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Inexperienced motorcyclists and road safety

Our law office has covered many issues related to motorcycle wrecks on this blog. Sometimes, these accidents are the result of a motorcyclist's error, such as someone who rides drunk or does not have very much experience. Even if you are an extremely experienced motorcyclist who always focuses on riding safely, you may be hurt or even killed in a wreck caused by an inexperienced motorcyclist, especially if you regularly ride in a group. It is essential for motorcyclists to stay safe and be cognizant of any risk factors that could endanger their safety while they are riding.

A motorcyclist who is inexperienced may cause a collision in any number of ways. For example, they may be riding in front of other motorcyclists and lose control of their motorcycle, causing motorcyclists behind them to crash as well. Inexperienced motorcyclists may not know how to handle poor road conditions, ride at appropriate speeds or even manage their motorcycle altogether. Or, they may cross over the center line and collide with another motorcyclist or vehicle. Moreover, someone who is riding along with a motorcyclist, either in a sidecar or behind them, may also be injured or killed in such an accident.

Fighting trucker fatigue

When hearing reports of a traffic accident in Pennsylvania in which a semi-truck or other large commercial vehicle is involved, it is not uncommon for you to wonder if excessive fatigue on the part of the truck driver may have contributed to the crash. Commercial truckers work many long and often lonely hours and this environment may well facilitate a state of fatigue while on the job.

To combat this, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has developed what it calls its Hours of Service rule. The purpose of this rule is to reduce or eliminate truckers driving when tired so that everyone on the road can be safer and that fewer accidents involving trucks occur.

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When accidents involve a group of motorcyclists

Motorcycles can be dangerous for many reasons, but some situations are especially concerning. For example, some people like to ride with their friends and this can be disastrous when things go wrong on the road. When motorcyclists ride in a group, there may be multiple wrecks if one of the motorcyclists who is riding in the front of the group crashes. Moreover, there are other hazards that can be present when a group of motorcyclists is on the road.

Large groups of motorcyclists can increase the chances of a motorcyclist becoming distracted. Moreover, they may give motorcyclists a false sense of security, even though they still face the same hazards on the road. Whether you regularly ride alongside your friends in a motorcycle group or plan to do so for the first time, it is pivotal to be cautious. Moreover, if you drive any vehicle you should always keep an eye out for motorcyclists whether they are in a large group or riding alone, in which case it can be more difficult to see a lone motorcyclist.

What should I know about brain injuries?

Even though you do your best to stay safe, there may be times when you are unable to prevent an injury. If you are hurt at work or in a car crash, one of the wounds you might receive is a traumatic brain injury. This kind of wound can have far-reaching effects on your health, so it is important to know basic information about this injury.

The holiday rush causes workplace hazards

The holiday season means your company is rushing to maximize profits, but this desire to make profits may undermine your safety. According to the Harvard Business Review, occupational accidents are more common when employers face pressure to earn more, but earning expectations should not be more important than the wellbeing of workers. 

Due to the risk of getting hurt at your job during the holiday months, it is vital for you to be aware of some potential workplace hazards. Here are some causes of occupational injuries during the holidays.

Speeding drivers and motorcycle accidents

Motorcyclists face countless threats on the road, many of which have been covered in detail on our blog. In this blog, we will take a closer look at speeding and the different reasons why this behavior is so dangerous, especially when it comes to motorcycle accidents. Sadly, many drivers Pittsburgh and other parts of Pennsylvania frequently go over the speed limit and show no regard for the safety of motorcyclists (or anyone else on the road, for that matter).

Sometimes, drivers reach excessive speeds, whether they are competing in an unlawful street race or they want to show off to someone else riding in the vehicle. In other instances, someone may drive over the speed limit because they want to get to work on time or simply do not pay attention to their behavior behind the wheel. Either way, speeding can make it more difficult for a driver to avoid a motorcyclist if they lose control of their vehicle and it may also make it harder for them to see motorcyclists on the road.

Have large truck crash injuries increased?

When someone is behind the wheel, they may encounter many different hazards and could find themselves in a traffic crash for various reasons. Some accidents are relatively minor, but others can bring extremely significant consequences. Large truck crashes are especially concerning due to the sheer size of semis and other factors, such as trucker fatigue and difficulty slowing a large truck down. Moreover, data shows that in recent years, the number of people who have sustained injuries in large truck crashes has gone up.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, large truck crashes which resulted in injuries increased by 62 percent between 2009 and 2015. During 2009, there were 60,000 large truck wrecks which resulted in an injury, the FMCSA reports. In 2015, however, 97,000 such accidents occurred. Worse, estimates suggest that 119,000 large truck crashes caused injuries during 2016.

Large truck wrecks at night

We have covered a number of topics related to truck accidents, from driver fatigue to poor maintenance. It is important to bear in mind that many other factors can play a role in the likelihood and severity of a large truck collision. For example, certain times of day may be more dangerous when it comes to traffic accidents involving large trucks. During the nighttime hours, a number of hazards may be present and an accident may be especially devastating due to low visibility and other factors.

At night, some large truck drivers may be especially tired. They may have been on the road for many hours and their body may be telling them that it is time to go to sleep, even though they have to work. Moreover, truckers and the drivers of smaller vehicles may have difficulty seeing the road and obstacles that lie ahead, which can increase the chances of a crash. At nighttime, there may be more drunk and drugged drivers on the road as well. All of these factors can increase the probability of a truck crash at night.

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