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Philly Pedestrian Crashes Often Cause Serious Injury

22
Feb 2013
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On February 12th, NBC 10 Philadelphia reported on a pedestrian crash near I-95 Southbound. The Interstate was closed near Girard Avenue where the crash took place, which occurred around 6:30 a.m. The pedestrian who was struck by the vehicle sustained injuries from the accident, including a broken leg and a head injury. The driver who caused the crash remained at the scene to speak with investigators and answer questions. There is no evidence that alcohol was involved in the accident.

Our Philadelphia, PA accident attorneys hope that the injured pedestrian involved in the crash has a speedy recovery. Unfortunately, pedestrian crashes often cause very serious injuries because a pedestrian is completely vulnerable to the force and impact of the vehicle. We urge drivers and pedestrians to make sure they are aware of the risks of pedestrian crashes and to take the right steps to minimize the dangers of a crash occurring.

Pedestrian Accident Risks in Philadelphia

Pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere, in cities and on residential streets and, as this accident shows, on Interstates. While it is not yet clear why this pedestrian accident occurred, there are many common behaviors that increase the risk of a crash. In some cases, the dangerous behavior is done by the driver of the vehicle and in other cases the pedestrian does something to endanger himself or herself. For example, some of the common causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Pedestrians crossing in the middle of roadways where drivers do not expect them to be, or at areas other than pedestrian cross walks.
  • Pedestrians who cross when the traffic light indicates that they have a red light. Pedestrians must obey traffic signals too.
  • Drivers who drive too quickly, exceeding the speed limit or exceeding a speed that is safe given current weather, visibility and road conditions. Speeding drivers could lose control and hit a pedestrian or might not be able to brake in time to avoid a crash.
  • Drivers who are texting and driving or who are distracted and who do not see a pedestrian.
  • Drivers who are falling asleep at the wheel. These drivers might cause a pedestrian accident if they drive off the road and onto sidewalks or if they swerve as they are sleeping and hit a pedestrian. Drivers falling asleep may also cause a crash if they don’t see that a pedestrian has entered the street to cross.
  • Drivers who are driving while they are intoxicated and impaired by either drugs or by alcohol.

In this particular accident, the pedestrian was fortunate both because the injuries do not appear to have been life threatening and because the driver involved in the accident stopped and remained at the scene. In far too many pedestrian crashes, drivers will drive away after they hit someone, especially if alcohol is involved.

When a pedestrian crash does occur, it is important to determine if the driver in the crash did anything careless or negligent. If so, then the injured victim of the crash can take legal action to recover compensation.

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Flager & Associates today at 1-215-953-5200.

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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Crane Safety Should be Top Priority for Workers

19
Feb 2013
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According to OSHA, more than 250,000 crane operators and a large number of other workers, as well as the general public, are at risk of suffering an injury from one of more than 125,000 cranes currently in operation. Unfortunately, a Western Pennsylvania employee recently became one of the many victims of a crane accident. The worker was performing tasks at a manufacturing plant when he was killed in an industrial accident.

Our Philadelphia, PA personal injury attorneys believe that this tragic incident should serve as an important reminder to employers and employees about how dangerous cranes can be. The fatal industrial accident is still being investigated by OSHA, but crane accidents often occur when safety rules are not followed to the letter.

Crane Accidents Put People at Risk

According to ABC News 27, the recent Pennsylvania crane accident occurred when the worker was moving a large steel coil at an industrial warehouse that produces siding and metal roofing products. The crane was a 15-ton overhead crane and the coil weighed an estimated 10,000 pounds.

As the heavy coil was moved, another coil – this one weighing 5,000 pounds – moved from its position and struck the worker. The worker was trapped by the large coil and a stack of other coils that were located nearby. He suffered chest injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. OHSA is currently investigating how the accident occurred to determine if there were any safety violations or if anything could have been done to prevent this tragedy.

OSHA Tips on Crane Safety

Recognizing how dangerous cranes can be, OSHA has provided extensive guidelines on crane operation and maintenance. OSHA has also published some important safety tips for crane operation. Some of these tips include the following:

  • Allow only authorized and trained personnel to operate cranes.
  • All crane parts and crane controls must be inspected by a designated and qualified person before the crane is used for any purpose.
  • When operating, cranes must be level, and they must be located on a surface that is solid and stable.
  • Pins should not be removed or unlocked during either assembly or disassembly until you have made sure that all sections are stable, secure and blocked.
  • Before operating a crane, survey the area to determine if there are overhead electrical power lines.  There must be a distance of no less than 10 feet from the electrical power lines and the crane in order to ensure safety.
  • The load chart capacity of the crane should never be exceeded. The correct load charge must be chosen and utilized given the current setup and configuration of the crane as well as the lift path.
  • Before delivering the load, it should be raised slightly by a few inches, and it should be verified that the crane will hold.
  • Loads should never be moved over the heads of workers.

These are just a few of the key tips that OSHA provides to protect those who are using cranes or who work in the environment where cranes are located. Following these tips is very important to protect workers and the public.

If you have been injured in an accident contact our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Flager & Associates at 1-215-953-5200.

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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Pennsylvania Driver Safety – Rules of the Road

12
Feb 2013
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Car accidents are a sad fact of life and are a top cause of death for Americans, especially the young. Unfortunately, completely eliminating all car accidents is a virtual impossibility. However, by passing smart laws to restrict dangerous driving behaviors, states can do a lot to keep their residents safe.

Every year, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety take a close look at what states have done in order to discourage bad driving behavior and encourage responsible driving. Our Philadelphia accident attorneys have reviewed their 10th Annual Report in order to see how Pennsylvania measures up.  

Pennsylvania Driver Safety Rules: Does PA Make the Grade?

The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety took a look at fifteen important driver safety laws to see where the states stood. If the state had an adequate law, the state got credit for that law. If it had no law or an insufficient law on the books, it got no credit. The state was then assigned a color. Pennsylvania was assigned the color yellow, which means that we have some safety laws in place but are lacking in many key areas.

According to the Advocates, here is how PA measures up:

  • Pennsylvania does not have a primary seat belt law. This means that police cannot pull you over and give you a ticket just for failing to wear your seat belt. The state got no credit since we were lacking.
  • PA also got no credit on motorcycle helmet laws since we do not require all drivers be helmeted.
  • The state did get credit for its booster seat law.
  • PA did well on teen drivers. We require a six month holding period and supervised drive time; we have a minimum age of 16 for obtaining a learner’s permit, and we have restrictionS on the number of passengers that a teen driver can transport in his or her vehicle. We got credit for each of these laws.
  • The state wasn’t perfect on teen drivers though — we got no credit because of our night time restriction law is not sufficient, and our cell phone restriction law also did not make the grade.
  • No credit was awarded for ignition interlock device laws since PA does not require that all DUI offenders install a device in their vehicles.
  • The state was also lacking in a child endangerment law for DUI offenders. We do, however, have open container laws and require a mandatory blood alcohol content test for drivers when there is a suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
  • Pennsylvania got credit for our statewide text messaging restriction that applies to all drivers.

The state, therefore, got credit for having eight of the fifteen safety laws. While this is a good start, lawmakers should strongly consider adding a few more driving safety regulations to the books in order to make the roads in the state just a little bit safer.

If you have been injured in a car accident contact our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Flager & Associates at 1-215-953-5200.

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.

Flager & Associates