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RV Driver Goes Wrong Way Down Highway, Kills Two

Highway accidents, especially those involving larger vehicles, can have serious and deadly consequences.  Recently, two teenagers in Florida were killed after an RV crossed lanes and hit their car head-on.  News reports state that their parents sought legal action and were awarded $10M as a result of the action. Unfortunately, this tragedy is all too common on our nation's roads and highways.

Working with Chronic Pain

One of the main difficulties surrounding symptoms of chronic pain is how it influences every aspect of your life for extended periods of time.  Chronic pain is often not a disorder that changes its symptoms or decreases across situations or length of time.  Due to this, chronic pain can lead to long-term problems in other aspects of your life, such as socially, athletically, and in workplace performance. Unfortunately, these problems may not go away or decrease substantially over time.

Recalled Jogging Strollers and Potential Injuries

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.

How Do PA's Hospitals Perform Nationally?

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. 

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. 

PA Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise across the country, and PA is no exception. According to nationally compiled data via the Governors Highway Safety Commission, Pennsylvania saw over a 40% increase in pedestrian fatalities in the first half of 2018 as compared to the first half of 2017. If this trend continues, 2019 will prove to be a deadly year for pedestrians, too. According to the data, almost 100 pedestrians were killed by drivers in Pennsylvania during the first half of 2018 as compared to 64 during that same stretch of time in 2017.Nationally, these numbers reflect the highest number of pedestrian deaths in 30 years.  Many people believe that this increase is due to heightened instances of distracted driving, more SUVs on the road (which data suggests is correlated with an increase in pedestrian accidents), and an increased number of walkers in areas where most people used to drive.  By the numbers, most accidents involving pedestrians overwhelmingly occur at night (about 90%) and over half of these accidents occur on local streets and neighboring highways. In PA, pedestrian fatalities account for roughly 10% of all traffic-related deaths. 

PA Accidents Are Trending In A Negative Way

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. 

College Athletes and TBI

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can result from many things, including car accidents, sports injuries, and some types of repeated trauma.  TBIs have been making the news recently due to many student athletes suing the NCAA and their respective colleges/universities. According to news sources, the NCAA has received over 300 legal claims from former college athletes, mostly football players. These athletes state that concussions they received while playing sports were not always handled correctly in college. As a result, they now have lasting effects including mental health issues, early onset Parkinsons, Alzheimer's Disease, and chronic headaches.  This is not the first time that the NCAA has been sued to head injury concerns.  One former class action lawsuit against the NCAA led to $75M for students who claimed they had injuries.  Another stipulation within that lawsuit was an agreement that any potential class-action personal injury lawsuits couldn't be held against the NCAA, but students could pursue their own lawsuits at their individual schools.  

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. 

Safety And Walking Outside This Winter

Winter is in full swing, but that doesn't mean you need to stay inside.  However, walking safely in wintry conditions may be a hazard if you're not careful.  According to a local news source, one way to stay safe this winter is to actually "walk like a penguin"! As funny as it sounds, taking these shorter, waddling steps may keep you more stable on the ice and help you avoid a slip and fall injury.  

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