Pennsylvanians who read the local news or drives Route 61 on a regular basis knows that accidents happen. And, when accidents involve a heavy, fast-moving object, like a car or truck, the potential for injury is amplified. Some car accidents are avoidable and some simply are not. In some cases, the victims of an accident are unable to avoid it because they simply do not even see the vehicle coming.
Our state bans texting while driving. But, it fails to account for the many other kinds of distracted driving that can cause a car accident. This means that motorists cannot rely on law enforcement to keep distracted drivers off the road. Instead, they must drive defensively and if an accident does occur, seek a legal remedy.
As in any other state, drunk drivers continue to pose a huge risk to other motorists in Pennsylvania. The holiday season, between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, and its attendant revelry, usually means that there are more intoxicated motorists on the road. Unfortunately, the results can be deadly.
Thanksgiving and a slew of winter holidays are just around the corner. Pennsylvanians have arrived at the holiday season and along with more time off to enjoy celebrations with friends and family, many people will take to the roads to reach their loved ones for holiday get-togethers and vacations. While road trips may vary from across town to across several states, all individuals who travel by personal vehicle will experience the challenges that come from road travel during the late fall and winter.
The period of time following a car accident can be chaotic and overwhelming, however, it is important for car accident victims to know the steps to take following a car accident to ensure they receive appropriate medical care and preserve a claim for their damages if they decide to make one at some point following the accident. To begin with, it is essential not to leave the scene of the accident, especially if injuries or fatalities are involved.
Distracted driving is unquestionably dangerous and a serious concern on our roadways. During 2015, nearly 4,000 victims lost their lives in distracted driving-related car accidents. A total of 3,477 victims were killed in distracted driving accidents and 391,000 were injured in distracted driving accidents during 2015 which impacts victims, families and communities. Distracted driving is a real danger for victims and their families.
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.
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.
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.
We all know that cars can be dangerous. But many people, including those living in and near Pottsville, Pennsylvania, may not fully appreciate or understand just how often accidents occur, or how many accidents affect those of us living in the United States.