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Car accidents still leading cause of death for teenagers

Recently in Adams County, a 16-year-old passenger died in a car accident when the driver collided with a tree. In Lehigh County, a 19-year-old boy collided with a guardrail and died in the accident. 

All too often, we hear about teenagers suffering life-changing injuries or death in car accidents on Pennsylvania roads. Parents want to protect their children from danger, but they cannot always do so, especially when teenagers obtain their driver's license.

Be on the lookout for aggressive drivers this summer

The summer months bring the season of travel. Families and friends plan road trips and vacations alike. And the more vacations planned, the more vehicles take to Pennsylvania roads. 

However, the increased number of drivers on the road also increases the chance of traffic accidents. And many of those accidents—especially in the summer—are the result of aggressive driving.

Emphasis on motorcycle safety should last more than a month

The month of May was National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. While it can be effective to dedicate that time to increase motorcycle safety, it is essential that all drivers and motorcyclists continue to do so even after that month is over.

This is especially important in Pennsylvania, which is one of the most dangerous states for motorcyclists. 

Some crash injuries might not always manifest immediate symptoms

Being involved in a major motor vehicle accident can be a scary and harrowing experience. Even if you walk away from the crash feeling relatively unscathed, your plans for the rest of your day may require substantial adjustments, and repairing the damage to your vehicle could prove financially demanding.

Although avoiding a trip to the hospital for medical care may appear a positive outcome, it might be advisable to give it some time before admitting your safety remains intact. Some injuries that stem from car accidents can carry symptoms that might not develop for hours, or even days, after the crash occurs.

Three mistakes people make when dealing with insurance companies

The process for dealing with a traffic accident can be confusing, especially if you’ve never been in the situation before. For most people, navigating the insurance process is the most confusing and difficult part. Here are three common mistakes that you should avoid if you are going through the process:

 

Damages for spinal cord injury from Pennsylvania vehicle crashes

We do not think much about what the injury risks might be from accidents when we get behind the wheel or ride as a passenger in a car. In case of a collision, one known risk to victims is spinal cord injury.

Since 2015, motor vehicle crashes have been the leading cause of spinal cord injury, sometimes called SCI, causing almost 40% of all of them, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, associated with the University of Alabama. SCI reduces life expectancy and an infection like septicemia or pneumonia may eventually be fatal.

Local bike accidents highlight need for safety

Bicycling is seeing a resurgence in popularity: It's healthy, good for the environment and a lot of fun. But with biking comes a set of associated dangers.

Lancaster Online reported that from 2013 to 2017 there were 307 bicycle accidents in Lancaster County alone. People were injured in 302 of those accidents, and four of them were fatal. But by following some basic safety tips, you can make sure your whole family stays safe on two wheels.

Pennsylvania rear-end motor vehicle accidents a real threat

On Sunday morning, April 28, an elderly Chambersburg woman died while a passenger in a car waiting to turn left into a church parking lot in Antrim Township in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. The Ford Focus was struck from behind by a Honda Accord, which pushed the Focus into the other lane. It then collided head-on into a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The woman died at the scene of the collision, while all three drivers were hospitalized for related injuries.

Punitive damages in a Pennsylvania motor vehicle accident

When a motorist drives negligently or recklessly and causes an accident that harms others, the driver is legally responsible for compensation for the victims’ resulting losses. Compensatory damages could include several different categories of physical, material, psychological and financial losses.

Motor vehicle accidents: Whiplash is no joke

People tend to downplay the seriousness of whiplash. Asked if they want to go to the emergency room after a car crash, a passenger all too often refuses treatment because its “only a little whiplash.” In the age-old joke, a lawyer exaggerates the client’s whiplash.

The truth is, however, that while whiplash can be mild and an inconvenience for a few days, it can also take a few months to recover from severe symptoms, running up medical and therapy bills, and missing work. In an extreme case, the victim might walk away with long-term or permanent, chronic pain.

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