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Head-on car crash in Schuylkill kills three, injures one


Drivers in Schuylkill and across Pennsylvania will understand that any auto accident leaves them in jeopardy of suffering injuries and even fatalities. Some types of crashes are more dangerous than others, and a head-on collision is among the worst. For people who have been hurt or who have lost a loved one in a fatal head-on crash, knowing the reason it happened is key.

According to a recent report, a head-on auto accident in the early morning hours led to three people dying and another being hospitalized in critical condition. The accident occurred just after 4 a.m. when a 31-year-old man was heading south and went over the center line, crashing into a northbound vehicle being driven by a 19-year-old man. Emergency responders reported to the scene. Both drivers were dead. A 17-year-old male was in the second vehicle and died. A third person in the back of that vehicle, a 20-year-old male, was taken to the hospital, critically hurt. The accident is still under investigation.

Documentary sparks discussion about medical mistakes


Medical errors are one of the biggest understated fears for Pennsylvania residents. Since going to see a medical professional is done to receive effective treatment for an illness, condition or injury, there is a clear expectation that the medical professionals will adhere to standard protocol and provide the proper treatment. Unfortunately, medical errors are all-too common across the nation. These can lead to worsened conditions, massive medical expenses, long-term damage and even death. For those who think they might have been impacted by a medical error, it is important to understand the statistics for these occurrences and know how to take the necessary steps to file a lawsuit for compensation.

Medical professionals are abuzz after a documentary was released discussing medical errors that led to patient death. Administrators in local hospitals are formulating strategies to prevent these mistakes from happening. According to the discussions, it is imperative that medical centers put in place procedures that will identify human errors, implore employees to admit errors and use checklists. The documentary examined mistakes in hospitals. These included a person who received a misdiagnosis of cancer and died. Another involved a person who had jaundice that was not properly diagnosed and the patient ended up being disabled.

Pedestrian hit in auto accident crossing street, dies


With the number of dangers on the road in Pennsylvania, people are wise to be extra cautious when they are out and about as drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. But, even if they are careful, there is always a risk that there will be a car accident. When it involves a pedestrian, the results are inevitably bad, with the person usually suffering severe injuries or even dying. Individuals who have been injured and families who have lost a loved one in a fatal pedestrian-auto accident must think about their options for a legal filing to attempt to recover compensation for what happened.

According to a recent report, a 56-year-old hospital worker died when she was hit by a vehicle as she crossed the street. The accident occurred in the evening and was close to the hospital's entrance. According to the investigation, it was a Jeep that crashed into her. She was taken to the hospital for treatment, but died. The 25-year-old driver of the Jeep remained at the scene and is being cooperative with the investigation of this incident. It is not known whether charges will be filed for his role in the accident. The investigation is ongoing.

Popular teen athlete dies in apparent drunk driving accident


It is an unfortunate truth that drunk drivers are still common on the road in Schuylkill and across Pennsylvania. While significant attention is now paid to distracted drivers, the ever-present dangers of drivers who get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol and drugs remains. A person who is simply minding his or her own business as a driver, a motorcyclist, bicyclist or pedestrian can find themselves in the hospital with severe injuries after being hit by a drunk driver. In a worst-case scenario, there can be a fatality and a family will be planning a funeral and remembrance for a lost loved one.

According to a recent report, a teen who played football for his school died when he was hit by an alleged drunk driver. The teen was on a motorcycle in the evening when a 63-year-old man crossed into the opposite lanes of the road and crashed into the rider. The rider wore a helmet, but his injuries were catastrophic and he died. When law enforcement investigated, they placed the driver under arrest as he is suspected of having been under the influence. The investigation into the case is ongoing.

Pedestrian injured and hospitalized after hit and run crash


The dangers on the road in Schuylkill and throughout Pennsylvania are well-known. With the number of drivers who are under the influence, driving while distracted, operating their vehicles recklessly and committing any number of risky acts behind the wheel, an auto accident can happen at any moment. Few are as vulnerable to injuries and death as pedestrians. Since they have no protection and can suffer long-term injuries or be killed when they are hit, it is imperative that pedestrian victims remember their rights. This is especially true after a hit and run accident.

According to a news report, a 20-year-old man was injured in a hit and run car accident recently. The man was reportedly walking on the side of the road at approximately 8:30 a.m. when he was hit. He was heading east on the south side of the road. The vehicle, a red Toyota Camry, was also heading east. After the collision, the driver left the scene. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. Police are searching for the vehicle and think it might have been damaged on its right side.

Drunk driving in Pennsylvania on the rise


The danger of encountering a drunk driver is significant throughout Pennsylvania. When a driver is under the influence, it negatively impacts judgment and reactions. This can lead to a crash with serious injuries and death. A longstanding danger when on the road is being hit by a drunk driver. To make matters worse, the problem seems to be increasing. Those who are in a crash must be aware if it might have been due to a driver who was under the influence, as this can be important when filing a lawsuit.

According to recently revealed statistics, State Police have been responding to a rise in accidents in which a driver was under the influence. This can be due to alcohol or drugs. In 2017, there were 5,180 such incidents. That is a rise if 14.6 percent from the year before. Arrests for DUI also rose across Pennsylvania, with an increase of 2.2 percent to slightly fewer than 20,000.

Drunk driver statistics in Pennsylvania show rise in crashes


People throughout Pennsylvania will undoubtedly be concerned about the growing number of dangers when on the road. That frequently involves relatively new issues, such as distracted driving. However, it is an unfortunate reality that accidents caused by drunk drivers are still problematic. Research examining the frequency with which drivers are stopped and arrested for DUI in the state is indicative of how widespread the problem is. This is particularly important when there is a crash. Evidence of being hit by a drunk driver is a vital part of a lawsuit.

In 2017, State Police said there were 445 more arrests for DUI when compared to 2016. There were 660 more investigations of crashes due to DUI. The numbers were recently released and includes drivers who were arrested for DUI, crashes overall and drivers under the influence of drugs. The statistics are limited to state investigations and do not include local law enforcement investigations. There were nearly 20,000 arrests for DUI in 2017. That is a rise of less than 1 percent from the year before. There were 5,180 accidents due to DUI. That is a 14 percent rise from 2016.

Drunk drivers add to Pennsylvania parents' stress

If you're like most Pennsylvania parents of several children, especially if even one of them is a teenager under age 16, you likely spend a lot of time in your car, driving them places. It's all part of the journey, you say, and you're usually glad to do it. However, things can get quite stressful if other motorists are acting negligently behind the wheel. Drunk drivers, in particular, are menaces on the road.

The last thing you need is for someone to consume copious amounts of alcohol, then attempt to drive on the same road you and your kids are traveling at the time. It places your children's and your own life at stake. If a collision occurs and you all survive, there's no telling how long it will take you to recover. That's why the law allows you to seek justice on behalf of your family.

Study looks at generational distracted driver behaviors


Encountering a distracted driver is something people throughout Pennsylvania will experience quite often these days. The problem is so widespread that law enforcement and legislators are constantly seeking strategies to stop it. Regardless of the danger and potential penalties for texting and driving and taking part in other distracting behaviors behind the wheel, drivers continue to do it. Research is also imperative to understanding the behavior and trying to stop it. One new survey for Volvo provided some surprising results as to which demographic is prone to distracted driving.

In conjunction with The Harris Poll, Volvo embarked on this distracted driving study and found that 51 percent of people who are classified as "Generation Z" and were born between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s have problems focusing on one task when compared to five years ago. Distraction is a hindrance in accomplishing tasks for 54 percent. In total, two studies found that for Americans, 54 percent experience anxiety with too many things to do. Generation Z came in at 77 percent.

Getting the right help with a truck accident case


Trucks are ever present on the roads in Schuylkill, Pottsville and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania. While most will be operated safely and within the rules of the road, their sheer size and the speeds at which they travel can be intimidating to even the most experienced and confident drivers. When there is a crash with one of these large vehicles, there can be serious injuries and even death to those in smaller vehicles. When there has been a truck accident, the medical costs and long-term damage can be overwhelming for the victims involved. A legal filing is often necessary to attempt to recover damages for all that was lost.

Although commercial trucks play a key role in everyday life, delivering items and providing jobs, a crash can happen for many reasons. The truck company might pressure the driver to get the delivery to its destination in rapid order and that might lead to the driver taking risks that he or she would not otherwise take. For example, a truck driver could flout federal trucking regulations for time spent on the road and the get drowsy behind the wheel. There might be distracted driving behaviors. Or, the driver could be speeding or operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Any one of these factors can cause a truck crash. More worrisome is that they frequently happen in combination.

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