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.
Recently, a May 2015 car accident was back in the news again. This Logan Township accident grabbed the attention of many because it involved the death of a pregnant woman and her unborn child. According to news reports, a car was driving along a road when it hit another car that had pulled off to the side of the road with its hazard lights on. The driver of the parked car, the aforementioned pregnant woman, was struck by the oncoming car. She and her baby died at the hospital soon after. The driver of the vehicle that caused the wreck was coming home from a bar and had a BAC of 0.104 at the scene. A crash reconstructionist involved in the case said that the driver had more than enough time to react and avoid the woman on the side of the road.
Good news, Pennsylvania drivers! According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, fewer people have been killed in car accidents last year than since 1928. Additionally, the number of overall car crashes also fell. It is great to know that the number of state highway accidents has also fallen over 20% in the past 15 years, which is close to the nationwide trend of a 25% decline in the past 10 years. Some of these great statistics are due, in part, to enhanced safety features in newer cars and also heightened campaigns to battle drunk driving and texting/cell phone use while driving. In Pennsylvania alone, over $50M has been used to improve safety at 4,000 areas across the state, including repainting highway lines and putting in rumble strips. More PA drivers and passengers are using seat belts than in previous years, and fewer drivers are also driving while intoxicated. Great job, Pennsylvania drivers!
Chronic pain is often a blanket diagnosis used to explain pain that persists consistently over a period longer than 3-6 months. However, chronic pain can result from many different disorders and injuries. Unfortunately, many of these problems come from common accidents, such as motor vehicle accidents or slip and falls.