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.
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.
You may not know this, but the warmer weather also brings about a rise in traffic accidents and tickets. An article written by Insurance Hotline reported that almost 27% of tickets and 27% of car accidents occur during July, August, and September. Many people believe this rise in ticketing is due to summer travel and tourism, which is coupled with increased road construction in the summer. It is also likely that people are less cautious when driving in the summer, because the roads are generally clear and dry. No matter the cause, these statistics are reason enough to be extra cautious when you are driving around with your family this spring and summer.
Heads up, everyone! A new state law went into effect this past week. Called the "Ride on Red" law, it allows PA drivers to go through some red lights. The law states that if a stop light isn't responsive and if no one else is coming around you, you can legally drive through the intersection on the red light. It's consider a common sense law to alleviate some problems in vehicles that can't be detected by the existing red light system, such as motorcycles. Use common sense and caution when taking advantage of this law!
Have you ever been involved in a busy sports game and initially felt fine, but experienced significant pain days and weeks later? The same is true for car accidents. Even when they seem small at first, these car accidents can have lasting effects that can influence both your work and personal life. What are some of the long-term indications of a car accident injury? They may range from the psychological to the physical.
Often when people hear about traumatic brain injuries, they tend to envision accidents related to sports. In reality, falls are the number one leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, followed closely by car crashes. This information, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control, is true across all age groups.
You've probably heard about whiplash before, especially as it relates to car accidents. However, do you really know what the medical condition is and what the treatments are?Whiplash is a painful and common cause of complaint after an injury such as an automobile accident. Also known as Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD), this disorder is characterized by soft tissue damage to the neck and upper spinal area, and in some cases the face and back as well. Due to the sudden flexion and extension of the neck following an accident such as an automobile collision, the body does not have enough time to compensate for the sudden change in motion and reacts by snapping the head front and back. Unfortunately, this puts too much strain on the neck muscles and can lead to lasting pain, chronic headaches, restricted range of motion, and dizziness for months following an injury. In some cases, the pain associated with whiplash is so severe that it interferes with work and sleep, thus leading to both fatigue and irritability. In even more severe cases, these problems can develop into depression and lowered cognitive abilities, such as problems with memory and concentration. Disc herniation may also have occurred during the accident and will need to be addressed by a physician.