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Fatal Crash Likely Caused by Distracted Driving

An incident of texting while driving recently took the life of a pedestrian in PA.  According to news sources, a college student was texting while driving her car in Allentown.  She ran a red light and hit a minivan, which caused her car to spin into a nearby pedestrian. That pedestrian was thrown over 20 feet in the air and died soon after. The driver's cell phone data reflected that she was arguing with someone else over text at the time of the accident.  Additionally, videos from the crash scene show that the driver's car did not slow down as it approached the red light at the intersection, although other cars responded appropriately according to the traffic lights. 

Flying Winter Debris Causes Damage on Road

Unfortunately, winter is not over yet.  We still need to take care when driving on the roads in our icy winter conditions.  Recently, there was a report on a PA road involving an accident due to icy conditions. According to news reports, a car was driving on the highway when ice from a nearby tractor-trailer hit the car, shattering most of the windshield and injuring a passenger inside. The injured party had to be taken to a nearby hospital.  Local police are stating that the accident is a hit and run.  

New PA Initiative To Combat Distracted Driving

A Pennsylvania legislator is starting a new initiative to keep drivers safer this week called "STASH and Avoid a CRASH".  This iniative is meant to draw awareness and reduce incidences of distracted driving in PA.  STASH encourages drivers to put their cell phones in the glove compartments while they're driving, or use a GPS docking system on their dashboard to avoid handheld use while driving.  Although texting while driving is illegal in PA, distracted driving is still a huge problem across the state. 

State Guardrails and Your Car Accident

In recent news, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that PennDOT, our state's transportation department, can be held liable for vehicular injuries caused by dangerous guardrails on our state's highways.  Usually, the state cannot be sued for damages due to negligence under an act called the Sovereign Immunity Act; however, it was ruled that exemptions can be made for state guardrails that were installed negligently and whose design creates a dangerous situation.  This new ruling came after a case in which a person was in a car accident during winter.  The snowy and icy conditions caused the driver to spin out and hit a guardrail.  The guardrail ended up spearing the car and also caused injuries to the driver.  Although this exemption cannot be assumed in all car accident cases on our highways, it is an important ruling to keep in mind. 

Passenger Claims and Car Accidents

When you are driving and another car hits you, you may know that you may be able to seek legal compensation for your injuries.  However, sometimes people do not realize that you have rights as a car passenger, too.  If you are a passenger and are involved in a car accident in which you are injured, you can also potentially seek compensation for your injuries.  Depending on the circumstances of the accident, one or both drivers may have paid a role in the corresponding injuries.  Either way, the passenger may be able to seek compensation for any injuries sustained in the crash.

Be Cautious When Driving This Winter

Unfortunately, there have been many recent reports in central and western Pennsylvania involving accidents due to winter road conditions. Ice, snow, sleet, and freezing rain can cause accidents for even the most careful of drivers.  There are some important things to consider when driving this winter, which, even though they may be second nature to most native Pennsylvanians, are worth checking out to see if there is anything you're missing!  

"Daniel's Law" Passes in PA

As a heads up, you should know that on November 4th, Governor Wolf signed a bill known as "Daniel's Law" into effect.  This bill enforces harsher penalties on those who engage in distracted driving.  Within this bill, people who receive a distracted driving ticket will be punished similarly to those who engage in drunk driving.  This law was proposed after a Pennsylvanian named Daniel Gallatin was killed when a distracted driver crashed into the back of his motorcycle and killed him.  According to Governor Wolf, "This behavior, which has been allowed to go under-punished for far too long, has been demonstrated to be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Distracted driving has fatal, irreversible, and grave consequences and by signing this Bill I hope to make our roads and highways safer for our citizens, and everyone using them." (as quoted on PersonalInjury.com). 

Throwback Thursday: PA's Teen Drivers Are Safe!

It's Throwback Thursday here in our blog!  Take a minute to read one of our most highly viewed and shared blog posts from several years ago.  On happy note, it's celebrating how safe our state's teen drivers are! Read the original post below:
Teen drivers in Pennsylvania seem to be driving more safely in recent years, according to the Radnor Patch and AAA.com.  AAA, Mid-Atlantic region, recently reported that the driving deaths of early teenage drivers has decrease in Pennsylvania.  This is opposite of the national trend, which saw an increase of 19% in early teenage driving deaths.
Taking data from the first half of 2012, six teenage drivers between the ages of 16-17 died in automobile accidents.  This is a decrease of 4 from the same six months of 2011.  Nationally, the death toll in this age range between the first six months of 2011 to 2012 increased from 202 to 240.
Some AAA representatives feel that the decreased driving deaths for Pennsylvania teens is due to the recent legislation that tightened up teenage driving rules in PA.  It is also important to recognize the parent's role in keeping teenage drivers safe as well. Teaching teens proper road safety and etiquette is the first step to avoiding a potentially fatal accident.  
Others are concerned that the improving economy will lead more teens to travel longer distances in cars, either for work or pleasure, which could potentially lead to more automobile accidents.  Either way, at the moment, Pennsylvania teens are proving to the state that they can be safe and responsible on the road.
For more information about automobile accidents and their related personal injury claims, please visit Altoona area personal injury lawyer Doug Stoehr's website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com. You can also call his law firm at 814-946-4100.

Your Brain After A Car Accident

Do you know about how traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur?  How common are they in car accident victims? Today we will be covering how TBI's occur and debunk some myths about TBIs.  
First and foremost when it comes to car accidents and TBIs, According to Dr. Glen Johnson, a clinical neuropsychologist, "It is important to note that you do not have to be traveling at a high rate of speed to get a head injury. Nor do you have to hit your head on an object (steering wheel, windshield) to injure the brain. Even at moderate rates of speed, traumatic brain injuries can and do occur."
 In the case of TBI due to a motor vehicle accident, I think it is a common misperception that brain injuries can only occur if you physically hit your head on a part of the car and/or that you must be traveling at a high rate of speed to do any significant damage.  Neither one of these things is true; in fact, you can be traveling at a relatively low rate of speed and still significantly damage your brain if you are hit by another car.  To put this in perspective:  if you are a passenger or driver in a car, going 25 miles an hour, and another car hits you from behind and your body propels forward, the impact from that accident may have a significant effect on your brain.  The brain would propel forward into your skull, going from your previous rate of speed, 25mph, to 0mph in a matter of seconds.  That impact may significantly damage some of the soft tissue of your brain, leading to lasting problems.  Additionally, in this situation, the head did not hit any other part of the car, such as a window or dashboard.
 Keeping these things in mind, it is important to monitor your cognitive abilities after being in a car crash.  Look for your ability to remember events, procedures and people, as well as pain and stiffness of the neck and back.  Additionally, monitor frequency and intensity of any headaches, as well as problems with your 5 senses (hearing, touch, taste, smell, and sight).  A persistent or worsening problem in any of these areas may indicate the presence of possible brain trauma and should be look at by a physician.
 Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer practicing in western and central Pennsylvania.  He has successfully litigated cases involving motor vehicle accidents as well as cases involving serious brain injuries. For more information on him and or to schedule your free initial consultation, please call his firm at 814-946-4100.
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