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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.

Study indicates many medical mistakes might stem from burnout

Pennsylvania residents who seek medical care for any reason have the right to expect that they will be given the proper treatment, the correct medications and not be subject to mistakes on the part of medical professionals. Unfortunately, medical errors are common and they can cause serious injury and even death to victims. While there are many reasons why there might be a medical error, a new study from Stanford University indicates that a major issue is physician "burnout." Those who have been injured or lost a loved one in what they believe to have been a medical mistake should pay attention to this issue, as it could be relevant in a legal filing for compensation.

According to the research, the number of medical errors due to burnout could be equal to or worse than those from dangerous workplace conditions. The work environment and its potential for causing burnout in medical professionals is an issue that should be addressed, according to the researchers. Although steps are taken to make patients safer and less vulnerable to fundamental factors, burnout is just as problematic.

Parents texting and driving with kids in car is a problem

The problem of drivers being distracted is prevalent. Now, studies seek to examine the phenomenon to devise ways to put a stop to it. Worryingly, a new study indicates that adults are even texting and driving while they have children in the vehicle with them. Those who suffer serious injuries or lose a loved one in an auto accident should be cognizant of these studies as it may be used when seeking compensation in a legal filing.

Research by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found that out of every three adults who took part, one will read text messages while driving. One out of seven will engage in social media activities behind the wheel. In the study, there were 760 adults who were surveyed. They were from 47 states and had children ages four to 10. The data was accrued over three months.

Peace of mind when facing injuries caused by uninsured driver

No one begins their commute thinking about it ending with an accident - we go about our lives day after day with little to no issue. In the blink of an eye, however, this can change, and an accident can cause lasting damage to those involved. Along with the immediate shock and injuries, there are often legal issues that follow and can cause significant concerns that only add to the difficulties faced.

For some, an unfortunate circumstance could be that the driver that caused the accident was not carrying insurance. Most drivers don't have the personal assets to cover what can be extensive costs for medical care for injuries sustained in the accident. This, of course, is why drivers carry insurance - to protect themselves and others. However, when the other driver doesn't have the necessary coverage, it can be tough to recover the funds needed to pay for important care.

Auto accident between police vehicle and civilians kills 2

An auto accident in Schuylkill can occur in many different circumstances. There can be a negligent driver, a reckless driver, a driver under the influence, or a driver who was distracted behind the wheel. Any of these behaviors - individually or in combination - can lead to a crash with injuries and fatalities. Some of these accidents, however, happen because of being in the wrong place at the wrong time such as when there is a law enforcement vehicle or an emergency vehicle speeding to a scene. For those who have been in such an unfortunate incident, having legal assistance to consider a lawsuit is imperative.

A car crash between a police vehicle and a civilian vehicle led to the deaths of two people. The accident occurred when a police SUV was rushing to the scene of an incident where a fellow officer was allegedly being assaulted. The officer had the lights and sirens on his vehicle on as he raced to the scene. He was in an intersection when he collided with another vehicle. The people in the vehicle, a man and his wife age 62 and 65, were declared dead at the site of the crash. Another vehicle with an 82-year-old man and a 72-year-old woman was also hit. They were taken to the hospital and are believed to have been released. The officer was hospitalized in serious condition. An accident investigation is ongoing.

U.S. has high number of mistakes injuring mothers in childbirth

Barring unusual issues, most Pennsylvanians will not view childbirth as overtly dangerous to the health of the mother and child. In truth, there is recent information stating that mothers are experiencing an increasing number of complications, injuries and death during childbirth in the United States. This was presented in an investigation by USA Today and should be of concern to all who are expecting a child.

In the U.S., there are an estimated 50,000 injuries and 700 deaths of mothers during childbirth every year. This is believed to be due to hospitals and medical centers failing to adhere to proper safety requirements. In the developed world, the U.S. is the riskiest country in which to have a baby. In analyzing the data, it was found that many of the issues stemmed from hemorrhaging and severe high blood pressure.

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