We can all agree that the 4th of July holiday is a time when some of the best parties are thrown in the largest cities in America. Huge parties to celebrate our Independence Day are held throughout our country from Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles to Washington, Atlanta, and Charlotte. However, it is not only the large cities that know how to celebrate July Fourth . . . in Erie, Edinboro, Warren, Penn State, Bradford, Meadville, Crawford, Conneaut Lake, and throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania, Pennsylvanians will be celebrating Independence Day the only way we know how to celebrate — with style!
During our July Fourth celebrations, many people will participate in parades, festivals, carnivals, backyard cookouts, block parties, and other festive events that include lots of great music, delicious food, and thirst-quenching beverages. In many of these festivities and celebrations, drinking alcohol is customary. However, if you choose to consume alcohol, you should give your keys up, stay to enjoy the party, and leave the driving to someone else. Drinking is a great responsibility and driving is an even greater responsibility.
According to new information released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding-related traffic fatalities increased by three percent from 2014 to 2015. During 2015, 9,557 people lost their lives in speed-related traffic accidents. In Pennsylvania, almost one-half of all traffic fatalities resulted from accidents involving speeding.
In many cases, a child does not sustain life-threatening or serious injuries in a car accident. Sadly, this is not always the case. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the leading the cause of death for children in the United States. During 2014, more than 121,350 children were injured in car accidents. In 2015, 663 children under the age of 13 were killed in motor vehicle crashes.
Wearing your seat belt is one of the most effective ways to prevent serious injury or death in a motor vehicle accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) seat belts prevented 14,000 traffic-related deaths and reduced serious crash-related injuries by almost one-half in 2015. Sadly, many people still refuse to buckle up even though evidence shows it protects them in an accident and it is the law.
One of the biggest dangers for motorcycle riders is not being seen by other drivers. With the increased number of distracted driving accidents across Pennsylvania, riding a motorcycle, evening during daylight hours, can be dangerous. Unfortunately, there is very little we can do to make motorists pay more attention when driving, but there are things we can do as motorcyclists to try to make ourselves more visible when riding to decrease the risk of being hit by another motorist. One of the current trends is smart brake lights that attach to motorcycle helmets.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its Traffic Safety Facts related to children earlier this year. Sadly, traffic-related fatalities for children increased by five percent from 2014 to 2015. Injuries sustained by children in traffic accidents increased by six percent in 2015. Approximately 178,000 children were injured, and 1,798 were killed in traffic crashes in 2015. These figures encompass all accidents and deaths from traffic accidents including children as occupants in vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of fatalities for children in the United States. Many of these deaths and injuries can be prevented if parents would use safety restraints correctly.
Yes, you can settle your injury claim without an attorney, but that may not be in your best interest. Our Erie personal injury attorneys understand that you may need to settle your case so that you can have funds to pay your medical bills and other expenses, especially if you have been out of work because of your injuries.
However, by settling your claim quickly and without an attorney, you may receive far less than you deserve. The insurance adjuster won’t tell you this — his job is to pay as little as possible to settle your claim. We will tell you the truth; you can count on that because we have your best interest as our top priority.
Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kickoff to the summer vacation season. Erie and the surrounding areas have plenty of holiday events and activities to keep you busy. However, if you are traveling for the holiday weekend, you need to beware that with the increase in traffic, you increase of being involved in a car crash also increases. Even if you are just traveling across town, you need to be very careful on the roads over the holiday weekend.
Below are several tips from our Erie DUI defense attorney to help keep you legal and safe over Memorial Day Weekend.
The commercial trucking industry is a billion-dollar business in the United States. Large trucks are one of the most efficient and cost-effective methods of transporting goods across the country. Unfortunately, these extremely large, heavy vehicles can be very dangerous on the road. A passenger vehicle stands no chance in a collision with an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer.
For the second year in a row, the Motorcycle Profiling Project is conducting a national survey to define profiling trends for motorcyclists in the United States. The 2015-2016 National Motorcycle Profiling Survey revealed that many riders are profiled based on their appearance, not on their behavior.
Over half of riders say they were stopped by police unjustifiably at least one time and 37 percent say they have been unjustifiably stopped more than once. Many of these riders are not even members of motorcycle clubs. For those who are members of clubs, they report they are profiled even though they are members of Christian clubs or veterans’ clubs.
The NMPS is asking motorcyclists throughout the United States to participate in the 2016-2017 survey to gather more data and statistics related to motorcyclist profiling. The best way to fight unfair profiling is to continue to bring attention to the problem. The survey does not require any personal data, so your privacy and anonymity are protected.