A recent snowstorm caused a United States Senator to endure a twenty-seven (27) hour commute from his home in Virginia to the U.S. Capital. He was one of hundreds of drivers trapped in freezing temperatures on a 50-mile stretch of I-95 following a multi-vehicle crash, which brought traffic to a standstill. Could you survive such an ordeal? Here are some simple tips to help you comfortably wait for traffic to start moving again or for help to arrive. Pack a Bag If you must travel during a snowstorm, it is important that you are prepared. In winter, always keep some snacks, such as granola bars, and bottled water in your car. If traveling with children or pets, be sure to keep food and supplies for them, too. Bringing essentials such as food, water, and a charged cell phone can make a huge difference if you find yourself stuck on the road. Beyond these essentials, it would also be helpful to bring survival gear such as blankets, winter garments, boots, sleeping bags, flares, medications, a first-aid kit, a shovel, an ice scraper, jumper cables, and a full tank of gas. Stay Warm If you find yourself stuck on the road during a snowstorm you should not leave your car. Your car is the safest place to be until the storm subsides. It will always be colder outside your car than the air temperature within. Don’t leave your car unless help or assistance is within a short distanced of your vehicle Focus […]
According to the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School (LLI), a personal injury, in its legal context, include[s] every variety of injury to a person’s body, emotions, or reputation, as contradistinguished from injury to property rights.” The LLI goes on to describe the grounds upon which personal injury claims may be brought:
The holidays are supposed to be festive with happy children, good food, presents under the tree, annual holiday shows, college sports, and fellowship with family members and friends. Nonetheless, it can also be a dangerous time. Accidents that happen while traveling may increase if drivers are thinking about what gifts are suitable for who, what to serve for Christmas dinner, what your New Year’s Eve plans are, and other holiday-related distractions. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), an estimated 427 people may die on U.S. roads during this holiday period, and an estimated 48,700 people will suffer from injuries that will result from crashes during this time.
Accidents involving large commercial trucks are not only exceptionally dangerous but are also complicated. Commercial trucks tend to dominate the highways. The easiest way to confirm this is to drive on an interstate highway during off-peak hours, say, from 12:00 midnight to 6:00 a.m., and you’ll see that a large majority of the vehicles on the road are large commercial trucks.
Man’s best friend. Sometimes your only friend, dogs provide companionship and comfort, helps you stay healthier and happier, and even reduce stress. They are good in a crisis. This is why owning a pet dog is important to people, at least as far as shelter and/or rescue dogs go. If you spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to buy a fancy purebred even as thousands of dogs grow old in nine-foot cages or are put down when they become unadoptable, then your benefit is pure vanity.
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, 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.
Pennsylvania residents know all too well how walkways such as sidewalks become exponentially more dangerous during the winter months, with snow, freezing, gusty winds, ice, sleet, and other winter weather conditions becoming commonplace.
Motor vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania come in all shapes and sizes, including car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents. Immediately following a motor vehicle accident, you’ll feel angry, frustrated, and overwhelmed, and if you’ve suffered a head injury, you may not even be thinking clearly. Part of this aftermath raises the question: “What do I do now?”
According to penndot.gov (PDF), “many pedestrian crashes and fatalities occurred while pedestrians were entering crossing/specified location’”. [sic]. This means that a pedestrian was most likely crossing the street at an intersection, mid-block crossing, or crossing a driveway entrance.
With the bow season underway, together with greater activity due to mating season, we need to be reminded that deer accidents are most common from October through December. Today there are an estimated 1.5 million deer in Pennsylvania. November is the month in which you are most likely to have a deer-related collision. If you drive in Pennsylvania, you have a 1 in 70 chance of being involved in a deer-related accident. Only in West Virginia and Montana do you have a greater chance of striking a deer with your vehicle. The most common time to strike a deer is between 6 PM and 9 PM and unfortunately, deer kill approximately 120 people each year. Deer vs. vehicle collisions are the top animal-related insurance claim in the United States.