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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:

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

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. 

Pedestrian Accidents Are Increasing Across The Country

Across the country, pedestrian accidents are on the rise.  Arizona currently has the highest rates of pedestrian fatalities in the country, but many states are experiencing this issue as well.  Pennsylvania is no exception this.  According to a news report by an Arizona news source, pedestrian and bike fatalities make up about a quarter of their total traffic fatalities.  Given the number and severity of cases that Pennsylvania also sees in these areas, this number may be not far off in our state, too. Some of these accidents occur as a result of driver error or inattention, while others are caused by pedestrians and bicyclists who do not cross streets at designated times and/or places. 

Hit and Run Pedestrian Accidents

Recently, a driver in Chambersburg was accused of hitting a teenager, then driving away.  This hit and run incident resulted in a broken leg.  Other people who were walking with the victim made multiple attempts to stop and alert the driver to what had happened, but the driver did not stop.  A person who was driving directly behind the car also attempted to get the driver to pull over, but was unsuccessful.  State police interviewed the man when he returned to the accident scene about 10 minutes later.

Ice and Snow May Mean "Slow!"

Are you up-to-date on winter safety practices? During this season, people have to take extra precautions due to the weather.  This is especially true when you are out walking.  According to our own regional UPMC website, there are many preventative measures you can take to prevent winter accidents.  Some of their suggestions include:

England Is Revolutionizing Pedestrian Safety

There are many differences between the United Kingdom and the United States, but one of the latest differences comes from how pedestrian crosswalks are handled.  According to a recent article, a London company recently developed a "smart" pedestrian crossing zone. In this new zone, technology, including LED lights and cameras, are used to keep pedestrians and drivers safe. One of the features includes accounting for walkers looking down at their cell phones, which causes a warning light to come into the pedestrian's field of vision and veers them away from the road.  Another feature includes creating a virtual buffer around children who may run into the street.  Drivers and bikers on the road would see the danger ahead on the road and know to avoid the child. An additional great aspect is alerting drivers and cyclists when a pedestrian is in their blind spot.  

Another Pedestrian Accident Occurs in PA

Last month, a person was injured in a serious pedestrian accident in Allegheny County.  A person was walking across the road when they were struck by a car.  At the time of the news report, there was no information about the driver of the vehicle who struck the walker. When the article was released, the victim was originally thought to be dead,  but the report was later corrected and reflected that the victim was alive, but suffered injuries. 

Increased Accident Risk for Children During Summer Months

Accidents and injuries tend to increase during the summer, especially for children.  Do you know that many common injuries occur where you may least expect them?  According to one hospital's website, ER visits increase significantly during the summer.  Many of these injuries occur as a result of children getting into accidents, such as falling out of windows (whether they have screens or they don't).  Fire pits are also a common place for injuries, as are lawn mower accidents, swimming accidents, and pedestrian accidents.  The time around dusk can be particularly dangerous for children out playing, since it may be more difficult for others to see them walking, biking, and rollerskating on the streets.

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