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Car accident takes life of Ligonier police officer

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.

Truck accidents and causes

Truck accidents between tractor trailer drivers and passenger vehicles seems to be on the rise in our region. As such, injuries and deaths associated with these accidents are also on the rise in Pennsylvania. Truck drivers individually log hundreds of thousands of miles a year and the companies they work for count on their drivers to meet time-sensitive deadlines that could otherwise cost them thousands of dollars if those deadlines are not met. Although many truckers tend to get a bad rap, the truth is that the majority of them follow company policies and federal laws; however, there will always be those few who make poor decisions and break the rules for their own selfish benefit.

Low damage car accidents can still result in serious injuries

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.

Seat belts save lives in car accidents

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.

Tips to prevent car accidents during daytrips

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.

Car accidents and St. Patrick's Day festivities

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.

Bus and car accidents

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.

Commercial bus and truck accidents

Late last year, a horrific multiple-vehicle accident occurred along a Pennsylvanian highway east of Pittsburgh when a commercial tractor trailer barreled into the rear of a car that was stopped due to other truck accidents. The initial crash sent off a chain reaction that included eight cars and trucks, resulted in three deaths and eight injuries.

Car accidents caused by texting and driving

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.

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