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Safety Tips for Driving in High-Speed Winds

Published on Mar 25, 2022 at 11:26 pm in Auto Accidents.

Safety Tips for Driving in High-Speed Winds
Pennsylvania drivers might not think of high-speed winds as an everyday driving hazard. The Keystone State does, in fact, have its share of high wind events. Last year, 2021, was a record-breaking year for Pennsylvania tornadoes, as nine twisters touched down in the western part of the state. During the same year, Hurricane Ida brought massive wind damage to our state and caused the Schuylkill River to reach a height of over 17 feet.

As we look forward with hope to safer driving weather in 2022, we want to encourage all PA drivers to know the steps to driving safely during high winds. Wind speeds of even 30 mph can begin to pose serious risks to motorists. With increasingly higher wind speeds come increasingly greater dangers to drivers, especially motorcyclists and operators of large vans, buses, and trucks. Let’s all be better prepared next time high-speed winds rip through our cities and counties.

What Speed Is Safest for Driving in Snow?

Published on Mar 19, 2022 at 1:23 am in Auto Accidents.

What Speed Is Safest for Driving in Snow
Winter weather can be magical when you have the opportunity to stay home with a warm, comforting beverage. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania does not stop for a bit of snow, which means you’re probably still going to work, dropping kids off at school, or running errands.

Driving in snow is hazardous. You should always slow down when you’re behind the wheel and there is snow on the roads. But exactly how much slower should we all be driving? Read on for tips about finding the safest speed for driving in the snow.

What Are the Front Seat Requirements in Pennsylvania?

Published on Feb 11, 2022 at 10:22 pm in Auto Accidents.

What Are the Front Seat Requirements in Pennsylvania
The unfortunate reality is that millions of children are involved in car accidents in the United States each year. For more than roughly 1.5 million children, injuries are sustained that may have been prevented or minimized with the proper use of car seats or booster seats. Proper use includes following age, weight, and height limits. It also includes installing them properly in the vehicle. In many auto accents, even older children who no longer require a booster seat may have been safer in the second row. In fact, they may have been required by law to sit in the second row.

Has your child recently been involved in a car accident while sitting in the front seat? Did you cause an accident that resulted in injury to a child who was sitting in the front row? You understandably have many concerns related to the incident. A closer look at Pennsylvania’s child auto safety and car seat laws will help you to determine where liability lies and what penalties you may face because of the incident. However, you should always consult with an attorney to learn more about your rights and possible penalties related to a specific incident.

What Is a Pedestrian Safety Zone?

Published on Feb 5, 2022 at 1:22 am in Pedestrian Accidents.

What Is a Pedestrian Safety Zone

When motor vehicles strike pedestrians, the results are often catastrophic. This is a fact that pedestrian accident lawyers know all too well. Pedestrian safety zones are spaces or areas of a roadway that are meant for the exclusive use of pedestrians. The most common examples of pedestrian safety zones include sidewalks, crosswalks, and designated footpaths. Pedestrian safety zones are generally marked with cones, paint, delineators or other mediums to make them highly visible.

Every year in the United States, careless and intoxicated motorists kill more than 6,000 pedestrians, and despite the fact that pedestrian fatalities are declining in some states, the national average increased 46% from 2010 to 2019, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). In the same time period, all other traffic deaths increased by only 5%.

How to Stop Your Car from Sliding on Ice

Published on Jan 21, 2022 at 8:36 pm in Auto Accidents.

How to Stop Your Car from Sliding on Ice
Driving in cold weather can be beautiful—snow and ice on the trees, white covering the grass, and snow lingering on building roofs. Wintery scenes are peaceful, but when you start sliding on ice, you won’t feel that peace for long. When the temperatures drop and roads freeze, you could be in a lot of danger behind the wheel.

No matter how careful you are, you could find yourself sliding on ice. Whether you didn’t see it until it was too late, or it was black ice that you couldn’t see at all, when your car is sliding on ice, it’s terrifying—especially if you don’t know how to stop.

How COVID Highlighted the Dangers of Hospital Understaffing

Published on Jan 20, 2022 at 7:57 pm in In The News.

Nurses have worked around the clock at hospitals to provide care for patients suffering from COVID-19. They’re working long hours in heavy personal protective equipment and devote all their attention and time to multiple patients. After going home exhausted, they get up the next day to do it all over again.

However, many nurses are leaving or thinking about leaving the profession. Many chalk this movement up to COVID fatigue. But what’s really driving nurses away is how hospitals are managing them. In a New York Times video, nurses tell their stories about how hospitals aren’t hiring enough of them to take care of patients to their best ability.

Do You Use High Beams in Fog?

Published on Jan 17, 2022 at 4:07 pm in Auto Accidents.

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Driving through fog can be scary and confusing. You’re having trouble seeing, so you think to turn on your high beams. But is that the best option? Will your high beams cut through the fog so you can see, or will they make it worse for you?

Is the Person Backing Up Always at Fault?

Published on Dec 29, 2021 at 3:26 pm in Auto Accidents.

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Car accidents can happen anywhere at any time—all that needs to be present is a car and negligence. Parking lots are especially dangerous because they’re typically tightly spaced and have cars moving and stopping while being surrounded by other vehicles, pedestrians, and moving objects, like shopping carts.

It’s important to be extra cautious when driving through parking lots, and anywhere else where cars are parked and others are moving because you never know when someone might reverse. But if you’re driving through a parking lot and someone reverses into you, you might be wondering who is at fault? Let’s take a look and find out if the person backing up is always at fault.

The Burden of Proof and How it Affects a Personal Injury Claim

Published on Dec 22, 2021 at 7:51 pm in Personal Injury.

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In a personal injury case, the burden of proof is placed on the plaintiff. This means that you must be able to prove beyond the preponderance of the evidence that the defendant’s actions were the proximate cause of your injury. If you have hired legal counsel to represent your interests, your personal injury lawyer will generally be tasked with overcoming this burden on your behalf.

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