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Victims of distracted drivers are protected in Pennsylvania

Distracted driving is a serious concern on roadways throughout the country, including in Pennsylvania. Distracted driving is considered any behavior that removes the driver's focus from the roadway, eyes from the roadway or hands from the wheel. Pennsylvania has a texting while driving ban which is considered a primary offense. A primary offense is something a police office can pull the driver over for without the need for the driver to be speeding, for example, or engaging in some other type of illegal activity.

Certain driving behaviors face police crackdown throughout state

Various types of driving behaviors may lead to car accidents and may be considered negligent driving. Police throughout Pennsylvania are cracking down on aggressive driving behaviors in an attempt to reduce car accidents, injuries from car accidents and fatal car accidents. Police are targeting driving behaviors such as failing to stop at stop lights, failing to stop at stop signs, tailgating and speeding. Last year, 45,000 citations for aggressive driving were issued. Citations for failing to stop at a red light or stop sign accounted for 2,800 of them.

More than 1,000 bicycle accidents on state's roads in 2016

Bicycling is increasingly popular as a sport, a hobby and a method of personal transportation. Cycling provides good exercise and a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Unfortunately, as every cyclist knows, the activity comes with serious risks. Bicyclists must share the road with cars and trucks, and when drivers are careless around cyclists, the result can be a catastrophic accident.

Protecting children from car accidents

There is nothing more cherished to a parent than the health, safety, well-being and happiness of a child. Yet, according to statistics from The Journal of Pediatrics, children often fall victim to deadly motor vehicle accidents due to the negligence of a parent. A deeper look at the study shows some alarming trends.

State data shows distracted driving is increasing

New technology has been a boon for Americans and people throughout the world, but inherent issues still arise with each new electronic toy that reaches the market. Walk into any mall or café and you will see that one of today's fades throughout the United States, including the Pottsville, Pennsylvania, area is the popularity of smartphones.

Be mindful of motorcycles on the roads

Spring is here and the weather is getting warmer. This also means that more people will be outdoors, including an increase of motorcyclists on the roads. Motorcyclists pose specific dangers to those on the road and are susceptible to their own inherent set of dangers that may be overlooked by most of us driving in cars.

Accident between car and tractor sends one to hospital

When drivers get behind the wheel of a car they are often aware of the inherent risks that they may come across. Accidents between two cars are common. Truck accidents are less common, but could lead to serious or even catastrophic injuries. There are always other dangers on the road as well, such as bad weather causing ponding on the roads or downed power lines or trees. In rural areas, there might be additional hazards, such as deer or even runaway cattle. And, as one driver learned last week, slow moving tractors can lead to an accident.

What do I do after a car accident?

As we know, an accident can happen to any person at any time. Although we may take all necessary precautions to avoid an accident, we cannot vouch for everyone else on the roads, or account for bad weather or unforeseen hazards on the roads. When an accident does occur though, it is important to know what to do. To protect yourself, your health, and the health and safety of others involved in the crash.

Schuylkill County car accident victims have options

Many Schuylkill County residents are justifiably proud of their excellent driving skills. But what about all of the other drivers out there? All it takes is one negligent driver to ruin a person's day - or worse. It's sometimes easy to forget that safe roads are a cooperative effort among all drivers, and all it takes is one motorist to turn a normal day upside down.

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