Hunting season is just around the corner. In addition to the start of this season, this time of year also means that deer-related car crashes will most likely increase across our state. Historial data compiled by State Farm Insurance Agency suggests that about 1 in 70 Pennsylvania drivers will hit a deer in the next 12 months. We know that in our area, deer are a common sight. However, you may not know that Pennsylvania has the second highest deer-vehicle collision rate in the entire country (West Virginia has the highest rate).
How amazing and resourceful kids can be!! Our firm just read the most exciting article about a son who rescued his father from a potentially deadly snowmobile accident. While out riding in the Lake Tahoe backcountry, a father was in a serious snowmobile accident while out with his young son. In an effort to save his father, the boy got on his snowmobile and navigated his way out of the park to find help. To read more about this amazing true story from Reader's Digest, please click here.
According to a Pittsburgh area newspaper, drivers in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area have dropped to rank #187 out of 200 for driver safety. This ranking system, which was reported through work with Allstate Insurance, notes that Pittsburgh drivers have an accident roughly every 6 ½ years, as opposed to the top-ranking city of Fort Collins, Colorado, which as an accident rate per driver of 14.2 years. Philadelphia scored even lower on the list, ranking 192/200. According to the article from the Pittsburgh Tribune, "Allstate compiles the report based on accidents customers reported in 2011 and 2012. Allstate has about 10 percent of auto insurance policies nationwide." On the opposite end of this ranking, the article also states that "PennDOT statistics show accidents statewide declined in the past decade even as the number of registered vehicles increased. PennDOT recorded 124,149 crashes in 2013 compared to 140,197 in 2003, an 11.4 percent decrease."
ABC News 27 recently reported on a fatal ATV crash that occurred over Labor Day weekend. According to their online news report, four people were riding on an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) in northeast Pennsylvania when the vehicle hit a rock and rolled over. One of the passengers died, and the other three were injured. Unfortunately, this type of accident is not unusual for the area. Pennsylvania is among the top states for ATV injuries and fatalities. Those statistics are also consistently high when the demographics are broken down by children and young adult accidents.
In an effort to address all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use, injury, and death, our law firm gathered information from a February 2013 report compiled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This report provided a picture of the frequency and severity of accidents surrounding American ATV users in the past twenty or so years.