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Thanksgiving is one of the Most Dangerous Holidays for Drivers

Over the next three days, Pennsylvania will experience a dramatic rise in car accidents. In 2013, Pre-Thanksgiving (the day before the holiday), Thanksgiving and Post-Thanksgiving (the day after) had 5,413 crashes and 52 deaths. Crashes increase during the holidays because of the number of vehicles on the road and also an increase in alcohol consumption.

In 2013, alcohol was to blame for 546 accidents and 12 deaths during the pre to post Thanksgiving stretch. Thanksgiving is considered to be the deadliest holiday in recent years. Drinking violations increase an average of 54% on Thanksgiving Day alone.

Tire Falls Off Trailer and Causes Fatal Accident on Route 28

A 75-year-old man was killed on Friday after a truck tire fell off of a trailer and crashed into his car. The man was traveling North on Route 28 when the tire bounced over the barrier and smashed into the windshield on the driver's side of his vehicle.

The tire came from a Ford F-450 truck's trailer. The truck was heading South on Route 28 when the accident occurred. According to police, a 23-year-old male is the owner of the truck and trailer that is registered in Kentucky. He is in Pennsylvania to do contract work.

Fatal truck accident occurred after driver fell asleep

If there is any question in anyone’s mind regarding how devastating a truck accident can be, a crash that recently occurred in Pennsylvania should provide an answer. The incident, which involved a total of nine vehicles and one tractor-trailer, injured nine people and led to the death of two others. 

W.A.T.C.H.'s Top 10 Unsafe Toys for Children Released

As the busiest shopping day of the year approaches, a group has released their list of the "10 worst toys" parents should avoid purchasing during their holiday shopping. The group is called World Against Toys Causing Harm, also known as W.A.T.C.H.

The group's director says it is not that the toys are unsafe to use, it is their design and hazardous parts that make them harmful to children. This would include any small and detachable parts a child could choke on or loose cords or strings a child could strangle themselves with. Additionally, most of these toys have confusing warning labels or instructions.

Lawsuit may be filed if injured in slip-and-fall accident

In a previous post we wrote about how winter weather can make driving on Pittsburgh area roads more dangerous than it is other times during the year.  Driving is not the only situation in which winter weather might result in a higher risk of being involved in an accident. Even walking can pose a risk to pedestrians. It is possible that they could slip and fall on a sidewalk that is not well maintained. 

Deer Mating Season Means More Accidents for Pennsylvania

October through December is deer migration and mating season. During this time, deer are much more active and will chase and follow other deer across roadways with no hesitation. For drivers, this can be very dangerous especially with the end of Day Light Saving Time and the winter weather approaching.

An insurance industry group called the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) has found that deer related accidents are most frequent in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Iowa.

Changing driving approach in winter could prevent crashes

The arrival of winter brings many changes. Some of those changes, such as the ability to participate in winter recreational activities, are good for residents of the state of Pennsylvania. Others however, are not so good. For most people winter driving falls into the latter category. While motor vehicle accidents occur on a regular basis in the Pittsburgh area even when weather conditions are good, they are that much more likely when snow and ice make the roads slippery.

Tree Service Worker Dies in Bucket Truck Accident

An American Tree Service employee died on Wednesday while working at a Zelienople cemetery. According to police and the Butler County coroner, the accident happened as a result of malfunctioning equipment.

The victim was found next to a bucket truck by nearby coworkers. None of the tree service's employees witnessed the accident but said they saw the victim in the bucket truck before they found him on the ground.

Report focuses on danger detergent pods pose to children

Each day people throughout the state of Pennsylvania do household chores. For some, that entails throwing a load of laundry into the washing machine. While here are a wide variety of detergents that those individuals may use to complete this task, some use laundry detergent pods. While these pods may work to clean clothes, they can be dangerous to children who get their hands on them.

Dangers Rise as Daylight Savings Ends

Losing an hour of daylight means a darker commute home for many. Adapting to the change takes time. Studies show that the limited visibility during rush hour leads to more dangerous driving. It is important for drivers and pedestrians to be cautious while adjusting to the end of Daylight Savings.

Motorists need to slow down. It is more difficult in the dark to see pedestrians. Also, drivers should make sure their vehicle's windows and mirrors are clean, windshield fluid is full and wipers and defrosters are working properly.

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