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Woman injured in a car accident due to wrong-way driver

Even drivers in Pittsburgh who exhibit extra caution to avoid being in a car accident will not know what to do when there is a vehicle heading for them in the opposite direction. Because a head-on crash is so hard to avoid and can inflict so much damage, those who are involved in this type of accident will frequently have severe injuries. In turn, this will result in significant medical bills, lost wages and other issues that can be difficult for the injured victim. When there is a head-on crash, it is critical to know how to seek compensation in a legal filing.

According to a recent report, an early morning head-on accident led to two people being injured. The accident happened at around 3 a.m. when a 30-year-old driver in a Chevrolet Equinox was going in the wrong direction on the road. The car crashed into a Honda Civic being driven by a 26-year-old woman. The driver of the Equinox suffered minor injuries. The driver of the Civic suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized. Initially, the driver of the Equinox was believed to be driving drunk, but he only received a reckless driving charge. The investigation is ongoing.

Sentimental items in an estate plan could be the most important

As you write out your estate plan, are you tempted to start with the most expensive assets and work your way down? You look at who gets the family home, your life insurance policy, your investment portfolio and your retirement fund. You consider who gets the contents of your bank account or that new car in the driveway. Maybe you have a cabin or a vacation home to add into the mix.

With that all figured out, you assume it will keep your heirs on the same page and prevent estate disputes. You leave it to them to sort out the little details, like what to do with your home furnishings, clothing and other odds and ends.

How can you handle situations when parents did not have a will?

The loss of a parent can be a difficult situation to get beyond in an emotional way. While time will likely heal that pain, Pennsylvania residents can face other issues following the death of a parent. One problem that frequently arises is if the parents failed to take the necessary estate planning steps to handle their affairs and did not create a will or other device. Knowing what to do after this has become evident is important to settle their affairs and to pass their assets along to those who have a right to them.

Before anything else, there are steps that the children should take. There should be a search for a possible will that no one was aware of being completed. Going through their records, checking files and areas where it might have been stored in the home and discussing it with friends, relatives and professionals who might have knowledge of where a will could be can yield an unexpected document.

Drugged driving surpassing drunk driving as a road danger

People getting behind the wheel while under the influence of an intoxicating substance is often the cause of a motor vehicle accident in Pennsylvania and across the nation. While alcohol is frequently seen as the main cause of these crashes, the growing trend of people misusing prescription drugs as well as the legalization of marijuana has made it increasingly common that fatal accidents will be due to a driver under the influence of drugs. The fatalities can be to the driver who was under the influence and they can also be to others who were driving another vehicle, were bicyclists or pedestrians.

A recent report citing statistics from 2016 shows that there was alcohol involved in 38 percent of driver fatalities. 44 percent were found to have drugs in their system. Just one decade earlier, that number was 28 percent. More than 50 percent of the drivers either had marijuana, opioids or the two in combination in their systems. A representative of the Governor's Highway Safety Association believes that part of the problem is the growing number of states that are allowing people to use marijuana. Also problematic is the ongoing opioid epidemic that is affecting people across the nation.

Head-on car-motorcycle crash causes debilitating injuries, death

Motor vehicle accidents in Pittsburgh can happen with any kind of vehicle. Oftentimes, the smaller and more maneuverable the vehicle is, the more prone the driver and its passengers are to debilitating injuries and death. When the accident involves a motorcycle and a conventional vehicle, the rider will be exceedingly vulnerable to the worst kinds of injuries and fatalities. It is vital that drivers pay close attention to motorcycles when they are sharing the road with them. If there is an accident, a motorcyclist who is injured and the family left behind after a fatality must be aware of the requirements to file a lawsuit for compensation.

According to a recent report, a head-on collision between a car and a motorcycle led to the death of the motorcycle driver and injuries to the passenger. The accident happened at around 11:30 a.m. According to law enforcement, the man who was driving the motorcycle, 59, was going straight on the road with a female passenger. The car is said to have gone over the center line and hit the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle was declared dead at the site of the crash. His passenger was taken to the hospital via air. Her condition is not known. The driver injured a shoulder and was taken to the hospital to be treated and to have blood drawn to determine if alcohol or drugs were involved.

Brewer hopes Chapter 11 can help its financial situation

Running a business in Pittsburgh and across Pennsylvania requires a certain amount of risk. Business can ebb and flow and that can cause problems for many owners. In some cases, this can lead to overwhelming business debt and problems making the necessary payments. A debt restructuring through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy can help to maintain business operations and get back on strong financial footing.

According to a recent report, a local brewing company has chosen to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to debt that has reached six figures to two Pittsburgh sports franchises, the Pirates and Penguins. The company bases its business on exports and has four pubs in the area. With this filing, the company will seek a reorganization and try to negotiate its debts and reach a settlement. The chief executive officer states that issues from the past caused the current problems. The brewer owes close to $400,000 to the Pirates and Penguins. In addition, there is a debt with food distributors and companies it used to rent kegs. There are no plans to close any of its locations, potentially saving the jobs of around 140 people in total.

Distracted driving remains a problem in Pennsylvania

The issue of distracted driving has become so prevalent that when there is an accident in Pennsylvania, those involved cannot help but think that it was likely due to drivers not paying attention to the road. Since this problem is growing so rapidly, people often wonder why law enforcement and legislators do not do something about it. In 2012, Pennsylvania passed a law making it a violation to text and drive. According to police, the law is not strong enough to discourage people from texting and driving. Surveys have shown that around four in five Americans confess to using their devices while behind the wheel. Although Pennsylvania has outlawed texting, people can still make calls, use directional apps and legally use the internet. The law itself has gaps preventing law enforcement from cracking down to a notable degree.

Police are not legally allowed to take the driver's cellphone and see what the driver was doing if they do not have a warrant. After a serious accident, they can get this warrant, but if the idea is preventing the accident before it happens, the law is basically useless. In Pennsylvania, there were 227 fatal accidents due to a distracted driver between 2013 and 2017. In 2017, there was a significant rise in the number of citations in the state from 3,336 to 5,054.

A loan modification could help you avoid foreclosure on your home

Buying a home is often the single biggest purchase and investment of your life. Many people spend years saving up for a down payment and decades building up equity. Then, something happens that leaves you struggling to pay your bills. You may miss a payment, and that's when the real trouble starts. Your mortgage company or bank could attempt to foreclose on your home if you aren't paying in full and on time.

For many people struggling with monthly expenses, a mortgage modification could be the ideal solution. Changing the terms of your mortgage to reflect your home's price decrease or your reduced income can ensure that you can continue to pay your mortgage. A loan modification could help keep you in your home, even if you've been struggling to pay your mortgage recently.

Multiple people suffer injuries when vehicle crashes into salon

In Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas, a motor vehicle accident can happen at any time and in a seemingly endless number of circumstances. When out on the road, it is a known risk. However, people who are in an establishment are unlikely to be expecting a vehicle to crash through the wall or window and hit them. It does happen. These types of motor vehicle accident injuries can be especially dangerous because they are so unexpected and the people are inherently vulnerable. After this type of accident, those who have been injured and the families of those who were killed must know the steps to take to file a case to be compensated.

Eight people were injured, with two suffering critical injuries, when a vehicle ran into a hair salon recently. The incident occurred at around 7 p.m. According to the law enforcement investigation, a 58-year-old man drove into the establishment and continued until the vehicle hit the rear of the building. It is not believed that the driver was under the influence or suffered a medical issue sparking the accident. He suffered minor injuries, received treatment and was released.

Estate planning needs regular updating to suit a person's needs

Pennsylvanians who are vigilant enough to take the necessary steps to having a sound estate plan might be under the impression that once the document is completed, they never need to look at it again. Unavoidable life changes - positive and negative - can make this a terrible mistake. When estate planning, it is wise to view the document as something that must adapt as time passes and lives change. Having an idea as to when trusts, a will or other documents that people use to handle their estates need to be adjusted is imperative.

For many, it is a useful strategy to examine the estate plan on specific days such as a birthday and make the necessary adjustments. Those who are seeking a comprehensive and up to date estate plan should take stock of life events that have happened in the previous year. If, for example, there was the birth of a child or grandchild, a marriage, an increase or a decline in assets and other events, changing the document accordingly is a smart decision.

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