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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.  

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.  

Man Paralyzed While Snow Tubing

While it might not quite be time yet to be participating in snow activities, the season is right around the corner! Unfortunately, injuries can happen when you are engaging in winter activities like snow tubing, skiing, and snowmobiling.  Over the summer, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided to hear the case of an accident victim who was paralyzed from the neck down while snow tubing at a PA resort.  According to news sources, the victim was riding a snow tube head first down a slope.  His tube hit a mat at the end of the tubing area and stopped very quickly, which caused him to be launched into the snow.  As a result of his subsequent fall, his spinal cord was hyperextended and caused paralysis from the neck down. He wishes to sue the resort for his injuries. 

Fall and Halloween Safety Tips

Are you prepared and safe when it comes to Halloween festivities? According to many sources, Halloween is one of the deadliest nights of the year for pedestrian accidents, with children being the most at-risk group.  How can you keep yourself and your children safe while trick-or-treating? Take a look at these tips:

Surgical Errors Can Lead To Patient Pain

Hopefully the following incident has never happened to you or someone you know!   Unfortunately, when medical professionals are performing procedures,  surgical tools can get accidentally left inside of people.  A few years ago, Attorney Stoehr settled a case where a surgical sponge was left inside a woman's body. She has a prolonged period of pain that couldn't be explained.  After a while, the woman found out that a surgical sponge was left inside her head and had become infected! Another doctor found it during an exploratory surgery, hoping to find a way to relieve her pain, and immediately removed it.  She missed a great deal of work and was very sick. Most commonly, sponges, forceps, scissors, and other surgical instruments are among the things that have been found left inside patients' bodies post-surgery.  

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

Dog Attack In The National News

A dog mauling recently made national news and was covered by CNN.  According to their report, three dogs attacked a young girl in Detroit and killed her.  The owner of the dogs was charged with second-degree murder, as well as involuntary manslaughter and dangerous animal causing death.  Neighbors of the dog owner reported that the owner knew the dogs were dangerous, but left them unsecured outside while he went to run errands.  The little girl rode by on her bike and was attacked and subsequently died as a result of her injuries.  

Although PA homeowners do not have to worry about breed-specific homeowners insurance policies, you are still liable as a pet owner for how your dog acts in the presence of others.  If your dog attacks another person, you can be held legally responsible.  On the opposite end, if you are attacked by another person's dog, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.   At Attorney Doug Stoehr's practice, we are skilled in handling your dog bite claims. Please call our Altoona, PA area office for more information at 814-946-4100.

Original article may be found here:  https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/23/us/dogs-mauling-owner-charged/index.html

Coast Guard Releases Statistics Related To Boating Accidents

Are you practicing good boat safety when you're out on the water this summer? According to statistics compiled by the US Coast Guard, here are some things you may want to keep in mind the next time you're on our local rivers and lakes (most recent statistics available reflects data from the year 2017):


-Overall, there were about 4,300 boating accidents in 2017, which led to 650+ deaths and over 2,600 injuries
-Of all fatal accidents, 76% of victims drowned and, out of those victims, 84.5% were NOT wearing a lifejacket
-When boat length was known, 80% of drowning victims were in boats less than 21 feet long
-Alcohol was the primary known factor in many of the fatal boating accidents
-When instruction data was available, over 80% of the deaths involved boats where operators didn't have any known boating safety instruction
-About 170 accidents involved people being struck by a boat propeller
-The top five accident factors included operator lack of attention, operator inexperience, boat machinery failure, alcohol use, and improper availability/use of lookout


Boating accidents see an expected and marked increase in the summer, especially involving intoxication while driving a boat.  In this area, Glendale and Raystown lakes are arguably the most susceptible places in our local area for such occurrences.  Victims of boating accidents injured due to the fault of another may have lasting and extensive 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 personal injury. If you would like to consult with him about your case, please contact our law office.

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