During the spring and summer, many families go out of state to visit relatives and/or enjoy their summer vacations. For a lot of Americans, this makes making a multi-state road trip. While you're out driving on the states' highways, it is important to understand that driving actions you take in another state can follow you back to Pennsylvania. In case you were unaware, Pennsylvania participates in something known as the Driver License Compact (DLC). The DLC is an organization made up of 46 out of our 50 states who work together to create a single system for driving records, driver licenses (so you can only hold a license in one state), and report all traffic convictions/license suspensions/license revocations so other states are aware of a driver's license status.
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.
Over the summer, a Pennsylvania family gave insight into the dangers of distracted driving the face of new state legislation. According to local news sources, the family lost their eight-year-old son when he was hit by a distracted driver while he was walking across a crosswalk. They were interviewed about the dangers of distracted driving and how it impacted their family. At the time of the news article, PA lawmakers were working to keep our citizens safe by proposing a hands-free cell phone bill that would only allow cell phone use if it utilizes hands-free technology. Cell phone GPS use would also be allowed, as long as the cell phone was in a docking station.
How awake are you while you drive? In the age of burning the candle at both ends, many Americans are chronically sleep deprived. Unfortunately, as a result, being drowsy or falling asleep at the wheel is a huge problem for American drivers. This is such a big problem that one website, DrowsyDriving.org, is completely devoted to raising awareness of driving while fatigued. This website is run by the National Sleep Foundationm, which reflects how much of a widespread problem this phenomenon is.
Hunting season is just around the corner. In addition to the start of this season, this time of year also means that deer-related car crashes will most likely increase across our state. Historial data compiled by State Farm Insurance Agency suggests that about 1 in 70 Pennsylvania drivers will hit a deer in the next 12 months. We know that in our area, deer are a common sight. However, you may not know that Pennsylvania has the second highest deer-vehicle collision rate in the entire country (West Virginia has the highest rate).
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.
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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/
Even if you are hit by a car traveling at a low speed, it can still mean big medical problems if you are involved in an accident. You may think you're safer and at a lower risk for accidents when traveling in residential neighborhoods where the speed limit is lower, and in some ways it's true. However, in some situations, it may not be. According to 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." It is also interesting to note that about 40% of vehicle accidents are accounted for by people driving vans, SUVs, and trucks. These bigger vehicles may reduce visibility and make it harder to see adults and small children who are walking nearby.
Sometimes, motorcyclists get a bad reputation while driving on the road. However, it is the responsibility of both motorcycle and car drivers to maintain safe practices while driving on the road. Although this can be tricky at times, a few tips may help make it easier for both of these drivers to share the road in a safe manner: