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Are Men or Women More Likely to Cause Philadelphia Collisions?

21
Aug 2014
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According to Yahoo News, auto insurance companies charge males much more than they charge females for car insurance. In fact, a 25-year-old man will end up paying  as much as $400 a year more in motor vehicle collision insurance premiums than a women, even if they both have the same clean driving record with no tickets and no accidents. The gap narrows some as men and women age, but it does not go away completely and men still end up paying many thousands of dollars more in insurance premiums during their lifetimes. cars

Insurance companies set premiums based on the risk that someone will become involved in a collision. As a result, the discrepancy in insurance premiums suggests that men are worse drivers than women. The question: is that true, and do men tend to become involved in more collisions? Understanding who is at the greatest risk on the road is important for accident prevention efforts. When an accident does happen, victims also need to know their rights and should consult with a personal injury lawyer for help.

Men vs. Women: Who is a Better Driver?

Yahoo suggests that both men and women are terrible drivers, but in different ways. Men are more likely to become involved in serious motor vehicle collisions that cause fatalities, major injuries or total damage to a vehicle. Women, on the other hand, are likely to get into more car accidents but the collisions tend to be fender-benders or minor crashes that cause minimal damage.

In 2012, 71 percent of the drivers killed in collisions in the United States were men. Men drive drunk at higher rates, and they engage in more aggressive driving behavior then women do. By contrast, a University of Michigan Study showed that in every age group over the age of 25, women get into more collisions despite the fact that men drive much more often than they do.

Other research confirms this. A Reader’s Digest report showed that men are more proficient than women at many driving tasks, but that they take more risks than women do. As a result, when they get into a collision, it is likely caused by either aggressive driving or high-risk behavior rather than lack of driving ability.

A Daily Mail report indicated that out of 6.5 million motor vehicle collisions from 1998 and 2007, there were a higher than anticipated number of collisions involving two women drivers. Women were found to be more likely to become involved in collisions at intersections than men were. Yahoo’s report also warned women of the higher risk of intersection accidents.

Calculations regarding who is safer among men and women are also being changed by technology. Teenage girls are twice as likely as teenage boys to text or talk on the phone while driving, which is a very high-risk behavior. As a result, insurance companies may need to re-evaluate their rates if more young women drivers start to cause collisions while on the phone.

Our personal injury attorneys in Philadelphia are dedicated to fighting for the rights of accident victims. Contact Flager & Associates at 215-953-5200 today to schedule a consultation.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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Avoiding Philadelphia Truck Collisions

23
Jul 2014
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Large trucks present a risk to drivers on the road since trucks weigh much more than passenger vehicles and are more difficult to operate. Unfortunately, according to recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of fatalities involving large trucks rose between 2011 and 2012. People in vehicles other than the truck were most likely to be the ones who lose their lives to truck accidents. old-truck-1228351-m

Victims of truck collisions should consult with a personal injury attorney for help understanding their rights. Drivers and truckers should also follow best practices for safety to avoid becoming involved in a truck collision.

The Dangers of Truck Accidents

The NHTSA provided a comprehensive summary of data on truck accidents in 2012 to highlight the risk that these tractor-trailers and massive vehicles present to drivers. According to the recent report:

  • A total of 3,921 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks in 2012. This is a four percent increase from 2011 in the number of fatalities.
  • There were 104,000 people injured in large truck accidents in the U.S. in 2012.
  • A total of 333,000 large trucks were involved in some type of motor vehicle collision over the course of 2012. Large trucks are defined as those with a vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or heavier.
  • A total of 73 percent of people killed in large truck crashes were occupants of vehicles other than the truck. Only 18 percent were occupants of the truck and 10 percent were not occupants of any vehicle.
  • From 2011 to 2012, there was a five percent increase in the number of occupants of vehicles other than the truck who lost their lives. The number of non-occupants killed in truck crashes decreased by 11 percent and the number of truckers killed increased by nine percent.

Drivers need to understand that a collision with a large truck can be extremely dangerous and need to do everything possible to prevent this from occurring. GEICO recently provided some tips for driving safely around large trucks, including:

  • Avoiding “no zones” These are blind spots that exist around the sides, front and back of large trucks. Drivers need to remember that whenever they are unable to see the trucker in his mirrors, the trucker cannot see the car.
  • Passing safely. Whenever a driver is trying to pass a truck, he should be sure that he can see the front of the truck in the rear-view mirror before pulling forward.
  • Skipping confusing signaling. Some drivers think that flashing their headlights is a signal they want to change lanes. However, truckers can interpret this in different ways including as a sign that police are coming or as a sign the trucker should change lanes.
  • Never swerving in the path of an oncoming truck. Because of their size, a truck could take a full football field’s length to stop.

By following these important safety tips, drivers can hopefully avoid deadly truck crashes and ensure that they do not become a statistic.

Our personal injury attorneys in Philadelphia are dedicated to fighting for the rights of accident victims. Contact Flager & Associates at 215-953-5200 or visit http://www.flagerlaw.com today to schedule a consultation.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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A Close Look at Motor Vehicle Accidents and Teenagers

23
Jun 2014
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Four years ago, a Philadelphia teen was pinned against a wall by an out-of-control car, losing her left leg above the knee and breaking numerous bones. According to ABC 6, the teenager faced years of struggle to recover from her injuries. She was rewarded when she not only graduated from high school but when she walked across the stage at her graduation. She was one of the lucky ones, because many teenagers who are involved in accidents are killed or are left with injuries that make it impossible for them to have a normal future. mortarboard-1444330-m

In 2012 alone, 2,439 teenagers were killed in auto accidents on U.S. roads. Just over half of the teenagers who were killed (a total of 56 percent) were driving their vehicles at the time of their death, while 44 percent of the young people killed were passengers. More than half of the teens who died did not have their seat belts on at the time.

The General Motors Foundation conducted an in-depth study to learn why so many young people are dying in collisions. The study has been published and is titled “Teens in Cars.

Understanding the causes of teen car accidents is important so collisions can be prevented. Those injured in student accidents also need to understand their legal rights, as victim of collisions can take legal action to obtain compensation from those responsible. An attorney from Flager & Associates can help those who have been harmed to pursue a claim for damages.

Understanding Student Accidents

The Teens in Cars report was based on a national survey of 1,000 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19. According to the report:

  • One in four teenagers who were surveyed said that they did not wear a seat belt on every ride.
  • Teens who did not use seat belts were more likely to admit to texting while driving than teens who buckle up. A total of 73 percent of teens who do not buckle up said they text compared to 52 percent of young people who wear belts.
  • 39 percent of teenagers said they have been in the car with a texting teen driver and 95 percent said they think other young people have done so.
  • 43 percent of teens said they’d been in a car with a teen driver who was talking on his phone.
  • More than half of the teenagers responding to the survey said they had seen their parents talking on the phone while they were driving and 28 percent had seen their parents text and drive.
  • 49 percent of teens indicated they felt unsafe when riding with a friend and 31 percent worried about their safety when riding with a parent.
  • Four in 10 teens indicated they asked the driver to stop if they thought he was driving dangerously, but the same number said they did not act.

These statistics show that a lot needs to be done to reduce the risk of death among young people. The 2,439 teens killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2012 was significantly higher than the 1,927 teens who died from homicides and 1,863 who died from suicides during the course of the same year. If teenagers practiced better safety and obeyed the rules, and if parents modeled good behavior and set clear rules for teen drivers, many of the motor vehicle accident deaths could likely be prevented.

Our personal injury attorneys in Philadelphia are dedicated to fighting for the rights of accident victims. Contact Flager & Associates at 215-953-5200 or visit http://www.flagerlaw.com today to schedule a consultation.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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Eye Protection Can Help Prevent Workplace Injuries

23
May 2014
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Under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws, the loss of both eyes in a workplace accident constitutes total disability. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act also specifies that a worker who loses an eye is entitled to 66 2/3 percent of wages for 275 weeks. world-outside-of-window-1436855-1-m

Unfortunately, many different types of workplace accidents can result in the loss of an eye and/or can cause permanent damage to the eyes that leave an employee with impaired vision.  If you lose an eye or are left blind or are facing vision damage, an industrial accident lawyer in Philadelphia can provide you with assistance in making a work injury claim and in taking steps to recover compensation from responsible parties.

Eye Protection Essential to Preventing Injuries 

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) warns that thousands of people are blinded each year at work as a result of eye injuries. In fact, eye injuries cost more than $300 million every year in workers’ compensation costs, medical expenses and lost production time.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 1/3 of workplace eye injuries require hospitalization and around 100 workers each day suffer eye injuries that are serious enough to result in at least one missed day of work. Most eye injuries include objects hitting the eye or small particles such as metal slivers and wood chips getting into the eye and abrading it. Chemical burns are also a leading cause of damage to the eye, as are thermal burns that can affect welders and their assistants.

While most workplace eye injuries result from trauma, the CDC indicates that healthcare workers, lab staff, animal handlers, janitorial workers and others in customer service professions could come into contact with infectious diseases that affect the eye.

To reduce the risk of injury to the eyes and protect workers’ vision, the CDC provides an Eye Safety Checklist.   The steps that should be taken to minimize risk to the eyes on the job include:

  • Creating a safe work environment by eliminating unstable or unsecured debris; putting machine guards in place; training workers in proper use of tools; and restricting bystander access to hazard areas.
  • Evaluating safety hazards, including both primary hazards at work sites as well as risks posed by nearby workers.
  • Ensuring the proper face and eye protection are worn by workers. The eye protection should be in good condition and must be properly fitted to the worker so that it stays in place.
  • Using good work practices, including removing dust and debris from hardhats before taking off the eye protection and avoiding touching the eyes with hands or clothing that are dirty.
  • Having an eye wash or sterile solution on hand at the work site in order to be prepared in case an eye injury occurs.

By following these tips, hopefully fewer workers will experience eye injuries that result in blindness or serious vision impairment caused by a workplace accident.

Our personal injury attorneys in Philadelphia are dedicated to fighting for the rights of accident victims. Contact Flager & Associates at 215-953-5200 today to schedule a consultation. 

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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Distracted Driving Major Cause of Philadelphia Car Accidents

10
Apr 2014
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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Pennsylvania and across the United States.

The month began with the launch of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s first nationwide distracted driving enforcement and advertising campaign. The effort comes as the USA Today reports more than 1 in 4 of the nation’s traffic accidents are now caused by cell-phone use.

Distracted driving accident attorneys in Philadelphia know Pennsylvania has finally joined more than 40 other states in162661269 prohibiting drivers from texting at the wheel. The law prohibits the use of an interactive communications device for texting, instant messaging, emailing or browsing the Internet, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. However, enforcement remains a challenge because drivers are not prohibited from dialing or using a hand-held cell phone.

Pennsylvania anti-texting laws often difficult to enforce

As The Morning Call recently reported, enforcement is difficult for law enforcement officials because they might not be able to tell the difference between a talking driver and a texting driver.

“Out on the street, is it very difficult to tell if a person is texting? Yes — I won’t make that a secret,” said Allentown Police Capt. William Reinik, who is in charge of the traffic division.

In Philadelphia, the number of tickets issued dropped from 243 in the year after the ban was passed, to just 91 tickets last year. Statewide, authorities have issued little more than 1,000 tickets a year since the law was enacted, which is having little impact on the risks faced by motorists. Authorities report distracted driving was to blame for 1.152 crashes and 59 traffic deaths in Pennsylvania in 2011.

Of course, our Philadelphia injury lawyers know cell phones are far from the only distraction faced by drivers; eating, grooming, applying makeup, using in-car electronics and talking to passengers can all take your eyes from the road and increase your risks of being involved in a serious or fatal traffic accident. The NHTSA reports at least 3,328 people were killed and more than 421,000 injured in distracted-driving collisions last year.

Teen drivers and texting accident risks

As with other examples of poor driving decisions, teens are among those at highest risk. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports texting while driving kills 11 teens per day. Other stats highlighting the risk to teens include:

-Teens are four-times more likely to be involved in a crash or near-crash while talking on a cell phone.

-94 percent of teens identify texting and driving as a serious threat, yet one-third admit to regularly doing so anyway, according to a study by AAA.

-A teen with one other passenger doubles the risk of a collision. A teen driver with two or more passengers faces five-times the fatal accident risks.

-Half of all teenagers admit to texting and driving. About one-fourth of teens admit to responding to at least one text message every time they drive.

About 30 students from high schools in Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks and Philadelphia counties recently participated in a Teen Safe Driving Competition at the Technical College High School’s Pickering Campus, according to the Montgomery Times Herald. The young drivers first attended a presentation on distracted driving.

Don’t be shy when it comes to getting the word out about the dangers of distracted driving — and make it a special point to talk to the young driver in your family.

Our distracted driving accident lawyers in Philadelphia can help. Contact Flager & Associates at 215-953-5200 today to schedule a consultation. 

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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Philadelphia Traffic Deaths Shows Street Design Key to Pedestrian Safety

2
Apr 2014
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Pedestrian accident deaths were 15 percent higher in the United States in 2012 as compared with 2009. The number of fatalities has increased an average of 4.9 percent each year since 2009 and experts do not understand why. 

With traffic safety professionals stymied about how to reduce pedestrian fatalities, research is underway by activists nationwide to help understand the risks faced by walkers. For example, one analysis of traffic deaths in Philadelphia between 2008 and 2012 showed that there were 158 deaths citywide but only 16 pedestrian deaths in Center City. The study of locations where fatal crashes occurred led to the conclusion that street design is the biggest driving factor in reducing collisions.

If this is true, then the passage of the new Safe Streets Act of 2014 could help to reduce the number of people dying on roads throughout the United States. Of course, there is no guarantee that the law will pass and even if it does, it is not nearly enough to make the roads as safe as they should be for walkers and bicyclists. Pedestrians who do suffer injury have the legal right to compensation and should contact an experienced Delaware Valley accident lawyer for assistance.

Street Design is Key to Safety for Pedestrians

The Safe Streets Act of 2014 was introduced into the United States Senate. The Act would require that states and local municipal organizations establish Complete Streets policies and apply those policies to new federally-funded transportation projects.

Throughout the United States, more than 238 local jurisdictions have reportedly put Complete Streets policies into place already. These policies simply mandate that roads and transportation infrastructure be designed with the safety of all road users in mind and not just for people in cars. Road design needs to address the needs of walkers, bicycle riders, children, elderly people, freight vehicles and those who utilize public transportation.

The federal Department of Transportation is also directed by the Act to establish regulations to determine if local jurisdictions are complying with the law and using Complete Streets policies.

Since street design is seen as key to reducing deaths, the passage of this Act could be a good step towards saving the lives of pedestrians. However, it is a very small step.

The fact is, in the United States, just 1.6 percent of federal transportation dollars in 2012 were devoted to walkers and bicyclists. A total of 12 percent of trips are taken by walkers and bicyclists, yet a disproportionately low amount of money is going towards making these road-users safer.

While there was a slight reduction in pedestrian accident fatalities in the first half of 2013 (8.7 percent fewer deaths in the first half of the year than in 2012), there were still 1,985 people killed nationwide in just a six month period of time. Further, experts couldn’t explain the decline except to speculate that an improving economy meant that more people were driving instead of walking.

With thousands dying each year, it is clearly not enough to just pass a bill requiring that states use better principles for road design going forward. Driver and pedestrian education efforts need to be undertaken and a serious effort needs to be made to adapt existing infrastructure to bicyclists and pedestrians.

A Delaware Valley accident lawyer can help collision victims. Contact Flager & Associates at 215-953-5200 today to schedule a consultation. 

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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Delaware Valley Injury Accidents – Dealing with Insurance Companies

25
Mar 2014
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If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle collision, the last thing you need is a protracted fight with an insurance company. Unfortunately, that’s exactly the position you are likely to find yourself in. Despite making an average of $30 billion a year in profit, insurance companies routinely use a number of underhanded and unfair tactics to deny paying injured people what they owe. A recent report from the American Association for Justice illustrated some of the dishonest methods insurers use.

Fortunately, you do not have to battle insurance companies alone. Accident attorneys in the Delaware Valley can make all the difference.

How Car Insurers Avoid Paying Legitimate Claims 

Allstate Insurance earned its place on the list of the 10 Worst Insurance companies with its three-part claims handling process of “Deny, Delay, Defend.” However, Allstate is not the only insurer that doesn’t treat claimants in a fair and reasonable way.

Some examples of the different tactics that insurers use in an effort to avoid paying reasonable compensation to covered victims after car crashes include:

  • Rewarding employees to deny legitimate claims or keep payments down. Some companies offer pizza parties, gift certificates and other incentives to agents who are able to avoid payouts or get injured victims to accept settlements that are less than they deserve. Reports indicate that one insurance adjuster would offer people as little as $50 for claims and policyholders would take the money because they were afraid of getting nothing at all.
  • Finding any and all reasons to deny covered claims. One 60-year-old woman with broken bones and a collapsed lung after a crash had her claim denied on her $2 million Farmers’ Insurance Policy. The insurer said that she was not covered for the collision that resulted when a pickup truck driver crossed into her lane because the incident was caused by “road rage” and wasn’t an accident.
  • Delaying the claim to avoid paying. While this example was specifically given in regards to long-term care insurance (with insurers avoiding payments until policyholders died), it is applicable to car insurance claims too. If an insurer can string you along for a long enough period of time with promises to pay, the statute of limitations could expire and you’d be unable to sue. Insurers also count on you becoming desperate for money and willing to accept less compensation than you deserve.

You don’t have to let this happen to you. You can fight unfair actions on the part of insurers by:

  • Reading insurance policies carefully to understand what is covered.
  • Documenting all losses carefully (including keeping medical records and treatment bills).
  • Keeping copies of all correspondence.
  • Hiring an experienced attorney to represent you in motor vehicle collision claims.

You should never sign anything or agree to a settlement until you have had an attorney look it over and ensure it is fair and reasonable.

Accident attorneys in the Delaware Valley can help collision victims. Contact Flager & Associates at 215-953-5200 today to schedule a consultation. 

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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More Vehicle Recalls in 2013 Means More Dangers for Drivers

27
Feb 2014
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Last year saw the highest number of vehicle recalls in almost a decade. In 2004, there were 30.8 million cars recalled. In 2013, 22 million cars were recalled, up from 16.4 million in 2012.  The majority of recalls last year happened when manufacturers identified serious safety problems and voluntarily took the cars off the road for repairs.  

When cars are sold with defects, there is always the possibility that drivers could suffer serious injuries and the car manufacturers could be held liable for resulting losses.  Those hurt by a defective vehicle should contact  personal injury lawyers in Delaware Valley. Product liability lawyers at Flager & Associates, PC offer free consultations to victims.

Defects Lead to 2013 Vehicle Recalls

Since 1966, the United States federal government has mandated that automakers recall vehicles that have defects.  Over the nearly half-century that the recall requirements have been in effect, 540.8 million vehicle recalls have occurred.

Altogether, there were 632 separate recall incidents last year. Toyota was the car manufacturer that had the most recalls, which makes 2013 the second year in a row that Toyota has had this dubious honor.  There were several primary issues that caused Toyotas to be recalled. One problem was that electronic interference could cause air bags in some Toyota’s to deploy when no accident occurred.  Other models of Toyota vehicles also had air bags deploying improperly, but this time because of drain holes blocked by spider webs.

Toyota’s other issues related to 78,000 vehicles with suspension problems. These vehicles had actually already been recalled in 2012. The vehicles with the faulty suspensions had been repaired, but were recalled again since the first effort at repair was not always effective.

Chrysler was the carmaker with the second highest number of recalls in 2013. The car company recalled 1.7 million older Jeep Liberty and Jeep Cherokee models. The recall was prompted by concerns expressed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about a potential risk of fire in rear-impact collisions.

Investigations initiated by the NHTSA prompted around seven million of the total number of vehicles recalled in 2013. Recall of the remaining 15 million vehicles was undertaken when manufacturers realized a problem existed with the cars they had sold.

Manufacturers should act quickly to alert the public to risks and remove defective cars from the road until repair is possible. Recalled vehicles are repaired or replaced by the manufacturer at no cost to the consumer, in most cases.

Unfortunately, sometimes both the carmakers and NHTSA do not act to recall products quickly enough, and people get hurt. Rather than waiting to repair products when something goes wrong, it is far better to do adequate pre-marketing testing to make sure that the vehicles aren’t dangerous in the first place.    The NHTSA can encourage this through regulations, and carmakers can make the choice to put safety first and ensure they do everything they can to avoid releasing potentially defective cars.

Flager & Associates, PC can help collision victims. Call a car accident lawyer in Delaware Valley at 215-953-5200  or visit www.flagerlaw.com today to schedule a consultation.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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Severe Winter Weather Causes Major Risks – How to Avoid Accidents

20
Feb 2014
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Around $20 million has been spent in the Delaware Valley to clear snow and ice from roads during the first few months of winter 2014.  By mid-February, 85 percent of its winter budget had already been spent by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The Delaware Department of Transportation reported more than $9.5 million in expenditures by the same time. 

Clearing the roads is costly but necessary. Even with the best efforts of plowing services and more than 116,000 tons of salt on the roads, weather-related motor vehicle collisions continue to increase the risks in the Delaware Valley region. A car accident lawyer in Delaware Valley can help victims of winter crashes to pursue claims against at-fault motorists.  Call Flager & Associates, PC today to learn more.

Winter Weather Can Lead to Pileups 

Winter 2014 is shaping up to be one of the harshest in decades. This is bad news for motorists, since bad weather in the milder 2013 winter caused hundreds of multi-car pileups.  At least 107 multi-vehicle crashes occurred in 2013, with more than 60 percent triggered by bad weather. Multi-car crashes included collisions with at least five vehicles and at least one death; or collisions involving at least 10 vehicles.

Weather events resulting in pileups included:

  • Snow Squalls, which caused 20 pileups.
  • Icy roads, which triggered 15 pileups.
  • Snow and freezing rain, which resulted in nine multicar accidents.
  • Fog, which was also the cause of nine crashes involving multiple vehicles.

Pileups are more likely during bad weather due to low visibility, difficulty stopping and the tendency of vehicles to skid on icy roads.

Tips to Avoid Winter Collisions

Most pileups start with one collision and snowball from there because drivers don’t see the impaired vehicles or cannot avoid hitting them.  To prevent pileup accidents, you need to know how to drive safely in the winter.

Some winter driving tips to follow to reduce your collision risk include:

  • Driving at a speed that is appropriate for the current weather and road conditions. This may be less than the legal speed limit.
  • Increasing the following distance between you and the vehicle leading you, leaving a larger gap than you normally would during better weather.
  • Braking gently to avoid a skid and always remaining calm even if the wheels begin to lock up.
  • Switching to a low gear in order to get better traction, especially when traveling on hills.
  • Knowing what to do if you skid. For rear-wheels that skid, remove your foot from the accelerator and steer the vehicle in the direction you want your front wheels to go. For front wheels that skid, shift to neutral but don’t try to steer right away. The wheels skidding sideways will cause the vehicle to slow and traction should return. At this time, steer toward the desired direction.

By following these tips and exercising extra caution during the winter, hopefully you can avoid pileup collisions or other winter crashes in the Delaware Valley.

Flager & Associates, PC can help collision victims. Call a car accident lawyer in Delaware Valley at 215-953-5200  or visit www.flagerlaw.com today to schedule a consultation. 

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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Falls Becoming Major Cause of Trauma-Deaths

23
Jan 2014
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The majority of fatal injuries caused by trauma in the United States are caused by motor vehicle accidents, firearms, and falls. While auto accidents have long been the leading cause of trauma-related deaths, new data shows that falls are on pace to overtake car accidents as the top cause of fatalities. This data should be a wake-up call to nursing homes as well as to public places that will increasingly be catering to an older clientele. 

Falls are already far too common and cause thousands of deaths every year. As baby boomers age, they become at greater risk of a fall because of balance issues and decreasing vision. Slip and fall accident lawyers in Delaware Valley know that the risk of serious injury for older people also increases because seniors often have frailer bodies and brittle bones, which means they are more likely to experience a broken hip or other more serious injury from a fall. To protect seniors and to avoid the potential for increased liability, nursing homes need to institute better fall protection methods and public places need to prepare to make their facilities more accommodating to seniors.

Fall Injuries Becoming the Top Cause of Death

There has been a dramatic shift in recent years related to the percentage of deaths caused by falls versus the percentage of deaths caused by auto accidents. In 2002, falls caused six deaths for every 100,000 people while car accidents caused 16 deaths. By 2010, car accidents were causing 12 deaths for every 100,000 people while falls were causing nine.

The decrease in deaths caused by car accidents may be largely explained by better in-vehicle safety devices and by a strong focus on accident prevention. While the research did not specifically look at the reason that deaths due to falls were on the rise, the aging population and the increased fragility of fall victims were cited as possible explanations.

The dramatic change suggests the urgency of taking more steps to prevent falls. As Pain Medicine News reports, the rate of deaths due to falls increased 46 percent over just eight years. Those who should pay special attention to this data include:

  • Nursing homes: The CDC reports that 1,800 senior residents of nursing homes die annually because of fall injuries. Nursing homes could be held liable for falls caused by neglect or abuse. Staff should be properly trained in fall protection and homes should be designed to reduce the risk of falls among seniors who may have balance and mobility issues.
  • Stores, restaurants and hotels: Consolidated Floor Safety reports that falls are the leading cause of injuries that take place in hotels, stores and restaurants annually. Public places that open their doors to customers need to ensure they do not allow hazards such as slippery floors or broken stair railings to cause their patrons to fall.
  • Employers: The NFSI indicates that falls cause around 16 percent of work-injury claims and 26-percent workers’ compensation expenses.  While employers cannot be sued for on-the-job accidents, they still have a responsibility to ensure a safe workplace and try to protect their employees from being hurt in a fall.

If everyone does their part to reduce the risk of falls, deaths due to trauma could decline and the public as a whole could be significantly safer.

Flager & Associates represents clients throughout the Delaware Valley. Call 215-953-5200 today to schedule your free consultation

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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