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Throwback Post: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Addresses Scams Aimed At Elderly

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an article on July 1st, 2013 that took an in-depth look at some recent, prominent scams that are being aimed at the area's elderly population.  For each common scam, the article described the offense, how to handle it after it's happened, and how to prevent other possible occurrences from happening.  Some of the scams the newspaper article covered included:

$30 Million Settlement in Allegheny County!

Recently, an Allegheny County family was awarded $32 million dollars in a wrongful death lawsuit that killed their six-year-old son.  The suit was filed against a driver (and his employer) who hit a car that the boy was traveling in.  The car the child was in was pulled off to the side of the road due to car trouble, and was hit so hard that it went into the median of the road. The other passengers were injured as well.  The driver who hit their car was charged with homicide by vehicle, reckless endangerment, and speeding. He is also facing serious jail time.  The driver was on the job for a masonry company, and his employer was violating their own policy by letting the driver use a company vehicle with a prior history of DUI.  For more on the story, please read the original Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article here.

These Numbers Are NO Good! Fatal Accidents Are On The Rise

Do you think that PA's drivers are getting safer as the years progress? So many laws have been put in place to protect drivers, passengers, and bikers from injury on our roads and highways that we must be safer drivers.  However, that is NOT the case.  Pennsylvania has seen a 7% increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents as compared to this time last year.  Although this is not as bad as the nationwide trend of a 14% increase, it is still alarming!  Over 500 people were killed in PA car accidents from January-June of this year.  In general, over half of our states reported increases in fatal accidents this year. 
According to an article from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, " Should the national trend continue at the same pace for the remainder of the year, total motor vehicle fatalities for 2015 could exceed 40,000 for the first time since 2007".  Additionally, " Motor vehicle injuries across the country for the first six months this year are estimated to be about 2.25 million, an increase of 30 percent from 2014".  These numbers are sobering and alarming, to say the least.  Some state officials are hypothesizing that this increase may be due in part to distracted driving.
If you were recently in a car accident due to the fault of another, it may be time to seek legal action.  This is especially true if your injuries cause you to miss extended periods of work or not be able to continue your line of work at all.  Other major expenses resulting from an accident may include medical bills.  If you or a loved one has recently been in a car accident due to the fault of another, please contact Altoona, PA area personal injury attorney Doug Stoehr to set up an initial, free consultation.  He also takes cases in the surrounding counties, including Bedford, Huntingdon, Clearfield,  Cambria, Mifflin, Jefferson, Somerset, and Fulton.  His law office can be reached by calling his firm at 814-946-4100. 

Summer Means Trauma Season for Central/Eastern PA Hospitals

Pittsburgh-area hospitals are on a higher alert when the summer months begin to hit.  As noted in a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, summer is also known as "trauma season" in the medical world.  During these months, hospitals see an influx of patients who have suffered bicycle, swimming, lawn mower, and other injuries.  This is especially true for children, whose injury numbers tend to double in the summer months.  Many adults also suffer injuries, such as those from falls from ladders due to house painting or gutter cleaning.  Some of the most common injuries that emergency rooms tend to treat more in the summer are:

Governor Wolf Signs Executive Order For Seniors

There is a new executive order by Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf that is attempting to improve the lives of both PA's seniors, disabled citizens, and those who work with them.  Within this order, Governor Wolf is allowing the workers who provide services to seniors and disabled persons to choose a representative to discuss workers' concerns and suggestions with state officials.  However, some of our state's citizens appear unhappy with this order. On what side does your opinion fall? Take a look at the opinion article in a recent edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and let us know what you think!

Crashes Markedly Increase Over Holiday Weekends

We cannot stress to you enough how important it is to remain safe and alert while driving during periods of increased motor activity, especially summer holiday periods like Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.  A news article posted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette several years ago reported that there were a large number of accidents on Pennsylvania highways over Memorial Day weekend, killing 13 people and injuring 294 others. In addition to the increase in accidents and injuries, there were 357 DUI arrests and 7,934 speeding tickets.  Those numbers unfortunately have probably not markedly decreased in recent years. 
Motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents can be easily prevented with a few simple, common-sense tips:
1) BE ALERT. Do not drive while fatigued.
2) BE FOCUSED. Do not be distracted by others in the car, do not use your cell phone while driving, and especially do not text while driving.
3) BE DEFENSIVE. While you may be a responsible and respectful driver, this does not mean that everyone you are sharing the road with is also a good driver. Be alert for aggressive drivers, those who frequently switch lanes or swerve, or those who are tailgating others.
4) BE SAFE. Always wear your seatbelt. In 5 of the 13 deaths recorded this weekend, the victim was not wearing their seatbelt. Additionally, do not consume alcohol before driving or get into a car with a driver who has been drinking. 83 of the 808 crashes this weekend involved alcohol.
Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in motor vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents. If you feel that you have been wrongly hurt in an accident, please contact our office for a free consultation. Safe driving and here's to the start of long-overdue warm weather and a great summer!

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Addresses Scams Aimed At Elderly


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an article on July 1st, 2013 that took an in-depth look at some recent, prominent scams that are being aimed at the area's elderly population.  For each common scam, the article described the offense, how to handle it after it's happened, and how to prevent other possible occurrences from happening.  Some of the scams the newspaper article covered included:
-The friendly handyman
-The bank examiner
-The relative in distress
-the pricey funeral
-the 'free' hearing exam
-bargain vacations/free prizes
-fake charity solicitations
-the estate plan scare
To read more about each of these scams in-depth and how the article suggests that you protect yourself, please click here to read the original article
Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania. He takes cases for older Pennsylvanians who have been abused or neglected.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com.  Attorney Stoehr takes cases in Blair and the seven surrounding counties, including Huntingdon, Fulton, and Bedford counties.

PA Sees Marked Decrease In Traffic Deaths--Lowest Since 1928!

Good news, Pennsylvania drivers! According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, fewer people have been killed in car accidents last year than since 1928.  Additionally, the number of overall car crashes also fell.  It is great to know that the number of state highway accidents has also fallen over 20% in the past 15 years, which is close to the nationwide trend of a 25% decline in the past 10 years.  Some of these great statistics are due, in part, to enhanced safety features in newer cars and also heightened campaigns to battle drunk driving and texting/cell phone use while driving.  In Pennsylvania alone, over $50M has been used to improve safety at 4,000 areas across the state, including repainting highway lines and putting in rumble strips. More PA drivers and passengers are using seat belts than in previous years, and fewer drivers are also driving while intoxicated.  Great job, Pennsylvania drivers! 

Ice Fishing, Snowmobiling are Potentially Hazardous Activities in PA

It is incredibly important to stay safe and out of danger when walking, driving, and participating in outdoor activities during the winter.  This warning takes even greater meaning if you participate in common recreational activities in our area such as skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, and ice fishing.  Unfortunately, there has been a recent ice fishing accident in western Pennsylvania that has brought another cautionary tale to life.  According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's report on the accident, a 56-year-old man died recently when he fell through the ice on Keystone Lake.  The victim had been drilling a series of holes in the ice on the lake when he accidentally fell through.  Other fishermen in the area grew alarmed when they saw his holes, drill, and gear, but not the man himself.  Emergency services arrived and found the victim dead at the scene. 

Speeding Driver Causes Pittsburgh-Area Crash

Unfortunately, there has been another serious accident in Western Pennsylvania on one of our major highways, Interstate 70.  According to a news report within the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's online website, three victims were killed in an accident this past Friday.  The report notes that the three victims, who were in the same car, were traveling at a high rate of speed when they collided with a tractor-trailer.  This, in turn, caused the tractor-trailer to go into another lane and hit an additional car.  The car that initially began the wreck hit the median between the barrier of oncoming traffic and subsequently caught fire.  
Many people who have traveled on Pennsylvania's state highways have most likely noticed the large amount of aggressive drivers.  Although many travelers are conscientious and considerate, many others are aggressive, speed, and frequently switch lanes without signaling.  As a result, Pennsylvania has a high number of car accidents, which can lead to serious injuries and fatalities for people in neighboring cars and trucks.  If you or a loved one has been in an accident due to the fault of an aggressive driver, it might be time to consult with an attorney.  Attorney Doug Stoehr represents clients in Blair and the surrounding counties in central and western Pennsylvania. For more information on his law firm, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his office at 814-946-4100.
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