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Road work and motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle collisions happen in many ways, and there are certain hazards that motorcyclists should be especially conscious of during the summer months. In many parts of the country, a lot of road work occurs during the summertime, and this can be helpful when it comes to reducing the likelihood of a motorcycle crash (eliminating potholes, etc.). Unfortunately, road work can also lead to a motorcycle collision in various ways and motorcyclists should exercise caution when approaching and riding through a road construction zone.

Some motorcyclists have been involved in accidents in work zones as a result of their own negligence, such as trying to speed through a work zone or pass vehicles by maneuvering through traffic. However, even when a motorcyclist is very responsible and cautious, they may be involved in an accident in this environment. For example, a construction crew member who is operating a truck may not see a motorcyclist and collide with them. Or, a motorcyclist may be struck by debris or by another vehicle that is driving too fast through a work zone.

How can I spot a drunk driver?

Drunk driving is a very serious offense that is capable of destroying numerous lives in one fell swoop. While it's ultimately up to law enforcement to identify and apprehend drunk drivers, it also helps for ordinary citizens to be alert and aware when on the road. In this case, MADD offers the following advice on how you can spot a drunk driver and what you should do about it.

First and foremost, never pursue a drunk driver on your own. If you notice any of the following signs, the best thing you can do is to take note of the vehicle and contact law enforcement right away from a safe area. Drunk drivers often exhibit risky driving behaviors, including swerving in and out of lanes. The person may also appear to accelerate or decelerate at an abnormal pace or even stop for no reason. Other signs include driving with headlights off, driving too slowly, making illegal turns, driving on the wrong side of the road, or signaling incorrectly.

What gear do I need when riding a motorcycle?

Motorcycle helmets are crucial to protect riders, but this isn't where safety measures should end. There are other types of gear that also offer protection, and it's a must that riders are properly outfitted every time they ride their motorcycles. RideApart.com explains what you must wear to stay safe when on the road. 

Motorcyclists should always make sure their legs are covered. However, regular jeans are not likely to offer ample protection in the event of a crash. When choosing pants, look for those with reinforced panels covering knees, shins, and hips. These are most likely to protect your legs from abrasions if you're involved in an accident. You also want to ensure that pants offer a good fit. They should be snug, but you should also be able to move your legs freely when riding. That way you can rest assured you can maneuver the bike correctly. 

The long-term rehab needed after limb amputation

Big rigs are a familiar sight on Pennsylvania roadways. They are a crucial part of a thriving economy. However, with more traffic on the highways than ever before and the fact that they weigh 20 to 30 times more than your car or light duty truck, accidents involving 18-wheelers are often devastating. At Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C, our team of attorneys has experience representing clients whose injuries result in limb amputation.

John Hopkins Medicine reports that a permanent disability takes a toll on patient self-esteem. A rehabilitation program that maximizes patient capabilities is essential for promoting independence which can improve self-care and encourage rejoining your community.

Common sense 101: Avoid a DUI accident at all costs

Drunk driving is still a persistent problem in Pennsylvania. Despite ad campaigns, many people either do not see the dangers or think they will be fine. Sadly, that is not always the case. In 2017 alone, more than 9,000 car accidents occurred as a result of driving under the influence, with many of them resulting in fatalities. 

We're not here to tell you not to enjoy alcohol. But before you head out for an evening, plan ahead and use common sense about getting behind the wheel of your car. We know you've heard it all before, but with the statistics still heading in the wrong direct, we think it bears repeating that drinking and driving is never okay. 

Which features are important in motorcycle helmets?

If you're a new motorcyclist in Pittsburgh, you're probably excited to get on the road. Along with the fun and excitement, it's important for new riders to take the appropriate safety measures. Motorcyclists are at risk on the road when drivers fail to notice their presence, which is an all too common occurrence. That's why Esurance offers the following tips on finding a suitable helmet to protect you in the event of a crash. 

Look for the DOT sticker

Understanding the severity of whiplash

Car accidents of any severity can result in substantial injuries. Six individuals had to go to local Pennsylvania hospitals after suffering injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Waynesboro. 

One of the most common conditions people develop after a traffic collision is whiplash. This refers to the blow people experience when their necks jerk forward and then immediately backward, often striking the headrest. It may not seem like much, but many people suffer from severe injuries for weeks, months or even years due to the condition. 

Understanding dram shop liability

Many in Pittsburgh may believe that their chances of encountering a drunk driver on the road are rare. This may come from an assumption that those who actually choose to drive while intoxicated are relatively few. They may think that reports of drunk driving arrests are not representative of the total population. Yet while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that while just over 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence in 2016, they also share data that suggests that number represents a mere one percent of the total number of American adults who admit to getting behind the wheel after drinking every year. 

One might wonder if those who assist people in getting drunk might share in their liability of the same people later cause accidents while driving. Pennsylvania does indeed have what is commonly known as a "dram shop" law (the term dram shop is a holdover from colonial times when establishments served alcohol by the dram). Basically, a dram shop law assigns liability to a restaurant, bar or any other establishment that serves alcohol if one of its patron's drinks and then drives drunk. 

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.

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