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Pickup hits elderly woman in parking lot, causing wrongful death

One of the most dangerous types of motor vehicle accidents in Warrendale and throughout Pennsylvania is one that involves a pedestrian. Pedestrians are completely vulnerable when there is a crash, and there can be debilitating injuries and fatalities. Often, drivers are behaving recklessly, negligently or are drunk driving, leading to a failure to keep track of pedestrians. After an accident, those who have suffered injuries or lost a loved one must know their right to seek compensation in a legal filing.

Motor vehicle accident injuries more frequent at certain times

Many factors go into a Pennsylvania car accident and all should be considered when assessing the cause and thinking about a legal filing. Some are more obvious than others. Reckless driving, driving under the influence, distracted driving and other common reasons are often why there is a crash. Research can be useful when driving to be prepared for potential risks. This is also important after an accident has happened. One issue that should be assessed is the time of the day in which it is the most dangerous to be on the road.

Rear-end bus accidents sends ballet students to hospital

School buses are a common sight in Pittsburgh no matter the time of year. During school, these buses transport kids back and forth to school and to other locations. In the summer, there are children traveling to activities as a group, sports teams are going to games, and clubs and classes are commonplace. Given the number of these vehicles on the road, accidents are all-but inevitable. In these accidents, children and others on the bus can suffer debilitating injuries that cause them problems in the short and long-term. It can even lead to a loss of life. After such an accident, understanding what the future holds can be difficult and it is wise to discuss the matter with a legal professional.

Study: Distracted driving a problem with parents of young kids

While distracted driving is known to be a danger in Pennsylvania and across the U.S., research strives to delve deeper into the issue to gather information as to who does it, when and why. This has revealed that people who should be the most cautious are taking part in this dangerous activity and put others at risk of debilitating injuries and wrongful death.

New research indicates distracted driving goes beyond phone use

One of the most common causes of a car accident in Pennsylvania and across the nation is a distracted driver. While this is commonly perceived as having to do with a driver manipulating a smartphone while behind the wheel, there are other ways in which a driver can become distracted. Despite nearly all 50 states putting some form of legislation into effect to curb distracted driving, people still do it. Because there are around 3,500 fatalities and 390,000 injuries due to distracted drivers, the problem is massive. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety seeks to understand this phenomenon and reduce its frequency.

Pedestrian injuries more common in certain areas of Pittsburgh

Motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians are and will continue to be a problem in Pittsburgh, throughout Pennsylvania and across the nation. There are many potential reasons for this, including speeding, driver negligence, drunk driving, distracted driving and much more. What is often understated when considering the cause of these accidents is the location at which the accidents occur.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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