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Cell Phone Records Shed Light on Philadelphia Rear-End Crashes

25
Feb 2015
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When a rear-end accident happens in Philadelphia or surrounding areas, an investigation may be conducted to determine who was to blame for causing the accident. Although rear drivers are typically considered at least partially at fault because they are expected to maintain a safe following distance and have enough space to stop, there may also be other motorists held accountable as well. cell-phone-1254846-m

A personal injury lawyer knows that there are many different things that go into an investigation of a rear-end accident. One of the most common things that law enforcement officers will look at is phone records.

Rear-End Accidents Involve Phone Records Searches

One recent rear-end accident made headlines because it involved reality star and former Olympian Bruce Jenner. According to ABC, the rear-end accident that Jenner was involved in was a chain reaction crash that involved a total of four vehicles. One of the motorist who was involved in the collision was killed in the crash.

The Claims Journal reports that the sheriff’s office investigating the case has requested that all of the drivers who were involved in the accident turn over phone records for the time that the crash occurred. Police frequently make this same request of motorists after rear-end collision as well as other types of crashes. If drivers do not respond to a request to produce phone records, the police may subpoena those records.

The purpose of obtaining the records is to determine if the motorist may have been either on the phone or texting at the time when the accident happened. Being on the phone or using it to send and read text messages can suggest that the driver was perhaps not paying careful attention to the road. This evidence could be used to make an assessment of whether the driver was at fault and should be held totally or partly liable for the accident.

It is easy for law enforcement officers to tell if a motorist was making a phone call when the accident happened. The records show the time and duration of calls, which can be compared to the time at which the accident happened.

It can be a little bit more challenging to determine if the driver was texting, since the texts only show the time when they arrived or were delivered and don’t show whether a motorist was typing or reading at the time of the crash. Still, law enforcement officers will look at the history of when text messages were sent or received in order to see if messages were being exchanged immediately before or during the time when the crash happened.

Since electronic devices behind the wheel do tend to make people much less safe drivers, records showing phone use can create strong circumstantial evidence that a person was responsible for rear-end crash or other type of collision.

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. Serving Philadelphia, Conshohocken and surrounding areas. 

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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Could EZ Pass Help Philadelphia Drivers Slow Down?

28
Jan 2015
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Drivers in Philadelphia, Conshohocken and surrounding areas can use EZ pass devices so they do not have to stop their vehicles to pay their tolls. Many people opt to have an EZ Pass in their car, because it is very convenient for them to do so. Recently, some states have been taking advantage of their relationship with EZ Pass to expand the things that these toll collection devices can do. In particular, three states in the United States have partnered with EZ Pass to monitor driver speeding and try to encourage motorists to slow down on highways. smart-456070-m

A personal injury lawyer knows that speeding remains a leading cause of fatal and non-fatal motor vehicle collisions. If effective steps can be taken to convince motorists to monitor their speed more carefully and drive more slowly, this may be a positive step in the right direction toward increasing the safety of roadways.

Reducing the Risk of EZ-Pass Speeding Accidents

According to Fox News, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York are the first three states that have partnered with EZ Pass to begin using the toll collection devices to monitor driver speeds as they pass through toll plazas.

Under the current system in PA, drivers will not face tickets or the potential for points on their license if they go too quickly through a toll plaza and their EZ Pass detects their excessive speed. Instead, they will be in danger of losing their EZ Pass.

In Maryland, for example, a driver is allowed to travel at a speed of 30 miles-per-hour through toll plazas. If a driver exceeds this speed limit by 12 miles-per-hour on two separate occasions in a six-month period, that driver will face a 60-day suspension of EZ Pass.

The fact that EZ passes are now monitoring speed has raised concerns among some drivers, especially about the possibility that this could subsequently lead to ticketing drivers. Privacy concerns are also being raised.

While these concerns may be valid, it is also important to consider whether forcing drivers to reduce their speed could save lives. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has indicated that approximately a third of all motor vehicle accident deaths within the United States involve drivers who are going too fast for the road conditions and/or who are going over the posted speed limit. In 2012 alone, there were 10,219 motor vehicle collision fatalities that were attributed to speed-related motor vehicle crashes.

While minor local roads are the site of the highest number of deadly speeding accidents, freeways and interstates are the second most common site of fatal speeding crashes. A total of 30 percent of deadly accidents involving drivers going too fast occur on highways. In 2012, there were 1,185 freeway and interstate deaths due to speeding. Reducing the number of people who speed by using EZ Pass monitoring to force them to slow down could perhaps make the roads a lot safer and lives could be saved.

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 www.flagerlaw.com today to schedule a consultation. Serving Philadelphia, Conshohocken and surrounding areas

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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Philly DUI Accidents a Holiday Risk

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Dec 2014
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December contains two of the most dangerous times for impaired driving: the Christmas holiday and the New Years holiday. This makes December an opportune time for a public education effort about impaired driving. Hopefully, with a reminder about the dangers of drunk driving, more motorists in Philadelphia and surrounding communities will make the smart choice not to drive after having too much to drink. red-bow-2-1328711-m

A personal injury lawyer can assist victims of impaired driving in pursuing a damage claim in these complex cases. But prevention is the key to ensuring everyone has a safe, joyous holiday season. Tragically, that will not be the case for far too many.

December is Impaired Driving Prevention Month

According to True Car, President Ronald Reagan designated December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention month back in 1982. In 2010, President Barack Obama renamed this month National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Obama changed the name, in part, to also draw attention to the issue of distracted driving.

During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, motorists are reminded about some of the big risks of driving while intoxicated. For example, each year in the United States, around 600,000 people are injured in crashes involving people who have consumed too much alcohol. Around three in 10 Americans will have some type of direct close encounter with a deadly drunk driving crash.

Drunk driving causes a death every half hour and an injury every two minutes on average, and around 41 percent of the car accidents in the United States involve a driver who has consumed too much to drink. There is a higher risk of crashes involving impaired driving on Thanksgiving, on and around Christmas, and on New Years Eve. In 2010 alone, for example, Mothers Against Drunk Driving reported 96 deaths in the days immediately surrounding Christmas attributed to impaired drivers. There were another 143 fatalities related to impaired driving in the days immediately surrounding New Years.

Preventing these crashes is the goal of National Impaired Driving Prevention month, and some of the different steps to take to reduce the chances of a crash happening include:

  • Drivers should create a plan before they start drinking for how they are going to get home at the end of the night. It is a good idea to have a designated driver, but also to have a backup plan such as the phone number of a taxi company in case something happens like the designated driver becomes unavailable or decides to imbibe.
  • Party hosts should make sure that their guests make a safe choice. Party hosts should ensure that their intoxicated guests stay over or have a way home. They should make non-alcoholic beverages available for designated drivers who attend events and they should stop serving alcohol beverages an hour or so before people will begin to leave the party.

If everyone does their part to stay sober and reduce the chances of drunk driving crashes, fewer people will lose their lives over the 2014 holiday season.

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. Serving Philadelphia and communities throughout Bucks County.

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 Crashes Curbed by Parental Involvement

26
Nov 2014
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Teenagers in the United States are at greater risk of dying in motor vehicle collisions than by any other means. Some of the things that teenagers regularly do behind the wheel can significantly increase the risk that a motor vehicle collision will occur. For example, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a teen with one other passenger in the car has 2.5 times the risk of engaging in risky behavior that can result in a collision. When a teen has multiple friends in the car, he or she is three times as likely to take risks that could lead to a crash. teenagers

A personal injury lawyer understands research has backed the notion that behavior of teens behind the wheel is influenced by their parents. If parents set some simple ground rules and talk to their kids about driver safety, hopefully young people will make better choices behind the wheel and lives can be saved.

How Parents Impact Teen Driving

According to the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are multiple ways in which the decisions that parents make shape the behavior of teen drivers. For example, parents have control over:

  • When their kids have permission to get a driver’s license.
  • Their children’s access to a vehicle.
  • Family rules for driving and the consequences for breaking the rules.
  • The vehicle that a teen drives.
  • Teaching their kids how to drive and supervising teen driving behavior.
  • Acting as a role model for safe driving behavior that teens can follow.

Many parents take their responsibility seriously and focus on setting limits such as when a teen can take a vehicle out and what time a young person has to be home. Unfortunately, parents often do not know when their kids are engaging in high-risk dangerous behavior behind the wheel. Furthermore, parents may not provide enough information to their teens about some of the most dangerous behaviors, and many parents may not even be aware that things like having multiple passengers in the car can be so hazardous.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has highlighted the role parents play in reducing teen crashes. During teen driver safety week, which occurred toward the end of October, the NHTSA urged parents to talk to their sons and daughters about a different driving safety issue each day. Although the special driver safety week is over, parents can still take the time to discuss the five topics that the NHTSA raised including:

  • The use of cell phones and other electronic devices that create a distraction behind the wheel.
  • The dangers of driving with teenage passengers in the car.
  • The importance of driving at a safe speed, which is sometimes below the speed limit depending on current road conditions.
  • The importance of always wearing a seat belt when in the car as a driver or a passenger.
  • The importance of never getting behind the wheel drunk or getting into a car with someone who has been drinking.

In 2012, 4,283 teen drivers aged 15 to 20 were involved in fatal car accidents, and in 44 percent of those collisions, it was the teen who was killed. If even some of these fatalities could be prevented, it is worth it for parents to take the time to talk to their kids about driving safely.

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. Serving Philadelphia, East Greenwich, Conshohocken and surrounding areas. 

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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Drivers in Philadelphia are Among the Worst of All Cities

22
Sep 2014
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475782001A personal injury lawyer familiar with the area can tell you that Philadelphia is not known for safe drivers. Allstate’s 2014 America’s Best Drivers Report shows just how bad things are in the city. Out of 200 cities ranked by the insurance company, Philadelphia was the 192nd safest. Drivers in Philadelphia can expect to go an average of 6.2 years between motor vehicle collisions and the relative likelihood of a collision occurring in the city is 61.2 percent higher than the national average.

Philadelphia Is One of the Most Dangerous Cities

Philadelphia has become less safe since the 2013 America’s Best Drivers report. In last year’s report, the city was the 189th safest city out of 200 that were ranked. This year, the city fell down three spots. The average of 6.2 years per accidents in Philly was significantly worse than the 14.2 average years between accidents in Fort Collins, CO which is the safest city in the country.

This report is not the first one to recognize how dangerous the streets of Philadelphia area. Just this past May, Philly Mag indicated that Philadelphia was the 34th most dangerous U.S. city in the United States for pedestrians. Between 2003 and 2012, there were 959 pedestrians killed in Philadelphia. The rate of pedestrian deaths in the city was 1.59 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people. The only nearby city that was less safe for people to walk in was Baltimore. Boston (which is the most dangerous large city for drivers according to Allstate’s report) was considered safer for pedestrians, as were New York, Hartford, Providence and Pittsburgh.

There are a lot of reasons why Philadelphia may not be a very safe place to walk or to drive. One problem is that Philadelphia officials may not be doing enough to keep people safe.  For example, courts in Philadelphia have spent decades ignoring a law designed to keep drugged drivers off the streets.

Philly.com reported that Philadelphia courts failed to notify the Department of Transportation about drivers convicted of illegal drug offenses. The chief deputy of the Philadelphia court’s Office of Judicial Records said that it “kind of fell through the cracks.” The failure to report the drivers meant that the DOT did not know to suspend the licenses of tens of thousands of people. In 2012 alone, 11,499 people should have been reported who were not. There is no real way to know how many people should have lost their licenses but didn’t because of the court’s oversight.

Some congested areas in the city with lots of senior drivers are also especially dangerous. CBS Philly, for example, indicates that Grant Avenue from Roosevelt Boulevard to Blue Grass Road has seen the most crashes involving seniors over 65 out of any highway in the city of Philadelphia.

Drugged and drunk drivers; speeding drivers; distracted drivers and drowsy drivers also help to make the streets of Philadelphia dangerous. Every driver needs to be aware of driver safety rules and should follow best practices for avoiding collisions. Perhaps Philadelphia’s low ranking on the list of safe cities will prompt motorists to start making safety a priority.

Our personal injury attorneys in Philadelphia, PA 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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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

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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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