If you have been following our blog, you are aware of the dangers associated with distracted driving and have read about laws enacted to prohibit drivers from engaging in dangerous practices. If people are aware that texting and driving are a dangerous combination, why do they continue to engage in this behavior?
A Ligonier police officer killed while on patrol duty by a van travelling in the wrong direction. The officer, Lieutenant Eric Eslary, was a 17 year veteran of the force, husband and father of six children. This tragedy may be even more tragic if Lt. Eslary's family is not able to recover the Underinsured Motorist benefits from his personal auto insurance policy.
While car accidents are a common occurrence this time of year throughout Pennsylvania, it's possible that many drivers may not be aware of the steps they should take following an accident.
Minor injuries suffered in car accidents where the vehicle you were in receives only minor damages may result in an extended period of time for getting the insurance company to pay for your medical bills and property damage. Studies show that insurance companies in these cases make an effort to show that even the minor injuries you say you sustained were not possible due to the small amount of damage done to the vehicle. This is a problem people go through every day that usually leads to some type of middle-ground between you and your insurance company.
Local schools and the PennDoT are making it a point to educate young drivers and other motorists about the importance of seat belts. The state is currently advising local police from all over to keep a watchful eye on drivers who fail to follow seatbelt laws. PennDoT says that the plan this spring is to target the many Pennsylvanians who don't wear seat belts and fining them in the hopes that they will begin taking the time to buckle their seatbelts before the car is in motion.
With the weather getting nicer each day, many Western Pennsylvanians will likely be making impromptu road trips to find spring catching up with the rest of the region. It's important to remember that before you head out for a daytrip, you should have your car given a good once-over to make sure all your bells and whistles are properly working. Taking a little extra time to do have the vehicle examined by yourself or a professional can prevent car accidents from occurring.
For many in the Pittsburgh area, St. Patrick's Day is one of the best holidays of the year. Revelers of all descents gear up for parties and parades planned for the holiday. On this day all truly believe that they are Irish for the day. However, some people in the area tend to over-imbibe. When people drink too much and get behind the wheel, car accidents and fatal car accidents are inevitable. If you're going out for this year's festivities and you plan on drinking, don't drive.
When most people get into their vehicles, whether as a driver or passenger, they immediately reach for the seat belt and ensure the device is fastened prior to the vehicle being in motion. For the 700 million plus people who use on commercial buses like PAT in the United States each year, buckling a seatbelt is not an option.
Many car accidents happen because of negligence. That's a simple fact. Driving drunk is a clear case of negligence. It's widely understood that drinking and driving is dangerous to for both the driver who imbibes and others with whom he or she shares the road. What many people do not know is that texting and driving is now being viewed by many experts as more dangerous than drinking and driving, causing a large percentage of car accidents throughout the United States and here in Western Pennsylvania. A study from last year found that texting and driving for the new number one cause of death while driving.
Pennsylvania parents hoping to reduce the odds of seeing their children suffer from fatal car accidents can take one important step--be sure that their teen motorists are driving with adults 21 years of age or older, and that they're not driving with passengers who are also teens.