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Any type of distracted driving can result in an accident

As a driver, you must always understand that any distraction can result in a serious accident. Just the same, you should also keep in mind that others on the road may not be taking the same care as you are. While you're paying attention to everything going on around you, there are others who are daydreaming — or worse.

Here are the three primary types of distracted driving:

  • Manual distraction. A common distraction that includes anything that requires you to take one or both hands off the steering wheel. An example could be picking up a drink or grabbing under your seat for a missing item (such as a toy for your child).
  • Visual distraction. Just as it sounds, this is when you are not concentrating on the road ahead, but instead something in your vehicle, like a cellphone or what's happening in the backseat.
  • Cognitive distraction. This comes about when your mind is not focused on driving, but instead thinking about something else like your day at work or what you're going to do when you get home.

How to plan for college expenses when getting a divorce

Pennsylvania parents may be aware that the costs of going to college are increasing on average every single year. While parents may have initially agreed to help their child with covering the costs of his or her higher education, the decision to get a divorce could have an impact on the matter.

Some families take the time to get a plan together regarding how a child's college costs will be covered. However, getting a divorce often means that parents go from paying for one set of household expenses to two. This can cause the parent's financial situation and thus the college financial plan to change. This is because the court cannot force either parent to pay for college if the money simply is not available, even if there was a plan originally in place.

Tips to keep you safe on your next bicycle ride

For bicyclists, warmer temperatures mean more time spent doing what they love best. Unfortunately, more time spent on the bike leads to more potential for accidents and injury. Here are some ways to stay safe while you are cruising around on your favorite two-wheeled transportation.

 

What steps will you take after a car crash?

Even though you have no intention of being part of a car crash, you must be prepared in the event that this happens.

The steps that you take after a car crash are critical to your short-term and long-term well-being. While it's hard to know what to do when you are put in such a difficult spot, here are five steps you absolutely need to take:

  • Immediately check yourself and your passengers for injuries
  • Move your vehicle to safety, as long as it's in condition to do so
  • Call 911, as this will speed up the process of police and an ambulance arriving at the scene
  • Exchange information with other parties, such as insurance policy details, license plate number and contact numbers
  • Notify your insurance company, but don't feel compelled to share too much information

Documentary looks at challenges in child support system

Some fathers may not keep up child support payments because they cannot afford the amount ordered and they are unaware that it is possible to get modifications made. A documentary by the filmmaker Rel Dowdell, "Where's Daddy?", examines the child support system and its affect on African-American fathers in particular. Dowdell interviewed a number of fathers in Pennsylvania to find out what their experience had been in this regard.

An Urban Institute report found that 70 percent of delinquent child support is owed by parents who have less than $10,000 annually in reported income. Failing to pay child support can have a number of repercussions including a strained relationship with family, financial problems and even jail.

3 years after a crash, woman discovers a brain fluid leak

Some accident wounds are immediately apparent, such as bleeding or a broken bone. However, many symptoms of injuries take days or even months to figure out.

For one woman, it took three years before she realized that a crash caused a dangerous problem: her brain was losing essential protective fluid every day.

A future without fatal traffic accidents

By the year 2050, the rate of fatal road traffic accidents in Pennsylvania could be reduced to zero. At a time when more than 100 daily deaths take place on the streets and highways of the United States, an initiative to reduce that statistic by 100 percent may sound overly ambitious, but that is what the Road to Zero Coalition intends to work on over the next few decades.

The National Safety Council has assembled a working group of scientists, engineers and policy analysts to come up with a blueprint that will comprise technological and legislative approaches for the purpose of drastically lowering the overall incidence of fatal accidents. One of the goals within this blueprint, which is being designed with the support of the Rand Corporation, is to get major trucking companies involved in this initiative.

Mobile app exposes nationwide dangerous driving practices

Pennsylvania drivers use mobile phones on approximately 37 percent of their trips behind the wheel. This rate puts them around the national median, according to figures from Everdrive, a mobile app that tracks the safety practices of drivers. Everdrive used data from 300,000 of its users across the country to compile the report. The states with the most widespread phone usage while driving were mostly in the southern part of the country; Mississippi topped the list, followed by Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

Mobile phone usage is such a significant concern because it is one of the most common causes of distracted driving. When drivers take their eyes and attention from the roadways, they are more likely to cause car accidents. In 2015 alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people lost their lives and 391,000 more were injured in crashes caused by distracted driving. Mobile phone usage and associated texting are not the only contributors to distracted driving; even adjusting the car's radio or entertainment system or eating while behind the wheel can be dangerously distracting.

Why use mediation for child custody

Child custody can be one of the most contentious issues of a divorce. Parents in Pennsylvania who are getting a divorce may consider in engaging in mediation to resolve their child custody disputes.

Child custody mediation is an alternative to engaging in litigation. In this collaborative process, the goal is to obtain resolutions that are in the best interests of the children. During mediation sessions, parent can work with one another and create a parenting plan that takes into account the contributions that both parents can provide for their children.

Soft tissue injuries can result from car accidents

For people in Pennsylvania and across the country, soft tissue injuries may be of particular concern in car accidents. These types of injuries involve non-bone body parts, including tendons, ligaments and muscles. Including tears, sprains, strains, soreness and other types of injuries, soft tissue damage can be a common after-effect of a car accident.

The powerful impact caused by a car accident can push the people inside the car to be jolted quickly and moved in different directions, and responses to the accident like sharp braking and bracing to protect oneself from damage can lead to more impact. These kinds of impacts can damage to the soft tissue, resulting in swelling, pain and bleeding.

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