Erie has been bombarded with snow and ice in the past few weeks with additional winter weather still in the forecast. Given the harsh winter conditions, it is prudent to review some of the basic winter weather safety tips that can help you avoid injury and damage from severe weather conditions.
It is common to have questions about filing an injury claim after a traffic accident. For many individuals, a traffic accident might be the first time they need to deal with an insurance adjuster or an attorney. Our law firm represents accident victims and their families during a time when they are struggling to deal with medical bills, physical injuries, and emotional stress because of the negligence of another driver. Below are several questions that many people ask during their free consultation with our Pennsylvania car accident attorney.
Are you ready to survive winter driving in Pennsylvania? The snow and ice can make for picture-perfect landscapes. However, those same conditions can make driving treacherous. The first step to surviving winter weather on the roads in Pennsylvania is to make sure that your vehicle has a winter survival kit.
As the temperatures fall and winter takes a firm grasp on Pennsylvania, we can expect to see more episodes of dangerous driving conditions because of weather. Sleet, freezing rain, snow, and other winter weather conditions can make driving treacherous. Even when drivers believe the roads are safe, black ice can pose a significant danger for drivers and others using our roads.
If you are injured in a black ice accident in Erie or the surrounding areas, our law firm can help. You might be entitled to compensation from the other driver even though weather and road conditions may have contributed to the cause of the crash. Contact The Travis Law Firm toll free at (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our attorneys.
Some families begin holiday decorating before or on Thanksgiving Day. If you are preparing to decorate your home for the holidays, these holiday decorating safety tips can make your home safe and beautify this holiday season.
Many people take advantage of the great deals advertised on Black Friday to finish their holiday shopping. However, this means that traffic will be heavier on Black Friday, especially around shopping centers, malls, and popular stores. If you plan to be out on Black Friday, you need to take extra precautions to avoid a car accident or pedestrian accident.
One of the best ways to avoid a traffic accident is to pay close attention to the road and traffic ahead of you. You know that you may run into traffic jams; therefore, be prepared to be patient. Leaving earlier than normal can reduce your desire to speed or drive aggressively to get to your destination on time.
If you are involved in a car accident, it is very important that you take the following steps to protect your right to recover compensation for your injuries.
Labor Day Weekend is great for spending quality time with your family and friends. Whether it is spending time at a backyard BBQ, on the lake, or at a festival or concert, Labor Day is perfect for getting in one last summer trip or adventure.
Unfortunately, some families will experience tragic accidents over the holiday. In some cases, you may be able to avoid an accident by taking a few precautions. Below are tips for avoiding some of the most common types of accidents and injuries associated with a long holiday weekend.
When you are injured in a traffic-related accident, you might be entitled to recover money for your losses and injuries. Depending on the facts of your case, the amount could be substantial, and the amount could include compensation for future damages and permanent disability. While most types of compensation are not taxed as income, there are exceptions. In some cases, you may be required to pay income tax on part of your settlement amount.
Some drivers are simply worse than other drivers. They do not take the safety of others into concern when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Most drivers are very safe drivers who try to avoid accidents. However, even the safest driver may have habits that put him or her at risk for an accident. In many cases, we may not realize that our behavior is that bad. Below are two of the worst driving habits that can increase your risk of being involved in a traffic accident.
Distracted Driving in Pennsylvania
Distracted driving has become an increasing problem throughout the United States. The NHTSA estimates that 3,477 lives were lost in 2015 because of distracted driving. Roughly 391,000 people were injured in traffic accidents involving a distracted driver.
Many drivers are not fully aware of the danger of driving while distracted. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and AAA Exchange have conducted several studies involving distracted drivers. Studies have shown that the danger continues even after a distraction has ceased. The time it takes for a driver to be engaged fully in the task of driving after “multitasking” is 27 seconds. During those 27 seconds, a child could run into the road, a vehicle could suddenly stop, or a piece of road debris could suddenly appear. Just a few seconds could mean the difference between avoiding an accident and causing a collision.
Examples of distracted driving include:
- Texting while driving and talking on a cell phone
- Reading or sending emails
- Using any form of social media
- Looking at videos or reading
- Using a GPS device
- Eating, drinking, and grooming
- Taking care of children or interacting with other passengers
- Daydreaming or focusing on things outside of the vehicle
Any distraction can increase the risk of a traffic accident. For tips on how you can avoid distractions and other information on distracted driving, visit the distracted driving website provided by AAA Exchange.
Road Rage and Aggressive Driving
Instances of road rage and aggressive driving are also increasing throughout the United States. AAA Exchange estimates that almost 80 percent of drivers experience episodes of anger and aggression at least once in the last year. Aggressive behaviors can lead to accidents and injuries. Examples of driving habits that can lead to road rage, aggression, and traffic accidents include:
- Tailgating and following too closely
- Speeding and reckless driving
- Yelling at or cussing at other drivers
- Making obscene gestures toward other drivers
- Blocking cars from passing
- Ramming other vehicles
- Getting out to confront other drivers
- Sideswiping other vehicles
- Throwing objects at vehicles
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Running stop signs and red lights
If you engage in aggressive driving behavior, you can be increasing your risk of being involved in an accident. For more information about aggressive driving and tips on how to avoid road rage, see AAA’s brochure on road rage.
Call an Erie Accident Attorney for Help
If you are the victim of an aggressive driver or distracted driver, you have the right to file a claim for damages. You should not be liable for the damages caused by a negligent driver.
Call The Travis Law Firm toll free at (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our Pennsylvania accident attorneys.