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NHTSA urged to mandate crash-avoidance systems

Many of the passenger vehicles on sale in Pennsylvania and around the country are equipped with crash-avoidance systems that are designed to prevent rear-end collisions, but few semi-tractor trailers have this technology. Road safety advocates say that repeated calls from the National Transportation Safety Board to mandate such systems have been largely ignored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration despite a worrying rise in truck accident fatalities. According to NHTSA data, the number of road users killed in accidents involving tractor-trailers has increased by 28 percent in just two decades.

Groups including the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association that lobby on behalf of the trucking industry have also opposed regulations that would require logistics companies to install forward crash-avoidance systems. They say that the adoption of safety systems should be encouraged but not required. NHTSA points out that it can only recommend regulatory changes and has no power to implement new rules, and the agency says that field testing of the latest systems is expected to be completed within two years.

Hydroplaning: what to do when it happens

During the rainy season in Pennsylvania, drivers will want to be more cautious. The first 10 minutes of rainfall are especially dangerous because that is when the water combines with the oily residue on the road to form a slippery surface. Even after the water washes away most of that residue, drivers are at a high risk for hydroplaning.

Hydroplaning happens when cars slide or skid uncontrollably over the thin layer of water that separates their tires from the road. This layer is created when the pressure in the front of the tire pushes the rainwater underneath. The thicker it becomes, the more the tires lose traction. Most of the time, drivers can avoid hydroplaning by slowing down in rainy weather and avoiding large puddles.

Study shows benefits of realistic driver risk education program

The Texas Reality Education for Drivers, or RED, program is just one of the many risk education programs that are offered as a supplement for teens with poor driving skills. Residents of Pennsylvania who have teenage children may want to learn what it is about this program that could help boost traditional drivers' education programs across the nation.

Researchers at Baylor University studied the effects of the RED program on 21 teen participants, particularly when it came to risk awareness. When filling out a questionnaire, the majority of the teens admitted that they had texted or made a call while driving between six and nine times during the previous 30 days, which was the most frequently cited form of risky driving behavior.

Knowing why truck accidents happen can protect you

If you travel on the roadways in and around Pittsburgh, you know that there is no way to avoid commercial trucks. From I-79 to the parkway, there are motor vehicles everywhere, with some drivers not paying any attention to what's happening around them.

Knowing the most common causes of truck accidents can help keep you safe. Here are some things to remember:

  • Reckless driving: When a trucker is driving in a reckless manner, such as changing lanes without signaling, it increases the risk of an accident.
  • Speeding: There is a speed limit for a reason, and every driver should follow it.
  • Inadequate training: Driving a commercial truck is a challenge, so proper training is a must. Every driver should receive training on defensive driving, safety concerns and driving techniques.
  • Drowsy driving: Truckers don't always take as many breaks as they should. This can result in falling asleep at the wheel, thus putting everyone on the road in harm's way.
  • Drunk driving: It's a big no-no for all drivers, but that doesn't mean truckers are never under the influence when they're behind the wheel. Both drugs and alcohol impair a person's ability to drive.

Understanding the nature of Erb's palsy

Doctors have a very important and delicate role in childbirth. They should be ready for any complications that may arise such as larger babies or prolonged labor. Any mistakes they make in the process can have serious repercussions towards the child's future.

One traumatic injury that could result from doctor negligence is Erb's palsy. This condition has been the basis for several birth injury lawsuits, but just what does it do a child and how did the doctor cause this?

Fatal car crash hit-and-run statistics show substantial increase

For residents in Pittsburgh that have suffered the loss of a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, the anger and the pain that accompanies it will be compounded if it is a hit-and-run. Drivers who are in an accident are obligated to remain at the scene to exchange insurance information, check for injuries and call for help if it is needed. Leaving the scene is a criminal act, and the family of a deceased victim will want answers and justice.

Researchers examine hit-and-run fatalities and found that the number of fatal hit-and-run crashes occurring each year is increasing. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted the study. In it, it was discovered that there were 2,049 deaths in hit-and-run accidents in 2016. This is the most ever recorded. In addition, there was a rise of 60 percent since 2009. An estimated 65 percent of those who died were on a bicycle or were pedestrians. Also at risk were those who were working on highways. The number of hit-and-run fatalities across the nation rose by more than 7 percent for every year from 2009 onward.

Suing a hospital for medical malpractice

Suffering an injury caused by medical malpractice is always difficult to overcome. Not only must you deal with physically recovering from your injuries, you must also resolve the malpractice issue fairly. These matters take time and energy, and without proper attention paid to both, one may suffer. If you do not properly focus on your own recovery, you may suffer ongoing symptoms for many months or even years.

In many instances, medical malpractice claims list hospitals as defendants, but not always. If you suspect that the hospital where you suffered an injury holds some liability for the harm you experienced, then consider very carefully the legal grounds you may have to name them in a malpractice claim. However you choose to build your claim, it is crucial to assess all the potential defendants involved, in order to increase the likelihood of securing complete compensation that fairly addresses your injuries and losses.

Nursing home neglect believed to have led to man's death

Pennsylvanians expect that when they place a loved one in a nursing home, the proper amount of care will be provided. This includes ensuring that the residents receive the medication they are supposed to, monitoring them to make certain they are safe and addressing any issues immediately. Unfortunately, not all facilities adhere to this standard of care and engage in abusive behaviors, flout rules, and commit other acts that place the residents in danger. Nursing home neglect can happen to anyone. Having legal help is key to determining what happened and receiving compensation for it.

The father of the former U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster died in a Pennsylvania nursing home in April. Mr. McMaster had entered the facility on April 9 to receive rehabilitation after suffering a stroke. On April 12, Mr. McMaster was found on the floor in his room by a nursing assistant. He had open wounds on his shoulder and his head. He was placed in his wheelchair and the nursing assistants informed their superiors. He was found dead the next morning.

Fatal accident statistics troublingly high in Beaver County

Pittsburgh drivers should know that there is always a chance there will be a car accident whenever they are out on the road. It can be beneficial to keep track of the dangerous areas, so drivers will know when they should take greater care. One such area is Beaver County. According to research, the number of fatal car accidents in the county tripled in 2017. This differed greatly from the trends elsewhere in Pennsylvania.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 17 fatalities in the county in 2017. This was an increase of 12 from 2016, when the number was only five. This was the most deaths on the road in five years. While this was happening in Beaver County, the number of fatal accidents on other roads in the state reached an historic low. The number of deaths in Beaver County contradicts traffic engineers' belief that the fatalities in the county continue to reduce.

Pedestrian-auto accident injures elderly school crossing guard

For some residents of Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas in Pennsylvania, being on the road as a pedestrian goes beyond getting from one place to another and is part of their job. This holds true for people who do a variety of jobs. They must be constantly vigilant of drivers who might not be paying attention, are speeding, are under the influence, or are simply negligent. When there is an accident between a vehicle and a pedestrian, there can be serious injuries and death. A lawsuit can help to recover compensation after these car accidents.

A 70-year-old woman working as a school crossing guard was hit by a car and injured. The accident happened when a vehicle sped around a corner as a child was crossing the street. The guard pushed the child to safety before she was hit. The guard's family said that the driver did not see her and apologized after the accident. She was taken to the hospital where she was found to have suffered from a broken leg, a broken arm, and a concussion. It is not known yet if the driver will be charged.

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