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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. 

Bicycle Safety Month

PennDOT periodically partners with other organizations to hold events aimed at community outreach and safety.  Recently, they held an event in partnership with several other organizations in Lycoming County to raise awareness about bicycle safety.  This event, which was a bike rodeo, focused on bike safety and helmet use in an effort to address Bicycle Safety Month.  Children who attended this event learned about PA's bicycle laws and general safety tips.  Some children received a free helmet, and there was a bicycle course set up at the event for participants to ride through.   PennDOT data from 2017 reflects a high number of bicycle accidents across the state, including over 1,000 crashes.  These crashes resulted in nearly 100 significant medical injuries and over 20 deaths.  Hopefully, these outreach programs will reduce these statistics in the coming years. 

Bicycling This Spring

Spring is here! That means many more people will be outside enjoying the weather and will be out walking, running, and riding their bicycles.  However, this also means that these same people are at a higher risk for accident and injury on roads that are frequently shared with cars.  Specifically relating to bicycle riding, general statistics state that about half a million people each year need medical treatment as a result of of bike accidents, and almost a thousand people die each year due to bicycle accidents. The most common bicycle injury, and most common cause of death, is as a result of a brain injury.  
In order to keep yourself safer on the road, consider the following tips and tricks:
  • Always, always, ALWAYS wear a helmet. 
  • Make sure your bicycle is in good working order, including the tire pressure, brakes, and reflectors. 
  • Wear reflective and bright clothing any time you're riding.  
  • Respect cars on the road and leave room! Be aware of their blind spots, including car doors potentially opening towards you.
As a car driver in our area, it is also your responsibility to be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road, especially small children that may not be easily seen. By being alert and considerate and sharing the road, you will avoid serious injuries and complications to those around you. If you plan to bike or run outside, wear bright colors and make sure that you give appropriate and clear turning signals with your arms so that drivers know when and where you intend to turn.
Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your personal injury, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

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.  

RV Driver Goes Wrong Way Down Highway, Kills Two

Highway accidents, especially those involving larger vehicles, can have serious and deadly consequences.  Recently, two teenagers in Florida were killed after an RV crossed lanes and hit their car head-on.  News reports state that their parents sought legal action and were awarded $10M as a result of the action. Unfortunately, this tragedy is all too common on our nation's roads and highways.

Recalled Jogging Strollers and Potential Injuries

If you are a family with young children, you may have heard about the recent controversy over a certain type of jogging stroller. This stroller has been reported to have caused hundreds of accidents due to a quick-release front wheel that may come off unexpectedly.  This can cause the strollers to flip, seriously injuring the person pushing the stroller and the baby inside.  This is obviously a scary, harmful, and potentially deadly situation.

Dog Attack In PA Area

Unfortunately, another dog bite case has made state news recently.  In the Erie, PA area, a child was seriously injured after being attacked by a neighbor's dog.  The child's injuries were serious enough that he was transported to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. On top of the injuries, the news reported that the dog was not current on its rabies shots.

How Do PA's Hospitals Perform Nationally?

Have you ever wondered how PA hospitals stack up in terms of areas like safety and standards of care? Well, you can check online at any time.  A website called The Hospital Safety Grade scores hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from medical errors and avoidable injuries, accidents, and infections. You can access the website here: http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.   Although many hospitals in our area appear to meet a good quality standard of care, it is not universal across all locations. 

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. 

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