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Travel by car could be treacherous this weekend

Many people are likely excited about the long holiday weekend about to kick off. Dubbed “the unofficial start of summer” people throughout the nation take to the roads to take short vacations and to visit friends and family. While once there, the destination may be fun, the road trip itself could be an undesirable part of the weekend. There are several reasons for this.

The first is other drivers on the road. Motorcyclists are often out in force over the course of this weekend making it more important than even to be on the lookout for the much smaller vehicles. Individuals who tailgate could cause an accident if they fail to notice that the vehicle ahead of them is slowing down. Texting pulls the attention of the driver away from the road. All of these factors could result in an accident occurring.

Motorcycle Helmet Safety

The month of May is dedicated to motorcycle awareness. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urges motorists to always travel safely around motorcycles and to pay extra attention during the summer months when motorcycles are seen more frequently.

Motorcyclists can also do their part to keep themselves safe on the roads by wearing a safety helmet. Helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% and also reduces the risk of a head injury by 69%.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorists are encouraged all year long to share the road with motorcycles; however, the month of May is dedicated to making the public aware of the dangers motorcycle operators face and how we can all travel safely together.

During the month of May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will promote their Safety Campaigns "Share the Road with Motorcycles" and "Drunk Riding Prevention."

Following serious train accident, 2 trains derail

In a previous post we wrote about the deadly train accident that occurred in Pennsylvania. This is one of a series of such incidents that have occurred throughout the nation recently inflicting property damage, injury and sometimes even death. In fact, since that catastrophic accident—that injured more than 200 and resulted in the death of eight—two additional train accidents have occurred.

One of those incidents, which occurred in another state, involved a fire in the engine compartment. A second incident which occurred in Pittsburgh caused some cars to detach from their wheels. In both situations train cars derailed. Fortunately, unlike the train crash in Philadelphia, no one was hurt in either of these.

Ovarian cancer victims allege they weren't warned about talcum

Some products liability cases are fairly straightforward. They may involve a product (like a children's toy, for instance) that suffers from a manufacturing flaw or is dangerous because of a fundamental design flaw. In such cases, it may be easy to demonstrate how consumers could be (and have been) injured or killed by the dangerous product.

But other types of product liability cases are much more complicated, particularly those involving prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs or personal care products. These lawsuits often rely on allegations that the company knew that its product could be dangerous and failed to adequately warn consumers about those dangers. One of the reasons these cases can be so complicated is that it may take years for patients to develop health problems, and those problems can't always be traced back to the dangerous product.

Season opening for Pittsburgh area amusement off to rough start

Now that temperatures are warmer in the Pittsburgh area, seasonal businesses, including amusement parks, are beginning to reopen. While an outing to an amusement park is supposed to be a fun event, problems broke out at a park in Allegheny County on its first day of the season. The issue prompted the business to close early.

According to law enforcement officers who were called to the scene teenagers in several large groups engaged in dangerous behavior including running, shoving and pushing. It resulted in at least four teens suffering injuries. Fortunately those injuries were characterized as minor and include bruises.

Amtrak Train Derails in Philadelphia

Yesterday, Amtrak's Northeast Regional Train 188, derailed as it was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members. The accident occurred just after 9 p.m. Tuesday near the New York-Philadelphia corridor.

At least seven people were killed in the accident and 144 were injured. First responders are still on the scene trying to find others that might be trapped in the wreckage. Many of the passengers who were injured took themselves to nearby Philadelphia hospitals. It is reported that 25 of the 54 who were admitted are still currently being treated.

Tow Truck Causes Fatal Accident in Fayette County

Last evening, a Connellsville man was killed after he was rear-ended by a tow truck in Fayette County. The tow truck was pulling a New York Police Department bomb squad vehicle.

The accident occurred on Route 31 in Bullskin. Police reported that the tow truck was speeding at the time of the accident. He was unable to stop when he approached the intersection of Route 982, so he swerved into the other lane to avoid crashing into the stopped traffic.

Construction workers struck by cars in work zones

In an earlier post we wrote about a new safety program that the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has partnered on. Called Operation Orange Squeeze, it is designed to keep road crews safe as they complete construction on the state’s roads. Two crashes that occurred earlier this month illustrate the need for such a program.

The first crash happened after a vehicle attempted to flee a trooper who was positioned in a work zone. As the driver did, the vehicle entered a closed lane and hit a construction worker. That worker’s injuries were described as serious and the person was taken to the hospital.

May is National Bicycle Safety Month

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), observes May as National Bicycle Safety Month. Their campaign, "Be a Roll Model," encourages all drivers and bicyclists to demonstrate safe behavior to improve the safety of everyone on the roads.

Motorists, bicyclists, parents, guardians and children can all be "Roll Models." The NHTSA created this campaign in hopes of decreasing traffic crashes and preventing injuries and deaths caused by errors made by drivers and bicyclists.

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