snowmobiling practices are as safe as possible!
Being from Western Pennsylvania, it's hard not to enjoy the fall, but with the changing of the seasons we know that winter is now upon us. For many of us, this winter will include a trip to one of the three ski resorts that serve our area. Ski resorts can be a great place to cut loose with family and friends, but unfortunately sometimes those fun times end prematurely when you or a family member is injured. At the law firm of Attorney Douglas V.Stoehr, we have experience in handling injuries related to skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing accidents. Sometimes these injuries can be very serious and life-altering. If you have been injured in a winter sport activity please contact us to discuss the possibility of a personal injury claim.
If you are interested in using a snowmobile in Pennsylvania this summer, there are some rules and regulations that you need to know before you begin!
According to local news reports, our area saw two people who were injured after an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) crash last week. Two adults were riding an ATV on a street in Houtzdale when they didn't stop at a blinking red light. They were subsequently hit by a pickup trip, and were flown to our hometown hospital, UPMC Altoona, for care. The driver of the ATV is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol while driving. Both the STV driver and his passenger are said to have serious injuries.
Planning on riding on an all-terrain vehicle this fall? Are you sure that you're current on all the best practices for safety standards? If you're unsure, it may be time to brush up on your facts! The website ATVSafety.org offers a variety of extremely helpful resources for you, your family, and friends. They even have an online course so you can make sure you're fit and educated before you hit the road! You need to make sure you're safe and prepared before riding to avoid injuring yourself or others. It should be noted that, within the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, all-terrain vehicles need to be registered with the Department of Transportation. A license is not required for drivers of these vehicles. There are no clear laws pertaining to the registration of dirt bikes.
In continuing on prior blog posts, it is important to be aware of the unique dangers and hazards that the summer weather can bring. Some of them might be familiar to you, such as drowning, heat strokes, and bike accidents. However, did you expect to see fireworks, food poisoning, and playground injuries to be among the list of top summertime hazards? All of these accidents possess potentially painful, serious, and/or life-threatening injuries. If they are caused at the fault of another person, it may be time to seek legal counsel.
Are you planning on camping and experiencing one of our state's great parks this summer? If so, there are a few apps that you can put on your phone or tablet to make camping easier, more enjoyable, and safer! Check out the list, provided by GoErie.com (http://www.goerie.com/
We all know that our state of Pennsylvania is beautiful and offers a huge range of outdoor adventure opportunities, especially in the summer! We have so many great natural parks in our state, which includes many lakes that allow for fishing, boating, kayaking, and canoeing. Recently, six of our state's parks made the list of "Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Fish and Boat", including two in our area! Keystone State Park in Pittsburgh and Bald Eagle State Park near Bellefonte both made the list.