Sometimes, general trends for certain types of lawsuits come and go. However, in the world of personal injury, there are several big areas that tend to make up the bulk of personal injury claims. Can you guess what they are?
This is good news! Five PA agencies are working together to make conditions safer for emergency responders and clear accident scenes faster on our state's highways. As a result of efforts spearheaded by the PA Turnpike Commission, many of the state's emergency responders have been trained to improve their ability to communicate and collaborate when working on highway accidents. As a way to formally address highway accident issues, the PennTIME program was formed. This program consists of the State Department of Health, PA State Police, PennDOT, the Turnpike Commission, and the state's Emergency Management Organzation. This program will help organize efforts between police, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and accident removal companies (like towing and hazardous materials organizations) to have one efficient, coordinated response.
Sometimes, the difficulties we face after a personal injury, such as a car accident, are not purely physical. Sometimes, victims of accidents also experience psychological distress. For example, they may experience recurring nightmares related the accident, avoid areas where the accident took place, and/or experience a general onset of depression or anxiety. These feelings can interfere with daily life and can lead to isolation from family members and friends. It is important to seek medical advice in these situations in order to come up with a treatment plan and strategies to manage these feelings.
Although they're providing a service to local families, many community service agencies often use vans and cars that are older and potentially unsafe for use. Organizations like churches, halfway houses, and shelters sometimes use vehicles to transport goods and people that are in serious need of repair, lack the proper safety mechanisms, and/or are not maintained in proper working condition. These car issues can lead to an increased risk for accident. and potentially more significant injuries if the car is involved in a wreck. If you're a passenger in one of these community service car and you're involved in an accident, you may find yourself in an unusual and somewhat complicated situation. If you're hit by one of these cars, the situation could be equally as complex. In these situations, ou will need an attorney who is experienced with handling such claims. Not only is Attorney Douglas Stoehr an experienced accident attorney, he also used to work for auto insurance companies and, as a result, has a large amount of knowledge relating to insurance claims from an insider's perspective. For more information on his practice and to schedule your free initial consultation, please call his Altoona, PA area practice at 814-946-4100.
Car crashes and chronic pain sometimes go together more commonly than you might think. In some studies, car crash victims have an over 80% increased risk of chronic pain in the future. As a result, although some people may like to "tough it out" after their car crash and minimize any post-accident pain, it is not helpful and may lead to increased medical and emotional difficulties in the future.
A lot goes through your mind when you are in a car crash. Sometimes, the emotional and physical impact of your crash doesn't really "set in" until a few days after the accident occurs. There are many injuries related to car crashes that may not be immediately apparent right after the accident happens. For example, many common injuries that can show up in the days or weeks following an accident include whiplash, headaches, back and neck pain, fogginess and disorientation, and emotional effects.
When you are driving and another car hits you, you may know that you may be able to seek legal compensation for your injuries. However, sometimes people do not realize that you have rights as a car passenger, too. If you are a passenger and are involved in a car accident in which you are injured, you can also potentially seek compensation for your injuries. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, one or both drivers may have paid a role in the corresponding injuries. Either way, the passenger may be able to seek compensation for any injuries sustained in the crash.
In Perry County, PA a school bus crashed. The bus driver was attempting to avoid a collision with a large truck, which crossed the opposing lane of travel into the bus's lane. The bus was carrying almost 40 students from the local schools. Over a quarter of the students were taken to the hospital for minor injuries. The truck driver was cited for operation of vehicle without certificate of inspection, as well as driving on roadways laned for traffic. Obviously, we hope that accidents like this never happen, but luckily all of the children seem to be generally okay!
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.
What kind of documentation do I need for a personal injury case? This is a question that many of my clients ask. Although documentation can vary based on your individual case, here are some good guidelines to consider (courtesy of PersonalInjury.com):