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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.

One Northbrook Corporate Center

1210 Northbrook Drive, Ste. 280

Trevose, PA 19053

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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Traveling Increases Chance of Slip and Fall Accidents and Premises Liability In Pennsylvania, New Jersey—Everywhere

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Aug 2012
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When we visit unfamiliar places, personal injuries become more likely. Whether it’s a business trip in New Jersey, a weekend get-away in Bucks County or long-planned family vacation in Philadelphia, the last thing on our minds is an injury due to negligence (premises liability injuries), but accidents happen—and sometimes in the oddest of locations.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 234,000 people over 14 years old were treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2008 for injuries that took place in bathrooms. Nearly every bathroom accident is a slip and fall injury —which can mean broken bones, scrapes or cuts that my require surgeries.

The understanding and reliable Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Flager & Associates, who serve all of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, know it can be embarrassing to slip and fall in a friend’s bathroom or while at an elegant hotel or restaurant. But most bathroom accidents are the property owner’s responsibility due to some bathroom hazard, such as a dangerously wet floor, broken tiles, slippery shower stall or absence of a rubber bathtub mat. Premises liability insurance is there to cover medical bills, loss of income or other financial impacts of accidents such as slip and falls.

Wherever slip and fall accidents take place, the victim may be severely injured, such as an older person who slipped and fell on a wet floor at a mall, a hiker who tripped on a poorly maintained city trail or a child slipped and fell in an amusement park playground accident. Slip and fall accidents can sometimes  even be fatal. If an elderly person slipped and fell down crumbling steps at a motel, for instance, it could become a wrongful death lawsuit, simply due to the older person’s fragility and difficulty recovering.

So, when traveling, whether by car, plane, train or bus, be extra cautious about the condition of the floors, paths, stairs and sidewalks. And if you do slip and fall, remember: The property owner’s premises liability insurance is there to provide compensation for your injuries—and you should pursue every penny you have coming to you.

If you or a loved one had a slip and fall accident, whether at the corner store or in another city, you need strong legal representation to help you recover any associates costs. Contact the experienced  Philadelphia and New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Flager & Associates by calling 1-215-953-5200 or contact us online for a free consultation. Don’t put up with pain from slipping and falling—call today.

Flager & Associates
One Northbrook Corporate Center
1210 Northbrook Drive, Ste. 280
Trevose, PA 19053

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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The Use of Motorcycle Helmets in Pennsylvania and New Jersey Reduces Biker Accident Injuries as Well as Costs

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Jul 2012
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When bikers strap on a helmet before zooming out of the driveway, whether commuting to work on their motorcycle or going for a scenic ride, they’re usually not thinking about money. But according to a new study by the Center for Disease Control, that seemingly simple act of wearing protective headgear on a motorcycle translates to healthier state budgets. From 2008 to 2010, the CDC examined motorcycle accidents across the nation in order to establish how much each state saves when bikers and passengers wear helmets, and the results are startling.

According to the study, over $3 billion was saved in 2010 alone, with total costs saved due to helmet use ranging from $2.6 million in New Mexico to $394 million in California. In Pennsylvania, the savings was just over $300 per registered motorcycle and New Jersey came in just below that figure. Because the cause of motorcycle accidents is typically attributed to speeding or negligence of other drivers, it makes sense for bikers to wear helmets, particularly on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and New Jersey Turnpike. Though in New Jersey, universal helmet law applies, with all riders required to wear a helmet regardless of age, in Pennsylvania, the law only requires helmets for bikers under 21 years old.

As Philadelphia personal injury lawyers, we know that the most important take-away in the CDC study is that lives are saved and motorcycle accident injuries are reduced thanks to helmet use. “Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a collision than the occupants of the other vehicle,” attests the firm, “which could lead to a potential wrongful death lawsuit. Motorcyclists are also five times more likely to sustain some injury than are the passengers in the other vehicle.”

Nationally, says the CDC, helmets lowered deaths by 37 percent for motorcycle drivers and 41 percent for passengers, and that meant 1,544 fewer motorcyclist fatalities in 2010. Over 40 percent of motorcyclists killed in accidents between 2008 and 2010 were not wearing a helmet, says the CDC report. In states where helmets are not required, 79 percent of the motorcyclists killed were not wearing one, compared to 12 percent in states where helmets are the law.

This study offers yet another reason for motorcyclists to wear helmets, if there weren’t enough already. It is also strong motivation for Departments of Motor Vehicles to promote helmet use more aggressively, and for elected officials to support legislation that helps reduce motorcyclist injuries and fatalities. They’ll be saving money for their state and saving lives in their constituency, so everyone wins.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to motorcycle accident injuries, or you lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash death, contact the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Flager & Associates. Call 215-953-5200. or contact us online for a free consultation to discuss your options. You may be entitled to compensation.

Flager & Associates Personal Injury Attorneys
One Northbrook Corporate Center
1210 Northbrook Drive, Ste. 280
Trevose, PA 19053

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