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Prepping For Winter

Although it might feel far away, winter will be here before we know it.  In preparation for the season, PennDOT is sharing information outlining our state's plan for winter weather services.  A part of this plan involves informing our state's residents about preparation and winter weather warning alerts.  PA residents can access http://www.511PA.com for information related to plow truck locations, as well as the last time particular roads were cleared of snow.  Last winter, there were over 400 accidents across the state. This resulted in a fatality and over 200 injuries.  

Distracted Driving in PA

Over the summer, a Pennsylvania family gave insight into the dangers of distracted driving the face of new state legislation.  According to local news sources, the family lost their eight-year-old son when he was hit by a distracted driver while he was walking across a crosswalk.  They were interviewed about the dangers of distracted driving and how it impacted their family.  At the time of the news article, PA lawmakers were working to keep our citizens safe by proposing a hands-free cell phone bill that would only allow cell phone use if it utilizes hands-free technology.  Cell phone GPS use would also be allowed, as long as the cell phone was in a docking station.  

Protecting Your Kids In A Car Accident

You may think you're doing okay, but are you really as safe as you can be when you are traveling with your kids in the car? Recent data suggests that hundreds of children die in car accidents every year, and hundreds of thousands more are injured.  With these statistics, it's no wonder that parents are asking how to keep their children safe as they travel.  The good news is there are several things you can do to keep your littlest passengers safe on our state's roads.  

Fatigued Driving Is A Bigger Problem Than You Might Think

How awake are you while you drive? In the age of burning the candle at both ends, many Americans are chronically sleep deprived.  Unfortunately, as a result, being drowsy or falling asleep at the wheel is a huge problem for American drivers. This is such a big problem that one website, DrowsyDriving.org, is completely devoted to raising awareness of driving while fatigued.  This website is run by the National Sleep Foundationm, which reflects how much of a widespread problem this phenomenon is. 

Deer and Car Crashes

Hunting season is just around the corner.  In addition to the start of this season, this time of year also means that deer-related car crashes will most likely increase across our state.  Historial data compiled by State Farm Insurance Agency suggests that about 1 in 70 Pennsylvania drivers will hit a deer in the next 12 months.  We know that in our area, deer are a common sight. However, you may not know that Pennsylvania has the second highest deer-vehicle collision rate in the entire country (West Virginia has the highest rate).    

PA's Distracted Driving Laws

Unfortunately, PA seems relative lenient on distracted driving use compared to other states.  This is a dangerous and significant problem when it comes to the safety of drivers on our state's roads.  Interestingly enough, PA does not currently have a law that prohibits drivers from using their cell phones while they're driving.  Instead, PA only has a texting law that prohibits sending and receiving text messages.  This means that drivers can still use social media, take pictures, or use other phone features while driving.  Additionally, the fines imposed if you are caught texting while driving are minimal compared to other states.  Across the state, over 18,000 citations have been issued over the past five years, and the total amount issued has increased by almost 120%.  Almost all people cited were males, and most were in their 20s.  

Car Accidents At A Low Speed

Ever wonder if the impacts of a car crash are less if you're moving at a lower speed?  Well, research shows that even a low speed collision can lead to large and significant medical issues down the road.  For example, you may think that it's safer to drive through neighborhoods and small towns where the speed limit is much lower than on the highways.  However, that's not necessarily true.  As stated in a Forbes article, "At low speeds, below about 15 miles per hour (m.p.h.), risks are low and increase relatively slowly with small increments in speed.  However, as speed increases above 15 m.p.h., small changes in speed yield relatively large increases in risk.  The death rate more than doubles for pedestrians when speed increases from 25 to 35 m.p.h."  Furthermore, many of these accidents are accounted for by people driving large vehicles (trucks, SUVs, and vans). One theory is that these big cars are harder to see over and, therefore, make the drivers more likely to hit people who are walking nearby.  

Regardless of the season, it is very important to pay attention to your surroundings while you are out driving, walking, and biking. If you hit another person or car, you could cause severe and lasting injury, as well as significant psychological and emotional distress to the victim and their families.  Victims of accidents injured due to the fault of another may injuries that result in compounded medical bills and significant changes in mobility and ability.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is an attorney serving western and central Pennsylvania that handles cases involving victims of personal injury. If you would like to consult with him about your case, please contact our law office.


To read the Forbes article, please go here:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2011/09/30/low-driving-speed-can-cause-serious-pedestrian-injury-and-death-report-finds/#1565daa457ff

Car Crash Ejects One From Vehicle

Unfortunately, a recent accident in Clearfield County is making the local news.  According to reports, a driver under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol did not stop at a stop sign, and consequently hit another car.  The other car had two people inside, and one of them was thrown through the side window and went to the hospital to receive care.   Police continue to investigate the incident.

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a significant cause of car crashes across the state.  If you are a victim of a car crash due to another's negligent driving practices, and have sustained injuries, it may be time to seek legal advice. Attorney Doug Stoehr is your experienced Altoona, PA area injury attorney who can review your claim.  Call his office at 814-946-4100 to learn more and discuss your potential case.

Original article may be found here:  https://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/local-news/car-accident-in-clearfield-sends-one-person-through-passenger-window/

Chronic Pain Following A Car Wreck

If you or someone you know has ever been in a car crash, the idea that chronic pain often follows an accident may seem like common sense.  However, did you know that car crash victims have over an 84% increased risk of experiencing chronic pain?  This is one of the many new aspects of a research study going on in University of Aberdeen School of Medicine, Scotland.  Researchers from the university have been studying chronic pain as it relates to many different types of accidents and injuries. The focus of their studies include areas like car accidents, workplace injuries, fractured bones, surgical operations, childbirth, and other miscellaneous hospitalizations. Their study involved interviewing patients across multiple years. They interviewed over 200 patients three times over a period of four years. Their results may be surprising!  In addition to the car crash statistic listed above, over 30% of patients who were victims of any kind of trauma were more likely to experience a new onset of chronic pain following their trauma.  However, there was no significant link between childbirth or surgery and chronic pain.  

Low Speed Doesn't Mean A Lack of Injuries

Even if you are hit by a car traveling at a low speed, it can still mean big medical problems if you are involved in an accident.  You may think you're safer and at a lower risk for accidents when traveling in residential neighborhoods where the speed limit is lower, and in some ways it's true. However, in some situations, it may not be.  According to a Forbes article, "At low speeds, below about 15 miles per hour (m.p.h.), risks are low and increase relatively slowly with small increments in speed.  However, as speed increases above 15 m.p.h., small changes in speed yield relatively large increases in risk.  The death rate more than doubles for pedestrians when speed increases from 25 to 35 m.p.h." It is also interesting to note that about 40% of vehicle accidents are accounted for by people driving vans, SUVs, and trucks.  These bigger vehicles may reduce visibility and make it harder to see adults and small children who are walking nearby.

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