The Most Dangerous Roads for PA for Trucking Accidents

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Driving is a hard thing that requires focus to succeed at driving and to make sure you’re driving safely. Certain roads in various parts of the world have different feelings, and the people who drive on those roads will often have quirks or elements of their driving that are specific to the location.

Pennsylvania is not exempt from this phenomenon. For this article, we’ll be focusing on Pennsylvania and, specifically, on dangerous roads in Pennsylvania. Every year these roads have the highest incidence of accidents and require higher vigilance from drivers.

If you’re someone who drives in Pennsylvania, and you want to avoid getting into an accident – as you should! – you should read this article about the most dangerous roads in Pennsylvania.

 

Pennsylvanian Roads

Pennsylvania is a state that has hundreds of roads and highways that are used to ensure that commuters, residents, and other people who use transportation can access their businesses and homes.

Over 120,000 miles of roads cover the whole of Pennsylvania, and hundreds of thousands of people use them each day . . . as such, it should come as no surprise that Pennsylvania auto accidents occur on a very frequent basis.

As you may be able to glean from the article title and how much traffic the Pennsylvanian roads see, there are specific roads that see more accidents than others. So, especially if you’re a truck driver, or you frequently drive on truck-heavy roads, you might want to know of certain roads to avoid to try and lower your risk of ending up in an accident. 

 

Roosevelt Boulevard

Although you may think that the biggest factor of accidents is traffic congestion – aid it is, in fact, a large cause of accidents – that isn’t the case for Roosevelt Boulevard. Roosevelt Boulevard isn’t even on a major highway in Pennsylvania.

Having said that, many people still use this road daily, and a lot of people who use it end up speeding a lot, which is, of course, dangerous. Roosevelt Boulevard is a stretch of road that is made up of six 12-foot-wide lanes that run in opposing directions.

Because of how many people use this road daily and how many of them end up speeding, severe accidents can occur on this road. 

Even if you are making sure that you’re going the speed limit and watching all traffic signs, you may still find yourself in an accident caused by one of the many other people on the road. 

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Interstate 83, Near Harrisburg

This particular Interstate (Interstate 83) is the road that runs between Baltimore and Harrisburg. It also is a prevalent road that people use to travel between the two areas. However, because it’s so popular, thousands of people use the road daily. It’s one of the most heavily-trafficked roads in the entirety of Pennsylvania. 

If you are a truck driver and you have any way of avoiding this road, do so. However, if you have to use it, make sure you’re being as cautious as possible to avoid getting into an accident. 

 

Interstate 95 and Interstate 76

This road is known as both Interstate 95 and the Delaware Expressway. No matter what you call it, this road is notorious for having a large number of accidents happen on it. It has a very well-trafficked interchange with Interstate 76 . . . and this specific interchange was once listed within the top 100 most dangerous roads in the United States.

Even though it’s no longer listed quite so high on the danger scale, it is still extremely busy and dangerous. It once had so many accidents that the math worked out to one fatality per mile.

This is a wild statistic if you think about it. 

 

Interstate 81

No list of dangerous roads in Pennsylvania would be complete without adding Interstate 81 to the list. This is the road that connects through Chambersburg and Carlisle, and it is used by nearly 100,000 drivers each day.

Back in 2014, a 50-car pileup famously happened on this road, and it resulted in two fatalities. And then, in 2016 – although it luckily didn’t result in any deaths – there was a crash that resulted in the interstate being shut down for several hours. 

 

What To Do If You End Up In An Accident

Especially if you’re a truck driver, you might find yourself on the wrong end of an insurance claim. Considering that, no matter who is at fault, the driver of a smaller vehicle is much more likely to end up with an injury, you might find yourself having to avoid being sued if you end up in an accident.

If this is something that is happening to you, you might want to look into getting a traffic accident lawyer to help you avoid the claim. The PA Truck Accident Lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt have over 30 years of truck accident experience, having won millions of dollars in truck accident cases. Call the team today at (866) 721-8431 or fill out our form for a free consultation.

What Are The Leading Causes of Hospitalizations for Non-Fatal Traumatic Brain Injuries?

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When it comes to health and safety, there is very little that is scarier than injuries that happen involving the brain. The brain is one of those parts of the body that scientists are still scratching their heads over.

Why do brains react to certain stimuli in the way they do? Why do they sometimes fail or become prone to illness when the rest of the human body is otherwise healthy?

Not knowing the answer to these questions is only part of where the terror comes from. But there are even scarier things out there, especially if you’re somewhat in the know about the topic.

The rest of this article will discuss traumatic brain injuries, their causes, and more.

 

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury is an injury that can – and usually does – disrupt normal brain function. These injuries to the brain typically end up in hospitalization for the patient.

As may seem obvious from their name, traumatic brain injuries are nothing to joke about. They’re terrifying, especially if they happen to you or a loved one. What are the warning signs of a brain injury? 

 

Statistics

Across the board, these acquired brain injuries tend to happen mostly to men and persons older than 75 years. In these situations, traumatic brain injuries can happen when there are severe slip and falls and when people get into car accidents. 

Traumatic brain injuries are the most common injuries that might result in hospitalization. This specific type of traumatic brain injury is typically non-fatal.

 

How To Prevent Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Even if traumatic brain injuries are non-fatal, they can still be very scary. As such, it’s best to try and prevent them if at all possible.

When you’re driving, try to make sure that you’re wearing your seatbelt. If you have young passengers in the car with you, make sure they’re securely fastened to their car seats and booster seats. 

When cars and other vehicles aren’t involved, configuring houses and other abodes in ways that make it hard to fall or that don’t provide too much of a fall risk can go a long way towards preventing nonfatal traumatic brain injuries.

If you’re careful and take care of yourself, you can make sure to prevent a traumatic brain injury.

 

Traumatic Brain Injury Study

A study was recently performed focusing on the topic of traumatic brain injuries. The CDC analyzed the data they received and come up with the following statistics:

  • Hospital rates among persons aged ≥75 years were approximately three times higher than those among persons aged 65–74 years when it came to traumatic brain injury incidents
  • Males tended to end up in the ER with brain injuries twice as much as females ended up in the ER
  • Unintentional falls were the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries 
  • Traumatic brain injuries can happen to anyone of any age, even though they’re more prevalent in older individuals. 
  • Traumatic brain injuries in older individuals can lead to complications based on other underlying medical conditions 

Outside of falls and the like, the second most common reason people end up with traumatic brain injuries is car accidents and other vehicle crashes.

Once again, male individuals who participated in the survey were found to have ended up with traumatic brain injuries twice as often as female participants, which is the same as the statistic for falling. 

The reason for this is very simple – men tend to be involved in more car accidents than females. This might be because men tend to speed and lose control of vehicles more than females do. 

The higher the loss of control at high speeds, the more that a driver might likely end up in an accident that causes a traumatic brain injury.

photo by Yan Berthemy

 

What Can We Do?

Traumatic brain injuries may not be fatal, but they’re certainly terrifying and cause additional health issues on the body that no one is even aware of. As such, trying to protect yourself and prevent traumatic brain injuries from occurring in your life should be important. You should take preventative measures to keep you and your loved ones safe. 

For example, make sure to consistently – and correctly – wear a seatbelt properly when you’re driving. Make sure that you’re fully cognizant of your surroundings and that you’re not driving under any external influences, such as drugs or alcohol.

That last point may seem obvious and yet drunk driving or driving under the influence continues to be one of the largest causes of car accident-born traumatic brain injuries. 

When it comes to young adults and children, make sure to use the same safety measures and the like for them, as well. When dealing with new drivers in their teens, make sure that they’re being careful and observant drivers.

Most vehicle-related traumatic brain injuries that are caused by adolescents can be prevented by practice and confidence when it comes to lane merging, passing, maintaining a safe distance while driving, etc.) and limiting how much they’re driving under high-risk conditions such as during floods or storms. 

If you’ve been involved in a crash that resulted in a TBI, and are struggling to return to normal, contact the traumatic brain injury lawyers at Mceldrew Young Purtell Merritt to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve, and help get your life back on track. Call us today at 866-521-0865 or fill out our contact form here for a free consultation.

Top 5 Biggest Lawsuits Against Amazon

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Amazon has grown in the 25 years since its initial opening as a small book-selling business. Now it’s the largest online marketplace in the world and is responsible for a large majority of online retail business. As it has grown larger, Amazon has become a multi-media platform that sells all sorts of items from house building kits to small machinery parts.

They even offer membership programs that speed up their delivery times, promising Prime members who ordered packages arrival at their homes just hours after purchase. This has caused some controversy, as some appreciate these accelerated processes, and others ask customers to think about the human cost of such expediency. Despite outcries, Amazon continues to grow larger, adding more “fulfillment centers” across the world to expand their delivery services.

Amazon has not been without scandal for those epic 25 years, however. As Amazon grows larger, there are more and more complaints about how Amazon treats its workers. It also often refuses to take responsibility for accidents that occur because of its company culture.

In no particular order of importance, as all these suits are equally important for holding Amazon responsible for injuries and discrimination, we’ll cover some notable lawsuits recently filed against Amazon.

1. Discrimination Lawsuits Against Amazon Based on Race and Sex

Earlier this year, several current and former managers at Amazon began claiming that they faced race- and sex-based discrimination from other higher-ranked managers.

According to Charlotte Newman, reported by Vox in this article, she experienced continued race- and sex-based discrimination. She was constantly passed over for promotions by younger, less experienced white men. When asked, she said the upper managers had no real explanations for their hiring practices besides telling her she was, “just scary… [and too] intimidating.” These statements were playing off racial stereotypes of black women.

Another female manager claims that she was sexually harassed by another manager and was relocated after refusing to date the manager. Along with her, several other women have come out to speak against Amazon management.

2. Infant Death Caused By Amazon Delivery Driver

In 2019, a 9-month old infant died in an accident with an Amazon delivery driver.

This tragic case highlights how Amazon avoids taking responsibility for their driver’s accidents no matter what the human toll is for their emphasis on speedy delivery. This article outlines how the parents of the infant tried to hold the company responsible and encountered roadblock after roadblock.

Amazon insists that it should not be held responsible for drivers, even when their trucks are branded with Amazon logos. This is because they hire drivers through contracted delivery services. Despite this, Amazon keeps an extremely close watch on drivers and punishes drivers for wavering on their near inhuman standards.

3. Discrimination Lawsuit, Amazon Firing Pregnant Individuals

Amazon, gaining a reputation for terrible working conditions, discrimination, and strict upper management, has also been firing pregnant women. They do this just before the company will have to begin giving out the required accommodations for their health.

In continued discrimination, Beverly Rosales is speaking out for her quick-firing after telling her managers that she was pregnant. This comes to a trend, as at least half a dozen other women have come out with similar statements. According to CNET, six of these cases were settled outside of court.

4. Exhausted Driver Sues Over Working Hours

Timothy Weakley, a delivery driver for Amazon, has sued the company claiming that he was worked to exhaustion before falling asleep at the wheel of his delivery truck and crashing.

He spent an absurd 49 hours behind the wheel with little rest, causing him to become a dangerous driver. According to The News Tribune, the company he worked for—AAA Freight—claimed that sometimes it had to bend the regulations delivery companies are supposed to follow to meet the strict requirements that Amazon, their largest customer, demands.

5. Paralyzed Man Sues Amazon—Claims They Should Be Responsible for Accidents

Another attempt to hold Amazon responsible when their drivers cause accidents is this case involving Ans Rana, a 24-year-old man left paralyzed after an accident with an Amazon van. While Amazon continues to claim that they shouldn’t be held responsible for accidents as they don’t directly employ their drivers, Rana argues differently.

Amazon uses tracking technology to watch and record the delivery times of drivers. This is to enforce extremely strict standards while facilitating swift punishments for drivers that cannot meet them. These standards are often ludicrous, however, and often lead to employees feeling stressed and overworked. This case argues that this micro-management makes Amazon more responsible for employees than they admit and leads to terrible accidents like the one that paralyzed young Ans Rana.

Do You Have a Case Against Amazon?

If you think that you have a case against Amazon, consider hiring our local Pennsylvanian legal firm, McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt. If you choose a lawyer from our firm, we can provide you a skilled and experienced attorney to fit your needs after reviewing your case.

McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt has over 30 years of experience dealing with delivery, big rig, and commercial truck accidents. If you were in an accident involving an Amazon delivery truck, don’t stop at settling for compensation that doesn’t cover all your medical bills, property damage, or pain and suffering. By choosing to hire an attorney to handle your accident, you can be sure that you’ll get all the compensation you deserve.

Attorneys at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt can also help you with whistleblower cases and discrimination cases. If you think you may have a case, contact us and find out if we can help you get the compensation you deserve for the pain and suffering inflicted by Amazon.

Find an office near you here, fill out a contact form, or give us a call at 1-800-540-4116.

Motor Vehicle Accidents Caused 20,160 Deaths in First Six Months of 2021: NHTSA

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The year 2020 saw a reduction of cars on the road due to the global pandemic, but also tragically saw a rise in traffic fatalities. Safety officials were hopeful that 2021 would see numbers starting to go down, but sadly, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

New estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are showing that 2021 saw the largest ever six-month jump in car accident fatalities. 2020 saw a staggering 38,680 people that died as a result of a traffic accident, the largest number of fatalities since 2007. And now, 2021 is shaping up to be another record breaking year.

 

2021 Traffic Accidents So Far

The NHTSA has released its Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Half (January-June) of 2021, and warned that the number of traffic deaths was up 18.4% from 2020. Nationwide, there were more vehicle miles traveled during the first half of 2021, about 13% higher than 2020, or around 173 billion miles.

The current estimate of the fatality rate for the first half of 2021 is 1.34 fatalities per 100 million miles traveled, up from 1.28 per 100 million miles traveled in the first half of 2020. And these numbers have continued to trend upwards since the first update from the NHTSA in September.

 

Why Are Fatal Car Accidents on the Rise?

Although vehicles themselves have continued to become safer, adding new features every year that are designed to prevent accidents, there has still been an increase in overall deaths since 2019. These increases also include a rise in pedestrians killed by motor vehicles, a number which increased by nearly 5% in 2020, a year when fewer vehicles traveled during pandemic lockdowns. 

According to traffic experts, the explanation for the fatality spike is likely due to the fact that there were fewer cars on the road during the lockdowns. With less traffic, congestion was eliminated, which made people tend to drive at faster, and more lethal speeds. Many drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2020 didn’t wear seatbelts, and were more likely to be driving while drunk

 

How Are Agencies Working To Make Streets Safer?

The rise of fatal car accidents has become one of the main focuses of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB has released a series of safety recommendations, and called on the NHTSA, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) to all collaborate on standards to protect pedestrians and drivers alike. 

The NHTSA released all their data during the second annual National Pedestrian Safety Month Campaign, which focuses on issues that may be responsible for the increases in pedestrian fatalities that the United States has seen over the past few years. The campaign focuses on:

  • Embracing new safety technology
  • Reducing speeding
  • Comprehensive review of roadways, focusing on accommodating pedestrians. 

In addition, the NHTSA has issued their 10th edition of Countermeasures That Work, a guide covering 10 areas of concern on the roadways. Specifically the report covers:

 

What Was the Most Common Cause of a Fatal Accident in 2021?

While data on 2021 is still pending, the NHTSA has data available on 2019. 

  • Drunk driving: Drunk driving claimed the lives of 10,142 in 2019
  • Speeding: Was the next most deadly, claiming 9,478 lives
  • Distracted driving: Was the third most deadly, claiming 3,142 lives in 2019

These three factors have long been listed as the most dangerous factors in determining whether or not a car accident will be fatal.

 

When You Need a Car Accident Lawyer in Philadelphia

Tragically, it appears as though vehicle accidents and fatalities are only going to continue to rise throughout the end of the year. If you or your loved one were injured in a car accident, you likely have many questions about how to proceed with a personal injury lawsuit against the at fault driver.

The experienced Philadelphia Car Accident Attorneys at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt can help you better understand the particulars of your case with a free consultation. Call us today at 1-866-333-7715 or reach out online via our form.  

Driving with Dogs: Some Safety Tips

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It’s not uncommon for us to travel with our constant friends. Cats and dogs frequently accompany their owners in the car, whether they’re going to the vet, performing errands, going on a road trip, or even just a joyride!

Safe driving, like riding without cats and dogs in the car, involves a level of planning and the ability to avoid distractions. Here’s a list of things to remember the next time you’re driving with your pet. There are three different forms of distractions that might happen when driving:

    • Visual distraction
    • Manual distraction
    • Cognitive distraction

When a driver’s eyes are taken off the road, this is known as a visual distraction. When a driver takes their hands off the steering wheel, this is known as manual distraction. Finally, cognitive distraction occurs when the driver’s attention is diverted from the activity at hand. When driving with a pet in the car, any or all of these distractions could occur.

Any type of distraction while driving, even being distracted by a pet, can result in a collision. That is why, especially when traveling with cats or dogs in the automobile, safe driving rules should be continuously enforced.

 

Understand the Rules of the Road When Driving With a Dog

First and foremost, you should be aware of the regulations governing the transportation of animals in vehicles. Because these rules might differ from place to location, it’s even more crucial to do your homework before you go so you don’t end up with a hefty fine. This covers legislation governing your pet’s safe transportation, such as whether or not the dog must be transported in a carrier.

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Fearful or car-sick dogs should be trained or prepared

Long road journeys present a lot of obstacles, which are amplified if your dog dislikes traveling or gets car sick. You can teach your dog to not be afraid of automobile journeys. You begin by training your dog to eat food from a parked car that has not been turned on. Work your way up to eating in the car while it’s running. Then practice on short journeys that conclude in a pleasurable location, like a dog park. Because this process can take weeks or months, you should begin well in advance of any extended trips. However, with the right training, your dog may come to like vehicle rides!

Car sickness, on the other hand, is an entirely separate problem that you can’t prepare for. You might be able to talk to your veterinarian about drugs that can help ease your dog’s nausea or put him to sleep during long bouts of travel.

 

Always have some food and water with you

You never know what could happen, so keep some dog food and a water bottle on standby to keep your pup hydrated in case of emergency. Keeping a spill-proof water bowl with the dog’s name on it will make it apparent what the dish is for. Allow your pet to have a drink and some food whenever you stop on a long journey, so they are not alarmed if an emergency stop needs to be made.

 

Every few hours take a break

People were not built to ride in a vehicle for eight hours or more, and your pet should not be expected to do so either. Make it a point to stop every two to three hours if you’re on a long journey. Step outside and stretch, then do the same for your pet. Before getting back in the car for a few hours, go for a short stroll to burn off some pent-up energy. This is beneficial to everyone’s health!

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Locking your dog in the car is not a good idea

There are a variety of reasons why you should never leave your pet in the car alone. The interior of automobiles can become excessively hot in the summer, suffocating animals. Temperatures might plummet in the winter, causing your pet to freeze. It is prohibited in some areas to leave your pet unattended in a vehicle. 

 

Have fun on your journey!

Traveling with a dog is similar to traveling with a small child in many respects. Because they are unable to care for themselves throughout a journey, you must keep their needs in mind and be proactive in caring for them. Any resulting injuries of cars can be compensated by an Ontario car accident attorney. These suggestions should help you and your canine companion have a lot more enjoyable car rides in the future!

Tips To Prevent Dangerous Accidents in Your Home

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Unintentional injuries are one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and are the number one leading cause of death in those aged 35 and younger. Shockingly, about 76% of preventable injury-related deaths occur in the homes and communities. In fact, in 2019, 131,400 died from a preventable, unintentional injury. And over the last ten years, that number has been steadily creeping higher. 

Naturally, you would probably not think about bringing a lawsuit against someone if you or a loved one were injured in your own home. But if you were injured in a slip and fall, or other unintentional way in a house that is not your residence, you may have standing to file a claim against the negligent party. The team at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt can help you understand the claims process, and how you can receive fair compensation for your accident with a free consultation. We’ve also compiled a list of our top tips to prevent dangerous accidents in the home below. 

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Tips to Avoid Dangerous Accidents In The Home

While unintentional injuries can be severe or life threatening, the steps you need to take to prevent them are usually simple. Here are our top tips to prevent injuries in the home:

Prevent Falls:

Falls are the most dangerous and most common unintentional household injury. To prevent falls, follow these tips:

    • Always clean up spills immediately after they occur: Liquids, grease, or other fluids should always be cleaned up immediately after spilling on the ground.
    • Secure rugs: Non skid pads, or slip resistant backings should be present on all rugs on the floor. Double sided carpet tape is also available to secure the edges. Especially watch out for rugs at the top of stairs or near drop offs in the house. 
    • Be mindful of where liquids are placed: Make sure cups with liquid are placed far away from the edge of the table. Watch out for placing liquids on tables that have a tablecloth or runner on it, as a child can easily pull on the fabric causing a spill. 
    • Take extra precautions in the bathroom: Install grab bars in the shower or near the toilet if you live with someone who is unsteady on their feet, such as an elderly family member. Properly installed hower bars or shower stools can help prevent dangerous falls in the bathroom. 
    • Check dangerous areas: Garages and basement are often cluttered and have trip and fall risks. Make sure there are clear paths through these areas and that boxes are stacked safely without the risk of falling over and injuring someone. 

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Prevent Burns:

    • Watch where you place hot liquids: Follow the same steps as above and always be mindful of where you place cups of hot liquid such as tea or coffee.
    • Check your hot water heater: Keep water heaters set at or below 120 degrees to prevent burns from overly hot water. Young children and the elderly are the most susceptible to burns

General Safety:

    • Always keep electronics far away from water: Especially watch out for young children when in the bathroom and keep all electronics far away from the water
    • Stairs: Make sure your handrail runs the full length of the staircase and that there are no area rugs or mats at the base or top of stairs. Make sure outdoor stairs are well lit. 
    • Keep all cleaning products secure: All cleaning products should be stored in a secure and childproof cabinet. A high cabinet that children cannot reach is preferable. 
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Getting Help When Accidents Happen

Of course, you may not be able to implement all of these suggestions in a house other than your own. But this short list of tips can serve as a guide for what to look out for when you or a loved one visit another house, as well as help you keep your own home as safe as possible.

You won’t always be able to prevent an unintentional injury from happening, but if you or someone you love were injured because of someone else’s negligence in keeping their home safe, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced team at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt today at 1-866-283-7804 or use the contact form here to find out what your rights are and get a free consultation.

 

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents Increased Dramatically During Coronavirus Pandemic

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The lockdowns of 2020 caused many departures from routine. In the case of pedestrian accidents, these changes in pattern were sometimes tragic.

Vehicle miles traveled in the first six months of the year dropped by 16.5 percent compared with the same period in 2019. Despite this drop, an increase in pedestrian deaths was registered — from 2,951 in 2019 to 2,957 in 2020!

This continuity represents an actual pedestrian fatality rate increase of 20% over 2019. The fatality rate increased to 2.2 pedestrian deaths per billion vehicle miles traveled, compared to 1.8 deaths in 2019.

The pedestrian rights lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt represent civilians with cases of serious medical injuries or wrongful deaths caused by automobiles. If you were injured due to the negligence of a driver, we will fight for the compensation that you deserve.

 

What Causes These Accidents?

In the first months of the pandemic, traffic was light but enforcement was lax. In addition, many more pedestrians were on back roads near to their houses, owing to an excess of time spent at home and no open destinations to head to.

This may help to explain the per-mile spike in pedestrian deaths in 2020 — but it doesn’t excuse it. 

When pedestrian accidents occur, drivers are often speeding, distracted, or otherwise operating their vehicle in an unsafe manner. These are the most common causes of pedestrian traffic accidents:

  • Drunk or otherwise intoxicated driving
  • Running red lights 
  • Right turns through crosswalks without looking for pedestrians
  • Distracted driving, such as driving while texting
  • Illegally parked cars making it difficult to see pedestrians and bicycles

 

Do Pedestrians Always Have the Right of Way?

Pedestrians harmed in traffic accidents are rarely to blame. If you or a loved one were injured on a sidewalk or at a crosswalk with no traffic signal, the driver was definitely in the wrong. Even if that was not the case, you may have had the right of way. 

Motorists must:

  • Yield to pedestrians crossing a roadway in a marked or unmarked crosswalk when the pedestrian has the right of way
  • Yield to pedestrians crossing a roadway with the assistance of a white/red-tipped cane or a guide dog. Motorists must also pay careful attention when moving past such individuals
  • Exercise “due care” by making use of all available precautions to avoid hitting pedestrians, including honking or giving audible signals when possible

Pedestrians have several responsibilities when dealing with traffic as well. They should:

  • Follow traffic control devices such as red lights, stop signs and “do not walk” signals
  • Cross at marked crosswalks or pedestrian crossings when traffic control devices are present at an intersection
  • When there are no designated crossings, pedestrians must yield the right of way to vehicles

Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries

When a vehicle and pedestrian collide, the results are predictably tragic. Our lawyers have helped pedestrians who have suffered:

These injuries don’t just cause extensive pain and suffering, they also carry staggering medical expenses. A personal injury lawsuit can help you handle the heavy burden brought on by driver negligence.

 

Other Pedestrian Injuries

It isn’t just vehicles responsible for harm to pedestrians. Negligence of all kinds is to blame for many pedestrian injuries each year. 

Slip and fall injuries occur on icy and dangerous sidewalks, in open manhole covers, from falling debris from construction projects, and down slippery stairs. 

Negligent property owners may be liable for some or all of your injuries, including medical bills and other economic damages. If intangible damages occur as a result of their negligence, they may be responsible for these too.

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When to Consult with an Experienced Traffic Accident Attorney

When a devastating accident occurs, it can be hard to understand the next steps. Insurance companies are not on your side. An experienced personal injury law firm like McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt is best equipped to help you navigate this challenging process.

If you or a loved one are injured due to the negligence of a driver, property owner or construction project, don’t hesitate to contact our team of lawyers today. Fill out our form or call 1-866-382-4806.

 

What To Do After a Car Accident in Philadelphia

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If you’ve been involved in a car accident, whether minor or serious, you know that the aftermath can be a challenging time. The lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt have created the following list that we hope will be helpful to you in those first moments after a car accident. Feel free to bookmark this page or print it out to keep in your glove box in case of an emergency. 

1. Stay at the Scene

A hit-and-run is against the law, and you may face consequences even if the accident is minor and did not result in any injuries. Don’t run the risk of running afoul of the law; stay at the scene until you are given the all clear.

2. Check for Injuries

If occupants of either vehicle sustain any injuries in the crash, they should receive medical attention. It is a good idea to keep a first-aid kit in your vehicle at all times in case of minor injuries, but you should summon an ambulance for any severe injuries. When in doubt, err on the side of caution and call emergency services; it may save a life.

3. Call the Police

If the accident is not serious and you happen to have the non-emergency number, you can use it to summon the police, but there’s also nothing wrong with calling 911 for even a minor accident. To make an insurance claim later, you will probably need an official accident report from the police, so don’t hesitate to involve law enforcement, regardless of the severity of the accident. 

4. Make a Report

Tell the police exactly what happened to the best of your ability. Stick to the facts, and include as much detail as possible. However, be careful to avoid saying anything that could be construed as taking responsibility for the collision. Even saying “I’m sorry” could be interpreted as an admission of guilt. Let the authorities and the insurance companies determine who was at fault.

5. Gather Data

This involves exchanging insurance information with the other driver, but it also includes identifying and obtaining contact information from any witnesses, noting the responding officer’s name and badge number, and documenting the scene of the accident. You should obtain the location’s address, if possible, or at least be able to name nearby cross streets. It is also a good idea to take pictures of the scene if you can do so safely.

6. Contact Your Insurance Company

You should do this as soon as possible to start the claims process. In many cases, it is also advisable to hire a Philadelphia car accident lawyer to represent your interests after a car accident. The lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt can provide you with more information during your initial consultation, which is always provided free of charge.

 

What Not To Do After an Accident

There are a few important things to avoid saying or doing after being involved in a car accident. These include:

  • Not calling the police

    In some cases, people believe it is okay to just exchange information with the other driver and forgo calling the police. Not calling the police, however, means you will not receive an official accident report to provide as evidence of what happened. 

  • Avoid recorded statements:

    Insurance companies may try to reach out to you after the accident to ask for a recorded statement. We advise our clients to avoid doing that until they have obtained proper legal representation. Remember, an insurance company’s primary objective is to pay you as little as possible. As the victim, you deserve compensation that will cover your medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering, and property damage. 

  • Avoid waiting too long before seeking recovery on your claim

    In most states, there is a set time period for accident victims to sue for personal injuries or wrongful death cases. If the time limit is surpassed, your claim will not receive any coverage. 

The attorney’s at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt can help you meet all the required deadlines, and gather the evidence you need to obtain the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 1-866-333-7715 or reach out online by filling out our form for your free consultation. 

 

Top Ten Reasons for Car Accidents in 2020 and 2021

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In order to receive compensation after a car accident, you will need to show that the person who caused your accident was negligent, and that their negligent actions led to the crash. Below, we’ve compiled the top ten reasons for a car accident in 2020 and moving into 2021, to help you gain a better understanding of why accidents happen and how to prevent them. 

 

1. COVID-19 and Car Accidents 

The global pandemic caused the number of vehicles on the road to dramatically decrease in 2020, so it’s natural to assume there would be a decrease in traffic accidents as well. But in fact, traffic-related fatalities rose by 4.6% nationwide. Philadelphia County reported 120 traffic related fatalities in 2020, up 60% from 2019. 

This rise in fatalities may be in part because the COVID-19 crisis led to increased alcohol consumption, potentially causing more drunk drivers. In addition, the decrease in vehicles caused less congestion on roadways, which allowed drivers who remained on the road to drive more recklessly.

 

2. Speeding

Speed limits are carefully determined by elected officials in conjunction with traffic engineers, and are put in place to keep people safe while driving. This is because speed is the number one factor in determining if an accident will be fatal. 

 

3. Drunk Driving

Intoxication, whether it be from alcohol or other substances, can impair an individual’s reaction time, motor functioning, and decision making. Drunk driving is another major contributing factor in determining if an accident will be fatal. 

 

4. Distracted Driving 

While drunk driving leads to a higher risk of fatalities, distracted driving is one of the top causes of accidents across the United States. 

Distracted driving can include:

  • Eating or drinking
  • Putting on makeup
  • Turning to talk to other passengers
  • Adjusting the navigation system

 

5. Texting and Driving

The most common form of distracted driving is texting and driving. Texting involves a visual distraction (looking at your phone), a manual distraction (typing), and a cognitive distraction (reading the text). It may seem like only a few seconds, but even 5 seconds of looking away from the road while driving at 55mph is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. 

 

6. Drowsy Driving

Driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. In fact, in controlled studies, drunk and drowsy driving resulted in a similar number of crashes. 

 

7. Inexperienced Drivers

An experienced driver knows to keep a safe distance while following another car, as well as to check their blind spots while changing lanes. But an inexperienced driver may not remember to glance over their shoulder into the area their mirror cannot see, and may also inadvertently tailgate or fail to yield when they should. 

 

8. Aggressive Driving

Changing lanes rapidly, tailgating, or illegal passing of other cars may be the result of inexperience, but it can also be caused by an experienced, but aggressive driver. In Philadelphia, around 36% of traffic-related deaths are the result of aggressive driving.  

 

9. Road Rage

Aggressive driving may or may not be associated with road rage, which occurs when a driver gets angry at another vehicle on the road. This can result in behaviors like cutting in front of a car aggressively, using verbal insults, or threatening another driver.  

 

10. Poor Vehicle Maintenance

If a driver does not take proper care of their car, it can easily create a dangerous situation. Mechanical failures can occur that endanger the driver and other cars on the road, such as

 

What To Do if You Were Involved in a Car Accident 

Even if you take every precaution in the world, it’s impossible to prevent every car accident from occurring. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit to cover your medical bills, vehicle repairs, and collect compensation for your pain and suffering. 

The Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt understand how difficult the aftermath of a serious car accident can be, and are ready to fight for you at every step of the way. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-866-333-7715 or reach out by filling out our form.

 

10 Tips To Help Prevent Accidents With Trucks and Other Commercial Vehicles

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Commercial trucks are a common sight on American roads, with nearly 37 million trucks being used for business purposes in 2018. Almost 4 million of those trucks were extra-large class 8 trucks, weighing over 33,001 pounds. Unfortunately, these large trucks can pose an extreme danger to other vehicles on the road, with over 500,000 trucking accidents reported in the United States every year. 

Because of the proliferation of large trucks, and their high likelihood for dangerous accidents, it is critical to learn how to drive safely around them. Below are our top safety tips to help you avoid a catastrophic accident with a large truck. 

  1. Give Trucks More Space

Commercial trucks can take 20-40 percent farther than cars to stop, with even greater distances on wet or slippery roads. If you are closely following a truck and it experiences a mechanical failure, or incident such as a tire blowout, you are highly likely to be involved in an accident. 

If you are driving below 40 mph, a good rule of thumb is to leave at least one second for every 10 feet of vehicle length. This means you should leave about 4 seconds between your vehicle and a commercial truck. For speeds over 40 mph, leave one additional second. Double your following distance in adverse weather conditions such as rain. 

  1. Don’t Drive in a Truck’s Blind Spot

All vehicles have a blind spot, but commercial trucks have four large blind spots that pose a danger to other drivers. The most dangerous place to be when driving next to a commercial truck is on it’s passenger side, as that blind spot is significantly larger than the one on the driver’s side. Always pass large trucks on the driver’s side, and avoid staying directly alongside a commercial truck as you can easily be in their blind spot without knowing it. 

  1. Use Caution When Changing Lanes

Never pass trucks on the right, and do not linger as you pass the truck. If you cannot see the truck driver, they cannot see you. Move at a steady speed as you pass, and do not slow down or brake when you move in front of the truck, as they need more time than a passenger vehicle to slow down or stop. 

  1. Pay Attention in Adverse Weather Conditions

Rain, snow, ice, or fog are dangerous conditions for anyone to drive in, but they are particularly dangerous for commercial trucks. They will need extra time and distance to slow down or stop, so it is more critical than ever to give them enough room on the highway. Trucks can roll over or spin out in high winds or on wet roadways, and any passenger vehicles in their way are at risk of a serious accident. 

  1. Patience Is Key

It’s easy to become frustrated when sharing the road with a commercial truck. They take up a large amount of space and take longer to speed up or go around curves. Some drivers respond to this with road rage or aggression, but remember that if you are going up against a vehicle that is 20 times your size, you will almost always be putting yourself in grave danger. 

Trucks are often driving under speed caps that prevent them from driving the same speed as a personal vehicle, which is done for everyone’s safety. Truck drivers want to do their jobs safely and efficiently, so have patience when sharing the road with them, and wait for a safe time to pass. 

Not All Accidents Are Avoidable

Even if you follow all the above tips, it’s still possible that you may be the victim of a trucking accident. Truck drivers that are distracted, fatigued, or have a truck with a mechanical error, can create situations that are beyond your control. If you are involved in a trucking accident, a skilled lawyer can help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries and losses. Call the team at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt today to discuss your case. We can be reached by calling 1-866-333-7715 or by filling out our form

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