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Demands for capping speed limits on trucks

The American Trucking Association wants speed limits for trucks to be no higher than 65 miles per hour. They ask that the Department of Transportation put into place a rule requiring electronic speed limiters on large trucks with settings no higher than 65 mph. While the ATA made a similar request in 2011, there’s been little headway since that time to reduce truck speeds.

Few states limit speed limits to 65 mph outside of the mid-Atlantic area. Currently there are only two states west of Pennsylvania capping speed limits at 65 mph. On the other hand, there are five states with speed limits up to 80 mph.

Driver tips regarding pedestrians important in workplaces too

Pedestrian safety is something that we write about fairly often on this blog. Earlier this month we wrote a post about the importance of motor vehicle drivers being aware of their surroundings now that spring is here. The increase in pedestrians and cyclists on Pittsburgh area roads makes it that much easier to be involved in a devastating accident. In that post we provided tips that both drivers as well as pedestrians and cyclists can follow to try to stay safe. These tips apply to anyone who is on foot around vehicles or behind the wheel around pedestrians. Workplaces are not an exception.

Woman claims pet bird distracted her causing accident

As has been mentioned in previous posts this month, April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. While texting is often the first thing that comes to mind when one considers distracted driving behaviors, there are many other activities that could fall under that umbrella. In what most would consider a bizarre example, a Pennsylvania woman claims that an accident she was involved in was not due to texting while driving but rather the result of the distraction her pet parrot provided as it tried to get the cover of her coffee cup off.

According to the woman, her parrot enjoys drinking coffee.

Popular Bike Manufacturer Recalls One Million Bikes due to Safety Issues

A rider was paralyzed after an incident on their Trek Bicycle. Trek Bicycles is now recalling nearly one million of their bikes because of a safety defect.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the issue with the bikes stem from a "quick release" lever on the front wheel of the bike. If the release comes in contact with the disk brakes, it can interfere with the wheel causing it to lock up or even separate from the bike.

Popular Bike Manufacturer Recalls One Million Bikes due to Safety Issues

A rider was paralyzed after an incident on their Trek Bicycle. Trek Bicycles is now recalling nearly one million of their bikes because of a safety defect.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the issue with the bikes stem from a "quick release" lever on the front wheel of the bike. If the release comes in contact with the disk brakes, it can interfere with the wheel causing it to lock up or even separate from the bike.

Distractions cause many car accidents among teens

A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that distracted driving contributes to many more car accidents involving teenagers than previously thought. 

The study found that distracted driving contributed to car accidents 58 percent of the time, causing moderate to severe car accidents. The researchers studied dashcam videos of teen drivers just moments before an accident occurred to determine the causes of car crashes. 

Proving a Crash was caused by a Distracted Driver

When an accident is caused by a distracted driver, it can often be difficult to prove. Distracted driving accounts for many car accidents; the number one distraction being texting while driving. Law makers are cracking down on distracted driving. April is also Distracted Driving Awareness Month. During this time local and state law enforcement will be aggressively ticketing drivers who are texting or using their mobile devices behind the wheel. To learn more, you can visit our blog here.

It is important to know that distracted driving includes more than just texting.

Workplace accident claims life of Pennsylvania man

While some jobs are arguably more dangerous than others, all have the potential to inflict harm upon a worker. Depending on one’s occupation, the risks one will face while working will vary. Likewise, so too will the injuries suffered. Earlier this week a man was killed while doing his job. He was electrocuted.

The incident that killed the 36-year-old man occurred at large Pennsylvania mall. The employee of an electric company was working on an expansion project at the mall and was in a lift along with another man cutting electric cables. As they did so, one of the men cut a live wire that was carrying 13,000 volts of electricity.

Young Girl Hit by School Van in Pittsburgh

A seven-year-old girl was hit by a school van while she was walking home from school Thursday afternoon. She is a student at Pittsburgh Arlington Pre-K-8. The accident occurred on Arlington Avenue. She was immediately rushed to Children's Hospital and is in critical condition.

The child's mother witnessed the accident while she was walking to meet her daughter. A neighbor who also saw the accident, rushed to help. The mother said she saw the driver of the van texting while driving. She said the van then came up onto the sidewalk where it struck her daughter.

How to Protect Children from Summer Dangers

Although most parents and children look forward to summer weather, it is also the time of year when unexpected accidents can occur the most. Fortunately, most of these accidents can be avoided if parents plan ahead of time and follow some basic safety tips.

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