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Summer Driving Hazards

Summer driving is just around the corner! As you drive to go on vacation, visit family and friends, and enjoy outdoor gatherings, are you being safe while driving, too? According to national statistics, the months of July and August are two of the months that are most highly correlated with car accidents and car-related deaths.  Additionally, teenage drivers are especially at risk for accidents during these months, too.

Greyhound Buses Sued After Serious Wreck on PA Highway

Although we may think more commonly about car and truck accidents, bus accidents are not uncommon, either.  Recently, Greyhound was sued for injuries its passengers sustained while riding one of their buses from New York City to Cleveland.  According to news reports, the bus crashed after the driver fell asleep at the wheel.  One of the 43 passengers died and many sustained severe injuries.  One passenger recently received a payment of $27M from the bus company due to the severity of his injuries, which included an amputation of one of his legs and over 30 surgeries related to other injuries.  

Tractor-Trailer Goes Off Highway Near Pittsburgh

In the Pittsburgh area this week, a section of I-70 was closed due to a large tractor-trailer accident.  According to accident reports, the truck went off the road and got stuck between the guard rail and the highway.  The driver was trapped inside the car and received treatment at an area hospital for his injuries. At the time of the article, there was no mention of other cars being involved in the accident. 

We're Within The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer

According to a USA Today news report, the time after school lets out for the summer is considered one of the "100 deadliest days" of the summer. Taking data compiled by USAA, the article stated that about 1,000 people die in crashes with teenage drivers on the 100 day stretch from Memorial Day onward.  This time results in raising the average number of car accident deaths up by 16% compared to other times during the calendar year.  Distracted driving accounted for almost 60% of the crashes.  

Distracted Driving Is Still A Problem in PA

According to reports via the Allentown Morning Call, Pennsylvania still has a lot of difficulty with distracted driving.  According to their article, despite legislation five years ago that banned texting while driving, there has been over a 50% increase in the number of people being pulled over for distracted driving in the last three years.  It is a hard position for law enforcement to be in, since drivers are still allowed to use their phones to make calls or to use apps like GPS. Commercial drivers, like truck drivers, can't use their phones at all unless they're placing an emergency call to police.  

Truck Drivers Guilty of Distracted Driving

When you see tractor-trailers moving along our country's highways, you expect their drivers to be safe, alert, and vigilant. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.  A local New York City news source posted an article a few years ago about the increased occurrence of truck drivers who text and drive.  According to the news report, through local ABC news station 13WHAM,  "A hidden camera investigation has uncovered a dangerous trend on highways. WABC-TV in New York City set up camera on several of highly travel roadways, catching truckers texting and talking on their phones and one driver even talking on two cell phones at once. The New York State Department of Transportation said nearly 16,000 truckers were ticketed for distracted driving in 2013, but only four of them were suspended and taken out of service." 4 out of 16,000 drivers who were caught texting while driving seems like a tiny percentage!  

Throwback Thursday: Editorial on Distracted Driving

Please enjoy our Throwback Thursday post a day late this weekend! Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

Throwback Thursday: Editorial on Enforcing PA's Distracted Driving Laws

Once in a while, we like to post a good editorial piece to show what Pennsylvanians are thinking about certain laws, procedures, and protocols set forth from the state and national government.  In this particular Throwback Thursday post, we'll be taking a look at an editorial addressing distracted driving laws in PA and if they are actually enforceable offenses as they stand currently.  Our original blog post, originally written in May of 2014, can be found below!
Pennsylvania has had a driving and texting ban that has been in effect since 2011.  However, many drivers continue to text on the road, as well as engage in other forms of distracted driving.  What have Pennsylvania and other states done to address this issue?  Some of the things that police have done include sitting in unmarked SUVs and riding city buses to be able to look down on drivers.  You might want to read this editorial, written in Lancaster Online, to find out more.  
 Distracted driving is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents on the highway.  If you have been injured as the result of a distracted driver, it might be time to consult an attorney.  Tractor-trailer drivers are also cited with distracted driving, and can leave devastation in their wake after a highway accident.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  Please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com for more information.

Strange But True: Bus Driver Causes Accident By Eating Burrito While Driving!

The term "distracted driving" normally makes you think of texting or talking on your phone while driving.  Maybe you also think about talking to others in your car, or maybe tending to children in the backseat. However, would you ever think about a driver eating a burrito as a cause for distracted driving?  
This was the case for one bus driver in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Last summer, the driver was in charge of a bus and was driving it down a major road while eating a burrito with two hands.  He lost control of the vehicle and hit a line of stopped cars. Several drivers in other cars were injured as a result, and have filed personal injury lawsuits against the negligent driver. The driver's reckless behavior was also seen on camera footage shot from the camera located inside the city bus he was driving. It seems that a wide variety of activities can be construed as "distracted driving", and for very good reason!
For your information, if you are involved in a car accident, Pennsylvania has at least one section on the incident report to address to distracted driving violations. Fines and charges may increase if you are cited with one of these violations. In addition to fines and charges for distracted driving, you also are putting yourself and others in serious danger. Think twice before texting, chatting, and eating while you drive! 
Attorney Stoehr represents those injured through no fault of their own, including automobile and pedestrian accidents. Call today for your free case evaluation 814-946-4100.

Your PA Driver's License Carries Weight In Other States, Too

Did you commit a driving/traffic violation in another state? If so, don't think you are safe because you carry a Pennsylvania license and don't reside in that state. 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 license (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.    

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