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These blogs are posted on behalf of Seidel, Cohen, Hof & Reid, LLC, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the firm or its attorneys. The information presented in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.

Will updates to FMCSA handbook prevent tractor trailer accident?

The majority of Pennsylvania motorists likely assume that the federal government has strict regulations that determine the physical requirements truckers must meet in order to safely operate their large commercial vehicles. However, other than a few definite disqualifications, the physical fitness of an individual may have been decided based on a handbook that was deleted from the agency's website two years ago. Not having a standardized handbook could possibly result in an innocent family suffering physical injuries in a tragic tractor trailer accident.

Up until 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provided a handbook that helped medical providers determine the physical fitness of truckers. It removed that document after offering the explanation that examiners were using it as a regulation handbook and not as the intended guideline. However, the agency has recently assembled a panel of medical professionals who are tasked with revising the handbook in a manner that will be instructive without the intention of it being a regulatory document.

Uber may help prevent a drunk driving car accident in some cities

One of the perks of using a smart phone is the variety of apps that the user can access to make some aspects of life easier or safer. One of those is the ride-sharing program started by Uber. A recent study was conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Injury Science Center to asses whether this service has reduced the risk of an alcohol-related car accident.

The study focused on four cities, three of which are located near the West Coast and one in the southern portion of the country. The researchers were surprised to learn that the service did seem to reduce these types of accidents in some of those cities but not in others. In some of the cities, the service did not seem to have any impact on the rates of any crashes. While the variety of public transportation may account for some of the figures, it was uncertain whether the overall accident rate had climbed, thereby reducing the effectiveness of a service that Uber provides.

Texting not the only cause of distracted driving car accident

The automobile is such a status symbol that a person's social and economic standing is often based in part on the year and model of vehicle that one drives. Partially in an effort to appeal to potential owners, many of the latest models are including an array of technological options that are marketed as a way of enhancing one's driving experience. Unfortunately, these options are often a deadly distraction that can lead to a serious or fatal Pennsylvania car accident.

For the past several years, the media has reported on the dangers of texting and driving. However, it turns out that this is not the most dangerous activity while driving. According to studies that have been conducted by various agencies, including the most recent one by researchers at the University of Utah, the biggest contributor to distracted driving is the on-board navigation systems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released data that shows that taking one's eyes off the road for even two-second intervals can double the risks of causing a wreck. It has been shown that attempting to program these navigational tools can take a driver as long as 40 seconds.

Traffic slowdown leads to multi-vehicle car accident, 1 injured

The Pennsylvania highways are heavily traveled thoroughfares that are the scenes of countless serious crashes. These wrecks take a terrible toll on families through both physical injuries and monetary damages. One recent car accident damaged several vehicles and caused one woman to suffer physical injuries.

The multi-vehicle wreck may have been precipitated by an incident that occurred several minutes earlier. A construction vehicle carrying a load of loose gravel traveling in the east side of the highway collided with a concrete barrier, which caused a portion of the load to spill into the west lanes of interstate 78. Less than 30 minutes after that incident, a traffic slowdown in the west lanes lead to a chain-reaction crash.

Car accident claims the lives of 2 men

The majority of travelers likely do not contemplate the dangers they may face as they get behind the wheel every day. However, motor vehicles can become a deadly weapon given the wrong circumstances and an inattentive driver. A recent car accident in Pennsylvania claimed the lives of two more victims who likely did not foresee the coming tragedy.

According to police, the accident occurred in the early morning hours after midnight. The two men, one a tow truck driver with a local company, and the other an employee with a printing company, were standing alongside a disabled vehicle. The broken down car was parked on the shoulder of Route 222 in Lancaster County. Presumably the men were preparing the car for towing from the roadway.

Pennsylvania motorcycle accidents continue to take serious toll

As summer draws to a close, even more motorists may be on the roads trying to get in last minute errands and pleasure trips before the cooler weather sets in. With the increased traffic, though, motorcyclists face an increased risk of being involved in motorcycle accidents. A recent wreck in Pennsylvania resulted in a rider suffering serious injuries.

The accident occurred on a recent Friday evening. Police report that a 20-year-old motorcyclist was approaching an intersection from the south. As he lawfully entered into the crossroads, a motorist in a larger vehicle executed a left hand turn directly into his path. The resulting collision caused the man to be forcibly ejected from his seat and thrown several yards down an embankment.

Driver accused of texting before car accident that killed woman

One of the most popular tools that has changed the way people communicate is using cell phones to text instead of calling. Unfortunately, this technology has also lead to more than one fatal car accident due to drivers using text while driving. Recently, a trial has been set for a Pennsylvania woman who was allegedly texting before a crash.

According to the reports, a 21-year-old woman was driving a vehicle towards an intersection. She reportedly then ran the red light and smashed into another vehicle. That vehicle then was sent into a spin that caused it to collide with a 56-year-old woman who was traversing a crosswalk at the time.

Unclear if automated cars will decrease chances of car accident

Over the past few years, several car companies have been testing the technology behind autonomous vehicles. While many believe these vehicles may increase efficiency and reduce the risks of being involved in a car accident, it remains to be seen whether these machines will perform well over time. Pennsylvania lawmakers recently introduced a bill that calls for greater regulation of these vehicles on the commonwealth's roadways.

However, federal lawmakers also made a move that would allow for greater use of these vehicles on the nation's highways. It includes provisions for cooperation among the different federal agencies to allow for increased safety regulations and a more cohesive approach for testing and investigating this emerging technology. The bill, entitled the SELF-DRIVE Act, would take precedence over any laws that were previously passed by the individual states.

A distracted driver risks other's lives in car or truck accident

People all over the country praise the benefits that technology has brought into their daily lives. However, this same technology used at the wrong time can lead to the risk of lives being lost due to a fatal car or truck accident. There are many Pennsylvania families who have lost loved ones due to these easily preventable crashes.

Recently, two families have seen their lives irrevocably changed after wrecks that may have been caused by distracted drivers. In July, a singer who was from the commonwealth was critically injured when the touring vehicle she was in was hit by a tractor trailer that somehow left its travel lane. The woman suffered life threatening injuries and required intensive care for several weeks. Tragically, the family felt compelled to remove life sustaining equipment, and she died.

What kind of compensation can car accident victims get in PA?

A serious car accident can generate a series of negative consequences, not all of them immediately predictable. In addition to taking a toll on your health and emotions, an accident can wreak havoc on your finances.

Personal injury lawsuits can help you obtain compensation for the harm you have sustained as a result of the crash. While the law cannot cure a health condition or return your enjoyment of life, it does provide a mechanism for arriving at a monetary approximation of the damages.

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