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Preparing you car for winter weather a good idea

Even the best drivers on Pennsylvania roads could be involved in a motor vehicle accident. This is due to a variety of reasons including the fact that not everyone who gets behind the wheel to drive is a good driver. In the winter poor road conditions due to the weather is also an issue. For this reason it is important to do everything you can to stay safe on the roads. This includes making sure your car is in the best possible condition.  In this post we will provide some information on steps you can take to make sure you car is ready for the ice, snow and colder temperatures.

Safety While Shopping This Season

If you plan on doing some holiday shopping this weekend, make sure you are alert and cautious. The holiday season can present many dangers for shoppers. When shopping, people become vulnerable to theft because they begin to be careless.

Large crowds and shopping lists make people unaware of their surroundings, giving thieves easy access to belongings. If you are heading out for some shopping, take a few preventive measures to help keep you safe.

Hospital infection could prompt medical malpractice lawsuit

A personal injury lawsuit could be filed in many different types of situations. One of them is medical malpractice. Similarly there are multiple situations that could lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit. One of those is when a patient at a hospital contracts an infection.

This is a huge issue in the United States. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the Health and Human Services Department, an estimated 1 in 25 patients who stay at hospitals, contract infections. The severity of the infection, which could range from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, to pneumonia, will vary depending on the nature of the infection. In the most serious situations they could lead to death.

How to Ensure a Safe Holiday Season

With the holidays just around the corner, we tend to focus on the presents, the food and the parties; however, we forget about our safety. Staying safe this holiday season is something the whole family can take part in together. To help make sure your family has a safe holiday, you can follow these safety tips.

Traveling during the holidays can be dangerous due to the number of drivers on the road. Never drink and drive and always give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Have children secured in the proper seats for their age, height and weight. Distractions on the road, such as texting and driving, contribute to a number of accidents. Be an alert driver and never text while operating a vehicle

How much does it cost to hire a car accident attorney?

If you were injured in a car accident and are considering hiring an attorney, you are probably dealing with financial challenges. After a car crash, victims often face a wide variety of astronomical bills: from doctors and hospitals, mechanics and tow trucks, insurance companies, and much more. What's more, you may be unable to work if you were severely injured, and so your debt continues to rise without any income coming into your household. This can set you up for serious financial problems in some instances.

Sleep apnea could lead to truck accidents

While there are many potential causes of truck accidents, drowsy drivers are one of the causes. Sometimes this drowsiness is due to not going to sleep at a reasonable time. Other times it is due to medical issues such as sleep apnea. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is currently trying to figure out what, if any testing or screening truck drivers will need to go through concerning sleep apnea. A bulletin regarding the matter is expected to be issued to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, soon.

Pedestrian Hit and Killed on the Parkway East

On Wednesday night, a man from West Virgina, was hit and killed while walking on the Parkway East. The accident happened around 11:30 p.m. near the Boulevard of the Allies exit.

Police believe the man was walking in the left lane on the Parkway East when he was struck by a vehicle. He was then thrown over to the westbound lanes where he was hit by two more vehicles. Not one of the drivers stopped to see what they had struck. A trooper at the scene says that the drivers may have thought they hit an animal since it is not common to see pedestrians on the parkway.

Winter Accidents Lead to an Increase in Workers' Compensation Claims

With winter weather approaching, snow, ice and freezing temperatures will make traveling dangerous for pedestrians and drivers. Sadly, slip and falls and motor vehicle accidents will rise during this time. These accidents will also contribute to a significant increase in workers' compensation claims.

Each year, accidental slip and falls cause thirty thousand serious injuries and twenty thousand deaths. Icy roads and mounds of snow make it difficult for pedestrians to travel. The same goes for drivers. Icy and snow covered roads can dramatically increase the chance of an accident. For those who travel for a living, this will put them even more at risk.

Tips for keeping celebrations safe this holiday season

For many in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area, this is a festive time of year. Accordingly, there are many different types of parties held, including those with friends, family and coworkers. At many of those gatherings alcohol may be present. In any of those situations it is important that partygoers enjoy themselves responsibly. There are certain things that party hosts can do to try to ensure this is the case.

Winter weather thought to have played role in crash on bridge

In a previous post we wrote about the necessity of undertaking a different driving approach during the winter months. The biggest reason for this is to try to reduce the chance of a car accident occurring based on poor driving conditions. One of those conditions is slippery roads. While sometimes icy roads will lead to only a minor fender bender, other times the outcome can be much more serious. An accident that recently occurred in the Pittsburgh area serves as a reminder of this.

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