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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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Car Accidents Involving Deer Up 10 Percent in PA: Tips for Avoiding A Crash

22
Oct 2013
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In 2012, there were at least 3,362 auto accidents involving deer in the state of Pennsylvania. In these accidents, eight people lost their lives. Phillyburbs.com indicates that things may be getting even worse as the number of claims made arising from deer accidents increased by 10.6 percent between 2010 and 2012. Chester County is the most dangerous in a five-county area when it comes to deer crashes and Bucks County is the second highest risk area.  deer-in-a-zoo-1426558-m

Car accident lawyers in Bucks County know these estimates may actually not tell the whole story either, as experts believe there were likely many more deer crashes than were reported. While deer accidents can happen any time, the most dangerous season and the prime time for accidents is from October through December when deer are both migrating and mating. Since deer season has now begun this year, now is the time to be extra careful and to take some added safety precautions to try to avoid becoming an accident victim.

Avoid Deer Accidents During the Dangerous Season 

Some tips to help avoid accidents include:

  • Understanding when deer are most likely to be out. Deer are most active at dawn and dusk, so the highest-risk times are from 5:00-8:00 p.m. as well as 5:00-8:00 a.m. Unfortunately, this may be right during your commute, so you should be extra careful to watch for signs of deer and check the road ahead.
  • Remaining active and alert. You should be scanning the shoulder of the road frequently and should make sure you aren’t driving while drowsy, distracted or impaired in any way. If you look away for just a second, that could be the time when the deer jumps out in front of your vehicle.
  • Using your high beams if there’s no oncoming traffic. If a deer freezes in your high beams and is blocking the road, hold your horn down for a prolonged period until the deer moves.
  • Staying in your lane and braking if you are approaching a deer and cannot avoid it- you don’t want to swerve into the path of another vehicle and cause a more serious accident while trying to get out of the way.
  • Remembering that deer travel in packs. If you see one deer on or near the road, there are likely others nearby to watch out for.

Avoiding accidents with deer is important to save your life but also to prevent financial loss as well. The average cost of an insurance claim involving an animal accident is $2,030 in Pennsylvania, with 95 percent of these claims involving deer. However, if you are involved in a crash with a deer and injuries occur, the expense associated with the crash could be far greater. Not only are you responsible for your own injuries, but if your car hit other motorists and you were found to have been negligent in any way leading up to the accident, you could also be on-the-hook for the injuries you cause another as well.

A car accident lawyer in Philadelphia can help if you are involved in a crash. Contact Flager & Associates at 1-215-953-5200 for a free case 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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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.

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Bus Accidents are Cause for Concern for Philly/New Jersey Parents

15
Jan 2013
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On January 10, NBC 10 Philly reported a school bus collided with a commuter bus on Route 9 in Old Bridge, New Jersey.  Seven were injured in this bus crash, which is one of several accidents that have occurred involving school buses in recent months.

Our Philadelphia injury attorneys want parents to be aware of the potential dangers of school bus accidents that could affect their children. School districts need to take appropriate safety measures to ensure that their drivers are carefully screened and that their buses are properly maintained in order to prevent kids from being injured.

School Bus Accidents Put Kids at Risk

The January school bus accident in New Jersey fortunately occurred when the mini school bus was empty, which likely reduced the number of injuries significantly. The Academy commuter bus, however, had passengers on board and at least seven people were taken to the hospital with injuries after the crash.

According to NBC 10 Philly, the accident scene revealed that the school bus had been flipped on its side while the Academy Bus slammed into a tree and had its roof punctured by a branch. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

This crash comes just a few short months after another incident reported by NBC 10 Philadelphia. In November of 2012, a school bus crashed into a tree on Garden State Parkway, injuring 33. Accident reports indicated that a wheel had detached from the rear of the bus in this incident, although investigators were still trying to determine the cause of the crash.

Another incident in February of 2012 was even more serious. NBC 10 Philly in this case reported that an elementary school student died in a New Jersey accident when a school bus and dump truck collided.

Protecting Kids with Increased School Bus Safety

These three recent incidents in just a short time period all underscore the importance of protecting children on school buses and ensuring that kids are as safe as they can be.  School districts, school bus companies and parents all have a role to play in protecting kids on school buses. For example:

  • Parents should require their kids to use the seat belts available on school buses. They should inquire with school districts as to their safety procedures and hiring policies in buses and put pressure on districts who are lax on safety.
  • Bus companies must take steps to ensure buses are adequately maintained and that problems are corrected promptly. Strict hiring criteria should be used to ensure that school bus drivers are imminently qualified and company policies should include drug testing as well as prohibitions on driving while talking on cell phones.
  • School districts should ensure that their busing providers are meeting or exceeding minimum accepted safety standards.

School bus accidents are always tragic and it is ultimately the job of the school district and bus company to keep kids safe on the bus. If a child is injured in a crash, the district or bus company could potentially be held legally liable.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident in Philadelphia, Bucks County or anywhere in Pennsylvania, contact our experienced personal injury lawyers at Flager & Associates. Call us at 1-215-953-5200.

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Car accident rates in Philadelphia higher than in many other cities

If you’re hoping to reduce your risk of ever getting into a car wreck, you might want to avoid driving in Philadelphia.

According to a recent study, Philadelphia drivers face a relatively high car accident risk compared to other U.S. cities. Philadelphia drivers get into an average of one accident every 6.1 years. You’d be better off driving in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where an individual driver averages one accident every 13.8 years, according to the 2012 Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report. On average, the nation’s drivers are involved in one accident every 10 years.

Philadelphia car accident lawyers know that drivers can never have a zero risk of an accident – even in the safest city. But drivers can take steps to make the roads safer for everyone. The Best Drivers Report is a reminder about the importance of avoiding distractions like texting while driving and also staying sober behind the wheel to avoid drunk driving accidents. At Flager & Associates, we agree with the recommendations in the report: Drivers in big cities should allow plenty of time to get to their destination. Find out in advance if any events will impact traffic.  Stay alert and get directions ahead of time.

Allstate ranks Philadelphia 190 out of the 200 largest cities mentioned in the safe driving report. The report reveals that Philadelphia drivers are 64.1 percent more likely to be involved in an accident than the rest of the nation.

Deadly car accidents happen every day throughout the United States. More than 32,000 fatal car accidents are reported every year. It’s an alarming number, but the National Highway Transportation Administration says car crash fatalities are at the lowest level they’ve been since 1949. Drivers should review the following safety tips:

· Obey the speed limit

· Keep an eye out for pedestrians, especially children

· Know the rules of the road

· Keep a safe distance between your car and other vehicles

If you or a loved one is involved in a car accident in Pennsylvania, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia. Call 1-215-953-5200 or visit www.flagerlaw.com . We understand how devastating a car accident can be. We know how quickly medical bills can pile up.  We realize that the insurance company typically will try to keep payments to a minimum. Level the playing field by connecting with a knowledgeable car accident attorney in Philadelphia. Contact our offices today for a free consultation.

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Attention PA and NJ drivers Meet a distracted driving accident victim

Many of us have read in the news about a distracted driving accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. But how many of you personally know someone who has been in a serious car crash caused by someone texting while driving?

Meet Amanda Kloehr. A 24-year-old Enola, Pennsylvania, resident, she almost died when she slammed her car into the back of a tractor-trailer in June 2008. During a recent talk at Central Penn College in Summerdale, where Kloehr is a student, she told fellow classmates there about her distracted driving car accident.

“I do not remember the impact at all,” Kloehr told ABC 27 News. “I was distracted. I had my GPS and my cell phone.”

Kloehr’s face hit a forklift on the back of the trailer. “I had completely crushed the right side of my face,” she said. “The eye socket was crushed. The cheek, the jaw was fractured in four places.”

When Kloehr’s mother found out about the accident, she raced to the

hospital. When she first saw her daughter, Tina Wright didn’t recognize her.

“My knees buckled,” Wright said. “I wanted to feel her heartbeat to make sure she was still alive.”

What’s worse, the accident happened on Wright’s birthday. “I can’t imagine anything harder then putting my birthday on her tombstone, ” Wright recalled. “Thank God she is alive.”

Driver distraction was a factor in 11 percent of the 30,797 fatal accidents nationwide in 2009, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Don’t become another statistic. Stay focused and stay safe.

At the Flager & Associates law firm, our Pennsylvania car accident lawyers have dedicated their careers to working with people injured in an auto accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. Distract driving accidents can be very frustrating. If the driver had been paying attention, none of this would have happened.

After an accident, you have many legal options available to you. Allow us to help you decide the best strategy for you, including whether to file a Pennsylvania auto accident lawsuit.

Amanda Kloehr got her life back on track after her distracted driving accident. Contact a Pennsylvania auto accident attorney who will work tirelessly to do the same for you. Contact Flager & Associates, Suite 280, 1210 Northbrook Drive, Trevose, PA 19053.

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