Distracted driving has become a hot topic among safety advocates, law enforcement agencies, lawmakers and drivers alike across the United States over the past 15 years. This has happened as cell phones have gone from being something new and used by only a small percentage of the population to being something that virtually everyone has with them at all times. While many states have made the move to enact laws banning the handheld use of phones while driving entirely, Pennsylvania has not done so.
If you are like most people in Pennsylvania, you have driven past your fair share of accident scenes on area roads and highways. When you see these things, you may well wonder how many accidents actually happen and how many have severe outcomes. It is also interesting to know how many accidents or deaths are caused essentially by the negligent choices of drivers.
Every motor vehicle accident has the potential to be serious and complicated. However, when there are more than a couple vehicles involved in a crash, the situation can become even more serious -- and complex.
A young couple tragically died in a car accident earlier this month on the way to their wedding in Pittsburgh.
Millions of people will get in their cars and travel over the next week for Thanksgiving. And whether you are a college student driving across the state to get home or someone driving across the country to visit relatives, your top priority is likely to get where you are going safely.
Every driver in Pennsylvania should know that using a phone to write, read or send text messages is dangerous -- and a primary offense in this state. Massive nationwide campaigns have been launched in recent years to highlight and educate motorists of the dangers of driving while distracted by texting.
After a car accident, victims often experience a range of emotions. They can be angry that someone else crashed into them and now they must get their car fixed and possibly miss work. They might be scared about injuries and whether they will recover. They can also be confused as to whether they have any legal options.
Summer is nearly in full swing, and for teenagers this typically means weeks of fun and relaxation.
You're driving down the road and as you approach a stop sign, the vehicle behind you crashes into your back bumper. The accident is their fault, but in the heat of the moment, you don't think about that. The anxiety and stress of the crash leads to you making a bad decision -- you get angry and upset, and you flee the scene of the accident. As a result, the police arrest you for a hit and run.
More than a month ago, we wrote a post about four trucks being involved in an accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. There's no information about injuries to the people involved in the crash, and little else to go on in the story. Today, we want to continue the theme of truck accidents on this blog by discussing another wreck -- but one that centers on the cargo being carried by the truck at the time of the accident.