In an effort to raise motorcycle safety awareness, we are highlighting some common themes that tend to occur when a motorcycle accident occurs, as well as some safety statistics. It is so important to respectfully share the road with other vehicle and motorcycle drivers in an effort to prevent accidents on the road. Motorcyclists and bicyclists may be particularly vulnerable to injury due to to their exposure to the outside elements when they're riding. According to an article cited at the bottom of this post, here are some interesting facts relating to motorcycle accidents:
Have you ever wondered how PA hospitals stack up in terms of areas like safety and standards of care? Well, you can check online at any time. A website called The Hospital Safety Grade scores hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from medical errors and avoidable injuries, accidents, and infections. You can access the website here: http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Although many hospitals in our area appear to meet a good quality standard of care, it is not universal across all locations.
The holiday season is a fun and enjoyable time, but it also comes with its own hazards and safety risks. However, there are ways to avoid and/or reduce your risk in your own home and when you're out visiting others during the holiday. Some things to keep in mind are:
Think carefully before renting an electric scooter! Many vacation and travel destinations have begun using electric scooters as a new, interesting way to show visitors around a new city. However, these scooters pose a large potential safety risk. In fact, a class-action lawsuit was recently filed against a leading national electric scooter company. The lawsuit states that these scooter companies are not taking appropriate care to make sure their riders, and nearby pedestrians, are safe while these vehicles are in use. The lawsuit further claims that some of these scooters are made with defective, and potentially dangerous, parts. One personal injury lawyer cited within the news article below stated that she's received in excess of 100 calls relating to scooter injuries. Many of these injuries are consistent in type, and involve broken body parts and head injuries. Many of these injuries have required surgeries.
Always be careful on the road because bicyclists may be around! In the Hartford, CT area a driver was presumably not looking at his surroundings and hit a nearby bicyclist on the road. This car then crashed into the end of a school bus. The driver then tried to flee the scene on foot. According to some news sources, there is question as to whether the driver was sober when operating the car.
A lot goes through your mind when you are in a car crash. Sometimes, the emotional and physical impact of your crash doesn't really "set in" until a few days after the accident occurs. There are many injuries related to car crashes that may not be immediately apparent right after the accident happens. For example, many common injuries that can show up in the days or weeks following an accident include whiplash, headaches, back and neck pain, fogginess and disorientation, and emotional effects.
Across the country, pedestrian accidents are on the rise. Arizona currently has the highest rates of pedestrian fatalities in the country, but many states are experiencing this issue as well. Pennsylvania is no exception this. According to a news report by an Arizona news source, pedestrian and bike fatalities make up about a quarter of their total traffic fatalities. Given the number and severity of cases that Pennsylvania also sees in these areas, this number may be not far off in our state, too. Some of these accidents occur as a result of driver error or inattention, while others are caused by pedestrians and bicyclists who do not cross streets at designated times and/or places.
There are many differences between the United Kingdom and the United States, but one of the latest differences comes from how pedestrian crosswalks are handled. According to a recent article, a London company recently developed a "smart" pedestrian crossing zone. In this new zone, technology, including LED lights and cameras, are used to keep pedestrians and drivers safe. One of the features includes accounting for walkers looking down at their cell phones, which causes a warning light to come into the pedestrian's field of vision and veers them away from the road. Another feature includes creating a virtual buffer around children who may run into the street. Drivers and bikers on the road would see the danger ahead on the road and know to avoid the child. An additional great aspect is alerting drivers and cyclists when a pedestrian is in their blind spot.
Autumn is fast approaching, which means cooler weather, changing leaves, and football. Unfortunately, it also means that certain kinds of accidents are also on the rise. One of these potentially deadly types of accidents is pedestrian accidents. According to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian accidents are the most likely to happen during the fall months. Take a look at some of these statistics highlighted in one of their reports from a few years ago: