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Recovering from a motorcycle crash as a college student

Motorcycle accidents can shatter lives in countless ways, many of which have been addressed on this blog. Some victims are in unique situations, however, and the consequences of an accident can be especially damaging. For example, a college student who is struck by a negligent driver while riding a motorcycle may face a number of challenges in their life, and they may be unable to continue with their studies because of the accident. Even if they do not have to quit college, their grades may drop and they may have to take time off to recover from the accident.

Motorcycle accidents can get in the way of college for various reasons. An accident victim may be unable to attend class because they have to spend time in the hospital and at home to recover from serious injuries. Or, a motorcycle crash victim may sustain brain damage that prevents them from continuing their college education. The financial consequences of an accident can also get in the way of college, especially when costly tuition is taken into consideration. In some cases, motorcyclists have even passed away after being struck by a reckless driver.

Bicyclists still at risk for accidents in Pennsylvania

Bicycling is an extremely popular form of transportation, exercise and entertainment in Pittsburgh. There are numerous trails to ride and sites to see in the area, making it a friendly place for cyclists of all types.

Pittsburgh also has a high number of traffic accidents, and not all of them concern collisions between passenger cars or other motor vehicles. A party that is seeing an increased risk of death is cyclists, reports the Post-Gazette.

Nockamixon Township motorcycle accident kills two

Some in Pittsburgh may view the task of motorcyclists and motorists sharing the road together as being a contentious battle between both sides. In reality, very few (if any) drivers harbor any ill will towards motorcyclists. Yet it is not the ill will of drivers that motorcyclists may fear; rather, it may be simple carelessness. Motorists may not fully appreciate how their actions behind the wheel can affect those traveling in nontraditional vehicles, instead only viewing what they do in the context of drivers like themselves. While a simple sudden turn or maneuver may not endanger other cars, trucks or SUVs on the road, it can be hazardous to motorcyclists whose presence they are not aware of. 

Unfortunately, when motorcycles and vehicles collide, it may not be difficult to imagine who gets the worst of the collision. This notion was on full display in a recent accident in Nockamixon Township. Two people traveling on motorcycles were hit head-on when a teenager driving a large truck lost control of the vehicle and entered into oncoming traffic. Both motorcyclists were killed in the collision, while the driver and her passenger were hospitalized with undisclosed injuries. Authorities are still looking into what caused the teen to lose control of the truck. 

Different ways a motorcycle crash can affect one’s career

When a motorcyclist is struck by a reckless driver or involved in a crash that occurs for any other reason (such as poor road conditions or inexperience), they may notice many changes in their lives. Not only do these accidents frequently result in physical pain, injuries, hospital bills and emotional trauma, but they can disrupt a victim’s life in other ways. For example, one’s career may be temporarily affected by the accident or permanently derailed due to an inability to walk. If you are recovering from a motorcycle wreck, it is crucial to understand how the consequences of the accident could potentially affect your career.

From a short-term standpoint, motorcycle accidents can prompt people to spend weeks or months away from work as they try to recover. For some, these challenges can have a long-term impact on their career as well, whether they lose their job after an accident and are never able to find another position that compares to the job that they used to have, or they are not ever able to work in the field again. Some people are able to find a new job and a more compatible position, such as one that is less physically demanding, while others cannot work in any capacity for the rest of their lives.

When you are hit by an underage drunk driver

Whenever someone gets behind the wheel while they are drunk, the consequences can be terrible. For some drivers, however, drunk driving can be especially dangerous, such as those who are under the age of 21. Underage drunk drivers may be especially likely to cause a crash because they are inexperienced with alcohol, or they have not spent very much time on the road and are inexperienced drivers. In some instances, they may be inexperienced in both regards. If you are ever hit by someone who was driving drunk, it is pivotal to stand up for yourself regardless of their age.

Sadly, people who have not reached the age of 21 drive drunk for all sorts of reasons. Some are pressured by their peers, such as friends and classmates who attend the same high school or college. Some young people may not be very familiar with alcohol or its effects on the body, and they may not realize that they are too intoxicated to drive even though some time has passed after drinking. Moreover, young drivers are also subject to zero tolerance laws which prohibit them from operating a motor vehicle with any level of alcohol in their system.

What is respondeat superior?

The accident expenses you could face following a collision with a semi-truck or other type of commercial vehicle in Pittsburgh can be enormous. They could even place you in the position of needing to seek compensation above and beyond what is available through insurance coverage. The question is who is ultimately liable: the trucker who hit you, or the company that employs them? 

The answer to this question might seem simple: since it was the truck driver that caused the accident, only they could be liable, right? Yet a strong argument could be made that they would have never been in a position to cause your accident were they not expected to fulfill the duties of their employment. The legal doctrine of respondeat superior takes this into account. This principle (as shared by the Cornell Law School) states that employers can be held liable for the actions of their employees if those actions fall within the scope of their employment. 

Recovering from an on-the-job drunk driving accident

Every single day, reckless drivers show no regard for the safety of others by getting behind the wheel when they are intoxicated. Some people may exhibit this behavior while carrying out their job duties, such as those who struggle with an alcohol addiction. Moreover, a responsible driver may be struck by someone else who is under the influence while they are trying to drive for work-related purposes. Workplace accidents happen for many reasons, but those which involve an intoxicated driver can be especially devastating.

Someone who is involved in a job-related drunk driving crash may have many different issues to work through. They could be injured, which can result in many different challenges (pain, hospital bills and even the inability to keep working). Some pass away, and even those who are able to walk away from the crash unharmed may have mental trauma and face other challenges related to their job.

Avoid distracted driving as if your life depended on it

When you are behind the wheel, your full attention should be on the road. However, that does not stop plenty of people from looking elsewhere while driving, and sometimes, it can have fatal consequences. In 2016, 3,450 people lost their lives due to distracted driving, reveals the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

GHSA Estimates 5,984 Pedestrians Were Killed in 2017 finding distracted driving to be a primary cause. 

Do you recognize these common signs of mesothelioma?

Although people have known about the dangers of asbestos for decades now, it is still prevalent in many structures. You can still find it in insulation, car parts and construction materials. This means that overexposure can happen even today.

Excessive exposure to asbestos can result in a person developing mesothelioma. This is a form of cancer that manifests as a tumor in the lining of the heart, stomach, lungs or another organ. Treatments are available, but it is vital for people to seek it out as soon as possible. Here are some common signs you may have developed mesothelioma: 

Hangovers and road safety

When it comes to drunk driving, there is no debating the dangers that are associated with this reckless behavior. Drunk drivers place many lives in danger, and they should be held fully responsible for getting behind the wheel in an inebriated state. However, some people dismiss the risks that are associated with driving while hungover. Some drivers may be inexperienced with alcohol, not realizing that they are still too inebriated to drive, while others may tell themselves that they are no longer drunk and are capable of driving safely.

Sadly, driving with a hangover can interfere with driving abilities in countless ways and has caused far too many drivers to cause fatal accidents. Even when a crash caused by someone with a hangover does not claim lives, those who are struck by a hungover driver could be seriously hurt. Drivers who are hungover may travel at very high speeds, or they may cross over the center line and strike a vehicle head-on. These are just some of the risks associated with driving during a hangover.

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