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Traffic signal deaths reach a 10-year high

While there are laws in place that currently prohibit Pennsylvania motorists from texting behind the wheel, many people continue to do so, anyway, and they often do so while parked at red lights. At Douglas, Joseph & Olson, Attorneys at Law, we recognize that texting behind the wheel at red lights, while common, is only one of several reasons traffic light car wrecks are on the rise, and we have assisted many clients who were hurt or who lost loved ones in intersection car crashes pursue legal recourse to help them move forward.

How can you help your teen develop safe driving habits?

If you have a teen at home in Pennsylvania who cannot wait to get his or her driver’s license, you may be feeling very uneasy right now. You may wonder what is the best way to help make them a proficient driver. After all, the last thing you want is for your teen to cause or be the victim of a motor vehicle accident. 

Cognitive distraction and hands-free cellphones

While it is still legal to use a hand-held cellphone while driving in Pennsylvania, it is against the law to do so in many other states in the nation. Several states have enacted laws against this practice as it has proved to be deadly for drivers and for other innocent people on the road. In 2017 alone, more than 3,100 people were killed in distracted driving accidents. Hands-free cellphones are thought to be a safer option for drivers who wish to minimize distractions. Yet, studies show that even these seemingly safe devices cause a dangerous amount of distractions on the road. 

Car accidents and the risk of miscarriage

Pregnant women may face a variety of challenges during and after their pregnancy, whether they are impacted from an emotional point of view or they face physical or financial difficulties. Unfortunately, some unexpected problems can lead to serious consequences for pregnant women and their unborn children. For example, many pregnant women have been involved in motor vehicle collisions, which can cause them to sustain an injury or even lose the child that they are carrying. This highlights how important it is for pregnant women to stay safe on the road. Sadly, safe and responsible drivers cannot always avoid accidents, especially when reckless drivers are present.

Traffic congestion and the risk of a crash

There are countless risk factors to be aware of on the road but driving in congested traffic can be especially dangerous for various reasons. Sometimes, people associate traffic congestion with traffic jams and slow speeds. However, there are a number of hazards that drivers may encounter in these situations and accidents may be more likely to occur in certain circumstances. Furthermore, the consequences can be devastating, resulting in an injury or even the loss of someone’s life.

Employment-motivated dstracted driving

For many people in Pennsylvania, the time they spend in the car driving to and from work can take a big chunk out of their daily lives. Some people choose to pass the time by listening to the radio or even perhaps enjoying an audio book. Other people use the time to essentially extend their workday by taking and making calls while driving. Even with hands-free options, the use of mobile phones can be dangerous for drivers and others on the road around them.

Accident fatalities in Pennsylvania

If you are like a lot of people in Pennsylvania, you may be concerned about the recklessness some drivers exhibit on area roads and highways. Despite strict laws, it seems that some people are simply not willing to make safety a priority. This does make it important for you to be extra vigilant and drive defensively but also to be aware that there may be times you need additional help if even your safe actions are not enough to avoid being hit by a dangerous driver.

Vehicular homicide charges filed in fatal accident

Some Pennsylvania car accidents are just the result of the perfect storm of events that ends in tragedy. Others can be more sinister and are often the result of the poor decision making on the part of a driver or passenger. This was the case in a recent accident that resulted in the death of a 45-year-old woman and vehicular homicide charges leveled against the driver who caused the accident.

Staying safe when traveling with pets

People in Pennsylvania who own pets often consider their animals to be a part of their family. Many people will go to extensive lengths to make sure that their pet is well taken care of and knows that he or she is loved. However, a majority of people overlook the safety of their pets when traveling in a moving vehicle. While this hazard could pose a threat to the animal's danger, it can also be a danger for the driver if his or her pet creates a distraction. 

What should you do if your tire blows?

When you are driving in Pennsylvania, you may encounter hazards on the road including animals or distracted drivers. If the weather is terrible, it could pose another challenge if your vision is obstructed or the road is slippery. Problems with your vehicle can also create a danger if malfunctions cause you to lose control. If your tire blows, for example, it is essential that you are educated about how to handle it so you can avoid a dangerous accident. 

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