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Fatal workplace accident statistics rise for transport workers

In Pennsylvania and across the U.S., many people think that workplace accidents only happen in jobs that are considered dangerous. For example, one might expect law enforcement officers and first responders to encounter dangers because of the constant risks they face. The jobs of truck drivers and delivery workers can also be considered dangerous because of the amount of travel they must do.

The latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show a troubling trend for truckers and delivery workers. In 2016, the highest number of fatal workplace accidents involved truckers and delivery workers. In 2016, there were 5,190 fatal work injuries across the nation. This was an increase of 7 percent from 2015. Of those, 918 involved truck drivers and sales workers. This was significantly higher than the next category - farmers and agricultural managers - which had 260 fatalities.

Police may have suspect in fatal hit-and-run

When there is a car accident in Pittsburgh or anywhere in Pennsylvania, it is imperative that those involved stop their vehicle. This is to check on the condition of others who were in the crash, to call for emergency assistance if it is needed, and to adhere to the law and exchange insurance information. Unfortunately, some people do not follow this law and decide to flee the scene.

This is made substantially worse when it is a vehicle-pedestrian crash. Because people are so inherently vulnerable when hit by a car, there is a good chance that there will be catastrophic injuries or fatalities. If it was a hit-and-run crash, the family of the victim must make certain to protect themselves by taking the necessary steps to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Survey shows factors that lead to being a distracted driver

Anyone who has been on the road in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania will likely have a story of encountering a distracted driver. The reasons for people choosing to drive while distracted are not often considered, but an online survey for Travelers Insurance examined this very issue. In the responses, it was found that people are not solely texting friends, checking emails, using social media or playing games. Many - more than four of every 10 - are using their phones for work while driving. This can be a key factor when there is a car accident and victims are seeking to be compensated for their injuries and losses.

The reason people are using their smartphones for work while driving is pressure from their employer. This is making the roads more dangerous. People between the ages of 18 and 44 had the highest rate of using their smartphones for work. A separate poll from Allstate Insurance says that around half the drivers they spoke to admitted they have been guilty of texting and driving. State Farm found the 91 percent of drivers stated their belief that talking to passengers was distracting.

Car crash kills woman; vehicle flees scene

Heading out on the road at any time in Pittsburgh can be a risky endeavor. Accidents happen frequently for a variety of reasons from drivers operating under the influence, driving while distracted, operating the vehicle recklessly, disobeying traffic laws and more. One of the fundamental parts of an accident is that the drivers are expected to remain at the scene and lend assistance or call for emergency responders if there are injuries. Unfortunately, not everyone does that. This is particularly egregious if there is a fatal accident. Those who were affected by a fatal car crash and lost a loved one must be aware of their right to seek compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.

A two-vehicle crash left a 59-year-old woman dead as the driver of the other vehicle involved fled the scene. The crash occurred at around 5:30 a.m. when the woman's SUV had a crash with a pickup truck. The pickup, a white Chevrolet Silverado, was being driven by a male. Law enforcement also thinks there was a female passenger in the pickup and she also fled. The woman who died was ejected from her SUV and was pronounced dead at the site of the crash.

Important safety points to remember about semitrucks

The role that truckers play in the national economy is one that can't be filled by other means. Even if companies move toward a logistics model that uses trains, ships, and planes, truckers would still be responsible for the "last mile" service to get goods directly to the merchants who will sell them or people who have commissioned them to provide a delivery.

Since semitrucks need to be on the public roadways to provide this service, other drivers and truckers need to remember some basic facts about semitrucks since these can have a direct impact on everyone on the road.

Legal assistance to deal with nursing home neglect

Pittsburgh residents do not take the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home lightly. With all the horror stories that are on the news about people in nursing homes facing various forms of abuse, a family will undoubtedly perform its due diligence and try to make certain any facility in which they are placing a loved one is safe and secure. Unfortunately, even facilities that are - on the surface - well-maintained and competent can have instances of abuse and neglect. When there is a belief that a loved one is being mistreated, it is wise to consider filing a lawsuit.

There are many ways in which a person can be abused or mistreated in a nursing home. There can be physical, emotional and sexual abuse. A person might be ignored and left without medication. Malnutrition can occur. If the person does not receive medication and medical care that is necessary to maintain health, they might need hospitalization and even die. Another possible issue is bedsores. These come about if a patient is immobile and bedridden, but is not moved sufficiently to avoid these sores from coming about. Medication errors can be due to a lack of attention from the staff or basic malpractice.

Enforcing ban on texting and driving problematic in Pennsylvania

Drivers in Pennsylvania, law enforcement officials and legislators are undoubtedly aware of the risks that accompany texting and driving and other behaviors that result in being a distracted driver. While there is a law against texting and driving, there are issues with it that make it difficult for law enforcement to do anything about it. This can be a problem that can result in an auto accident, even if a driver is seen using a smartphone while driving. For those who are in a crash, the possibility that it was due to a distracted driver is significant and could be the key when seeking compensation in a legal filing.

The dangers of texting and driving and other distracting behaviors is known. Drivers are aware of how risky the practice is. Unfortunately, that does not prevent many people from taking part in it. A bill that was meant to ban handheld phones was sponsored by the current state attorney general when he was a legislator. It was amended and passed, but it was done in such a way that it largely prevents law enforcement from doing anything about most forms of distracted driving.

Man killed in fatal car crash as he changes tire

People on the road in Pittsburgh can face the unexpected danger of being involved in a car accident. However, they might not believe that certain mundane activities can also leave them vulnerable. Unfortunately, they are often proved wrong. Any type of car accident can lead to a wrongful death and long-term consequences for the family that has suffered the loss of a loved one. When there is an incident on the road, whether it involves vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists or anyone else, it is imperative to have legal assistance to pursue damages from those responsible.

Recently, a man who had stopped his vehicle on the side of the road to change a flat tire was killed when he was hit by a car. The accident occurred at around 1:30 p.m. The man who died, 55, was on the right shoulder when he was hit. The driver of a Honda Civic, 65, had gone off the main road and into the shoulder where the other man was changing the tire. He hit the man and then the car. When emergency personnel arrived, the man who had been changing the tire was declared dead at the site of the crash.

Fatal accident statistics for bicyclists show problematic rise

Whenever a Pennsylvania resident goes out on the road in any way, there is always a chance that there will be an accident. These accidents can lead to injuries and fatalities. The circumstances will often dictate the amount of damage that victims suffer, and if there are minor injuries all the way up to a fatality. One group that is increasingly at risk is bicyclists. Statistics indicate the number of fatalities for bicyclists is rising in the U.S. Those who frequently ride a bicycle should be aware of this. When there is an accident, the person and his or her family should know about the importance of a legal filing in the aftermath.

The Governors Highway Safety Association conducted a study that showed more than 800 people were killed in bicycle accidents in 2015 alone. That was a rise of more than 12 percent from 2014. The number of fatalities on a bicycle was a small percentage of the more than 35,000 deaths on U.S. roads, but the fastest growing category of fatal accidents is bicyclists.

Car accident seriously injures motorcyclist

Motorcyclists are a prevalent sight in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania. It is imperative that riders and drivers of conventional vehicles share the road, are predictable, adhere to traffic signals and take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of all. Unfortunately, it is inevitable that accidents will occur. When a car accident involves a motorcycle, there is a significant chance that serious injuries and fatalities will occur. It is also important when these car accidents occur that those involved stop. Sometimes they do not, making matters worse.

A motorcyclist was seriously hurt when his bike was hit by a car. The accident happened at around 9 p.m. The investigation showed that the rider was heading south and near the intersection. A car that was going north turned left into its path. The rider, 20, was thrown from his bike. He was found by emergency personnel and taken to the hospital. Although the driver of the 2014 Ford Focus initially fled, the woman, 34, later turned herself in to law enforcement. She has been charged with several traffic violations.

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