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Nov 25, 2015 - Car Accidents

TRAFFIC DEATHS ARE UP IN ERIE COUNTY

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. Unless something dramatic changes, traffic deaths in Erie County, Pennsylvania, are going to be up this year. In 2014, there were 39 total deaths that were linked to accidents and injuries. This year, there are already 38, with more than a month—at the beginning of winter, no less—to go. There has really been an uptick lately. From Oct. 10 to Nov. 22, 10 people were killed in accidents. Police said that all of the crashes and deaths were preventable. Some of them were very odd. For instance, one woman first left her cats at a Starbucks coffee shop. She left food for them and had them in crates. After leaving them, she ran head-on into another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle passed away. The woman, though, did not die in the accident. She got out of her car and apparently walked off. The police found her body in a pond. They are still investigating as they try to figure out what happened. They have some ideas, but they warn that they may never be able to prove which one is right. That crash happened back on Nov. 9. The list of other victims is quite long. A 79-year-old pedestrian was hit while crossing the street. A 31-year-old man was killed when he drove into the wrong lanes on West 26th Street. A 34-year-old man was killed and his friend was also […]

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Nov 20, 2015 - Pedestrian Accidents

DISTRACTED DRIVERS ARE A SERIOUS THREAT TO RUNNERS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inPedestrian Accidents on Friday, November 20, 2015. Runners have a right to run along the side of the road, but that doesn’t mean it’s always safe. Drivers—and especially those who are distracted—can cause many accidents, which can easily be fatal. It’s important for runners, who may be very dialed-in to their times and keeping on pace, to be well aware of these dangers. Experts warn that drivers who are using different gadgets behind the wheel, like tablets and smartphones, are especially dangerous. They only need to swerve off of the road and onto the shoulder for a brief second to hit a runner. If no one was there, the driver may just have heard the change in road noise and corrected his or her course, not thinking it was much of a big deal. This lax attitude, though, can be deadly to a runner. So, what can runners do to protect themselves if they don’t want to be confined to gyms and treadmills? They should consider: – Running on the left so that they face traffic.- Choosing bright clothing. Reflective clothing is even better.- Not listening to music on headphones while they run. These things are especially important at night. Though runners may have all the right in the world to be there, it’s very hard for drivers to see them at night, with the shadows and the glare from other cars. Plus, drivers often don’t check for […]

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Nov 13, 2015 - Motorcycle Accidents

WOMEN ARE RIDING MOTORCYCLES MORE AND MORE OFTEN

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Friday, November 13, 2015. While men are often stereotyped as being the only ones to want to ride motorcycles, the reality is that women are riding them more and more often. A full 12 percent of all of the people who own motorcycles in the United States are women. In the five year period from 2009 to 2014 alone, that means motorcycle ownership by women went up by 28 percent. Women are even more involved with motorcycles when you consider those who are passengers, rather than drivers. When both groups are considered together, roughly 25 percent of people on motorcycles are women. So, why are women turning to motorcycles? Many of them cite similar reasons to men, including freedom, independence, adventure, community and the ability to defeat their own fears. For many, the community aspect is huge specifically because there are more female riders every year. This is a growing community, and they enjoy being part of it as it thrives. Riding also has a positive impact on many of them. A survey was done back in 2013, and it talked to over 1,000 women who rode bikes and over 1,000 who did not. It found that those who rode were more likely to feel happy all the time (37 percent to 16 percent), more likely to feel confident (35 percent to 18 percent) and more likely to be happy with the way they communicated […]

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Nov 5, 2015 - Car Accidents

KEEP THESE FOODS OUT OF YOUR CAR AT ALL COSTS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inCar Accidents on Thursday, November 5, 2015. Thinking about grabbing a bite to eat while you drive to work? A lot of people do it, but some reports have linked eating and driving to an astounding 65 percent of near misses and 80 percent of car accidents. Food in the car is a huge distraction, and these types are some of the worst: 1. Hot liquid food and drinks. This includes things like coffee, soup and chili. These are some of the very worst because a spill in the car can get everywhere and it can be painful. Plus, liquids spill very easily, even when you hit a small bump. The last thing you need is to hit a pothole, spill your coffee, and swerve into the wrong lane as you try to get it off your skin and clothes. 2. Greasy foods. This includes hamburgers, breakfast sandwiches and things of this nature. There is the problem of grease or toppings spilling in the car. Eating these and keeping them in one piece can be quite hard. If you’re thinking more about keeping the cheese and pickles on your hamburger than keeping your car on the road, it’s a problem. 3. Ribs, chicken wings, and other foods covered in sauce. Not only are these hard to eat without dripping, but getting the sauce on your hands could mean you only use one hand to drive. This can limit […]

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