According to the U.S. Department of Communication’s Federal Highway Administration, there are over 5,891,000 vehicle crashes each year. About 21% of these crashes, nearly 1,235,000, are weather-related. Weather-related crashes are defined as those crashes that occur in adverse weather; in other words, rain, sleet, snow, fog, severe crosswinds, or blowing snow or sand or debris, or on slick pavement, including wet pavement, snowy, slushy, or icy pavement. On average, nearly 5,000 people are killed and over 418,000 people are injured in weather-related crashes each year.
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Self-driving vehicles appear to be poised to assume a commonplace role on our roadways. The designations “self-driving vehicles, also known as “driverless” or “autonomous” vehicles, are often used interchangeably, but there are some important distinctions.
With the loss of an hour due to daylight savings time, this week we can expect an increase in everything from car accidents to heart attacks. According to a 2014 study by the University of Colorado, auto accidents increase, due to the fact that it takes about 6-7 days to adjust to the darker morning commutes, coupled with the fact that the loss of an hour of sleep causes drivers to be less alert. According to the study, there is a 6.3% increase in traffic fatalities in over the six days following the March time change.
When you are hosting a private party, should you have to worry about the amount of alcohol your guests are drinking? Are you required to “cut them off?” Of course nobody ever wants anyone to get hurt, but is it your legal responsibility as a host to pay attention to everyone’s alcohol consumption?
Most of us know what to do when we’re involved in a vehicle accident on the roadways. But what if the accident occurred on private property, such as a parking lot? After all, parking lot accidents are quite common, especially when there are area events.
In Pennsylvania, if you are involved in an automobile accident in which property is damaged or someone is injured or killed, you must stay at the scene and exchange information with the other driver. Anyone who leaves the scene of an accident can face serious consequences.
As personal injury attorneys, this most recent snow storm, reminds us again of the dangers of snow and ice flying off the back of moving vehicles. The dash-cam video below shows how this dangerous this driving hazard can be.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), over 70 percent of the nation’s roads are located in snowy regions that receive more than five inches of average snowfall every year. Nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population lives in these snowy regions. Snow and ice reduce pavement friction, compromise vehicle maneuverability, reduce roadway capacity, and increase the risk of accidents. Average speeds on arterial roads decline by 30 to 40 percent on snowy or slushy pavement. Freeway speeds are reduced by three to 13 percent in light snow and by five to 40 percent in heavy snow. Heavy snow and sleet can also reduce visibility, as lanes and roadways are obstructed by snow accumulation. 24 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement and 15 percent happen during snowfall or sleet every year. Over 1,300 people are killed and more than 116,800 people are injured in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement each year. Even more alarming, nearly 900 people are killed and nearly 76,000 people are injured in vehicle crashes during snowfall or sleet every year. Snow and ice increase road maintenance costs, and state and local agencies spend more than 2.3 billion dollars on snow and ice control operations annually. This doesn’t even account for the millions of dollars spent to repair infrastructure damage caused by snow and ice. If you have suffered a personal injury in an accident caused by wintery conditions, contact an Allentown car accident lawyer at Drake, Hileman […]
In many ways, your responsibilities after an accident in a rental car are similar to those that occur after any accident: Check yourself for injuries to yourself, your passengers, and other drivers. Move to a safe location if possible. Contact the police. Call 911 if anyone has severe or life-threatening injuries. Otherwise, contact the state highway patrol, sheriff, or local law enforcement. Exchange contact and insurance information with any other involved drivers, including full names and contact information, insurance company and policy numbers, driver’s license and license plate numbers, type, color, and model of the vehicles, and location of the accident. Take phone video for simplicity’s sake. Document the accident. Take photos of all damage to your vehicle and others, record the names and badge numbers of the assisting officers, get a copy of the police report, if possible, and take witness statements if possible. Contact an Allentown car accident lawyer before you speak with your insurance company. About Insurance Coverage Your personal auto insurance policy should cover most damage through: Collision Insurance. This coverage helps pay for damage to your vehicle, minus your deductible. The deductible is the amount of money you pay out of your own pocket before insurance takes over costs. Most collision coverages apply to rental cars with the same deductible. Liability Coverage. This coverage helps pay for damage to other people’s property and medical bills, and also applies to rental car accidents in most situations. Two other insurance coverages, although optional, might apply to your […]
The National Safety Council (NSC) states very bluntly: “Drowsy driving is impaired driving.” According to the National Sleep Foundation, roughly half of U.S. adult drivers admit to getting behind the wheel while feeling drowsy on a consistent basis. About 20% of U.S. adult drivers admit to falling asleep behind the wheel at some point in the past year, and more than 40% of U.S. adult drivers admit this has happened at least once in their driving careers. These statistics are alarming, to say the least. They show just how prevalent fatigued driving is. What drivers may not realize is the extent to which fatigued driving puts themselves and others at risk. Thousands of people die every year from fatigued driving, and the sad part is, it’s easily preventable if drivers would simply become aware, instead of assuming, “it won’t happen to me. I feel fine.” If you have been involved in an accident involving fatigued driving in Pennsylvania, let an Allentown car accident lawyer help. The Impact of Fatigue on One’s Ability to Drive Fatigued driving is similar to driving under the influence of alcohol: Reaction times, hazard awareness, and the ability to sustain attention are all drastically reduced when a driver is fatigued. Driving after going more than 20 hours without sleep is the equivalent of driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08%, which is the legal limit in most states. Drivers are three times more likely to be in a car crash if they are fatigued. Drivers may […]