Have you ever wondered which seats in your car are the safest in the event of an accident? A recent report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety examined this question and found some interesting results. According to their research, passengers in the back seat may be at heightened risk for serious injury or death in a head-on collision as opposed to travelers in the front seat. Although these results may seem like the opposite of what you might expect, researchers are attributing the risk to back seat passengers based on several factors. Many seatbelts in the back seat are not designed well for passengers, which may increase their risk for injury. Most research and crash tests tend to focus on the safety of front seat passengers as opposed to back seat passengers. Seatbelt safety technology has improved greatly over the years for those in the front seat, but these same technological advances are not always used in the back seat, too. Additionally, seatbelt tensions do not always react the same way in the back seat, which sometimes makes restraints too loose or too tight in the event of a collision. Additionally, there are no front airbags in the back seat.
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.
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):
In case you ever needed another reason to make sure that your children are properly secure in their carseats, look no further than this article. A PA mother posted a picture on social media that showed the wreckage of her car after an accident next to a picture of her children's intact car seats. To take a look at the picture and read more about the article, please click here.
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!
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?
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.