While it might not quite be time yet to be participating in snow activities, the season is right around the corner! Unfortunately, injuries can happen when you are engaging in winter activities like snow tubing, skiing, and snowmobiling. Over the summer, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided to hear the case of an accident victim who was paralyzed from the neck down while snow tubing at a PA resort. According to news sources, the victim was riding a snow tube head first down a slope. His tube hit a mat at the end of the tubing area and stopped very quickly, which caused him to be launched into the snow. As a result of his subsequent fall, his spinal cord was hyperextended and caused paralysis from the neck down. He wishes to sue the resort for his injuries.
Unfortunately, PA seems relative lenient on distracted driving use compared to other states. This is a dangerous and significant problem when it comes to the safety of drivers on our state's roads. Interestingly enough, PA does not currently have a law that prohibits drivers from using their cell phones while they're driving. Instead, PA only has a texting law that prohibits sending and receiving text messages. This means that drivers can still use social media, take pictures, or use other phone features while driving. Additionally, the fines imposed if you are caught texting while driving are minimal compared to other states. Across the state, over 18,000 citations have been issued over the past five years, and the total amount issued has increased by almost 120%. Almost all people cited were males, and most were in their 20s.
Water parks and slides can be a great way to spend the summer, but they can also be dangerous if not properly set up and/or supervised. A Virginia woman was in the news recently after she pursued a lawsuit after a 2016 injury at a water park in Virginia Beach. According to news reports, the woman was knocked unconscious in a water slide after her inner tube deflated and caused her head to hit the inner wall of the slide. As a result of her accident, she suffered a concussion and seizures. Unfortunately, her lawsuit is having difficulty moving forward because ownership of the water park remains unclear at this point.
Water-related accidents see an expected and marked increase in the spring and summer, including incidences involving driving a boat or attending water parks. Victims of water accidents injured due to the fault of another may have lasting and extensive injuries that result in compounded medical bills and significant changes in mobility and ability. Attorney Doug Stoehr is an attorney serving western and central Pennsylvania that handles cases involving personal injury. If you would like to consult with him about your case, please contact our law office.
Original article here: https://www.dailypress.com/news/southside/dp-nws-ocean-breeze-lawsuit-0219-story.html
Are you planning on driving somewhere to celebrate during our Fourth of July holiday? It is important to be especially cautious during this holiday time period. Others who are out celebrating may be be driving under the influence and/or making other similarly unsafe choices. In an effort to keep yourself safe on the road, here are some tips from a local news article out of New Bern, NC:
Did you know that rainfall, no matter how light, can significantly influence your chances of being in a fatal accident? According to reports from the American Meteorological Society, which studied over 125,000 fatal car crashes in the 48 continguous states, they found that wet roads (no matter from rain, sleet, snow, or hail) increased the risk of a fatal accident by about 34% across the country. Even when the rain was light, the risk increased by over 25%. The study utilitized advanced data techniques, including targeted use of high-resolution radars, that had not been used in such a large-scale study before. For Pennsylvania in particular, a fatal crash appears to be almost 13% more likely to occur during any form of precipitation as opposed to when the roads are dry.
If you are a family with young children, you may have heard about the recent controversy over a certain type of jogging stroller. This stroller has been reported to have caused hundreds of accidents due to a quick-release front wheel that may come off unexpectedly. This can cause the strollers to flip, seriously injuring the person pushing the stroller and the baby inside. This is obviously a scary, harmful, and potentially deadly situation.
Pennsylvania is in the midst of an unsettling trend in recent years. PennDOT reports that about 4,000 people are hit by cars each year in our state. These pedestrian/car encounters seem to increase during the winter months, where drivers appear to be more aggressive, especially in the afternoon. Many of these accidents also appear to involve distraction, either on the part of the driver or the pedestrian. To increase visibility, it is recommended that pedestrians stay off of their phones, wear reflective clothing, walk against the flow of traffic, and cross only at designated areas. Drivers need to be alert, not distracted by mobile devices, and anticipate pedestrians on the road with them.
When your child faces an unforeseen injury, it can be a parent's worst nightmare. Recently, a child suffered an injury while in gym class in a PA school. According to reports, the 9-year-old student was running in gym class, could not stop, tripped, and fell into an unpadded concrete wall. He hit the wall so hard that he lost consciousness. He missed a great deal of school and began to develop memory problems and chronic headaches, even several years after the accident occurred. The student's family sued the school for negligence by failure to properly pad the walls in the gym. The PA Supreme Court reviewed the case recently and found that a school can be held liable for the injuries that the child sustained.