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Summer driving is not as safe as you may think it is

When the summer months arrive, motorists take to the roads more than ever. With roadways that are free of icy patches, snow and other winter hazards, motorists believe they are safe. However, cautious driving is still a must. While the perils of summer driving are different from the hazards posed at other times of the year, they can still cause motor vehicle accidents, many of them resulting in severe harm.

Vacationers: Summer is a time of increased travel as families seek out premium vacation spots. Holiday travelers can clog roadways as they attempt to navigate unfamiliar ground. They may also drive too slow for conditions and pose additional risks because they're distracted by the sights, their GPS and kids and pets in the vehicle.

When your emergency room hurts instead of heals

Hospital emergency rooms in Pennsylvania are typically busy and chaotic places. Doctors, nurses and other staff members must often hurry as they try to save lives or to relieve a patient's immediate suffering. As you might expect, mistakes on the part of the treatment team is a huge factor in malpractice-related personal injury cases.

We understand how the chaos of such a setting can result in errors. However, feeling pressure or a need to hurry does not absolve hospital staff members of their responsibility when a mistake results in personal injury. Those who choose to work in the health care industry have a legal duty to provide patients with the right care. This legal duty also extends to the hospital itself.

Pennsylvania woman injured in hit-and-run truck accident

When you think about truck accidents, you probably envision a collision between a massive tractor-trailer and a small passenger vehicle. However, commercial trucks of shapes and sizes can cause a lot of physical damage when a collision occurs. Even smaller box trucks used by local businesses or utility companies can cause victims to suffer serious injuries in a crash.

Recently, a 59-year-old Pennsylvania woman suffered severe injuries when a box truck caused a multi-vehicle crash near Hamburg on Interstate 78 West. To make matters worse, the box vehicle fled the scene of the truck accident without stopping.

Product liability claims and unavoidably unsafe products

Just about any product can pose injury risks when used improperly. Other reasons for product-related injuries revolve around defects that may arise in the design or manufacturing phase. However, products known to be unavoidably unsafe pose injury risks simply by their very nature. Many victims in Pennsylvania believe they have no legal options when injured by these products.

It is true that some unavoidably unsafe products are protected from product liability claims. This is because the product's dangers are well-known, and manufacturers have made certain that the product contains ample warnings for consumers. For example, many medical devices are potentially unsafe, but patients may need the item despite its risks. In these cases, a health professional will inform patients about the benefits and the risks of the device, and together, they will decide if its benefits outweigh its risks.

Do you know how to spot a dangerous drunk driver?

Motor vehicle accidents involving a drunk driver occur far too often in the U.S. This blatant disregard for public safety can endanger anyone who drives in Pennsylvania. Assuming that other motorists will drive responsibly can leave you vulnerable to serious and life-threatening injuries. A better way to avoid alcohol-related accidents is by staying alert and watching for signs of impaired driving.

Impaired drivers typically experience difficulty performing common driving tasks. When you learn how to recognize these errors in others, you will be better equipped to avoid impaired drivers and protect yourself from accidents. A few signs of impaired driving include the following.

  • Accelerating and/or braking erratically
  • Swerving and weaving across the roadway
  • Drifting across lanes and driving in the wrong lane
  • Driving without headlights when it is dark
  • Striking or nearly striking objects such as curbs or signs
  • Driving much slower than the posted speed limit
  • Making sudden stops
  • Turning too widely

What are some examples of dangerous prescription errors?

Using prescription medications properly is one of the most effective ways of helping patients cope with injury, pain and illness. Unfortunately, prescription errors made by doctors, nurses and pharmacists can leave Pennsylvania patients with worsening symptoms or an entirely new personal injury.

To remain safe from dangerous drug effects, all patients should be aware of the many things that can go wrong when it comes to prescribed medicines. Below you will find some of the most common prescription errors affecting patients across the nation.

Long-haul trucking comes with many dangers

If you regularly take to the road in Pennsylvania, chances are good that you have come into close contact with long-haul truckers. Many of them log more than 60 hours on a weekly basis. It can be grueling, boring and tedious work leading to exhaustion and danger.

We all know that truckers never want to be responsible for truck accidents, yet these dangerous crashes continue to occur. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has identified several problem areas that could lead to truck accidents. These include:

Good expert testimony strengthens product liability claims

When a defective product causes harm, most victims feel that they are alone in their quest to resolve the situation. It seems as if no one understands what you are going through. We agree that these feelings are sometimes unavoidable, but with a pragmatic approach, you can find many people who are dedicated to supporting your cause.

The important role one or more expert witnesses fill in product liability claims cannot be understated. Having an expert validate what you have been saying all along not only makes you feel better--it adds incredible strength to your entire case. Unfortunately, the average person living and working in Pennsylvania has no idea where or how to secure expert testimony.

More new vehicles to offer advanced safety technology

Despite increasing awareness about methods to reduce car accidents, they continue to occur -- putting innocent people at risk of injury. In response to this problem, auto manufacturers are turning to technology as a solution. Automatic emergency braking is just one example of safety technology that can help reduce accidents.

According to Consumer Reports, auto manufacturers are reportedly on track to ensure that automatic braking technology will appear in nearly all new vehicles by the year 2022. This technology is not new. Between Sept. 2017 and Aug. 2018, these braking systems were installed in about half of the new cars released to the American market. The year before, approximately one-third of new cars came with automatic braking.

Why would victims lose their personal injury lawsuits?

In most cases, it is wise to think only positive thoughts when pursuing a personal injury claim. Negative thinking or excessive worrying about defeat can have a counterproductive effect on your lawsuit. At the same time, it is critical to take a look at the things you do and say during this process.

Some of your actions could result in the loss of your claim without you even realizing the danger. This is not negative thinking. Rather, it is a good way to avoid unpleasant surprises while also strengthening your case.

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