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Sep 16, 2020 - Allentown Car Accident Lawyer

The Dangers of Driving While Tired in Pennsylvania

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 […]

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Sep 9, 2020 - Pedestrian Accidents

Allentown Personal Injury Lawyer Helping You Avoid Pedestrian Accidents

According to the Pedestrian Safety section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2017. That’s about one death every 88 minutes. Moreover, an estimated 137,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal crash-related injuries in 2017. Per trip, pedestrians are one-and-a-half times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash. Furthermore, pedestrian auto fatalities in 2019 were projected to be at their highest level since 1988, reaching 6,590 deaths, according to a report published in 2020 by the Governors Highway Association (GHA). This 2019 total represents a 6% increase from its estimate of 6,227 pedestrians killed in 2018. The GHA says this projection represents a continuation of an increasing trend in pedestrian crash deaths going back to 2009. These are sobering statistics. They bear out the assumptions that: Motor vehicle drives are not adept at spotting pedestrians entering their path or are simply not paying enough attention, and Pedestrians are often distracted and not paying enough attention to oncoming traffic. If you have been involved in a pedestrian-related accident in Pennsylvania, either as a driver or as a pedestrian, let an Allentown personal injury lawyer help. Pedestrian Safety Tips Pedestrians may believe that the responsibility for their safety rests entirely on motor vehicle drivers. In other words, drivers should simply be more careful and aware. This is dangerous thinking. Even if it is true, how much help is blaming a driver […]

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Aug 31, 2020 - Allentown Car Accident Lawyer

Avoiding Road Rage in Pennsylvania

Almost two years ago, a Pennsylvania man who pled guilty to fatally shooting a recent high school graduate in a fit of road rage was sentenced to 20-40 years in prison. Road rage represents the very worst of automobile accidents: senseless, avoidable, and exceptionally damaging to all those involved, including their family members.  According to a recent survey on the Zebra: 19.3% of respondents reported feeling anger and intense aggression while driving in the past year, 5.5% said they experienced those same feelings weekly, and 2.8% reported those same feelings every time they drive.  The most common type of road rage behavior was honking their car horns in anger, but almost half of the respondents witnessed drivers giving rude hand gestures to other drivers. Other common acts of road rage include yelling at another driver and actually getting out of a vehicle to fight another driver.  Respondents listed distracted driving, tailgating, and being cut off in traffic as the most aggravating behaviors. If you have been involved in a road rage accident, an Allentown car accident lawyer can help. What Causes Road Rage? Every driver occasionally feels frustrated, whether due to traffic, running late, or some poor decision by another driver. Unfortunately, that anger can last far longer and be much more intense than it should be, and this can lead to serious consequences like physical injury or even, as described above, death.  So what is road rage? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified several differences between […]

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Aug 24, 2020 - Bethlehem Car Accident Lawyer

Scooters in College Towns in Pennsylvania

If you have recently visited a campus town, you already know how difficult parking can be. It is not uncommon for students to pay hefty fees for designated parking spaces that are thousands of feet, and maybe even one or more miles, away from campus.  With such limited parking and an increasing interest in sustainability, many campus administrators and student leaders are encouraging the use of alternative transportation, with electric scooters as one of the most, if not the most, popular modes of alternative transportation. In fact, Penn State is ranked as the 10th most scooter-friendly campus in the country by College Magazine. The school provides 16-plus designated parking areas for scooters. Penn State students pay only $62 for an annual parking permit, a relative bargain. Unfortunately, as with any new type of personal transportation, accidents are far too common. If you have been involved in a scooter accident, either as an automobile driver or a scooter rider, a Bethlehem accident attorney can help. Avoiding Scooter Injuries in Pennsylvania Many states and campuses are just beginning to develop safety measures for electric scooters, which typically travel between 10 and 18 m.p.h., although some can reach speeds up to 30 m.p.h. While the road rules and regulations are being rolled out, there are a few simple safety measures that scooter drivers can take, including: Wear a helmet to avoid head injuries. Also, keep in mind there is a difference between owning a helmet and wearing a helmet. If you’re not going […]

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Aug 17, 2020 - Construction Accidents

Construction Worker Safety

Speak to an Easton Accident Attorney If You’ve Been Hurt in a Construction Accident In many ways, construction work is inherently dangerous. Construction workers understand this, but such hazardous conditions can be resolved with safe construction equipment and effective safety regulations. If you have been injured in a construction accident, an Easton accident attorney can help. Construction Worker Accidents The United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has jurisdiction over most private sector and some public sector employers and employees in all 50 states and various territories under federal authority. OSHA ensures a safe and healthy work environment for all working people through training and education, establishing and enforcing safety standards, and providing research and employer/employee assistance.  According to OSHA, 5,250 workers died on the job in 2018. OSHA has identified the so-called “Fatal Four;” the four most common causes of death on the job site in 2018: Falls. Falls accounted for 338 deaths. Struck by Object. Being struck by an object accounted for 112 deaths. Electrocutions. Electrocutions accounted for 86 deaths. Caught in or between. Caught in or between equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material, accounted for 55 deaths. In the calendar year 2018, 1,008 out of 4,779 worker fatalities in private industry were in construction. In other words, over one in five worker deaths in 2018 were in construction. The list above is indicative of the wide variety of types and severity of on-the-job injuries. Aside […]

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Jul 31, 2020 - Bethlehem Car Accident Lawyer

How COVID-19 Has Changed Driving Habits

The advent of COVID-19 has dramatically changed how people living in the U.S. drive. According to ZD-Net: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans have only spent an average of six minutes a day driving. Over a quarter of U.S. drivers reported stopped driving entirely during the COVID-19 quarantine. The weekly average driving time in the U.S. went from nearly six hours down to 42 minutes. U.S. residents are saving about $97 a month on gas alone without having to commute to work. Even those who are driving may actually simply want to get out of the house. For those who chose to continue driving during the COVID-19 pandemic, more than half of these drivers said that when they did drive, they just got in their cars and drove around aimlessly. Still, accidents do happen. If you have been involved in one, a Bethlehem accident attorney can help. We’re Driving Less, But Are We Driving Safer? According to Arity, a mobility data analytics company founded by a leading insurance company, we’re driving less but also driving more aggressively. Their data shows the number of miles driven has dropped significantly, yet there has been around a 50% increase in crashes above 70 m.p.h. Those are the types of crashes that can cause serious damage and injury.  Furthermore, Arity reports that average speed has increased and that there has been at least a 30% increase in the rate at which people are driving over 100 m.p.h. So while the number of total accidents has […]

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Jul 23, 2020 - Motorcycle Accidents

Bicycle Safety

Bicycling, or cycling, or simply biking, is an increasingly popular leisure activity, as well as an inexpensive and convenient mode of transportation. According to Statista, around 12.4 percent of Americans cycled on a regular basis in 2016. The number of bikers in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the past three years from 43 million in 2014 to 47.5 million in 2017. While the number of cyclists in the U.S. between six and 17 years old has decreased over the past ten years, the trend among young adults; i.e., people aged between 18 and 24 years old, is somewhat different. The number of young adults who participated in bicycling has remained relatively stable at around four million.  The relatively recent success of American riders in the Tour de France, a 23-day race covering 2,200 miles around France that has been run for over 100 years, has helped boost the popularity of the sport in the U.S. Still, as can be seen on the Tour, even the best bike riders are sometimes involved in accidents, often leading to serious injuries, and often caused by unwitting car drivers who are simply not looking out for cyclists. If you have been injured in such an accident, Bethlehem personal injury lawyers can help. How to Cycle Safely According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 857 cyclists were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2018. These deaths are particularly tragic because most often, it’s the vehicle driver at fault, yet it’s […]

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Jul 16, 2020 - Articles

BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME (OR A NICKEL OR A PENNY)?

Just when toilet paper is finally back on the store shelves, a new shortage is facing the nation. Change. That’s right, there is now a national shortage of coins– quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. From Starbucks to Wawa, stores are asking customers to pay with exact change or to use credit or debit cards. Evidently, the nationwide shut-down due to the novel coronavirus has caused a “disruption in the coin supply chain.” (Who knew that there was a coin supply chain?) With more people shopping on-line, using credit for delivery or curb-side pick-up, less and less people have been paying with cash and the supply of coins from consumers to banks has been disrupted. Additionally, those coin collection kiosks in supermarkets evidently were not being utilized by the public during quarantine. Moreover, many facilities where coins were frequently used, such as laundromats, amusement parks, bars and bowling alleys were all shut down removing places where consumers would typically use coins. Finally, from January to April, production of coins fell by a little more than 1/3 at the U.S. Mint, as a result of a reduction in employees per shift due to the need to maintain social distancing on the production floor. Apparently, the absence of sufficient coins in the marketplace has caused the Federal Reserve to establish a “U.S. Coin Task Force.” This task force is encouraging the use of social media to promote the circulation of coin using the hashtag #getcoinmoving. Some may recall that back in 1999 there […]

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Jul 9, 2020 - Dog Bite Injuries

How to Avoid Dangerous Dogs

Man’s best friend? Maybe. But not necessarily your best friend. Dogs can be dangerous, and the statistics are startling. According to Petpedia, over 4.5M people are bitten by dogs every year, resulting in 36 fatalities in the U.S. in 2018. You have a one in 112,400 chance of dying from a dog bite or attack. If you have been injured in a dog attack, an Allentown dog bite lawyer can help. Still, the statistics don’t change the fact that pet dogs provide comfort, companionship, and protection for millions of people. 38.4% of the overall households in the U.S. have a pet dog. Dogs are also valuable contributors to our society as a whole, used for everything from guidance for the handicapped, to companionship for wounded veterans, to sniffing out contraband, explosives, and even missing people. Identifying Dogs That May Be Dangerous Recognizing that a particular dog may be dangerous is the key to avoiding dog attacks. Most people understand that certain breeds, like pit bulls or Dobermans, are often dangerous and should be avoided. However, mixed breeds are second only to pit bulls in causing dog-related fatalities. Most dogs will provide signals that they do not wish to be bothered, including: Raised hair. When a dog is in an aggressive mood, its hair and sometimes its tail will be raised. This can be seen from a distance, so it is a good clue to be aware of. Exposed teeth. Dogs that are showing their teeth are telling you they are […]

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Jul 2, 2020 - Easton Car Accident Lawyer

Rear-End Collisions

According to an article in the Washington Post, there are approximately 1.7 million rear-end collisions on U.S. roadways each year. About 17,000 people die in such collisions and another 500,000 are injured. According to the Insurance Information Institute’s Facts + Statistics, rear-end collisions account for approximately 7.2% of fatal crashes. About 29% of all vehicle collisions are rear-end collisions, making this the most common type of collision. Many of these rear-end collisions can be avoided by vehicle drivers. If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, an Easton accident attorney can help. Who Is At Fault In a Rear-End Collision? Most people believe that the driver of the following car, with collision damage to the front end of the vehicle, is automatically at fault in a rear-end collision. This is often true, in that the driver of the following car will be assigned at least some, and quite often all, of the fault.  The reasoning behind assigning fault to the driver of the following car is that such drivers are following too closely for the conditions. All drivers have a legal duty to follow at a safe distance, even considering adverse weather conditions or the sudden recognition of an object in the road by the lead driver, requiring quick and severe braking. Driving too closely to the car in front of you is often referred to as “tailgating.”  Still, at least partial fault may be assigned to the driver of the leading car under certain circumstances, such as: Suddenly […]

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