Good job, Pittsburgh area drivers! Research was released recently that states that Pittsburgh drivers are some of the safest in the country, when compared to other city drivers across the nation. This ranking takes into account criteria such as the number of car accidents, driving tickets (like speeding tickets and DUIs), and other various citations. We're glad to know that drivers in our part of the state are generally trying to be safe and cautious when they drive.Although many of our state's drivers are safe, this is unfortunately not true for all drivers. Sometimes, unsafe or reckless driving can cause dangerous situations, including injury and death, that can impact other drivers on the road. If you've been in a car accident due to the fault of another and have suffered an injury as a result, you may be able to seek legal compensation. In these situations, it is important to have an experienced attorney who knows the law and will work hard for you. Doug Stoehr is an Altoona-area attorney who is very experienced in handling personal injury cases related to car accidents. Please call his firm today at 814-946-4100 for more information or to schedule your free initial consultation.
Unfortunately, a recent accident in Clearfield County is making the local news. According to reports, a driver under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol did not stop at a stop sign, and consequently hit another car. The other car had two people inside, and one of them was thrown through the side window and went to the hospital to receive care. Police continue to investigate the incident.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a significant cause of car crashes across the state. If you are a victim of a car crash due to another's negligent driving practices, and have sustained injuries, it may be time to seek legal advice. Attorney Doug Stoehr is your experienced Altoona, PA area injury attorney who can review your claim. Call his office at 814-946-4100 to learn more and discuss your potential case.
Original article may be found here: https://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/local-news/car-accident-in-clearfield-sends-one-person-through-passenger-window/
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.
The weather in spring, especially in early spring, can be wild and unpredictable. From heavy snows, to sunshine, torrential rain, and/or wind, the weather can make home management and travel very difficult! Are you prepared to handle the unique challenges that spring may make you face?
As a heads up, you should know that on November 4th, Governor Wolf signed a bill known as "Daniel's Law" into effect. This bill enforces harsher penalties on those who engage in distracted driving. Within this bill, people who receive a distracted driving ticket will be punished similarly to those who engage in drunk driving. This law was proposed after a Pennsylvanian named Daniel Gallatin was killed when a distracted driver crashed into the back of his motorcycle and killed him. According to Governor Wolf, "This behavior, which has been allowed to go under-punished for far too long, has been demonstrated to be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Distracted driving has fatal, irreversible, and grave consequences and by signing this Bill I hope to make our roads and highways safer for our citizens, and everyone using them." (as quoted on PersonalInjury.com).
Sometimes, audits bring up things you would never believe. According to TribLive.com, an auditor for the Pennsylvania Department of Health discovered that the department refused to accept anonymous complaints against nursing homes for almost three years. Halting these complaints violates federal policy, and also potentially puts many elderly residents into harm's way. There was no rationale discovered for halting these reports. According to the TribLive article, "Complaints increased 63 percent after the agency rescinded the policy of not accepting anonymous complaints, the audit said." Many other interesting facts were discovered in the audit, including not enforcing certain laws requiring a set number of direct nursing services for residents each day.
So you've been in a bike crash. It's scary, disorienting, and you're not sure what to do next. What are some good steps to take post-crash? Take a look at these tips:
Most of our law enforcement officers work tirelessly and diligently to keep our homes, community, state, and country safe. However, police are people just like the rest of us, and can sometimes make poor choices.