The millions of Pennsylvania residents who plan to travel over the upcoming Thanksgiving Day weekend may wish to be particularly vigilant as they venture out onto the roads. Data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that road traffic accident fatalities surge during holiday periods, and Thanksgiving is often the deadliest of all. During the Thanksgiving period in 2012, there were 764 fatal and about 50,000 non-fatal traffic accidents, and the data suggests that many of these crashes and deaths could have been prevented.
When Pennsylvania motorists hear the term 'aggressive driving," they may picture a road rage incident. However, aggressive driving is actually a broader term that is used to describe many different types of behaviors. Aggressive drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are those who put other people and property at risk by committing multiple moving traffic violations.
While Pennsylvania is experiencing a downward trend in car accident-related teen deaths, such is not the case nationwide. The National Center for Health Statistics reported that in 2014, there were 1,678 car accident-related deaths of individuals between the ages of 15 and 20. This makes car crashes the No. 1 cause of death for young drivers.
Police in Pennsylvania believe that an 18-year-old man ran through two red lights before his Hyundai sedan was struck by an SUV in Philadelphia's Feltonville neighborhood on Oct. 14. The crash left two of his passengers, a 16-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man, dead. Reports indicate that the man was rushing to a nearby hospital to visit his father at the time of the accident.
Many people lose their lives in traffic accidents in Pennsylvania each year. The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a program that aims to reduce the number of deadly crashes to zero within the next 30 years.
New safety technology is making roads safer for older drivers in Pennsylvania and across the United States. Innovations like blind-spot warning systems and autopilot are already available on some high-end cars, but more safety breakthroughs are expected to become standard soon.
Pennsylvania authorities closed southbound Interstate 95 near Penn's Landing for over three hours on Sept. 1 after a tractor-trailer lost control and hit a 70-foot hook and ladder truck from the Philadelphia Fire Department. The five firefighters inside the truck suffered minor injuries when the impact of the tractor-trailer moved their ladder truck 250 feet. Three ambulances took the firefighters to Hahnemann University Hospital for treatment.
Pennsylvania motorists who have been in a car accident caused by another party that has left them or a passenger in their vehicle injured might be wondering if they should pursue damages via a personal injury lawsuit. In order to hold a negligent driver liable for damages, an attorney representing the plaintiff will most likely need to analyze certain documentation associated with the accident.
Poorly rested drivers represent a source of danger on Pennsylvania roads. Citing figures gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association referred to tired drivers as an "extreme danger." The NHTSA has decided that sleepiness impairs driving abilities to an extent similar to drug use and drinking.
Pokemon Go is just the latest smartphone app to capture the attention of distracted drivers in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. Since the augmented reality game was released, there have been multiple car accidents involving drivers who were playing the game while behind the wheel. In addition to Pokemon Go, drivers are also being distracted by social media sites, Google Maps, YouTube and texting.