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Mechanical failure due to faulty truck fuel pump prompts recall

Each year, some unfortunate passenger car drivers in Pittsburgh find themselves involved in collisions with commercial trucks. Some of those individuals are not fortunate enough to survive their accidents. 

While many people may assume that the most common cause of truck accidents is driver negligence, sometimes the incidents are the result of poor maintenance and mechanical failure. 

The surprising link between a concussion and driving skills

If you see an oncoming car that suddenly drifts across the center line, alarm bells go off in your mind. You probably swerve toward the shoulder of the road to avoid a crash.

You may conclude that the driver who nearly hit you was either drunk or distracted in some way, but there is another possibility: The erratic driver may be recovering from a concussion.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects parts of workers’ comp laws

In a recent ruling this June by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional a section of the Worker's Compensation Act regarding how the impairment percentage is established to determine the workers' compensation and disability benefits a claimant can receive.

Pennsylvania Worker's Compensation Act Section 306(a.2)

Can obstructed vision lead to an accident?

Responsible drivers are aware of many different risk factors that can play a role in traffic collisions. Drunk driving, running through stop signs, failing to use turn signals, and speeding can all lead to accidents. However, there are additional risks that some drivers might not realize could affect their ability to safely operate a vehicle, such as obstructed vision. Drivers' vision can become obstructed in a myriad of ways and it is essential for victims of these crashes, like all other auto accidents, to thoroughly review their rights.

The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration has published information on the results of motor vehicle wreck causation. In the survey, which was sent to the U.S. Congress, the NHTSA states that obstructions to a driver's vision plays a role in some of the motor vehicle accidents that occur. There are a plethora of ways in which drivers' vision may become obstructed. For example, there might be an obstruction on the road or even near the road that could lead to a crash. If tall grass is growing alongside a road, a driver may not be able to see the road properly. Moreover, fog and rain can also keep drivers from seeing the road.

Bugs, food, and other distractions

People often realize that certain behaviors, such as using a cell phone while trying to drive, are incredibly dangerous and can lead to a motor vehicle collision. Our law firm knows that there are many other distractions that keep people from being able to focus on the road. In fact, some people become distracted by insects that they are scared of, such as spiders. Even though the idea of a car accident caused by a fear of spiders may sound silly to some, it is no laughing matter to those whose lives have been thrown off course as a result of the consequences that come with a crash, such as death, devastating injuries, medical bills, and other problems.

When some people hear a news story cover how a car accident was caused by a spider, they may be in disbelief. However, this does happen and can cause drivers to veer into another lane or off of the road, putting themselves and other people in harm's way. In fact, some people can become distracted simply because they see a spider, bee, or another insect that they are afraid of. When this occurs, they might be startled and lose their mental focus, divert their eyes to the floor or some part of their body, or drive erratically. If you were hit by someone who you think was distracted, it is important to look into any options that could be on the table, including legal action, depending on your circumstances.

Potential new treatments for mesothelioma

Workers in Pennsylvania who have been exposed to asbestos have a higher chance of developing mesothelioma, a serious type of cancer that is difficult to treat. Over the years, new drugs and other treatments have been developed to hopefully better diagnose and treat the disease.

According to the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center, immunotherapy is one of the major areas that is being researched to see how it can help cancer treatment be more effective. Immunotherapeutic strategies can turn off parts of the immune system, enhance current immunity or initiate a new response to the cancer. Treatments using tumor protein p53 are also showing promise in fighting mesothelioma. This human gene can help kill or repair DNA-damaged cells.

School leniency may endanger children

You entrust the care of your children to their school, and you hope they will take proper care of your children. Unfortunately, school officials do not always rise to the occasion, particularly when it comes to transportation. 

Everyday, somewhere in America a school bus is involved in an accident. With the lack of regulation and the need for drivers, parents may be surprised to learn about some of the lenient hiring policies some school districts have in place.  

What are tripped and untripped rollovers?

When it comes to traffic collisions, people need to realize that there are all sorts of factors that can lead to a crash. Many are aware that drunk driving, speeding, and other behaviors are dangerous. However, some people in Pennsylvania neglect to keep these risks in mind when they are driving, or may not even be aware that certain actions are dangerous. For example, many lives are lost due to rollover accidents and there are different ways that rollovers take place.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has presented information that offers insight into the different types of rollover accidents that can occur. While most rollovers (95 percent) are considered to be tripped, there are also untripped rollovers. According to the NHTSA, tripped rollovers happen when a tripping force affects a vehicle's tires and causes the vehicle to roll over. This may happen when a driver veers off of the road and into soft soil, for example. Tripped rollovers can also occur when a vehicle is traversing a steep slope or strikes a guardrail. On the other hand, untripped rollovers can happen when a driver swerves at a high rate of speed in an attempt to prevent a collision with another vehicle.

CDC report shows injuries to children are on the rise

The leading cause of death for children 0 to 19 years of age is unintentional injuries.  Each year these injuries continue to rise with over 12,000 a year dying from unintentional injuries and more than 9.2 million being seen in the emergency room each year. 

Changing careers due to a work injury

If you sustained an injury at work, a wide variety of challenges may be on the table. On the one hand, you could be going through physical pain or financial problems stemming from lost wages. Moreover, you could be struggling due to medical costs or other hardships associated with your accident. Our firm understands that some work-related injuries are so serious, injured workers are not able to recover enough to be able to return to their previous position. In some cases, they may never be able to work in a particular field again.

If you need to find a new line of work as a result of a workplace accident, it is pivotal to know your rights and explore any helpful options. Whether you sustained an injury that prevents you from performing certain tasks due to physical limitations, such as being unable to bend over or walk, or you need to find a new career path because you have too much mental trauma to return to your previous field, there are various tools that may be able to help. For example, workers' compensation benefits might assist you with training for a new job.

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