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Steps To Take Following A Bike Accident

Picture this: you're riding your bike on a quiet road, enjoying the spring weather and planning your weekend activities.  All of the sudden, you've been hit and you are on the ground.  You take a minute, organize your thoughts and then...?

How Independent Medical Exams Impact Your Potential Lawsuit

Sometimes, when our law office handles workers' compensation claims, our clients are sometimes asked to complete an independent medical exam, generally on behalf of the insurance companies or employers. Unfortunately, these independent medical exams can sometimes appear unreliable and paint an incomplete and/or inaccurate picture of a client's true medical issues.

Vacation Injuries

Are you and your family planning on going on vacation for spring break this year? If so, you may be looking forward to warm weather, relaxation, and a nice resort stay.  However, it is important to realize that personal injury is a risk, even when you're on vacation!  Common vacation activities like segways, boat rides, and bus tours can lead to injuries that can put a quick stop to your vacation fun. Here are some ways to help you avoid injury or accident while on vacation:

Be Pedestrian Aware!

Pedestrian safety is a serious issue, considering most of us are pedestrians at least a portion of each day.  However, the pedestrian injury and death rate remains unecessarily high.  Did you know that, on average, a pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes in traffic accidents in 2017 (NHTSA.gov)?  It is every driver's responsibility to make sure they're being vigilant and looking out for pedestrians while they are operating their cars. Here are some ways to help protect pedestrians while you are out driving:
  • When entering a crosswalk, yield to pedestrians and leave a good amount of space between the crosswalk and your car. That way, other cars will know that people are crossing, too.
  • Don't ever pass a car that is stopped in front of a crosswalk.
  • Pay extra attention in school zones, even if the flashing lights are not on during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal times. Many children use the facilities before and after school, and may not pay attention to cars on the street. 
  • Be careful and take your time when backing out of parking spaces, especially in parking lots. 
It is your responsibility as a licensed driver in the state of Pennsylvania to not only drive your care with care and caution, but also be aware of other hazards on the road.  Drivers frequently share the road with bicyclists, motorcycle drivers, and pedestrians, especially in more residential areas. As such, it is your duty as a member of your community to drive your car safely, responsibly, and with regard for the well-being and safety of others.  This is especially true to remember in cases where you've been drinking! Call a designated driver and save the life of not only yourself, but other innocent bystanders.  Also play it safe and do not engage in distracted driving, such as talking on your cell phone or texting. Attorney Doug Stoehr is a central PA area attorney who takes cases where people have been injured or passed away due to the fault of another person, such as through ca, /pedestrian, bike, motorcycle, and truck accidents. For more information regarding his practice or to set up an initial consultation, please call his office at 814-946-4100.

Biking Safely

Bicycle accidents are unfortunately becoming more commonplace than we might like to think.  Generally, they can be grouped into two big categories: falls and crashes (with cars).  Although falls may be more common, crashes tend to be more deadly.  According to NHTSA.gov, no matter what season the bicyclist is riding in, bicycle deaths are most likely to occur in the evening. Specifically, the deadliest timeframe is between 6-9PM.  Bicycle deaths are much more common in urban as opposed to rural areas, and males are killed much more frequently than females.  
  • For drivers, there are a few big ways to make sure that you're looking out for bicyclists and their safety.  Some things to keep in mind are the following:
  • You should yield to bicyclists just like you would another car
  • If you're turning right on red, look to the right and behind you to make sure you're not missing a bicyclist who may be turning behind you, too. 
  • Pass bicyclists just like you would another car! Only pass when it's safe to go into the next lane. Leave the bicyclists room, too. 
  • Most bicycle accidents are completely preventable if we all take some care on our roads.  From the bicyclists' perspective, when you're out at night, always remember to wear bright and reflective clothing! Try to carry a flashlight or wear a headlamp to further increase your visibility.  When biking, signal where you're going so nearby drivers have an idea of where you're headed.  

If you're driving, make sure to give these people their space! Don't follow them or drive near them at a high rate of speed, and share the road.  Obviously, don't do any of these activities drunk or under the influence of any type of drug.  Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your potential personal injury claim, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

How You Can Prevent Snowmobile Accidents

A recent online article, which can be accessed by clicking this link, talks about The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association's (ISMA) global campaign to raise awareness for snowmobile safety and training.  According to the publication, different countries' laws governing snowmobile operation are extremely variable, and there are generally fewer regulations for snowmobile operation than for other, similar vehicles like ATVs.

Enjoying Our State's Snowmobile Areas

ATV and snowmobile use in our state is common, especially in our central PA area.  What you might not know is how much land the state of Pennsylvania has for recreational use.  According to reports, snowmobile riders are able to access about 3,000 miles of trails.  These trails can be found in 90% of state forest districts, as well as in many of our state parks. The state snowmobile season officially runs from December 15-April 1st.  The state also provides condition updates via its snowmobile hotline, which is updated twice weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays).  As many state snowmobile riders know, all all-terrain vehicle units have to be registered in the state of PA.

Disney Worker Receives Large Settlement

Personal injury can happen at any time and in any situation.  This statement is especially true in the experience of one injured worker, who was hit by a car while working for Disney Cruise Line.  The injured person, who was hit while in a port of call, was treated by the ship's medical care team.  They did not correctly diagnose her injuries, which included multiple broken ribs, and told her that she was able to work for her shift as a dining room waiter. Although she eventually received care from another doctor at a later date, when she returned to work she soon had to stop again due to significant nerve damage. The worker sought legal action against Disney Cruise Line and was awarded $4M as a result in a combination of lost wages, pain and suffering, and punishment.  

Medical Errors Can Cause Big Problems

Recent reports suggest that medical errors in Pennsylvania are on the decline. However, some people are wondering whether this statistic tells the entire story.  Although some studies show that medical errors have declined by about half since 2005, it is important to recognize that there are some outlying factors.  For example, some hospitals file considerably lower numbers of reports than others.  This suggests that they may be under-reporting accidents and errors. Pa lawmakers are also looking into whether it's unreasonably hard for patients to file  cases in certain areas of the state.  All of this information also impacts how insurance companies can become involved when corresponding personal injury claims are filed. 

Treading Carefully On Winter Sidewalks

In preparation for the winter season and in an effort to keep homeowners and business owners safe, OSHA recently posted an article about how to reduce your risk for premises liability, both home and workplace, this winter season.  Here are some of their tips:

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