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New PA Initiative To Combat Distracted Driving

A Pennsylvania legislator is starting a new initiative to keep drivers safer this week called "STASH and Avoid a CRASH".  This iniative is meant to draw awareness and reduce incidences of distracted driving in PA.  STASH encourages drivers to put their cell phones in the glove compartments while they're driving, or use a GPS docking system on their dashboard to avoid handheld use while driving.  Although texting while driving is illegal in PA, distracted driving is still a huge problem across the state. 

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.   

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.  

State Guardrails and Your Car Accident

In recent news, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that PennDOT, our state's transportation department, can be held liable for vehicular injuries caused by dangerous guardrails on our state's highways.  Usually, the state cannot be sued for damages due to negligence under an act called the Sovereign Immunity Act; however, it was ruled that exemptions can be made for state guardrails that were installed negligently and whose design creates a dangerous situation.  This new ruling came after a case in which a person was in a car accident during winter.  The snowy and icy conditions caused the driver to spin out and hit a guardrail.  The guardrail ended up spearing the car and also caused injuries to the driver.  Although this exemption cannot be assumed in all car accident cases on our highways, it is an important ruling to keep in mind. 

Delayed Impact of Car Accidents

A lot goes through your mind when you are in a car crash.  Sometimes, the emotional and physical impact of your crash doesn't really "set in" until a few days after the accident occurs.  There are many injuries related to car crashes that may not be immediately apparent right after the accident happens.  For example, many common injuries that can show up in the days or weeks following an accident include whiplash, headaches, back and neck pain, fogginess and disorientation, and emotional effects.  

Passenger Claims and Car Accidents

When you are driving and another car hits you, you may know that you may be able to seek legal compensation for your injuries.  However, sometimes people do not realize that you have rights as a car passenger, too.  If you are a passenger and are involved in a car accident in which you are injured, you can also potentially seek compensation for your injuries.  Depending on the circumstances of the accident, one or both drivers may have paid a role in the corresponding injuries.  Either way, the passenger may be able to seek compensation for any injuries sustained in the crash.

What Documentation Do I Need For My Personal Injury Claim?

What kind of documentation do I need for a personal injury case?  This is a question that many of my clients ask.  Although documentation can vary based on your individual case, here are some good guidelines to consider (courtesy of PersonalInjury.com):

National Group to Study Trucking Habits

Earlier this month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced they they are planning to survey tractor-trailer drivers to see how long their commute is to their trucking jobs, especially if their commute is greater than 2.5 hours.  This survey is part of a larger study that is examining commuting time as it relates to driver fatigue and safety.  FMCSA plans to get feedback not only on commuting time, but also work history, schedules, annual miles they drive, and their break and rest periods.  

Be Aware This Thanksgiving!

As you may be aware, Thanksgiving Day is one of the most dangerous days of the year to be on the road.  As the holiday is fast approaching, it is a good time to remind others to take care as they plan their Thanksgiving holiday travel. According to USA Today,  "During each Thanksgiving week from 2005-2010, the average number of traffic fatalities nationwide was 798; for all other weeks, the average was 748, according to a new University of Alabama analysis of federal data on road deaths." Additionally, car crashes, in general, tend to rise to about 25% above the average on Thanksgiving as compared to other days during the year. 

Car Seat Picture Goes Viral

In case you ever needed another reason to make sure that your children are properly secure in their carseats, look no further than this article.  A PA mother posted a picture on social media that showed the wreckage of her car after an accident next to a picture of her children's intact car seats.  To take a look at the picture and read more about the article, please click here

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