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Hit and Run Pedestrian Accidents

Recently, a driver in Chambersburg was accused of hitting a teenager, then driving away.  This hit and run incident resulted in a broken leg.  Other people who were walking with the victim made multiple attempts to stop and alert the driver to what had happened, but the driver did not stop.  A person who was driving directly behind the car also attempted to get the driver to pull over, but was unsuccessful.  State police interviewed the man when he returned to the accident scene about 10 minutes later.

Bicycle Accidents Increasing in Recent Years

Bicycling is becoming a popular form of exercise for adults and children alike. However, it does pose some significant risks as well. According to a CNN news report, biking injuries among adults are up in recent years, especially in bicyclists over 45 years old. Most often, arms and legs were the areas of bodily injury, but head injuries have also increased a significant amount. Unfortunately, many bicycle accidents are not reported to the police, so it is often hard to gather accurate statistical crash data, especially for more minor accidents. It is important to keep informed about these trends and give bicyclists on the road the space they need to stay safe.

Fatal Bicycle Accident Back In News

Recently, newspapers reported that charges have been filed against a man who killed  Pittsburgh woman while she was out riding her bike six months earlier.  According to reports, the driver who caused the accident that killed the biker was speeding at the time and did not hit his brakes upon approaching a red light.  The car then rammed into another car that was stopped at the light, which consequently hit and killed the biker.  The police report notes that, as a result of the chain reaction of cars being bumped forward at the stoplight, the biker was pinned between two cars and subsequently passed away.  Investigators note that the driver who caused the collision was likely high on drugs at the time.

Throwback Thursday: How To Prevent Your Child From Getting Struck By A Car This Halloween!

On the blog today is another holiday-themed Throwback Thursday! Learn some important information about safely trick-or-treating below.
Safety experts have long warned that Halloween is the most dangerous night of the year for child pedestrians.  Excited trick or treaters can easily be struck by a vehicle.  At the law office of Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr, we have experience handling cases in which pedestrians are struck by vehicles.  
Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr, would recommend that parents talk to their children about safety no matter how old they are before going out on Halloween night.  Some safety tips to help prevent injuries include:
  • Always cross at crosswalks
  • Carry flashlights
  • Wear reflective clothing
  • Avoid masks that limit vision
  • Always keep your children in your line of vision  
You may also wish to pin emergency contact information to your child's costume in case an emergency occurs and you are not readily available to help. So be safe out there, and have a good time, but if the unfortunate does happen, Attorney Douglas Stoehr is here to discuss your potential claim. 
For those trick or treaters taking to the streets in Altoona, remember that "Trick or Treat Night," is scheduled for Thursday, October 29th 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m.  However, dates and times may be different for outlying communities.  For dates and times in Hollidaysburg, Bellwood, Tyrone, and Roaring Spring check with your local municipality.  Again, please be safe and have fun. 
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