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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.

Ice Storms Impact Pittsburgh-Area Roads

During this season of extreme weather and road conditions, there have many unfortunate accidents and fatalities in the area.  An online news article by the TribLive.com spoke about some of the recent weather-related accidents that have occurred in our area.  According to the article, a Western Pennsylvanian woman was killed while she was out walking her dogs during an ice storm.  A vehicle slid on the road and pinned her against an electrical box.  Similarly, another pedestrian passed away when another vehicle slid off an icy road in Armstrong County and ran over a man.   A local meteorologist was interview about the recent weather conditions, and noted that even less than a 10th of an inch of ice can make travel dangerous, especially when that ice is coating every surface as a solid layer.   
In Allegheny County alone, area dispatchers took over 3,500 calls in a six hour period during one day of our bad weather spell last week.  In the days following Christmas, when the weather conditions were markedly better, dispatchers took about 30 calls in that same time period.  Other area counties reported over 90 accidents on a single morning, with one county reporting 30 accidents alone before 7:00AM.  Notably, the city of Pittsburgh has been working hard to keep the roads safe and manageable during our winter weather, and has had over 30 trucks out as early as 4:00AM to treat the city's many roads and bridges.
Attorney Stoehr has taken cases for victims who have been hit on Pennsylvania roads during similar accidents as described above.  Car accidents are a very real danger when driving, no matter on the highway or on a secluded country road.  The physical and psychological damage caused by car accidents can be extensive and result in years of medical and professional care.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash that was due the fault of another, Attorney Doug Stoehr would be willing to set up a free consultation to discuss a possible legal claim involving your accident.  Attorney Stoehr has experience litigating personal injury claims relating to car crashes, and if you would like to meet with him, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

PA Has Difficulty Funding Necessary Highway and Bridge Repairs

Apparently, Pennsylvania is having some issues on how to fund road repairs to many of the state's aging and increasingly unsafe highways and bridges.  As stated in an article by the TribLive.com, Pennsylvania congressmen are in agreement that repairing our area's roads and bridges are at the top of their to-do list, but they cannot agree on how the project should be funded.  Some officials believe that there should be a user fee to increase the highway trust fund, which is nearly unable to be used at this point due to low funds.  One way to replenish the fund would be to raise the federal gasoline tax, or toll other interstates, such as I-80.  Other officials, including our own area representatives, feel that this is not the right route at all.  Alternate options to repairing the roads could include a long-term highway bill, which would be funded through reallocating offshore corporate taxes, or through offshore oil drilling.  At this point, most of the funding has been passed through short-term solutions.   The two sides of this debate are currently going on with our state and country's officials, and we hope a reasonable solution can be found quickly and at minimum expense to our citizens.

Two Victims Hit Outside Cars During I-80 Pileup

A sad article by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently highlighted a large and fatal multi-car accident in Interstate 80 near Clarion County.  Earlier this month, a huge snowstorm hit most of Pennsylvania and caused massive traffic accidents, delays, and pile-ups.  The one accident on Interstate 80 mentioned above involved eighteen vehicles, half of which were tractor-trailers.  At least two people died while leaving their vehicles to assist others involved in the wreck.  One of the men who died was looking for his children, who had been thrown out of their vehicle on impact.  The children were found safe later on.

Snowmobile Accidents On the East Coast

Recently, several snowmobile accidents have shown up in the news across states along the east coast.  One accident, which occurred in New Hampshire near Boston, Massachusetts, involved a father and son.  According to the news article from CBS Local in Boston, a father of three was out riding a snowmobile with his nine-year-old son when the throttle of his snowmobile got stuck.  The snowmobile hit a rock, and the father and son threw themselves off of the vehicle as it went airborne.  The son survived, but the father unfortunately did not.  The snowmobile landed in a nearby creek after flying over 70 feet into the air.  The son, whose only injury was a broken leg, was grateful to his father for saving his life by throwing him into a pile of powdery snow, which broke his fall.  

Snowmobile Accident Prevention!

A recent online article, which can be accessed by clicking this link, talks about The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association's (ISMA) global campaign to raise awareness for snowmobile safety and training.  According to the publication, different countries' laws governing snowmobile operation are extremely variable, and there are generally fewer regulations for snowmobile operation than for other, similar vehicles like ATVs.

Can You Pass These Winter Driving Quizzes?

Do you think that you have what it takes to pass these two winter driving quizzes?  These tests, provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Allegheny College, will test your knowledge about safe driving habits and winter guidelines in Pennsylvania.

Winter Driving Tips from OSHA

Planning on driving this winter?  OSHA has released a helpful publication related to safe driving during the cold weather months.  The publication detailed many helpful driving tips, which can be found below.  For more information, please visit OSHA's website, which can be located by clicking this link.

Slip-And-Fall Tips For This Winter

Be safe in the winter weather!  Unfortunately for people living in Pennsylvania during the winter season, along with the beautiful snowy landscapes come a variety of winter-related dangers. One of the most common injuries during this time of year, especially in older adults, are slip-and-fall accidents.    How can you protect yourself?  Try and following the guidelines below, courtesy of Denver Health.

Area ATV Case Results in Charges Against Death Of Four-Year-Old Victim

An area ATV accident has recently made the news.  According to a report by WPXI.com, a Somerset-area family was involved in an ATV accident which killed a four-year-old girl. An infant, toddler, and nine-year-old child were also involed in the accident. No one involved the crash was reported wearing a safety belt or helmet.  For more on the article and corresponding legal case, please click here

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