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Rain and Auto Accidents

Did you know that rainfall, no matter how light, can significantly influence your chances of being in a fatal accident? According to reports from the American Meteorological Society, which studied over 125,000 fatal car crashes in the 48 continguous states, they found that wet roads (no matter from rain, sleet, snow, or hail) increased the risk of a fatal accident by about 34% across the country.  Even when the rain was light, the risk increased by over 25%.  The study utilitized advanced data techniques, including targeted use of high-resolution radars, that had not been used in such a large-scale study before.  For Pennsylvania in particular, a fatal crash appears to be almost 13% more likely to occur during any form of precipitation as opposed to when the roads are dry. 

Symptoms After Accidents Aren't Always Immediate

Have you ever had an exceptionally active day and felt fine in the moment,  but experienced significant pain days and weeks later?  The same can be true for automobile accidents, too.  Even when these collisions may appear minor at first, they can have lasting physical and emotional effects that can impact both your work and personal life.  

Greyhound Buses Sued After Serious Wreck on PA Highway

Although we may think more commonly about car and truck accidents, bus accidents are not uncommon, either.  Recently, Greyhound was sued for injuries its passengers sustained while riding one of their buses from New York City to Cleveland.  According to news reports, the bus crashed after the driver fell asleep at the wheel.  One of the 43 passengers died and many sustained severe injuries.  One passenger recently received a payment of $27M from the bus company due to the severity of his injuries, which included an amputation of one of his legs and over 30 surgeries related to other injuries.  

Fatal Crash Likely Caused by Distracted Driving

An incident of texting while driving recently took the life of a pedestrian in PA.  According to news sources, a college student was texting while driving her car in Allentown.  She ran a red light and hit a minivan, which caused her car to spin into a nearby pedestrian. That pedestrian was thrown over 20 feet in the air and died soon after. The driver's cell phone data reflected that she was arguing with someone else over text at the time of the accident.  Additionally, videos from the crash scene show that the driver's car did not slow down as it approached the red light at the intersection, although other cars responded appropriately according to the traffic lights. 

PA Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise across the country, and PA is no exception. According to nationally compiled data via the Governors Highway Safety Commission, Pennsylvania saw over a 40% increase in pedestrian fatalities in the first half of 2018 as compared to the first half of 2017. If this trend continues, 2019 will prove to be a deadly year for pedestrians, too. According to the data, almost 100 pedestrians were killed by drivers in Pennsylvania during the first half of 2018 as compared to 64 during that same stretch of time in 2017.Nationally, these numbers reflect the highest number of pedestrian deaths in 30 years.  Many people believe that this increase is due to heightened instances of distracted driving, more SUVs on the road (which data suggests is correlated with an increase in pedestrian accidents), and an increased number of walkers in areas where most people used to drive.  By the numbers, most accidents involving pedestrians overwhelmingly occur at night (about 90%) and over half of these accidents occur on local streets and neighboring highways. In PA, pedestrian fatalities account for roughly 10% of all traffic-related deaths. 

PA Accidents Are Trending In A Negative Way

Pennsylvania is in the midst of an unsettling trend in recent years.  PennDOT reports that about 4,000 people are hit by cars each year in our state.  These pedestrian/car encounters seem to increase during the winter months, where drivers appear to be more aggressive, especially in the afternoon.  Many of these accidents also appear to involve distraction, either on the part of the driver or the pedestrian.   To increase visibility, it is recommended that pedestrians stay off of their phones, wear reflective clothing, walk against the flow of traffic, and cross only at designated areas.  Drivers need to be alert, not distracted by mobile devices, and anticipate pedestrians on the road with them. 

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. 

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