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2 crashes caused by high-speed chase in Glendon

Two crashes were caused by a high-speed chase in Glendon last Thursday night. The chase led to the arrest of a 29-year-old man who was also booked on drug charges. The man, from Forks Township, was driving with a suspended license, close to a quarter-pound of marijuana and a gun.

The defendant was arraigned Friday on charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, resisting arrest, possession of a firearm without a license, failure to give aid at a crash and six other related offenses.

Common medical expenses incurred by motorcycle accidents

Motorcycles are fun to ride, especially during the warm weather months and with a group of friends. But, if safety is not a priority, they can become very dangerous. Even when the rider is being safe motorcycles can be dangerous because other vehicles don't take the time to look for these vehicles. Today we will discuss common medical expenses incurred by motorcycle accidents.

The most common medical expenses incurred by a victim of a motorcycle accident is for ambulatory services. Depending on where the accident occurs, your ambulance ride might be covered by your insurance and it might not. This means insurance might pay for a portion of the ride and you are responsible for the remainder, or you could be on the hook for the entire cost. If you were hurt badly enough you might require ambulatory services from the hospital to a rehab facility and from the rehab facility back to your home.

Take the insurance company out of the driver's seat

Insurance companies try to drive the resolution of your claim because the less they pay out, the more profit they make. Like many Pennsylvania residents, you just want the process to end. Accepting the first settlement offered to you by the insurance company might sound like a good idea, but it will more than likely fail to include all of the compensation you deserve.

What are the common causes of Lehigh Valley truck accidents?

Trucks are an important part of the country's economy. They carry goods to retailers from manufacturers. They also carry goods from retailers to customers. The more trucks you see on the roads, the better the economy is. As the volume of trucks increases, so does the number of accidents. So, what are the common causes of truck accidents?

Believe it or not, there are truck drivers on the roads today who do not have adequate training. This does not mean they are operating a commercial vehicle without a commercial driver's license (CDL), but it is close. Inadequate training includes not having enough defensive driving training, safety concerns and training involving driving technique.

Commercial vehicle accidents and how to prove your case

Commercial truck accidents on Lehigh Valley roads are not uncommon. A large volume of truck traffic moves through the area to and from Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore and further. This type of accident can be more dangerous and catastrophic than an accident involving two cars because of the truck's size. If you or a loved one has been involved in a commercial truck accident here is how you can prove your case.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, large truck crashes accounted for almost 5,000 fatalities in 2006 and more than 106,000 injuries on the roads of the country.

Google stopped publishing self-driving vehicle accident reports

Back in December, Google decided to spin-out its self-driving car project into a company called Waymo. What Google also did was end its publishing of monthly accident reports for those self-driving cars.

The website that used to house all of the monthly reports for the self-driving cars now redirects to the Waymo homepage. Google began publishing the monthly accident reports in June 2015 to help ease the concern over the number of accidents these cars were causing.

Additional caution needed for winter driving

When you think about it, driving is always dangerous. Consider, you are enclosed in a metal box, often traveling at more than 100 feet per second. Human reaction time is such that no matter what happens in front of your vehicle, you have probably traveled almost 100 feet before you can take any action.

On congested roads in Pennsylvania, you may have few options beyond attempting to hit your brakes. And this is why the State Police and the Department of Transportation urge all drivers to slow down and drive the proper speed for conditions.

Serious car accident sends 4 Pennsylvania teens to hospital

One of the vehicle's occupants, a 16-year-old, was ejected and suffered serious injuries. The remaining three occupants, including the driver, only suffered minor injuries. Although transported to the hospital, it is unclear how many remain hospitalized.

Anyone who has received treatment at a hospital likely knows that even a minor procedure can lead to a significant medical bill. When a person faces multiple injuries due to a serious car accident, medical bills can quickly become overwhelming. In this case, the victims' parents may also miss work -- and wages -- as they provide care, further complicating their financial situation. As a result, when an accident is caused by another's negligence, many victims in Pennsylvania and their families file a personal injury lawsuit. A successfully presented claim can result in a monetary award that will provide relief for the financial implications of such an accident.

Source:, "Dallastown student seriously hurt in car crash", Gordon Rago, Dec. 22, 2016

As Social Media Evolves, Distracted Driving Worsens

Earlier this month, in eastern Pennsylvania, two teens were involved in a fatal car accident that seems to have stemmed from their use of Facebook Live. The app, which allows users to stream real-time videos of themselves on Facebook, is described by the company as "the best way to interact with viewers" and to "express yourself in ways that delight your followers."

First introduced in 2015, Facebook Live has, like other social media tools, rapidly gained in popularity. Such apps are, of course, an increasingly important means of interaction. They also help transmit - and create - breaking news; Facebook Live is perhaps best known for its central role in capturing evidence following the police shooting of a man at a traffic stop.

Yet research suggests that the use of social media leads to compulsive behavior - it can be as addictive as alcohol or drugs, and is now among the leading causes of car accidents and related fatalities.

OSHA may investigate following work injury

A workplace accident can happen at any moment. Even workers in Pennsylvania who follow all safety recommendations sometimes find themselves in surprising situations. Unfortunately, one out-of-state man is recovering from a serious work injury following an accident that some sources call "unusual."

According to reports, the accident happened one afternoon in late November at Forterra Pipe & Products. A 63-year-old man is said to have been discarding sand from a tractor-trailer. The trailer was raised when it tipped over, landing on the cab.

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