As you may be aware, Thanksgiving Day is one of the most dangerous days of the year to be on the road. As the holiday is fast approaching, it is a good time to remind others to take care as they plan their Thanksgiving holiday travel. According to USA Today, "During each Thanksgiving week from 2005-2010, the average number of traffic fatalities nationwide was 798; for all other weeks, the average was 748, according to a new University of Alabama analysis of federal data on road deaths." Additionally, car crashes, in general, tend to rise to about 25% above the average on Thanksgiving as compared to other days during the year.
Are you aware of the stress that is placed on your tires when driving in the summer? Although you should always be aware of your tire pressure and regularly check your tires, it's very important in the summer. Many tires blow out as a result of the summer heat, which can pose a danger to your car and other cars traveling on the road with you. Especially when your tires are under-inflated, the hot air can cause internal heat to build up inside the tire, which can lead to a tire blowout.
Recently, a construction worker was killed while painting lines on I-81 in Franklin County. According to PennDOT, the driver who struck the worker was trying to get around a vehicle whose job was keeping traffic away from the working crew members. It is unfortunate for all parties that this occurred. It is the duty of drivers on the road to be aware of construction workers and give the time, space, and patience they need to do their job safely.
Sometimes, people who are victims of a car crash often experience concussions or another form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Although the signs associated with this injury may not immediately be present, the symptoms may manifest themselves days or weeks later. Many common symptoms related to TBIs include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, changes in sleep patterns, and gaps in or loss of portions of memory. Other more immediate symptoms may include vomiting and/or loss of vision.
So, September is finally here and most of the construction work in Pennsylvania is finished for the year, right? Well, guess again. Roadside construction and associated hazards are common throughout the entire year. Construction workers are particularly susceptible to danger in the summer months, with a combination of summer vacationers, long days, and hot weather leading to a rise in accidents. However, construction workers face danger all year round while working outside to keep our roads in good condition.
Are you prepared for the road this Labor Day weekend? An article in a recent edition of USA Today may give you a lot to think about. According to their reports, car crash deaths are on the rise, even though cars are considered safer. This Labor Day weekend may end up being the deadliest one since 2008, according to the National Safety Council. They predict that fatal accidents on the road may result in over 400 deaths this coming weekend. Across the country, around 20,000 people have been killed in road accidents since 2016 began. Millions more people were injured.
For everyone who lives in our law firm's region of Central Pennsylvania (Altoona, Roaring Spring, Bedford, Tyrone, etc.) please be aware that there has been an unusually high number of car accidents on Route 36 in Roaring Spring! Please, take extra care when traveling on this road to keep yourself and fellow drivers safe. To read more about this trend, please see the news article here.
Prepare for the upcoming holiday travel! According to state statistics, the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the deadliest times of the year to be on the road. Other holidays that top the list include July 4th (the all-time highest holiday for accidents across the nation) and Labor Day. However, in Pennsylvania, Thanksgiving surpasses all other holidays in terms of the number of motor vehicle accidents. According to an online news source, via the Pennsylvania Medical Society, "counting July 4 as well as the days just prior and afterwards, the Independence Day holiday was second in crashes (3,051 in 2010) and third in deaths (50). Labor Day and days surrounding the holiday was third in crashes (3,013) and second in deaths (51). The Thanksgiving holiday season topped both rankings for crashes (4,352) and deaths (55)." Most of our state's accidents occur in the counties of Philadelphia, Allegheny, Lancaster, Bucks, and Westmoreland.
To read more of their report, please click this link.Car accidents are a very real danger when driving, no matter on the highway or on a secluded country road. The physical and psychological damage caused by car accidents can be extensive and result in years of medical and professional care. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash that was the fault of another, Attorney Doug Stoehr would be willing to set up a free consultation to discuss a possible legal claim involving your accident. Attorney Stoehr has experience litigating personal injury claims relating to car crashes, and if you would like to meet with him, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.